At a fellowship meeting, the sister said, “The fellowship from above said, ‘In the future, the work of spreading the gospel throughout the entire universe will still be done by God in flesh. And God’s flesh will speak more words directed at the entire universe….’” Without any thinking, I said, “Sister, your fellowship may be wrong. Hasn’t God’s word said that in the future the work of spreading the gospel throughout the entire universe will be done by the Spirit? How can it be God’s flesh that will do that work? What you said isn’t right.” “Aren’t you limiting God’s work? Are you sure your knowledge is correct? Are you sure that the work of spreading the gospel throughout the entire universe won’t be done by God’s flesh?” The sister’s series of questions stumped me. Ah, yes. God’s work is ever new. How can I limit God’s work flagrantly? Isn’t this a very dangerous thing? I became afraid. The sister continued her fellowship: “God is the Creator. All things were created by him. He can do his work in any ways he likes. Man should not limit God’s work. We are created beings and should obey, worship, and follow God. This is what we should keep. But man is so arrogant that he loses his reason and often limits God’s work, which is what God hates and detests most….” Hearing the sister’s fellowship, I was too distressed to say a word. All that afternoon I was living in self-reproach. I thought to myself, “This time I’m finished; I’ve offended God’s nature; and there’s definitely no hope for me and I’ll surely be dismissed.”
That evening, I quieted my heart and pondered over that matter again and again. I thought of these words of God: “his flesh is a man and is God, a man with a normal humanity and God with full divinity. … No matter what she is addressed, it is God Godself who saves mankind. This is because God’s Spirit and flesh are inseparable, and the work done by the flesh is also the work done by the Spirit of God, but it is not done by him as the Spirit but as the flesh.” I suddenly felt enlightened. My usual knowledge that God’s Spirit and his flesh are one is only the knowledge in doctrine. When I encounter things, I then separate God’s Spirit from his flesh. Isn’t the work of the flesh also the work of the Spirit? Isn’t the work of the Spirit expressed through the flesh? I’m really too blind! Thank God for inspiring me. If God hadn’t revealed me, I would never be able to know God.
Through this matter, I have realized that I was too arrogant by nature and did not have the least reason. And unconsciously I had offended God’s nature and become an evildoer resisting God and was thus loathed and hated by God. As God’s word said, “I advise you to exert some effort to know the contents of the administrative decrees and exert some effort to know God’s nature. Otherwise, you all can hardly keep your mouths shut and will speak with an unbridled tongue and speak high-sounding words. Unconsciously, you will offend God’s nature. Unconsciously, you will fall into darkness, lose the Holy Spirit, and lose the light. This is because you lack principles in doing things. Since you have done things you should not do and said things you should not say, you will receive a deserved retribution.” The more I thought about it, the more I felt afraid. Alas! A person like me really doesn’t deserve to live. I only merit a curse. I fell down before God and prayed to God in bitter tears, “O Almighty God! I limited your work today having offended your nature. I hate myself for being too blind and ignorant. I beg you to forgive me! I know that all that you do is not in accordance with man’s notions, and we are not able to fathom the things you do. From now on, I will seek your intention in everything I encounter, drop my notions and imaginations, and try to be a person who is simply obedient to you. I will watch my tongue at all times, examine my every word and every act, and bring all my doings before you to be searched by you, so that I can serve right according to your will and better satisfy you.”
Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province