The Awakening of a Deceived Spirit

Yuanzhi, Brazil

  I was born in a small city in Northern China. In 2010, I followed my relatives to Brazil. In Brazil, I got acquainted with a Christian friend. He brought me to church to listen to sermons. But though I went three times, I never absorbed it. Afterward, because my job was keeping me busy, I didn’t go to church again until one day in June, 2015, when my friend brought me to church once more. This time, through what brothers and sisters shared, I had some understanding that the Lord Jesus is the Redeemer. Especially, when I first read Genesis, I understood that man was actually created by God and that God had created all things, and I felt that the Creator is truly wondrous. In school, the textbooks had taught me that man evolved from apes and monkeys and all the things in the world were formed naturally. Suddenly, I felt that, for more than twenty years, I had been deceived. Only after reading the Bible did I completely awaken. From that point on, I believed in the Lord Jesus.

The Awakening of a Deceived Spirit

  At the end of 2015, I went back to China and after 5 months, I returned to Brazil. This time, I decided to find a steady job and settle down properly. But things sometimes turned out contrary to one’s wishes. Both my work and my personal life did not go smoothly. This made me feel very agitated and anxious. One night, I phoned that Christian friend to complain. He told me, “Quiet yourself and pray to God. See how the Lord has arranged everything for you.” So, I quieted my heart and prayed to the Lord, “Lord Jesus! Presently, I am encountering difficulties at work. I do not know what to do. Lord, I hope I can receive Your help.” I didn’t expect that four days later, my boss would call me and ask me to come back to work. I was ecstatic and thankful that the Lord Jesus heard my prayers. Afterward, I received more of the Lord’s grace. In order to repay the Lord’s love, I attended gatherings every week. I went and participated even if I had to take leave from work. Continue reading

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Knowing the Work of the Holy Spirit Is of the Utmost Importance to Man’s Salvation

