137. The Principles of How to Approach Natural Calamities and Man-made Misfortunes
1. No matter what natural calamity or man-made misfortune befalls, you must have faith that God is righteous and almighty, and that everything God does is truthful and meaningful;
2. Corrupt mankind all possess satanic natures and the poisons of the great red dragon. You must accept judgment and chastisement before you can be purified, and you should obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements;
3. You should have the faith of Job in disasters and trials. Do not complain against God, do not deny God and do not abandon God, but stand firm in your testimony for God;
4. You must understand that sympathizing with the devil Satan is defying and betraying God. Even if God terminates our flesh and our families, we must still praise His righteousness.
Relevant Words of God:
If you are to be perfected by God it will be right now in this era; there will not be another opportunity in the future. Right now, God truly wants to perfect you, and this is not a manner of speaking. In the future, regardless of what trials befall you, what events take place, or what disasters befall you, God wants to perfect you—this is a definite and undoubted fact.
from “On Everyone Performing Their Function” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Is the righteous disposition of God contained in Job’s trials? Yes! Where? You can’t explain it, right? Even if you are a righteous person, God still has a right to try you, and allow you to become a witness for God. The disposition of God is righteous. He treats everyone equally, which does not mean that because the righteous person can endure trials that he does not need to undergo them, that the righteous person needs to be protected. It is not like this. He has the right to try you. This is an expression of His righteous disposition. … Man is not qualified to make demands on God. To make a demand of God is the most unreasonable thing. God will do what He wants, and God has a right not to do it this way. He has a right to handle these things on His own. His own disposition is righteous. Righteousness is by no means impartial and reasonable, cutting one in two, compensating you according to the quantity of work you do or paying you for how much work you have done. This is not God’s righteousness. You believe that each person does his share, with distribution according to work done, and that each person receives his due according to what he puts out; none other than this is righteousness. Suppose God eliminated Job after Job bore witness for Him. God is righteous here, too. Why say that He is righteous? Saying that God is righteous in doing this, why say such a thing? Righteousness is such a thing that if something matches people’s conceptions, people say God is righteous, which is much easier, but if people do not see it as matching their conceptions, if it is something that people are unable to understand, that would require a great effort of people to explain that as righteousness. If He had eliminated Job at that time, people would not say that God was righteous. Even if there were people who said He was, they would say unwillingly: “Jehovah God is all right….” In fact if people are eliminated by God, whether or not they have been corrupted, ought God to explain the reasons for elimination to people? Should He explain to people His basis for eliminating them? There would be no need, right? Need it be based on preserving useful persons, and eliminating a useless person? It need not. In God’s eyes a corrupted person can be dealt with as He pleases. However it is done is appropriate; all is in His plan. If unpleasant to His eyes, you are useless after bearing witness and are eliminated, is this righteous? It is righteousness. Though in reality this is not easy to understand, you must have an understanding in principle. Tell Me, is God’s destruction of Satan righteous? If He had spared Satan? Perhaps you dare not say? How is it righteous? The essence of God is righteousness. Though it is not easy to understand what God does, all that He does is righteous. It is simply that people do not understand, no mistake about that. You see that when God gave Peter to Satan, how Peter responded: “Man is unable to penetrate what You do, but all of what You do contains Your good will. There is righteousness in all of it. How can I not utter praise for Your wise deeds?” Now you should notice that God does not eliminate Satan right away, so that man is able to see how Satan has corrupted people, and how God has saved people. Only after man is able to see the extent of Satan’s corruption of man, how Satan’s list of crimes reaches the heavens does God ultimately eliminate Satan, so that people can see that therein is God’s righteousness and His disposition. Everything that God does is righteous. Though you are unable to discover it, you should not make judgment as you please. If it appears to you as irrational, or if you have a conception about it, and then say God is not righteous, this is the most unreasonable.
from “How to Understand the Righteous Disposition of God” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Although you have suffered all kinds of suffering and torment, that suffering is not like the trials of Job, but it is the judgment and chastisement that people have received because of their rebelliousness and resistance, and because of My righteous disposition. It is righteous judgment, chastisement, and curse. Job was one of the Israelites, one of the righteous who received Jehovah’s great love and mercy. He committed no evil acts and he did not resist Jehovah; rather, he was faithfully devoted to Jehovah, and he was subject to trials due to his righteousness, and he underwent fiery trials because he was a faithful servant of Jehovah. People today are subject to My judgment and curse because of their filthiness and unrighteousness. Although their suffering is nothing like what Job went through when he lost his livestock, his property, his servants, his children, and all of those dear to him, what people suffer is the fiery refinement and burning; what is more serious than what Job experienced is that this kind of trial is not lessened or removed because of their weakness, rather, it is long-lasting until their final day of life. This is punishment, judgment, curse—it is merciless burning, and even more it is mankind’s rightful “inheritance.” It is what they deserve, and it is the place of the expression of My righteous disposition. It is a known fact. But what people have gained greatly surpasses what they have endured now. What you have suffered are merely setbacks due to foolishness, but your gains are a hundred times greater than your suffering.
