May 22, 2011, Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea
Hello, Brothers and sisters,
I would like to give a sermon today with the title “Our Life Lived with the Holy Spirit.”
Now True Parents have returned to the Cheonhwagung in Las Vegas, and tomorrow May 21st, a big rally will be held here. Now Bunbongwangs and national messiah are gathered and receiving the education of the Original Divine Principle. Approximately 2500 people will come to the Cheonhwagung tomorrow. True Father will give us his words with great grace and love.
As I reported a month ago, we are especially trying to change the culture in Las Vegas, and we will help the Salvation Army and various welfare groups through a game contest and fishing tournament as well as various competitions.
True Parents are really challenging the sin culture. I am very impressed by True Parents who are directly fighting to change the whole atmosphere of Las Vegas.
Brothers and sisters, today we will read Romans Chapter 8, verses 5 thru 10. Let’s read together.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.
Brothers and sisters, in this passage from the Romans’, the apostle Paul makes a very clear distinction. He talks about the big difference between a person focused on the body and the person who lives for God’s spirit, and the spirit of Christ. As we saw last weekend, when we discussed where human value originated from, if we add up the value of the chemicals comprising our body, the total comes to only $4.50. Also if the value is placed on our mind and consciousness, in 100 to 200 years, Robots and computers that double their processing speed every 8 months will have a much stronger mind power than human beings. If we place value in mind and consciousness, then will a computer with greater mind power than humans be more valuable than us? Because we are connected with God’s lineage and family, our eternal value comes from there.
Not because we did well, or we are good people, or we did good deeds, are we connected with God’s lineage. Not because of those things, but because of the deeds of the Son whom God sent, the Lord of the Second Advent, the Christ, and True Parents and because True Parents paid indemnity, True Parents fought and challenged, True Parents went the path of death, we were able to enter into God’s family from Satan’s family.
We received the huge blessing of erasing our original sin through the Blessing ceremony. Although we received that Blessing, we tend to always focus on the physical life. We should always live with God’s spirit and Christ’s spirit, but as a lacking child or sinful child we fall back into the physical focus, physical thought, pleasure, aims, and our dreams every day. Every time we fall into those temptations, we commit sin.
Last week, we read one episode from the Gospel of John. We don’t want to think that we are slaves (or servants to sin). We want to say that we are not slaves. However, as Jesus said, every time we commit sin, we become slaves to it and we lose our freedom.
Today what we read about especially in Romans is the spirit of Christ; what is the spirit of Christ that is together with the Holy Spirit? That is true love. What is the glory of God? That is true love. When we come to move and live with that love, we can gain freedom and peace.
Then what kind of love is that love? Is that the love to love only you? Or to love your value? Absolutely not. If you want to resemble God’s shimjeong (heart) and God’s love, you must love what God loves most. What is that? What God loves most, where is God’s shimjeong always drawn to? That is the Son whom He has sent, the True Parents.
Our worries that are outside of us, our thoughts, temptations, the false mind that wants to seek for myself only, and praise myself, will disappear. Within such vibrations, we will come to love True Parents, and not love ourselves.
When we attend True Parents, many physical challenges come to us. As you all know, True Father transcends all limitations of the physical self and is busy 24 hours a day, hardly getting any sleep, and especially during the world tour, many who follow him have gone through a lot. And as for us too, physically and mentally challenging situations arise.
There’s a lot of stress, and there are many moments when we feel hopeless (despair).
As for me, once when I was in such a situation, although I couldn’t gather the vibration together in the room, quietly listening to the Champumonim Eong Mansei music, I felt very amazingly that vibration flowing out from my whole body through the stomach, and felt each vibration gradually spreading and healing my body; furthermore, I felt my mind being healed, felt the flower of peace blooming in my heart. I felt myself going beyond the self-seeking praise, saying how tired I am, how hard I’m working and tried to enter into the realm of God’s true love for True Parents, and I was able to repent, experiencing the grace of a sense of peace coming over me, and could feel gratitude once again.