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  It is clear to those who truly experience the work of God, that obtaining salvation and perfection through faith in God is entirely dependent on the work of the Holy Spirit. If you do not have the Holy Spirit’s work when it comes to your faith in God, then everything is just idle chit-chat. If you are not able to obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, then you are destined to be a target for elimination. Only those who obtain the Holy Spirit’s work can understand the truth and enter God’s word. In the end, they will obtain salvation and be perfected by God. Thus, understanding the Holy Spirit’s work is crucial when it comes to obtaining salvation through our faith in God. It is clear to us that in the entire religious world, there are untold numbers of people who have been confused by the work of evil spirits. They treat the work of evil spirits as if it were the work of the Holy Spirit. In the end, they are eliminated because they are possessed by demons. This is tragic. If you want to receive the Holy Spirit’s work, you must recognize the Holy Spirit’s work. If you are unable to recognize the Holy Spirit’s work, you would not know whether or not you have the Holy Spirit’s work and you would not know if you are able to obtain it. If this is the case, your faith in God will be in a chaotic and confused state. It could be said that you have a silly and confused faith. This is why knowing the Holy Spirit’s work is crucial. There are a few important aspects of the Holy Spirit’s work that must be understood. First, we must read some of God’s word, “The work of the Holy Spirit is a form of proactive guidance and positive enlightenment. It does not allow people to be passive. It brings them solace, gives them faith and resolve and it enables them to pursue being made perfect by God.” These couple of sentences are very important. They talk about one aspect of the principles of the Holy Spirit’s work. There are also the results that can be achieved through the Holy Spirit’s work, “When the Holy Spirit works, people are able to actively enter. They are not passive and they are not forced. Instead, they are proactive. When the Holy Spirit works, people are glad and willing to obey. They are happy to humble themselves and even though they are pained and fragile inside, they have the resolve to cooperate. They suffer gladly, they are able to obey and they are untainted by human will, the ideologies of man and they are certainly untainted by human desires and motivations.” How do you feel when you read these two quotes? Do you have an understanding based on experience? One quote speaks about the results that can achieved by the Holy Spirit’s work. The other talks about the principles of the Holy Spirit’s work. What are the principles of the Holy Spirit’s work? The most important principle is that it guides people to enter with a positive frame of mind. It gives people positive enlightenment and it does not allow people to become negative. It comforts people’s hearts so that they have faith and they have resolve. It enables them to seek the goal of being perfected by God. This is one aspect of the principles of the Holy Spirit’s work. It helps people start to enter proactively. It guides and enlightens in a proper manner. We all have had this experience. When we read God’s word and communicate the truth based on our prayers to God, we have a kind of feeling afterward. What kind of feeling is this? We feel that we have more faith in God and that we are more willing to seek the truth, pay the price and suffer. We are willing to seek salvation and perfection by God. How are these positive things produced? These are produced from the Holy Spirit’s work. Without the Holy Spirit’s work, we would not achieve these results. When we do not pray to God and when we are not close to God, inside our hearts, we do not have these feelings. We do not have these positive things. We lack an internal drive. We see that the majority of the time, a lot of new believers are numb in response. They do not have any proper desires. When you ask them, “Do you love the truth?” they do not respond. They feel that it is okay either way. They do not have any desires. Why is this? They do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. This is why, regardless if someone has a genuine faith or a false faith, without the Holy Spirit’s work, they seem numb as if they are a dead person. Presently, we can see that many people who believe in God are particularly devoted. Their hearts are particularly passionate. They are willing to seek the truth. As long as you show them clearly the way of faith and communicate the truth clearly to them, they will be full of energy and willing to pay any price. Where does this kind of faith and devotion come from? From the Holy Spirit’s work. From this point, we can see that if you want genuine faith in your belief in God, if you want to seek the truth and achieve God’s salvation, you must receive the Holy Spirit’s work. What signs indicate that someone does not have the Holy Spirit’s work? Those who do not have the Holy Spirit’s work do not have any energy when it comes to seeking the truth. They have no true faith in God and they are not willing to suffer for God. They are always seeking ease and comfort. They are satisfied with a mediocre faith. A muddled faith is okay for them. This kind of person does not have the Holy Spirit’s work. Within the church, we can see that there are some people who do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. They do not seek the truth. They are not thirsty. They do not have any desire for the truth, the way and the life. They also do not want to pay the price. They think that this is something that will cause them to suffer a loss. They are even more unwilling to suffer. There are some people who can see into them, “It seems that these people do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. Even if they have believed for one or two years, you do not see any progress. They are not able to enter into the truth, nor is there any change in their life disposition.” These are signs that someone does not have the Holy Spirit’s work. That is why if you want to achieve salvation and be perfected by God, you must obtain the Holy Spirit’s work. Right now, the majority of people have the following experience. They say, “Why is it that sometimes, when you believe in God, you do not have any internal energy at all? During the times when you do not have any energy, it seems that you are not able to enter at all. You are not able to enter any aspect of the truth. When you eat and drink God’s word, you do not have any enlightenment. During this period, there is no progress at all. Afterward, unknowingly you will have energy and passion again. Unknowingly you will be able to pay the price and make an effort in seeking the truth, eating and drinking God’s word and communicating the truth. What is going on here?” Presently, some people