Fellowship About God’s Final Eleven Requirements for His Chosen Ones
Fellowship About God’s Final Eleven Requirements for His Chosen Ones
“You should now all look into yourselves as quickly as possible to see how much of your makeup still betrays Me. I am impatiently awaiting your response” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). We are those who have been profoundly corrupted by Satan. Satan’s nature is in all of us, and all who have the nature of Satan are full of betrayal. Thus, in all of us there is much that betrays God—this is a commonly-acknowledged fact. What elements of the betrayal of God are there within us? And how are these things manifested? We can know all this from the words of God. If you can resolve the elements of such betrayal, then you will have been successful in these eleven criteria, and without any doubt, you shall be someone whose disposition has changed. But if you do not resolve these elements—if they stubbornly remain within you—this proves that there has been no change in your life disposition, that your nature is still the nature of Satan. The first requirement: “If you are truly a service-doer, then can you render service to Me loyally, without any perfunctory or negative elements?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). What is the first requirement? “If you are truly a service-doer”—what does this concept mean? It is the concept of the true service-doer. What do true service-doers fulfill? The condition for being a true service-doer is as follows: “Can you render service to Me loyally, without any perfunctory or negative elements?” This is what is asked of true service-doers, it is what they must possess; they should say, “I know I am a service-doer, and I am capable of faithfully performing my duty and rendering service, untainted by any perfunctory or negative elements.” This is what it means to be a true service-doer. Some people ask, “If I am not loyal at the start, and only loyal at the very end, will I still count as a loyal servicer-doer?” Whether you are a loyal service-doer is based on how you are at the very end. For example, when God’s work finally nears completion, the gospel of the kingdom is spread to the West; when it has been spread throughout the West, God’s work shall be completed, man’s duty will have come to an end, and the spiritual battle will be over. Today, the greatest battle has already begun—and if, when this battle reaches its end, you have fulfilled this condition: you shall be capable of loyally doing service to God, untainted by any perfunctoriness or negativity, nothing else is needed! At that moment, you will have achieved the minimum standard for a faithful service-doer, and so in your belief in God, ultimately you will, at the very least, be a service-doer. If, when the work of God is finally over, you have not been able to fulfill the condition for being a loyal service-doer, could you be allowed to remain? If, in the final months, you are unable to achieve the stature of a loyal service-doer, then it’s all over for you! Even if you only truly become one in the last several months, that’s still alright! Right now, there is also another problem: If you are asked to be a loyal service-doer for several months, and you are even unable to bear the hardship of these few months, does such a person have any character? (No.) If you’re incapable of being a loyal service-doer for a few months, then what about several years? Things would be even more over for you! If, during those final six months, you are asked to be a loyal service-doer, and you are incapable of doing so, there is indeed a problem with the quality of your being. What is contained within such people’s belief in God? Nothing but horse trading, rebelliousness and opposition, not the slightest loyalty or obedience. There are so many corrupt dispositions within these people—and their natures are even worse. They are entirely of Satan, they are not of God at all, God has no place in them. And thus, such people are utterly intolerant of the truth, they have not the slightest humanity. If they can’t even bear a few months of hardship when asked to be a loyal service-doer, then what is the point of such people believing in God? They should hurry back home. Toward some people, I am a bit harsher, I say, “Do you dare say you are someone who pursues the truth?” And they dare not say so. And if they dare not say this, is there not a problem? There most definitely is. They dare not even acknowledge that they are someone who pursues the truth. This is a serious problem: If such people do not turn themselves around and make sure they pursue the truth, then they shall be discarded. If you dare not acknowledge that you are someone who pursues the truth, then there are many of problems in this. Are you capable of realizing what problems are within you? And if you are, are you capable of repentance? Are you capable of truly reflecting upon yourself? And if you still do not reflect upon yourself, and do not repent, and continue to believe thus, you will ultimately be eliminated! If people do not pursue the truth, then there is no point in them believing in God; during this stage of His work, God uses the truth to save people, to cleanse them, to make them perfect—if you do not like the truth, then you will gain nothing. If your belief in God is but to gain God’s grace, to gain some of the material blessings bestowed by God, is there any point? (No.) You might be fabulously wealthy—you might own houses and cars, have millions in the bank—but if you die tomorrow, will those things be of any use? Extrinsic things have no use; they do not arrive with you when you are born, and do not go with you when you die. Regardless of how many extrinsic things you manage to acquire for yourself, when all is said and done, who do they belong to? Do you dare say they are yours? You do not. Why? The day you die, these things become someone else’s, some of them even go to the state; and so the things you acquire have no use, they are not yours. So what is truly yours? The things in your heart, the things you are equipped with in your heart. No one can take these away from you. Once you gain the things of the life, no one can take them from you; but no matter how many things that are not of the life you gain, to be blunt, they do not belong to you—when you die, they are no longer yours, they belong to someone else. If all you get for your life’s painstaking efforts and labors are a few assets—assets that, ultimately, are not yours—then is such a person not stupid? There is no point in you living! If you are content with however many material things God gives you in throughout your life, but gain many spiritual things, and things of the life, and many truths, then you’re pretty smart! In your later years, people will ask you, “Why did you spend your life struggling so much?” And you will reply, “I did not struggle for material things, but for the truth. When I had enough material things to use and live, I did not seek more—but I gained much that was of the truth.” Are such people not pretty smart?
Now you know that gaining the truth is indeed precious. So how should you gain the truth? Gaining the truth is when you accept it in your heart, and ultimately, because of the truth, your heart is purified, it is set free, it is made perfect, and you live out someone who is possessed of the truth and humanity. Is this not what it means to gain the truth? What is it when the truth becomes your life, when it transforms into your reality? You live out the true likeness and image of man. Ultimately, because you have experienced God’s work, and because you have accepted and experienced the truth, the truth becomes your life, and you live out the likeness of a true man; you live out a wonderful testimony, and thus you are someone who has gained the truth. People will ask you, “What’s it like to have gained the truth?” And you say, “Have a look, this is what it’s like.” “What is it like?” “Look at the quality of my person, my humanity, my character; regard my sanctity, look upon my outlook on life and values, look at what I live out, the duty I perform, and the testimony I bear. When you have seen all this, you will know what it means to have gained the truth, and what it means to be without the truth. See whether I have the likeness of man, see whether I bear testimony when I perform my duty, see whether what I live out is welcomed and beloved by God—that’s all.” The truth is reality, the truth is life, and when you gain the truth it is not doctrine, it is not something you have to express in words. When people have gained the truth, and the truth has become their life, they live out the image of the truth, the image they live out is the fear of God and shunning of evil, it is absolute obedience unto God, it is loyalty in performing their duty, without the slightest perfunctoriness. Ultimately, the image they live out causes others to proclaim that they are possessed of the truth, and humanity; it makes others admire them, love them, applaud them—such is their image when the truth becomes their life. Is gaining the truth not precious? (It is.) But you must pay a little price for this truth. Each day, you must experience God’s words; each day, you must practice the truth; and each day, you must fellowship about the truth. Ultimately, you will achieve understanding of the truth and entry into reality, and you will gain the truth, and live out the life—such is the process. The truth is the life; if each truth can become a part of your life, ultimately, when you have gained many truths, and lived out many truths, you will have changed, and will have the image of the truth! When you have the image of the truth, will there be any change in the image of your flesh? Externally, you will still be the same height, you will still look the same—but in your mental attitude you will not be the same. There is no treacherousness or deviousness within such people, there is no darkness within them, they have been set free, they are not constrained by any person, event, or thing, their love of God and obedience to God surpasses all else, they fear God and shun evil; this is the reality of the truth they live out and in this, they are someone who has gained the truth. Look, now: there is no external change in those who have gained the truth, but the image they live out has changed. The truth can really change people, it can really be their life, the truth is so real—this is true!
