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  [02.07.2006] People Who Have Only the Blood
"Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:33-39)"

Hopeful Despite the Problems

I cannot forget the blessings of God I received during my months of military service. I was often hungry and, like the other young men, was put through many difficulties and hardships. I was not alone. The God who was within me always came to me and put forth an effort that was greater than my adversity. That was why my hardships were never truly hardships, even though they might have appeared so. In fact, the biggest difficulty I experienced then was that I had no time to pray or to read the Bible. One day, however, God gave me wisdom. Our orders were that one day out of every five, we were to stand a twohour shift of night guard duty. I made my fellow soldiers an offer. I said, "I will stand a shift of night guard duty every day, on the condition that it be the last shift." My fellows agreed and every morning I stood night guard, between the hours of four and six. Those two hours, early each morning, were for me a most precious time. They were the hours of solitude that I needed, when I could pray and read the Bible. As one of my duties, I was put in charge of a training education component. I had to arrive at the training site one hour before the trainees to prepare. When I arrived, however, the subordinates had always already prepared everything and I was able  to use the time to pray alone in thebunker. Because God was living and working in my heart, the many actual difficulties I faced were not perceived as difficulties but I was rather filled with hope and joy. When I was discharged from the military in 1968, I had nothing. No person had promised to help me in preaching the gospel. But my heart was filled with faith in God because He was the one who was helping me. I decided to go to Gimcheon and preach. I looked for a house to live in, but of course I had no money. Still, because He was within me, I had not doubt that He would prepare a house for me. At that time, I remember living in the mountains of Apgokdong and going into Gimcheon whenever I had time to look for a place, even though I knew that even if I found one, I would be unable to pay for it. Notwithstanding my straitened situation, God gave me a house in an amazing way. I was on a bus on my way back from searching for a house, when I ran into a British missionarynamed Anderson and had fellowship with him. We got to know one another and he expressed a wish to stay with me for a year. I accepted him, and it was through him that my housing problem was resolved and I was able to begin preaching the gospel in Gimcheon.

People Who Fall into Problems, People Who Fall into God

When we face certain situations, in our hearts God is diminished, while in our minds the situation looms vastly greater. We wind up falling into problems, rather than falling into God. The Apostle Paul, even though he was locked in the Philippi prison, was whipped and suffered much pain, but his heart did not acknowledge the pain because he turned to God. He did not once think, "When and how am I going to get out of prison?" The Bible says that Paul and Silas prayed and praised God at midnight. Paul and Silas could praise God without any worries because they believed that God was more than able to deliver them from the prison. There are many such stories in the Bible. In the Book of Daniel chapter 6 we read about how Daniel served King Darius when he became a captive of Babylon. The king at that time appointed 120 satraps to govern his kingdom, over whom he put three administrators to rule over the Medes and the Persians. The king appointed Daniel as the highest of the administrators. His other administrators and the governors were jealous of Daniel and tried to find ways to destroy him. Unsuccessful in their attempts to find a fault in Daniel, they conspired and devised a plan to bring him down by revealing and using his faith in God against him. They saw that Daniel prayed three times a day with the window open toward Jerusalem. They drafted a law and took it to Darius, saying, "King, we have made a law that should anyone petition any god or man other than you, he should be thrown into the lions' den. Please pass this law." Not considering what motives might be behind the law, the king signed the degree, authorizing it. Daniel, knowing that the decree had been signed, continued to kneel three times a day, praying to God and thanking Him. I receive so much grace every time I read this story. Daniel knew that the king had signed the decree. If it was revealed that he prayed to God, he knew that he would be thrown into the lions' den. Knowing that, he still prayed to God three times a day at the window open to Jerusalem, just as he always had. Finally, the conspirators prevailed and Daniel was thrown into the lions' den. But Daniel had the faith, "God will protect me, even if I am thrown to the lions." And indeed, God protected him from the lions. I often wonder, "What would have I done?" Unlike Daniel, I think I would probably have stopped praying for a month. But  even if I were to pray, I would haveclosed and locked all my windows and doors and crawled far under my blanket late at night, so no one would know. That I would be under a blanket late at night, praying, with no one knowing would not have invalidated my prayer. Why, then, did Daniel pray the way he did, knowing that the king's decree had been signed? How was he able to go on praying to God three times a day at the window open toward Jerusalem, knowing that the king's decree was a plan to kill him? Here is how. God, who protected Daniel, was greater in Daniel's heart than the plan and decree to throw Daniel into the lions'

Do You Truly Believe in God?