understand this situation in the following manner, “Oh, this is a period of time where I have the Holy Spirit’s work. These are the results that are achieved through the Holy Spirit’s work.” When you have the Holy Spirit’s work, you will have resolve. No matter what kind of difficulties you encounter, you will not be afraid and you will not retreat. No matter what the cost, you are perfectly happy to pay it without regret. These are the results that can be achieved when you have the Holy Spirit’s work. You can see that there are many people who have cast aside their homes and their businesses. They are being hunted down by the great red dragon. Though they have a home, it is difficult to go back. They do not have a place to rest. However, they do not complain. They are willing to suffer for God. They seek salvation and they want to be perfected. These are the results of the Holy Spirit’s work. If someone does not have the Holy Spirit’s work, then they will not have this kind of devotion. They would have been paralyzed a long time ago. We can also notice that there are some people who complain when they have to fulfill some duties or go through some suffering. They complain that God does not bless them. They complain that God is unfair toward them. They even judge God and have their own notions about God. What is this all about? When someone does not have the Holy Spirit’s work, their corrupt nature and their corrupt disposition inside are exposed outward. When they have to make an effort or pay a bit of a price, they complain afterward. They form their own notions. That is, when someone does not have the Holy Spirit’s work, the corrupt aspect of themselves arises and is exposed. With the Holy Spirit’s work, positive things, things involved in normal humanity, such as conscience, sense and resolution will be activated. That is why, when it comes to your faith in God, if you are unable to obtain the Holy Spirit’s work, then all you are able to do is disobey, resist and rebel against God. Those who have the Holy Spirit’s work are able to seek the truth. They are able to make an effort for God, suffer for God and pay the price for God. They do not have any complaints in their hearts. Those who have the Holy Spirit’s work, the more they believe, the more they feel God is worthy of love. The more they believe in God, the more they know God. The more they believe, the more they feel that God is the truth, that God is righteous, that God is awesome and that God is the best. That is why the people who have the work of the Holy Spirit have more and more of an understanding of God. They are perfected by God more and more. This is especially the case during the period when you are seeking to enter into life. Those who have the work of the Holy Spirit are able to understand and distinguish their own corruption and satanic disposition. Regardless of the situation in which their corruption was revealed, they are able to understand and discern. Even if their ideas and thoughts are incorrect, or they are in an abnormal spiritual state, they can feel and see this. This is a situation that can occur when one has the work of the Holy Spirit. There are many people whose hearts want to seek a change in their disposition. They seek to live out God’s word and put the truth into practice. However, even though they themselves have done many things that resist and disobey God, they do not feel it. They still think that they have not committed any transgressions. They still think that their actions are in accordance with God’s intentions. What kind of situation is this? This is what happens when someone does not have the Holy Spirit’s work. They are not able to distinguish their own conducts and deeds at all. They do not have a clear picture of what their own condition is like. Even though they are clear about and acknowledge their own corruption, they do not think it is very serious. They are not afraid. They are not worried that they would be eliminated because they are like this. This kind of circumstance is abnormal. This is a circumstance where someone does not have the work of the Holy Spirit. When someone has the work of the Holy Spirit, they are able to discern their own condition very clearly. Their self-analysis is very clear. Regardless of what situation they encounter, they are able to take that situation and compare it to God’s word. They are able to analyze the essence of the situation and thus, they understand their own inherent nature. After a period of time of seeking, they have a genuine understanding of their own corrupt essence. This is a result that can be achieved through the Holy Spirit’s work. There are many people that try but are unable to understand themselves. When other people deal with and prune them, they seem to acknowledge it, but they do not have a clear understanding. You ask them, “Do you understand the essence of your own nature?” They reply, “The essence of my nature is Satan’s nature.” Notice how this kind of person provides a formulaic answer, which is theoretical reasoning. When you continue, “How can you say that the essence of your nature is a satanic nature?” they do not answer you clearly. You ask them again, “Do you have any corruption to expose?” They acknowledge that they do. But when you ask them what kind of corruption they have exposed, they do not tell you clearly. “During this time, how is your circumstance?” “My circumstance? It’s not very good.” “Why is it not good?” They do not tell you clearly. This is an example of someone who does not have the obvious work of the Holy Spirit. They are unable to understand even themselves and they are unable to discern their own true circumstance. They do not know whether or not their internal circumstance is abnormal or not. They are unable to articulate it clearly. Look, the people who do not have the work of the Holy Spirit are dark inside. Internally, they are very dark. They do not know themselves. There is no difference between them and dead people. When I communicate the truth with these types of people, there is not even a bit of a happy expression on their face. How do you not have a reaction? Why are you unable to simply open up and talk about your circumstance? How are you so numb? This is someone whose internal circumstance is abnormal. They do not have the work of the Holy Spirit. From these matters, we can see that there is an issue and it relates to entering into life. Regardless if it is related to the aspect of understanding yourself or knowing your own true circumstance, both of these require the illumination and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. In the end, when it comes to understanding God, putting the truth into practice and serving God, all of these things rely on the Holy Spirit’s work. If you do not have the Holy Spirit’s work, truly, you will not be able to move a single step in regard to entering into life. You will not be able to achieve any results. That is why the Holy Spirit’s work is extremely crucial! Continue reading

