Wu Siu Yan
Dec 2010

In SERMON ON THE MOUNT, [MATTHEW 5,6,7], Jesus talked of "HEAVENLY FATHER". Can you guess how many times Jesus talked of this ?

[Matt 5:16] Jesus : "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN."

[Matt 5:44-45] Jesus : "But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."

[Matt 5:48] Jesus : "You, therefore, must be perfect, as YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER is perfect."

[Matt 6:1] Jesus : "Beware of practising your piety before men in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN."

[Matt 6:3-4] Jesus : "But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and YOUR FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET will reward you."

[Matt 6:6] Jesus : "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN SECRET; and YOUR FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET will reward you."

[Matt 6:7-8] Jesus : "And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for YOUR FATHER knows what you need before you ask him."

[Matt 6:9] Jesus : "Pray then like this : 'OUR FATHER WHO ARE IN HEAVEN, ...."

[Matt 6:14-15] Jesus : "For if you forgive men their trespasses, YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will YOUR FATHER forgive your trespasses."

[Matt 6:17-18] Jesus : "But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN SECRET; and YOUR FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET will reward you."

[Matt 6:26] Jesus : "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"

[Matt 6:31-32] Jesus : "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER knows that you need them all."

[Matt 7:11-12] Jesus : "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN give good things to those who ask him? So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets."

[Matt 7:21] Jesus : "Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN."

But we cannot have our HEAVENLY FATHER if we do not do WHAT JESUS TAUGHT IN [MATTHEW 5,6,7].

As of this "Sermon on the Mount", Jesus, after he showed himself to the Nephites after the resurrection, and taught them this SAME SERMON, said, [3 Nephi 12:20], : "Therefore come unto me and be saved; for truly I say unto you, that except you shall keep my commandments, which I have commanded you at this time, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Jesus also plainly said in [Matt 7:26-27] : "And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."

We cannot have our HEAVENLY FATHER, if we do not learn and walk GOD's laws and commandments, which are rules to act towards our parents, neighbours, animals, tree, land.

These rules are our duties as a human being, as different from beasts.

These rules should be our standard of right and wrong.

[Joshua 1:7-9] Jehovah to Joshua : "Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO."

What Jehovah spoke to Joshua is true to us all.

When there was just one Achan, one law-breaker, in a congregation, Jehovah would not be with them [Joshua 7]. This is true of you, Jehovah would not be with you if you break His laws and commandments.

Before Jehovah created the world, Jehovah had a clear visualization of ALL THINGS THAT HE WAS TO CREATE.

He first created Jesus, a being with flesh and blood.

In other words, Jehovah appeared in the bodily form of Jesus. (Click to read the webpage "Does the temperament of Jesus differ from that of Jehovah ?")

Then through Jesus, the world and everything in it were created.

Therefore we may say that Jesus is the CREATOR.

It was Jesus who gave Moses the laws/commandments.

Jesus then came down to live the life of a human being. We call this the condescension of GOD (Jehovah).

He was born of Mary, he had to learn everything just as ordinary human have to do (Jesus learned from the teachers in the Temple, from synagogues, from Moses' five books, and from the Scriptures).

He was tempted as human is tempted.

Finally, he faced the greattest temptation -- death, and he overcame.

Jesus showed us how to live the life of human, that we do not live alone, but have a HEAVENLY FATHER in company, and that we should be obedient to the laws/commandments (the teachings of Jehovah) onto death.

[John 8:29] Jesus : "And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him."

When Jesus was about to be arrested and crucified, Jesus said [John 16:32-33] : "The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

[John 8:15-18] Jesus : "You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true; I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me."

Jesus lived up to the laws/commandments He gave. Therefore we should look to, and imitate Jesus in fulfilling the laws/commandments, lest the Pharisee's way of keeping commandments make you think that keeping laws/commandments is extremely wearisome and burdensome.

Jesus taught us not to stop praying in heart, in [3 Nephi 20:1],

Jesus showed himself to the Nephites (the Israelites who migrated to America), and he told them to kneel down and pray, and after that,

[3 Nephi 20:1] And it came to pass that he commanded the multitude that they should cease to pray, and also his disciples. And he commanded them that they SHOULD NOT CEASE TO PRAY IN THEIR HEARTS.

I pray to my Heavenly Father many times a day, as often as I need Him.

Once, I bought an electric appliance, I was curious of its construction, and I dis-assembled it. But alas, there were too many loose parts that I did not know how to re-assemble it! I prayed and GOD gave me ideas and I put the thing back again.

Once, I tried to construct some shelves to store things, and I prayed and GOD gave me ideas.

Once, I watched TV and noticed some situation that puzzled me. I prayed and GOD gave me answers.

In fact, whenever we have queries, puzzles, we should pray and ask.

Or we need help, we should pray.

Or before we start a project, we should consult our Heavenly Father first,

Nephi taught us in [2 Nephi 32:9] : "But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul."

Usually, there will be ideas coming after we pray, but beware, "Some revelation is of GOD, some revelation is of ourself, and some revelation is from the Devil." Therefore, we should exercise care, and think carefully whether we should adopt that idea, because we will be responsible for all our actions on Judgment Day.

There are many unexpected things happening in life, but never doubt the goodwill of your Father in Heaven (unless you break His laws/commandments, then fear).

I can say this, because I experienced many bad things, and they all turned out to be better than before.

One Englishman had a board in his house, saying "All things work the best for those who love GOD." I re-phrase it as "All things work the best for those who keep GOD's laws and commandments."

GOD could never fail in His promises in [Joshua 1], [Leviticus 26], [Deuteronomy 28], [Exodus 20:6].

Beware there are Satan/fallen angels/evil spirits/sirens in the world, who watch and attempt to have their spirits enter our heart. Be on guard and reject all evil spirits.

What was recorded in the Bible, especially in the [Gospel books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John] is true, that evil spirits can make people sick (and can do other things), and evil spirits can enter the hearts of man.

The world is full of lies, e.g. How many days would it take an egg to become a chick ? Do you know?

It takes just 21 days, a chick complete with eye, ear, lung, intestines, ... everything.

Evolution says that it takes billions of years for a single cell to become a chick.

An egg becoming a chick in 21 days is a clear contradiction to Evolution that nobody takes notice.

Also, if you visit ponds, you can find eggs turning into tadpoles, (fish-like with breathing gills), and then into a jumping frog, all in a matter of weeks.

Evolution says that it takes billions of years for a single cell to become a fish, and billions of years for a fish to become a jumping frog.

Does a chick need to be DESIGNED AND CREATED ? Does a fish need to be DESIGNED AND CREATED ? Does an insect need to be DESIGNED AND CREATED ? Do trees and flowers need to be DESIGNED AND CREATED ? Do we human being need to be DESIGNED AND CREATED ?

Or they just come out of random combination -- molecules colliding randomly, and in billions and billions of years becoming beautiful living things ?

So you should know Jehovah has infinite intelligence and infinite power. And Jehovah in human form is Jesus.

Bible records truths of the earth (a world where ALL THINGS ARE DESIGNED, CREATED, AND MAINTAINED BY GOD), that there are invisible things. All the laws/commandments/ordinances/statutes of GOD are vital to our well-being, including those "cleanliness rules".

Be not godless as others do.

Having a Heavenly Father means you are not alone, even though you are alone physically; and this Father has infinite intelligence and infinite power.

Jesus [Matthew 23:37-39] : "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, 'Blessed be he who comes in the name of the LORD.'

Lastly, give heed to the warning in [Rev 21:7-8],

Jehovah said in [Rev 21:7-8] : "He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his GOD and HE SHALL BE MY SON. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."