Eastern Lightning| Experience Testimonies article | In Your Faith in God You Should Obey God

Eastern Lightning| Experience Testimonies article| In Your Faith in God You Should Obey God

  Why do you believe in God? Most people are confounded by this question. They always have two entirely different viewpoints about the practical God and the God in heaven, which shows that they believe in God not in order to obey, but to receive certain benefits, or to escape the suffering of disaster. Only then are they somewhat obedient, but their obedience is conditional, it is for the sake of their own personal prospects, and forced upon them. So: why do you believe in God? If it is solely for the sake of your prospects, and your fate, then you’d best not believe. Belief such as this is self-deception, self-reassurance, and self-appreciation. If your faith is not built upon the foundation of obedience to God, then you will ultimately be punished as a result of opposing God. All those who do not seek obedience to God in their faith oppose God. God asks that people seek the truth, that they thirst for God’s words, and eat and drink God’s words, and put them into practice, so that they may achieve obedience to God. If your motivations are truly thus, then God will surely raise you up, and will surely be gracious toward you. No one can doubt this, and no one can change it. If your motivations are not for the sake of obedience to God, and you have other aims, then all that you say and do—your prayers before God, and even your every action—will be in opposition to God. You may be soft-spoken and mild-mannered, your every action and expression may look right, you may appear to be one who obeys, but when it comes to your motivations and your views about faith in God, everything you do is in opposition to God, and evil. People who appear as obedient as sheep, but whose hearts harbor evil intentions, are wolves in sheep’s clothing, they directly offend God, and God will not spare a single one of them. The Holy Spirit will reveal every one of them, so all can see that every one of those who are hypocritical will be surely detested and rejected by the Holy Spirit. Don’t worry: God will deal with and resolve each of them in turn.

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Expression of Almighty God | The Twenty-eighth Utterance

  When I came from Zion, I was awaited by all things, and when I returned to Zion, I was greeted by all men. As I came and went, never were My steps hindered by things that were in enmity to Me, and hence My work progressed smoothly. Today, when I come among all creatures, all things greet Me with silence, deeply fearful that I will depart once more and remove their support. All things follow My guidance, and all watch the direction indicated by My hand. The words from My mouth have made perfect many creatures and chastised many sons of disobedience. Thus, all men gaze intently upon My words, and listen closely to the utterances from My mouth, and are profoundly afraid of missing this good opportunity. It is for this reason that I have continued to speak, so that My work may be carried out more quickly, and so that gratifying conditions may appear sooner on earth and remedy the scenes of desolation on earth. When I look upon the skies is when I once more turn to mankind; all lands are instantly filled with life, dust no longer hangs in the air, and mire no longer blankets the ground. My eyes at once shine forth, causing the people of all lands to look up to Me and take refuge in Me. Among the people of today’s world—including all those who are present in My household—who truly takes refuge in Me? Who gives their heart in exchange for the price I have paid? Who has ever dwelt in My household? Who has ever truly offered themselves before Me? When I make requirements of man, he immediately closes up his “little storehouse.” When I give to man, he quickly opens his mouth to take My riches stealthily, and in his heart he often trembles, deeply fearful that I will “strike back” at him. Thus the mouth of man is “half open and half closed,” and he is incapable of truly enjoying the riches that I bestow. I do not easily condemn man, yet he always “takes Me by the hand” and asks Me to bestow “mercy” upon him; only when man entreats Me do I once again bestow “mercy” upon him, and I give unto him the harshest words of My mouth, such that he immediately feels ashamed, and, being incapable of directly receiving My “mercy,” instead makes others “pass it on” to him. When he has thoroughly grasped all of My words, man’s stature is commensurate with My wishes, and his pleas are fruitful, and not in vain or futile; I bless the pleas of mankind that are sincere, and not a pretense.