How to Achieve a Change in Life Disposition

How to Achieve a Change in Life Disposition

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The Path to a Change in Life Disposition

  To achieve a change in life disposition, one must experience God’s judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing, and trials of many kinds. This is the path to a change in life disposition. God’s judgment and chastisement is mostly about experiencing and receiving God’s judgment and chastisement from God’s words, this is the most crucial experience in submitting to the work of God. The experience of God’s judgment and chastisement is a result which must be achieved through the work of the Holy Spirit. We have seen most people read the word of God, eat and drink the word of God, but they have not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. They have only seen in the word of God the revelation and the judgment of people’s rebelliousness and corruption. They have not personally felt the individual judgment and chastisement of themselves by God, this illustrates that these people have not experienced the judgment and chastisement of God. When some people see that the words of God’s judgment and chastisement are quite strict, they avoid and get out of them. When some people see the words of God’s judgment and chastisement, they think that they are talking about other people, that these words are not directed toward themselves, so they think nothing of it. Anyone who is in this state has not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. So, God’s work does not have much of an effect on those people who have not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement in eating and drinking the word of God. We have seen that people in the Age of Grace all read the Bible and understood much of the writing contained within it. However, they did not feel the judgment and chastisement of God in their hearts and, at that time, God did not express words of the judgment and chastisement, so no matter how long people believed, they were not seen to have a change in life disposition. If people do not feel that God’s judgment and chastisement is directed toward themselves when they eat and drink the word of God in the Age of Kingdom or if they feel even less that God’s judgment and chastisement has a real effect on their hearts, then their experience of God’s work will not have much meaning. So, the entry into experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement is a crucial issue. So, how does one enter? You must do so through prayer. You pray before God: “God, I am willing to accept Your judgment and chastisement. May Your judgment and chastisement have an effect on my heart.” Afterward you will probably have the work of the Holy Spirit. When you read the words of the judgment and chastisement, you will feel that they are judgment and chastisement of you, that they are directed toward you. It will feel as if your heart has been stabbed and you will feel that “these words are so true, they are judging me, these words chastise me.” You will only truly experience God’s judgment and chastisement when you have this feeling. Most people, when seeing that the words of God are too strict, just like a two-edged sword, do not dare to face them but choose to avoid them. The result is that God’s judgment and chastisement seems to have nothing to do with them and, because of this, their corruption and nature will not change. Therefore, the experience of God’s judgment and chastisement lies in a person’s pursuit and acceptance. If you do not choose acceptance there is no way for this judgment and chastisement to happen to you. That is to say, a person must personally experience God’s judgment and chastisement—in your heart you truly feel that you have received God’s judgment and chastisement and you experience much suffering and refinement from the words of judgment and chastisement, and in the end, this makes you recognize your satanic nature, recognize the hatefulness of your satanic nature and recognize that Satan is the essence of your corruption. If you have no experience of God’s judgment and chastisement, then you must have not suffered too much from God’s words. If you have not suffered very much, then you definitely will not recognize your nature and the essence of your corruption and if you do not recognize this, how can you bring about change? So it can be said that experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement is dependent on a person’s pursuit. If people do not have this experience and do not suffer much from God’s words, changes in life disposition are not possible, this is a key experience. The most important thing in the submission to God’s work is to experience God’s judgment and chastisement and this depends on a person’s pursuit. If people do not pursue, they will not be able to receive the judgment and chastisement. After people are corrupted by Satan, they all think that they are good people, that they are much better than others, that they are after God’s heart, that they can be saved by God and they even consider themselves loved by God and to be God’s favorite. These people do not recognize the essence of their corruption. So the first experience is the experience of God’s judgment and chastisement. If people do not truly experience this in God’s work, this is the greatest mistake and is also the greatest loss. The second is to experience God’s pruning and dealing. Some of God’s words are specifically about the pruning of people and dealing with people’s corrupt condition. If people truly experience these words, they will feel that all of these words are dealing with themselves and are directed toward their own condition. They will see that their condition is too corrupt and that God’s dealing is right and entirely appropriate and proper. Of course, when people receive God’s pruning and dealing, their heart will suffer somewhat, they will despise their own corruption and repent, pray before God and weep. If people are not able to submit to and accept God’s words, the pruning and dealing cannot achieve any effect. They must seek the pruning and dealing of God. They must obtain the work of the Holy Spirit through prayer, so that they may feel that God’s pruning and dealing is directed toward them, is directed toward their situation yesterday or the day before. And they may feel as if God is speaking to them in person. If they have this experience, then that is to truly experience God’s judgment and chastisement and truly experience God’s pruning and dealing. Ordinary people do not have this true experience but there are some people who can feel it. You see, there are some people who after reading God’s words say to