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Title
   He who does what is right in God's sight and keeps His commands    
Speaker
   Rev. Jaerock Lee
Bible
   Ex 15:26
Date
   2002-07-07



Introduction
Dear congregation,
Today is the Lord's day celebrating the Feast of Harvest. The Feast of Harvest is the day celebrating the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field.

Israelites gave the first fruits as sacrifices for the Feast of Harvest in the Old Testament days. But today's church members attend the thanksgiving service on that day and give thanksgiving offerings for the Feast of Harvest.

How have you prepared for this service of the Feast of Harvest?

This year God the Father blessed us to enjoy the year of Manmin in 2002. The first half of year of blessing has already passed and the first week of the second half has come. In particular, today is the day of the Feast of Harvest. So I hope you all remember all the graces that God has given you for last 6 months and give deep thanks to Him.

Most of you have been guarded by Him and enjoyed your good health. From time to time you have met with diseases or accidents, but rather have experienced being healed in the grace and power of God when you repented and came before Him by faith.

Also, He blessed your home, business and working places. Many of you have testified your blessing that He gave you until now.

Your spiritual blessings are beyond description. You have enjoyed the deep secrets of the spiritual realm and the essential messages for successful Christian life. And your faith has grown up because you have seen the works of the Perfection of the Most High Power of Creation.

You have prayed continually in a good situation where the fire of prayer is inextinguishable and led your spiritual life longing for the greatest glory in the New Jerusalem that fathers of whole faith enjoy whom God recognizes.

Today there are many children of God who call the name of the Lord. But is there anyone who can say, 'I will be recognized by God in the same level as Elijah, Abraham, Apostle Paul, Peter, John?'

You were led to this church which preaches deep messages of the spiritual realm and reveals the heavenly kingdom clearly. You are blessed to lead a successful Christian life in the works of the power of God. Naturally you may well be thankful to God who blesses you so greatly.

Today is 2002 the day of the Feast of Harvest. Now let's give deep thanks to God the Father remembering all blessings and the grace that He gave each of us in this first half of this year.

And may you make this time your restarting chance to enjoy have the deeper fellowship with the FATHER God, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I bless!

Body
Nobody can gain his harvest without the grace of God however hard he may try to gain the harvest. It is God who gives farmers the seed and controls the sunlight, rain and wind properly for good growth and satisfactory fruits. He also blocks all kinds of damage and harm. And He gives them good health enough to do faming.

This fact is the same case to all the fields of your life. All things that you have to do are not done without the grace of God. Fruits that you bear in His grace are very different from those which you bear without it.

Unexpected accidents or unbearable hardships may visit you, but God can protect you from them and solve all your troubles only if He is pleased with you. So you can overcome them triumphantly.

[Romans 8:28] says, "28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." So you will be led to the way of blessings even if sometimes you seem to suffer from troubles for some time.

Dear brothers and sisters,
What shall you do to be protected always and blessed in all ways by God?
The first secret is to do what is right in the sight of God and live according to the word of God. God says in [Exodus 15: 26], "26 He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you."

'Any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians' means the Ten Disasters that God brought on the Egyptians when He led the Israelites. As for the more detailed spiritual meaning of the Ten Disasters, I preached them formerly. You had better refer the audio tapes if you would like to understand them in detail.

Anyway, the Ten Disasters means all kinds of disasters that come on this world. In a word, the Ten Disasters covers all things that threat, harm or destroy your health, wealth, family, business, working place and your life.

How may hardships or troubles you have to meet with in your life of this world? You may have seen or heard of all kinds of diseases and accidents like AIDS, cancers, fire, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, landslides, heavy storms and so on.

In most cases, human try and method are useless. There are many beyond human prevention and solution.

However God gives you one obvious method to prevent all problems in this verse. He promises that He will protect you and prevent any kind of disaster from coming on you if you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God, do what is right in his eyes, pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees.

Then, how can you do what is right in the sight of God?

You should distinguish what id right in your sight between what is right in God's sight. The former is so different from the latter. Although many people speak well of a man, God may regard him as an unrighteous man. So you must become recognized by God, not by men.

