REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
Let Us Understand God,
Who Wanted to be Proud
Former Church Headquarters
February 8, 1959
Father, please allow us to be awakened to the grieving heart You
had when You lost the original garden and mourned over it. We have been
ignorant of the fact that the sorrow of Adam and Eve is our sorrow. We
have failed to experience through our minds and bodies that the Father's
sadness is greater than our sorrow. We sincerely wish to feel in our
bodies and minds during this hour that, unbeknownst to us, the Father
has shed many tears and has suffered endless and infinite sorrow and pain.
The sorrow of the Father caused by the fall of Adam and Eve was
indeed great. Jesus' unfinished mission in the will of the providence of
restoration on the earth also caused You infinite grief, loneliness and
suffering. Please allow us to experience the entirety of Your agonized
heart during this hour.
Because our ancestors betrayed the Father, the history of sorrow that
provokes great indignation in our hearts has come into being. Please
guide us to reflect on this, so we will not commit the miserable mistake
of increasing the Father's sadness. Rather, please allow us to cope with
the sorrow of Adam, Eve and Jesus.
Please do not allow our minds and bodies to stop at their limits.
Please allow our minds to represent the Father's mind and our bodies to
represent the Father's hyung sang. Please allow us to bear witness to
the Father, who is deeply sorrowful. Guide us to call upon the Father
during this hour.
Although we are shameful, please lead us to become those who can
understand the internal heart of the Father, who has sought us and
raised us. Although we are inadequate, we hope to become one with the
Father in our minds and bodies. Please extend Your arms of compassion
and cast the light of love. Please establish us as Your elite troops.
Allow us to fight against Satan as Your sons and daughters.
We know that in the 2,000-year course of history since the coming of
Jesus, our ancestors failed to fulfill their obligations toward Heaven
and caused many prophets to shed blood. Please allow us to feel indignant
about these facts and to be able to take responsibility for their sins
and mistakes, repenting for them. Please forgive everything.
We have learned of the crimes which our ancestors committed. Please
guide us to establish the standard of life the Father seeks. Allow us to
become Your sons and daughters who can step forward as the embodiments
of the original Adam and Eve.
We know that many millions of satans are watching us in our
surroundings today. Please guide us through our path and allow us to
make the internal and external preparations to defeat these satans.
Beloved Father, this is our deepest wish.
Father, please establish the standard of victory and manifest Your
glory in this moment. If there are some who fall asleep, please wake
them. Beloved Father, we sincerely wish that You will take care of
them personally, and that You will not let the myriad satans invade.
Please guide us to resemble Your heart during this hour. Please allow us
to experience the Father's indignant heart. Beloved Father, we earnestly
wish You to unite us with Your desperate heart and lead us to hope only
for Your guidance and instructions.
Please give blessing upon the many altars gathering on behalf of the
people. We know that there are many lonely children of Yours scattered
across the countryside who are appealing to You with desperate hearts.
Father, please give blessings to them and work with them with the
same grace. We pray from the depth of our hearts that You grant them
the miracle of resurrection which will enable them to fulfill their
We have entrusted everything to the Father in this hour. Please govern
it from beginning to end. We offer all these words in the name of the
This sermon is about something with which we are very familiar. God
said that the creation He made in the six days was good. We must reflect
upon how God's deep desire to take infinite pride in His creation can
be found in this word "good."
God Is Looking for Things of which He can be Proud
God wanted to boast about the creation He had made in six days. When
He was looking at all the created things, He was extremely delighted.
To whom did He speak the words, "They are good"? He did not utter those
words to the archangel. He spoke those words to all created things. We
have to understand that God's feelings toward all things were that
Nonetheless, all created things lost their value of being good, which
God extolled in the Garden of Eden. God's desire toward all things could
not be substantially manifested. When we think about this sad situation,
we can understand that God's words, "They are good," became words of
grief. We have to remember this. The words extolling the goodness became
sorrowful words. If someone had recognized the heart and situation
of God, then God would have been more happy about the creation He had
Nonetheless, God did not have anyone who understood the value of
His words and related with the creation in the same way. When we think
about this, we can see that God's heart of love toward all created things
contained a deep sorrow within it. Originally, God wanted to boast about
His good creation. We have to understand this.
