The Significance and the Principles of Practice for Being an Honest Person
Living Before God and Having Real Interaction with God is the Most Crucial Practice in Regard to Being an Honest Person
If someone has truly become an honest person, what would be the principal manifestation of this? The principal manifestation is how this person lives before God and how he interacts with God. These are very crucial. If he does not have true interactions with God, his prayers and his spending would be resisting God. What must one possess in order to attain true interactions with God? One must possess honesty. What does “honesty” consist of? The primary thing is that you hand your heart over to God and purely open up to God. If you hand your heart over to God and can purely open up to God, regardless of what situation you encounter, if you are able to open up your heart and communicate to God, this is the most basic manifestation of being an honest person. If someone has many thoughts about resisting God, if they have perspectives that resist God and deliberations that resist God and even schemes, if they do not openly communicate to God and do not confess themselves to God, is this purely opening up to God? There are some people who have done things that resist and betray God. When they are before God, they have never opened up. They are unable to acknowledge their own corruption and transgressions to God. They are unable to completely open up the truth of their corruption and the essence of their transgressions to God. Do these people have true interactions with God? No, because they have not opened up their hearts to God. When we interact with other people, if we discover that someone never opens up their heart to us, if they conceal their own matters and always keep things from us, is this someone who is an intimate friend? If someone does not open up their heart, they are not an intimate friend. When it comes to interactions with God, if someone does not share the words in their hearts with God and if they cannot open up to God about the truth of their corruption and transgressions, this person does not have real interactions with God. The words that this person prays can be interpreted as deceptions. He is just going through the motions. This is similar to someone who has committed a crime and refuses to acknowledge it in front of a judge. He resolutely claims that he is innocent. Is this person truly repenting? Therefore, whether someone has true interactions with God determines whether someone truly believes in God, whether someone truly accepts and obeys God’s work and whether someone truly accepts God’s words and the truth. If someone does not possess this, do they truly believe in God? Do they truly accept and obey God’s work? Do they truly accept God’s words and the truth? Can this person be an honest person? Absolutely not. Within God’s family, we can all see this sort of matter. There are many people who have believed for many years, yet they have not changed. What is the root of this problem? They do not have true interactions with God, they have not handed their hearts to God, they do not speak true words from the heart to God and they have not opened up to God about the truth of their own corruption and the bad things that they have done. This sort of person has not opened up his heart to God. He conceals his own matters as if he has turned his back to God and does not want God to know. Is this faith? Is this accepting God’s judgment and chastisement? No, it is not. In legal terms, what is this called? Concealing transgressions and harboring a criminal. If someone never tells God about his own corruption, transgressions and the bad things that he has done, if he does not ask God for forgiveness, does not seek the truth and does not open up his heart to God, does he believe in God? What was the main manifestation of the Pharisees being hypocritical? Primarily, they did not open up their hearts to God. If someone does not open up his heart to God and does not have true interactions with God, is this person an honest person? He is not an honest person. He is a treacherous person. Treacherous people are unable to obtain the Holy Spirit’s work. There are some people who have never had the Holy Spirit’s work. The things they communicate, the things they speak, do not contain a bit of the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination. In regard to the truth and God’s words, they do not have a bit of true and realistic understanding. This kind of person is definitely not honest. If this person is able to be treacherous to other people, can he be honest to God? He cannot be honest to God. He would definitely just go through the motions with God and be deceptive, treacherous and cunning to God. God’s work of the last days primarily relies on judgment and chastisement, and all sorts of trials and refinement to cleanse, change and save people. If someone who believes in God never opens up his heart to God, does not bring the truth of his own corruption and transgressions before God, does not seek the truth before God, does not accept judgment and chastisement and does not have true repentance, then, regardless of how many years this person has believed in God, would this person be able to attain a change in his disposition? Absolutely not.
