Be Mindful of God’s Will in Order to Attain Perfection
The more you are mindful of God’s will, the more of a burden you have; the more of a burden you have, the richer your experience will be. When you are mindful of God’s will, God will give this burden to you, and God will enlighten you on the things that He has entrusted you with. After God has given you this burden, you will pay attention to the truths of this aspect when eating and drinking God’s words. If you have a burden related to the state of the brothers’ and sisters’ lives, this is a burden entrusted to you by God, and your daily prayers will always carry this burden. What God does has been entrusted to you, you are willing to carry out that which God wants to do, and this is what it means to take on God’s burden as your own. At this point, your eating and drinking of God’s words will focus on the issues in these aspects, and you will think: How am I going to resolve these issues? How am I going to allow the brothers and sisters to be released, to have enjoyment in their spirits? You will focus on solving these issues when you are in fellowship, you will focus on eating and drinking words relating to these issues when you are eating and drinking God’s words, you will be eating and drinking God’s words while carrying this burden, and you will understand God’s requirements. At this point, you will be clearer about the path to walk. This is the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit brought about by your burden, and this is God providing His guidance to you. Why do I say this? If you do not have a burden, then you do not pay attention when eating and drinking God’s words; when you are eating and drinking God’s words while carrying a burden, you are able to grasp the essence of God’s words, find your way, and be mindful of God’s will. Therefore, you should ask God in your prayers to place more burdens on you so that He may entrust you with greater things, you are better able to find a path of practice ahead, you become more effective in eating and drinking God’s words, you are able to grasp the essence of His words, and you are more able to accept being moved by the Holy Spirit.
Eating and drinking God’s words, practicing praying, accepting God’s burden, accepting what He entrusts you with—all these are for the purpose of having the path in front of you. The more of a burden that you have for God’s commission, the easier it will be for you to be perfected by God. Some are unwilling to cooperate in serving God even when they have been called upon; these are lazy people who wish to revel in comfort. The more you are asked to cooperate in serving God, the more experience you will gain. Because you have more burdens and you experience more, you will have more opportunities to be perfected. Therefore, if you can serve God with sincerity you will be mindful of God’s burden, and this way you will have more opportunities to be perfected by God. Such a group of people are being perfected at this time. The more the Holy Spirit moves you, the more time you will devote to being mindful of God’s burden, the more you will be perfected by God, the more you will be gained by God, and in the end, you will become someone who is used by God. At present, there are some who carry no burden for the church. These people are slack and sloppy, and they only care about their own flesh. They are too selfish and are also blind. You will not have any burden if you are unable to see this matter clearly. The more mindful you are of God’s will, the heavier the burden that God will entrust to you. Selfish people are unwilling to suffer such things, they are unwilling to pay the price, and as a result they will miss the opportunity to be perfected by God. Is this not hurting oneself? If you are someone who is mindful of God’s will, you will develop a true burden for the church. In fact, instead of calling this a burden for the church, it is rather a burden for your own life, because the burden you develop for the church is for you to be perfected by God through such experiences. Therefore, whoever carries the heaviest burden for the church and whoever carries the burden of entering into life will be those who are perfected by God. Have you seen this clearly? If the church you are with is in a mess and yet you are still not worried or anxious, if the brothers and sisters are not eating and drinking God’s words properly and yet you turn even more of a blind eye, then you are not carrying any burdens. Such people are not liked by God. Those liked by God hunger and thirst for righteousness and they are mindful of His will. Therefore, you should be mindful of God’s burden now. You should not wait for the righteous disposition of God to be revealed to all men before you become mindful of God’s burden. Wouldn’t it be too late then? Now is a good opportunity to be perfected by God. If you allow this opportunity to slip through your fingers, you will regret it for the rest of your life, just like Moses was unable to enter the good land of Canaan and he regretted it for the rest of his life, dying with remorse. Once God’s righteous disposition has been revealed to all peoples, you will regret it. Even if God does not chastise you, you will chastise yourself due to your own remorse. Some are not convinced by this. If you don’t believe it, just wait and see. Some people will serve as the fulfillment of these words. Are you willing to become the sacrificial offering for these words?