Let us fellowship about the second requirement: “If you find out that I have never appreciated you, will you still be able to stay and render service to Me for life?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Nothing reveals people more! Some say to themselves, “Ah, I am of poor caliber, I find it hard to take things in, my understanding of the truth is too superficial, and God does not appreciate me!” As you are aware of this, are you still able to stay and render service to God for life? This reveals you. When God asks such things of such people, are you able to satisfy Him? Are there those among you who are aware that God does not appreciate them? (Yes.) So how can you answer these words of God? When you learn that God does not appreciate you, can you stay and render service to God for life? (We can.) And what is this shown by? (We put everything we have into performing our duty.) This is crucial! What are the words “God does not appreciate you” actually referring to? They mean that God does not appreciate your moral character and humanity. It is not because your disposition is corrupt, or because you are of poor caliber. Regardless of whether your caliber is poor or not, you must be of upstanding moral character, you must be loyal unto God. For God behaves toward man according to the following principle: However much He gives you, that is how much He asks of you; if He does not give you much, then He does not ask much of you; and however much He bestows on you, that is how much He takes from you. God is fair to people. If He has not made you of high caliber, would He ask too much of you? He would not, and thus God is a God who is especially fair toward man, He is righteous! So what does this “lack of appreciation” refer to? What it means is that regardless of whether you are of high or low caliber, or how long you’ve believed in God, your feelings toward God must be true, you must not try to fool God, or deceive God, you must not play with the truth, you should be true to your word, and you should be honest. If you are able to accept the truth, be honest, and perform your duty faithfully, then no matter how poor your caliber, when God sees that you are good, and that your feelings toward Him are true, He will appreciate you. You understand, yes? What mistake do corrupt human beings often make? People favor whoever is attractive and of good caliber, and they don’t like anyone who is not attractive, and of poor caliber. That is how people are toward one another, and it is not fair. God is fair to people. When God does not appreciate you, it is because you have not done what you can, your feelings toward God are oblique, you are not sincere toward God, you are not faithful to God, you have not given your heart to God, you are always perfunctory toward God, you have no understanding of God’s heart, and you do not listen to what God says. It is because of this that God does not appreciate you; it is not because your caliber is poor, or because you have believed in Him for but a short time. For example, would you ask a three-year-old to do something a five-year-old can do? (No.) And is how you act toward them based on how they look? (No.) So you feel you are fair toward children! And is God not even fairer toward people? Is God responsible for this lack of appreciation? (No.) Is there any problem with God? No. So do not misunderstand God. God is not unappreciative of you because of your poor caliber; your innate caliber is ordained by God, and He would never ask too much of you, He would never be too demanding of you. But you must give your true heart to God—this is what God asks. It’s like how parents are toward their children. They do not make unconditional demands that their child be very filial toward them. They do not ask this, but they do have a minimum standard: Your piety toward them must be based on your ability; if you earn a lot, you must be a little more filial; if you don’t earn so much, then they will not ask that you be so filial; if you’re thoughtful, you should be a little more filial, and if you are not—if you are of poor caliber—they will not ask that you be too filial. What parents ask of their children is basically fair and reasonable! And is God not even more fair and reasonable toward people? In this, we must understand God’s intent; we must not misinterpret His intent. So if you learn that God has never appreciated you, are you capable of staying and rendering service to God your whole life? This reveals people. Another problem is also shown here. Do you know what it is? You might be of poor caliber, but as long as you give your true heart to God, and gladly stay to render service to Him your whole life—if you say, “Regardless of how God is toward me, regardless of whether I can be saved, I gladly remain to render service to God for life,” if you can achieve this—then even if your caliber is bad you can still be saved. Do you see this? You do. There are some who ask: “Oh! I am of poor caliber, I have disobeyed God, I have not given my heart to Him, I have always followed the flesh, I have coveted worldly things, and craved money and wealth. If I repent now, will God appreciate me?” Is this question not easy to answer? “I found out that God does not appreciate me. It is the righteousness of God, it is because I am corrupt, and I have not given my true heart to God. So should I repent?” What do you say, should they repent? (Yes.) If you repent today, will God not appreciate you from now on? What’s the problem if you learn that God does not appreciate you, and, in the future, still don’t try to make God appreciate you? What kind of person is this? Is it not someone who does not try to improve themselves? You are stubborn, you do not try to make progress! You are beyond remedy! After you learned that God has never appreciated you, why did you not pursue God’s appreciation afterward? If you acted thus, would the problem not be solved? God is fair to people. He does not jump to conclusions about people; His hope is that they can repent, and change.
