Thousands Upon Ten Thousands Blessings of Heaven and Earth,
According To the Covenant of God’s Word
Genesis 49:25; Deut 1:9-11; 33:13-17
Genesis 49:25 From the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Deuteronomy 1:9–11 “And I spoke to you at that time, saying, ‘I am not able to endure you alone. The Lord your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number. May the Lord, the God of your fathers increase you a thousand times more than you are, and bless you, just as He has promised you!”
Deuteronomy 33:13–17 Of Joseph he said, “Blessed of the Lord be his land, with the choice things of heaven, with the dew, and from the deep waters lying beneath, and with the choice yield of the sun, and the choice produce of the months; and with the best things of the ancient mountains, with the choice things of the everlasting hills, and with the choice things of the earth and its fullness, and the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush. Let it come to the head of Joseph, and to the top of the head of the one who was prince among his brothers. As the firstborn of his ox, majesty is his, and his horns are the horns of the wild ox; with them he will gore the peoples all at once, to the ends of the earth. And those are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and those are the thousands of Manasseh.”
Although I have been preaching for over 50 years at this body of God that is our church, I always pray whilst preparing and reviewing my sermon, reading it over and over before I stand here to preach. After this past Christmas, I became excited upon thinking of the new year. I felt that something extraordinary would happen and that today’s sermon would be memorable, even taking note of it in my manuscript. But (and I even said this in the preparation room) I have never had a harder time preparing a sermon. I may not know what is to come, but I do know that I put my all into this sermon, forgoing sleep to revise it over and over again.
Genesis 49:25 shows the eleventh son Joseph receiving the greatest blessings among Jacob’s twelve sons; he received the blessings of the earth, the blessings of heaven, and the blessings of the deep springs below. Deuteronomy 1:9-11 is the word Moses delivered two months before his death. Based on these verses, I am here today to share the sermon entitled, “Thousands Upon Ten Thousands Blessings of Heaven and Earth, According To the Covenant of God’s Word.” I pray that we will all receive grace through the Word of God today.
Today, Pyungkang Cheil Church and all the branch churches both here and abroad are worshiping together. The year 2014 has just begun. I believe that this moment in our lives is the greatest blessing, to worship before God wholeheartedly, in godliness and love, during this first worship time of the first day of the new year.
We all make New Year’s resolutions at the start of each year, such as being renewed in our faith as individuals, as families, and as a church. In the beginning, we are determined to read the Bible, pray ceaselessly, and study the “History of Redemption” books, but it is not easy. First, we forget ourselves. We find no joy in anything we do because of constant failure, worry, and concern. We lack focus, whether in listening to the Word, praying, or building a church life. The two essential military commands are “Attention” and “At ease.” “Attention” means “focus,” but we cannot even give our full attention to God; we cannot focus on God. We idle our days away then soon become 60 and 70 years old, not even able to read the Bible without reading glasses. We can’t even digest well. Just ten years ago, I was able to run quickly to the guest quarters up the hill, but I cannot do that anymore; I have to walk slowly. The heart is willing but the body is weak.
With the hope and desire that all the saints will be renewed and live according to God’s Word with new commitment in 2014, let us pray, “I am weak. I cannot do this on my own. Just as the old are supported from behind when going up a hill, please push me up to the heights of Your will.” In this year, we must not waver in our faith. Once we make up our minds, our faith must stay the same from the beginning until the end. Let us be determined to sustain this year in thanksgiving by receiving the power, authority, and grace of the Word poured out from above.
Revelation 21:5 says, “And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’” He did not say to just listen; He said to “write.” As we move forward mightily to the new heaven and the new earth that God has promised and the Bible has prophesied, may our new days be filled with health, bloom with success, and bear the fruits pleasing to the Lord. A single tree can bear both the fruit that is still green alongside the very ripe fruit that attracts bees. Would the hand of our Lord reach for the unripe fruit? He will definitely reach for the ripe one. I pray in the name of the Lord that God’s hand will reach out to you as you work with the faith of Abraham this year.
