How To Attain Change In Your Life Disposition
Several Key Points for Changing Your Life Disposition
Now we should be clear about what segments of your life experience have the greatest effect on changing your life disposition, and how to discover the key points for changing your life disposition. That is, how to find the key points that can directly help you to achieve a transformation in your life disposition. The people who experience God’s work must be clear about this. In experiencing God’s work, some people gain the truth and have a new life, while other people don’t gain the truth and have no life. People who have not experienced it cannot understand the difference. Therefore, people who really have the truth can understand this clearly. Below we will discuss several key areas which can help people to achieve a change in their life disposition. The first is that people must recognize the substance and nature of their own corruption. Will your life disposition be able to change if you do not clearly recognize the substance and nature of your corruption? You don’t know how deeply you have been corrupted by Satan, you don’t know just how much normal humanity you have, you also do not know exactly to what extent you have been corrupted and whether or not you have any likeness of humans. You do not even know what you are in the eyes of God. If you are not clear about this, how can you change your life disposition? So, by knowing the substance and nature of your own corruption, you will achieve a change in life disposition, this is the most crucial entry point. You have to grasp this key point. If you do not enter into this aspect, don’t expect it is possible to transform your life disposition. The second key point is to have a true knowledge of God. What is involved in having true knowledge of God? It involves having a true knowledge of God’s disposition, having a true knowledge of God’s work, having a true knowledge of the almightiness and wisdom of God, having a true knowledge of God’s sovereignty and arrangements, having a true knowledge of all that God has and is and the loveliness of God. These are some of things which are involved in knowing God. If you have true knowledge of God, how could your life disposition not change? How could you not get results? It is essential to have true knowledge of God. So, if you have true knowledge of God when you experience God’s work, then what you understand will be the truth. If you do not have true knowledge of God, then what you understand will be theory. A person’s understanding can be verified as of the truth or of theory according to whether or not they have a true knowledge of God. This is the second key point. The third key point is to see whether or not a person has true knowledge of Satan’s nature, of the reactionary substance of the great red dragon. To see whether or not they can really despise Satan, despise the great red dragon and ultimately whether or not they can really betray the great red dragon, betray Satan. This is a key point. If you do not enter into this key point, your life disposition definitely won’t change. Do you really despise the great red dragon now? Do you really know the nature and substance of the great red dragon? If you have no knowledge, then you will definitely not really despise the great red dragon, you will not really despise the great red dragon and you will certainly not be able to betray the great red dragon. So, if you do not really enter into this key point you will not achieve real results and your life disposition will definitely not change. The final point is to submit to God. Submission to God is directly related to the change in your life disposition. Of all the truths that you must enter, submission to God is the deepest. Knowing God and submitting to God is the deepest lesson. The deeper you know God, the deeper you will submit. If your knowledge is shallow, then your submission will be shallow. Submission to God is completely determined by the degree to which a person knows God. If a person does not know God at all then they will not submit to God at all. How much a person knows determines how much that person will submit. A person can only truly submit if they truly know. Therefore, the lesson of submitting to God is the deepest lesson; submitting to God is the same thing as knowing God. Why was Peter, after he was made perfect, able to be nailed upside-down to the cross for God? God testified that Peter was the person who had the greatest knowledge of God, so Peter’s submission was the best, he was a person who absolutely submitted to God, he could be nailed to the cross upside-down for God. This testimony was enough to prove that Peter was a person with a true knowledge of God, so he made the most resounding and the most glorious testimony. How can you tell if a person has the truth, how can you tell that they really have a true knowledge of God? You just need to check how well they submit to God. The more thoroughly they submit to God, the more absolutely, the more that their true knowledge of God is proven. It is most difficult for a corrupt human who has the nature of betrayal to submit to God. Humankind’s nature of betrayal means that humans cannot submit or find it difficult to submit. So, if a person can absolutely submit to God, then that person has truly been made perfect. Any person who has not been made perfect will not be able to submit. Therefore, submitting to God is the deepest lesson. If these few key points are all entered into and the results are achieved, a person’s life disposition will definitely be changed. So, when experiencing God’s work, you should pay attention to truly entering into these few aspects. You must grasp these few key points. If you can grasp them, you will be able to receive the truth and will be able to change your life disposition. If you cannot grasp them and you do not pay attention to entering into these few aspects, it can be said that you ultimately will not gain any of the truth, and changing your life disposition will be impossible.
