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Today I would like for everyone to be energized. I would like for you to experience God, and I wish to speak about how you can become high-spirited. If you would do what the Bible tells you to do, then what it says will happen. To begin, let us look into what must be done first.
Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and sinned. From there, things did not go right for us. To correct this, Jesus came. If we would do three things that must be done as Christians, then we will change from Christians who are walking to Christians who are flying freely in the air, so to speak. I definitely believe this is true. Today, I would like to concentrate on one of the three.
Because we had the sin of Adam, we were estranged from God and could not receive the grace of God.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live2 when you followed the ways of this world3 and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,4 the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.5 1 All of us also lived among them at one time,6 gratifying the cravings of our sinful naturea7 and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.” (Ephesians 2:1-3)
What is meant here by your transgression is the sin that you commit. The other sin is Adam’s sin. We were dead in those sins. It is saying that we are alive but were dead. Spiritually dead, that is. The condition is such that the relationship is severed with God which is life. Therefore, people do not know for what purpose they are living, and they are at a loss as to how to get blessed. It was life under the curse. It seems as though people are living according to their will, however, as stated in verse 2, people were living by following the ways of the spirit of disobedience. In the sin of Adam and one’s own transgression, verse 3 says, we were “by nature object of wrath”. People were placed in the condition of being given the wrath of God. Therefore, they neither understood what happiness is, nor what the purpose of life is. We were created by God, and yet we are estranged from God. This does not attain the purpose of having been created. The automobile just being there is useless. It is useful because people ride on it.
For everything that was created by God, God said of them it was good, good, good, and very good. (Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31） Originally, we were good, but because Adam sinned, we became estranged from God, and became that without the flow of life, like the electrical appliance that is not plugged in, we became lifeless. For this is the kind of people that we were, what did God try to do through Jesus? What kind of things are we designed to receive from God?
“to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,” (Luke 1:77)
One of the knowledge in Christianity is the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. We come to know that we have been delivered from the sin of Adam and our own sin. For the said, we believed in Jesus. I became a Christian and got baptized. I could not forgive myself who sinned, but when I became a Christian, I felt refreshed in feeling that I had been released and forgiven of all my sin. However, not even four days went by that I sinned, and there I was who had not changed from before. When I became a Christian, I was determined that my sin of the past had been erased, that I was now wearing a pure white garment, and that I was not going to soil it. But I sinned, and I got discouraged. From there, my faith life oscillated up and down.
Why was this so? It is because my thinking was such that my sin of up to the time I became a Christian was forgiven. Once becoming a Christian, I felt that it was through my own responsibility that I wore a new garment, therefore, I must not soil it, and that I must do my best to keep it clean. It is written, “the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17), yet I felt that nothing has changed. The Bible is saying “the new has come”, but my demeanor has not changed. Then what became new?
“To be made new in the attitude of your minds.” (Ephesians 4:23)1 It does not say the body, nor the soul became new. The spirit became new. I thought that when I got baptized, I was made entirely new and became as one who does not sin anymore, but the body and the soul were not made new. Let us read this one more time.
“You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off1 your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on5 the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.“ (Ephesians 4:20-24)
The Bible is saying that only the spirit has become new, and the body and the soul is still the old self. What is this teaching about? It is about separating yourself to the old and the new. By separating the two, we are able to walk in faith.
One of the three things that I wish to talk about today is about holding on firmly to the consciousness of being forgiven. By that, we are able to walk as if we are flying in the air.
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:6-11)
The reason why we are reminded of the guilt of sin despite being Christians is due to our looking at our old selves. When we look at ourselves, we must look at it in separating the two, the old and the new selves. When we sin, we judge ourselves as sinners. Jesus was put on the cross, but was that necessary for him? No. Then for who was he put on the cross? It was for our sin. Therefore, our sin has been done away with by the cross of Jesus. It was for this nature of Adam and for our old selves that sin, which Jesus became the sin. He was put on the cross and died for our sin. Verse 10 states, “The death he died, he died to sin once for all.” Who was it that Christ died for? He died for our sin.
Due to the nature of Adam, here we are who sin even though we became Christians. However, if Jesus had paid for our sin, then it means that our sin was settled with. Verse 7 states, “Because anyone who has died,” meaning, by the sacrifice of Jesus, the old self has died, and so he “has been freed from sin”. We have been put to the cross together with Jesus, we had gone to hell together with Jesus, and we have risen together with Jesus. This is the meaning of the cross. Therefore, the self that sin is dead on the cross. Satan will say, “And like that you call yourself a Christian, a pastor, an evangelizer?” I always say this. If I had a debt of ten million yen which I am unable to pay, but if my parents paid for it, then my debt will be gone.
Jesus was put on the cross for our sin. Do not be deceived by the devil. If in your walk of Christian life, should you feel that you must condemn yourself in thinking, “you call yourself a Christian with the way you are?,” then that is the voice of the devil and not God’s. Insomuch as Jesus died for your sin, your old self that sin has died. When I recognized this, I was able to forgive myself.
