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69. The Principles of Confirming the Enlightenment and Illumination of the Holy Spirit

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69. The Principles of Confirming the Enlightenment and Illumination of the Holy Spirit

1. The enlightenment and illumination that comes from the Holy Spirit surely conforms to God’s words and to the truth, and it enables people to understand God’s will and understand the reality of the truth;

2. The enlightenment and illumination that comes from the Holy Spirit can bring people knowledge of God’s work, and knowledge of their own expressions of corruption and shortcomings, as well as giving them the resolution to cooperate;

3. The enlightenment and illumination that comes from the Holy Spirit can bring people true knowledge of God’s work, and increase their knowledge of the essence and truth of their own corruption;

4. The enlightenment and illumination that comes from the Holy Spirit can enable people to understand the truth, to have practical knowledge of God, and to understand the path to life entry in clarity.

Relevant Words of God:

When the Holy Spirit enlightens man to understand the truth, it is often in a clear and distinct manner, without context. That is, He does not incorporate the difficulties of man into this revelation, and rather directly reveals the truth. When man encounters difficulties in entry, man then incorporates the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, and this becomes the actual experience of man.

from “Work and Entry (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

That which comes from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit is not forced upon you, but is especially natural. If you follow it, you will have the truth, and if you don’t, then afterward there will be reproach. If it is the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, then nothing you do will be interfered with or constrained, you will be set free, there will be a path to practice in your actions, and you will not be subject to any restraints, and be able to act upon the will of God.

from “The Work of the Holy Spirit and the Work of Satan” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

When the Holy Spirit works to enlighten people, He generally gives them a knowledge of God’s work, and of their true entry and true state, and He also gives them resolve, allows them to understand God’s eager intention and His requirements for man today, He gives them the resolve to open up every way. Even when people undergo bloodshed and sacrifice they must act for God, and even when they meet with persecution and adversity, they must still love God, and have no regrets, and must stand testimony for God. Such resolve is the stirrings of the Holy Spirit, and the work of the Holy Spirit—but know that you are not possessed of such stirrings at every passing moment. Sometimes at meetings you can feel extremely moved and inspired and you give great praise and you dance. You feel that you have an incredible understanding of what others are fellowshiping, you feel brand new inside, and your heart is perfectly clear without any feeling of emptiness—this all pertains to the work of the Holy Spirit. If you are someone who leads, and the Holy Spirit gives you exceptional enlightenment and illumination when you go down to the church to work, making you incredibly earnest, responsible and serious in your work, this pertains to the work of the Holy Spirit.

from “Practice (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The work of the Holy Spirit is a form of proactive guidance and positive enlightenment. It does not allow people to be passive. It brings them solace, gives them faith and resolve and it enables them to pursue being made perfect by God. When the Holy Spirit works, people are able to actively enter; they are not passive or forced, but are proactive. When the Holy Spirit works, people are glad and willing, and they are willing to obey, and happy to humble themselves, and even though they are pained and fragile inside, they have the resolve to cooperate, they suffer gladly, they are able to obey, and they are untainted by human will, untainted by the thinking of man, and are certainly untainted by human desires and motivations.

from “The Work of the Holy Spirit and the Work of Satan” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

What effects are achieved by the work of the Holy Spirit? You can be foolish, and there can be no differentiation within you, but the Holy Spirit has but to work for there to be faith in you, for you to always feel that you can’t love God enough, for you to be willing to cooperate, to be willing to cooperate no matter how great the difficulties ahead. Things will happen to you and it won’t be clear to you whether they come from God or from Satan, but you will be able to wait, and you will be neither passive or remiss. This is the normal work of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit works within them, people still encounter real difficulties, sometimes they cry, and sometimes there are things that they can’t overcome, but this is all a stage of the ordinary work of the Holy Spirit. Although they do not overcome those things, and although, at the time, they are weak and make complaints, afterward they are still able to love God with absolute faith. Their passiveness cannot stop them having normal experiences, and regardless of what other people say, and how they attack them, still they are able to love God. During prayer, they always feel that they used to be so indebted to God, and they resolve to satisfy God and renounce the flesh when they encounter such things again. This strength shows there is the work of the Holy Spirit within them, and this is the normal state of the work of the Holy Spirit.