The Effects of Achieving Changes in Life Disposition
Everyone who seeks to change their life disposition will definitely achieve some results because they have understood many truths and undergone many sufferings from their experience of God’s work. There are four aspects to the main result. If a person is really someone whose life disposition has changed, he definitely has a heart that truly reveres God. If a person says that his life disposition has changed, he definitely has a heart that reveres God; if he does not have a heart that reveres God, the change in his life disposition is untrue. It is only a change to his external behavior at best. A person whose life disposition has changed will at least have a heart which reveres God. This is the first result that they must achieve, the tangible effect. So, what does a heart that reveres God involve? We have seen some unbelievers and demons that also become fearful whenever God is mentioned, and they thus fear God as well. To fear God is not to revere God. They only fear God a little, they fear that God will destroy them. They see that God is almighty, is very real and can destroy them. This is only having fear. So we can say that there are some demons that are also afraid of God. However, those who have been made perfect have a heart that reveres God. There are many aspects included in this “reverence.” To “revere” means to “worship” and “venerate.” The person venerates God very much and is able to worship God. At the same time, he still has a heart that fears God. There is worship, adoration and also fear. This is “revering God.” Demons only have fear but no worship or adoration. How, then, is this heart that reveres God manifested in people who have changed dispositions? The heart of a person with a changed disposition that reveres God is a heart that worships, respects and esteems God more and more; it is a heart that adores God increasingly every day, and he feels God is so lovely. Furthermore, God’s disposition instills fear in people. God is righteous, majestic and wrathful. Man has a heart of fearing God, but a person with a changed disposition also has reverence, love and respect and is also able to worship God. Such a person has a heart that reveres God and also a heart that can worship God and which adores God. If a person only fears God, they can become distant from God, they can betray God. Just as the devil says, “I dare not provoke you, so I will keep away from you.” However, people who revere God see that God is so almighty and righteous. If people offend God’s disposition, God will reveal His righteousness, majesty and wrath. They therefore venerate God and can worship Him while at the same time being afraid that they will offend God. They do not wish to offend God or break His heart because they know that righteousness is central to God’s disposition. How do people who truly have a heart that reveres God behave? These people become increasingly rational in the presence of God because they know of His sovereignty and almightiness in their heart. They do not have extravagant desires, excessive demands, personal ambitions or individual objectives but are willing to submit to God’s arrangements. They are willing to worship Him and keep away from evil, and live the way a real human should. This is their greatest contentment. This is the expression of a person with a heart that reveres God. People who always have extravagant desires, who always want to be on top, who always want to realize their individual goals, who are always making excessive demands of God and who always want to do this or that do not have a heart that reveres God. Therefore, the more people have a heart that reveres God, the more they will know their place and the more they will satisfy God in the position they are given. For example, God has His arrangement and ordainment for everything that He has created. If a person is a blade of grass, a flower or a plant, he does not have any desires, and he does not want to be a large tree. He is willing to do all he can to satisfy God no matter what he is; he does not have any other desires. So, no matter what place God has for us in His house, what duty we are required to perform, we should satisfy God all the same, we should still pursue the truth and do our duty well. You can see that some people always want to be at the top and always want to put themselves above others. They always want to be something, to be the master or the teacher of others. These people do not have a heart that reveres God. They do not know themselves and are not clear about who they are in the very least. “I am a common person, an ordinary one, and all I should do is worship God.” A person who lives this way will not get tired, isn’t it so? If God uplifts me, that is His business. If God uplifts me, I will satisfy God. Whatever God wants me to do, I will satisfy Him. I have no individual desires. These people live so happily and are so relaxed. Unbelievers call this knowing how to live; in the house of God it is being able to submit to God. Only people who submit to God truly know how to live. Only people who allow themselves to be at the mercy of God know how to live. They do not lose their dignity and become thieves when they are poor; they do not become licentious or extravagant when they are wealthy and do not lust after pleasures of the flesh. Under whatever circumstances, they can worship God and submit to God’s arrangements as usual, and can go on with their lives as usual. They do not do anything to offend God in whatever situation and do not do anything that would break His heart. This is what people whose heart reveres God can do. No matter what happens to a person who has a heart that reveres God, his first reaction would be: “How can I do what God wants? How can I satisfy God and not disappoint God or make God angry?” Thus, no matter what happens, he tries to obey God and tries to satisfy God, does not do anything in rebellion against