2014.06.03【英译中】来自上帝的信函(31)

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A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS

30天新教徒导航
by JOHN D. BECKETT

DAY 14 RESISTING THE DEVIL

第14天 抵抗恶魔
How do I deal with the devil?

我该如何对付恶魔?

Yesterday our focus was on overcoming the old self, and we saw that victory comes to us as we walk in the Spirit. Today we will talk about how we deal with the devil.

昨天我们关注克服自我。当我们走向圣灵时,我们看见胜利走向我们。今天我们将谈论我们如何对付恶魔。

I learned a great lesson early in my Christian walk. A dispute, one that seemed quite irrational, developed at our company between two senior managers. As tempers flared and harsh words burst out, it looked as though things would only get worse, not better.

在我加入基督教初期,我得到很多教训。在我们公司两位高级经理看似乎争吵很激烈。发火时,脏话脱口而出,它只能让事情越来越糟糕,不能解决问题。

Later, as I pondered the problem in the quiet surroundings of my study at home, my eyes fell on an unopened book on my bookshelf, still in its cellophane wrapper. The title intrigued me: Dealing with the Devil by C.S. Lovett. As I leafed through its pages I came across this analogy: Suppose you stood in the middle of a busy traffic intersection, wearing normal street clothes, with cars coming from all directions. You might wave your arms wildly trying to stop traffic, but before long you'd probably be run over. Imagine instead that you do the same thing, only this time change your clothing. Put on a policeman's uniform. The results would be completely different. Drivers would respect the authority represented by the uniform and do as you directed.

后来,当我在家里在安静的环境思考这个问题,我的眼光落在书架未开启的书本上,仍还是透明包装。书名吸引了我:抵抗恶魔,洛维特(C.S. Lovett)著。我随便翻翻,偶然看到这个比喻:假如你站在繁华的交通中心,穿着一般上街的衣服,车来车往。你可能挥手想让车辆停下来,但是要很久,你才有可能跑到街道对面。想象一下,你不这样做,这时你换掉你的衣服,穿上警察的制服,结果就完全不同。司机将尊重你的指挥,按照你的指示进行行走。

The author then made this point: If a believer is "clothed with Christ," he or she has authority to deal with spiritual opposition, just as the policeman does in traffic. Armed with this insight, I "put on my uniform" and prayed in Jesus' name, exerting authority over whatever unseen forces were causing dissension between the two managers. The next day I found to my amazement the problem had vanished -- as though there had never been a conflict in the first place. This incident really opened my eyes to spiritual opposition. The Bible has a great deal to say about such warfare. Let's look more closely.

接着,作者做了注解:如果信徒是穿着基督教的衣服,他或她有权对抗恶魔,就如同警察处理交通问题。用这种观点武装,我穿上我的“制服”,以耶稣的名进行祷告,不论是什么潜在的力量让两个经理发生分歧,我用上帝的名义解除他们的纠纷。第二天,我发现让我惊讶的问题不存在了---好像他们没有矛盾,他们和好如初。这件事让我睁开眼睛看到恶魔。圣经有很多地方说及这样的抗争。让我们看得更清楚些。

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