People who are honest live before God. In every matter, they stand on God’s side. They have true interactions with God and they have handed their hearts to God. They will do anything to make God happy. Whatever God likes, they will do. This kind of person is honest. The most important thing in regard to being an honest person is to have true interactions with God. You must be able to satisfy God in all matters when you are before God. You must be of one heart with God. In this way, you will be a truly honest person. If in whatever matter you contradict God, have a conflict with God, are able to betray God’s will or rely on your own will to do something, at this moment, you are someone that deceives God, you are someone who eats the food of God’s family and enjoys God’s grace but runs the other way, and you are someone that betrays God. That is why, before God, you must first be able to have normal interactions with God and have a normal relationship with God. Afterward, rely on God’s words to handle matters. In this way, before God, you will successfully become an honest person. Before God, if you are truly an honest person, will the Holy Spirit’s work leave you? Will God’s smile leave you? Will you lose the peace and happiness that resides in the deepest recesses of your soul? You will not because God loves honest people. God’s blessings will never leave honest people. If you can successfully be an honest person before God, you will always be able to enjoy God’s presence and in all matters, you will be able to enjoy the Holy Spirit’s work. Every time you eat and drink God’s work, you will be able to quiet yourself before God and enjoy the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and illumination. This will enable you to feel that you are living within God’s words and you are living before God. If you can successfully become an honest person before God, in all matters, you will proactively accept God’s inspection and you are someone that lives within God’s light. If someone can frequently live before God, they have truly and successfully become an honest person. If someone has attained the standard of being an honest person before God, are they also honest when it comes to other people? They are even more of an honest person because during the process of interacting with God, if a person has some treachery or deception, the Holy Spirit will inspect. Once the Holy Spirit inspects you, even your most minute feelings in your conscience will become clear. You will immediately become aware of whatever treachery or deception that is in your heart in all matters. You will immediately feel that your conscience does not feel at peace and you will immediately have to relate and acknowledge this to God. If someone’s interactions with God has reached this stage, will they resolve their issue of corruption? It will be resolved. Your transgressions will gradually diminish. This indicates that you are growing more and more compatible with God. If you are growing more and more compatible with God, are you also becoming purer and holier? If you always have transgressions, this indicates that you frequently go against God’s intentions, you frequently rely on your own will to do things, you frequently take rash actions arbitrarily, you frequently betray the truth and you do not frequently live before God but instead you live within Satan’s disposition. Is this kind of person honest? This person is absolutely treacherous. The more treacherous a person is, the further he is from God. He lives within darkness and he has lost the Holy Spirit’s work. He lives within his own corrupt disposition and he arbitrarily takes rash action. That is why the inability to frequently live before God indicates that a person is not honest and is someone that frequently go against God’s intentions, frequently lives within Satan’s disposition and lives under Satan’s domain. They have not attained true salvation. If someone clearly knows that they themselves are honest and they are able to normally live before God, is this an honest person amongst other people? He is an honest person. Why do I say this? If someone can attain true interaction with God, he has all the criteria necessary of being an honest person and he puts into practice the principles of being an honest person. If you do not have the necessary criteria and principles of being an honest person, how can you interact with God? You wouldn’t be able to interact with God, right? If what you implement before God are the principles of an honest person, your interaction with God will be acceptable and in accordance with God’s intentions and you will be able to enter onto the right track of interacting with God. Once you can successfully become an honest person before God, would you not be an honest person before other people? That is not possible. That is why if someone is able to successfully be an honest person before God, they are truly an honest person. Living before God and having true interactions with God are the most crucial things to implement in regard to being an honest person.
So, to interact with God, what principles must you have? First, you must be simple and open. You must be able to tell God about the mistakes that you have made in the past, your transgressions and a real understanding about yourself. At any time man is open wide before God. Remember, all of God’s creations are nakedly open when they are before God. Even if you try to hide something, God can see it crystal clear. The first most basic principle is to tell God of your past mistakes, transgressions and your genuine understanding of yourself. This is the most real and crucial stage of interacting with God. This is what it means to entrust yourself to God. When you entrust yourself to God, you tell God about whatever hardships you encounter today, your transgressions and your understanding of your own corrupt essence. This is what it means to have real interactions with God. You must practice in this manner before God. Are you able to do this now? Are your prayers and interactions before God pure and open? If you cannot do this, then your principles of implementation before God are incorrect. You do not have the principles of an honest person. You are still not an honest person before God. How can you interact with God? No wonder some people are unable to feel the Holy Spirit’s work when they pray. They are not pure and open toward God and they have not entrusted themselves to God. If this is the case, how can you obtain the Holy Spirit’s work?