The center of world history is the history of redemption, and the center of the history of redemption is Jesus Himself. The history of all mankind is centered around Jesus Christ (“Before Christ,” BC; and “Anno Domini,” AD, meaning, “in the year of the Lord”). If this world had no church that Christ has purchased with His own blood for His redemptive movement, then we would have no hope, meaning, or worth in this world. Whether you believe this, God pays attention to the nation and the people because there is a church. God dwelt among the Israelites, but He left them because they did not believe. They misunderstood Jesus and excommunicated Him, cursing and accusing Him of heresy. As a result, Jesus had to go to the Gentiles. When Jesus left to the Gentiles, God’s presence also departed from the Israelites, and they did not even realize it. They believed that they would be saved as long as they called Abraham their ancestor. Did they have the Messiah in their hearts? Did they cherish His words? And who knew that He, who was born of old Joseph and young Mary in Bethlehem of Judea, was the Creator and God, as stated in John 1:1? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus did not become the Messiah through His crucifixion; He has always been our Savior even before He was born into this world, even when He was in Mary’s womb, even as the Word in the beginning. Nothing was created without Him. According to Isaiah 44:24, no one helped when He created the universe. God alone created everything. Then He came, but who received Him? Nathanael was the teacher of Israel, but when Philip said, “Jesus is the Messiah,” he opposed by saying, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:45-46). In John 7:15, they looked down on Jesus because he was unlearned and had no schooling. The Pharisees, scribes, elders, and priests all said of Him, “He is merely the son of a poor carpenter. Who does He think He is that He forgives sins?” Look at all these misunderstandings.
God’s work of redemption unfolds with the Messiah, the “Woman’s Seed” as prophesied in Genesis 3:15. God fills heaven and earth. When we have faith, we are not going alone. God is going with us. We think we are alone because we cannot see the spiritual world, but God’s grace is actually with us. Apostle Paul received 39 lashes five times and was beaten with rods three times for testifying of Jesus. He faced dangers in the wilderness, was shipwrecked for a week, and suffered hunger, cold, exposure, and many sleepless nights (2 Cor 11:24-27). But he confessed that it is not he who endured, for everything was by the grace of God (1 Cor 15:10). When we accomplish something, we often boastfully say, “I am the one who did it.” But Apostle Paul was ruined because of Jesus. He could have lived his entire life in comfort as a Pharisee, but he was called a heretic and excommunicated from his faction because he believed in Jesus. How pitiful is this? He made his living by making tents and renting rooms to teach and bring people to the gospel with the little he earned. He evangelized like this until his death.
No matter how poor a church may be, whether it’s a rundown shack or has no heating, as long as it carries the cross of Jesus, as long as it’s filled with praise and teachings in the Lord’s name, God will certainly care for that church. He will cherish such a church more than any presidential residence or billionaire’s mansion. The church purchased with His own blood, the body of Jesus, fulfills God’s will.
Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
The church is therefore the center of the world. Grains during famine are only left with the outer shells with nothing inside. Likewise, a world without the church bears no meaning or worth. The world’s history embodies God’s redemptive history. Heaven and earth, and all its creation, even one blade of grass, exist for God’s glory (Rom 1:19-20). We claim that we know God, but do we actually give Him all the glory (Rome 1:21)? Please quit the habit of only coming out to church when you’re in the mood. Doesn’t every human being, regardless of their background, need a bowl to eat or drink from? Likewise, the church that the Lord established in history is a vessel to fulfill God’s redemptive work. The church’s final mission is to destroy the power of our enemy, Satan the devil. Colossians 1:19 states, “Jesus is the head of the church.” We must love the church, for it is the body of our Lord.
Lessons from Life in the “Wilderness Church”
Today’s scripture Deuteronomy 1:9-11 is a benediction that God commanded Moses to give. The Israelites received indescribable blessings in the wilderness church (Acts 7:38). When they enter the promised land of Canaan and live by faith in the Word, they will surely receive a thousandfold blessings.
The Israelites had to constantly walk, from the moment they woke up for forty years. Since they could not farm, God gave them the emergency food “manna.” When God gives, we need to say, “Amen.” Instead, they said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?” (Ps 78:19). All they had to do each morning was scoop up the fresh manna which came down with dew like white snow. God told them, “I will give you every day, you just need to take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.” But, they greedily took more and ended up with leftovers. The next day, the leftover decayed with a foul odor, swarming with maggots. How enraged Moses must have been! How badly do we smell when we skip even one day of washing up and brushing our teeth? We need to wash ourselves clean after going to the bathroom. God said, “If you smell bad, I will not be among you but leave you.” This is why He made the Israelites go outside the camp to relieve themselves, and even to dig with a spade to cover up their excrement (Deut 23:12-14).