There have been times when, whilst dealing with people, I have spoken my mind and said especially hurtful things. But God does not speak thus. God speaks exactly. He is not impulsive. He is not controlled by emotion. After I have dealt with them, some people come to the following realization: “After being exposed by my brother, I see that I have many problems. God definitely does not appreciate me!” So when you truly are faced with such a situation, and realize that God does not appreciate you, are you capable of repentance, and will you strive to make God appreciate you in the future? Just because I deal with you, that does not mean you can’t change. So have the people I’ve dealt with changed? Some of them have. I find such people admirable and say “They’re pretty impressive. When I dealt with them so severely, they didn’t fall, nor were they negative!” And after that, there really were certain changes in them; it could not be said that there was no change, nor that these changes were very great, but there truly were some changes in them. What’s the problem here? I dealt with you several times, and there really were certain changes in you—and if you go on to achieve great changes, will God not appreciate you? Are you not capable of a little faith? And if you can achieve some great changes, isn’t the problem solved? Don’t just be happy with a little change. Is it a good thing when people are dealt with by me? At the time, it is pretty hard for them, particularly when I speak my mind, when I’m harsh toward them and say hurtful things. It was quite hard for you at the time, but I sensed that if you truly were able to accept the truth, my saying this would bring about a great change in you; it would be good, it would have an effect. But if I had spoken in consideration of your conceptions and preferences, there would not be any great effect, you would not suffer any hardship, and so neither would there be any great change in you. In terms of benefits and change, is my speaking thus of benefit to you? (Yes.) But there’s one thing you must remember: Regardless of what I say, there is no hate or condemnation in my heart. I am anxious, exasperated at your failure to be good, I can’t wait for you to change, that’s all. I said those things, but I’m not trying to give you a hard time; I’m giving you a way out, I’m giving you a chance. And if you truly do turn yourself around, then irrespective of how much you do change, you are guaranteed to be given a chance; I do not fell people with a single blow. Rest assured about this—I don’t give people a tough time for the sake of it; I act according to principle. For example: If you are a genuine antichrist, through and through, but tomorrow you repent, then I guarantee my attitude will change toward you. If your change is snappy, I’ll be happy—this is absolute. Under ordinary circumstances, it is extremely easy for me to act according to principle; but under special circumstances, if you have taken things too far, then you’re in trouble, and even repenting won’t do you any good. For example, if you cause the loss of hundreds of thousands of yuan in offerings to God, and say you repent, that’s not OK! Or if your actions cause tens of thousands of brothers and sisters to be expelled from the church: you’re going too far; you say you will repent, but such matters cannot be forgiven—there is nothing to be done. If you haven’t gone too far, there are things that can be done, and there is room for a little tolerance. Such are the special circumstances: Do not take things too far; if you do, don’t come complaining to me. Are there situations like this? Such circumstances have occurred on the Chinese mainland. Some people have gone too far; they have embezzled hundreds of thousands, millions of yuan in offerings. Could I still give them the chance to repent? In doing thus, would I not offend God? You might say I’m blindly following rules—regardless, such situations must be dealt with, and there is no use in you repenting. In some things, you are given the chance to repent; in some things, you go too far, and are not. This, too, is handled according to principle! If you were Judas, would God give you the chance to repent? Not necessarily. Such matters are solved in one go. You are not given the chance to repent. This, too, is according to principle; it cannot be said that I violated principle and did not give you the chance to repent. You understand this, yes?
The second requirement clearly reveals people: If you are aware you’re a service-doer, and aware that God does not appreciate you, can you stay and render service to God your whole life? If, under such circumstances, you can, what kind of testimony is this? In this, have you not abandoned your motivation to be blessed and begun to render service willingly? “Regardless of what my end is, I will not regret rendering service to God my whole life”—what does such testimony represent? Are you not loyal to God? This is loyal testimony to God! If you can perform your duty loyally, and not look for blessings, nor seek reward, if you are happy with however God acts toward you, if you can bear the testimony of such loyalty and obedience, then that’s it; you have been saved by God, there has been a change in your disposition. As of now, have you fulfilled this? Have a look within yourself. If, in this context, you are not capable of this, then there’s something wrong with your standards, you lack reality, and no effect has been achieved in your experience of God’s work—you have no testimony.
The third requirement: “If you expended a lot of effort but I am still very cold toward you, will you be able to continue working for Me in obscurity?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). This one is also crucial! This, too, is a standard for measuring changes in people’s disposition. Such things reveal the nature in people that betrays God, and what makes up such betrayal. Some people are forever probing God, asking, “If I put in a lot of effort, and You’re still cold toward me, will I still be saved? If I really won’t, then I must ask myself whether I should still give my strength, whether I should still continue to follow You.” Are there many who ask themselves this? More than a few. When you do, this is a crucial moment, in which you might make a slip with grievous consequences. If you stay and steadfastly render service to God, regardless of what your end is—if you remain happy and willing even in death—then has your betrayal not been rectified? And can the resolution of this betrayal and your change in disposition be found? They are reflected in things like this. God uses these eleven standards to measure whether there is any testimony to your belief in God, and whether there has been a change in your life disposition.
There are those who become negative and despondent for several days when they see God talking about their end. Why? The mention of their end and their fate upsets them; they don’t want to go on, they want to make another choice, they start to think about whether they should keep following God. Is there not serious betrayal in all who have such thoughts? There is! If your heart is able to follow all of God’s arrangements, if you can put aside any thoughts or motivations of being blessed, you will be able to say, “Regardless of how God is toward me, I shall be faithful to the very end, and will do everything I can to be faithful. Even in death I shall have no complaints!” Dare you make such a promise? If you do, then this shows that your heart has been cleansed, that you do not believe in God for the sake of receiving blessings, nor give your strength for the sake of being rewarded. You give your strength because you are loyal to God! “Because God is the Creator, and I am a created being, I should render service to God unconditionally, without saying anything!” Toward God, this should be the perspective from which you speak; if it is, then there has truly been a change in your disposition—which is the true testimony to God! And when your service ends and disaster befalls you, if your family says, “Curse God, and die!” and you reply, “Even if I do die, I’ll still be happy, willing, and without regret, for I have fulfilled my promise!” then with these words, you will bear testimony, and these words will prove that your life disposition has changed. Such testimony is a big deal; it will bring shame upon Satan, and satisfy God, and you will be remembered by God, and will bring comfort to God. Are you willing to bear such resounding testimony? (We are.) Have you ever been negative in things involving your end? And after such negativity befalls you, and you look within yourself and find faith in God, do you dare swear to God? “My loyalty to God is absolute, to the very end. I do not ask for anything in return, nor do I seek to be blessed. God may do with me as He wishes, and still I shall pursue the truth!” If you can make such a promise to God, and dare perform your duty according to this promise, then you are someone who pursues the truth, the path you walk is the right one, and you have hope of bearing such testimony. So today, if you have given much of your strength for God, and yet God remains very cold toward you, what does this show? Should you look for a reason within yourself? Some say, “I can find no reason within myself. I render service to God faithfully, willingly! Even in death I’ll have no complaints!” Is it still possible for you to be negative when God is cold toward you and you can find no reason? Will you continue to be faithful to God? Do people often experience such things? They do! I did, too. In the end, I gathered up my courage and continued to loyally serve God. Regardless of how God is toward me, I shall be faithful to the very end! People often experience such tests and mental battles. And each time after you experience them, are you able to set your resolve? After experiencing such things, you should pray to God and say: “O God! Regardless of what happens to me in the future, regardless of how cold You are to me, still I will be faithful to You until the very end, I will follow You to the very end, and whatever my end—even if I die—I will still be willing and happy to do so. I would never blame You! For I am a created being, this is the duty I ought to perform, and if I did not perform my duty thus, I would not be fit to be human!” Pray to God thus. After you’ve done so several times, you will not be the slightest bit negative when such tests befall you again. Success! You will be without negativity or pain. You will continue to render service with a light heart, and will continue to be faithful to God. You will have passed this stage. If you can get through each of these eleven stages, standing firm regardless of how many times you experience them, then your life disposition will have thoroughly changed, and there will be no betrayal in you, you will never again betray God. Is this not the path of pursuing the truth?