from the actual Jesus. The Jesus in whom some people believe is one who merely taught people to be good, to be religious and moral. They labor to follow Jesus' teachings to be good, but they are unable to receive the grace of Jesus in their lives. This is true also with regard to the problem of sin. When one sins in his heart, commits theft or commits adultery, sin comes alive in his heart to torture his conscience, causing him pain and fear. One would not be human if one did not feel the guilt of sin. All people are tempted, sin, suffer from a guilty conscience, and fear the punishment of sin. But when there is great guilt from sin, if the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ who died for our sins works in that person's heart, the blood of the cross will devour all the guilt and liberate the heart, making it free. It is like the following rationale. Suppose a person has malaria, typhoid, or tuberculosis. This person suffers from the disease and one day goes to the hospital and receives a shot and takes some medication. Thereupon, the medication overcomes the malaria, typhoid, or tuberculosis. Then one day, although the person had been a diseased, he is free from the disease. Consider, however, if he had taken the medication and the injections, and he was not cured, he would still suffer from the disease. In the same way, when a person commits a sin of theft, adultery, or murder, how can he receive forgiveness of sin and be freed from it? Is it done by resolving never to sin again, or by helping others, or by any other such thing? No, it is not. Those things may bring some comfort to the conscience, but they cannot fundamentally resolve the problem of sin. Just as a tuberculosis patient is no longer diseased if the medication defeats all of his tuberculosis germs, even though we have sinned and have been evil, if the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross works in our heart more greatly and defeats all sin, then we are free from sin. The sins we have committed are many and great, but the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ is hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands times greater than the sins we commit. That is why no matter how evil the sin is that one may have committed, there is no sin that the blood of Jesus cannot wash clean. Even if we are girded by the bonds of adversity, there is no bond that Jesus cannot break. No matter how deep of a pit we may have fallen into, there is no pit so deep that the hand of God cannot reach the bottom. That is why, if we feel God greatly in our heart and feel greatly the  blood of the cross of Jesus, ratherthan the sins we commit, we can have true freedom, regardless of what sin, evil, or hardship we may face. Because the blood of the cross defeats the sin in the heart, we can  be freed from being sinners.Many people today go to church, attend services, tithe, and pray. They also say that Jesus shed His blood and was crucified for their sins. "Jesus was crucified for all my sins," they say, but because they consider the cross as smaller than the sins they commit, the cross cannot destroy the sin in their heart. That is why their heart cannot be free from sin, and they live in pain and suffering, unrelieved and tied to sin. Daniel prayed three times a day knowing that the king had signed the decree. He knew that doing so would surely land him in the lions' den. Amazingly, however, God was greater in Daniel's heart than was the lions' den and thus it was not a problem at all. Because of Daniel's faith, God closed the mouth of the lions the moment Daniel was thrown into the den and God kept the lions from hurting Daniel.

