1. All Things Were Made by Him

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:1~3)

Satan, Who Creates the World of Distrust

People have the ability to speak. Because we cannot see the heart, God gave us this tool of speech to be able to express the world of the heart. “I’m happy. I’m sad. It’s so hard. It’s so difficult . . . .” In this way, we express our hearts through speaking. However, since we cannot see the heart, people often tell lies, which are words different from what is in their heart. Therefore, distrust has developed, keeping people from believing one another. When people listen to one another, rather than simply accepting what is being said, they first judge it, “This is right. This is wrong. This is a lie.” Then they either accept or refuse what they hear. It is very rare that people accept words exactly as they have heard them. As distrust of this manner has become a part of everyday life, people have become unable to accept the Word of God with the heart of faith. Even concerning the Word of God, people themselves judge, “This makes sense. This does not make sense. This is believable. I should not believe this.” Then they make their decision. This is how most people live. It seems that these things simply happen, but within this is the plan of Satan. Satan leads the world of our heart in this manner to keep us from believing God and to have us live according to our own judgment. This then keeps the work of God from arising within us. Within the Word Is Power

John chapter 1 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . All things were made by him. It means that all things were made by the Word. God one day said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. When God said, “Let the waters divide into waters above the firmament and waters below the firmament,” it became so. When God also said, “Let the earth bring forth the herb yielding seed, and the fruit-tree yielding fruit after his kind,” it became so. The words we speak and the words God speaks are completely different. Even though we wish someone good health saying, “Get well,” often times they are unable to have good health. Even though we wish someone, “Have a safe trip,” often times it is not so. There is no power in our words. But that is not so with God’s words. Isaiah chapter 55 says that the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God accomplishes. Within the Word of God is the power to accomplish what the Word says. Thus, when God said, “Let there be light,” all conditions to create the light were in the Word itself and accomplished it. When God said, “Let the earth bring forth the herb yielding seed, and the fruit-tree yielding fruit after his kind,” not only did this Word come forth but the power proceeded forth as well and accomplished God’s will. God created the heaven and the earth through the Word. Things were done exactly as He had spoken. Then God, who is the Word, came to this earth wearing the body of a man. This man, Jesus, one day said to the man with the infirmity for 38 years, “Rise, take up thy bed and walk,” and it was exactly so. When the tempest was raging, Jesus said, “Be still. Be silent.” And the sea became still. Jesus said to Lazarus, who was dead, “Lazarus, come forth,” and Lazarus came walking out. The Word of God is accomplished exactly as it says. When God told the rose bush to bloom beautiful flowers, did it say, “I want to bloom flowers, but I don’t have any red coloring. How can I get red from the soil in order to bloom flowers?” When Jesus said, “Sea, be still.” Did the sea say, “I want to be still, but the wind is blowing. How am I supposed to be still? Tell the wind to stop blowing,”? There are no such reasons as these because within the Word is the power to accomplish all things. Man, the Only One to Go Against the Word of God

All things obey the Word of God, and even the demons obeyed the words of Jesus. But only man goes against the Word of God and follows his own thoughts. Satan continually puts thoughts opposite to the Word of God in man’s heart, and those thoughts have in turn hardened the thoughts of man. Man lives judging according to what he has seen, felt, and experienced. Thus, man does not follow but goes against even the Word of God when it does not fit his thoughts. It is only man that refuses and goes against the Word of God. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, God said to Adam, “You may eat the fruits of all the trees of the garden, but do not eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. You will surely die the day you eat of it.” But the serpent told the woman, “You will not surely die. God knows that the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be as God, knowing good and evil.” The serpent said something completely opposite to the Word of God. When Eve heard these words, she felt, “I will not die even if I do eat the fruit.” In addition, she felt tempted, thinking, “If I eat this, my eyes will be opened and I will become like God.” She thought, “God didn’t want me to become like God so He lied to me, telling me that I cannot eat this.” It was the serpent who actually lied, but God had become the liar in Eve’s thoughts. Eve went against the Word of God and accepted what the serpent said. In other words, she turned from believing God and believed Satan. Accepting the words of the serpent meant she believed them. This was closing her heart to God and opening her heart towards the serpent, Satan. From then on, the words of Satan continued to work inside the heart of man. Satan deceives us and shows us paths that make it seem that we will do well and succeed, but he ultimately leads us to be destroyed. Many people are deceived by Satan to follow such deceitful paths and they are ultimately cursed and destroyed. Repenting not from the Outcome but from the Source

If we read the Bible closely, we see that the Word of God is so different from our thoughts. Therefore, the spiritual life to believe in Jesus is composed of two parts, and they are “repentance,” and “faith.” One must first repent; then he must have