others, “this is about me,” they say this to others in public. Why do they feel that God is talking about them? Where does this feeling come from? This is the work of the Holy Spirit. The enlightenment of the Holy Spirit makes them feel that God is talking about them. They see that they have those corruptions and rebelliousness mentioned and that these words are pruning and dealing with them. This is a true entry and a true experience. If some people, no matter what aspect of the word of God they read, whether it is the words of judgment and chastisement or the words of pruning and dealing, feel that the words of God are never directed toward them, that they have nothing to do with them and the words are directed toward others, then this kind of person does not have the work of the Holy Spirit with them. In experiencing the work of God, one must also experience God’s discipline and punishment, this is also a necessary experience. Some of God’s discipline is carried out through words and sometimes God uses the environment or people, events and objects around us to discipline and punish us. If you truly have the work of the Holy Spirit, your heart will be very clear about it, you will say: God is disciplining me through this environment, this is God punishing me. If people have this kind of experience—they of course have to suffer a lot—and they can feel God’s discipline and God’s punishment, this is an effect of the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it can be said that, whoever seeks the truth and seeks to change their disposition must have this kind of experience. If a person does not have this kind of experience, their corrupt disposition will not change. There is also another experience which is the most formidable. It is the experience of God’s trials of many kinds. If a person does not experience God’s trials of many kinds, their life disposition will definitely not change. Experienced people will definitely know about these trials of many kinds while inexperienced people will definitely not know them. The trials of many kinds are not a sort of trial. In the initial stage of God’s work, most people underwent the trial of the service-doers, the trial of death and the refinement of the times of chastisement. However, after experiencing these trials were they able to achieve a change in life disposition? Impossible. They experienced some changes but did not achieve a change in life disposition. To achieve a change in life disposition, they must experience God’s trials of many kinds. So, in God’s work, those who experience God’s trials of many kinds are the most blessed. Only in this kind of person can a real change in life disposition be seen. Some people often ask: “What trials are included in the trials of many kinds? What kind of occurrence constitutes a trial?” Put it this way, anything which makes you suffer and which refines you has the nature of a trial or refinement. If you are a person who pursues the truth, anything which makes you especially suffer or refines you and is a kind of experience which you endure without collapsing and which makes you stronger afterward is a trial. For example, sometimes you may find that you cannot feel God for a while, that when you pray you cannot sense the presence of God either, and in your heart, no matter how you pray to be close to God, you cannot feel God. Will people suffer when they are in this situation? Of course they will suffer, no one could bear this. If a person cannot feel God, his first reaction is: “Oh, God does not want me, God has eliminated me, I’m finished! What sins have I committed? Why has God forsaken me?” If he is able to pursue the truth, he will undergo a period of refinement and endure much suffering. In his heart he will say: “This is no good. Even though I cannot feel God I must still have faith, even though I cannot feel God I will still pursue the truth, I cannot leave God.” He will still keep his faith, this is the expression of a person who pursues the truth. If a person who does not pursue the truth cannot feel God, he will think: “Why can’t I feel God at the moment? Is it because my faith was misplaced? Well, if there is no God then I will not believe,” and he will return to the world. This kind of person will thus be eliminated, this is not a test of him but is a way to expose him, to expose his evil heart of disbelief and eliminate him. However, the more people who pursue the truth fail to feel God, the more worried they will become. The more worried they become, they more they will pray to God, the more they will reflect on themselves, the more they admit their transgressions to God, the more they admit their corruption and in their heart they will do their utmost to call for and want God. This kind of desire will become more and more intense with the passing of time. They will feel that they cannot go on living without God, that life without God has no meaning and is empty. They will think: “This is no good, I must go on pursuing the truth, I must go on reading God’s words….” This is a person who truly wants God. If he encounters this kind of situation and it does not make him collapse, but on the contrary, it makes him stronger, this is a kind of test. It is like when a young child is living with his parents. Sometimes the parents want to test whether or not the child can be independent, to see if he can be apart from them. So they suddenly hide themselves. When the child cannot see his parents he becomes worried, cries and looks for them. The parents, when seeing the child crying most miserably, suddenly appear before him again. At this time the child thinks: Oh, my parents are great, they are truly worthy of my love! And immediately he throws himself into their arms. This is similar to how God sometimes tests people. God conceals Himself so that people cannot feel Him. However, if a person truly pursues the truth, no matter how long this kind of trial lasts, he will still want God, still pursue the truth and still read Gods words, he will not leave God. This is one kind of trial. There are also times when some people will suddenly feel as if they were about to die, that they don’t have long to live. They have a kind of premonition that something special is going to happen. After they have this kind of premonition, they will suffer inside and be very worried: “What will it be like if I really die? If I really die, have I received salvation or not? After I die where will I go? I have not gained God, nor obtained the truth, if I really die will I not miss the opportunity to be made perfect through God’s work?” This trial of death is quite painful, upon encountering this trial one will probably feel like he is about to die. What would a person who pursues