For this reason, the title of the sermon I want to give to you today is
"Let Us Understand God, Who Wanted to be Proud."
After creating Adam and Eve, God wanted them to rule the developing
creation and realize His words in the ideal realm of goodness. We must
think about how God was looking at Adam and Eve with the hope that the day
would come when He could take pride in them and in the rest of creation.
God yearned in His heart for the day when Adam and Eve would reach
perfection, emerge as His representatives and rule all things. God must
have hoped for the historic moment when He could brag about the creation
He had made over such a long time. Furthermore, God longed for the day
when He could say to Adam and Eve that they were one with Him, copies
of His internal Sung sang and external Hyung sang, capable of sharing
all the joys and pleasures of life with God. We must learn to fathom
such a heart of Heaven today. Our ancestors fell because they could not
understand the heart of God. We know this fact very well.
After the creation of the universe, God longed for the appearance
of the person and family in whom He could take pride. Yet because of
the fall, the very basis for that was shattered. The basis for God's
pride became the cause of His grief. We must remember that it is our
historical responsibility to penetrate into this desire to be proud,
which is hidden deep inside the Sung sang of God. We must reveal this
and usher in the day when we can truly be proud before God.
To Become a Source of God's Pride
We have not known the God who could never take pride in His creation.
We did not know that He saw His pride turn into sorrow and manifest
itself in tears.
Therefore, now we must find the original heavenly nature and original
love of which God longs to be proud. Accordingly, as the people who
possess the original heart of love that can relate with God, you
must cultivate yourselves to become those in whom God can take pride.
Although God has been yearning and searching for the one person who can
bring shame to Satan and provide God with a source of pride, He has not
been able to find such a person.
People want to boast. It is human nature to put one's self forward and
boast about oneself. We have the desire to boast about our parents, our
children, and the whole of our family. Furthermore, we have the desire to
be proud of our tribes, our nations, our world, and the whole of heaven
and earth. Although you are fallen people, your original minds that seek
to boast about things are controlling both your lives and history. You
have to understand this.
Why do we think of such a desire as wrong? It is because of the human
fall. In our daily lives, we want to boast about everything we have.
We do not want to boast about them to just our neighbors, but to everyone
in the world. The desire to be proud is not an evil desire; it is an
impulse of the original mind. This is the original mind through which
you can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the desire of our hearts
to boast about ourselves and be famous on the level of the society,
the nation and the world.
Why does such a desire move in our hearts and stir our feelings? It is
because we have the natural desire to boast. Our minds have this desire
because, if God and human beings had become one in the ideal manner,
that would have been the source of pride for us as well as God. This is
why we are moving in this direction, even though we fell. This is why
we are struggling to find the central value of the whole cosmos.
However, because human beings fell, the laws concerning pride were
not in line with the Principle. They were opposed to it. People should
have followed the intentions of their original hearts and pursued the
laws of the Principle; yet because of the fall, they lost everything and
headed in the opposite direction. As a result of this, the directions
that our original minds pursue and the actual environment in which we
live are diametrically opposed to one another.
We are searching for God and the path of the Way. In whom should we
take pride? Before we take pride in ourselves, we must boast about our
center. If we want to be proud of our nation, rather than being proud
centered on ourselves, we must be proud of a patriot of that nation.
When we are proud of our tribe, we must be proud of its center. The same
thing is true for the family.
Therefore, fallen people must reject and transcend themselves to find
the source of their pride in the center of a group, province, nation,
world and God, who is the center of heaven and earth. Unless we do this,
we can never stand as the source of God's pride.
To Acquire the Conditions of God's Pride
Those who boast, centering on themselves, for the sake of their joy
will set conditions that violate the principles of the universe. The
more one can be proud of the goodness and uniqueness of others, the
closer they can get to Heaven.
Although all people want to transcend themselves to take pride in
their families, churches, nations and the world, there has not been a
world, nation, church or family on this earth that they could sincerely
respect and be proud. Although we may be faithless, we must still build
a relationship of pride with God. We must transcend ourselves to take
pride in our families, our society, our nation and the world. Therefore,
our minds are always being pulled in that direction.
