The Lives of the People of Faith Who Believe in
Godís Word with Their Hearts
< Genesis 1:20-23 >
ďThen God said, ĎLet the waters abound with an
abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth
across the face of the firmament of the heavens.í So God created
great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which
the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird
according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed
them, saying, ĎBe fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in
the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.í So the evening and
the morning were the fifth day.Ē
In todayís Scripture passage, God said, ďLet the
waters abound with an abundance of living creatures.Ē Just as
the water abounded with fish, even now, countless righteous people
who believe in Godís Word continue to carry out His work faithfully.
Even at this very moment, the Word of God is alive and works with
the righteous who walk by faith. It is my sincere hope that the
righteous would keep on preaching the gospel of the water and the
Spirit to sinners, as long as the Word of God exists on this earth.
The Word of God is nurturing our souls to grow and
prosper in faith. Godís Word continues to nurture the believers
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. This world is abounding
with more and more believers in the gospel Word of the water and
the Spirit. At the same time, however, Satan is also trying to trouble
us. Yet we must stand firmly on our faith. Despite Satanís obstruction,
we cannot stop spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
However, Satan has been working in this world from
long ago to the present. He has used all sorts of means to obstruct
the Word of God from being spread. In the Garden of Eden, he tried
to corrupt Godís Word through the cunning serpent. Even now, Satan
continues to hinder the people of God, trying to prevent them from
serving Jehovah. And he is trying to make everyone commit idolatry,
leading all to idols.
Even in the age of the New Testament, the Devil still
tried ceaselessly to corrupt the Word of God. However, no matter
how Satan tried to corrupt Godís Word of Truth, God still preserved
His Word and ensured that it would be passed down. From time to
time, God provided good Bible versions such as the King James Version,
thus enabling people to receive the remission of their sins through
So this Bible that we are now reading remains completely
intact, exactly as God spoke through His prophets long ago. Everyone
in this world now has the written Word of God that lacks nothing
to enable him be saved and receive everlasting life. In other words,
the Word of God that makes us receive the remission our sins is
written in this Bible that we are holding in our hands.
On the other hand, however, Satan has also continued
to work. You should realize how erroneous versions of the Bible
have so profoundly distorted the will of God. Todayís flawed Bible
versions are undermining the authority of the Word of God.
The main Scripture passage for today tells us that
every sinner on this earth would be saved from sin, and that the
saved souls would prosper as well. If this is how God spoke to us,
then it will be fulfilled exactly as He spoke. However, Satan is
still trying to clutter Godís Word even now, so that even Christians
would be prevented from entering Heaven. We need to realize that
in the Early Church period and today alike, Satan has put up tremendous
However, regardless of how hard the Devil might try
to thwart us, when the gospel of the water and the Spirit flourishes
on this earth, Satanís obstructions will no longer prevail. Just
as God made fish live in water, the saints who believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit will continue to grow in their faith,
trusting in the Word of God.
Therefore, Our Faith Must
Begin Anew by Placing Its Basis in the Word of God
The Word of God is saving all souls from the sins
of this world and making them prosper. Trusting in Godís Word, we
should now preach it to even more souls. Then through us, more and
more souls would be saved from the sins of the world and be transformed.
We saw how the water abounded with fish because of Godís Word. Many
people in Godís Church are now being raising as workers who preach
the gospel of the water and the Spirit through their faith in the
written Word of God. It is because God spoke to us with His Word
that we have come to exist as righteous people today. I admonish
you all to realize this and believe in it.
The Word of God is the Word of Truth that enables
sinners to be saved from their sins. If this is so, and if we have
indeed been born again by believing in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit to be saved from all our sins, then what life of faith
should we lead? Of course, we have to lead the life of faith that
spreads the gospel throughout the whole world. It is in the dominion
of Heaven that we should live, through our faith in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit. By placing our faith in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, we must be one family with God, and we
must also live by this faith.
God told us to live like the birds flying in the sky.
The righteous should realize that it is their carnal thoughts and
emotions that obstruct their way of faith, preventing them from
marching forth and fulfilling the will of God by placing their faith
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. That is why God is saying
here that the only thing He wants from us is to believe in His Word,
and to fly across the realm of faith and live in it.