the truth think? He would think: “I am about to die, that is no good; since I am about to die I even more have to do my duty properly, I must satisfy God for once, and even if I die I will not complain. I was created by God, and should offer my loyalty to God. I must live for God when alive. If I am about to die I must do well my duty so that my life is not wasted.” You see, this trial of death has this kind of effect on people. Is this not a kind of purification? It is indeed a kind of purification, it can change people. It is a result that people will obtain after experiencing the trials of many kinds. Many times when this kind of trial happens, you will feel in your heart as if it is really happening to you. This is your refinement, the refinement of your heart. At last, once it has had a certain effect, the feeling of this trial will go away. There are many trials like this, they probably occur once every 8 or 10 days. Sometimes they involve the word of God. God will have you read a sentence and you will feel that it is testing you. This one sentence will cause you to suffer for five, six, seven or eight days. After you have suffered, you will think: “Why is God judging me like this? These words are directed toward me. Is it possible that I am really about to be punished? Is it possible that I am really about to go to perdition or destruction? Then what should I do? How should I practice?” In the end, you will still choose to satisfy God and submit to God. You must be refined so that you can achieve the following result: You will have a heart to satisfy God, you are willing to best fulfill your duty as a created being, you are willing to give your loyalty until the end, you are willing to repent, you are able to despise yourself and curse yourself and you are able to praise God and you feel that God is righteous and so lovable. When refinement produces such a result, does it not mean that you have been purified? This is indeed the process by which a person is purified. So the trials of many kinds are of great benefit to a person! I have seen God’s words which talk of Peter facing hundreds of trials in the last 7 years. In the beginning, I did not understand, I thought: “Facing hundreds of trials in 7 years, wow, that is one trial every few days. What kind of trial did he receive once every few days?” Later, with experience, I understood. I also experienced some trials, so I knew that these trials were of great benefit to a person. In short, whether you experience God’s judgment and chastisement, experience God’s pruning and dealing, experience God’s discipline and punishment, or experience God’s many kinds of trials, these are all the process by which God purifies a person, they are the process by which God saves or transforms a person and are of great benefit for a person’s change of disposition. If you are a person who pursues the truth, you will long for this kind of experience. You will be willing to receive God’s judgment and chastisement, be willing to receive some pruning and dealing, and be even more willing to receive discipline and punishment. You will also feel that God is lovable and righteous while living with God’s many kinds of trials and feel that this is God’s exaltation and grace. Now, when experiencing God’s work, the more suffering you receive from God’s words, the more blessed you are. If a person does not receive any suffering from God’s words, there are problems with his method of faith, practice, pursuit and resolution. Strictly speaking, anyone who does not suffer from God’s words is not truly experiencing God’s work. If you read a lot of God’s words or if you read God’s words for several years and you do not feel that you have suffered very much, it could be said that this is the greatest loss! If you have not suffered, you have definitely been too selective when reading God’s words. You have tried to choose some words to read which do not cause suffering. This is of no benefit to your growth in life or your change in disposition. This is the truth. At the beginning when I read God’s words in experiencing the trial of the service-doers, I thought: Wow, why are these words so harsh, these words are so piercing to the heart. After one glance I do not want to read anymore. At that time I was also like this. However, as time passed, I discovered that the work of the Holy Spirit did not leave me and it was impossible to not suffer, I wanted to avoid it but could not. After I experienced it for a time, I felt better, the state inside me changed. At this time I realized: Wow, it is good to suffer in reading God’s words. The more I feel judgment and chastisement from the words, the more I should read them carefully and attentively, the more I should write them down in my notebook. This is what I felt later, it wasn’t like this at the start. Therefore, any of you who fears suffering while reading God’s words, should go back and read God’s words carefully. You should truly submit to God’s words, and should be able to truly satisfy God in God’s words. Reading God’s words this way is guaranteed to make your life grow and bring you a change in life disposition. If you read God’s words in the way that people eat food, choosing delicious food and food which suits their own taste as much as possible, then it will not be of any benefit. Reading the word of God in this way is not truly experiencing God’s work. This is the truth. A change in life disposition depends on experiencing God’s work. The most important thing is to receive God’s judgment and chastisement, to receive God’s pruning and dealing, to receive God’s discipline and even punishment and even more so to receive God’s trials and refinement of many kinds. If you do not experience enough of these four kinds of suffering, your life disposition will definitely not change very much. Achieving a change in disposition is dependent on experiencing God’s work and much pain. If a person merely continually reads God’s words while he lives in tranquility and peace without experiencing any suffering at all, he will not be able to achieve this result. So, you must understand the true path of achieving a change in life disposition, it is obtained by truly receiving God’s judgment and chastisement, by truly receiving God’s pruning and dealing, by receiving God’s discipline and punishment and finally by experiencing God’s many kinds of trials. This is the only way to truly receive this blessing of a change in life disposition. So, I’m afraid that anyone who does not suffer through God’s words, especially those words of judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing, discipline and even punishment will not receive life and will be even less able to achieve a change in life disposition.