The prodigal son was God’s son. That son sinned and returned, and the Father accepted him. Now, for us, if we believe in Jesus, we are God’s sons and daughters. However, the state of his or her condition could be like that of the prodigal son that sinned. Nevertheless, if we return to the Father, though we are not in the position to be called a son, God’s thinking is, “for this son of mine was dead and is alive again.” (Luke 15:24). The prodigal son returned all the way to heaven, to the kingdom of God. To what extent are we forgiven? Let us read verse 11 again, it is a wonderful Word. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” When we sin, we are thinking that we have sinned against God. However, this verse is saying that by the cross of Jesus, we are alive to God in Christ Jesus. It is saying that Jesus was put on the cross so that when we face God, we are able to face Him as being alive to God.
By the cross of Jesus we died to sin. We may sin, but that self has died.
The Greek word for “count” in verse 11 means “to calculate”. I, too, sometimes sin.
Before, I could not calculate and I was troubled, but now I do the calculation every time I sin. Because Jesus had paid for all of my sin until the time I can go to heaven, for those sin that takes place from now until then, the payment was made. Therefore, I dwell on the cross of Jesus, say “Amen”, “thank you”, and offer my gratitude. What was done is wrong, so I confess my sin and repent, then be forgiven, and give thanks that I am established as being alive to God. The prodigal son planned to say, “I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.” This parable of the prodigal son is one that shadows the cross of Jesus. It is talking about us. Therefore, as a son, he returned.
Toward God, think that you are alive to God in Christ Jesus, and calculate. God treats us in this way. You may sin a billion, yet there is still change left over when that is subtracted from the unlimited atonement of Jesus. Therefore, you can do the calculation, and say thank you. It goes to show that the payment has been made for our sin since our becoming Christians until we go to heaven.
When did God think about this? He thought about this before the creation of the universe. God had planned before the creation of the universe to create you to be without sin in Jesus Christ. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4) On our own, we are not holy, and with blame. However, before the creation of the universe, God’s plan was to create us to be holy and blameless. That plan was to be completed with Jesus. “For he chose us in him, meaning, chose us in Jesus.” That is the New Testament. From the beginning, therefore, God was thinking about the New Testament. In God’s thinking, He does not think that Adam and Eve are able to live right. God knew that the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would be eaten. Otherwise, man would not understand God’s wisdom, nor of good or evil. That is why that tree was in the center of the garden.
God’s plan was to resolve this with Jesus.
Due to the knowledge of good and evil, we have come to feel sin. Next, however, if the sin of knowing good and evil is done away with, then we can come to understand good and evil, become as those being forgiven of sin and, therefore, live together with God. “He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”(Ephesians 1:5) There was the plan of God from the creation of the universe to make us His children. That is through Jesus Christ. Therefore, prior to the creation of the universe, it was predestined that through Jesus we will be forgiven of our sin, enter into heaven and live. Accordingly, we are not to say that we are sinners, due to sin that we commit after becoming Christians. We must do the calculation. What we must first realize is that we are forgiven of our sin. Let us look at to what extent our sin was forgiven when we were not yet Christians.
“I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.”(Mark 3:28)
All that is done, while not knowing God, will be forgiven. Even if blasphemies were said, it will be forgiven because one does not know God. Upon becoming Christians, although there is the boundary of the payment being within the cross of Jesus, unless something extremely grave happened, we are forgiven.
At the church of Corinth, there was a man who made his mother his wife. She was his father’s wife, perhaps a remarried person? As a Christian, he was sinning. How was he prayed for by Paul? This person believed in Jesus, and his sin is within the boundary of the cross of Jesus, therefore, there is salvation. The best thing to do is to repent, be cleared of sin, and go to heaven.
“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief2 and have put out of your fellowship3 the man who did this? Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)
Because of the seriousness of the sin of adultery, verse 5 says, hand this man over to Satan, so that further sin may not accumulate, have it that life be destroyed in this world early, that sin does not go beyond the cross of Jesus, and that he may be “saved on the day of the Lord.” This person repented, therefore, the settlement was made, and he was saved within the boundary of the cross of Jesus, and was able to go to heaven.
“I wrote as I did so that when I came I should not be distressed by those who ought to make me rejoice. I had confidence3 in all of you, that you would all share my joy. For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you. If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent– not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.” (2 Corinthians 2:3-7)
This person repented early, so his life was not taken away. He was forgiven because his sin was within the boundary of the cross of Jesus. We may commit a grave sin one day. However, if we would honestly confess of our sin, then we will be forgiven. There might be times that we feel we have come to the end. However, God does not want to judge sinners, instead, He hopes for sinners to repent and return to Him. Therefore, we are forgiven.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
You already all know the awesomeness of this Word. When we sin, when does the Bible say we will be forgiven? God does not begin judging upon hearing us confess of certain sin. The cross of Jesus was already accomplished; the settlement has already been made. Therefore, as soon as we say out loud our sin, that sin is cleared. Like the father who was waiting for his prodigal son had long before decided on forgiving him, God has already decided on forgiving our sin at the moment we repent. That is because Jesus had made the payment.
