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  • CHINESE DEVOTION



    DR KENNY MCCLINTON



    Text: “Plead my cause, O Lord (Jehovah), with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.”

    Psalm 35:1.

    经文:耶和华啊,与我相争的,求你与他们相争,与我相战的,求你与他们相战。

    Good morning, persecuted Christian! This is a day of anti-Christian apostasy and continued, and increasing, persecution of those of us who are Spiritually regenerate, Bible-believing, Christian followers of the Living Lord Jesus Christ. Fact.

    早安,受逼迫的基督徒!这是敌基督继续抵挡的日子,并且仍在增长,这受逼迫的是我们中间这得着属灵复兴并相信圣经的人,是复活的主基督耶稣的跟随者们。真的。

    In an earlier Bible Lesson in this Searching In Psalms series I wrote: “As we witness ‘the falling away’ of the professing Christian church, we can clearly see how today’s outward professing church has been smitten, as it were, with a plague of flattering hypocrisy!

    在早期圣经学习中的诗篇系列的观察中我写到:我们见证自认为是基督教会的失落,我们可以很清楚地看到今天向外自称为上帝的教会如何被毁,是在向虚假讨好中受损!

    "True Christians, including my humble self, can become very cynical in the midst of such an apostate plague. Perhaps our cynicism is a healthy one? We must be very alert in this increasingly apostate age. All these signs are being fulfilled daily!

    真实的基督徒,包括我谦卑自己,可能变得在这种背道的折磨当中愤慨。也许我们的冷嘲热讽是正常的?我们必须在这背道增长的时代要非常警醒。所有这些信号每天都充满了。

    Perilous Times: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Timothy 3:1) Pakistan. Vietnam. China. Nigeria. The Sudan. India. Burma. Iran. These nations are imprisoning, persecuting, and even burning believers in their church buildings and in their homes DAILY - and we hear little fuss about it on the international news channels! Please pay particular attention to these prophesied facts, Christian friend.” (Searching in the Psalms, 2. A Plague of Flattering Hypocrisy! Psalm 12:2, Dr C.K. McClinton)

    危险的时候:你该知道,末后必有危险的日子来到(提后3:1),巴基斯坦,越南,中国,尼日利亚,苏丹,印度,缅甸,伊朗。这些国家每天关押、迫害甚至烧教堂里和家里的基督徒,我们也从网络新闻上听到一些风声!请特别注意这些预言的事实,基督徒朋友。(查考诗篇崇尚虚谎的毁坏!)

    With the facts of these anti-Christian persecutions clearly in view, Psalm 35 becomes even more relevant to any Christian believer who, at this crucial time in the prophetic history of God’s dealings with mankind, feels under such pressures, and in desperate need of Divine help and Spiritual support.

    这些敌基督的迫害如此清楚地眼见为实,诗篇35篇对于任何基督徒来说更加中肯,在上帝处理人类的重要的先知时代,在这些压力下,何等需要神的帮助和圣灵的扶持。



    “Title: ‘A Psalm of David.’ Here is all we know concerning this Psalm, but internal evidence seems to fix the date of its composition in those troublous times when Saul hunted David over hill and dale and when those who fawned upon the cruel king slandered the innocent object of his wrath, or it may be referred to the unquiet days of frequent insurrections in David’s old age. The whole Psalm is the appeal to Heaven of a bold heart and a clear conscience irritated beyond measure by oppression and malice. Beyond a doubt, David’s Lord may be seen here by the Spiritual eye.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 169)

    “标题:大卫的诗,我们都知道关于这诗,但内含似乎适合在患难时期的日子,当扫罗翻山越岭要抓大卫,当时那些要讨好这位残忍的王之人在他的愤怒中诽谤无辜,或者那是指在大卫时代早期那段频繁叛乱的日子。整个诗篇就是一颗勇敢的心向天的恳求,也是一个清洁的良心恼怒甚于压抑和怨恨的程度。在疑虑之上,大卫的主可能已经被属灵眼睛看见了。

    When beset by such cruel, unjust, persecutions, slander, and ill-treatment, Psalm 35 can be offered up by the clear-conscienced Christian as his/her personal plea to God for a prompt and Divine ‘confounding’ of our anti-Christian enemies.