The second principle is to hand your heart over to God. This means that when you encounter situations, you must entrust your thoughts about the situation, your perspectives and your plans to God and you must discuss these things with God. This is the most practical part of interacting with God. For example, when you have a transgression, you must interact with God and tell Him how this transgression was generated, what the origin of this transgression is, what kind of deliberations you had and the objectives you wished to obtain. If you do not explain this situation to God, you are harboring deliberations of contradicting God. But if you still pray to God, isn’t this just deceiving God? Isn’t this cheating God? Will God listen? What does it mean to hand your heart over to God? Those are not empty words. Some people think that “handing your heart over to God” are just words. They come before God and pray, “God, today I hand my heart over to You. See how heavy my heart is? Is it 1 kg or 2 kg?” Is this how it is? God does not want your physical heart. God wants you to take the things that are stored inside your heart and hand them over to Him. He wants the plans, perspectives and things you want to do that are kept in your heart. He wants you to hand these things over to Him. If you just go through the motions and say, “God, I hand my heart over to You.” God will reply, “Have you actually handed your heart over to Me? Why do you not tell Me about the plans that you have in your heart? Why do you hide things from me? Why are you so sly? Why are you so deceptive? You are all talk and no action.” This is why handing your heart over to God is a principle of being an honest person.
The third principle consists of coming before God and seeking the truth when you encounter a situation. This includes seeking God’s intentions, understanding God’s heart, knowing what God likes man to do, knowing how God views a particular situation and what man should do to satisfy God. You must be clear about these matters and handle them in accordance with God’s intentions. This is the main principle of being an honest person. After handing over your heart to God, you must do things in accordance with God’s intentions and not do things in accordance with your own intentions. This is a manifestation of putting the truth into practice. What foundation is putting the truth into practice built upon? It is built upon the foundation of understanding God’s intentions and God’s demands. When you understand God’s intentions, know what God likes man to do, and know what man can do to satisfy God, at this time, when you put the truth into practice, you will know whether what you do has value and if it is in accordance with God’s intentions. That is why this is also a principle of being an honest person.
The fourth principle is, regardless of the situation, if you do not understand the truth and understand God’s intentions, you should unconditionally adhere to God’s words and demands to take action. Do not be passive. You should not pray to God as follows, “God, I do not know what I should do in this matter. I also do not know Your intentions. As a result, I will just handle this in accordance with my own ideas.” This is violating God’s intentions. Therefore, this principle of being an honest person is, if you do not understand the truth and if you do not understand God’s intentions, you can communicate with your brothers and sisters. Afterward, you must unconditionally do things in accordance with God’s words. While implementing, you should pray, seek God’s intentions and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, enlightenment and illumination. Perhaps after you have a bit more experience, you will be able to understand the truth and act in accordance with God’s will. In this way, next time you encounter a similar situation, you will know what to do. Some people may ask, “When I do not understand the truth and God’s intentions, how can I unconditionally practice in accordance to God’s words?” For example, you are a person that serves God. When you encounter some situations and you do not know God’s intentions, “Why has this situation befallen me? It is making me feel pain and it is tormenting me …” If you are unable to figure out God’s intentions, what should you do? Well, you should obey what you must obey. How you should put the truth into practice in order to satisfy God should be based on your past experiences and understanding. Follow those principles this time is what I mean. When many disasters and trials are encountered, man cannot figure out God’s intentions and he says, “Why has this happened to me? I have not wronged God. It seems like this is a curse. It seems like this is a punishment!” Let’s say you are unable to figure out God’s intentions. Think back to the past and the way you implemented that satisfied and obeyed God. If you do the same thing today, that is correct! Man always has his own perspectives, “I serve God. I fulfill duties. Now, I