The plan of God is for us to return to heaven in Christ as holy and without blame. We are forgiven until the time we go to heaven. Jesus had paid for our sin to that point. I would like for you to clearly know the heart of God. God’s plan is not to forgive us of our sins, but to have us become inheritors of the kingdom of God.
“To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” (Acts 26:18)
We believed in Jesus and returned from Satan’s control. We received the forgiveness of sin, and were made to be holy, for His plan is for us to inherit His kingdom. As the father who was waiting for the prodigal son had decided long before to receive his son, God’s thinking extends to having us return to heaven and inherit His kingdom. The purpose of the payment that Jesus made on the cross was for us to go to heaven, and have us enter there. Let us change our own consciousness. That is, as long as we maintain our thinking on the forgiveness of sin, we will sin again and think whether we will be forgiven or not. Jesus had done more than forgiving sins. Calculate that fact. We must become aware of the fact that we have been given far more than just forgiveness of sin. Do this calculation. Our old selves have died, and we are already those who are alive to God.
“Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Hebrew 9:26)
Jesus had come not to forgive sin, but to take it away. He came to take away Adam’s sin and our sin.
Let us say out loud.
“In Jesus, my sin has been taken away. Therefore, to God I am alive. Amen”
There are times that we sin, but they have already been done away with. However, you must, in faith, confess your sin, and stand on the fact that you have been forgiven. Do not let Satan deceive you. Let us maintain this consciousness that our sin has been taken away. We must not be trying to live right under the law concerning the matter which was begun in the spirit. What began in the spirit cannot be made righteous by the law. We have been saved by grace. Let’s go back once again. What happened when you confessed?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Because sin had been taken away from us, if we believe that our sin had been taken away, and confess of our sin, then He will “forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Many people get depressed because they look at their present state. Your sin has already been settled by Jesus. I will say it again. With Jesus you have been put on the cross. You went to hell with Him, and resurrected with Him. If Jesus is in heaven, then where are you? You are in heaven. Only the spirit is in heaven. Therefore, our spirit alone is saved. The Bible says, “The kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) The kingdom of God is within our spirit. The kingdom of God is in heaven. The heaven and our spirit are connected, as our spirit is within us, simultaneously, it is in heaven. Our spirit is seated in heaven. This is written in the past tense. “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6) It does not say one day He will seat us, but “seated” us in heaven. Why? It is because, by the atonement made by Jesus, to God we are alive.
In our daily lives, look not on the self that sin, but on the new self in Christ. In reality we are not able to see the new self. We believe the new self. Look at the self that is invisible which was made new. The self that sins died on the cross with Christ. Believe not in the self that died, but in the self that is alive, that is new. Continue carrying on in this.
“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:3,4)
Our new selves are hidden with God. That will appear when Jesus appears. What was planned before the creation of the universe in Christ, to make us holy and without blemish, is already so, spiritually. It is written in this way because in the spiritual realm, you are alive to God.
“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body2 through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation..” (Colossians 1:22)
We have already been reconciled. Therefore, we are holy, without blemish, and free from accusation.”
Let us say out loud.
”By the cross of Jesus, I was made holy, without blemish, and free from accusation. Satan can’t condemn me for sin. Amen.”
Christians do not get depressed. They are always high-spirited. When we forget about being forgiven, we get depressed.
Say to Satan:
“Has not Jesus paid for my sin! I have been made holy, I am without blemish, and I am free from accusation!”
You must attack Satan in this way.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
For we have believed in Christ, we who are in Jesus, will never be condemned for sin. Therefore, should you sin, confess of it right away. If you do, you will be forgiven. If you have a sense of sin, you cannot pray. Make this definitely your own, and clear through step one.
Let us say out loud.
”I am in Christ, therefore, I will never be condemned for sin. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.”
Step two is about having the consciousness of being blessed.
Step three is about having the consciousness of being loved.
Unless you have these three, you cannot fly in air. In order to become a Christian who is free, as if flying in the air, clear these three. If you do, you will experience that in everything, you will walk within the protection of God, and you do not have to be troubled.
Being led by the Lord, I wish to speak on steps two and three to follow.
All glory to God.
ERM Bible School
Message: Second Step in Becoming Christians Who Are Flying Freely in the Air
I will begin speaking about step two of becoming Christians who are flying freely in the air. In step one, I spoke about being forgiven. I thought I would next speak about being blessed, however, in order to receive being blessed, I would like for you to first gain a heightened realization that you are loved. When you have the realization that you are loved, then when troubles occur, you will understand that you will surely be protected for you are loved.
When we are living the life of faith as Christians, there are many trials.
Sometime we wonder why we have trials. Why do these troubles occur? Why do they linger on? There lies God’s purpose in them. Trials come to us. However, we will definitely triumph.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
Non-Christians and we who are walking in faith feel that we could be happy if such and such did not exist. People are troubled because they have worries. We probably feel that if we did not have any worry then we would be happy. Would I be able to make my payments? I am insecure about my future livelihood. Would I be able to go to heaven for I have sinned? We worry about these things. However, worries dissipate when we live in the consciousness that we are forgiven, loved and blessed by God.
