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60. The Principles of Casting Off Satan’s Forces of Darkness

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60. The Principles of Casting Off Satan’s Forces of Darkness

1. You must frequently have real prayer and association with God, completely open your heart to God and obtain the guidance and perfection of the work of the Holy Spirit;

2. You must focus on eating and drinking the words of God, seek the truth in all things, be able to truly obey God, and not be restrained by any person, matter or thing in the fulfillment of your duties;

3. You must equip yourself with the truth so as to be able to distinguish the great red dragon, antichrists, false leaders, evil spirits and evil people, and so that you are absolutely not deceived by Satan;

4. You must accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s words so as to truly know and hate yourself, and to be able to forsake the flesh and obey God, and live by God’s words.

Relevant Words of God:

After you have sincerely prayed to God, you turn your heart to Him completely. At this point, your heart is moved by God’s Spirit, you are willing to give yourself completely, and in this moment, you have escaped from the influence of darkness.

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If you want to be praised by God, you must first escape from Satan’s influence of darkness, open your heart to God, and turn it to God completely. Are the things that you are now doing praised by God? Have you turned your heart to God? Have the things that you have done been what God has required of you? Do they fit with the truth? You must examine yourself at all times, concentrate on eating and drinking God’s words, lay out your heart before Him, love Him with sincerity, and devotedly expend yourself for God. Such men will surely receive God’s praise.

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If you can always eat and drink God’s words as well as be attentive to His will and practice His words, then you belong to God, and you are someone living inside God’s words. Are you willing to escape from Satan’s domain and live in the light of God? If you live inside God’s words, then the Holy Spirit will have an opportunity to perform His work; if you live under Satan’s influence, then the Holy Spirit will have no opportunity to perform any work. The work that the Holy Spirit performs on men, the light that He shines on men, and the confidence that He gives to men last for only a moment; if they are not careful and do not pay attention, the work performed by the Holy Spirit will pass them by. If men live inside God’s words, then the Holy Spirit will be with them and perform work on them; if men are not living inside God’s words, then they are living within the bondage of Satan. Men living in a corrupt disposition do not have the presence or the work of the Holy Spirit. If you are living within the sphere of God’s words, if you are living within the state required by God, then you belong to Him and His work will be performed on you; if you are not living within the sphere of God’s requirements but instead are living under Satan’s domain, then you are certainly living under Satan’s corruption. Only by living within God’s words and giving your heart to Him, can you meet His requirements; you must do as God says, you must make God’s words the foundation of your existence and the reality of your life, and only then will you belong to God. If you sincerely practice in accordance with God’s will, He will perform work on you and then you will live under God’s blessings, live in the light of God’s countenance, grasp the work that the Holy Spirit performs, as well as feel the joy of God’s presence.

from “Escape From the Influence of Darkness and You Will Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

To escape from the influence of darkness, you must first be loyal to God and have the eagerness to seek the truth—only then will you have a correct state. Living in the correct state is the precondition for escaping from the influence of darkness. Not having the correct state means that you are not loyal to God and that you do not have the eagerness to seek the truth. Then, escaping from the influence of darkness is out of the question. Man’s escape from the influence of darkness is based on My words, and if man cannot practice in accordance with My words, they will not escape from the bondage of the influence of darkness. To live in the correct state is to live under the guidance of God’s words, to live in the state of being loyal to God, to live in the state of seeking the truth, to live in the reality of sincerely expending for God, to live in the state of genuinely loving God. Those who live in these states and within this reality will gradually transform as they enter more deeply into the truth, and they will transform with the deepening of the work, until eventually they will certainly be gained by God, and they will come to genuinely love God. Those who have escaped from the influence of darkness will be able to gradually grasp God’s will, gradually understand the heart of God, and eventually become intimate with God. Not only will they have no notions of God and no rebellion against Him, but they will come to detest even more the notions and rebellion that they had before, engendering genuine love for God in their hearts. Those who are unable to escape from the influence of darkness are occupied with their flesh, and they are full of rebellion; their hearts are filled with human notions and philosophies of life as well as their own intentions and deliberations. God requires the singular love of man, and He requires man to be occupied by His words and man’s love for Him. To live within God’s words, to discover that which man should seek from within His words, to love God as a result of His words, to run around for the sake of God’s words, to live for God’s words—these are all things that man should achieve. Everything must be built on God’s words, and only then will man be able to meet God’s requirements. If man is not equipped with God’s words, he is nothing but a maggot who is possessed by Satan. Weigh it in your own heart—how many words of God have taken root inside of you? In which things are you living in accordance with God’s words? In which things have you not been living in accordance with God’s words? If they have not fully taken hold of you, then to what extent have they taken hold of you? In your everyday life, are you being controlled by Satan, or are you being guided by God’s words? Are your prayers initiated from His words? Have you come out of your negative state through the enlightenment of God’s words? To take God’s words as the foundation of your existence, this is what everyone should enter into. If God’s words are not present in your life, then you are living under the influence of darkness, you are rebellious against God, you are resisting God, and you are dishonoring His name—such men’s belief in God is purely mischief and disturbance. How much of your life has been lived in accordance with His words? How much of your life has not been lived in accordance with His words? How much of what God’s words have required of you has been fulfilled in you? How much has been lost in you? Have you closely examined such things?