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Readings and Recitations of the Church of Almighty God | The Twenty-seventh Utterance

  Human behavior has never touched My heart, nor has it ever struck Me as precious. In the eyes of man, I am always treating him very strictly, and I am always exercising authority over him. In all of man’s actions, there is scarcely anything done for Me, scarcely anything standing firm before My eyes. Ultimately, everything pertaining to man has imperceptibly crumbled before Me, and only in such a time do My actions become apparent, letting everyone, in their own failure, come to know Me. Human nature remains unchanged. What is in their hearts is not in accordance with My will—it is not what I need. What I detest the most is man’s stubbornness and recidivism, but what force would there be provoking them to continue being a stranger to Me, to always keep a distance, to never act in accordance to My will before Me and oppose Me behind My back instead? Is this their loyalty? Is this their love for Me? Why can’t they repent and be born again? Why are people forever willing to live in the swamp instead of a place free of mud? Could it be that I have mistreated them? Could it be that I have led them astray? Could it be that I lead them to hell? Everyone is willing to live in “hell.” When the light comes, their eyes go instantly blind, as everything they have stored up in them comes from hell. However, they are ignorant of this, and they are just enjoying “infernal pleasures.” They even hold them as treasures close to their chests with an intense fear that I will steal them away, leaving them without “the source of existence.” People fear Me, which is why they stay far away from Me and hate to draw near to Me when I come to earth, for they are unwilling to “cause trouble for themselves,” wishing instead to maintain a peaceful family life so that they might enjoy “happiness on earth.” However I cannot allow them to fulfill their wishes, as destroying their families is precisely what I am here to do. From the moment of My arrival the peace in their homes will be disturbed. I will shatter all the nations, not to mention the families. Who could ever escape My grasp? How could it be that those who receive blessings could escape by virtue of their unwillingness? How could it ever be that those who suffer chastisement could gain My sympathy by virtue of their fear? In all of My words, people have seen My will and seen My actions, but who could ever break free of the entanglement of his own thoughts? Who could ever find a way out from within or without My words?

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Readings and Recitations of the Church of Almighty God | Almighty God’s Word “To Have an Unchanged Disposition Is to Be in Enmity to God”

  Almighty God says, “Born into such a filthy land, man has been severely blighted by society, he has been influenced by feudal ethics, and he has been taught at “institutes of higher learning.” The backward thinking, corrupt morality, mean view on life, despicable philosophy, utterly worthless existence, and depraved lifestyle and customs—all of these things have severely intruded upon man’s heart, and severely undermined and attacked his conscience. As a result, man is ever more distant from God, and ever more opposed to Him. Man’s disposition becomes more vicious by the day, and there is not a single person who will willingly give up anything for God, not a single person who will willingly obey God, nor, moreover, a single person who will willingly seek the appearance of God. Instead, under the domain of Satan, man does nothing but pursue pleasure, giving himself over to the corruption of the flesh in the land of mud. Even when they hear the truth, those who live in darkness give no thought to putting it into practice, nor are they inclined to seek out God even if they have beheld His appearance. How could a mankind so depraved have any chance of salvation? How could a mankind so decadent live in the light?”

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Expression of Almighty God | The Twenty-fifth Utterance

  Times passes, and in the blink of an eye today has arrived. Under the guidance of My Spirit, all people live amid My light, and no longer does anyone think of the past or pay heed to yesterday. Who has not ever lived in the present day? Who has not spent wonderful days and months in the kingdom? Who has not lived beneath the sun? Though the kingdom has descended among man, no one has truly experienced its warmth; man only regards it from the outside, uncomprehending of its substance. During the time that My kingdom is formed, who does not rejoice because of it? Can the countries on earth really escape? Is the great red dragon really able to escape thanks to its cunning? My administrative decrees are announced throughout the universe, they institute My authority among all people, and come into effect across the cosmos; nevertheless, man has never truly known this. When My administrative decrees are revealed to the universe is also when My work on earth is about to be completed. When I rule and wield power among all men and when I am recognized as the one God Himself, My kingdom will fully descend to earth. Today, all people have a new beginning upon a new path. They have begun a new life, yet no one has ever truly experienced a life on earth akin to heaven. Do you truly live amid My light? Do you truly live among My words? Who does not give thought to their own prospects? Who is not distressed by their own fate? Who does not struggle amid the sea of affliction? Who does not wish to free themselves? Are the blessings of the kingdom in exchange for man’s hard work on earth? Could all of man’s desires be fulfilled just as he wishes? I once presented the beautiful sight of the kingdom before man, yet he merely stared at it with greedy eyes and there were none who truly aspired to enter it. I once “reported” the true situation on earth to man, but he did no more than listen, and did not face the words that came from My mouth with his heart; I once told man of the circumstances in heaven, yet he treated My words as wonderful tales, and did not truly accept that which My mouth described. Today, scenes of the kingdom flash among man, but has anyone ever “crossed peak and vale” in search of it? Without My urging, man would still not have awoken from his dreams. Is really he so enthralled by his life on earth? Are there really no high standards in his heart?

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