There were over two million Israelites. And those serving in Israel’s army alone were 603,550 (Num 1:46). Among them, 603,548 people died in the wilderness, and only Joshua and Caleb survived to enter Canaan. According to Hebrews 3:17-19, the others could not enter the land of Canaan because of their unbelief. Money will not buy our passageway to Heaven. Our titles as pastors, elders, or deacons will not permit us into Heaven. Heaven is a place where we can only enter by believing in Jesus alone.
God told His chosen people of Israel that if they obeyed well, they would receive a thousandfold blessing when they enter the land of Canaan. Today’s scripture Deuteronomy 33:13-17 speaks of “Joseph’s blessing,” the blessing of the crown of the head. Joseph is the head of heads among ten thousands of people. The best blessing is the blessing of the crown of the head. Only Joseph received this blessing.
In Hebrews 6:14, God tells Abraham, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” Also in Deuteronomy 1:10, the one who gives blessings is God. Even the richest man alive can only help you while he’s alive. But God is without years and days and hours, for He lives forever. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 1:12; 13:8). We also were originally created to live without years and days, but because we disobeyed God and sinned, those years and days began, and now at one point we must die. Hence the Psalmist prayed, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Ps 90:12). Believe in 2014. When God says, “I will give you thousands and tens of thousands of blessings,” say unconditionally, “Amen.”
Deuteronomy 1:3 says, “In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month” since the exodus, “Moses spoke to the children of Israel, according to all that the Lord had commanded him to give to them.” It had been 39 years, 10 months and 15 days since the exodus. Moses’ words to the second generation in the wilderness were not from Moses himself, or Miriam or Aaron, but were directly the Words of God. Today’s scripture Deuteronomy 1:11 also says they were the Words from God who made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their ancestors.
In Exodus 12:2, right before God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, He told them, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you.” They left Egypt on the fifteenth day of the first month and arrived at Mount Sinai on the first day of the third month (Exod 19:1). There are many that haven’t realized that Moses went up and down Mount Sinai eight times.
The Israelites set out on their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai on the twentieth day of the second month (Num 10:11), arrived at Kadesh, and sent out spies from there. Each tribe sent out knowledgeable and intelligent leaders. Other than Joshua and Caleb, none held onto their faith and made evil reports of the land. Upon hearing these reports, the people grumbled, “My beloved wife and children will die in the land of Canaan. We don’t need Moses, so let’s go back to Egypt with another leader!” So God said that He would do just as they grumbled. Numbers 14:28-30 says, “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.” Looking at Deuteronomy 1:27, they grumbled in their “tents,” that is, in their houses. They strove hard and struggled for forty years, but now, they were about to die because of a few careless words. Over the thirty-eight years from Kadesh-barnea to the brook Zered, 38,548 Israelites died, and only Joshua and Caleb crossed the brook Zered. How futile and pitiful their journey was!
Deuteronomy 2:14-15 “Now the time that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the brook Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war perished from within the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them. Moreover, the hand of the Lord was against them, to destroy them from within the camp until they all perished.”
On the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year after the exodus, Aaron died because he, too, did not believe. This happened six months before Moses’ own death (Num 33:38). Miriam also died a year before entering Canaan (Num 20:1). It must have been very disheartening for Moses, but even Moses disobeyed. God told him in Numbers 20 to speak to the rock, Moses struck the rock instead. God is the rock! Thus Moses also would not be able to enter Canaan but must die (Num 20:8-12). In Number 3:25-17, Moses fasted, prayed, and begged in tears so he could live, but God told him not to pray anymore. God said to Moses, “Didn’t you loath and not believe in the land of Canaan, the paradise?” and let him die after showing all the beautiful land of Canaan on the top of Mount Pisgah. We are on God’s side when we believe. But when we do not believe, we are on the side of the devil. When Moses died, Satan came to take Moses body and fought against Michael the archangel: “But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’” (Jude 1:9). In this year of 2014, both good and bad things will happen in Korea and in the world. But if we step forward, believing in the promised blessings, I believe that God’s will shall surely be accomplished.