Now we must reflect upon the heart of Heaven, who was filled with the
desire to be proud of us. When we think about God's tiring providence of
6,000 years, the purpose of which was to seek us, when we think about
God, who has come looking for us through a miserable course of history
filled with bloody battles, we find that He has never had the conditions
upon which He could raise a person and be proud of him in the course
of history. When we understand that such is the situation of Heaven,
we dare not boast about ourselves or go before Him with some condition.
In the original garden of goodness, God was able to boast about
us. He was able to take pride in us before all things and to be proud
of all things before the angelic world. Our original desire to boast
must begin with us as the starting point and then expand through the
family, the society, the nation, and the world. It must become linked
to the pride of Heaven. The fallen people, who could not achieve this,
must strike themselves before they can set the conditions for pride.
We have to understand that we are in this sad state.
Adam and Eve should have set the conditions of God's pride so that
even Satan could say, "They are the true sons and daughters of which
You can be proud. They truly deserve Your love." They should have been
worshipped by Satan. Yet they have turned out to be the sacrifices of
Satan for 6,000 years. We have to realize how great the sorrow of God
has been, as He looked over this situation.
Now we must set the conditions that can provide a source of pride to
God, who is suffering such grief. One must become two, two must become
ten, and ten must become ten million to form a people, a nation, a world
and go in the direction God desires. The fallen people of the earth must
inevitably seek this.
Therefore, you must now go forward toward the world about which God
can boast, toward the sovereignty of which God can be proud. You must
find and become the original person of which God can be proud and find
the original life, personality and love of which God can be proud.
St. Paul did not boast about himself, though he had a high position
and a great education. He could have been proud of his background, his
tribe, his religious sect, and the chosen nation of Israel. The only
things of which he wanted to be proud were what God had established as
conditions of pride. You should learn about the life of St. Paul, who
held onto that basis of God's pride and carried on the battle. From the
time of Noah to the present day, many ancestors who were raised before
God suffered great tribulations.
How does God relate to us? He relates to us with what is most despised
in the satanic world. We must understand this. Human beings fell because
they lacked faith. Therefore, God emphasized that we must develop faith
in the most difficult circumstances and that we must not eat the fruit in
the most dangerous situation, when death is the consequence of eating it.
Consequently, our ancestors lived according to the word of God in
an environment where it was difficult to believe in the word and put it
into practice. Noah maintained his faith for 120 years as if it were a
day. He chased away all persecution and scorn.
He was desperate to connect with the heart of God. He understood
that what God wanted to be proud of was greater and more precious than
anything of which society was proud.
The Reason Abraham Became the Ancestor of Faith
Because Noah's course was like that, even when God judged the people
with the flood, there was no condition upon which the faithless and
rebellious people could protest against Heaven. Noah was someone of which
God could be proud. The judgment of Noah was the process through which
the value of heavenly pride and practical value were established. The
sons and daughters of Noah should have become connected to the heart of
pride that God wanted to establish, but they disregarded Noah's devotion
and had self-centered thoughts. Heaven was turned upside down.
The same was true for Abraham. It was not easy for him to leave
everything behind in Ur of the Chaldeans. Abraham could have led a more
joyful life than anyone in the satanic world. His wife was extremely
beautiful, and he had abundant wealth.
God called Abraham and drove him the opposite way, toward tribulation.
You have to understand that God ordered Abraham to leave Ur of the
Chaldeans and drove him into tribulations that his relatives, family
and people dared not attempt.
We have to understand that Abraham transcended himself and deeply felt
the existence of Heaven, which was guiding his tribe and descendants to
the ideal world. Abraham knew that ordinary daily life was not something
of which the people could be proud. When God's command was given to him
in this state of mind, he abandoned all that he owned. It was not easy
for him to do that. Abraham set out on a truly miserable journey toward
the land of Haran, abandoning all that he had, his family, which had
given him great joy, and all his belongings. However, even though he
was a pitiful wanderer, his footsteps were full of confidence, because
he believed that a glorious and proud day would come, even if he could
not be proud of his current situation.