should be encountering favorable situations and I should have some grace. I should no longer encounter punishment. Only good things should happen to me and nothing bad should happen to me.” Isn’t this a mistake? This is man’s perspective. Let’s say for example that you have been devotedly spending for God for a couple of years. Suddenly, your father dies and your mother falls ill. How should you understand this? When others see this situation, they say, “This person’s fulfillment of duties is still mixed with his personal intentions. He still seeks status. Now what? He has been cursed!” Many people say these things, right? Since people interpret these situations as bad things, they feel you are being punished. What will you do when you encounter these situations? How will you accept it? This is a practical matter. Even if you want to evade it, you cannot. Even if you do not want to think about it, you cannot. You will be unable to sleep every day and you will wonder, “Where did I go wrong? I have not done anything that has wronged God. I have believed in God for so many years and I have cast away a lot. Why have these things happened to me? This shouldn’t be. So and so is so bad. I can see that none of these things have happened to him. Yet, I am so much better than him …” People say these words and have these thoughts. The things that should not happen to you have happened. In this situation, what should you do? Even Job cannot see through this situation, “My entire life, I have revered God and distanced myself from evil. As a human being, I am irreproachable. Why has the wealth that God has given me been robbed from me within one day? I have not done anything evil and I have not wronged God.” Was Job capable of thinking in this way? He is definitely capable of thinking in this manner. However, his mouth did not say it. He did not want to commit a sin because of his words. Why did he not want to do this? He thought a lot but was not able to come to an understanding, “Since I do not understand, regardless what happens, I must not commit an offense against God and I must not complain to God.” This was what he was thinking. Therefore, Job did not commit a sin with his words, his heart did not have any complaints and he was still able to be thankful to God because Job had a heart that reveres God. This was how he had this kind of obedience and witnessing when faced with a matter that he was not able to see through. Now, how do we approach situations that are similar to this? If we do not do as Job did, then it is troublesome. That means we do not have any witnessing.
In the future, regardless of which brother and sister, as long as it is someone that believes in God, you will encounter disasters. This is something that will happen sooner or later. Presently, your mother and father are still here. There will be a day when they are not. Your children are doing quite well, but who knows when they will become ill. Who knows when disaster will strike. The house you own was constructed well and it was renovated very nicely. One day, your house will collapse. How are you going to explain these matters? Nobody can say what they will encounter in the future that is not in accordance with man’s perspectives. Now, if these things really happen, will you be able to handle them like Job? “Even though I cannot see God’s intention and do not understand His will, I will obey God and I will not complain. I believe that what God does all has meaning. He is doing this to test me, refine me and cleanse me.” If you have this kind of faith, these kinds of thoughts, it indicates that, before God, you are an honest person and you are a person who reveres God. If you do not have these thoughts, if you do not have this faith and if you are suspicious of God, it indicates that you are a very treacherous person. You do not have true faith in God. The purpose of this trial is to reveal you. Understood? Some people who have been captured by the great red dragon sell out and help the great red dragon capture more brothers and sisters. Doesn’t this reveal them? These people will be thoroughly eliminated. Some people, because they are weak and their bodies are unable to handle suffering, confess a little bit. However, they do not serve Satan and they do not talk about crucial matters nor do they help the great red dragon capture brothers and sisters. It can be said that these people have stood firm and bore witness and that they have not betrayed God.
I have now talked about the four principles of being an honest person. If someone has these four principles, his interactions with God will be completely normal. If you are unable to adhere to these four principles, your interactions with God will be incomplete and abnormal. Your interactions with God will not meet the criteria nor will they meet God’s demands. That is sufficient to indicate that you have not successfully become an honest person or you do not have the reality of it. This matter has now been made clear.