    当周围被残酷,不公,迫害,诽谤和恶意对待围绕时,诗篇35篇可能就是有着清洁良心的基督徒作为他个人的向神的恳求的表达,为着从敌基督军队而来的迫切而极大的挫败。

    “Bonar entitles this Psalm, ‘The awful utterance of the Righteous One regarding those that hate Him without cause’; and he makes the following remarks thereupon: ‘On that day when their views of justice shall be far clearer and fuller than now, we shall be able to understand how Samuel could hew Agag in pieces and the godly hosts of Israel slay utterly in Canaan man and woman and child, at God’s command. We shall be able, not only to agree in the doom, ‘Let them be confounded,’ etc., but even to sing, ‘Amen, Hallelujah,’ over the smoke of torment (Revelation 19:1-2).” (Treasury of David, page 169)

    博纳给这篇诗题名为:公义者对待那些无理由恨他的一种可怕的说话。他作出接下来这些标记:在那日,当他们将比现在更清楚地看见公义的彰显,我们将能够明白为何撒母耳砍死亚甲,为何以色列神圣的主命令灭尽迦南的男人,女人和孩子。我们不仅是在末日时赞同,“让他们挫败吧”之类,甚至当在痛苦的烟上高唱“阿们,哈利路亚”。(启19:1-2)(大卫的宝藏。页169)

    What is contained within the God-breathed Scriptures – Old Testament and New – should be what informs our conscience, not popular trends, and the shifting moral standards of international worldly opinion. God’s Word alone is TRUTH.

    在上帝的默示中的关联(旧约与新约)可坚定我们的良心,不随世俗,不随世上的道德观念的转变。独有上帝的话是真理。

    “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth.” (John 17:17)

    用真理使他们成圣,你的道就是真理。(约17:17)

    Verse 1. “Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me. Doth the world condemn thee for thy zeal in the service of God? Reproachfully scorn thee for thy care to maintain good works? Not blush to traduce thee with imputations of preciseness, conceited singularity, Pharisaical hypocrisy? Oh but if thy conscience condemns thee not all this while, if that be rectified by the sacred Word of God, if thou aim at His glory in pursuing thine own Salvation, and side not with the disturbers of the church, go on, good Christian, in the practice of piety, discourage not thyself in thy laudable endeavours, but recount with comfort that the Lord is thy Judge (1 Cor. 4:4).” (Isaac Craven’s Sermon at Paul’s Cross, 1630)

    第一节:主啊,与我相争的,求你与他们相争。世界因你事奉上帝的热心而声讨你吗?为着你关注善举而嘲弄你吗?毫不脸红地归罪于你,异想天开,弄虚作假?但如果你不因为这些而受良心的责备,被上帝的圣言归正,如果你追求个人得救中以他的荣耀为目标,不站在搅扰教会的一边,坚持住,真正的基督徒,操练忍耐,不要从竭力赞美中恢心,却重归主是审判者而得的安慰。(以撒克莱文:保罗十架的信息,1630)

    Verse 1. “…Fight against them that fight against me. ‘My enemies are much too powerful for me, Lord, please fight against them with Thy Almighty power. Confound Thine enemies, oh Lord!’ This is a prayerful plea that all who seek to forthrightly serve the risen Christ must constantly pray.

    第一节:与我相战的你与他相战。我的敌人是这样的强大,主啊,用你的大能与他们相战。主啊,挫败他们!这是所有那些真要服侍复活的基督的人持续不断地祷告呼求。

    “Not by my power or by my might, but by Thy Spirit, O Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6) (my paraphrase)

    不是依靠我的势力,不是依靠我的才能,是靠主的灵方能成事。(撒加利亚书4:6)(我的诠释)

    Verse 3. “Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, ‘I am thy Salvation.’” Sincere, Bible-believing Christians are called by God to ‘…put on the whole armour of God…’, but we are not to try to fight Spiritual battles in our own power or strength, or wisdom. The Battle is not ours, but God’s, and it is God that does the actual ‘fighting’, and it is the Lord God Who assures us, therefore, of complete and utter Victory – in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah! In Christ, we are invincible! Glory, all glory to the Victorious Lamb, Christ Jesus!

    第三节:抽出枪来,挡住那追赶我的,求你对我的灵魂说:我是拯救你的。相信圣经的基督徒真是被呼召来“穿戴神所赐的全副军装”,但我们不是要用自己的能力或智慧去打这场属灵的战争。这场战争不是我们的,是神的,神才是真正的在争战,保守我们的主在基督里将完全得胜。哈利路亚!在基督里,我们是得胜的!荣耀,所有的荣耀归得胜的羔羊耶稣基督!

    Thought: In times of increased persecution of Christian Bible-believers – let us increase our prayerful petitions to the Lord for His Almighty and All-powerful help? We already have the full Victory through the Cross of Christ.