Abraham was determined that no matter what kind of ordeals and
difficulties he might face, he would overcome them hundreds and thousands
of times. You have to understand that Jesus sought for the garden of
God's pride more intensely than anyone else, with this same determination.
Because the heart of Abraham and the heart of God, who was desperately
looking for a reciprocal object, came together in unity, God was able
to give Abraham His proud blessings, which included the garden of the
absolute ideal for which God longed.
This is how Abraham was put in the blessed position of being the
ancestor of faith before Heaven. His living descendants thought they
could be proud of their place of dwelling. They should have transcended
the people and gone forth toward the world, yet they did not understand
this. They just wanted to stay in one place and cling to their source
of pride. This made them increasingly distant from the ideal of which
God can be proud. You have to understand that this is why human beings
have entered a long course of sorrowful history.
The same was true for Moses. For forty years Moses lived a comfortable
and luxurious life in the palace. Although he lived a most enviable life,
more than anyone else, he longed for the day Heaven could raise up his
people and take pride in them. Although they were a pitiful people,
moaning under the misery of 400 years of slavery in Egypt, he believed
that one day God would surely bless them and lead them into the blessed
land of Canaan. Moses hoped that God would build a new garden of hope,
a nation that surpassed all others, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth,
of which God could be most proud.
The Reason Jesus Became the Leader of the
Moses did not lack for anything in his palatial life, yet he rejected
it all and did not take pride in it. On the contrary, he wanted to
boast of the Israelites, who were moaning and suffering before Heaven.
Furthermore, he wanted to be proud of the land of Canaan with which
Abraham was blessed, the land that the seven Canaanite peoples had
claimed. His desires were in tune with the wishes of God, who wanted to
raise a chosen people of Israelites in the land of Canaan and be proud
of them. Therefore, God put Moses at the helm of the people and led them
to that land. We have to understand that this was the situation of God.
When Moses appeared before the 600,000, no one among them understood
his innermost feelings. Most of them opposed him. However, through many
miracles and calamities, God led the people to the realization that
Moses was the one to guide them to the garden of pride in which they
could dwell. They were thus able to fathom Moses' heart, and God was
able to lead them out.
The Israelites should have believed in Moses as the one sent by
Heaven and should have been proud of him until the end. When he came
with heavenly authority and struck the palace of Pharaoh, they rejoiced
that he was their Heaven-sent leader. Yet when they faced more humble
and difficult circumstances in the wilderness, they lost faith in him
and discredited him, saying that he was not fit to lead the people.
Among the Israelites there should have been some who centered their
lives on Moses, believing that he was their proud leader. They should
have shared his sorrow, his path, and his leadership, knowing that it
was all for the sake of saving the people. Had there been such people,
then the 600,000 would not have been lost in the wilderness.
The people held grudges against Moses. They betrayed him and did not
attend him when they should have boasted about him, followed him and
served him. From this moment, the basis for the pride of God, Moses and
the people was shattered. This will should have been realized by Moses,
yet it did not come to pass. The people betrayed Moses, who was their
representative. You have to understand that, at this moment, Moses felt
more pain and sorrow than when he was living in the palace, longing for
the land of Canaan.
Moses led the people into the wilderness to guide them to the land
of Canaan, the land of hope. Even when he was being ostracized and
betrayed by the people in the wilderness, he had to guide them. This is
why he felt incredibly bitter. The people did not realize they should be
proud of him and treated him with contempt instead. They surely deserved
to perish. If the Israelites had truly understood the heart of Moses,
they could not have complained.
When he was looking at the starving people, Moses was most courageous.
He pleaded with Heaven to give blessings to the people. This moved
Heaven. The Israelite people never understood that Moses was never
concerned about himself. Instead, he was praying for their sake.
The 600,000 Israelites should have understood that Moses suffered
more starvation and misery than they did. They then would have avoided
destruction. They also should have understood that Moses was trying to
save them. When they turned their backs and opposed him, Moses felt much
pain and grief.
The people failed to realize that they should comply with the wishes
of Moses, who was living for Heaven with all his heart and soul. Their
attitudes not only caused grief to Moses, they made God even more
sorrowful. You have to understand that God's grief was more intense than
that of Moses. Although Moses was the leader of the people and a person
in which God could take pride, because of the faithlessness of the people,
his life ended in miserable tragedy.
