In our preaching the gospel, facing the situation that the denominational leaders resisted and disturbed by giving false testimonies or reported us to the police, with the result that the gospel friends dared not contact us, and even those who had just accepted the gospel couldn’t make uncertain about God’s end-time work, I tried hard to cooperate in the work, but still got no good result. Then I thought: It’s so hard to carry out the gospel work. If only God performed some miracles or punished some of those who give false testimonies and strongly resist him for the deceived gospel friends to see! In that case, wouldn’t the gospel work be spread quickly? And it wouldn’t be difficult for us to preach the gospel. Just like this, whenever I met those difficulties, this expectation would come up into my mind. Later, I read Typical Cases of People Punished for Resisting Almighty God, and I also heard some testimonies about signs and wonders during the fellowships. I was very happy about that, and I even more expected that God would also do such things in my working area, so that our gospel work in difficulty could be prospering soon. But despite my expectation, God did not perform any signs or punish any evil men in our area. The denominations still resisted desperately, and the difficulty in our gospel work remained great. Because of that, I became passive: Why doesn’t God open up a way for us? Could it be that our faith is not enough?
Later, during my spiritual devotions, I read these words of God: “If God performed supernatural signs and wonders, then God would not need to do much work and just personally curse a person to death, even to an immediate death; in this way, all people would be subdued, but this would not achieve the purpose of God’s incarnation. If God really did so, people could never, in their consciousness, believe God’s existence and could not have the true belief; moreover, people would mistake the ‘devil’ for ‘God’; more seriously, God’s nature would never be known to people. Isn’t this an aspect of the significance of God’s being in the flesh? If people don’t know God, then it will forever be the vague god, the supernatural god that rules among people. Won’t this be that people’s notions occupy people? To put it more clearly, won’t it be that satan, the devil rules? ‘Why do I say I will take back my authority? Why do I say the incarnation has many meanings?’ When God is incarnated, God has taken back his authority at this time. That is, when the divinity directly comes out to do things, all people will gradually know the practical God. Thus, satan’s place in people’s heart will be completely removed and God’s place in people’s heart will be deepened.”
Pondering over the words of God, I suddenly got enlightened in my heart. Actually, the purpose of God being incarnated to do his work is not to use his authority to frighten people into submission. Rather, by doing work and speaking words practically, God makes his nature completely known to people, by which to remove the image of the vague god from people’s hearts, so that they can be freed from the bonds of their notions and truly know God’s nature and God’s work, and so that they can gain the truth and discernment and then can be conquered and gained by him. In the Age of the Law, before the Israelites God performed many signs and punished many people who resisted him, but the people of Israel still died in the desert because they did not know God. In the Age of the Grace, God also performed countless signs and wonders among the Jews, but the Jews still did not know God and crucified God alive. These facts show that signs and wonders cannot make people know God and are not the foundation of people’s belief in God. I have followed God until today, however, but I know nothing about God’s substance and even less understand the purpose and significance of God’s working through being incarnated. I even thought that God has authority and should immediately punish anyone who resisted him. So I always wanted to see signs and wonders. With such a belief, wasn’t I, like the Pharisees, living in vagueness and believing in the supernatural god while resisting the practical God? If I continue pursuing in this way, how can I be in conformity with the practical God? So dangerous a state I am in!
Then, I read these words of God: “It is very difficult for God to carry out his work in the place of the great red dragon, yet through this ‘difficulty’ God does a stage of his work and manifests his wisdom and wonderful deeds, and through this, he makes this group of people complete. It is through the afflictions people suffer, through their qualities, and through all the satanic nature of people in this filthy place that God does his purifying and conquering work, so that he can gain glory and gain those who can testify to his deeds. This is the full significance of God paying all the price for this group of people. That is to say, God does the conquering work just through the people who resist him. Therefore, only by doing the work this way can God manifest his mighty power. … This is the same as Jesus’ work. He could only gain glory among the Pharisees who persecuted him. If the Pharisees had not persecuted him and Judas had not betrayed him, he could not have been scoffed or slandered, much less crucified, nor could he have gained glory.”
At the moment, from the words of God I understood more clearly that whatever work God does is meaningful. When God performs some signs and does some punitive work, it is meaningful and there are principles in it. When God does not perform signs or do the work of punishment, there is also God’s wisdom in it. Today, God does not exercise his authority to remove those who give false testimonies and heavily resist him, and there is his good purpose in this: Through the difficulties, God lets us taste the hardships he suffers in doing his work and understand his heart to save man to the utmost, so that we can know his kindness and beauty. Through the difficulties, God catches the evidence of people’s doing good or evil and will finally give them fitting destinations, causing them to be sincerely convinced of what God does, so that we can see God’s wisdom and God’s righteousness and holiness. Through the difficulties, my lack of the truths about the vision has been exposed and I see that I am too lazy, timid, foolish, and malicious, and then by my undergoing sufferings and paying a price to cooperate with God, God imparts to me discernment, faith, love, wisdom, courage, and insight, and even more gives me the truths about his work, so that I can be made perfect and gained by him. How wisely and wonderfully God does his work! But I was too blind and ignorant and didn’t at all understand the significance of God’s work and God’s considerate intention, fearing that my flesh would suffer and thus being unwilling to cooperate with God. I was really a duty-neglecting person who seeks after ease!
I’m grateful for the inspiration of God’s words. It has made me gain some knowledge of the purpose and wisdom of God’s working through being incarnated. At the same time, I’ve also realized that I still believe in God in a vague way and have no knowledge about God, and this is too dangerous. From now on, I will equip myself with more truths about the vision, try to truly have a will to suffer, pursue to be a person who has knowledge of God’s work and God’s nature, and fulfill my duty to comfort God’s heart.
Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province