    思想:当相信圣经的基督徒在逼迫渐长的时代里,让我们更多地为着主的至高与全能的帮助而向主呼求。我们已经靠着基督十架全然得胜。



    SERMON IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE BY JIMMY LI

    RESISTING TEMPTATION MATTHEW 4

    https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=791431330

    Resisting Temptation
    Jimmy Li | Truth Chinese Alliance Church
    www.sermonaudio.com






    The Wednesday Word…What does that Mean?


    Faith alone


    Romans 3:21-22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 10:3


    Faith Alone (Sola Fide) was the battle cry of the Reformation. It’s a radical truth that will deliver us from self-absorption and legalism.


    It is a vital truth, therefore, we must get it straight. We receive our salvation by faith + nothing. Neither ceremonies nor rituals need apply for the job. Faith alone grasps that all which is necessary for our acceptance with God has already been done by God Himself in His great redemptive act in Jesus Christ.


    To paraphrase the Australian Forum, “Faith receives that the God/Man, Jesus Christ, in our name and our behalf, met all our obligations before the bar of eternal justice.”
    "

    Faith understands that our salvation was secured by a complete and perfect work. Faith alone apprehends that we cannot add or contribute anything to Christ’s accomplishments.


    This, however, does not mean that faith is our Saviour. Faith was not led as a lamb to the slaughter. Nevertheless, faith causes us to look to our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, as our only hope. Faith never looks at itself. It provides no foundation of safety for the believer.


    Gospel faith is the opposite of having a vague faith in some God out there. Having a general sort of faith is not saving faith.


    Some people may actually believe that for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows! But, that’s not saving faith.


    Someone says, “I believe that everything will turn out for good in the end.” Good for you, but that is not saving faith.


    Others say, “It doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you believe sincerely.” That’s not saving faith, and besides, it is nonsense. It’s like saying, “It doesn’t matter what medicine I take, as long as I’m sincere.” Welcome to the funeral parlour.


    Faith, Gospel Faith, on the other hand, grasps that God's saving work has been done completely outside of our own experience. Indeed, gospel faith comprehends that the Finished Work was in no way accomplished inside the believer. As John Bunyan pertinently says, "……., this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world; namely, that a righteousness that resides in heaven should justify me, a sinner on earth!" (Bunyan: Justified by and Imputed Righteousness).


    Faith embraces that God is righteous, holy, just, and loving. Faith recognizes that we have sinned against this same God. Faith perceives that, outside of grace, we stand guilty and condemned. But, faith also embraces that Jesus is God clothed in a human body. Faith sees Him and His perfection as the substitute for sinners.


    Gospel Faith sees that all our sins have been paid for. Not one of them has been left to damn us.


    Faith receives this and makes it our own.


    Faith sees that our sins are not put away by confession.


    Faith sees that our sins are not put away by fasting.


    Faith sees that our sins are not put away by prayer.


    Faith sees that our sins are not put away by popes, prelates or priests.


    Faith, however, sees that, at the cross,


    Sin was condemned,


    Justice was satisfied,


    The Law was magnified,


    God was glorified,


    The sinner was saved and our adversary, Satan, was utterly confounded!


    And that's the Gospel Truth!
    Resisting Temptation
    Jimmy Li | Truth Chinese Alliance Church
  • BATTLESTATIONS:

    Note you can now find me on facebook at Keith hobkirk, my picture is that of a butterfly

    Please continue to stand with us here in China, the persecution is severe but if God wasn't working, we wouldn't be facing such opposition. Winter is here for the chinese church but winter does pass.. it ends eventually.

    Please pray for the pastors especially our beloved Z and His wife S and also GM and his wife and many many others. Please pray that they stand strong and don't bend to pressure, which is daily to move to the official church.

    Please pray for the young people of China that they would respond to the gospel in their millions and be a real blessing to this country.

    Please pray for our house churches on sunday and house groups on friday that many will come and be blessed.

    Please pray that we would make disciples and not pew warmers.

    Please pray for a man H, who I shared the gospel with, he spoke great english and understood all I said, he had watched programmes on Henry the eight and was intrigued by his change of faith.


    Please pray for the protection of all churches, people are been given money to give police their location.

    Please continue to pray for us, the situation is not impossible, please pray that this situation opens up many hearts to the Saviour and drives god's people to rely on him totally, we have no other refuge but him

    Thanks for praying, please don't ignore this, just give two minutes to pray for China.