Humanity Should Have Taken Pride in Jesus
Heaven wanted the Israelites to follow Moses. God wanted them to follow
him with the same intensity of desire with which He had established him,
but that wish was shattered. Against God's will, the Israelites became
sacrifices to Satan.
The hope that God held in Moses during his forty years in the palace
of Pharaoh, his forty years in the Midian wilderness, and the forty years
of the wilderness course was completely shattered. As a result, God no
longer had a people and a land of which He could be proud. Nevertheless,
Moses wanted to be proud of these worthless people. The tragedy is that
the Israelites were, in like manner, not proud of the greatness of Moses,
whom God had raised.
What kind of nation and people can possess the heavenly authority
to influence the world in the last days? You have to understand that
it is the nation or people who take pride in the person God has chosen.
Wouldn't that be so?
Let us think about Jesus once more. Jesus was the ultimate fruit of
all God's work of 4,000 years. He was the incarnation of God's heart
and love. Moreover, his words, situation, hopes and heart represented
everything of God. We have to realize that Jesus was chosen to represent
and take pride in the hope of God.
After persevering for 4,000 years, God sent Jesus as His
representative, the central figure of which He was proud. Yet when Jesus
came to the earth, he never boasted about himself.
Jesus never had the chance to boast about himself in a manner
that could bring joy to God. No one boasted about Jesus either, which
would have pleased God. Because Jesus came in place of God, he had an
intense desire to be proud of himself before the family, the religious
sects, the people, and the world. Don't you think that must have been
true? Because he came as the proud fruit for which God had waited 4,000
years, he really wanted to be proud of that in the presence of his family,
society, nation and the world.
Yet Jesus did not have the foundation upon which he could stand
proud before the thousands of people. God raised Jesus, intending to
boast about him before all created things in heaven and earth, as well as
before Satan. Nonetheless, no one ever took pride in him, not his family,
not his sect, not his people, nor the world.
We who are the descendants of the traitors to Heaven should feel
utterly ashamed in the presence of Heaven. We human beings, who have
committed the historic sin, are not in a position to boast about
ourselves. You have to understand that it has been the source of God's
deepest sorrow that He could not find one person, one sect or one people
of which to be proud.
When God chose Jesus as the representative of the 4,000-year history,
Jesus shed tears and said, "It is my greatest honor." Jesus became
extremely grievous because he could not fulfill this will. Rather than
finding an excuse for himself, he lamented and bowed his head before
Heaven with the attitude, "I never thought that the wishes of my Father,
who has toiled so hard for my sake, would meet such a tragic end." You
must understand that the time has come when we must show our pride in
Jesus, who had this kind of heart.
Christians today must understand that it is their task to usher
in the one proud day Jesus wanted to fulfill for the individuals,
families, people and the world. They must attend Jesus. This is what
Heaven desires. Now you must be awakened to the original heart of God,
who wanted to boast about humanity after creating the Garden of Eden.
Jesus, who should have been glorified and felt proud that he was
the son of God, had to shoulder the cross in misery. You must be full
of the desire to liberate the bitter heart Jesus had toward the people,
heaven and earth, and Satan as he walked toward Golgotha with the cross
on his shoulders. You have to feel this in your heart. You have to have
a desperate heart toward the will of Heaven.
We Must Take Pride in Jesus
It was our ancestors who caused bitter grief to the True Father. He
came as the culmination of shimjung and the hope of humanity to build
a parent-child bond with us. Our ancestors' betrayal was the work of
Satan. Hence, we must have a burning desire to cleanse the sin of our
ancestors and judge Satan. Evil blood is flowing within us. Therefore,
we must at least have the desire to cry out, "Heaven, please give us
strength. Heaven, please forgive us."
How could the garden of pride have turned into Golgotha? Today,
people of faith brag about the cross. They do not shoulder the cross
for the sake of Heaven. Even as followers, they do not take pride in
Jesus, who struggled desperately to find a living altar for the sake
of Heaven. They do not take pride in this earnest heart of Jesus. They
do not understand his deep desire to realize the will of Heaven through
the individual, the family, and the people sought by Heaven.