God or anything in resistance against Him, and does not plot for himself or satisfy his own desires. Such is a person who reveres God. The more a person reveres God, the more he can keep away from evil. If a person does not have a heart that reveres God, they will not be able to keep away from evil. They will always be plotting for and trying to satisfy themselves. So, everything that is inside a person who reveres God is beyond the capability of an ordinary person. For example, when a person who reveres God is serving God, he would think, “How can I serve in accordance with God’s wishes? How can I serve to truly work with Him? How can I serve to satisfy God’s heart and fulfill His will? How can I serve God to be after His heart, to be following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to be doing what I should?” A person who has a heart that reveres God would think this way. If a person does not have a heart that reveres God, he will think, “How can I achieve my own desires? What are my goals? What things can I do to satisfy myself?” If he is always thinking of this, such a person does not have a heart that reveres God. Therefore, people who do not have a heart that reveres God would do things that resist God and betray God, even if they had the opportunity to serve God. The second result that people who have a changed disposition would achieve is a fundamental transformation of their values and outlook on life. They can achieve this because they understand many truths. The more a person understands the truth, the greater the changes for that person would be. A transformation of a person’s way of looking at things is the direct result of the truth entering his heart and being accepted and acknowledged by the heart. In the past, a person only has his own way of looking at things, his own values as well as his own outlook on life and world views. After he understands the truth, however, he discovers that his view of life is wrong. His views are absurd as to the reason for living, as they live just for the flesh. Some people want to be great and get ahead in the world while others want to be officials in charge of other people. Such views of life are not right. Where is God’s will in all of these? Therefore, after a person has understood the truth, they discover that their view of life is wrong and absurd and that people are too conceited, too arrogant, and that they do not know truth at all. In this way, they begin to make changes, develop new values and outlook on life that are in accordance with the truth and God’s will. This is the first effect created by the understanding of the truth. The first change brought about by the truth is that people change their outlook on life and their values. A change in people’s way of looking at things would be followed immediately by changes to their way of living, speech and behavior and principles in life. Look at people who do not know the truth, the corrupt people; what is their life philosophies? What are their philosophies for getting along with others? It is Satan’s philosophies. We have already listed some of them: “Heaven destroys those who are not for themselves,” “A man dies for money; a bird dies for food,” “To be a scholar is to be at the top of society,” “A small mind makes no gentleman, a real man is not without venom,” “Lack of forbearance in small matters upsets great plans,” “Make a compromise to preserve your own existence,” “Let things drift if they do not affect one personally,” “It is best to remain silent when you know something is wrong,” “Stay quiet for self-protection and seek only to escape blame” …. These things are all people’s ideas for survival, values and life philosophies. Do people know the truth when such philosophies of Satan control them? What truth? Almost everyone in the world is controlled by these things. They live by these things and conduct themselves according to them. The result is that they all become the brood of Satan; they are all corrupted. Now that we have understood many truths from God’s words, which people must understand to live a real life. After these truths have taken root in people’s hearts, Satan’s life philosophies and rules of living would be eliminated. Now, people would no longer hold the philosophy of Satan dear in their hearts but would consider the truth to be valuable. In this way, the truth would play the leading role in the people and would become part of their lives, a principle of their existence. This is when the truth becomes a person’s life. After people gain the truth, they will have a new life. Once the words of God and the truth which God expresses are accepted in a person’s heart they will become his life. He will reborn in God’s words and receive a new life. After he has received this new life, his way of life and his likeness would begin to change totally. The image that they live out will be different. When a person lives by Satan’s rules, he is especially hypocritical, treacherous and fake. Now, when he lives according to the truth, he becomes especially real, honest and wise. Interaction with such a person feels sincere, not fake at all. You feel neither tired nor bored at all when you interact with such a person. On the contrary, you would grow to like him. People like to interact with honest people and those who have the truth. This is when a person’s outlook on life and values are transformed fundamentally. His life and the image he is living out begin to change. This is exactly true. This is the pattern of the change in life disposition. The third effect is that people whose disposition has changed would definitely submit truly to God. The most fundamental thing about a change in disposition is that a person is able to truly submit to God. If such an effect has not occurred, then it cannot be considered a change in disposition because the most rebellious thing about corrupt humans is that they cannot submit to God. They would only follow Satan and would only