from “What Is Your Understanding of Blessings” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In this stage of work great faith and great love are required of us. We may stumble from the slightest carelessness because this stage of work is different from all the previous ones. What God is perfecting is mankind’s faith—one cannot see or touch it. What God does is convert words to faith, to love, and to life. People must reach a point where they have endured hundreds of refinements and possess faith greater than Job’s. They need to endure incredible suffering and all kinds of torture without departing from God at any time. When they are obedient until the death, and have great faith in God, then this stage of God’s work is complete.
from “The Path … (8)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
While undergoing trials, it’s normal for people to be weak, or have negativity within them, or to lack clarity on God’s will or their path for practice. But in any case, you must
have faith in God’s work, and not deny God, like Job. Although Job was weak and cursed the day of his own birth, he did not deny that all things in human life were bestowed by Jehovah, and that Jehovah is also the One to take it all away. No matter how he was tested, he maintained this belief. No matter what kind of refinement you undergo in your experiences from God’s words, God requires mankind’s faith. This way, what is perfected are people’s faith and aspirations. When you cannot touch or see it, it is under these circumstances that your faith is required. People’s faith is required for when something cannot be seen by the naked eye, and your faith is required for when you cannot let go of your own notions. When you are not clear on God’s work, what is required is your faith and that you take a firm stance and stand witness. …
… When you face sufferings you must be able to not consider the flesh and not complain against God. When God hides Himself from you, you must be able to have the faith to follow Him, to maintain your previous love without allowing it to falter or disappear. No matter what God does, you must submit to His design, and be more willing to curse your own flesh than to complain against Him. When you are faced with trials you must satisfy God in spite of any reluctance to part with something you love, or bitter weeping. Only this can be called true love and faith.
from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Who is Satan, who are demons, and who are God’s enemies if not resisters who do not believe in God? Are they not those people who are disobedient to God? Are they not those people who verbally claim to believe yet lack truth? Are they not those people who only pursue the obtaining of blessings yet cannot bear witness for God? You can still hobnob with those demons today and stress conscience and love with these demons; is this not considered extending good intentions to Satan? Is it not considered associating with demons? If people are still unable to distinguish between good and evil today, and still blindly stress love and pity without in any way hoping to seek God’s will, and cannot in any way have God’s heart as their own, their endings will be all the more wretched. Anyone who does not believe in the God in the flesh is an enemy of God. If you can stress conscience and love to an enemy, do you not lack a sense of righteousness? If you are compatible with those which I detest and disagree with, and still stress love or personal feelings with them, are you not then disobedient? Are you not intentionally resisting God? Does a person like this possess truth? If people stress conscience to enemies, stress love to demons and stress pity to Satan, are they not intentionally interrupting God’s work?
from “God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
When God’s punishment truly comes upon us, how should we obey Him? This really is a practical question that we must face right away. It can be said that if we have truly offended God’s disposition and His administration, we really must prepare ourselves. How we should obey God once punishment does come upon us is one of the truths that we must be equipped with. It’s likely that relatively few people have attempted to ponder this truth; it is one that gets forgotten, but it will be in use very soon. Those who are not equipped with it will face the danger of being destroyed. Don’t just equip yourselves with truths related to gaining blessings. You must also equip the truths regarding how to obey God through punishment. Only this is a wise person.
Being capable of absolute obedience to God even through punishment is one of the deeper truths. First, you must understand why we are punished. You must get that straight. If we have really offended God or His administration, should we actually be punished? If He didn’t punish us, how would His righteousness be revealed, and how would we understand His disposition and develop a heart of reverence for God? Also, do you really believe that God is righteous? If you do, then would God do things to you in an emotional way? If He did, how could He be a righteous God, and who could possibly praise His righteous disposition? If what we believe in is the righteous God, then naturally, He is righteous to us and He is righteous to everyone. God is righteous, and those of us who believe in God should put righteousness into practice and treat ourselves more fairly. Only if God carries out righteousness on us will we change our dispositions and be saved from Satan’s forces. Only then can we emit true praise from deep in our hearts. If God were nothing but compassion and mercy there would be no way to change our dispositions and it would not be beneficial for our salvation. In the future disaster, the work God wants to do is to change our dispositions, so as soon as we encounter punishment how we should obey God is based on how much we actually understand of His disposition. It also reveals whether or not our disposition has actually changed and whether or not we have true obedience to God. This is directly related to the issue of whether or not we can be saved.