The fourth requirement: “If, after you have expended some things for Me, I have not satisfied your petty demands, will you be disheartened and disappointed toward Me or even become furious and shout abuse?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). There are many who become disheartened and disappointed toward God if God does not satisfy their petty demands after they have expended certain things for God. Some of them grow angry and shout abuse, and others turn back as a result. There are many such people! So where are they failing? You must be clear about this. Are such people not trying to bargain with God? After expending certain things for God, they think they should be rewarded, they want things in return, and they have aims they want to achieve. There are motivations behind their expenditure for God. They are clearly trying to make a trade—and as soon as the trade falls through, and they do not achieve their aims, they become disheartened and disappointed toward God, they grow angry and shout abuse. Do such people possess any humanity? Do they have any rationality or conscience? (No.) So such people shall ultimately fail and be eliminated by God. God does not want them; their dispositions are too odious! When they have expended certain things for God and their petty demands are not satisfied, they lose their faith in God. What do such demands count for? Should you not expend yourself for God? You are a created being—you should expend whatever you are asked! If God does not satisfy your petty demands, and you pray to God and God does not listen, and you lose your faith in God as a result, is that all the faith in God you have? You are blind to the deeds and omnipotence of God, and so are unaware that there are principles to the things God does, you are unaware that God is righteous, that sometimes God deliberately tests and reveals people. Such people lack any knowledge of God. You imagine God to be too simple. Do you think God a man? “If I do something for You, You should do something for me, too. If I do something for You, You should meet my demands!” That doesn’t even work with people, it can only fail! You have to look at who the other person is, what conditions they have, and whether they can do anything for you. Being so strident doesn’t even work with people, and yet you even try to bargain with God! Is someone like this not irrational and unreasonable? So is your expenditure not something you ought to do? Were the things you expend not given to you by God? Did they not come from God? Are they yours? Some people give up everything for God. When their child falls ill, they blame God and say, “I have given up everything for God. How could my child fall sick? God, why haven’t You taken care of him?” Is God supposed to care for your child? Why could your child not get sick? When your child gets sick, you should look within yourself. Why did your child fall ill? There may well be an objective reason. Is it reasonable to blame God when anything happens? This is preposterous! People must be rational before God. Some people blame God even when they stumble and fall: “Why did God not protect me?” Is this true faith in God? Some people complain about God even when they get a cold. Surely you must still get colds? Are you made of steel? Are people not being unreasonable when they blame God for everything? In all that happens to you, if you are wise, then you shall look for a reason within yourself, and will reflect on what your problem is. Many things are not as simple as you imagine. When Job was tried, what did his three friends think? And what did Job himself think? You can’t tell. When you don’t know God, you must not shoot your mouth off; such matters are not clear to any of us. So what should we do when such things are not clear to us? We must await the time of God, we must seek the truth. Sooner or later a day will come when we can understand the true facts. Approach things correctly; when you have not seen them clearly, do not complain, do not jump to conclusions, and do not run your mouth off. No one is better than God. God is absolutely almighty. Do you really not see this? There is not a problem with God. This is entirely a problem of man. Never shift the blame on God or frame God! If you do not look within yourself, and always blame God, are you not ridiculous? The fourth requirement is also of crucial importance, and shows that the rebelliousness of man, and what makes up his betrayal of God are pretty severe.
The fifth requirement: “If you’ve always been very loyal and loving toward Me, yet you suffer the torment of illness, the impoverishment of life, and the abandonment of your friends and relatives or endure any other misfortunes in life, then will your loyalty and love for Me still continue?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). The fifth requirement is what is required to make people perfect. It is often the case that the greater your loyalty and love toward God, the more likely you are to suffer illness, the impoverishment of life, the desertion of your friends and relatives, and any other of life’s misfortunes—the more trials you may encounter. Have you discovered this pattern? Why does God act thus? There is truth to be sought here; you should try to grasp God’s will. God often subjects those who are loyal to Him and love Him to many trials, and the aim is to make them perfect. Peter loved God, and for seven years he experienced hundreds of trials. How many days is that per trial? They probably came around every ten days, or after approximately two weeks, or a month. And in general, how many days of pain were there for each trial? It was like when someone gets a cold: usually three to five days for each trial. After three to five days, the pain dissipated, it disappeared, Peter was happy for three to five days, and then suddenly another trial arrived; and when that passed, the skies cleared, he was happy, and suddenly another trial, three or five days between them. Were these kinds of trials of the same kind as those experienced by Job? There are many of these kinds of trials. I have experienced such things many times. Many things are not external trials. On the outside, all seems calm and placid, but sometimes, because of one ill-considered word, you are tormented and refined in your heart; sometimes, you are tried simply because you haven’t done something properly; sometimes, you are refined because one of your thoughts is deviant; sometimes, you are tried because you handled something without principle; and sometimes, you are tried because you have shown the wrong attitude. There are many such trials in your spirit. The external ones are even more numerous: You are beset by illness and hardship, you are abandoned by your friends and family, or you suffer life’s misfortunes. All kinds of things. For each, you will have to undergo three or five days of pain—about a week at most—before the trial passes. Regardless, every time a trial befalls you, you must pray before God. One thing you must do is prayer and introspection, and the other is contemplation and searching for the truth. Sometimes, you live in a negative state for a while, but ultimately find the answer; a passage of God’s words gives you a way out. Which is to say, when various things happen to you that try you, and make you look within yourself before God, make you know yourself, and see your own corruption, what happens? After experiencing hundreds of such trials, your state changes, you act with principles, and your thinking is correct; in addition, the way you speak is objective and impartial, there are principles to how you interact with others and handle things, you have the right perspective, and you are more and more pure, more and more perfect, and your state becomes better and better. After it gets better, the trials lessen, and at the crucial moment, more trials are added based on where you are most lacking, and on your vital weakness, and you suffer much pain and torment. Thus, the more trials befall you, the more you are made perfect. This elucidates a truth—what truth? The greater your loyalty and love toward God, and the more you pursue the truth, the more trials you are bound to face; this is the means by which God makes people perfect, it is how He makes them perfect. Without trials, people cannot be made perfect—this is absolute. Thus, based on this fifth requirement, if you are very loyal and loving toward God throughout, then you are bound to face many trials. This is for certain. Are you capable of understanding God’s intentions here? Some people say, “If that is the case, then there’s no way I’m going to be loyal to God and love God!” Are there those who say this? If there truly are people who say such things, then they are absurd, and not fit to love God. If you are loyal and loving toward God, then you are bound to face many trials. Having seen this, will you still be willing to pursue the love of God? (We will.) So what will you do when you suffer the hardship of such trials? When you do, waste no time in seeking the truth and trying to grasp God’s will; when you do grasp His will, you shall have faith, and will no longer be negative. When you have suffered a little hardship, and seen certain changes in