live by Satan’s rules of existence. They cannot carry out the word of God and could certainly not obey God. This is because it is the nature of people to betray God. A nature that betrays God can only always resist God, always disobey Him, always act against Him and always oppose Him. This is the reality of the way humanity, who rebels against God, has lived. A person whose disposition has changed has definitely become a person who submits to God. What are the specific manifestations of a person who submits to God? The first is that he can submit to God’s work. No matter how the word of God judges, chastises, prunes and deals with people, he is willing to accept it. He is always willing to seek the truth in the word of God and to seek a true understanding of the word of God and a true understanding of his own real situation in order to satisfy God. This is essential for a person who submits to God. The second is that he can obey God’s words. He seeks God’s words about everything and looks to see what God says for whatever he has encountered. He obeys God’s words on the way to proceed. He neither follows Satan’s ideas nor obeys its word. He would not obey or listen to anything that comes from corrupt humanity, from the world or from the word of Satan. He refuses all of these. He seeks the word of God and seeks God’s intentions. “What has God said about this? What does God require of me with regard to this? How can I satisfy God?” He seeks God’s intentions first in everything he encounters and when he understands God’s intentions a few days later, he obeys and satisfies Him. Such is the kind of person who truly submits to God. What does a person who does not submit to God consider when he encounters something? He first thinks: How can I benefit myself? How can I take advantage of this? How can I not suffer a loss? How can I profit while others would still think well of me? How can I gain both fame and wealth? How can I make myself feel better, satisfy my desires and achieve my intentions and goals? That is what I will do. Such a person is one who disobeys God, resists Him and does not obey Him at all. He does everything for and to satisfy himself. If a person who often preaches to provide for others thinks only of himself in every situation and is always seeking to satisfy himself, acting for his own benefit and working to preserve his position and protect his power, then this person is an antichrist rather than one who submits to God. A person who truly submits to God does not think of himself. He thinks only about whether his actions would satisfy God or not. If he is able to satisfy God, he would then suffer willingly. As long as God’s heart is satisfied and comforted, he is willing to endure any amount of suffering and pay any price. Such is a person whose life disposition has changed, one who has truly submitted to God. The fourth effect of a change in life disposition is that a person would love the truth more and more. He would more and more feel God’s loveliness and that He is worthy of respect. He would more and more feel that the worship of God is perfectly justified and that it is very meaningful. He would feel that a person who does not worship God is damned and does not deserve to live and be part of creation. This is to say that a person whose life disposition has changed grows to love the truth and feel the loveliness of God, and is therefore a person that truly loves God. This is the fourth effect that a person whose life disposition has changed would achieve. If you can see the living out and reality of these four effects in a person, this person is then definitely someone whose life disposition has changed. If you cannot see the effect and reality of these four effects in a person, this person is then definitely not someone whose life disposition has changed.
The Path to a Change in Life Disposition
To achieve a change in life disposition, one must experience God’s judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing, and trials of many kinds. This is the path to a change in life disposition. God’s judgment and chastisement is mostly about experiencing and receiving God’s judgment and chastisement from God’s words, this is the most crucial experience in submitting to the work of God. The experience of God’s judgment and chastisement is a result which must be achieved through the work of the Holy Spirit. We have seen most people read the word of God, eat and drink the word of God, but they have not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. They have only seen in the word of God the revelation and the judgment of people’s rebelliousness and corruption. They have not personally felt the individual judgment and chastisement of themselves by God, this illustrates that these people have not experienced the judgment and chastisement of God. When some people see that the words of God’s judgment and chastisement are quite strict, they avoid and get out of them. When some people see the words of God’s judgment and chastisement, they think that they are talking about other people, that these words are not directed toward themselves, so they think nothing of it. Anyone who is in this state has not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement. So, God’s work does not have much of an effect on those people who have not experienced God’s judgment and chastisement in eating and drinking the word of God. We have seen that people in the Age of Grace all read the Bible and understood much of the writing contained within it. However, they did not feel the judgment and chastisement of God in their hearts and, at that time, God did not express words of the judgment and chastisement, so no matter how long people believed, they were not seen to have a change in life disposition. If people do not feel that God’s judgment and chastisement is directed toward themselves when they eat and drink the word of God in the Age of Kingdom or if they feel even less that God’s judgment