from “Escape From the Influence of Darkness and You Will Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Having faith in God, you should not solely seek blessings, but seek to love God and know God. Through His enlightenment and your own pursuit, you can eat and drink His word, develop a true understanding of God, and have a true love of God that comes from your heart. In other words, your love for God is most genuine, such that none can destroy or stand in the way of your love for Him. Then you are on the right track of faith in God. It proves that you belong to God, for your heart has been taken possession of by God and you can then be possessed by nothing else. Owing to your experience, the price you paid, and the work of God, you are able to develop an unbidden love for God. Then you are freed from the influence of Satan and live in the light of God’s word. Only when you have broken free from the influence of darkness can you be deemed to have gained God. In your belief of God, you must seek this goal. This is the duty of each of you. None should be complacent with things as they are. You cannot be of two minds toward the work of God or regard it lightly. You should think of God in all respects and at all times, and do all things for His sake. And when you speak or do things, you should place the interests of the house of God first. Only this conforms to God’s will.

from “You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

To escape from the influence of darkness, one aspect is that it requires the work of the Holy Spirit, and another aspect is that it requires dedicated cooperation from man. Why do I say that man is not on the right track? In the first place, if a man is on the right track, he will be able to give his heart to God, which is a task that requires a long period of time to enter into because humankind has always been living under the influence of darkness and has been under Satan’s bondage for thousands of years. Therefore, this entry cannot be achieved in a day or two. I brought up this issue today so that men can have a grasp of their own state; regarding what is the influence of darkness and what it is to live within the light, entry becomes possible when man is able to discern these things. This is because you must know what Satan’s influence is before you can escape from it, and only then will you have the path for gradually ridding yourself of it. As to what to do thereafter, that is a matter for humans themselves. You must always enter in from a positive aspect and you must never wait passively. It is only this way that you can be gained by God.

from “Escape From the Influence of Darkness and You Will Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

When reading God’s word you know to what sort of person God is referring, you know what sort of conditions of the spirit He is talking about, and you are able to grasp the key point and put it into practice; this shows you are able to experience. Why are some people lacking in this respect? It is because they don’t put much effort into the aspect of practice. Though they are willing to put truth into practice, they do not have true insight into the details of service, into the details of truth in their life. They get confused when something happens. In this way, you may be led astray when a false prophet or a false apostle comes along. It is not acceptable to ignore discernment. You must always pay attention to things of the spirit: how God works, what God speaks, what His demands on people are, with what sort of people you should come in contact, and what sort of people you should shun. You must put emphasis on these things when eating and drinking God’s word and during experience. If you always experience things in this way, you will thoroughly understand many things, and will have discernment also. … If, while you are eating and drinking the words of God, you can pay attention to your own true condition, pay attention to your own practice, and pay attention to your own understanding, then, when you meet a problem, you will receive enlightenment and will gain practical understanding. Then you will have a path of practice and will have discernment for everything. A person who has truth is unlikely to be deceived, and is unlikely to behave disruptively or act excessively. Because of truth he is protected, and also because of truth he obtains more understanding. Because of truth he has more paths to practice, gets more opportunities for the Holy Spirit to work in him, and more opportunities to be perfected.