As I experienced these things, I felt again how fearful the power of this vibration was. This time when we went to Switzerland, Father specially held a big convention at the UN HQ in Geneva. At that time, about 500 gathered and there, the highest minister in the Swiss Lutheran Church also came and introduced Father.
Leaders of the UN of various fields also attended, and Father appeared at a podium in the UN HQ Hall with a big UN logo and world atlas behind him. There, he didn’t speak kindly and peacefully in a small voice, considering where he was, but Father went into the UN HQ and yelled out loud, hit the podium as all the audience watched and we were all shaky and nervous.
And viewing Father in a secular way, there were some who thought why does Father do that? It took so much effort to be able to speak at the UN HQ, but why does Father try to ruin it? However, we were able to see Father once again through the eyes of Christ. Especially, in the Gospels of John, Matthew and Luke, it reminded me of how Jesus completely challenged the leaders. Looking at them, Jesus said, “You belong to your father, the devil.”
Just as Jesus had said these incredible words, when we discover Father who, through the love of God, the spirit of God and the spirit of Christ tries to overcome and bring us out of the world of evil and death and into the world of everlasting life, Father who has the true heart of love, we can feel again how great the love of Christ was.
Following the Geneva conference, we went up to the city of Interlaken, in the Alps. Father went up the Swiss Alps, and you had to go up on the gondolas about 4 times. At the summit, there were about four small hills. As you know, when father has to go a long way, he uses a wheelchair.
However, that day, something special happened. Father said that he would climb those hills by himself that he would walk and climb up. We all tried to stop him. It was quite far, and as there were 4 or 5 levels, it would be too much of a strain on his legs as well; if Father would get in the wheelchair, we could push it without a problem, we said, but Father kept saying, “Let’s go, let’s go!” and just challenged the climb. Our Father, at the Korean age of 93, challenged himself.
As we saw Father taking one step at a time, taking very deep breaths and climbing, we all cheered and clapped, “Hey, our Father is amazing!” as we saw him climb that mountain one level at a time, how happy that made us and we were really inspired by this.
With truly happy hearts, and also proud of Father, we went up the mountain and came back down, and I said something to Father. “Hey, our Father is something else! Father, at the same time I feel how fearful that small jeongseong of love can be.”
I saw one study that said if we pray a lot for a certain person, that person will become healthier. Especially our CBG members, starting with the young 2nd gen, and the Seonghwa children up to our elder 36 blessed couples, come together and offer jeongseong through the Champumonim Eong Mansei praise. There are thousands of members who are offering jeongseong and praying for True Parents more than anyone else in the world; it looks like that power of vibration came especially to Father’s legs today.” I said, and Father was very happy and he said, “That’s right! That’s right!”
Brothers and sisters, we are not collecting the vibration in order to receive healing ourselves, or to receive more fortune ourselves; we believe that True Parents will become more happy, more energetic, and the works of God and the grace of God and the HS will fill your life. We are truly meant to receive heavenly fortune, and with the heart to inherit the blessing, with the heart of loving True Parents in the glory of God and the glory of Christ, we have gathered vibration and jeongseong. So God can trust us more, and He knows that if He gives us more blessing, we will use that for the world and for the Unification Family, so I believe that we will see a more amazing life of heavenly fortune!
Today True Parents are already offering jeongseong for a big convention, so I hope that all of you will return to the spirit of Christ, the spirit of God, the shimjeong of true love, the filial heart of loving True Parents with a pure mind, pure motivation, and pure heart, gather great vibration and power that will shake the universe and offer it to True Parents.
Let’s offer great victory and glory to True Parents today too, gathering love through jeongseong and shimjeong together with all of you.
Let us close today by reading Father’s words.
You all have to receive the fire of the Holy Spirit again and renew yourself. In the past if the Holy Spirit tried to work, there was much indemnity and persecution. However, now those times have passed and if the Holy Spirit really works, then it can bring a good result.
However, in the middle of that work, there is a difficult summit, or peak to overcome and it is hard to transcend that challenge. From now on, True Parents have to put aside the things they must do as True Parents and make a new determination. Therefore, this time you too must revive your shimjeong (heart) once again and have the benefit of the whole in mind. 18-304, 1967. 08. 10
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