Being an honest person is mainly predicated upon having interactions with God. If you interact with God, you must be an honest person. God is trustworthy and righteous and God likes honest people by disposition. God has a righteous and upright disposition, that is why He likes honest people. The fact that God likes honest people is determined by God’s disposition. If our interactions with God are mixed with deception, treachery and lies, we are destined to not attain God’s joy but instead, we will be detested by God. That is why in order to have real interactions with God, one must be an honest person. Someone said, “In the past, I frequently prayed before God. Each time there were gatherings, I prayed. When I encountered situations, I prayed. In my home, I prayed. Can this be considered having real interactions with God?” This is an issue. Another person said, “I have believed in God for more than ten years. During this period of time, I prayed a lot. Could it be that I have not had any real interactions with God? At some times, I also had the Holy Spirit’s work.” Having the Holy Spirit’s work at some times is not the same as having real interactions with God. It is similar to when people get in touch with other people. There are some people with whom we have been in touch for many years. However, accurately speaking, they are not our friends nor are they intimate people in our lives. Could you say that these years of contact constitute real interaction? No, they cannot. It is just an average relationship. There is no true interaction. Now, let’s say you frequently pray to God, attend gatherings, eat and drink God’s words and even communicate the truth and occasionally have the Holy Spirit’s work. Does this constitute having real interactions with God? Strictly speaking, it does not. It just means that some of the time, when you are in normal state or when you have the Holy Spirit’s work, you feel a little bit moved, you truly pray a bit to God and you have a little bit of the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment. Having true interactions with God primarily consists of a person offering his heart to God. In all things, this person can hand his heart over to God, speak words of the heart to God and in many matters even pay the price to obey and satisfy God. When this person walks the path of life, he is serving God. That is why in all matters he encounters and in all the duties that he fulfills, he relies on praying and seeking God’s intentions in order to satisfy God. All those who believe in God, can attain these results and who have this reality are those who have true interactions with God. Those who have interactions with God truly want God. One aspect is that they have the will to serve God. Another aspect is that they have devoted themselves to God. This sort of person has a place for God in their hearts and their hearts revere God. That is why, in all matters, no matter what matters they encounter, they are able to seek and grasp God’s intentions, they are able to seek the truth and they are able to do things so as to satisfy God. That is why those who live before God in this manner are people that have interactions with God. If someone does not have real, heart-filled prayers with God in every matter and does not go through the process of seeking the truth, if his prayers are completely based on his physical needs and to satisfy his own desires, or his prayers only occur when he encounters difficulties and disasters and he is praying to God to rescue and protect him, does this person have interactions with God? He does not. Interactions refer to seeking the truth and satisfying God. It refers to completely doing God’s will in accordance with God’s intentions in all matters and journeying with God. This is someone that interacts with God. Take a look at our prayers in the past. Our real interactions with God are lacking. Our appeals to God, our seeking for God’s protection are too many. Our prayers of seeking the truth, grasping God’s intentions and asking how to satisfy God are too few. Therefore, this is sufficient to determine that our prayers in the past and our interactions in the past were not in fact real interactions with God. They were unilateral appeals to satisfy our fleshly desires.
Interacting with God, in regard to our pursuit of salvation, entering the truth and serving God to doing God’s will, is a necessary practice that we must enter. If you are to seek to attain salvation and become perfected, first, you must have real interactions with God. If you are to have real interactions with God, what is most important when you pray? One aspect is our human nature. It must be simple and open and we must hand our hearts over to God. Additionally, we must pray for and grasp God’s intentions and seek the truth. When we possess these two things, then we will have real interactions with God. If you do not seek the truth in all matters that you encounter and you do not feel for God’s intentions but instead, follow your own thoughts and preferences and you do whatever you want to do, are you putting the truth into practice? No, you are not. This indicates that you do not obey God. You do not seek the truth, and this indicates that what you do is not for the sake of satisfying God. You are simply trying to satisfy your fleshly desires and yourself. Therefore, true interaction with God must consist of prayer that seeks the truth and grasps God’s intentions, and afterward, you attain obedience to God. When you have this sort of interaction and relation with God, you will have true interaction with God. In the past, when we were in the midst of many trials or when we were going through difficulties, we would sincerely pray to God and seek God’s intentions. However, once things settled down, once things were calm once more, we would no longer interact with God, we would no longer seek the truth and we would not know what to do to satisfy God, fulfill our own responsibilities and fulfill our duties. Did we have a place in our hearts for God? No, we did not. If someone does not have a place for God in their hearts, it is sufficient to indicate that this person does not have true interactions with God. Since this person does not have true interactions with God, his heart does not have a place for God. When we are interacting with others, if we do not have a good impression of them, and our hearts do not have a place for them, how would we be able to have true interactions with them? If you do not have a place for them in your heart, how can you have true interactions with them? Those who interact with God have a place for Him in their hearts. If you have a place for God in your heart, it indicates that you have a heart that reveres God, honors God as great and honors God as holy. You can revere God and so you can seek how to obey and satisfy God in all matters. This is very crucial. All those whose hearts revere God have a place for God in their hearts and they can have real interactions with God.
