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疫戰–A War Against Pandemic

正當美國總統特朗普把「保持社交距離」的指引延伸至4月底,即是說疫情在短時間內(至少一兩個月之內)不會退卻。如果看疫情是一場戰役,我們就好像是要預備打一場「持久戰」。我們也知道,地上的戰役背後也是一場屬靈的爭戰。要戰勝這場「疫戰」,我們就得照聖經的指引作得勝的裝備。

聖經以弗所書6:10-12這樣說:「你們要靠著主,依賴他的大能大力作剛強的人要穿戴上帝所賜的全副軍裝,好抵擋魔鬼的詭計。因為我們的爭戰並不是對抗有血有肉的人,而是對抗那些執政的、掌權的、管轄這幽暗世界的,以及天空靈界的惡魔。」(和修本)

我們可以如何運用現今的「家居禁足」情況去穿好上帝所賜的全副軍裝呢?匯點教會按以弗所書裡給我們幾樣對抗疫戰的裝備,我們應該趁機穿上。

 

聖經──『拿著聖靈的寶劍,就是神的道』(17節)

我們每天的讀經運動及靈修分享,就是盼望可以讓在家中的你去建立固定的讀經和靈修習慣。當疫情過後,這能成為你每日「不做不快」的生活一部份。

 

禱告──『靠著聖靈,隨時多方禱告祈求』(18節)

要打勝屬靈戰爭,就要在禱告上操練自己。牧者們每天領你一同祈禱,就是伴著你在疫戰中同行,經歷上帝在這疫戰中的心意。

 

福音──『又用平安的福音,當作預備走路的鞋穿在腳上』(15節)

在疫情中不少人面對很多焦慮、實際的經濟和物資上的需要。我們的福音不但給人平安,也是要我們「走路」的福音。為需要的人送上平安的問候、關懷、甚至所需的物資和幫助,是每個匯點人應做的福音行動。

 

同行── 『為眾聖徒祈求』 (18節)

打仗不是只靠個體的神槍手,而是要共同進退的同袍。軍隊中我們各司其職,但卻是同一隊軍隊,彼此守望支持。疫境中繼續在網上結連,互相代求,彼此守望,在打氣聲中支持著一起渡過困境,在疫戰一起經歷得勝。

 

你們要靠著主,依賴他的大能大力作剛強的人」在戰爭中要勇敢上陣,作剛強的人。當然,因為我們有一偉必勝的主作我們可倚靠的元帥。就讓我們在疫戰中一起建造我們的信心,待疫戰過後,我們能面對更大的挑戰。

「不要求一個安舒的人生。只求作一個堅強的人。」(Philip Books)

「逆境不常再、強者必永在」(Robert Schuller)  

 

你的牧者,

梁廷益


Just as US President Donald Trump extended his “Social Distancing” guidelines till the end of April, we can expect the outbreak will not retreat for a short time (at least a month or two). If the pandemic is a battle, we have to dig in to prepare for a “long war”. We also know that behind the battle on earth is a spiritual battle. To overcome the outbreak, we must equip ourselves to do so according to the bible.  Are you prepared?

The bible Ephesians 6:10-12 said: “…  be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ” (NIV)

How can we make use of today’s “Shelter in Place” situation to put on God’s full armor? Crosspoint Church has given us some equipment for the battle according to the book of Ephesians.

 

The Bible — “take the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God” (v. 17)

Our daily bible reading exercise and spiritual sharing is intended to help you establish a regular habit of bible reading and spiritual practice at home. Hopefully when the outbreak is over, it will become part of your daily life.

 

The Prayer — “by the holy spirit in all prayer and supplication at all times” (v. 18)

To win the spiritual war, we must practice ourselves in prayer. Everyday our pastors lead you in daily prayer, walking with you in the battle of the pandemic and experience the answer of God amid the outbreak.

 

The Gospel — “and shod his feet with the gospel of peace” (v. 15)

Many people in the outbreak face a lot of anxiety, practical economic and material needs. Our gospel gives us not only peace, but also demands the action of outreach “walking”. To send a message of peace, care, and even the necessary supplies and help to those in need is the gospel action that every Crosspointer should take.

 

The Crosspoint Community — “pray for all saints” (v. 18)

Winning a war depends not on individual snipers, but the work of collaboration. In the army though soldiers have different functions, it is still the same army, watching and supporting each other. Continue to link up on the network in the pandemic situation, pray for one another, watch over one another, encourage together through difficulties, and experience victory together in this Pandemic war.

 

“… be strong in the Lord, in His mighty power.”  We are in a sure winning team because we have a great Lord to be our commander. Let us work together to build our faith stronger so that we can face greater challenges after the pandemic.

“Don’t ask for an easy life. Pray to be a stronger person.” (Philip Books)

“Tough times never last, tough people do!” (Robert Schuller)

 

Your Pastor,

Ting Y Leung