An Unforgettable Thing that Happened that Day

What is the problem in our spiritual life? What is the problem if the almighty God is on our side, protecting and taking care of us? There can be none. No matter how strong an enemy that tries to kill you, no matter what problem you face, there is nothing to fear because God is greater than all things and can more than resolve all problems. There are so many people today who say that they believe in God but are afraid, tremble, and are unable to sleep because of petty problems, their hearts having caved in on them. It is not that their problem is too great, nor is it because God is too small. God is greater than all things and He can resolve all of our problems. If one indulges one's heart in the world, however, the world seems big and God seems small. Although God can easily take care of everything, people do not have the faith to believe in Him and thus become afraid and tremble. Jesus went to Bethany when Lazarus died. Although Jesus could easily raise Lazarus, Mary and Martha did not know Jesus well. Jesus could raise Lazarus, even if he were rotting and stinking, but the Jesus who Mary and Martha believed in was not all-powerful. They believed in a Jesus who could heal disease. Thus, unable to believe in a God who could raise their dead brother, they were sad and afraid. Many people today, everywhere, say that they believe in Jesus. Yet the Jesus in whom in their heart they believe, is a different Jesus from the actual Jesus. The Jesus in whom some people believe is one who merely taught people to be good, to be religious and moral. They labor to follow Jesus' teachings to be good, but they are unable to receive the grace of Jesus in their lives. This is true also with regard to the problem of sin. When one sins in his heart, commits theft or commits adultery, sin comes alive in his heart to torture his conscience, causing him pain and fear. One would not be human if one did not feel the guilt of sin. All people are tempted, sin, suffer from a guilty conscience, and fear the punishment of sin. But when there is great guilt from sin, if the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ who died for our sins works in that person's heart, the blood of the cross will devour all the guilt and liberate the heart, making it free. It is like the following rationale. Suppose a person has malaria, typhoid, or tuberculosis. This person suffers from the disease and one day goes to the hospital and receives a shot and takes some medication. Thereupon, the medication overcomes the malaria, typhoid, or tuberculosis. Then one day, although the person had been a diseased, he is free from the disease. Consider, however, if he had taken the medication and the injections, and he was not cured, he would still suffer from the disease. In the same way, when a person commits a sin of theft, adultery, or murder, how can he receive forgiveness of sin and be freed from it? Is it done by resolving never to sin again, or by helping others, or by any other such thing? No, it is not. Those things may bring some comfort to the conscience, but they cannot fundamentally resolve the problem of sin. Just as a tuberculosis patient is no longer diseased if the medication defeats all of his tuberculosis germs, even though we have sinned and have been evil, if the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross works in our heart more greatly and defeats all sin, then we are free from sin. The sins we have committed are many and great, but the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ is hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands times greater than the sins we commit. That is why no matter how evil the sin is that one may have committed, there is no sin that the blood of Jesus cannot wash clean. Even if we are girded by the bonds of adversity, there is no bond that Jesus cannot break. No matter how deep of a pit we may have fallen into, there is no pit so deep that the hand of God cannot reach the bottom. That is why, if we feel God greatly in our heart and feel greatly the  blood of the cross of Jesus, ratherthan the sins we commit, we can have true freedom, regardless of what sin, evil, or hardship we may face. Because the blood of the cross defeats the sin in the heart, we can  be freed from being sinners.Many people today go to church, attend services, tithe, and pray. They also say that Jesus shed His blood and was crucified for their sins. "Jesus was crucified for all my sins," they say, but because they consider the cross as smaller than the sins they commit, the cross cannot destroy the sin in their heart. That is why their heart cannot be free from sin, and they live in pain and suffering, unrelieved and tied to sin. Daniel prayed three times a day knowing that the king had signed the decree. He knew that doing so would surely land him in the lions' den. Amazingly, however, God was greater in Daniel's heart than was the lions' den and thus it was not a problem at all. Because of Daniel's faith, God closed the mouth of the lions the moment Daniel was thrown into the den and God kept the lions from hurting Daniel. An Unforgettable Thing that Happened that Day Before receiving salvation, I was always in pain. I suffered from the sins I had committed, which were so great that they held me down. I would go to church early every morning, confess my sins, and weep while asking for forgiveness. At the time, I did know that Jesus had died for my sins. I did not feel that my sins had been washed as white as snow, nor did I believe it. One day a change came over my heart. To that day, I had known that the blood of Jesus atoned for the sins of all mankind but it was unable to wash away the sins in my heart. Therefore I was always in pain. That day, through the grace of God, the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ worked in my heart as it had never worked before. That unforgettable day was the day the blood of the cross in my heart overcame all my sins. In truth, the blood of the cross of Jesus can more than forgive all of our sins, but often in a person's heart the cross of Jesus is unable to completely free him from sin. That is why there are so many people who are sad, lost, and in pain, although they say they believe in Jesus. That was exactly how I was. But from that day on, the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ overcame all the sins in my heart. The pain, suffering, and shame of my past no longer held me, but the blood of the cross remained, making me free, light, and joyful and bringing me peace. Prior to that, the sins in my heart had always blocked me from going out to God. There was no way I could go out to Him. But from that day on, I was rid of shame and able to freely go out to Him. God and I became one. Before that, every problem I faced had been my problem. That was why I had to labor to try to not sin, and I had to toil to solve my problems. But after God and I became one, I no longer had to labor to live my life. That was because the blood of thecross had cleansed my sins and from that day on God has lived in my heart. In the past, I suffered and was in constant pain, trying to take care of my problems myself. That was because I saw the problems I faced as mine, not God's. From that day on,however, no matter what I faced, they were no longer my burden to bear. Together with God I faced every problem. My problems became God's problems and I was free. I could have peace and rest and be thankful.

If You Receive Jesus as He Is into Your Heart

Many people today do not have eyes to see God but have eyes open only to the world. Position, money, honor, ambition, and temptation are always appear great to them. At the same time, the power of the cross of Jesus has been diminished and tucked into a recess in their heart. They do not think of Jesus as one who can wash away even the smallest of their sins, although He sufferedon the cross. They continue to suffer and be in pain because of sin. If a person comes close to God, more than anything, the Lord becomes great in his heart. If the Lord becomes great in his heart, he is not afraid, regardless of what problem he faces. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:38, 39) Like Paul who said this, Jesus can take care of any problem if one truly receives Jesus as He is into his heart. He can find freedom and peace, no matter what problem he faces. But if, through the deception of Satan, Jesus becomes small in his heart and becomes a Jesus who cannot solve even the smallest of problems, that person will fall into problems. When one does not believe that Jesus can cleanse his sins, he falls into a spiritual life of trying to manage and struggles on his own. God wants to humble our hearts. He wants to humble our proud, arrogant heart so Jesus can become great there. If Jesus becomes great in our hearts, with Jesus who is greater than all things in our heart, if we simply receive Him into our heart as He is, if we do not underestimate Him and do not make Him out to be small and weak, He will take care of all things, no matter what we face. No matter what great sin you may have committed, the power of the cross defeats the sin in our hearts because it is greater than sin. You can live a life of praising God through having only the blood of Jesus remain in your heart, just as the victim of tuberculosis lives a normal life after taking medication and defeating the tuberculosis germs. People who receive the grace of God are freed from all sin and adversity, and in their heart only the blood of Jesus Christ remains.

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