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27. The Principles of Accepting God’s Scrutiny

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27. The Principles of Accepting God’s Scrutiny

1. You must accept God’s scrutiny in the performance of your duties, harbor right intentions in all things, must not conspire for personal interests, and you must stand witness and satisfy God;

2. Pray and accept God’s scrutiny and have real association with God; you should abandon and dispense with anything that does not stand up to God’s scrutiny;

3. Those with a God-fearing heart must be able to accept God’s scrutiny, be responsible to God in their duties, and not be slipshod or deceptive in their work;

4. God holds sovereignty over all and scrutinizes all; whether what you do is in the sight of other people or not, you must bring it all before God and accept His scrutiny and examination.

Relevant Words of God:

To be a believer in God means that all you do must be brought before Him and made subject to His observation. If what you do can be brought before God’s Spirit but not before God’s flesh, this shows that you have not subjected yourself to the observation of His Spirit. … Look at all that you do and see if it can be brought before God. If you cannot bring all that you do before God, this shows that you are an evildoer. Can evildoers be perfected? All that you do, every action, every intent, and every reaction must be brought before God. Even your daily spiritual life—your prayers, your closeness with God, eating and drinking of God’s words, fellowship with your brothers and sisters, living the life of the church, and your service in partnership—must be brought before God and observed by Him. It is such practice that will help you mature in life. The process of accepting God’s observation is the process of purification. The more you accept God’s observation, the more you are purified, and the more you are in accord with God’s will, so that you will not hear the call of debauchery and dissipation, and your heart will live in His presence. The more you accept His observation, the more ashamed Satan is and the more you are able to forsake the flesh. So, the acceptance of God’s observation is a path people must practice. No matter what you do, even during fellowship with your brothers and sisters, if you bring your acts before God and seek His observation, and if your intent is to obey God Himself, what you practice will be much more correct. Only if you bring all you do before God and accept God’s observation can you be someone who lives in the presence of God.

from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Whenever you do anything, you must examine whether your motivations are right. If you are able to act according to the requirements of God, then your relationship with God is normal. This is the minimum criterion. If, when you examine your motivations, there emerge those that are incorrect, and if you are able to turn your back on them and act according to the words of God, then you will become someone who is right before God, which will show that your relationship with God is normal, and that all that you do is for the sake of God, and not for yourself. Whenever you do or say anything, you must put your heart right, be righteous, and not be led by your emotions, or act according to your own will. These are the principles by which believers in God conduct themselves.

from “How Is Your Relationship With God?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

If you wish to be after God’s own heart, you must have a heart that obeys His work, you must strive to pursue the truth, and you must accept God’s observation in all things. Has all you do undergone God’s observation? Is your intent correct? If your intent is correct, God will approve of you; if your intent is wrong, this shows that what your heart loves is not God, but the flesh and Satan. Therefore you must accept God’s observation in all things through prayer. When you pray, although My person is not there in front of you, the Holy Spirit is with you, and when you pray to this person, you also pray to the Spirit of God. Why do you believe in this flesh? Because He has the Spirit of God. Would you believe in this person without the Spirit of God? When you believe in this person, you believe in the Spirit of God. When you fear this person, you fear the Spirit of God. Faith in God’s Spirit is faith in this person, and faith in this person is also faith in the Spirit of God. When you pray, you feel the Spirit of God is with you, and that God is before you; therefore you pray to His Spirit. Today, most people are too afraid to bring their actions before God, and while you may deceive His flesh, you cannot deceive His Spirit. Any matter that cannot withstand God’s observation is not in accord with the truth and should be cast aside; otherwise it is a sin against God. So, no matter whether it’s when you pray, when you speak and fellowship with your brothers and sisters, or when you perform your duty and handle your business, you must lay your heart before God. When you fulfill your function, God is with you, and so long as your intent is correct and is for the work of God’s house, He will accept all you do, so you should earnestly devote yourself to fulfilling your function. When you pray, if you have love for God in your heart and seek God’s care, protection, and observation, if these are your intent, your prayers will be effective. For example, when you pray at meetings, if you open your heart and pray to God and tell Him what is in your heart without speaking falsehoods—then your prayers will be effective.

from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

If you earnestly love God in your heart, then make an oath to God: “God, who is in the heavens and on earth and among all things, I swear to You: May Your Spirit examine all I do and protect and care for me at all times. It makes it possible for all I do to stand in Your presence. Should my heart ever cease to love You or betray You, give me Your severe chastisement and curse. Pardon me in neither this world nor the next!” Do you dare make such an oath? If you do not, this shows you are cowardly, and that you still love yourself. Do you have this resolve? If this is truly your resolve, you must make this oath. If you have the resolve to make such an oath, God will fulfill your resolve. When you swear an oath to God, He listens. God determines whether you are sinful or righteous by your prayer and your practice. This now is the process of perfecting you, and if you truly have faith in being perfected, you will bring all you do before God and accept His observation, and if you do something outrageous or betray God, He will “perfect” you according to your oath, and then no matter what happens to you, be it perdition or chastisement, it is your own business. You made the oath, so you should carry it out. If you make an oath, but don’t carry it out, you will suffer perdition.