God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, provided them with all kinds of benefits, and secured their safety. Today, God’s grace has also brought us out from the countryside, oceanside, or downtrodden households. And He led us to His Word. So there is nothing to envy in this world. After receiving such amazing grace, should we still be ungrateful and say, “I am not going to that kind of church!”
When the Israelites were in the wilderness, God set the ark before them to seek out a resting place for them (Num 10:33) and protected them with a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire. The pillar of fire was so bright that they could even see a crawling ant and stay warm without the need to wear underclothes at night in the cold desert. God also protected them by keeping away all pests like scorpions. During the day, He covered them with clouds to keep them cool and in the shade. He designated campsites for each tribe so they wouldn’t have to fight over land for camping. He also rained down manna from heaven to feed them (Ps 78:24). Yet still they grumbled, that their strength was failing from only eating manna, that there was nothing in the wilderness to eat, that they could still taste the leftover meat from the tables of their masters back in Egypt, where they were nothing but slaves. So God in His great love directed an east wind to gather quails to them, which they boiled and roasted and ate.
And when the water in Marah was too bitter to drink, Moses threw into the water a tree that God showed, and the waters became sweet (Exod 15:22-25). Exodus 17 and Numbers 20 narrate how God gave them the living water. God made water come out of the rock and form a stream to flow like a river on dry land. This was no ordinary rock. It was a solid rock that gushed forth living water, so much that two million people could drink, bathe, wash their clothes and feed all the livestock. Don’t ever forget Psalm 114:8. That rock is Jesus (1 Cor 10:4).
Psalm 78:15-16 “He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths. He brought forth streams also from the rock and caused the waters to run down like rivers.”
Psalm 107:35 “He changes a wilderness into a pool of water and a dry land into springs of water.”
Psalm 114:8 “Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of water.”
There are no clothes or shoes that wouldn’t wear out after forty years. But it is written that the Israelites’ clothes and shoes did not wear out throughout the entire duration of the wilderness journey (Deut 8:4, 29:5; Neh 9:21) because God’s grace was with them. Imagine how much more the Israelites would have grumbled if their shoes were worn out. God did not let their feet become swollen during the entire forty years they walked. How could they have traveled if their bodies were in pain and hurting? God’s grace protected them from getting sick. This all was indeed the work of His supernatural power.
About two months after Moses’ death, on the tenth day of the first month of the forty-first year after the exodus, the Israelites entered the land of Canaan. The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land (Josh 5:12). Manna could not be found anywhere. This is why God had told them to keep the manna they ate in the wilderness in a jar (Exod 16:32-34). In the ark of the covenant were two tablets of the Ten Commandments that Moses received, Aaron’s rod which budded, and a jar holding the manna (Heb 9:4). But then the ark disappeared during the period of Babylonian captivity, due to the Israelites’ continual disbelief (Jer 3:16). The ark appears again in God’s temple in the book of Revelations (Rev 11:19).
In Deuteronomy 1:6-8, God spoke to the Israelites who had been staying long enough at Mount Horeb (the wilderness of Sinai) to turn and go up to the land of Canaan.
Deuteronomy 1:6-8 “The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and set your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negev and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them.’”
God also told them in advance that they also need to take a difficult course because their enemies are in the way. It meant that if they took an easier route, their wives and children could all die, so they must take the way God commanded, even if they were weary. God said, “Go up to the river of Euphrates! The land promised to your ancestors is ahead of you.” He commanded them to go boldly because He will be with them. It is the same as what He said to Joshua before entering Canan (Josh 1:5-9). God’s blessing is always living and is active. We will not only be walking on plains but also on mountains. We will die if we go with idle, unbelieving minds. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 said, “If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” Going up the mountains is also doing God’s work. Matthew 11:12 states, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and violent men take it by force.”
As we come upon the New Year, I pray in the name of the Lord that there will be a thousandfold blessing for all the saints, whether rich or poor, from the head pastor to even the unborn babies in their mothers’ wombs! We must believe in the Word and move forward.