If you do not seek out opportunities to be perfected by God, if you do not strive to pursue being perfected, then you will ultimately be filled with remorse. Now is the best opportunity to be perfected—this is the best time. If you do not earnestly seek perfection by God, once His work has concluded it will be too late—you will have missed this opportunity. No matter how great your aspirations, if God is no longer performing work, regardless of the effort that you put in, you will never be able to be perfected. You must seize this opportunity and cooperate through the great work of the Holy Spirit. If you miss this opportunity, you will not be given another no matter how much effort you put in. Some people cry: “God, I am willing to be mindful of Your burden, and I am willing to satisfy Your will.” Yet they have no path to practice, therefore their burdens will not last. If there is a path, you will gain experience step by step, and it will be structured and organized. After one burden has been completed, another is given to you. With the deepening of your life experience, your burdens deepen as well. Some people only carry a burden when moved by the Holy Spirit, and after a period of time, they no longer carry any burdens when there is no path to practice. You cannot develop burdens simply by eating and drinking God’s words. By understanding many truths, you will gain discernment, you will be able to solve problems using the truth, and you will have a more precise understanding of God’s words and God’s will. With these things, you will develop burdens, and you will be able to perform good work only once you have a burden. If you just have a burden but you do not have a clear understanding of the truth, that won’t work either. You must have experiences of God’s words yourself, and know how to practice them, and you must first enter into reality yourself before you can provide for others, lead others, and be perfected by God.
It says in “The Path … (4)” that you are all people of the kingdom predestined by God before the ages, and this cannot be taken away from you by anyone. It also says that God wishes for everyone to be used by God and perfected by God, and He requires them to stand as His people, and that only becoming God’s people may fulfill His will. You had fellowship on this matter at that time, fellowship on the path of entry based on the criteria for God’s people, therefore the work performed by the Holy Spirit during that time was to take everyone out of their negative state and lead them into a positive state. During that time, the trend of the work of the Holy Spirit was to have everyone enjoy God’s words as God’s people, and to allow each of you to understand clearly that you are God’s people predestined before the ages, and that this cannot be taken away by Satan. So you all prayed: “God! I am willing to be Your people, because we have been predestined by You before the ages, because You have bestowed this on us. We are willing to take up this position and satisfy You.” When you prayed in such a way, the Holy Spirit would move you—that was the trend of the work of the Holy Spirit. In this period of time it is to pray and practice to calm your heart before God so that you are able to pursue life and pursue entry into the training of the kingdom. This is the first step. At the moment, God’s work is to have everyone enter the right track, have a normal spiritual life and true experience, be moved by the Holy Spirit, and based on this foundation, accept that which is entrusted by God. The purpose of entering into the training of the kingdom is to allow your every word, every deed, every move, and every thought and idea to enter into God’s words, to allow you to be moved by God more often and develop love for God and a heavier burden for God’s will, so that everyone is on the path to be perfected by God, and everyone is on the right track. Once you are on the path to be perfected by God, then you are on the right track. When your mind and ideas as well as your wrong intentions can be corrected and you are able to turn from being mindful of your flesh to being mindful of God’s will, and when wrong intentions present themselves and you are able to not be disturbed by them and act in accordance with God’s will—if you are able to achieve such a transformation, then you are on the right track of life experience. When your prayer practices are on the right track, this is when you will be moved by the Holy Spirit in your prayers. Every time you pray, you will be moved by the Holy Spirit; every time you pray, you will be able to quiet your heart before God. Every time that you eat and drink a passage of God’s word, if you are able to grasp the work that He is performing at present, and are able to know how to pray, how to cooperate, and how to enter in, only this is achieving results from eating and drinking God’s words. When you are able to find the path of entry from God’s words, and are able to grasp the current dynamics of God’s work and the trend of the work of the Holy Spirit in His words, this shows that you are on the right track. If you have not grasped the key points when eating and drinking God’s words, if you are unable to find a path to practice after eating and drinking God’s words, it shows that you still do not know how to eat and drink His words and that you have not found the method or principle for eating and drinking His words. If you have not grasped the work performed by God at present, you will be unable to accept God’s commission. The work currently performed by God is what men must enter into and have knowledge of at present. Do you have a grasp of these things?
