Korean novelist Hwang Seok-yeong said, “Everyday life is the greatest screen.” What he intended to say is that a person’s daily life reveals what the person’s character and refinement are like. To borrow his expression, the screen which proves that we are believers is also our daily life. “Faith is a verb, not a noun!” Faith is not something a believer has, but a life he does. Therefore, we must strive to behavein accordance with faith in our daily life.
Noah built the ark despite criticism and ridicule, Abraham left his hometown with faith, and Daniel prayed even under the threat of being driven into the lions’ den. There is evidence for those who live in accordance with faith as a verb, not a noun. “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son” (1 John 5:10). What is the ‘testimony in the heart of the believer’ that Apostle John refers to? This is neither a psychologicaltestimony nor a physical testimony, but a Godly testimony. It’s not a man-made testimony. This is the testimony that the forefathers of faith received directly from God. “He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 1:22). Simply speaking, the Holy Spirit is the testimony of faith. That’s right. The Holy Spirit works within the believer to enable those who are experiencing difficulties to endure, or to demonstrate the ability to overcome the difficulties and testify to their faith. This is called the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit and the external testimony of the Spirit.
Have you ever treaded the path of faith without losing gratitude even when you failed a test or faced difficulties in business? This could happen because people received the Holy Spirit, which is the ‘internal testimony of the Holy Spirit’ that God gives to those who believe. On the other hand, if you got a fatal illness and are healed through prayer, it means that you have received the ‘external testimony of the Holy Spirit’. The internal and external testimonies of the Holy Spirit aregifts that God grants to those who have the life of Jesus in their hearts. The characteristics of those who have received the gift are that they get freed in Jesus and are not bound by the world.
A country boy caught a small bird and decided to play with it by tying a kite string to its leg. The boy removed the shield kite and tied the bird leg with the string. And he gently released the bird. What did the bird do? It flew high into the sky infullforce, thinking it had gained freedom. However, the freedom the bird enjoyed lasted until the moment the kite string was all untied. The bird didn’t know that simply flying up high was not the best thing, but that it had to cut off the kite string.
The life of faith is similar. If we want to fly high spiritually, we must cut off what needs to be cut off. You must break the string of sin. You have to cut the string of desire. If you live with the words ‘I would die,’ or ‘I can’t do it,’ you have to break the habit of using this kind of negative words. You cannot experience true freedom unless you sever this tangle of negative words and actions. Regarding human beliefs and words, we can divide people into two categories. There are people who say they can do anything and people who say they can’t. Both types of people are right,because in the end, what they say will happen to them. If a person’s saying according to his convictions is fulfilled, the words of a person who embraces the life of the Son are even more so. Can’t you see ahead? Can’t you see the road? Can’t you see the future? Just like the ancestors of faith who walked together with God’s Word that never changes, look up to God and walk. Then, at some point, the Lord will allow the internal and external testimonies of the Holy Spirit to work and lead you to the path of life.
Translated by Elder, Ky-Hyang Yuhn