Even if we were to abandon all else, we must ultimately eradicate all
our historical sins and concretely experience the shimjung of God. We
then will appear as the people for which God has been looking so ardently.
Such a family, tribe and chosen people must emerge. A heavenly
people must then emerge. No matter how bitter and complicated a person's
situation, this should not pose any problem. You must feel a swelling
of intense desire to realize that will. Paul had this kind of heart.
Paul, who had a vision of Jesus on the way to Damascus, realized
that he was not even worthy to raise his head in the presence of Jesus.
After that, he tried to live for the sake of Jesus. He was overwhelmed
with the desire to offer his life to Jesus, and he prayed, "Please guide
me to glorify you, whether I am dead or alive." Because he had this
unchanging heart toward Jesus, he laid a new foundation for Christianity.
Now we must take pride in Jesus. We must be proud of his heart. We
must boast about his situation and desire. Furthermore, we must take
pride in the bride for which Jesus was looking. At the same time, we
must also be proud of the family, the people, the nation, and the world
for which Jesus was searching. We must understand that only then can
God display us and show that He is proud of us.
What blocks our path as we try to be proud of Jesus? The cross lies
before us. It tears us apart and persecutes us; yet Christians walk
a proud path. This is a very sad thing. We must display our pride in
Jesus. Because the condition to be proud of the crucified Jesus remains
ahead of us, you must take pride in the cross. Without setting this
condition of having suffered infinite tribulation for the sake of Heaven,
there is no way you can become sons and daughters who possess the heart
of God or the heart of Jesus, or who have set the conditions for pride
in the presence of all things.
Even if you understand this reality in your heart and feel this
emotionally, you must still set the condition of pride in the sphere
of your activities. Only after you have set the condition equivalent to
the proclamation of Jesus on the cross, "All is finished," (John 19:30)
can God and Jesus trust us and raise us to show their pride in us.
Let Us Become Those of Whom
God and Jesus Can Be Proud
Although 2,000 years have passed since the coming of Jesus, have
you ever met a person who is still burning with the desire to boast
about Jesus? If you are not this kind of religious leader, you are a
corrupted minister working for mere wages. You must be proud of Jesus.
To set the condition of pride before Heaven, he gratefully overcame the
path of the cross despite all the pain that he suffered: his torn body,
the spear that pierced his side, the crown of thorns on his head, and
the nails in his hands and feet.
Although Jesus had the qualifications to boast about his glory, he
did not. On the contrary, he lived with the humility of a sinner. Jesus
had the mind-set that even in the path of death, he would be proud in
the presence of God. As we look at this life of Jesus, we must have the
same kind of mentality and cross the pass.
When Mary Magdalene tried to hold the resurrected Jesus, he
rejected her. The resurrected Jesus was not to be welcomed. Before the
resurrection, while he was alive, his disciples should have comforted
him and help him set the condition of pride to say "All is finished,"
boasting to Heaven, earth and Satan. Because such tragic, historic
Golgothas lie ahead, Christians have repeated the process of going up
and down that hill until now. They have been repeating the process of
climbing up and down the course.
No one has cried out to Heaven and earth that the Lord of Golgotha
was his or her spouse. There were many people of faith who prayed, "Oh,
Lord, please guide me to the bosom of the Father." Until now, all have
been ignorant of the internal situation of being proud of Jesus. They
blindly follow Jesus, not understanding Jesus' world of heart, his
Jesus should have fulfilled God's desire to be proud. Yet because
that fruit has not been borne, Jesus has waited 2,000 years to raise a
bridegroom and bear the fruit. You have to understand this and earn the
qualifications to become the brides of Jesus. By doing so, you must become
those about whom God, Jesus and yourselves want to boast. Only then can
you attend the marriage of the lamb. You have to understand this clearly.
Parents naturally want to be proud of their children and of everything
about them. Therefore, when you learn to be proud of everything around
you, you can be elevated as the condition of pride before God and Jesus,
who are the owners of everything.