    Buy the books Operation world and operation china, go to open doors and voice of the martrys websites, be informed and please share this on facebook, in your church and to all your groups and contacts

    Thanks

    KK
  • CHINA

    UPDATE

    Please continue to lift up the church in China, persecution is ongoing. Please pray that the church would hold tight unto Jesus. Continue to lift up Marks parents as they grow in their faith and for other people to come to faith. Please pray for the faithful preaching of God's word that it would bear much fruit. Please pray for the men of the church, that they would be motivated to take leadership roles. Pray for our church that new leaders would come to help us

    IRAN


    The Iranian church is growing with increased momentum. There are daily reports of church growth. Here is how this is happening:
    Trained Leaders, Courageously Preaching Christ

    Despite the persecution, Iranians Christians are showing great courage in preaching Christ. Hundreds who have received training through Elam are sharing the Gospel across the region.
    The Word of God, Feeding Hungry Hearts

    More than one million Scriptures have been distributed to Iranians since 2003. Believers are involved in regular evangelism and all report a common experience. Almost all receive the Scriptures with joy.
    Christian Television, Reaching Millions of Homes

    Christian TV is beamed into Iran by Satellite TV and is reaching the private living rooms of families that otherwise may never have heard the Gospel. The response is very significant. Thousands respond to programs every month. While dishes are banned, it is estimated that 28 million people have access to Satellite TV.
    House Churches, Multiplying ‘Underground’

    There are less than 20 operating ‘overground churches’ in Iran and they are closely monitored by the government. Therefore, believers are forced to meet in house churches, most of which have 8-12 members. For security reasons, they are forced to multiply once they reach about12 people. This helps spread the Gospel even more.
    The Power of Testimony, Can’t be Denied

    There are numerous stories of great life transformation within the Iranian church. Healing from sickness, deliverance from drug addiction, restoration from a past filled with abuse, people who see dreams and visions. These testimonies are a catalyst for the Gospel, as family, friends and even communities cannot deny the transformation caused by Christ.
    Family and Friends, Personal Witness

    While the government tries to restrict the church, general society is not hostile to Christians. In fact, because of the disillusionment with Islam, the normal expectation is that if someone comes to Christ, other members of their family will soon follow. There are many cases where dozens of people from one family have turned to Christ.
    Heathen to Hardliners, All are Included

    People from all segments of society are now following Christ. Former hardline Islamic Mullahs and drug addicts worship Jesus together. There are highly educated people, such as university professors and lawyers, as well as working class people, such as taxi drivers and street vendors, in the church. There are old and young, men and women, city people and nomads.
    • Dear LORD, Please wrap a cloak of protection around Pastor Hobkirk, his wife, daughter as well as each and every Christian in China and any where else they are being persecuted. Please give them understanding and give those reaching out to teach the babes in CHRIST the knowledge, understanding, enthusiasm and a very strong love for you. Please help us all to help grow the churches all over the world. Also, LORD, grant us the knowledge and courage to find a way to overthrow those governments (communists) doing the persecuting. This be my prayer in JESUS' High and Holy Name......AMEN
  • CHINA

    UPDATE

    Please continue to lift up the church in China, persecution is ongoing. Please pray that the church would hold tight unto Jesus. Continue to lift up Marks parents as they grow in their faith and for other people to come to faith. Please pray for the faithful preaching of God's word that it would bear much fruit. Please pray for the men of the church, that they would be motivated to take leadership roles. Pray for our church that new leaders would come to help us

    IRAN

    https://www.elam.com/iran30



    The Iranian church is growing with increased momentum. There are daily reports of church growth. Here is how this is happening:
    Trained Leaders, Courageously Preaching Christ

    Despite the persecution, Iranians Christians are showing great courage in preaching Christ. Hundreds who have received training through Elam are sharing the Gospel across the region.
    The Word of God, Feeding Hungry Hearts

    More than one million Scriptures have been distributed to Iranians since 2003. Believers are involved in regular evangelism and all report a common experience. Almost all receive the Scriptures with joy.
    Christian Television, Reaching Millions of Homes

    Christian TV is beamed into Iran by Satellite TV and is reaching the private living rooms of families that otherwise may never have heard the Gospel. The response is very significant. Thousands respond to programs every month. While dishes are banned, it is estimated that 28 million people have access to Satellite TV.
    House Churches, Multiplying ‘Underground’