Once you have attained results from eating and drinking God’s words, and your spiritual life has become normal, and you are able to eat and drink God’s words as normal, pray as normal, carry on your church life as normal, regardless of the trials that you may face, the circumstances that you may encounter, the sickness of the flesh that you may endure, the estrangement of brothers and sisters, or difficulties in your family—if you can reach this point, then it shows that you are on the right track. Some people are too fragile and they are lacking perseverance. They whimper when facing some small obstacle; they become weak. The pursuit of truth demands perseverance and determination. If you are unable to satisfy God’s will this time, you must be able to loathe yourself, to be quietly determined in your heart that you will satisfy God’s will the next time around. If this time you were not mindful of God’s burden, you should be determined to rebel against the flesh when facing the same obstacle in the future, and resolve to satisfy God’s will. This is how you become praiseworthy. Some people do not even know if their own thoughts and ideas are right—such people are fools! If you would like to subdue your heart and rebel against the flesh, you must first know whether your intentions are right, and only then can you subdue your heart. If you do not know whether your intentions are right, can you subdue your heart and rebel against the flesh? Even if you rebel, you are doing so in a confused manner. You should know that to rebel against your wrong intentions is to rebel against the flesh. When you know that your intentions, your thoughts and ideas are not right, you should rush to turn back and walk the right path. You must first have a breakthrough and exercise yourself for entry in this aspect, because you know best whether your intentions are right or not. When the wrong intentions are corrected and are for the sake of God, then you have attained the goal of subduing your heart.
The key for you now is to have knowledge of God, to have knowledge of God’s work, and you must know how the Holy Spirit performs His work on man; this is the key for entering into the right track. It will be easy for you to enter into the right track once you have grasped this key. You believe in God and know God, which shows that your belief in Him is genuine. If you continue to experience until the end yet are still unable to know God, then you are surely someone who resists God. Those who only believe in Jesus Christ but do not believe in the incarnate God of today are all condemned. They are all contemporary Pharisees because they do not recognize the God of today, and they all resist God. No matter how devoted their belief in Jesus is, it will all be in vain; they will not receive God’s praise. All those who say that they believe in God yet have no true knowledge of God in their hearts are hypocrites!
To seek being perfected by God, one must first understand what it means to be perfected by Him, what conditions one must possess to be perfected, and then seek the path of practice once one has a grasp of such matters. One must possess a certain caliber in order to be perfected by God. Many of you do not possess the necessary caliber, which requires you to pay a certain price and your subjective effort. The less your caliber, the more subjective effort you must put in. The greater your understanding of God’s words and the more you put them into practice, the faster you can enter onto the path of being made perfect by God. Through praying, you can be made perfect amid prayers; through eating and drinking the words of God, grasping the substance of God’s words, and living out the reality of God’s words, you can be made perfect. Through experiencing God’s words on a daily basis, you come to know what is lacking in you, and, moreover, come to know your Achilles’ heel and weaknesses, and you offer prayer to God, through which you will gradually be made perfect. The paths to being made perfect: praying, eating and drinking the words of God, grasping the essence of God’s words, entering into the experience of God’s words, coming to know what is lacking in you, obeying the work of God, being mindful of God’s burden and forsaking the flesh through your love for God, and having frequent fellowship with brothers and sisters, which enriches your experiences. Whether it be communal life or your personal life, and whether it be large assemblies or small ones, all can allow you to acquire experiences and receive training so that your heart can be quiet before God and return to God. All of this is the process of being made perfect. Experiencing the words of God that has been spoken of means being able to actually taste the words of God and allowing them to be lived out in you so that you have greater faith and love toward God. Through this way, you will gradually shed the corrupt satanic disposition, you will gradually divest yourself of improper motivations, and live out the likeness of a normal person. The greater the love for God within you—which is to say, the more of you that has been made perfect by God—the less you are corrupted by Satan. Through your practical experiences, you will gradually enter onto the path of being made perfect. Thus, if you wish to be made perfect, being mindful of the will of God and experiencing the words of God are especially important.