from “ Only Those Who Focus on Practice Can Be Perfected” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The church is being built and Satan is trying its utmost to demolish it. It wants to demolish My construction by any means possible, therefore the church must quickly be purified. There must be no dregs or any evils leftover; it must be purified so that it becomes flawless and remains as pure as it was before. You must be awake and waiting at every moment, and you must pray more before Me. You must recognize the various plots and cunning schemes of Satan, know the spirit, know people and be able to discern all kinds of people, matters and things; you must eat and drink more of My words and, more importantly, you must be able to eat and drink them by yourselves. Equip yourselves with all the truth, come before Me so that I may open your spiritual eyes and allow you to see all the mysteries that lie within the spirit.... When the church enters its construction phase, a battle of the saints against Satan[a] ensues. Satan’s various hideous features are set before you; do you stop and backslide, or do you stand up and walk onward, relying on Me? Thoroughly expose Satan’s corrupt and ugly features, spare no feelings and show no mercy! Fight Satan to the death! I am your backup and you must have the spirit of the male child! Satan is lashing out in its final death throes but it will still be unable to escape My judgment. Satan is beneath My feet and it is also trodden underneath your feet—it’s true!

All those religious interrupters and those who demolish the building of the church must not be tolerated in the slightest and I will judge them immediately. Expose Satan, trample it underfoot, destroy it utterly and leave it nowhere to hide. All manner of demons and ghosts will surely reveal their true forms before Me and I will cast them all into the bottomless pit from which they will never be free; they are all beneath our feet. If you want to fight the good fight for the truth, then first of all, don’t give Satan any chance to work, and to do this you will need to be of one mind and be able to serve in coordination, relinquish all your own conceptions, opinions, views and ways of doing things, quiet your heart within Me, focus on the voice of the Holy Spirit, be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit and experience God’s words in detail. You must have only one intention, which is that My will can be carried out. You should have no other intention. You must look to Me with all your heart, watch My actions and the way I do things closely, and do not be negligent at all. Your spirit must be sharp, your eyes open.

from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning

If man is not cleansed, then he is of the filth; if he is not protected and cared for by God, then he is still a captive of Satan; if he is not judged and chastised, then he will have no means of escaping the oppression of the dark influence of Satan. The corrupt disposition that you show forth and the disobedient behavior that you live out are sufficient to prove that you are still living under the domain of Satan. If your mind and thoughts have not been cleansed, and your disposition has not been judged and chastised, then your entire being is still controlled by the domain of Satan, your mind is controlled by Satan, your thoughts are manipulated by Satan, and your entire being is controlled by the hands of Satan. Do you know just how far you are, now, from the standards of Peter? Are you of caliber? How much do you know of the chastisement and judgment of today? How much do you possess of that which Peter came to know? If, today, you are unable to know, will you be able to achieve this knowledge in the future? Someone as lazy and cowardly as you is simply incapable of knowing the chastisement and judgment of God. If you pursue the peace of the flesh, and the pleasures of the flesh, then you will have no means of being cleansed, and in the end you will return to Satan, for what you live out is Satan, and the flesh. As things stand today, many people do not pursue life, which means that they do not care about being cleansed, or entering into a deeper life experience. And so how can they be made perfect? Those who do not pursue life have no opportunity to be made perfect, and those who do not pursue a knowledge of God, and do not pursue changes in their disposition, are incapable of escaping Satan’s dark influence.

from “ The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

In his life, if man wishes to be cleansed and achieve changes in his disposition, if he wishes to live out a life of meaning, and fulfill his duty as a creature, then he must accept God’s chastisement and judgment, and must not allow God’s discipline and God’s smiting to depart from him, so he can free himself from the manipulation and influence of Satan and live in the light of God. Know that God’s chastisement and judgment is the light, and the light of man’s salvation, and that there is no better blessing, grace or protection for man.

from “ The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Footnotes:

a. The original text omits “against Satan.”

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