How can we become as Christian flying in the air? It is in becoming free of worries. When you live a life without worries, Satan cannot thwart you, therefore, we can be flying freely in the air. In our believing in God, and in our coming to know God further, God allows that we face trials.
The Bible says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”(1 Corinthians 10:13)
When trials come to those who are conscious of being forgiven, loved and blesses, they think,”I am definitely able to overcome this trial! Because God does not give us trials that we are not able to bear. Amen.” As a result, you do not worry about problems. Therefore, I would like for you to quickly learn and obtain these three consciousnesses of being forgiven, being loved, and being blessed. When various troubles come, those who do not know whether their problems would be solved or not will worry. We experience problems, and we pray about them. They will be solved. Problems come again. When they do, I would like for you to know why problems are coming. God is trying to teach you, that although problems are coming, you are not to worry about them.
Sometimes problems come in succession. I have been saying, “It doesn’t matter whether I have three problems or four problems. God says there is no trial that cannot be withstood. Therefore, if I have four problems, then I will overcome four problems. Amen.” We must get to know the heart of God. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2) For in overcoming and having experienced them, you will know that you are always going to be well concerning problems of that level.
God is bringing trials for us to overcome, but there are Christians who are avoiding them, and running away from the problems. In James 4:7 it says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Christians, therefore, are not to run from problems. When problems arise, Christians are to confront them. God does not give us burdens we cannot bear, He is promising victory.
When King Jehoshaphat, I often speak about (2 Chronicles 20), was approached by the vast enemy army, he triumphed because he believed in God and worshipped him. The problem is not the fact that problem is occurring! What we Christians need know is that, the problem lies in not believing that the problem has been solved! You might have a financial problem, and you might have an illness problem, problems with business, or discord in human relationship. But the problem is not in having that problem. That is something that can be handled and will be solved. The problem lies in not believing this. Is anyone having difficulty finding employment? Believe that your employment has been decided. Is anyone’s problem lingering? Believe that it has been solved. If you are saying, “not yet, not yet”, then you are in the worry. Those who are not in worry, however, are saying, “I believe it has been solved. Amen.”
How can you make a living without work? You might ask, why do you say “Amen”? We are loved by God. Our God who is looking at us as children of God does not say, “It can’t be helped that you can’t eat because you don’t have a job.” When Prophet Elijah did not have anything to eat, the ravens brought him food (1 Kings 17:6). Because we do not work, it does not mean that we cannot eat. God provides for me. Look at the birds of the air. (Mathew 6:26) They do not have refrigerators. They do not have a place for storage. But they always have food to eat and are living. Therefore, there is no way that God will not meet your needs. When you believe that God will protect and bless you no matter what the circumstance may be, then you need not worry.
As you experience many problems, you will think “I have solved this. I have solved that. This one is several times bigger, but I will be solving it again.”
As long as you are running away from that problem, the problem will continue. Because the reason of it’s being there, is for you to overcome it. Do not be persistent in mouthing the situation that is in front of your eyes, but instead, declare about God who is blessing you. I always say this. Prayer is to be said in the past tense. “I believe that I have found work. I believe that my eye has been healed. I believe that I have been made useful.” Why should you say in this way? It is because you believe that God has already made that happen for you. As long as you are saying, “help me, Lord,” every time a problem occurs, you are not going to the bank of heaven to receive the answer, therefore, although it is there, you cannot bring down the blessing.
For two months I had double vision. I had done examinations on my brain and fundus of the eye, but they could not find the root cause. In those two months time, I continued to proclaim, “I believe I have been healed.” While on earth I may be seeing in double vision, I believed I am healed when I go to heaven. Therefore, though I was not healed yet, I continued to confess that I was healed. Then after two months, I was completely healed. Unless you confess, that would not happen. (Mark 11:23)
Though problems called trials happen, “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4)
We must not be doing things on the same level continually. You must become those who are, “mature and complete, not lacking in anything.” In other words, God is trying to make us into people who do not worry even though problems occur. It does not matter whether your problems continue or cease. It is already determined they will definitely be solved.
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
It is predestined that when problem arise you will escape out of it.
Let us say out loud, “Trials, come. I can always solve them. There is not a trial I cannot bear! Amen.” When problem arise, you must rejoice. When a problem come to me, I always think that it is a time for me to get promoted. It is so for you, too. You are getting closer to becoming complete. Sometimes, in my calculation, I sense that I might be short financially. But I do not pray for money. Even when I have a large payment to make, God suffices my needs. I give my offering, and to God plant my seed for blessing. If you do not make your offering, you should not be expectant. A farmer takes in his harvest because he sows his seeds. If God indicates the amount of money to be offered, then do exactly. Do not think that if you use your money for the offering you would not be able to make your payments. Of course, you must make sure it is God’s voice you are hearing. If it is the voice of God, then you must obey. If you do, God will fulfill. When you trust in God, the answer is there.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) He is not blessing us with every spiritual blessing, but He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. It is in the past tense. That blessing exists in the bank of heaven! We must go to receive that. Because it is there, we need not worry. Though my students are few and congregation is small, I am able to continue. This is not a wonder, but a matter of course.