From Classic Selections From Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life

How to Pray in Accordance With God’s Will

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The Outcomes and the Content of Prayer

  What can be effected through prayer? We have to be clear on this. First of all, prayer can enable man to understand God’s word, to understand the truth of His word. This is the first outcome. Secondly, prayer can enable us to understand God’s will, to understand what He requires of us. Thirdly, prayer can increase our faith; in times of trial and tribulation, in particular, prayer enables us to confidently walk the road ahead. Fourthly, prayer enables us to feel God as dear and beloved, and to grow a heart that loves God and satisfies Him. Finally, prayer enables us to truly know God, especially His disposition, His loveliness, and His wondrous works. The more we pray, the more we sense the wonder of God, the more we touch Him. Hence, the more we pray, the more we come to know God. Prayer is the only way for man to come into contact with God’s Spirit. Without prayer, you have no means to contact God’s Spirit. God sees into man’s heart, yet man cannot see Him. But through prayer we touch the work of the Holy Spirit, we understand the work of the Holy Spirit and know what the Holy Spirit does upon us and with what effects. This produces real knowledge of God. Prayer can effect so many outcomes upon us, and has then an immeasurable effect on our salvation through belief in God, on our entering the truth to our final perfection by God. A heart that truly loves God is won through prayer. When man does not pray or prays little, he does not know God, and even should he wish to love God he will fail. Through prayer we are able to know something of how God’s Spirit acts, what it is to be moved by God’s Spirit; we are able to know something of God. In this way, we can see His wondrousness, and a heart is born within us that loves Him. Thus, contacting God’s Spirit through prayer results in a genuine knowledge of God. Now, many people know how to pray, and have some experience of it. It is through this experience that they have learned how to have their prayers heard, and what kind of prayers God will not answer. I believe all of us have some experience and knowledge of this. What is the nature of prayers that God hears? It must be a prayer that accords with His will. If we pray to God to understand the truth, do you think this accords with His will? If we pray for guidance of the Holy Spirit, does this accord with His will? Such prayers are all in accordance with His will. Praying to seek out God’s will, to seek out what He requires of us, accords too with His will. Praying for God to deal with real difficulties within our family accords with His will: When we seek to entrust the unbelievers in our family to God for Him to save them, that accords too with His will. When we pray for our brothers and sisters, when we pray for those religious people to return to God, this all accords with God’s will. When we meet with persecution, with adversity or are faced with all kinds of disasters and we pray for God’s deliverance, this too accords with His will. You can say that all prayers that accord with His will, will be heard. Then what might you pray for that does not accord with His will? Some pray to be rich; do you think that accords with God’s will? Some pray for their children to get into university; does that accord with His will? Some pray for God to find them a good job with more money; does that accord with His will? Or some pray for God to find them a suitable spouse; does that accord with His will? None of these prayers accord with God’s will. It is clear now too what kind of prayers do not accord with His will, isn’t it? How should we then distinguish between those things we pray for that are in accordance with God’s will and those that are not? We must be able to distinguish. We have to figure out in our own hearts the things we encounter that can be brought before God in prayer. Since the work of God is to save man, if what we pray for is in contradiction to our seeking salvation from God, if it conflicts with that, and is not beneficial to our salvation, then we need not pray for such a thing. For example, if you wish to go among the unbelievers to get rich, is this not rebellion? Does praying for this accord with God’s will? For certain, it does not. Do not pray or ask for anything that betrays God, or that offends Him. So, we have to distinguish which things accord with God’s will and should be put in our prayers, and which things do not. Furthermore, there are times we encounter something, and we are faced with a choice: Do we choose to care for God’s will or care for and submit to the flesh? These are times when man is tested, and we see which road man will take; this is temptation coming upon us. Therefore, in praying we must make distinction; we should pray for whatever things we ought to. How do we judge which things we should pray for, according to what do we ascertain them? We discern them on the basis of God’s work, on the basis of His word. Judging from what the work is that God does, do the things we pray for conflict with God’s work? Do they interrupt His work, are they beneficial to our seeking salvation? We ascertain the things we should pray for on these grounds. And what problem does this touch upon? In praying before God man must possess conscience and reason, he must possess a pure and open, an honest heart; you cannot be deceitful with God, you must be pure and open. You must possess a heart that seeks the truth, a heart that thirsts for the truth. Most importantly, you must possess a heart that genuinely loves God, a heart obedient to God. Only in this way, when coming before Him to pray, are we pleasing to God. If the heart you bear within does not love God, is not obedient to Him, and yet you pray, saying “God, what am I to do in this matter?”, and you are not willing to obey, then you are seeking God’s agreement to your rebelling against Him, to contravening Him. Is this not an expression of blasphemy? Such prayer will not be pleasing to God, and He will say, “When you pray you still are disobeying Me, you still are going against Me, you are not seeking the truth at all, you have not an iota of obedience in you.” So, there are prayers that do not accord with God’s will, that go against God, that disobey Him, prayers that you must not pray to Him. If you pray thus, you are going against God; to put it seriously, this is blasphemy. What we bring before God to pray for must accord with His will; we must be genuinely seeking truth, and not testing God. There are some whose prayers are testing in nature; they are only too eager for God to fulfill their wishes, to satisfy their needs of the flesh, to satisfy their extravagant desires. If man comes before God to pray with such a heart, this is utterly unacceptable to Him for this is an expression of going against Him, of opposing Him. In addition, there are some meaningless things we need not pray for. What are the meaningless things? Some will pray to God as to whether they should read His word, or whether they should meet together; there are even some who will pray to Him as to whether they should eat, or whether they should go shopping. They ask God whether He agrees, whether He permits. I ask you, does such prayer have any meaning? Such people appear a little crazy; they’re not too normal. I have observed that some people who are afflicted by evil spirits pray much this way: They even pray to God about going to the restroom, about whether they’re allowed; when they go to eat, they ask Him whether they’re allowed. Even more absurd are those who when they go to do any little thing, have God do it for them: When they go out the door, they have God watch over their home, protect their property and keep thieves away. Don’t you think praying for these kinds of things is absurd? What kind of prayers a person puts before God proves what kind of person they are. What someone absurd prays for is also absurd.

