Cry Out Before God to Know Him

Pastor Hyung Jin Moon and Yeon Ah Lee Moon entered their new residence in Matamoras, PA in a significant ceremony representing the expansion of God’s sovereignty:

Numbers 11

28Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”

29But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

Luke 19

20“Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

22“His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

24“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

Richard:  We are not to live cautiously, just surviving and looking out for ourselves only.  We should strive to fulfill the calling that God has given each of us.  This will involve risk, but also reward, and our fellow mankind will benefit.

When Will We Stand Before God?

Rev. Sun Myung Moon
September 8, 1957
Chung Pa Dong Church
Seoul, Korea

The title of the speech I want to contemplate upon with you is, “When Will We Stand Before God?” I will speak briefly upon this topic.

No matter how great human beings on earth claim to be, they have been born into the fallen lineage. In other words, they have original sin. For this reason, humankind has been plagued by a history of crime until now. In this world or universe, humankind is undergoing a course of conflict waged against evil in which they do not have clear ideas about things. As we go forward, looking at the one day of hope, you must have experienced in your daily life that countless wilderness conditions are blocking the way.

This being the case, you probably all know clearly that the question of how to become free of this kind of environment is what good and conscientious people have been yearning for throughout the course of history. Nonetheless, in order for us to become better today than tomorrow, we must pull God into the sphere of our lives in absolute, substantial reality. In other words, we are not to conceptualize His Deity only in logic or concept. We must come to know Him as a real and tangible Deity in our lives. This is a crucial issue for us, the people of faith.

Because human beings fell, the path of having to liberate themselves from the fate of the fall lies before them. Although until now countless prophets and enlightened men have exhausted their sincere hearts, patience and utmost effort for the sake of the path mankind must walk, that path has not been traveled to the end yet. It remains as the fateful, universal path.

Moreover, the barriers of sin human beings have established is not just comprised of one or two. They are so many that they block our path endlessly. Yet we are in the position to dismantle and cross over them all.

Standing in this position, humankind has come forward adoring this subject of faith, the absolute Deity. Yet they have come to realize that there are many facts about this being that they do not know. Therefore, you are not to understand the substantial existence of the Deity in obscure concepts. Similarly, it would be unreasonable to fathom the actual existence of God only in logical terms. This is because the Deity does not dwell merely inside the realm of logic. Can faith based on logical understanding of the Deity guide our lives and help us to attain perfection as the eternal embodiment of life? We find that there are many problems with this.

What must we do, we who are living in this kind of environment, to go before the true Lord and Father? We must understand that our desire to go before the Father is the historical hope of humankind. At the same time, it is the purpose of God’s dispensation.

What then blocks our path as we go in search of God and seek the road of faith? First, without you being aware of the cause, doubt that springs from within will block the path before you. Moreover, the test of sin will block your way. The power of death that takes you by surprise will block the road. We must cross over this pass of doubt, the pass of sin, and the pass of death.

Humanity has harbored hope that each of them might be linked to the eternal ideal, and that this linked relationship will rule over their lives and govern their purpose. Furthermore, human beings have unconsciously been longing for the one standard that can forge this eternal relationship. Human beings must pass through this kind of course.

Moreover, you have been longing to experience the actual existence of God in the sphere of your life. You have been yearning to meet with the substantial embodiment of God. However, when you try to set yourself to following that embodiment of God as the subject of faith, many things will arise that provoke doubt. Even if this takes place, you must never fall victim to the conditions of doubt, and you must pass over it. You must feel that you are under the huge shadow of death.

What then are you to do after feeling this? You cannot walk a true path of faith if you only hold this in your hearts. That is no way to bring a solution to these problems. If you acknowledge that God exists, then you must remain as the object of faith who can honestly bring out all of your doubts and place them before God. Moreover, you must be able to frankly reveal all the hardships you suffer because of your own sinfulness. In other words, you should reveal everything from your personal sins to the sins of the lineage you have inherited.

Not only that, you must overcome the situation of stagnating in the realm of death where you are powerless. You have done this in spite of the fact that you have the fate to fight with everything that blocks your path, in spite of the fact that you must be taking steps forward toward the eternal world of hope, in spite of the fact that you must enter the promised Kingdom of Heaven where you can feel the eternal ideals of life.

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