Those of us who live in the last days must objectively criticize
ourselves. Through whom do we show our pride? Through whom do God and
Jesus want to show their pride? We want to be proud of ourselves based
on Heaven, Jesus and all things. Accordingly, we should pray, "Father,
the original person of which You wanted to be proud is here before You. I
have become the representative of the Father's heart. Please boast about
me before Satan."
If you acquire that proud heart, the authority of life, and the
original nature to become someone trustworthy to God, you can boast about
your relationship with God before all creation, all people, and even
before the Holy Trinity. You must further become someone about whom even
Satan can say, "That is right. They are the children of Heaven and earth
of whom Heaven, earth, humanity and even we can be proud. Please raise
them and be glorified for eternity." God has longed for the appearance
of these people for the long period of 6,000 years. He has persevered
through the pass of death, the pass of grief, the pass of bitterness,
and the pass of blood to usher in that one, proud day of hope.
You must connect with the original heart of which God wanted to be
proud. You must reach the level where God can say about you, "Even if I
were to lose this entire world, I would be satisfied as long as I could
At the same time God's deep-set grief is liquidated, His desire and
ideal must also be fulfilled. Only then can we unite with the center of
true love and build the eternal and inseparable parent-child relationship
with Him. Heaven can be eternally proud of us and we can be eternally
proud of God. All existing things in heaven and earth can then use us
as the condition of pride. We have to stand in that position.
Father, the steps we have taken to go before You have been steps of
ordeals through the history of contradiction. The saints and sages of the
past were not considered normal people in the eyes of the people of their
times. We know all too well, through our study of the Bible, that from the
standpoints of their times, the saints and sages were stragglers, abnormal
people who were ridiculed. This was the case with Noah and Abraham.
Who would have ever praised Abraham, who obeyed God's command to offer
his only son as a sacrifice and tried to strike him with a knife? He
was the craziest and most strange person. Although he appeared to be
insane, You related with him. The saints and sages were persecuted and
ridiculed by the ignorant as they tried to bring pitiful people to the
Father. Father, You have called upon us to build an inseparable bond of
heart with us. We are truly awe-stricken before this infinite grace.
If we are to become the historic living sacrifices who can recompense
Your grace by offering our minds and bodies, please allow us to forget
our situations and dignity and shed tears of gratitude. Please allow
our hearts to turn to Heaven and swell up with infinite longing.
Please allow us to become crazy about the Father's will to the extent
that we cannot even feel our bodies being torn. We have now come to
understand the fervent desire of the Father for such a people and such
a nation to appear on this earth.
We have learned that You do not want to boast about us before
the people of the earth. Rather, you have driven us into our current
situation because You want to boast about us in the spirit world. We know
very well that it is Your will to boast about us when we are undefeated,
even after being torn and stepped on. We know that You have been working
Your providence for the day of restoration.
Those of us who are witnessing the conclusion of the providence today
must prevail with our lives and feel the fervent heart of the Father
and Jesus. Please guide us to become Your sons and daughters who can
step over Golgotha as the condition of pride and be living sacrifices
in sight of Satan.
We have learned that only by achieving this are we worthy of the
Father's and Jesus' praise. Yet we do not have anything worthy about which
to boast. If we do have anything to brag about, it must be uprooted. We
have understood that the character we have nurtured, the knowledge we
have attained, and all such things are very distant from the Father. We
realize that there is nothing on this earth that we really need.
God, our Father, our Lord and our Creator, wants to brag about the
people of the earth. How can we forget You and brag about ourselves?
We desire from the depth of our hearts that You allow us not to betray
the heavenly laws or disrupt the Principle and order.
If there is some basis for pride, please guide us to offer it to
the Father. If there is some condition for sorrow, please allow us to
inherit it. Please do not let Satan follow us based on that condition
of sorrow. Please allow us to boast to Satan that we are Your true sons
and daughters. We earnestly pray that You guide us to become sons and
daughters who can bow before the Father by establishing such a standard.
We know that although the Father wants to brag about these people,
we have not become a praiseworthy nation nor a worthy bride of Jesus.
Therefore, Father, we earnestly wish that You allow us to become Jesus'
bride after overcoming all conditions of bitterness. Allow us to become
sons and daughters about whom You can brag before all things of creation
and Satan. We offer all these words in the name of the Lord. Amen.