and chastisement has a real effect on their hearts, then their experience of God’s work will not have much meaning. So, the entry into experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement is a crucial issue. So, how does one enter? You must do so through prayer. You pray before God: “God, I am willing to accept Your judgment and chastisement. May Your judgment and chastisement have an effect on my heart.” Afterward you will probably have the work of the Holy Spirit. When you read the words of the judgment and chastisement, you will feel that they are judgment and chastisement of you, that they are directed toward you. It will feel as if your heart has been stabbed and you will feel that “these words are so true, they are judging me, these words chastise me.” You will only truly experience God’s judgment and chastisement when you have this feeling. Most people, when seeing that the words of God are too strict, just like a two-edged sword, do not dare to face them but choose to avoid them. The result is that God’s judgment and chastisement seems to have nothing to do with them and, because of this, their corruption and nature will not change. Therefore, the experience of God’s judgment and chastisement lies in a person’s pursuit and acceptance. If you do not choose acceptance there is no way for this judgment and chastisement to happen to you. That is to say, a person must personally experience God’s judgment and chastisement—in your heart you truly feel that you have received God’s judgment and chastisement and you experience much suffering and refinement from the words of judgment and chastisement, and in the end, this makes you recognize your satanic nature, recognize the hatefulness of your satanic nature and recognize that Satan is the essence of your corruption. If you have no experience of God’s judgment and chastisement, then you must have not suffered too much from God’s words. If you have not suffered very much, then you definitely will not recognize your nature and the essence of your corruption and if you do not recognize this, how can you bring about change? So it can be said that experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement is dependent on a person’s pursuit. If people do not have this experience and do not suffer much from God’s words, changes in life disposition are not possible, this is a key experience. The most important thing in the submission to God’s work is to experience God’s judgment and chastisement and this depends on a person’s pursuit. If people do not pursue, they will not be able to receive the judgment and chastisement. After people are corrupted by Satan, they all think that they are good people, that they are much better than others, that they are after God’s heart, that they can be saved by God and they even consider themselves loved by God and to be God’s favorite. These people do not recognize the essence of their corruption. So the first experience is the experience of God’s judgment and chastisement. If people do not truly experience this in God’s work, this is the greatest mistake and is also the greatest loss. The second is to experience God’s pruning and dealing. Some of God’s words are specifically about the pruning of people and dealing with people’s corrupt condition. If people truly experience these words, they will feel that all of these words are dealing with themselves and are directed toward their own condition. They will see that their condition is too corrupt and that God’s dealing is right and entirely appropriate and proper. Of course, when people receive God’s pruning and dealing, their heart will suffer somewhat, they will despise their own corruption and repent, pray before God and weep. If people are not able to submit to and accept God’s words, the pruning and dealing cannot achieve any effect. They must seek the pruning and dealing of God. They must obtain the work of the Holy Spirit through prayer, so that they may feel that God’s pruning and dealing is directed toward them, is directed toward their situation yesterday or the day before. And they may feel as if God is speaking to them in person. If they have this experience, then that is to truly experience God’s judgment and chastisement and truly experience God’s pruning and dealing. Ordinary people do not have this true experience but there are some people who can feel it. You see, there are some people who after reading God’s words say to others, “this is about me,” they say this to others in public. Why do they feel that God is talking about them? Where does this feeling come from? This is the work of the Holy Spirit. The enlightenment of the Holy Spirit makes them feel that God is talking about them. They see that they have those corruptions and rebelliousness mentioned and that these words are pruning and dealing with them. This is a true entry and a true experience. If some people, no matter what aspect of the word of God they read, whether it is the words of judgment and chastisement or the words of pruning and dealing, feel that the words of God are never directed toward them, that they have nothing to do with them and the words are directed toward others, then this kind of person does not have the work of the Holy Spirit with them. In experiencing the work of God, one must also experience God’s discipline and punishment, this is also a necessary experience. Some of God’s discipline is carried out through words and sometimes God uses the environment or people, events and objects around us to discipline and punish us. If you truly have the work of the Holy Spirit, your heart will be very clear about it, you will say: God is disciplining me through this environment, this is God punishing me. If people have this kind of experience—they of course have to suffer a lot—and they can feel God’s discipline and God’s punishment, this is an effect of the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it can be said that, whoever seeks the truth and seeks