In Exodus 14:30-31, the Israelites saw the Egyptian corpses at the seashore after crossing the Red Sea. Look at the miracles of God. The wind speed has to be at least 240 miles/h (384km/h) to split the ocean. Such powerful winds will blow away everything in its path. However, even in such strong winds, the Israelites’ clothes and even their hair did not move. When the sea parted and the ground appeared, the land that had been submerged under water for thousands of years was completely dry (Exod 14:21-22, 29). Then as soon as Moses prayed after all the people had passed, the water came back upon Pharaoh and his officials, killing them all.
Hence, they were to carry on their march of hope by believing and obeying God who can perform such mighty works for them. I believe that those who believe in the word of the covenant and march toward Canaan will be blessed a thousandfold. Do not trust in man. God said that even fruits and vegetables are worthy to be numbered, but not men. This is why when we trust in man instead of God, we can ruin ourselves because of that person (Isa 2:22). When we believe in Genesis 22:17, our descendants will not be cut off.
Genesis 22:17 “Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore, and your see shall possess the gate of their enemies.”
Even the earth remembers God’s loving-kindness. There were many oppositions when I was planning to purchase Gurye Nogodan church. In my prayer, God said, “Don’t be afraid because of what anyone says.” This is the land I have selected to give to all in Pyungkang Cheil Church” (Ps 47:4; 78:55; Ezek 20:6). I was so comforted by these words. We need funds for construction in Jumunjin, also. So I considered selling the retreat center, but we will never get anything like Chungpyeong retreat center. Nogodan must remain until the end of the world. So when I was greatly troubled in my heart and prayed, the light came out of the darkness, and I heard a voice saying, “Cast all your anxiety.” Please turn to Psalm 102:13-14. How precious are these words? We must cherish these words.
Psalm 102:13-14 “You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come; Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones and feel pity for her dust.”
Back when the Korean Revised Version was first translated, there were not many scholars in Korea who knew the Hebrew text. The Korean Common Translations rendered this verse as, “Rise and have affection for Zion. The time has come. The time has come to have pity on Zion. Your servants cherish even the stones of the ruins and shed tears over her dust.” When I read this, I was so happy that I leaped with joy and danced. When I was accused of heresy, I was very miserable but quietly held it all in. The pain was so great that all of my teeth fell out. With a sad and aching heart, I would stand on the pulpit during dawn and Sunday services, never giving up on the faith, “God will show His great work.” Moriah Sanctuary is Mount Zion. I was so surprised when I received the word, “The time has come,” so I shared the verse with several pastors. How wonderful is this! The place where I prayed is not very far from Nogodan church. We can reach the prayer post early in the morning after spending the night there. Our pastors are also investing unsparingly in building the church after hearing this word. Please open the Bible and read. The New Korean Standard Version translates this verse as, “Lord, arise and have mercy on Zion. The time has come. The time has come to show favor to Zion. Your servants are happy to see just the stones of Zion. They are fond of even the dust.” Theologians who have studied Hebrew have translated this well. I became overjoyed as God’s grace led me to understand this during my prayer. It is incredible!
Thousands Upon Ten Thousands Blessings & the Blessing of the Crown of the Head
When God blessed the Israelites, He gave not only material blessings but also the blessing of the “head.”
Deuteronomy 28:13 “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully.”
Joseph received the blessing of the “crown” of the head. According to Genesis 49:26, the blessing of the crown of the head that Joseph received has the power to feed and lead the whole world. It is like dynamite, explosive and powerful. I pray in the name of the Lord that all saints and families of Pyungkang will receive such blessings in 2014!
This blessing, in other words, is the blessing of “priesthood.” Whether you are an elder, deacon, or layperson, you are all the spiritual “priests of the gospel.” This is the greatest and the best blessing.
Exodus 19:5-6 “Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine: and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”
Romans 15:16 “to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”
Revelations 1:6 “and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen”
Revelations 20:6 “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Please believe that those who remain until the end and believe in the gospel of redemptive history will be made “priests of the gospel” by God. Priesthood comes with the blessing of evangelism and missions. We must take the gospel to the whole world, to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Please believe that, just as God promised that Abraham’s descendants would be as numerous as the sand on the seashore, our names will not fall and whither on the ground, but descendants of faith as numerous as the stars in the sky will emerge in God’s grace. We must believe well. We are a holy and a royal priesthood. 1 Peter 2:5 and 9 says we are the “royal priesthood.” Don’t be discouraged but be confident. It is a blessing to become the head, a blessing to rule over the world, and a blessing of power to lead people to the gospel. In the end, it is a blessing of eternal life. I fully believe in this.