from the fellowship from the above
God’s chastisement of the great red dragon has already begun; a number of disasters have already commenced, primarily floods. What is our impression of this? Most people are really emotional and really excited. This is because we’ve suffered the great red dragon’s harm for so long, we’ve endured so much persecution and adversity and have been driven from our homes; we have no basic human rights and have lost our freedom. We have been thinking and hoping every single day and we have finally come to this day that God has officially begun His chastisement of the great red dragon. Reason suggests that we should hold a great celebration but that’s not allowed in the current environment. We can just praise God in our hearts and celebrate the completion of God’s great work. We can say that this is how most people feel. There are also some addle-headed people out there who are afraid of ruining their own personal possessions, that their family’s happiness will be disrupted or threatened. They don’t consider God’s work at all, nor do they pay any mind to His will but are still bean-counting for themselves. They do not have God in their hearts; they truly are unbelievers. They really do believe in God just for blessings and to have a happy life. They would seemingly be willing to live alongside and share joy with Satan and demons; they don’t seem to have any disgust or hatred for them and they certainly are not longing for the great red dragon’s quick destruction or the appearance of God’s kingdom. They are despicable people dragging out an ignoble existence, greedy for comfort and ease. If they were considerate of God’s will they would have to hate the great red dragon; they would be irreconcilable with it, they would vow to not be under the same sun and moon, on the same earth with it. Every day the great red dragon exists is a sad day without joy. So, no matter how great disasters God brings down, no matter how much we go through, it is all fine as long as the great red dragon is destroyed. We will not complain no much how much disaster we suffer; we must stand firm, bearing witness and shaming Satan. When God punishes the great red dragon, it is natural that calamities and chastisement will come upon us as well because we have poisons of the great red dragon in ourselves. This is God’s righteous disposition, and we must still praise Him. Even if He destroys our loved ones (the demons who are not believers) we will still praise His righteousness. He can eliminate our family of the flesh, strip everything away from us, and we will still thank Him. This is because God has saved us and blessed us. If we go through the kinds of trials that Job did God’s good purpose is still within this—it is God testing our faith and we must stand even firmer in our witness and strike back at Satan. If God places us in the most serious kind of trial and there isn’t even a shred of hope of survival we must still pray to God and submit to His arrangements, whether it means life or death. If God would have me live, I must go on living. If God would have me die, I will not complain. I can understand God’s righteous disposition—I am the most fortunate of people. In short, God has begun His chastisement of the great red dragon, and we are its offspring so we are also targets of His chastisement. This is God’s work to refine us, purify us, and perfect our faith. No matter how much we suffer we must stand witness this way; we must rejoice with God and eternally praise Him. This is the attitude we should hold toward the coming of the great disaster. Now, we should put everything into seeking and understanding God’s will and make all preparations to carry out our promise.
from the fellowship from the above
There are some fools who sympathize with nonbelievers when bad things happen to them and shamelessly plead to God to alleviate their suffering. They have even more sympathy for their nonbelieving spouse, children, relatives, and friends and will frequently offer up prayers on their behalf asking God to save and protect them. God hates this behavior of having compassion for demons, which is a serious betrayal of Him. Their faith in God is so confused that they can even pray for blessings for demons without faith; this is irredeemably foolish. They don’t possess even the most basic of truth. How could they not know that whether the unbeliever is their parent, their spouse, or their child, as long as they don’t believe in God, they are a demon? If you do not curse and hate demons, then you are already standing on their side and betraying God. When the disaster comes and various calamities take their lives away, then what will you do? Will there be any testimony to speak of? There are probably some people who cannot forsake those demons because they’re too emotional and they want to stick with them to the end. These people are particularly not worth feeling sorry for, because they do not possess the truth and they will be punished. This is no longer the Age of Grace—it is the final age for God to judge, chastise, and conquer mankind, to reward good and punish evil. Everything must be done according to the truth. As for evil people, nonbelievers, including the loved ones in our families and all other targets for God’s destruction, we must draw a clear line. If you are truly considerate of God you will be able to turn toward justice and pray for God to remove them, to eliminate all scourges. Only this is in line with God’s will. Sympathizing with demons is not the same as having love; if you really have love in your heart, you should love God and be considerate of His will. You should expend all of yourself for God and not be restricted by the demons. Sympathizing with demons is loving them, loving Satan, and it is entirely resisting and betraying God. This is precisely the arrogant, crafty, deceitful nature of the great red dragon that God curses.
from the fellowship from the above