To those who have been born again from all their sins
by believing in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, God
is now demanding that they live by placing their faith in His Word.
If we have really become Godís people by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, then God now wants us to live by trusting
in His Word. God is telling us not to rely on what is on this earth,
but rather, to rely on His Word and to live by this faith that we
have placed in the Word.
In other words, if we really are believers in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, then God is saying to us, ďLive
by your faith in Me and My righteousness.Ē If we are Godís people
who have been saved from the sins of the world, then we ought to
fly on the wings of faith, trusting in the Word of God. We must
live by faith, believing that if God is pleased, He would permit
all things and fulfill them all. God is telling us continuously
to live a life that is set toward Him.
Before us, there are two differently worlds. First,
the realm that our eyes of the flesh see is this present world.
However, there is a dominion of God unseen by in our eyes of the
flesh, and we must remember that this realm is eternal and far more
substantial than the present world.
God said, ďLet birds fly above the earth across
the face of the firmament of the heavens.Ē The biblical meaning
of the firmament here is the space in Heaven. The Word of God speaks
about His dominion. It means that it is not on the earthly dominion
that the righteous live, but by their faith in the Lord, they are
to fly across the dominion of Heaven In other words, God said that
it is when we live in the dominion of faith, where we trust in Godís
Word, that all His will is freely fulfilled.
God said that if we live in this dominion of faith
believing in Him, then He will save even more souls than what we
hope and desire. It is by believing in the Word of God that we should
live. God has enabled us, who believe in His Word, to live forever.
God did not tell us to live trusting in our own human
strength of the flesh. Rather, He told the believers in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit to live by their faith in the Word of
God, and then enter the Kingdom of the Lord. In the Word of the
righteousness of God, we can live freely by placing our faith in
However, more things of the earth have already come
into our hearts than the Word of God, and so itís not easy to live
spiritually with the right faith. Because we have too many earthly
desires, we find it quite difficult to live by trusting in the Word
of God entirely. When we wonder, ďShould I live this way or that
way?Ē we see that rather than pondering on this question within
the bounds of the righteousness of God, we often design our lives
with our own carnal desires in mind.
God is telling us not to design our lives with the
things of the earth. Far from this, He told us to live by our faith
in Him, like the birds flying above the earth across the firmament
of the heavens. Thatís because the righteous should live by their
faith in the Word of God, rather than by the things of this earth.
To a certain extent, we the righteous also have earthly needs, but
a life lived without the Lord is meaningless. In other words, although
the dominion of Heaven is not seen in the eyes of the flesh, it
is far more significant and valuable than any worldly possessions.
That is why God is saying to us that the earthly domain
that our eyes of the flesh see is not all that there is. We need
to grasp here the reason why God has shown us, the righteous, His
spiritual dominion unseen by the eyes of the flesh. By this, God
is telling us to live in the spiritual domain He has prepared for
us, by placing our faith in God.
God is saying to us not to live only by what is seen
in the eyes of our flesh, but to live by our faith in His written
Word. I believe that if we have anything to ask, want, or desire
from God, He will surely fill all our needs. We should let all our
heartsí desires and thoughts be made known to God, who surpasses
all understanding, and trust that He will answer us.
We, who have become righteous, must live by our faith
in the Word of God. God is telling us to cast aside our narrow-minded
thoughts and carnal lives, trying to convince ourselves, ďItís okay
to spend just a little of what I have to serve the Lord, and then
spend the rest all for myself.Ē God tells us to live for His righteousness
with the new faith that enables us to abide in His righteousness.
Our Lord Enables Us to Live
in the Lord
The Lord said to us, ďLet not your heart be troubled;
you believe in God, believe also in MeĒ (John 14:1). In other
words, God hears our prayers, provides for our needs in His time,
and helps us to do His good work. God fulfills His will through
you, by answering what you have planned in your minds, and what
you ask God within the bounds of His Word. It is when we live according
to the Word of God that He fills all our needs.
I believe that in this year also, God will continue
to save countless souls from sin through His Church. My fellow believers,
we should first plant churches and spread the gospel in our country,
and lead countless souls in other countries to salvation as well
by also planting Godís churches throughout the whole wide world.