“It is a matter of course that my needs are met. Amen.”
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Jesus was rich, but for you and me, He became poor. If Jesus is rich, and yet became poor, it means we became rich. By the poverty of Jesus, we are made to be rich! “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) It is not just about our needs being met. All our needs are met.
Let us proclaim, “I became rich by the riches of Christ. All our needs are destined to be fulfilled. Amen.” Therefore, we need not worry.
Those who can receive answer to their prayers are absolute believers.
Believe, as if you have been fooled. When you experience it, you will know that it is true. Do not begin with major matters from the start, but try with something ordinary around you and proclaim, “I believe my need for today has been given to me.”
All necessary things will be fulfilled. That is because you are loved.
In the earlier Scripture to the Ephesians it is written how much and from when you are loved.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” (Ephesians 1:4-6)
Before the creation of the world (Verse 4), way before Adam and Eve were created, you had been planned by God. You were chosen in Christ. You were made to be holy and without blame, and in love He adopted us as His sons through Christ. And that was predestined! (Verse 5) You were planned by God, and you were born to this world to be loved by God.
When we realize this, life becomes enjoyable. It is because we are loved by God.
You are being blessed, then why is it that you are not blessed?
It is because by the words you confess, your life is determined.
I want you to become Christians who are flying in the air. For that, please declare! Continue to declare! If you do, your life will change.
In the beginning you may only feel you are 5 Millimeters in air. Next, 10
Centimeters, and after that, 1 Meter. Sooner or later, you will come to be
able to freely fly over mountains. You are already being blessed. Because
you do not believe that, and not receive it, the blessing is not occurring! For you are loved by God, therefore, you must declare so.
”This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
At first you chose to believe in Jesus. In that way, choose. Declare every day and choose. If you said something negative or words coming from Satan, something that is not in line with what the Bible says, then repent. And as though retaliating three times over, declare, “I am blessed! I am blessed! I am blessed!” Subtracting one from three is two. Then you will be two steps closer. If you declare more, the closer you will get. Say it every day. If you waver between declaring and not declaring, you will not get closer. As if going to the bank to withdraw that money that is there, we must believe that we are blessed there, declare it, and go to obtain it.
Let us declare, “I am blessed. I am loved by God before the universe was created. A predestined child, this is who I am. Because I am blessed, any problem is determined to be solved. Amen.”
Because I am blessed, in those days that I was a salaried worker, I thought, “Those who will do business with me will be blessed. Those who do not do business with me will not be blessed.” I, therefore, always got the business. The companies I dealt with may have thought I am from a small credit union, but because they are dealing with me who is loved by God, I always thought I am above them. The dealing companies must have thought, where is this person’s confidence coming from? This is from my believing.
Jesus was walking on the Sea of Galilee. “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” At that time, Jesus was not walking on water as God, but as a human being using His faith. That is why Jesus did not say, “Peter, what are you saying, it would be impossible for you because you are a human being.” But He said to him, “Come.” (Mathew 14:22-33)
Jesus lived by using His faith as a human being, exemplifying Himself as our model. From where did Jesus have that faith and confidence to walk on water as a human? When Jesus rose from the water after being baptized in water by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit fell on him as a dove and there was a voice from heaven. “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Mathew 3:17) Jesus is always full of the realization that He is well pleased by and loved by God.
I am always saying, “I am loved by God. I am blessed by God. Even when I sin, I am forgiven.” I repent of my sin, of course. If you are insecure because of financial difficulty, you do worry because you do not have the realization that you are loved, you are blessed and you are forgiven of your sin. Quickly obtain these three realizations. While doing so, the end of the world will come. At that time, you will be asked by God, “I tried to give you these three consciousnesses, why did you not firmly hold on to them?”
You are all able to work for God. You are all are vessels to be used by God. Unless you maintain these realizations, God is not able to work through you.
If there is someone with a grave illness in front of you and if you are wondering, “Would he be healed by my prayer?” you would not make it in time and the person would die.
Peter started to walk on water, but almost drowned, however, later on he became a person who can perform miracles and healings by faith. That is because within Peter the realization of being loved came to a full. In the Bible there are many writings that are unbelievable. You think that they are too awesome for you to believe. But we are to believe them. For the Bible is Word of God, and the truth. Now, let us see how much we are loved according to the Bible.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”(Romans 8:32)
Jesus gave up His life for me and you. To purchase us back, Jesus gave up His life. In other words, if you are thinking yourself to be unimportant and devaluing yourself, that is the mind of the devil. God’s mind is, “You are precious and honored in my sight.”(Isaiah 43:4)
God thinks you are worthy to be bought back even by the blood of Jesus.