yourself, you will have faith. Afterward, when you are tested again, you will not be afraid, and will say: “Trials are good—‘the bitter medicine is good for disease’!” God only tests you when He sees that you are fit, and have a heart that loves God, and pursue the truth; if you were not the right person, such trials would not befall you even if you wanted them to. God would not test you even if you wanted Him to. God does not waste His energy on dealing with such people. He has no wish to deal with those who do not pursue the truth. The more you pursue the truth, the more God tests and refines you. God expressly searches for such people to make perfect! At times, something will suddenly happen at home: An adult will find themselves in trouble, they’ll be in difficulty, or else a child will fall ill. Sometimes, something will be taken—and when it is, the person could die at any time. And if you have no faith, and start to blame God, is this not trouble? If you really are tested by having something taken from you, will you be able to stand firm? Will you be able to stand firm if your child suddenly dies of illness? If your husband suddenly dies of illness? If your parents suddenly die of illness? Suppose you are suddenly beset by disaster; someone takes your assets—they take your land and property—leaving you with no way to live. Are you able to stand firm? Those who believe they can stand firm make the following resolution: “Now I understand. Things like this are the trials of God. Even if they aren’t trials, and these things really have been taken from me, I still won’t blame God!” If someone in your family dies, and an unbeliever asks you, “Did God take this from you, or did man? What will you do if God did this? And if it was taken by a person, and that did not come from God, what do you think of God now?” You should state your position and say, “Whether it was God who took this from me or not, I still praise God. Thanks be to God!” People must have this kind of faith! If you are unable to stand firm when experiencing such things, then all your trials shall be hard. Trials like this are the most severe of all, and if you can withstand these, then ordinary ones will pose no problem for you, you’ll be able to get through them without issue. Most people can’t stand firm when tested by the death of a family member. When I was once preaching at a church during the Age of Grace, I said: “If your father or mother died, would you blame God?” Everyone replied, “No!” And I said, “If you father or mother died, would you go back for the funeral to see him or her off?” A sister said, “To the funeral? To see him or her off? I would not!” I said, “If your father or mother died, how many times or how many days would you cry without having your belief in God, attendance of assemblies or performance of your duty hindered?” And she said, “I wouldn’t even cry a day. At most, I’d cry once, not for a day. Afterward I’d go to assembly and perform my duty as usual!” Then one day, her mother died and she wept for five days. She missed assembly, and her eyes were puffy with crying, she cried really hard. She had made that oath with more conviction than anyone else, but things were different when it happened to her. When her mother died, she wanted to stop crying but she couldn’t, she couldn’t help herself. Do such people have a problem? They do, a serious one! She had not seen through to the substance of this problem. Did the death of this old, unbelieving demon not lighten her burden, did it not stop her being tied down? If you are capable of not blaming God when someone in your family dies, and can follow God and perform your duty just as before, then you’re more or less there—right? (Yes.) In such matters, if you can stand firm, then you’re alright, you’re more or less there, and most other things will be easy to overcome, they won’t give you any problems. How much will you cry if your unbelieving husband dies one day? Will you be negative and weak, will you fall down, and will you betray God? Some people say they can stand firm—good! If you pray thus before God, then after you have prayed, God will give you strength. At the time, there will be pain in your heart, you will cry, you will weep—which is all normal. Do not think that when people cry they are weak and betray God, that is not the case. When you cry, you should say: “O God! My heart is in pain, but I love You, and will not betray You. I shall still follow You to the very end!” You just have to pray like this. “My heart is in great pain, but I absolutely will not betray You. This is Your righteousness, this is the Your love coming upon me, and I obey You! I am thankful to You!” You should pray like this. When you do, and Satan hears it, Satan will run away in shame. “Even something as major as this didn’t make them fall! Still they are thankful to God! Still they shall follow and obey God to the very end.” This is testimony. If your husband died, it would be impossible for you to feel no pain, to not cry any tears. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong; you are bound to feel pain. There are those, however, who are able to stand firm and not blame God. They suffer for a time, but they still perform their duty and go to assembly as usual. There is testimony in this, and this testimony is pretty good, it’s not bad. Do not be too demanding. You can’t ask that they not cry, that they still perform their duty that day, and not be in the least bit negative or weak—that’s impossible. Such high demands are unrealistic. What about if your husband dies and he believes in God? Should you blame God? How should you approach this? How should you pray when someone who believes in God dies? Are you liable to pray as follows: “O God! How could he still die when he believed in You? How could I still believe in You when even those who believe die?” (No.) So what should you say? “That he believed in You and died proves that You are righteous, God! To die was his due, and though I do not understand why this is so, You could never make a mistake. I will still praise You for Your righteousness and still follow You. When one who believes in God dies, I shall still follow God and praise God; if ten die, or a hundred, or a thousand, still I will follow God and praise God!” Is it good to pray thus? (It is.) When you have such faith, you will be able to stand firm.
The sixth requirement: “If none of what you have imagined in your heart matches what I have done, then how will you walk your future path?”(“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). This is what reveals you! In how many people does what they imagine in their heart match what God has done? In none of them. If what people imagined were in line with what God does, they would have no conceptions, they would not be tainted, and they would become God. Yes or no? Thus, the imaginings of man will never completely match the actions of God; even when you have gained the truth, what you imagine will not entirely match what God does. That but a part of it matches is already pretty good. Thus, in many things, what you imagine is at odds with what God does, and this is often seen. Such matters are also very good at exposing people. For example, someone might say, “That person had good faith in God. How could he have died in a car crash? There are those who are much worse than he was, so how come they live healthy, comfortable lives?” How does this compare to what people imagine? The two don’t really match, right? How do you see such things? There is a reason why those who should die, die, and why those who should live, live. We do not control all things, and such matters are not clear to us. So for things like this—things you cannot see clearly, and which involve the spiritual realm—you’re better off not using your imagination, for you are incapable of imagining such things. That he died was because he ought to die, because his time to die had come. That the evildoer has not died is because he has not finished doing evil, has not finished serving as a foil; when he has, he shall die, and after he does, he shall be more severely punished, whereas after the one who had not committed evil died, he did not suffer great punishment—this is absolute. This is the right way to think. All things are arranged by God, and God has His time for all things. Those who commit evil shall assuredly be punished, and there could never be any doubt about this, for God is righteous. When good people die and go to Hades, the spiritual realm, they are not punished; when the wicked live in the world of man, it is because they have not finished doing evil—but after they die, they will suffer great punishment. This is absolute. You should have faith that the righteousness of God can never be wrong. So when it is said that, “If none of what you have imagined in your heart matches what I have done, then how will you walk your future path?” how will you walk your future path? Should you live by what you imagine? Should you pursue the truth? Should you obey God’s arrangements absolutely? Should you renounce your own imaginings? If what you are thinking is at odds with what God does, then don’t think it; let us not live by our imaginations, let us simply obey God, let us leave ourselves at