from “The Work of the Holy Spirit and the Work of Satan” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

If it is the work of the Holy Spirit, man becomes ever more normal, and his humanity becomes ever more normal. Man has an increasing knowledge of his disposition, which has been corrupted by Satan, and of the essence of man, and he has an ever greater longing for the truth. That is to say, the life of man grows and grows, and the corrupt disposition of man becomes capable of more and more changes—all of which is the meaning of God becoming the life of man.

from “Only Those Who Know God and His Work Can Satisfy God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

For example, when you are one of those who work for God, when you go to the churches the Holy Spirit enlightens you with some words, and this is when the Holy Spirit is working. Sometimes you are reading and the Holy Spirit enlightens you with some words, and you find yourself especially able to hold them up against your own experiences, giving you a greater knowledge of your own state; you have been enlightened, and this is also the work of the Holy Spirit.

from “Practice (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Right now, there is a portion of people whose conditions are getting better and better. The more the Holy Spirit works the more confidence they have, and the more they experience the more they feel the profound mystery of God’s work. The deeper they enter in, the more they understand. They feel that God’s love is so great, and they feel steady and enlightened inside. They have an understanding of God’s work. These are the people in whom the Holy Spirit is working. Some people say, although there are no new words from God, I must still seek to go deeper into the truth, I must be earnest about everything in my actual experience and enter into the reality of God’s words. This kind of person has the work of the Holy Spirit.

from “You Ought to Maintain Your Devotion to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

This “path led by the Holy Spirit” is that people gain enlightenment in their spirit, they have knowledge of God’s word, they gain clarity on the path ahead of them, and they are able to enter into the truth step by step, and come to understand God more and more. The path led by the Holy Spirit is primarily that people have a clearer understanding of God’s word, free of deviations and misconceptions, so that they may walk in it.

from “A Normal Spiritual Life Leads People Onto the Right Track” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

When people’s conditions are normal, their spiritual lives and their lives in the Flesh

are normal, and their reason is normal and orderly; generally what they experience and come to know within themselves at this time can be said to come from being touched by the Holy Spirit (having insights or possessing some shallow knowledge when you eat and drink the words of God, or being faithful when things happen to you, or having the strength to love God when things happen—these are all of the Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit’s work in man is especially normal; man is incapable of feeling it, and it seems to be through man himself—but in fact it is the work of the Holy Spirit. In daily life, the Holy Spirit does work both great and small in everyone, and it is simply that the extent of this work varies. Some people are of good caliber, they understand things quickly, and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit is especially great within them; some people are of poor caliber, and it takes them longer to understand things, but the Holy Spirit touches them inside, and they, too, are able to achieve faithfulness to God—the Holy Spirit works in all those who pursue God. When, in daily life, people do not oppose God, or rebel against God, do not do things that are at odds with the management of God, and do not interfere with the work of God, in each one of them the Spirit of God works to a greater or lesser extent, and touches them, enlightens them, gives them faith, gives them strength, and moves them to enter proactively, not being lazy or coveting the enjoyments of the flesh, willing to practice the truth, and longing for the words of God—all this is work that comes from the Holy Spirit.

from “The Work of the Holy Spirit and the Work of Satan” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The Man’s Fellowship:

The main work of the Holy Spirit is enlightenment and illumination, letting one understand God’s words and enter into God's words; that is, it is to guide people in understanding the truth and entering into the truth, enlightening and illuminating people in the midst of all kinds of trials, letting them understand the will of God. Of course, through various people, things and objects the Holy Spirit also exposes people, prunes them, disciplines them, and punishes them, all with the goal of bringing them to salvation. The Holy Spirit rules over all, arranging all kinds of situations to change people, perfecting them. In the work of God’s salvation, although the work of the Holy Spirit is multifaceted, it is without exception concerned in some way with salvation.

from “Results That Can Be Achieved by a Genuine Understanding of the Truth” in Collection of Sermons—Supply for Life

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