Living Or Dead
“Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.”
― W.C. Fields
Hardships And Sufferings
Living or Dead–We are living the life of hardships and difficulties on this earth. Physically, we have to go through many difficult situations. Spiritually, it is the same. Rather the bible teaches us that it is mandatory for us to have sufferings and persecutions in this world. This world is not a favorable place for God’s people because the bible says that this world is under the control of Satan.
Acts 14:21 They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
The One Who Overcomes
Living or Dead–At the same time, the bible teaches us that we should endure and overcome those hardships and adversities. When we are in a difficult situation, when we feel that there is anything we can do to make things better, when we feel lonely and left alone, when we feel like giving up, God teaches us that we must be victorious by overcoming the hardships just like Our Father and Our Mother and Our brothers and sisters who are going through the same hardships all throughout the world.
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Just Like A Fish Going Upstream
Living or Dead–It is easy to go and follow the stream downward. And even a dead fish can move downward floating on a stream. However, it is only live ones which can swim upward, fighting against the stream. No dead fish can swim upward against the stream.
In the same way, it is easy for us to follow the customs of the world by compromising what we believe and what is good in the eyes of God. But what kind of life would this be in the end? Even though they seem to be alive, actually they would be considered dead by God.
Rather, God teaches that people of God are the living, not dead.
Matthew 22:32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
God teaches that we should be “the living”. Just like the live fish going upstream fighting against the stream, we must make our way toward the kingdom of heaven, making effort to overcome the world as the living one. Then God would be pleased, and would give us imperishable reward in the kingdom of heaven.
Brothers and Sisters, let us be victorious and overcome the world. And let us follow Father Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother New Jerusalem in the way of suffering hardships to the end for the glorious victory in the kingdom of heaven.
Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.