Establishing Godís Church all over the world and spreading the gospel
of the water and the Spirit are made possible only by placing our
faith in the righteousness of God.
When we believed in Godís righteousness, seeing our
faith, God raised us as His servants, blessed our labor, and worked
with us. It is God who called His workers, grew them, and nurtured
them. And God established them as His servants, and He saved countless
souls through these servants of God. God wants to use us, the members
of His Church, as the workers of His Kingdom.
If we try to live only with the things of the earth,
we will reach the limit in the end. Therefore, we can lead a spiritual
life only by believing in God. God is telling us to fly across the
sky. The faith that pleases God is one that is placed in God and
His Word. So I admonish you all to indeed fly by your faith. I admonish
you to fly across the sky and see for yourselves with your own experience
how God works in this world.
Those who still have not received the remission of
their sins cannot know the realm of faith placed in the righteousness
of God. How could sinners ever live by faith? They are not living
in the dominion of faith, where they believe in Godís righteousness,
but they are living in the dominion of the lust of their flesh.
The righteous must trust in Godís righteousness, they must know
and believe what really pleases God, and they must live accordingly.
To have the belief that God would fulfill all His
will is to have true faith. But, what about you? Do you really believe
that God will lead you with His benevolence? If we live in this
realm of faith, we will surely live our lives full of energy and
receive such great hevenly blessings.
It is my sincerest hope that you, too, would all now
live in the faith that is placed in the righteousness of God. You
need to realize just how rejoiced God would be when you believe
in His righteousness. Referring to the righteous, the Bible writes,
ďThe LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singingĒ (Zephaniah 3:17).
God will rejoice if we live by our faith in His righteousness.
Therefore, rather than saying that we would drink and eat the things
of the earth, and live and die in vain like this, we have to set
our hearts on God. God said, ďThe just shall live by faith.Ē
I admonish you all to preach the righteousness of God until the
day you are called home by God.
Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in the United States,
and for this achievement, he became one of the most admired figures
in American history. The righteous are the ones who live for Godís
righteousness that enables sinners to be freed for all their sins.
This is indeed the most admirable life in this world. If the people
of God on this earth really live by faith for God and for their
fellow human beings—that is, if they dedicate their lives
to turn many people back to Christ—then they will shine like
the sun forever and be glorified, both on this earth and in the
new heaven and earth to come. God said, ďThose who are wise shall
shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many
to righteousness Like the stars forever and everĒ (Daniel 12:3);
ďThen the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of
their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!Ē (Matthew 13:43)
I admonish you all to live such a life. None other
than this is the true life of faith. Even on this earth, it is the
names of those who have done what is right that shine. Likewise,
it is those who live according to the faith of Truth in the Kingdom
of the Lord, in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and in the
Truth, who will shine forever in Heaven. To the born-again who believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, God has told them to
live by faith without fail.
On the fifth day of creation, God said to us to live
by faith. When the sixth day comes, God would now make man, and
He would rest on the seventh day. I beseech you all to realize that
in His plan for us here, God is commanding us all to live by faith.
You must know that faith in God is all contained in His plan of
the creation of the heavens and the earth. And you should also grasp
that it is this faith that God wants from you. I ask each and every
one of you to know that Godís plan is for you to live by faith.
Let us turn to Genesis 1:21 here: ďSo God created
great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which
the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird
according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.Ē
God is the Maker. He is the Creator. What did God
make then? That God made big fish and living creatures, and that
He also created every bird according to its kind, mean that He made
the people of faith in His providence. God is the One who creates
faith in us. He gives us faith, He brings forth faith in us, and
He makes us follow Him by faith.
If you abide in Godís Church, God will give you even
more faith in His righteous. At first, He will expose the futility
of your own human effort. The born-again can come into the dominion
of faith and learn to live by faith only if their effort to follow
the Lord with their earthly possessions is completely exhausted.
And their measure of faith will then increase more and more, as
they will come to entirely trust in the Lord. In other words, someone
who has once used his faith can continue to use even greater faith,
and so his faith gradually grows as he comes to have greater faith.