the mercy of His orchestrations unconditionally, forever following God—this is right! Is it not very simple? (Yes.) But if people are incapable of doing this, is it not because they themselves have a problem? Can what you imagine be in utter accord with the doings of the Creator? Are you capable of imagining what the Creator will do in the future? No one is! Never mind today, when we still pursue the truth—even if a day comes when we have gained the truth, it would still be impossible for what we imagine to entirely match what God does. This is beyond me. In some areas I have imaginings, and they are at odds with what God does, and when I see this, I say, “I am foolish and ignorant, I am too childish in this matter!” I reflect upon myself, and so my imaginings do not affect my resolve to follow God at all—which is rational. My imaginings say that the great red dragon should already have been destroyed, for I despise it so much, I’m itching for it to be destroyed tomorrow! But no! The work of God has yet to finish. There is still some work that it must do as a foil. Who is not anxious for this? Right now, how many of God’s chosen ones don’t have a home to go back to? They spend all day in fear. They pass their days on tenterhooks. They don’t even have somewhere safe to sleep. They hide from place to place, staying a few days in here, a few there. It’s like they’re fighting a running battle. Those who spread the gospel or are leaders, especially, rarely have homes to go back to! The hardship they suffer is the hardship suffered by Christ, and thus they have their share of the tribulation, and kingdom, and patience of Christ. What is the greatest comfort to these people when they suffer? “God is with me as I suffer. He, too, has endured such hardship. That today I can share in the hardship of Christ is the exaltation of God!” Such faith directs people’s endurance of all manner of hardship. I’m no stranger to the pain of such destitution and reliance on others. Being on tenterhooks day in, day out, having to pray several times during every assembly, having to be especially careful each time there is an assembly, your heart racing at every noise outside. All who have tasted days of that hardship are aware of this. Thus, God’s chosen ones desperately yearn for the day of the great red dragon’s destruction to come soon, and for the day of God’s glory to arrive quickly. So what can be done? Waste no time in performing your duty! Do your duty well, pursue the truth, and pursue changes in your disposition; the work of God will end sooner, and the day of the great red dragon’s destruction will arrive more quickly, when you bear resounding testimony. Today, there are those who have escaped from the demonic lair of the great red dragon, who have been liberated. How many of God’s chosen ones must still suffer in that environment? Who does not wish for the day of the great red dragon’s destruction to come sooner? Everyone does! Some people said, “In 2012, it will definitely be all over for the great red dragon!” and I said, “The days of hardship are over!” The result? It wasn’t! It is now clear to me that the work of God is extremely practical: “For as the lightning comes out of the East, and shines even to the West” (Mat24:27). The shining upon the West has yet to be done. And so it is that people’s imaginings can never keep up with the facts of God’s actions. You’re seeing this now, yes? The imaginings of each one of us are often at odds with God’s actions, can this affect our faith? Can it lead us to disappointment and despair toward God? No. We must know the work of God. The work of God is so practical; it is not as people imagine, it is not the case that regardless of how far along this work is, all of a sudden, it’s done. It’s not like that.
Today, the house of God has put the English words of God online, and in newspapers, and next, there shall be shockwaves from religious and political circles in the West. How should we respond to these shockwaves? As was just said: by wasting no time in releasing videos about experiences and testimony, responding to the manic repudiations of the religious community. In nature, Western and Eastern religious communities are the same—they are all evil spirits and antichrists—and thus in nature, the repudiation of the West’s religious communities is no different from that of the East’s, their vilifications and assertions are the same tune as those of the great red dragon, they are as echoes across a great distance, proving that the West’s religious communities also follow the great red dragon, and are of Satan. So how should we bear this testimony now? How should we fight this battle? It’s right before us, so do something real! The belief in God is not just a matter of bragging—you must do something real! Is this not a crucial moment of the testimony of God’s chosen ones? The start of the spread of the gospel in the West is the start of the final phase of God’s work. If, during this phase, people’s performance of their duty is entirely up to standard, and meets the requirements of God, then it will achieve the most powerful testimony to God, and the most powerful riposte to Satan—in which case, our testimony shall be successful, and God’s will shall be carried out. When our testimony is of great power, it will leave the religious community utterly convinced when they see it, and they will say, “This is a group of overcomers made by God!” When those among the religious community who seek the truth see it, they will realize that this is the effect of God’s work of the last days, which is the effect of the work of the Holy Spirit, and the result of God’s work in the last days. And upon seeing such results, they can confirm that Almighty God is the returned Jesus. And no one will have anything to say, no one will have any doubts. If our testimony to God’s work of the last days can reach this point, and have this effect, then it will be after God’s heart. Right now, do you possess the faith to bear such testimony? (We do.) So how is this testimony borne? It depends on how well you produce the videos and films. Should you pour all your concentration into making them? Should you do so without respite from your labors? Should you put everything you have into them? The time to suffer and pay a price has arrived; now, you begin to suffer and pay a price. How many hours did you used to work? And how many hours should you work now? Should you work overtime now? If, previously, you could do seven or eight hours of work without feeling too tired, should you now not add a couple of hours? This is testimony! And this testimony comes from suffering and paying a price. It does not come from bragging. If you endure an extra one or two hours of hardship, pay the price of an extra one or two hours, how much will this add up to over the coming days and months? As time goes on, your face will grow ashen, your body thin, you’ll lose weight—and what will you enjoy in your heart at that time? A kind of comfort and satisfaction. And what is the effect of such comfort and satisfaction? “Finally, I have some conscience and rationality. At last, I am able to repay God’s love, and live out a little of the likeness of man.” Is this not the kind of effect that is achieved? If you do not suffer any hardship—if you muddle your way through a few hours of work each day, and nothing more—and say, “I’ll just see how it goes! If I don’t finish it today I’ll do it tomorrow, and if I don’t finish it tomorrow, then I’ll do it the day after,” if every day, you put it off, then in the end you might not have exhausted yourself, and might also have achieved a little something, but in your conscience you will have to say “I did not give my all to perform my duty, I did not manage to be loyal when I did my duty, I was careless, and did not suffer any hardship or pay any price!” Thus, you also perform your duty, but there is no comfort or enjoyment within your heart. Can God’s blessings be seen in you from this? No. That requires you to attain comfort and enjoyment, a feeling of satisfaction, in your spirit, such that you say, “I see that I live out the likeness of humanity, I know what it means to repay the love of God, I have done my best!” When you have this sense of satisfaction, will it bring you great enjoyment? It will, wonderful enjoyment! And so, is the effect that is achieved after you have suffered hardship not different from never having done so? The feeling in your heart is different when you have paid a price compared to when you have not. In one situation, there is enjoyment, and in the other, there is not; in one, there is comfort, and in the other, there is not; in one, there is accusation, and in the other, your conscience is at peace. It is bad for there to be accusation; what does it mean when your conscience is accused? Is there regret? You’ll feel regret for the rest of your life! It is bad for there to be regret, it is an eternal debt on your conscience! …