to change their disposition must have this kind of experience. If a person does not have this kind of experience, their corrupt disposition will not change. There is also another experience which is the most formidable. It is the experience of God’s trials of many kinds. If a person does not experience God’s trials of many kinds, their life disposition will definitely not change. Experienced people will definitely know about these trials of many kinds while inexperienced people will definitely not know them. The trials of many kinds are not a sort of trial. In the initial stage of God’s work, most people underwent the trial of the service-doers, the trial of death and the refinement of the times of chastisement. However, after experiencing these trials were they able to achieve a change in life disposition? Impossible. They experienced some changes but did not achieve a change in life disposition. To achieve a change in life disposition, they must experience God’s trials of many kinds. So, in God’s work, those who experience God’s trials of many kinds are the most blessed. Only in this kind of person can a real change in life disposition be seen. Some people often ask: “What trials are included in the trials of many kinds? What kind of occurrence constitutes a trial?” Put it this way, anything which makes you suffer and which refines you has the nature of a trial or refinement. If you are a person who pursues the truth, anything which makes you especially suffer or refines you and is a kind of experience which you endure without collapsing and which makes you stronger afterward is a trial. For example, sometimes you may find that you cannot feel God for a while, that when you pray you cannot sense the presence of God either, and in your heart, no matter how you pray to be close to God, you cannot feel God. Will people suffer when they are in this situation? Of course they will suffer, no one could bear this. If a person cannot feel God, his first reaction is: “Oh, God does not want me, God has eliminated me, I’m finished! What sins have I committed? Why has God forsaken me?” If he is able to pursue the truth, he will undergo a period of refinement and endure much suffering. In his heart he will say: “This is no good. Even though I cannot feel God I must still have faith, even though I cannot feel God I will still pursue the truth, I cannot leave God.” He will still keep his faith, this is the expression of a person who pursues the truth. If a person who does not pursue the truth cannot feel God, he will think: “Why can’t I feel God at the moment? Is it because my faith was misplaced? Well, if there is no God then I will not believe,” and he will return to the world. This kind of person will thus be eliminated, this is not a test of him but is a way to expose him, to expose his evil heart of disbelief and eliminate him. However, the more people who pursue the truth fail to feel God, the more worried they will become. The more worried they become, the more they will pray to God, the more they will reflect on themselves, the more they admit their transgressions to God, the more they admit their corruption and in their heart they will do their utmost to call for and want God. This kind of desire will become more and more intense with the passing of time. They will feel that they cannot go on living without God, that life without God has no meaning and is empty. They will think: “This is no good, I must go on pursuing the truth, I must go on reading God’s words….” This is a person who truly wants God. If he encounters this kind of situation and it does not make him collapse, but on the contrary, it makes him stronger, this is a kind of test. It is like when a young child is living with his parents. Sometimes the parents want to test whether or not the child can be independent, to see if he can be apart from them. So they suddenly hide themselves. When the child cannot see his parents he becomes worried, cries and looks for them. The parents, when seeing the child crying most miserably, suddenly appear before him again. At this time the child thinks: Oh, my parents are great, they are truly worthy of my love! And immediately he throws himself into their arms. This is similar to how God sometimes tests people. God conceals Himself so that people cannot feel Him. However, if a person truly pursues the truth, no matter how long this kind of trial lasts, he will still want God, still pursue the truth and still read Gods words, he will not leave God. This is one kind of trial. There are also times when some people will suddenly feel as if they were about to die, that they don’t have long to live. They have a kind of premonition that something special is going to happen. After they have this kind of premonition, they will suffer inside and be very worried: “What will it be like if I really die? If I really die, have I received salvation or not? After I die where will I go? I have not gained God, nor obtained the truth, if I really die will I not miss the opportunity to be made perfect through God’s work?” This trial of death is quite painful, upon encountering this trial one will probably feel like he is about to die. What would a person who pursues the truth think? He would think: “I am about to die, that is no good; since I am about to die I even more have to do my duty properly, I must satisfy God for once, and even if I die I will not complain. I was created by God, and should offer my loyalty to God. I must live for God when alive. If I am about to die I must do well my duty so that my life is not wasted.” You see, this trial of death has this kind of effect on people. Is this not a kind of purification? It is indeed a kind of purification, it can change people. It is a result that people will obtain after experiencing the trials of many kinds. Many times when this kind of trial happens, you will feel in your heart as if it is really happening to you. This is your refinement, the refinement of your