Presently, we can see that there are some people in the church, if they are going through some good days without any difficulties, perhaps they may not believe in God, and their hearts basically do not have God within. If they come across some hardships, they would look for God; wouldn’t they? Presently, do you feel that God has a place in your hearts? How can you distinguish whether God has a place or not? You should think about this: Does my heart have a place for God? Do I honor God as great? Do I have a heart that reveres God? This is a practical problem. Being an honest person and interacting with God consists of many practical problems that one must be clear about. If some people, perhaps they are your friends or family, deny God and do their utmost to resist God, how would you feel? How would you handle this? Some brothers and sisters are very sensitive to these issues. They say, “They resist and convict God. I no longer interact with them. They are no longer my friends or family. They are my enemy.” They start to hate them. What does this indicate? It indicates that they have a place for God within their hearts and that their hearts revere God, love God and do not allow other people to resist God and convict God. “Whoever resists God, they are enemies of God and they are my enemies as well.” Since they have this sort of a heart, it indicates that they have a place for God in their hearts. How can this be put using the words of unbelievers? “How can you care so much about God?” These people have a place for God in their hearts. This is what it means. We have heard of some brothers and sisters whose spouses do not believe in God, who resist God and who convict God. They say, “This is a demon. I can no longer be with him (her). I must leave him (her).” What does this indicate? This indicates that God is in their hearts. They would rather divorce their unbelieving spouses and believe in and follow God. Some younger brothers and sisters, when they look for partners, they choose partners based on whether they believe in God. If a potential partner does not believe in God, they do not make friends with them and they would refuse to choose them as a love partner. Do these people have a place for God in their hearts? These people have a place for God in their hearts. Those who have a place for God in their hearts especially hate people that resist, convict and attack God. When they look at these people, they see them as demons. Their hearts hate them and they curse them. They see them as demons that are not worthy of living and should be cursed. These are people who have God in their hearts. If you have a place for God in your heart, are able to revere God, then you can interact with God, and in all matters, you do not want to humiliate God nor do you want to resist God. If you do something that runs counter to God’s will, your conscience will feel condemnation and your heart feels sorry to God. You quickly kneel down before God and want God to punish you. You do not even care what kind of punishment it is and you even curse yourself. You feel sorry to God and you feel embarrassed to live before God. This sort of person has God within their hearts. When this sort of person encounters situations, he is able to have true interactions with God because if this person does something that lets God down or violates the truth, his conscience will feel condemnation. He will feel as if he has fallen short of God and feel sorry to God. Regardless of how, he will acknowledge his mistake to God, request that God discipline him and even ask God to punish him. Only then will he have a heart that is at peace. If you encounter a situation, satisfying God is your top priority. In all matters, it is fine if you yourself suffer a bit as long as God’s heart is not harmed. If God’s heart is harmed, you feel that you are not a human being that is worthy to live. You feel that you should die. This is the sort of person that has a place for God in their hearts and loves God. Reflect a little about yourselves. Do you have this sort of heart? If one day, within your unit, your leader says, “Who believes in God? If you still persevere with your faith, then this unit will expel you.” What will you do? If your unit expels you, you will have nothing to eat and you will not be able to live. What will you do? Even so, we would not deny God’s name. If we cannot eat rice, even if we have to eat corn husks we would still believe in God. Satisfying God is important. If in the course of satisfying God, you can endure any suffering, endure any grievance and endure any humiliation, you are a person that loves God. Not only do you have a place for God within your heart, you also have a heart that reveres God and loves God. If someone has this sort of a heart, is this person an honest person? This is indeed an honest person. He truly believes in God, truly reveres God and truly loves God. Now, when this person encounters situations, is he able to have true interactions with God? Absolutely.