Let us look at the seventh requirement: “If you don’t receive anything you hoped to receive, then can you continue to be My follower?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “If you don’t receive anything you hoped to receive,” this also reveals people. Before, you wanted to gain the things that were extraneous to the truth—status, renown, rewards, and a crown. You didn’t get them. What do you hope to gain now? This is key. Today, if you hope to gain the truth, and the life, and you do not, whom should you blame? You should blame yourself. Right now, are you negative and regretful because you have not gotten the things you wanted? Such people may exist, but they are few. They asked to be a leader, and they weren’t; they asked to perform a certain duty, and were refused; they asked that everyone listen to and obey them, and this didn’t happen; they asked to stand above their peers, to have everyone dance to their tune and worship them, and they didn’t get that, either. And after not getting these things, some people wish to stop believing in God. They say, “Believing in God holds no interest to me!” What would make believing in God interesting to them? If it were based upon the enjoyments of their flesh; when they’re satisfied in everything, believing in God is interesting to them; if they’re dissatisfied in everything, then believing in God holds no interest for them. Do such people pursue the truth? Is it not the case that those antichrists want to give up following God because they didn’t get what they wanted? Such erroneous motivations are a huge obstacle to people gaining the truth. So what do you hope to gain now? The truth, and the life. To gain the life is to gain the truth. To gain the truth is to gain the life. If you have not gained the truth, then you have not gained the life; if you have gained the truth, then you have gained the life. Whether you will gain the truth in the future depends on how you pursue it. Today, how would you pursue becoming someone who knows God, and pursue gaining the truth? This is one question. If you cannot gain the truth—if your caliber is too poor, and you are foolish and ignorant—are you still able to follow God? This is the second question. You should be clear about both these questions. Some people say, “I am of poor caliber. Regardless of how my faith, my understanding of the truth is still superficial, and my acceptance of it no different from my acceptance of rules. I can never grasp the principle. Should I still believe? Can I be saved?” There are many who ask this kind of question in their hearts. So what is the answer? The seventh requirement says that, “If you don’t receive anything you hoped to receive, then can you continue to be My follower?” There is meaning contained within “can you continue to be My follower?” What this “continue” means is, “I didn’t get what I wanted before. So what should I get now? What is the very minimum I can receive based on my caliber? What is the very least I can receive? I shall continue following God for this very least, this very minimum that I can receive.” Is such an interpretation correct? Some say, “The caliber of others is good, they can understand 100% of the truth. Mine is bad, I can understand 60% of it.” So should you continue following God for the sake of gaining this 60%? Some say, “I will gain the truth, and be saved and made perfect, according to my caliber.” Some say, “Based on my caliber, it’s already pretty good that I can be a loyal service-doer!” So should you not continue following God for the sake of being a loyal service-doer? (Yes.) This is the minimum standard. Some people say, “My standard is even lower. I just want to be someone who follows God; if I can put everything I have into that, and do everything I can, I will be content. I shall continue following God for the sake of this little bit of contentment.” Is this perspective right? This is the right perspective. Are most people capable of achieving this kind of perspective? (Yes.) So if you have this correct perspective, is following God a problem for you? It shouldn’t be, yes? Some people say: “Even if I’m only able to contribute a little of my strength, I’m still willing to follow God. I will not live in vain! Even though I cannot live out the image of the truth, if I can live out a little of the likeness of man, it’s still worth following God!” This is the minimum standard, the minimum that is required; it’s the very least you should be able to achieve—and if you have a mind to, you can. Some people say, “You can understand the truth and grasp these principles, while I can follow rules, and it is OK, too! Even if it’s just following rules, I must still give all I can.” Thus to receive anything when they pursue God, people must have resolve—and even when they pursue the minimum standard, this still counts as having resolve. When you have no minimum standard, and always want to achieve the very highest, the very best—when you say, “If I can’t have the very highest and the very best, then I won’t follow God!”—is such an interpretation pure? Isn’t this a problem? You are too arrogant and lacking in rationality! Such a point of view is absurd, it is the perspective of Satan! … When you give your all to gain the truth, you will get just as much as you are able. No matter how much you gain, you must still follow God; however much you gain, it is better than gaining nothing. If people gain 10% of the truth, they will change by 10%; if they gain 20%, they will change by 20%. Even if you only gain 10%, it’s still worth it, it’s better than giving up your belief, and you must still follow God. Don’t be too demanding of yourself, don’t be too ambitious.
The eighth requirement: “If you have never understood the purpose and significance of My work, then can you be an obedient person who does not make arbitrary judgments and conclusions?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Is this requirement high? God is so fair to people! If you have never understood the purpose and significance of God’s work, what does God ask of you? “Be an obedient person.” If you don’t understand, that’s fine; what’s key is whether or not you are able to obey—this is what’s most important. How should you obey? By accepting. By doing whatever God asks, by obeying all of His house’s arrangements, by not making judgments and conclusions—that’s all, it’s that simple. Is this easy to do? If you cannot understand, then all you need to do is not make judgments. Do you not need only to obey all of the arrangements of God’s house? This is so simple! What’s the problem if people do not understand, and can’t stop themselves from making judgments and conclusions? What disposition is this? (That of the devil.) Today, those who are of a devilish nature are required to not make judgments and conclusions. Is this easy? I’ll give you a simple example. Someone who believes in God dies. Irrespective of how they died—whether it was through illness, a car accident, or because disaster struck—is their death clear to you? (No.) So if it’s not, you shouldn’t run your mouth off—yes? (Yes.) If you can’t see this clearly, don’t jump to conclusions, don’t run your mouth off. Say someone reports that a leader or worker has died because of something or other. Someone says, “He can’t have been someone who pursued the truth—he was a false leader, an antichrist, and he has been punished!” Are they not making judgments? After that, someone else says, “Outwardly, he seemed alright. But he must have had a problem, else God wouldn’t have let him die. God is never wrong! He must have had a problem; there are many people like this, who pretend to be good, but could be doing bad things in secret!” Is it right to make such conclusions about them? Suppose a leader dies, and you cannot understand why. Someone says to you, “There’s something I can’t understand: He usually worked very well, and had great faith—how could he have died? Why is this?” And how should you reply? You should say, “I cannot see why, but I must not make arbitrary judgments and conclusions. Doing so offends God! I am God-fearing; I do not comment on things that are not clear to me. Sorry!” And that’s all. Is it rational to speak thus? This is all you need to say. Do not use your imagination for things that are not clear to you. Your imagination is not reliable. Do not think that there is a basis, and a reason, to everything you imagine, and then treat it as the truth, as some sort of conclusion, and state it. This is arrogance and self-righteousness; this is where people’s arrogance and self-righteousness are shown. No matter how much of a basis there is for your imaginings, this does not mean they are the correct conclusion. Such a basis has no use—it is your own logical inference, and does not represent the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. So in matters that are not clear to you, do not speak carelessly, so as not to offend God and jump to the wrong conclusion. “If something’s not clear to me, I’ll say nothing, nor will I use my imagination.” There’s no use in imagining; what you imagine will never be fact, it will never be tenable. Using your imagination is guessing. It’s betting. Sometimes you make the right bet, but betting right does not mean you know; it is still based on conceptions and imaginings. When you bet wrong, that’s trouble, too. It’s shameful. Thus, those with a little rationality say, “This matter is not clear to me, but I’m not going to use my imagination. God shall gradually reveal it to me; I await the time of God.”
