God is a practical God. All his works are practical, all the words he speaks are practical, and all the truths he expresses are practical. Except for God’s word, everything is vain, everything is nothing, and everything is unable to stand. Now the Holy Spirit will lead people to enter into God’s word. If one wants to pursue to enter into reality, he has to seek reality and know reality and then experience reality and live out reality. The more one knows reality, the more he will be able to tell whether what others say is reality; the more one knows reality, the fewer notions he will have; the more one experiences reality, the more he will know the deeds of the practical God, and the more easily he will cast off his corrupt satanic disposition; the more reality one has, the more he will know God, and the more he will loathe the flesh and love the truth; the more reality one has, the closer he will be to the standard required by God. Those gained by God are the ones who have reality and who know reality, and those gained by God are the ones who know God’s practical deeds through experiencing reality. The more you cooperate with God practically to subdue your body, the more you will be able to receive the working of the Holy Spirit, the more you will be able to gain reality, and the more you will be able to receive God’s inspiration, and thus you will know more about God’s practical deeds. If you can live in the present light of the Holy Spirit, you will be more clear about the present ways of practice, and you will be more able to cast off your former religious notions and old practices. Now the focus is just on reality. The more reality one has, the more clearly he will know the truth, and the better he will understand God’s will. Reality can prevail over all letters and doctrines and over all theoretical knowledge. The more one pays attention to reality, the more he can truly love God and thirst for God’s word. If you always pay attention to reality, your philosophies of life, religious notions, and natural character will gradually vanish themselves as God does his work. If one does not pursue reality and does not know reality, he will be prone to pursue supernatural things and prone to be deceived. The Holy Spirit will have no way to work on such a person. Thus he will feel empty and feel it is meaningless to live.
The Holy Spirit works on you through your exercising practically, seeking practically, and praying practically, and works only when you are willing to suffer for seeking the truth. Those who do not seek the truth will only have letters and doctrines and empty theories. Those who have no truth will certainly have many notions about God. Such people only hope that God will transform their fleshly body into a spiritual body so that they can go back to the third heaven. How foolish they are! All those who can say such a thing are the ones who do not know God and do not know reality. Such people cannot possibly cooperate with God but will only wait passively. It is through exercising practically, seeking practically, and thirsting practically that one can understand the truth, be clear about the truth, and enter into the truth and practice the truth. When you thirst and when you practically cooperate with God, God’s Spirit will surely move you and work on you, so that you will receive more inspiration and know reality more, which will be more helpful to your life.
If one wants to know God, he has to first know that God is a practical God and know God’s word, God’s practical appearing in the flesh, and God’s practical work. Only after you know that all God’s work is practical can you practically cooperate with God. Only in this way can you grow in life. All those who do not know reality will have no way to experience God’s word and will be trapped in their notions and live in their imaginations. Thus they will not have knowledge of God’s word. The more you know reality, the closer you will be to God, and the more intimate you will be with God. The more you pursue vague things and pursue doctrines, the further you will be from God, and the more you will feel that it is hard and difficult to experience God’s word and that you have no way to enter into it. If you want to enter into the reality of God’s word and enter the right track of spiritual living, you have to first know reality and cast off vague and supernatural things. That is to say, you have to first know how the Holy Spirit practically inspires and guides you. Thus, if you have truly touched the Holy Spirit’s practical work on man, you will have entered the right track of being perfected by God.
Now everything starts from reality. All God’s work is most practical and can be touched, experienced, and reached by man. People have many vague and supernatural things within them. As a result, they do not know God’s present work. So, in their experience they always have deviations and always feel difficulty. All these are caused by their notions. People cannot touch the principle of the Holy Spirit’s working and do not know reality, so they often become passive in the course of entering in, looking at God’s requirements afar off but being unable to meet them, only seeing that God’s words are indeed good but finding no way to enter into them. The principle of the Holy Spirit’s working is that he works through man’s cooperation. Only through man’s initiatively praying, seeking, and drawing near to God will the results be produced and will the Holy Spirit inspire and enlighten him. It is not that the Holy Spirit works alone or that man works alone. Both are indispensable. The more one cooperates and strives toward the standard required by God, the more the Holy Spirit will work on him. Only through his practical cooperation plus the Holy Spirit’s working will one have practical experience and know the substance of God’s word. Experiencing like this step by step, in the end he will be made a complete man. God does not do supernatural things. People have the notion that God is almighty and everything will be done by God. Thus, they just wait passively, not reading God’s word or praying but only waiting for the Holy Spirit’s moving. But those who have pure understanding think this way: To what extent I cooperate, to that extent God will work on me; what results God’s work will produce on me depends on how I cooperate; when God speaks forth his words, I will do my utmost to seek and strive toward them, and this is what I should do.
From Peter and Paul, you can clearly see that Peter was a man who paid most attention to reality. From the things he experienced, it can be seen that he experienced by drawing lessons from the failures of the past and absorbing the merits of the saints of the past generations. From this it can be seen how practical Peter’s experiences were, all of which can be touched, reached, and achieved by man. Paul, however, was different. All the things he talked about were vague and invisible, such as, ascending to the third heaven, being enthroned, and the crown of righteousness. He paid attention to outward things such as position, lecturing others, flaunting his seniority, the Holy Spirit’s moving, and so on. All the things he pursued were unrealistic, and many of them were his imaginations. From this it can be seen that all supernatural things, such as, how greatly one is moved by the Holy Spirit, what great joy one receives, going to the third heaven, or enjoying to a great extent when exercising at ordinary times, and enjoying to a great extent when reading God’s word, are unrealistic. The working of the Holy Spirit is all normal and very realistic. When you read God’s word and pray, you feel brightened and peaceful within, not disturbed by outward things, and inwardly you are willing to love God and willing to contact positive things and loathe the evil world. This means that you are living in God. You will not, as people say, enjoy to so great an extent. All those sayings are unrealistic. Now everything starts from reality. All that God does is practical. In experience, you should pay attention to practically knowing God and seeking the footsteps of God’s working and the ways of the Holy Spirit’s moving and inspiring man. Through your eating and drinking God’s word, through your praying, through your cooperating more practically, “absorbing the merits of people through the ages and avoiding their errors” as Peter did, through your hearing with your ears, observing with your eyes, and praying and pondering often in your heart, and through your cooperating with God’s work with all your effort, God will surely guide you.