You have been saved in exchange for Jesus’ life. Therefore, if you maintain the realization that you are loved as much as Jesus, your problems are destined to be solved for sure. You know that everything will be turned into a blessing. Furthermore, we are told that we will be blessed with all things together with Jesus.
Let us say, “I am loved just as much as Jesus. I am loved so much as to being blessed with all things. Amen.” Hold to this realization.
There is a voice that is saying to you from heaven, “(your name) my beloved, I am pleased with you!” Imagine this every day. If you do, your consciousness will change, and you will be able to receive the blessings.
God’s love is not human love. It is something that you have never received before, and you are loved by God to the extent unbelievable to you.
“And to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19)
By receiving love we become in the likeness of God. We become filled to the measure of all the fullness. Furthermore, that we, “may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:18) The width of God’s love, the height of God’s love, the depth of God’s love cannot be received from man, because that is the love of Christ, which far surpasses the knowledge of man. I want you to know how much you are loved by God. Those of you who have troubles now, put them all down. They are not for you to be holding. God is saying they are His problems and not yours. God takes care of them all, because we are loved.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mathew 11:28:30)
In order to fly in the air, if you are holding on to weights, you cannot fly because they are heavy. Put them down.
Let us declare, “I put down financial worries. I put down problems of human relationships. I put down worries of work. I put down the problem between husband and wife. I put down the problem of marriage. God, I release them all to you. Amen.”
Live a Christian life that is light, a Christian life that is easy.
Let us say out loud, “We are loved by God, therefore, by Christ we have been removed of sin and are forgiven. My life is joyful and happy! Only happiness comes to me. Should Satan bring problems to me, Satan will just take them all back. Amen.”
May the glory be to God.
Next, I plan to speak on the realization of being blessed.
ERM Bible School
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,
and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this,
whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
That is why many among you are weak and sick,and a number of you have fallen asleep.
But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment“（１Corinthians 11:23-31）．
During the Old Testament time,
blessings of Abraham (blessings of prosperity and healing) existed,
but the priests were not allowed to enter the holy of the holies.
We, however, are able to do so. What is meant by this is that we are able to enter into heaven by the grace of the sacrificial cross of Jesus.
In the Lord’s Supper,we are not partaking of the body and blood of Christ in order to have the sins erased that were committed since the previous partaking of the Lord’s Supper.
What we receive is one blessing after another (John 1:16).
To take part in the Lord’s Supper is to receive benefit over benefit.
Which is about: “For I know the plans I have for you,”declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
When we partake of the Lord’s Supper properly,
there will be grace and blessings.
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (vs 25).
The covenant of the blood of Jesus has taken away the curses of poverty,sickness and second death.
During the Lord’s Supper we drink the juice of the grape which symbolized the blood of Jesus.
It is the blood of Jesus, blood of God.
As we are descendants of Adam, we have sin.
And we sin daily. Jesus, however, is the one without sin.
God himself became man and came to us. His blood had not just paid for our sins,
but washed the sins of all human race, in that should we ever sin in heaven,
then that too has been totally paid for.
The blood of Jesus is worthy and precious and holy,whereby all sins are erased.
Therefore, let us properly partake in the Lord’s Supper.
“For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself”(vs 29).
If we receive it properly, we will receive the blessings.
“A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup” (vs 28).
One must examine himself and confess of his sins.
Jesus has already paid for our sins, even for those sins that we may be committing in the future.
If one does not confess his sins, then that state of having sin will persist.
Therefore, we must confess of our sins before we receive the body and blood of Christ,
and receive of it in a pure state.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7-9).
Verse 7 states, “we have fellowship with one another.”
With whom is this fellowship with? In 1 John 1:3, it is stated,
“our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
By confessing of our sins, we are able to walk in the light,
and enter into fellowship with God himself and with Christ.
“If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (vs 9).
In this world, when sin is committed, reparation must be paid according to its seriousness.
In the Bible, however, we are told that when we confess of our sins, our sins will be cleared.
This means that from the beginning, “God has already decided on forgiving you.”
When the prodigal son returned home upon realizing his sin,
God the Father already had the son forgiven (Luke 15).
This son is you. God had forgiven you long before, and yet, it is you who have not forgiven yourself.
Those with guilt conscience, confess of your sins now.
You have been given the grace to go to heaven on the account of Jesus who had died in taking your place whereby you are forgiven.
“For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
That is why many among you are weak and sick,
and a number of you have fallen asleep” (vs 29, 30).
What is meant by “without recognizing the body?” When we believed in Jesus,we entered into the body of Jesus.
In the Lord’s Supper, we partake of what is holy, therefore, we must be conscientious of this,
and so we confess of our sins in order that we may become pure.
In the Church of Corinth there were issues, and because of that, increasing people were becoming weak and sick,
and many were dead. What we must do is to confess of our sins, not to man, but to God,
and be forgiven of our sins by the sacrifice of Jesus,
and enter into the grace in which we are separated from sin and sin longer belongs to us.