The ninth requirement: “Can you treasure all the words I have said and all the work I have done when I’m together with mankind?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). What is the significance of these words? Where do people go awry in their belief in God? They treasure but one part of God’s words, and are incapable of treasuring all of them. If people only treasure a part of God’s work and utterances, can they be made perfect by God? Your experiencing of God’s words must not be so limited. Such faith contains prejudice, and you are delaying yourself. Some people have believed in God for ten or twenty years, and all they can speak of is a little bit of experience, the testimony of a single aspect; that’s the only aspect of testimony they bear. It’s as if they’ve never heard God’s words about other matters, and can say nothing about them. They can only fellowship that one little bit of testimony, that one aspect of testimony—it’s all they talk about when they meet people, that little bit of testimony, and they go on about it so much that everyone else knows it by heart. Thus, if you want to gain deeper entry into life and truly enter into the reality of the truth, you must practice the following words of God: “treasure all the words I have said and all the work I have done when I’m together with mankind.” “When I’m together with mankind”; these words refer to God’s time in the flesh on earth, when He is among man. His utterances and work among man during this time are in order to make every part of man perfect, and they are what man needs most, these words are words that are of crucial importance to making people perfect. You cannot only experience one part; you cannot only treasure one part, and ignore the other, much less can you only focus on one little bit and be content with gaining this little bit. You must treasure and accept all these words and the work of God. In this requirement of God toward man, if people do not understand the will of God, then they will have a problem appreciating the truth.
The tenth requirement: “Are you able to be My loyal follower, willing to suffer for Me for life even if you will not receive anything?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). This is a resolution. Loyal followers of God do not follow God because they want to get something, because they think they must receive something—though they do, of course, have a goal: to pursue the truth and be saved. In all else, even if they receive nothing, they will still be willing to suffer for God their whole lives. What does it mean to “not receive anything”? It means to not receive any of those things that are external, such as blessings and rewards, or things one pursues or desires, or things one aims to gain. Without receiving these things, and without receiving anything else, people are still able to suffer for God their whole life. This is of the utmost importance! If people resolve to pursue the truth, and ultimately do not gain the truth, are they still able to follow God? Can they still endure suffering for God? You make the correct resolution, but ultimately receive nothing; can you still suffer for God your whole life? Is this not a key issue? Today, people believe in God in order to pursue the truth, they have all resolved to pursue the truth. But it is unlikely they’ll all accomplish this resolution; only a portion of them will. If you truly have such a resolution, but if, for any reason, you fail to achieve it, are you still able to suffer for God your whole life? Are you still able to follow God to the very end? This is of crucial importance, yes? Do you dare say for sure that if you pursue the truth, you will gain the truth? No one does. If, for any reason, you do not, are you still willing to suffer for God your whole life? For example, you’ve now believed in God for ten years, but you haven’t gained the truth. As I see it, you are without the reality of the truth, and there is nothing in you worth mentioning. So are you still willing to suffer for God your whole life? Can you say, “I’ve believed in God for ten years. Although I have not gained the truth—I have only gained a little superficial knowledge of it, which is far from understanding it, still I am willing to expend and suffer my whole life for God. I do so gladly!”? Do you have such resolve? If you do, then your faith can stand firm.
The eleventh requirement: “Are you able to not consider, plan, or prepare for your future path of survival for My sake?” (“A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). These words are extremely important! “For the sake of carrying out God’s will, I shall give no consideration to my future path of survival, to whether I live or die.” Are you capable of this? What do some people think about? “Should I find a partner? Should I remain chaste my whole life?” Is this a real problem? Some people are married and say, “I still don’t have a house! I still don’t have a car! Will I be able to buy a car or house in the future?” Should they be thinking about such things? Some people are married but still haven’t decided whether they want any children. They say, “Do I want children or not?” Should they be thinking about this? “I’m married and my children are getting older. Will I send them to school? Will I send them to university?” Should they be thinking about this? “I’m in good health and I still haven’t had a child. What if I wait a few years, and I’m not in such good shape and can’t have a baby? Who will look after me when I’m old?” Should they be thinking about this? Some people say, “I’ve just found a partner. Should I marry him? If a few years pass and we don’t get married, I’ll have missed the chance to find a husband. What will I do then?” Should they be thinking about this? Some people say, “My mom and dad are old, they’re waiting for me to look after them! I wanted to perform my duty in the church for one or two years and then go back to take care of them. It looks like I may have to perform this duty for a number of years—and who will care for my parents then?” Should they be thinking about this? Some people say, “At the moment I’m overseas (or in my own country). Where will my home be in the future? What road will I take in the future? How will I survive?” Should they be thinking about this? Pay no mind to such things. Simply make the following resolution: “I shall expend myself for God my whole life! I leave myself to God’s orchestrations and arrangements! Whether I live or die, I will not think about myself!” With such resolve, you are someone who is to be made perfect, and God will surely guide you, lead you, and make you perfect. If you do not give your future life to God, you shall have great difficulty receiving the work of the Holy Spirit and being made perfect by the Holy Spirit. Give your heart to God! Give your future life, your all, to God, leave yourself to God’s orchestrations and arrangements, do not deliberate, or make arrangements or preparations for them. When you pay no mind to such things, your heart will completely belong to God, it will have been entirely given to God. If you start thinking about them, this is the same as not having given your heart to God, as not believing that God arranges your all. Leave yourself to God’s arrangements—there is no wrong in this! If God arranges for you a mountain of swords, then climb it; if God arranges for you a sea of flames, then cross it. When you climb the mountain of swords, as God is with you, you will be safe and sound! When you cross the sea of flames, as God is with you, you will make it through! At such times you will be walking with God! You will be the most blessed of all! Is there any need to consider the destination? You need not think about the destination. When Enoch walked with God, God finally took him to Heaven. Right now, are you still thinking about what will happen to you in the future? Don’t think about marriage, or family, or children, or your parents. Don’t think about where you’ll live in the future, where you’re going to make a living, whether you’ll live or die, or whether you’ll get sick. Just establish a good relationship with God. Give your heart to God and leave yourself at His mercy, and you will have the work of the Holy Spirit. Believe that what God arranges for you is a hundred times better than your own plans or the arrangements of other people for you! When you experience God’s work thus, you are guaranteed to be blessed by God! You will behold the miraculous deeds of God!