From Classic Selections From Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life

The Significance of Obeying God

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Which Aspects Are Included in Obeying God

  Obeying God includes several aspects. The first aspect, which is the most important, is to obey the work of God. Obeying the work of God includes eating and drinking and enjoying the entire word of God, especially the words of judgment and chastisement, the words of pruning and dealing, and the words that reveal mankind’s corrupt essence. These are the most important, but there are also various kinds of words of trials and refinements, such as the trial of “service-doers” and the trial of death. There are also words of particular judgments of God, words that have the quality of God’s chastisements and the quality of refining people, all of which are words that can cause men to undergo refinements. It takes some time for man to accept these words and obey them. He cannot obey them immediately after reading them. This involves obeying the work of God. If man is not able to properly obey the word of God, then he has no hope of being saved, for this is the most crucial point of obedience. To obey the work of God is to obey the judgments and chastisements of God, to obey the pruning and dealing of God, and to obey the trials and refinements of God in order to be saved. This is the first part of obeying God. The second aspect of obeying God is to obey God’s requests and put into practice the word of God. In carrying out His work, God requests many things from man, and each and every one of these words where God is requesting man to do something should be properly eaten, drunk and contemplated over by man. These requests by God should be met by man. This is the second aspect of obedience. This second aspect also includes putting the word of God into practice. God’s request for men “to be honest” is a major one, but receiving the judgments and chastisements of God is also His request. God also requests that you conduct yourself, that you stand witness for God, and that you follow Him to the end. There are many words from God that are requests for man. You ought to sort out all of the requests that God has of man, all of the things that He requires man to do, you should be able to know this by heart, and you should obey and enter into these words of requests. This is the second aspect of obedience. The third aspect of obedience is obeying the work of the Holy Spirit. This is also very crucial. Obeying the work of the Holy Spirit includes submitting to the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Submitting to the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit primarily refers to submitting to the work of the Holy Spirit in such aspects as understanding the word of God, fellowshiping the truth, the entry of man, and man’s knowledge of God. These aspects of obedience are the most crucial link to guarantee that you will be saved and enter into the word of God. Also included among the aspects of obeying the work of the Holy Spirit is obeying the arrangements of the man used by . This also constitutes an item of the work carried out by the Holy Spirit. This is the third aspect of obedience. The fourth aspect of obedience is to submit to the sovereignty and arrangements of God. Your environment, your family, these are what have been preordained by God long ago. In addition, the duties that you ought to perform in the house of God, the duties that you are suited to perform, are also preordained by God. For the duties that God’s family arranges for you to perform, you should carefully submit to them. For this aspect of obedience, the most important thing is that you should know the arrangements and predestination of God. Continue reading