We believe that not one person is harmed in partaking of the Lord’s Supper, that all are healed,
receiving good health, and made to enter into a life of blessings.
We confess of our sins, and pray to seek forgiveness for those sins we unknowingly have committed.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
Those of us who believe in Jesus are not condemned to sin.
That is because Jesus had paid for them on our behalf.
It is as if someone is in debt of a million dollars,
but his parents paid it off, so the debt is gone.
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with,
that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6).
Through Jesus, God divided us into two, the old self and the new. “Because anyone who has died has been freed from sin” (vs 7).
The old self has been put to death on the cross with Jesus.
Therefore, we are free of sin.
“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (vs 11).
A new self in Christ.
As Christians then, what way of life shall we live?
What is meant by the word “count” in verse 11 is to calculate.
It is meant that you must “calculate” the fact that if your debt of one million dollars has been paid by your parents,
then it translates to mean that you are no longer indebted.
Therefore, we must calculate, that by the cross of Jesus,
we no longer have sin, and live as such.
We sin daily, but Paul says the following:
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good,
but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no,
the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:18-19).
He even goes on to say: “As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me (vs 17).
Paul is saying, “It is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
Jesus had died for my sins, I have nothing to do with it.”
“Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it,
but it is sin living in me that does it” (vs 20).
If we understood what Jesus had done for us on the cross and the meaning of the Lord’s Supper,
then because we are forgiven and loved to this extent,
we are able to forgive others and love others.
“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,
and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24).
The bread is the body of Jesus. Jesus said,
“This is my body, which is for you.”Jesus who is God,
had come with a body in order that he may assume the sin of all mankind.
We on our own is not capable of entering heaven, to forgive and purify our sins,
and therefore, God Himself became man and was put to the cross.
The bread is that body which had been sacrificed.
The bread we eat at the Lord’s Supper is the broken bread.
On our behalf Jesus was whipped and the one body was broken.
The bible says: “After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied” (Isiah 53:11).
By this it is meant that Jesus had taken our place freely on our behalf.
The other meaning of breaking of the bread is that when the pieces are put together,
it will be as one. It means that you are all a piece of the body of Christ. Life of faith is not lived individually,
but in knowing that everybody is united.
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (vs 25).
Taking part in the Lord’s Supper is a new covenant.
The juice of the grape is the color of the blood of Jesus.
This is a covenant in which you are forgiven of your sin,
be made to receive financial blessings,health blessings, spiritual and all blessings.
This covenant, however, is not given one-sidedly.
For us to receive this, what must we do? This is a covenant in which we obey Christ.
As we receive this covenant, we carry on in obedience to Christ.
Our God is the true God, and this God will protect us.
No matter what problems there may be,
if God be for us then who can be against us?
It is this protection that is manifested over us.
In the Lord’s Supper we remember this and take the juice of the grape.
“Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,
for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance” (1 Peter 1:2).
Sick will receive the privileged of being healed,
financially trodden will be blessed,
and the privilege of entering heaven is granted.
The true God is our God, and we are given the protection that if God be for us,
then nothing can be against us, no matter what problems there may be.
Let us proclaim: “I am blessed in the highest.
I am loved by God in the highest.
I am loved to the extent that Jesus had taken my place.
I have decided to forgive people.
I have decided to love people.”
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me “(Galatians 2:20).
I have been put on the cross with Jesus and died.
I am now in the body of Christ.
It is not I that lives but Christ who is living in me.
I live by faith in the Son of God.”
Let us live by faith in Christ. Though we face obstacles,
we will think Jesus can triumph.
In battling Goliath, David in his youth did not think on himself doing it, but believed that God could do it (1 Samuel 17).
Let us proclaim: “From now on, I will live in thinking, not whether I could do it, but whether God could do it.
Because God is able to do all things, I am surely able to do them.
The old self has died.
Now Christ is living in me.
Christ is not sick, therefore, I have been healed.
I am destined to be successful.
I live by faith in Christ. Amen.”
ERM Bible School
First of all, we must yearn to know the truth.
No matter how much one is believing in Christ,
unless he is on the track of God, blessings cannot be received.
In coming to church, we ought to be seeking to know God before praying for financial blessings or healings.
As Israel aimed to reach Canaan, we are journeying in pursuit of heaven.
We long for heaven because God is there.
To become closer to God, we must first yearn to want to know God. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mathew 6:33). What is meant by this? What is knowing God about? Let us look into this.
“(God) wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 1:4).
God is wanting for us not just to believe in Jesus and be saved, but that we come to know the truth from there.
As the people of Israel left Egypt and walked toward Canaan, we, too, shall be saved and journey toward the kingdom of heaven.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
All is in the hands of God.
No one is without trials.
God trains us in our trials in order to grant us his goodness within the trials.
And within this training, we come to know the truth.
The more we believe, the easier life will become.
The more we understand, the easier life will become.
Israel walked the desert and entered the land of Canaan.
Trials exist, but God is siding.
King Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 22~, 1 Chronicles 17~) feared when the enemy approached.