For those who have once lived in the Lord by faith,
their faith may be as small as a mustard seed at first, but down
the road, this faith will grow and their hearts will also be spiritualized.
So you shouldnít worry over not having enough faith in God. God
will raise this faith in you and me, and He will nurture our faith
Even now, God continues to make us. You need to remember
that just as God made the stars, He is molding us into the people
of faith. He is shaping you and me into the people of faith. To
those who are now relying only on their flesh, God is breaking down
their carnal elements. God is making it impossible for us live without
believing in Him. This is the very will of God.
When we encounter certain difficulties, if we try
to solve them with some sort of human means, we will only end up
facing even more difficulties. In times like this, if we believe
in God, rely on Him and follow Him, then God will solve away all
our issues and, in doing so, teach us about true faith. God wants
our faith to grow. It is none other than God Himself who does everything
in His Church. That is why our God nurtures us, as a parent nurtures
We have now come into the dominion of faith, where
we believe in the righteousness of God. If you believe in Godís
righteousness and live by faith, then you will now be made into
those who are spiritually blessed; however, if you otherwise live
your lives without believing in God, then you will only suffer on
this earth. Itís never too late; even now, you should live by placing
your faith in the righteousness of God.
Our faith may be as small as a mustard seed, but when
this faith in Godís righteousness grows more and more, it will enable
us to fly across the whole heavenly realm, see all the beautiful
dominion of Heaven, enjoy all the heavenly things forever, and live
in joy and happiness. It is in the dominion of faith that we are
made to participate in Godís ministry freely, enjoy His blessings
freely, and see all His glory. That is one of Godís blessed providences
bestowed on us.
On the fifth day, God wanted us to live by faith.
God is telling us to have faith in Him, and He is telling us that
it is when we have this faith that our faith grows. If you believe
in Godís gospel of the water and the Spirit, you will surely receive
the remission of your sins. But if you do not believe, then the
remission of your sins will be forever out of your reach.
Do you pray to God to solve your problems and worries,
spiritual or otherwise? I believe that if you believe in God, He
will surely solve away all these problems wonderfully. On the other
hand, however, if you do not believe in God and rely on Him, and
instead rely on man-made thoughts, means, or methods, then Godís
hands of grace will move away from you. He will say, ďTry all you
want, since you think you can do it by yourself.Ē Trusting in God,
we must place all our expectations on Him, and see for ourselves
how God changes our circumstances and how He works in our lives.
We Should Rely on God
God said that those who rely on their own human strength
instead of God are all evil. The ďNephilimĒ (Genesis 6:4) in the
Bible are precisely such people. These refer to men of enormous
strength, or giants. God brings down those who are like the Nephilim,
like Goliath. But God raises those who rely on Him like David as
His servants and works through them.
No matter what glory anyone might have, God has the
power to make it disappear like the morning dew. He can bring down
all the things of the earth over night. However, to those who rely
on God, He makes them stand firm in the dominion of Heaven forever,
and He makes them shine His light for eternity.
Are you relying on the things of the flesh? Or are
you relying on the God of Truth? I admonish you all to rely on God.
I admonish you rely on God whenever you encounter any problems.
I want all of us to ask the Lord for help, trust in Him, wait for
Him, and know His will. We must follow the Lord, place all our expectations
on His work, and seek after the Lord. I believe that God will make
such people prosper and bless their way. And I want none of you
to rely on the things of the earth. The things of the earth destroy
us. They lead us astray, and, moreover, they are to perish away
in no time. So I admonish you all to rely on God who is forever.
Countless people have lived on this earth, but of
all these people, it is in the hearts of those who rely on the righteousness
of God that the everlasting light has sprung forth. However, for
those who do not rely on the righteousness of God, they will never
be found in His Kingdom. No matter how virtuous they might have
been, God has rendered the good deeds of those who do not rely on
His righteous all futile.
Many great powers rose and fell in Western history,
from the Roman Empire to the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Spain,
the British Empire, and the United States of America. For a while,
Britain had been a great power with so many colonies that it was
called as ďthe empire where the sun never set.Ē The rise and fall
of great powers in Western history coincided with the rise and fall
of their Christian faith. Put differently, while a country was relying
on and fearing God, it became more and more prosperous, but once
it relied on the power of its state, on its might, and on the military
strength of its warships, its glory could no longer last forever.