heart. At last, once it has had a certain effect, the feeling of this trial will go away. There are many trials like this, they probably occur once every 8 or 10 days. Sometimes they involve the word of God. God will have you read a sentence and you will feel that it is testing you. This one sentence will cause you to suffer for five, six, seven or eight days. After you have suffered, you will think: “Why is God judging me like this? These words are directed toward me. Is it possible that I am really about to be punished? Is it possible that I am really about to go to perdition or destruction? Then what should I do? How should I practice?” In the end, you will still choose to satisfy God and submit to God. You must be refined so that you can achieve the following result: You will have a heart to satisfy God, you are willing to best fulfill your duty as a created being, you are willing to give your loyalty until the end, you are willing to repent, you are able to despise yourself and curse yourself and you are able to praise God and you feel that God is righteous and so lovable. When refinement produces such a result, does it not mean that you have been purified? This is indeed the process by which a person is purified. So the trials of many kinds are of great benefit to a person! I have seen God’s words which talk of Peter facing hundreds of trials in the last 7 years. In the beginning, I did not understand, I thought: “Facing hundreds of trials in 7 years, wow, that is one trial every few days. What kind of trial did he receive once every few days?” Later, with experience, I understood. I also experienced some trials, so I knew that these trials are of great benefit to a person. In short, whether you experience God’s judgment and chastisement, experience God’s pruning and dealing, experience God’s discipline and punishment, or experience God’s many kinds of trials, these are all the process by which God purifies a person, they are the process by which God saves or transforms a person and are of great benefit for a person’s change of disposition. If you are a person who pursues the truth, you will long for this kind of experience. You will be willing to receive God’s judgment and chastisement, be willing to receive some pruning and dealing, and be even more willing to receive discipline and punishment. You will also feel that God is lovable and righteous while living with God’s many kinds of trials and feel that this is God’s exaltation and grace. Now, when experiencing God’s work, the more suffering you receive from God’s words, the more blessed you are. If a person does not receive any suffering from God’s words, there are problems with his method of faith, practice, pursuit and resolution. Strictly speaking, anyone who does not suffer from God’s words is not truly experiencing God’s work. If you read a lot of God’s words or if you read God’s words for several years and you do not feel that you have suffered very much, it could be said that this is the greatest loss! If you have not suffered, you have definitely been too selective when reading God’s words. You have tried to choose some words to read which do not cause suffering. This is of no benefit to your growth in life or your change in disposition. This is the truth. At the beginning when I read God’s words in experiencing the trial of the service-doers, I thought: Wow, why are these words so harsh, these words are so piercing to the heart. After one glance I do not want to read anymore. At that time I was also like this. However, as time passed, I discovered that the work of the Holy Spirit did not leave me and it was impossible to not suffer, I wanted to avoid it but could not. After I experienced it for a time, I felt better, the state inside me changed. At this time I realized: Wow, it is good to suffer in reading God’s words. The more I feel judgment and chastisement from the words, the more I should read them carefully and attentively, the more I should write them down in my notebook. This is what I felt later, it wasn’t like this at the start. Therefore, any of you who fears suffering while reading God’s words, should go back and read God’s words carefully. You should truly submit to God’s words, and should be able to truly satisfy God in God’s words. Reading God’s words this way is guaranteed to make your life grow and bring you a change in life disposition. If you read God’s words in the way that people eat food, choosing delicious food and food which suits their own taste as much as possible, then it will not be of any benefit. Reading the word of God in this way is not truly experiencing God’s work. This is the truth. A change in life disposition depends on experiencing God’s work. The most important thing is to receive God’s judgment and chastisement, to receive God’s pruning and dealing, to receive God’s discipline and even punishment and even more so to receive God’s trials and refinement of many kinds. If you do not experience enough of these four kinds of suffering, your life disposition will definitely not change very much. Achieving a change in disposition is dependent on experiencing God’s work and much pain. If a person merely continually reads God’s words while he lives in tranquility and peace without experiencing any suffering at all, he will not be able to achieve this result. So, you must understand the true path of achieving a change in life disposition, it is obtained by truly receiving God’s judgment and chastisement, by truly receiving God’s pruning and dealing, by receiving God’s discipline and punishment and finally by experiencing God’s many kinds of trials. This is the only way to truly receive this blessing of a change in life disposition. So, I’m afraid that anyone who does not suffer through God’s words, especially those words of judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing, discipline and even punishment will not receive life and will be even less able to achieve a change in life disposition.