But when he realized that God was on his side, fear disappeared. Worries of most people arise from looking at the present situation. If one comes to know the truth, however, that the outcome will be victory for him, then there is ease.
When David fought Goliath, he knew he would win because God was on his side.
The issue is not about what is visible, nor is it about how long or little lasting the problems are.
Problems are solved when we look into the realm of the invisible.
Satan will try to make you focus on your mistakes.
However, we must not fall into Satan’s trap.
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).
The more we know, the more we will understand grace.
The more you know, the more you will understand that you are the victor.
Not being peddled, the bicycle will fall, but as long as it is being peddled, it will continue to speed forward.
In a similar way, the more truth we know, the more grace and peace will abound.
Ultimately, for Christians, personal wishes unto the Lord will diminish.
For we are told, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mather 6:33). Everything will be provided and given.
The more we understand this, the more we will yearn to know God further.
From Colossians 2:2, let us learn about the four steps to truly know God.
“My purpose is that
① they may be encouraged in heart and
② united in love,
③ so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding,
④ in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.” We must truly know Christ which is the mystery of God.
In a Christian life, there are miraculous experiences, also.
However, Christian life of living in the belief of God’s protection is even more wonderful.
In order to truly know Christ, it is also necessary to have the visible problems solved and receive encouragement.
And by having the awareness of being loved, we will truly come to know Christ.
Now let us study the four steps of being increased in the knowledge of Christ from Colossians 1:10.
“And we pray this in order that
① you may live a life worthy of the Lord and
② may please him in every way:
③ bearing fruit in every good work,
④growing in the knowledge of God.”
You must examine your thoughts and hopes and see if your walk is really aligned with the Lord.
Whether your wishes are answered ornot, all is within the Lord’s blessings.
God’s purpose of being in not in answering our wishes.
Often, I think, “What would Jesus say to this person?”
Though engaging in the “A, B, C, D, Thanksgiving”,
the method for the use of faith, (A=Ask, B=Believe, C=Confess, D-Do, Thanksgiving),
there are those who say their prayers are not answered.
First of all, we must place ourselves on the “track” of the Lord. Which is to walk the way of the Lord, to live according to the Lord’s will.
The walk which is in line with the will of the Lord.
In other words, where is your standing position?
“It is in the Lord.” What does this mean?
“In the Lord”=being in Christ.
We must know that it is about our self being in Christ.
Concerning our own strength, ability, spiritual power, and knowledge, we must look at them from the standpoint of what they are “in Christ”.
“In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman” (1 Corinthians 11:11).
This is about the husband and wife relationship.
One may want to marry a certain person, but that person would think of how that would be to the Lord.
One’s opinion is not asserted to the other person, but one thinks about what it would be to the Lord.
Whether in service or in doing works of the Lord,
one does not decide things on his own, but thinks first of how it would be to the Lord.
When a Christian leading a Christian life becomes dissatisfied or angered, he is losing sight of what he is not supposed to.
We shall carry on in our living by looking to what is invisible.
“I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).
David was never shaken. That is because he has always set the Lord before himself.
By the cross of Jesus, all hostility has been withdrawn.
God is able to decree judgment, but judgment was withdrawn by the cross.
By the cross God’s anger was withdrawn.
By the cross we were made to go unto the forgiveness of God.
When I could not forgive my father, Jesus said to me:
“Was I hanged on the cross for you?”
”Was I also hanged on the cross for your father?”
Jesus told me He was hanged on the cross for me, as well as, for my father.
And He further told me, “I was also hanged on the cross for what your father had done to you.”
Jesus was hanged on the cross for the trespasses I do to others, as well.
And He told me, “Therefore, because I was hanged on the cross for what your father had done to you, forgive your father.”
To set the Lord before oneself means to see from the perspective of the Lord.
Jesus was hanged on the cross not only for Christians, but for all people.
Not only the issue of sin, but He had resolved all problems.
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord” (Colossians 3:18).
“As is fitting in the Lord”, we are told. We must not forget this. It is In Christ.
Husbands, too, shall be toward their wives, in Christ.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
We are light in the Lord. We are in the light and we become as children of light.
Let us proclaim, “I have become light in the Lord.”
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him” (Colossians 2:6).
We shall continue to live in the Lord.
“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it,
not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor,
but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:22-23).
Those who live this way will likely succeed rapidly.
Though you may belong to a company, your way of life shall be so to live in the Lord.
When you obey as you obey the Lord, you will continue to be blessed.
We set the Lord always before us.
Let us not err on our standing position.
It is wrong to think that you are not being healed for you have sinned, or that you are not being blessed.
Let us receive without reservation what we are meant to receive
in the Lord.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men whether to the king,
as the supreme authority” (1 Peter 2:13).
In all this, we shall carry on in setting the Lord before us.
Now let us proclaim:
“I am blessed in the utmost”,
“I am loved by God in the utmost”,
“I have decided to forgive people”,
“I have decided to love people”, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
I would like to end today with Psalm 16:8.
“I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
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