In contrast, for the nations that truly rely on God,
and for the people who rely on God, the grace of God does not disappear.
The righteous become brighter and brighter in the light of God by
faith, as it is written,
ďThe path of the just is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect dayĒ (Proverbs 4:18).
It is Godís will for the righteous to reveal His light
of Truth. Therefore, after being born again by believing in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, when we stand on the crossroads
to decide whether we would continue to live by our faith in the
Lord or by relying on what is in the world, we must clearly choose
the way of faith that believes in the righteousness of God.
Even the people of faith who believe in Godís righteousness
may go astray while living in this world. Once, David tried to count
the number of Israelites. Bud God did not want him to take a census.
God abhors reliance on the flesh the most. As God abhors when one
relies on his own strength—that is, when his heart relies
on the things of the earth—it is written in the Bible that
God punished David, and countless people in Israel died as a result.
So, when the people of faith try to rely on the things of the earth,
God blocks them and prevents them from embarking on this mistaken
My fellow believers, we must have our Lord in our
hearts, follow Him, and live our lives doing what pleases God by
faith. Once we know Godís Truth, we must rely on the Lord and trust
in Him today, as we must rely on and trust in Him tomorrow—indeed,
we must continue to trust in the Lord alone for the rest of our
lives. Let us therefore never falter but always rely on the Lord
until the day we reach the everlasting dominion.
If only you have faith in the righteousness of God,
God will surely bless you. Because we believe in Godís righteousness,
we can have every spiritual blessing of God. God will fulfill everything
in due time. In time, He will exalt you high.
So have faith. Believe in God. Believe in the Lordís
righteousness. Trust in the guidance of Godís Church. Believe in
the works of the righteousness of God that God Himself manifests
in His Church. If faith in the Lord is found in your hearts, in
the hearts of all our brothers and sisters, God will then raise
you to an even more honorable place. And I believe that God will
use you as His instruments to fulfill His plan.
Therefore, we need to use our faith often, relying
on the Lord. Rather than relying on the Lord just a little in times
of hardship, only to rely on the world again when the hardship is
gone, you should rely on the Lord no matter what, and your hearts
should always be set on God alone. We cannot let our hearts be lost
to the world. Above all, we must keep our hearts. We must indeed
defend our faith. As we carry on with our lives, we must obey the
will of the Lord, have faith in Him, and keep our hearts.
God wants to see if there is anyone on this earth
who is looking for Him. When God sees someone who believes in Him
and has the Lord dwelling in him, God will work thorough this person.
And God will bless such people who rely on Him, just as the Bible
says, ďGod blessed them, saying, ĎBe fruitful and multiply, and
fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.íĒ
Whom does God bless on this earth? It is those who
believe in Godís righteousness, who walk according to the statutes
of God, His Word. In other words, it is the people of faith whom
God blesses. God blesses those who really believe in Him. He does
not bless those who are zealous only in outside appearance.
God intervenes in our lives as those who believe in
His righteousness, He cares about us, He listens to us, and He works
in our lives. Do you believe in this? Do you believe in this love,
with which God has blessed you and me? Do you believe that you and
I cannot live but by our faith in God? Do you believe that if we
believe in God, He will be rejoiced to bless us? Yes, please do
believe in all these things.
God blesses those who have been born again by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and who, from then on,
live by trusting in the righteousness of God. When we trust in Godís
righteousness and follow it, God will fill us with unspeakably precious
blessings. If we obey the will of God, He will bless us a thousand-fold
and a million-fold. Thatís because God has wanted to bless all of
us from the very beginning of the creation of the heavens and the
Therefore, we should become one heart with the Lord
set to expand the Kingdom of God on this earth, and serve the gospel
of the water and the Spirit by faith. None other than this is the
shortcut to receiving Godís great blessings. Though our beginning
may be humble and many people may be unimpressed by us, if our hearts
have faith in God, then that is more than sufficient. Through us,
God will then majestically fulfill all that He wants to do. Amen!