For example, people usually say it is right to take revenge on your enemy. But God says you must love all men and so must love even your enemy. God regards it as your righteousness.

Many people say it is righteous to do to the last what is right in their eyes because of their zeal even though they quarrel against others. But God doesn't justify him who breaks the peace. God justifies him who makes every effort to live in peace with all men and be holy.

Generally speaking, people are said to be righteous only if they keep the law of their society even though they have all kinds of evil in the heart like hatred, quarrel, envy, anger, greed and so on.

But you should remember that God judges also your heart. He judges you as being unrighteous if you have evils in your heart.

[1 John 3:15] says, "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him." God estimates that your hatred in the heart is like actual murder. The hatred in your heart causes you to murder when you fall into unbearable situation.

So every evil in the heart including hatred is the sin and the lawlessness in the eyes of God. Anyone who has evils in his heart is blamed as an unrighteous man by God.

The conception about righteousness varies in each region or in each age. It is varied according to the ways of thinking of each man. Some blame righteous man for being unrighteous, but others praise him. Each one has his own standard of the judgment.

What is said to be right in some countries can be said to be wrong in other countries. So it is not acceptable for men to set up the criterion of judgment. God alone can judge anything because God is true though everyone else in the world is a liar. And only what God justifies is true.

Sometimes the word of God seems to be disagreeable with your own ways of thinking, opinion or theory. But you must remember that the obedience to the word of God is righteous but disobedience to His word is unrighteous.

In this way you should have true faith in God to do what is right in the sight of God. Your true faith will lead you to obey any word of God without excusing yourselves. You will consider it priceless to obey the word of God. You cannot obey every word of God without true faith.

Let me give you an example.
God says that His children should pray continually to enter heaven and to prevent all kinds trials and temptation. And He says that your soul gets along well, the desire of your heart is given and your life is blessed in spirit and body only when you pray continually.

If you trust in this word of God from your inner heart, you will never say about the prayer, 'It's difficult!' or 'It's heavy for me.' Rather you will enjoy praying to God without stopping.

On the other hand, you will not always obey this command of God when you know the meaning of this command but don't trust in God. Sometimes you obey the word of God and pray. But other times you disobey His word and stop praying.

How can you obey the command of God saying, 'Sacrifice your life for me!' if you have not entered the measure of faith where you cannot obey this little command of God? If you trust in God truly, you can sacrifice for your God what you think is the most important or your life like Abraham who sacrificed his most beloved only son. In this way, you can be recognized by God, 'You are righteous!' when you obey whatever word of God you are told by faith.

[Romans 4:3] says, "What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." You will keep and obey the commands and the decrees of God, that is, all the word of the Bible if you have such truthful faith as Abraham's faith.

You must obey the word of the Bible as it says because it is the will of God and the heart of God. If you do what He commands you to do, don't do what not to do, keep what to keep, cast away what to cast and remove your heart of evil and sin, you will be justified in God's sight.

It seems to impossible to obey, but you will finally become holy children of God when you continue to pray fervently and obey the word of God in the strength and the grace of God.

Whoever keeps His commands by faith and do what is right in His sight will be blessed in all ways. God promises in [1 John 5:18], "We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him." So the enemy Satan and the devil can never touch you when you don't sin and do what is righteous.

God the Father will guard you with His blazing eyes and makes angels and the heavenly armies protect you from any disease or disaster.

In addition, He gives you the promise of the answer to any desire in [1 John 3:21-22], "21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him."

In brief, God is so pleased with you and gives you whatever you desire and whatever you ask if you do what is right in the sight of God. All your problems are solved and any desire of your heart is given.

I hope that all of you remove every kind of evil and falsehood from and live according to the word of God, so you will be recognized as righteous children in the sight of God. Then, you will harvest abundant fruits and give great glory to the Father in the Last Harvest time.

Dear brothers and sisters,
Second, you should love and trust in the man of God and become one with him to bear abundant fruits of your life in the blessing of God.