    There are less than 20 operating ‘overground churches’ in Iran and they are closely monitored by the government. Therefore, believers are forced to meet in house churches, most of which have 8-12 members. For security reasons, they are forced to multiply once they reach about12 people. This helps spread the Gospel even more.
    The Power of Testimony, Can’t be Denied

    There are numerous stories of great life transformation within the Iranian church. Healing from sickness, deliverance from drug addiction, restoration from a past filled with abuse, people who see dreams and visions. These testimonies are a catalyst for the Gospel, as family, friends and even communities cannot deny the transformation caused by Christ.
    Family and Friends, Personal Witness

    While the government tries to restrict the church, general society is not hostile to Christians. In fact, because of the disillusionment with Islam, the normal expectation is that if someone comes to Christ, other members of their family will soon follow. There are many cases where dozens of people from one family have turned to Christ.
    Heathen to Hardliners, All are Included

    People from all segments of society are now following Christ. Former hardline Islamic Mullahs and drug addicts worship Jesus together. There are highly educated people, such as university professors and lawyers, as well as working class people, such as taxi drivers and street vendors, in the church. There are old and young, men and women, city people and nomads.
    Elam Ministries | The love of Christ for Iran and beyond.
  • (From Pastor Hobkirk in China)

    still serving our beloved Saviour.. pray for us.. keep on keeping on.. you haven't reached the top yet.. keep on climbing, cant wait till we see Jesus as he is.. totally blows your mind.. he is amazing.. totally amazing

    please ask your church to constantly remember us in prayers

    mark has stopped going to toilet on floor and is now going to toilet in proper place.. he is 6.. please for his parents to come to faith, they come to church
    • NOTE: Anyone responding to Pastor Hobkirk's comments will have them sent to him via email by Pastor Rolf. He cannot access the site directly.
  • CHINA UPDATE

    Continue to lift up the church, please pray for the minority people, see below. Please pray for a move of God among young people and students. Please pray for the protection of Young people minds and Hearts. Persecution is ongoing, please be informed. Please get your churches to pray and be motivated to pray and stand with us. Thanks so much






    PEOPLE GROUPS CHINA

    BIYO

    https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10886/CH


    HAN CHINESE HAKKA

    https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12054/CH


    HEZHEN

    https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13940/CH
    Biyo in China
    Joshua Project profile for the Biyo in China
  • Dear friends

    This is let people know that I am a real person

    It is a joy to share with you. Everyone calls me KK, I am nearly 60 and am married to H a lovely and wonderful Chinese lady, we have a beautiful daughter who is studying in Canada (fine arts). We serve God here in Nanjing. I am using only our first initial to protect identity

    Please pray as several churches in downtown Nanjing and all over China have had to close because of govt regulations. Persecution is serious and ongoing and we need our foreign brothers and sisters standing with us. Persecution report below

    Churches throughout Jiangxi received a warning in early July from authorities demanding that all crosses be removed, and instead they were to be replaced with the national flag or an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The warning also demanded that they keep all children away from church.

    The response from churches was mixed. Many were too frightened to speak up and others openly refused to obey the orders. In retaliation, government agents demolished the cross of one church building in Xinyu, and another received a notice of intent to do the same. During a service at Kaixuan Church, two officials interrupted the believers' worship, demanding that the cross no longer be displayed. Church leaders were able to speak with them and diffuse the situation.

    When confronted about children in the church, Liu, the leader of the Kaixuan Church, wisely responded with this statement: "Your policy is in conflict with the Constitution. When the children are born, they are citizens of the People's Republic of China, and they have freedom of belief. Children's freedom of belief cannot be interfered with. They can follow their parents' beliefs."

    Pray for wisdom and guidance on the part of the church leaders in Jiangxi as they deal with these unreasonable demands. May their responses be expressed with gentleness, serving as a testimony of God's grace to those opposing them and a means of demonstrating the truth of the Living Christ.



    I have seen the picture of how to pray for China

    Firstly buy the books

    Operation world and Operation China

    Secondly use website such as Joshuaproject.net and chinaaid. Put persecuted church in a search engine

    Be informed.. then

    Thirdly Pray

    The great wall of China is an imposing thing, how can we pray to effect China. One person is like a sparrow pecking at a wall, they have no effect, even 1,000 make little effect, but when 10-20-50 million are praying for China, the effects can be felt. So please pray for China. Pray without ceasing and pray fervently

    Please share China needs on Facebook and with your churches, please get your church to partner and pray for China

    I will place prayer needs for China for you to pray, please share with all your contacts

    Thanks for your prayers

    Please post on your group
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