from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Those without understanding of God can never completely obey God. People like this are sons of disobedience. They are too ambitious, and there is too much rebellion in them, so they distance themselves from God and are unwilling to accept His observation. People like this cannot be perfected easily. Some people are selective in how they eat and drink of God’s words and in their acceptance of them. They accept portions of God’s words which accord with their notions while rejecting those which do not. Is this not the most blatant rebellion and resistance against God? If someone believes in God for years without gaining even a little understanding of Him, he is an unbeliever. Those who are willing to accept God’s observation are those who pursue an understanding of Him, who are willing to accept His words. They are the ones who will receive God’s inheritance and blessings, and they are the most blessed.

from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

If you are truly willing to be perfected by God, then you will have the courage to cast aside your flesh, and will be able to carry out God’s words and not be passive or weak. You will be able to obey all that comes from God, and all of your actions, whether done in public or in private, will be presentable to God. If you are an honest person, and practice the truth in all things, then you will be perfected. Those deceitful men who act one way before the face of others and another way behind their backs are not willing to be perfected. They are all sons of perdition and destruction; they belong not to God but to Satan. They are not the kind of man chosen by God! If your actions and behavior cannot be presented before God or be looked upon by the Spirit of God, this is proof that there is something wrong with you. Only if you accept the judgment and chastisement of God, and place importance on the transformation of your disposition, will you be able to get on the path to being perfected. If you are truly willing to be perfected by God and to do the will of God, then you should obey all of God’s work, without giving voice to a single word of complaint, without presuming to evaluate or to judge the work of God. These are the minimal requirements for being perfected by God. The necessary requirement for those who seek to be perfected by God is this: do all things with a heart that loves God. What does it mean “to do things with a heart that loves God”? It means that all of your actions and behavior can be presented before God. As you hold the right intentions, whether your actions are right or wrong, you are not afraid for them to be shown to God or to your brothers and sisters; you dare to make a vow before God. That your every intention, thought, and idea be fit to be examined in God’s presence: if you practice and enter in this way, then progress in your life will be swift.

from “Those Who Obey God With a True Heart Shall Surely Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

I travel to the ends of the universe and observe the whole picture of the universe. I examine every kind of person—there is no one who can escape My control. I participate in every kind of thing, and there is nothing that I do not handle personally.

from “Chapter 112” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh

I am the true God, the God who examines the innermost heart of man. Don’t act one way to others’ faces but another way behind their backs, as I see clearly everything you do and though you may fool others you cannot fool Me. I see it all clearly. It is not possible for you to conceal anything; all is within My hands. Don’t think yourself clever, making all your selfish calculations ready. I say to you, man can make a thousand plans, or ten thousand plans, but in the end they cannot escape from the palm of My hand. All things and events are administered in My hands, how much more so is one person! Don’t try to avoid or hide, don’t cheat or conceal. Can you not see that My glorious countenance, My wrath and My judgment have been publicly revealed? I will judge immediately and without mercy all those who do not want Me sincerely. My pity has come to its end and there is no more left. Don’t be hypocritical anymore and stop your wild ways.

from “Chapter 44” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh

A normal relationship with God means being able to not doubt or deny any of God’s work and submit to it, and furthermore it means having the right intentions in the presence of God, not thinking of yourself, always having the interests of God’s family as the most important thing no matter what you are doing, accepting God’s observation, and submitting to God’s arrangements. You are able to quiet your heart in God’s presence whenever you do anything; even if you do not understand God’s will, you must still fulfill your duties and responsibilities to the best of your ability. It is not too late to wait for God’s will to be revealed to you and then put this into practice. When your relationship with God has become normal, then you will also have a normal relationship with people. Everything is established on the foundation of God’s words. Through eating and drinking the words of God, practice in accordance with God’s requirements, put your viewpoints right, and do not do things that resist God or disturb the church. Do not do things that do not benefit the lives of the brothers and sisters, do not say things that do not contribute to other people, do not do shameful things. Be just and honorable when doing all things and make them presentable before God. Even though the flesh is weak sometimes, you are able to attach the highest importance to benefiting God’s family, not covet your own benefits, and carry out righteousness. If you can practice in this way, your relationship with God will be normal.

from “How Is Your Relationship With God?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The Man’s Fellowship:

While fulfilling your duty you must accept pruning and dealing, you must accept the observation of the Holy Spirit, and you must do these things strictly according to God’s demands. If you discover that you are perfunctory, pray to God. If you discover yourself trying to deceive God, you must acknowledge this transgression. You cannot cover this up, you cannot pretend, still less distort the facts to shift blame onto others. You need to be this serious about the things you do, and treat your every word and action in earnest. Make your words fit the reality, seek truth from facts, and do not lard your words with make-believe. If you discover a transgression, besides praying to God, you must also openly admit it to others. Do not shrink back out of concern for your own reputation. You should boldly face the facts. Practice such as this is meaningful, and it is guaranteed to be beneficial to you.

from “Only Being an Honest Person Is True Repentance” in Collection of Sermons—Supply for Life

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