If someone does not have a place for God within their hearts, even if you ask them to interact with God, they will not nor are they able to. It is similar to those people whose hearts do not even acknowledge God. If you ask them to pray to God, would they? They would not. They do not even believe in God, how then could they pray to God? If someone does not have a heart that loves God, would he be able to be considerate of God’s intentions? Would he be willing to satisfy God? If someone’s heart does not have a place for God, would he be able to truly pray to God? His heart is not in it. He cannot even pretend to do so. The eyes of the pastors and elders of the entire religious world turn red when you bear witness to God. Even after they have said words that convict God, their conscience does not feel any condemnation. Their hearts are completely stiff! Do they have a place for God in their hearts? They do not. Their hearts are stiff. If they have even a little bit of a heart that reveres God, they would say, “I must pray to God, I must seek the truth and I must not convict. What if I convict wrongly, what would I do? Wouldn’t that hurt God’s heart?” That is why they are capable of blindly and frantically convicting. This indicates that they do not have a place for God in their hearts at all. They are hypocrites, demons and antichrists. If you are to attain true interactions with God, you must have a place within your heart for God, honor God as great and honor God as holy. In this way, you would have a heart that reveres God. If you see God as very minute, simple and just like an average person, would you be capable of revering God? No, you would not be capable of doing so. In the Bible, we can see that when Jesus was born, there was an old Christian called Simon. He was more than 80 years old. How did he bear witness to God? When Jesus was born, he prayed to Jesus, “Lord, finally I have seen Your face. Even if I were to die now, I would die in peace.” This is what it meant. Would you say that this person revered God? This is a person that truly revered God! He was very devout! When Jesus was born, physically and from the point of view of human nature, He was not mature. Yet, this person was able to pray to Jesus and lie prostrate before Jesus. His heart had a place for God and he was a person that revered God. He said, “Externally, He is a baby that has just been born. However, He is God incarnate. This flesh contains God’s Spirit. God’s life is within.” This was how he revered God and this was how he obeyed God. He was able to lie prostrate before a baby Christ. This was not a simple matter.
If your heart does not have true interactions with God and you go through the formalities, talk about some doctrines, speak some lies and make some empty promises, what kind of issue is this? Your heart does not have a place for God and you do not have a heart that reveres God. You think that you can just go through the motions when you pray to God. Isn’t this deceiving God? If someone does not have a heart that reveres God, everything that they do when they come before God can be said to be dishonest, a pretense and deceptive. This is not wrong at all. Some people come before God to pray but their hearts have nothing that they want to say to God nor do they know what is suitable to say. They have nothing to say yet they try and come up with some pleasant-sounding words. They think that praying to God in this way is fine. Is this even considered prayer? Since this sort of person does not have a heart that reveres God, do you know what kind of problems the words they say contain? You must be able to discern this because everybody will go through this situation. Man has corrupt disposition, and they will frequently go through the motions and deceive God in this manner. You should all reflect upon this. If someone does not have a heart that reveres God and comes before God and goes through the motions, is this kind of person honest? Does he bring a heart that reveres God when he comes before God? Does he have real interactions with God? No. He does not have a heart that seeks the truth, either. Since he does not want to seek the truth nor does he want to pray to God and worship God, when he comes before God, he is very dishonest. He does not have a true heart at all, right? Some people feel aggrieved when they go through some dealing and pruning. Afterward, they come before God and vent grievances. What is the nature of this problem? You must be able to discern these problems; otherwise, you will not be able to throw off your corrupt disposition. Some people can’t help but go through the formalities when they see other people pray, even though they have nothing to pray about. How should this situation be handled? If you go through the motions with God, your conscience will not be at ease. However, if you must pray, what should you do? You should say some words from the heart and you should say some true words. Do not blindly say some words of doctrines to pretend that you understand and obey God. This is deceptive. If your heart does not have any real words to say, just tell the truth as it is. Say, “God, right now, I still do not have any true things to say to You. I’m not living before You right now. My mind is not here. Please guide me and let me live before You more.” It is okay for you to say these things. If your heart does not have any real things to say to God, do not yell a few doctrines, “God, thank You and praise be to You. You are the Lord of all creation. I absolutely must obey and worship You.” Aren’t these empty words? What’s the use of saying these things? If you persistently talk about some doctrines and letters before God, is this truly interacting with God? You shout so many words of doctrines. Why don’t you say some words from your heart? Saying one sentence that is from your heart is better than an entire pack of doctrines because it is real, right? If you say, “God, right now, I’m not living before You. I am too distant from You. Have mercy on me. I must be quiet before You.” It is okay for you to say this. These are real words. Therefore, do not have any pretenses and do not simply go through the motions. If you say some phony words and go through the motions, notice how your conscience feels and notice what kind of reaction you will have. You will then know how your disposition is like, right? If you just go through the motions, are immensely pleased with yourself and afterward, your heart is very happy and you feel very good, aren’t you just an idiot? If you participate in those religious ceremonies and your heart does not feel any condemnation, what kind of a man are you? You don’t understand anything in human life! You do not have a heart! It is absolutely necessary to resolve these issues if you seek to become an honest person. This is mandatory!