You will be blessed if you are with the man of God who is loved and whose words God guarantees. Lot was blessed because he was with Abraham who God loved. Lot enjoyed the blessings of Abraham while he was with his uncle Abraham. His possessions increased and his heart was peaceful in the protection which God gave Abraham.

However he could no longer enjoy the blessings since he left Abraham and entered the castle of Sodom. He was tortured in his righteous soul by the wickedness that he saw and heard day after day in the castle of Sodom. And he had been taken a captive with Sodom dwellers when they were defeated by another tribes.

At then, he was set free because Abraham loved and saved him. He lost all his possessions that he had earned when the castle Sodom was ruined by the God's judgment. He could save just his life narrowly.

[Genesis 19:29] says, "So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived."

He was almost in danger of death with wicked Sodom dwellers but was narrowly saved from the destruction thanks to Abraham who was loved greatly by God. Lot enjoyed great blessing more than he could enjoy according to the measure of his faith because Abraham had him in his mind.

Perhaps Lot could have enjoyed the lucky blessings continually unless he had been with Abraham to the last. But he left Abraham at his own will and so was far from the great blessing.

For another example. A widow in Zarephath was God-fearing and had faith in God. Nonetheless, she could not overcome so long drought by her own faith. She met Elijah in the will of God and could save herself and her son from disaster of long drought because she obeyed the word of Elijah, man of God. That is, she could survive by the power of God that Elijah performed because she was with him.

Of course she trusted in the man of God Elijah and offered whatever food she had to him according to her little faith. As that result she was blessed by God.

This case is the same to Jesus' disciples. They didn't have whole faith but could experience and perform the power of Jesus according to the measure of their trust in him and their obedience because they were with Jesus.

For example. Peter caught a great number of fish when Jesus visited him and said to him. [Luke 5] shows that he didn't catch fish in spite of many netting. But Jesus who visited him said to him, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

Peter didn't understand His word but obeyed him. As the result, he caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.

Once Jesus' disciples rowed toward Capernaum. All at once a gale swept down upon them and the sea grew very rough. They were very distressed. At that time Jesus walked on the water toward them and the gale and the rough wave calmed down as soon as he set his feet on the boat.

In addition, the Bible tells us that there many people were blessed more than the blessing they could enjoy according to the measure of their faith when they were with men of God who God loved.

Dear brothers and sisters,
Many of you enjoy greater blessing beyond the measure you can receive the answer to your asking by your faith because you love and trust in the Shepherd.

I have received deep secrets of the spiritual realm from God through much prayer and fast, but you can listen to them easily only if you attend each service. And you can gain the answers to all kinds your problems and your asking through the Perfection of the Most High Power of Creation.

You must not enjoy the blessings through the Perfection Power by yourselves but also march toward the ends of the world with the Perfection Power just as Jesus' disciples marched toward the world with His power.

Therefore you must do what is beyond your proclamation saying, 'I love you, Father God.' You must remember that your blessings or works of the power will vary to the extent that you trust in the Shepherd in your inner heart, your life is changed by the truth and you enter the measure of spirit.

May all of you become one with the Shepherd in spirit and in truth and enjoy the blessings at will that God prepared for you, in the name of the Lord I ask!

Conclusion
Dear brothers and sisters,
Jesus our Lord said in [John 15:4-5], "4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

You will keep and obey the commands of the Lord if you love him truly. Then, you will dwell in Him and become one with Him. This is the way you can bear many fruits of blessing.

I hope you will enjoy true fellowship with God the Father and receive whatever you ask in the name of the Lord just as our Lord Jesus called God 'My Father!' or 'Father'.
Also, the greater power of the Shepherd will come on you and you can experience its works according to the measure of unification with the Shepherd.

I hope all of you will try your best to become one with God the Father, the Lord Jesus and the Shepherd and obey the word of truth.
Therefore, may you enjoy abundant blessings in whatever you do and wherever you may go, offer sacrifices of thanksgiving to God the Father day after day and glorify His holy name, I bless in the name of the Lord!

 
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