Summary: PREFACE When the Israelites were in Egypt, God wanted to be their God.
When the Israelites were in Egypt, God wanted to be their God. So God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh "Let my people go that they may serve me." The Israelites went to live in the wilderness after they were released from bondage in Egypt. God wanted to live within their hearts. So He commanded Moses to make a tabernacle, so He could dwell among them. God is omnipotent and wants to stay with His people more than anything else. People, nowadays still believe in God, but have sin in their hearts. God can not work through them or stay in their hearts due to sin. God wants to be among us and to dwell in our hearts as He did with the Israelites. If anyone choose to clean his sins and be holy, God can dwell within him all the time. If there's no God, there's no help. So, whatever problems people encounter, they do not have the help of God. God always wants to live in us. He especially wants to help us in time of trouble. God wants us to be able to relax in His presence and to praise Him all the time. This is true spiritual worship. Is God alive in your heart? If the answer is 'Yes', then He will help you solve all of your problems and He wants you to be relaxed in His presence. I thank God that I am able to publish this book, Is God
Alive In Your Heart? I hope you can see if God is in your heart or not. If not, then I hope that you will be able to hear the word of God, and to let God live in your heart always. And to let your body to be the house of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Ock Soo Park
Good News Mission
1. Is God Alive In Your Heart?
ABRAM AND LOT
In the twelfth chapter of Genesis, Abram came into the land of Canaan to hear the voice of God, saying, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:"(Genesis 12:1) Abram of the twelfth chapter of Genesis is changed totally in the thirteenth chapter.
Abram typifies the faithful servant of God, and Lot, who followed him to Egypt from Ur of the Chaldeans, symbolizes the worldly Christian. When Abram came into the land of Canaan with Lot by the word of God in Genesis 12, they had no problem with each other. But in Genesis 13, many troubles are found between Abram and Lot. Abram, eventually suggested to Lot his nephew that they should depart, saying, "if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; of if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left."(Genesis 13:9) God wanted them to separate, for they had not the same mind.
Whether they be evil or good, people find themselves living together with others of the same mind and tastes. Whatever family, or society, or nation they belong to, there would be nothing more unfortunate or uncomfortable, if men should live with those of not the same mind. Being in discord between family members, even between parents and children causes untold problems. Although some men may meet with each other for the first time, however, they can live pleasantly together in harmony if they have the same faith. According to the Bible, Abram's suggestion to separate from Lot included a far greater reason besides their too many possessions for their land.
The reason why the shepherds of Lot and Abram quarrelled with each other was not because the land was too narrow to bear them, but because they had not same minds, so they eventually realized that they could not dwell together any longer. Of course, Abram did not quarrel directly with Lot, but they found that they had not the same minds through the troubles between their servants. In Genesis 12, while coming into the land of Canaan, they had the same minds. Why did they fall into discord coming out of Egypt in Genesis 13?
It is written, "And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land."(Genesis 12:10), after Abram came into the land of Canaan. It was a difficult and afflicting thing for Abram to depart from Haran and come into Canaan by the voice of God. But Abram departed from his kindred and his father's house and came into the land of Canaan, according to the words of God against many people's opposition.
His belief was satisfying in his sight, when he came into the land of Canaan. If Abram had kept trusting God who had led them to Canaan, he would have found God in everything no matter whatsoever things he might face. He came into Canaan by the leading of God, but was still possessed by his own thoughts rather than by God's. Of course, he built an altar, calling upon the name of Jehovah, after he arrived at Canaan. As the famine befell him, however, it was seen as great thing to him. The twelfth chapter of Genesis tells us that he did never remember God, the mighty trouble-solving Broker for that adversity.