John 8:51-52 “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My words, he will never taste of death.’”
John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
The blessings of the earth and the heavens and the spiritual blessing we have received are not comparable to anything in the world. This eternal blessing is unfathomable. The Israelites received this word before a new start. Let us believe in today’s word and be grateful. So lift up your heads, stand tall, and march fearlessly with the word and authority in your hands. Believe that all the power of the devil will be destroyed and shattered before you.
This is a true story. When World War II was still fierce, a ship with significant military duties in England disguised itself as a merchant ship and headed to the U.S. The captain received a command: “If an enemy’s fleet appears, do not try to stop it, but move straight ahead. In case of emergency, telegraph in secret codes immediately.” While they were sailing, they met an enemy fleet. The captain immediately sent a telegram, and the reply was, “Do not be afraid but sail on.” Following the command meant facing the enemy. He was very anxious, so he prayed and looked straight ahead in prayer and finally reached the destination. At the same time, the latest model of a British submarine and airplane arrived together. It turned out that the submarine and the airplane were guarding them all the way through. Likewise, please believe that God is with us and walks with us in His grace. God does not leave us alone. When we fail in our businesses, have no money, or feel distressed, we could grumble and even leave God. We sometimes say that believing in Jesus or going to church is useless. But God does not leave us. He makes us understand by His grace. I bless you all, in the name of the Lord, to take pride as children of God and live strong as His saints, pleasing to Him!
From this first day of the new year, we wish to march toward the kingdom of heaven! Let us move forward together in faith! I pray in the name of the Lord that you will be faithful in your church work by praying, singing, and reading the Bible. Even if there were many failures and mistakes in the past, do not forget that you can always start over and start fresh when you repent. Let us march forward with the cross lifted high. A ship that sits still on the water can only rock until it eventually sinks. A living and functioning ship will continue to sail forward. We may encounter many waves of hardships in 2014, but as long as our heart’s engine of the word never dies but keeps on generating full power, we shall overcome those waves!
A blessing that increases a thousand times more than today! When I woke up this morning, I earnestly repeated this prayer: “God, I believe that in 2014, there will be a blessing that leads Pyungkang and myself to our desired haven”. I fervently prayed more than three times, “Please bless all the saints of Pyungkang—from adults to unborn babies—to receive this word of a thousandfold blessings of which Moses spoke to the second generation in the wilderness.”
Make peace with others in 2014. God said, “Be at peace with Me” (Job 22:21). Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” Stop making enemies. Are you going to take this hatred with you even after death?
May your hope never cease, and laughter and delight abound even in the midst of tribulations. Dear saints, please do not be shaken. Hope must not be shaken. In 2014, Jesus boarded on the ship called “Pyungkang (peace).” Jesus is the captain of our ship. Please believe that God is so pleased when we believe in Jesus casting our worries on Him, read the Bible, praise, and pray in peace on this ship. Let us head toward a new heaven and a new earth! To the world of eternal light! God will surely bless those who move from this world like Egypt to the Canaan heaven with the blessings of thousands and ten-thousands-fold!
Psalm 144:13-15 “Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce, and our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; Let our cattle bear without mishap and without loss, let there be no outcry in our streets! How blessed are the people who are so situated; How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!”
I bless you all in the name of the Lord that the blessings of Abraham’s covenant and Moses’ thousands upon ten-thousands blessings will overflow in the lives of all individuals, families, workplaces, and churches. How much is a thousandfold of $1000? It is one million dollars. What is another thousandfold of one million? One billion! What is another thousandfold of that? One trillion. Then a quadrillion, and then a quintillion. The numbers will become astronomical! This will make us wealthier than the richest man in the world. Our Father is the God who created all things through His Word. When His son asks for money, would He tell him to eat ramen instead? He will give generously. Please believe that all of God’s possession belongs to His believers. I believe that all the churches here and abroad will receive the blessing of thousands upon ten thousands, both spiritually and physically in 2014.
January 1, 2014 (Wed) New Year’s Day Sermon
Rev. Abraham Park
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