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38. You Must Experience and Enter the Reality of Truth of God’s Word in Order to Obtain God’s Perfection

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38. You Must Experience and Enter the Reality of Truth of God’s Word in Order to Obtain God’s Perfection

Believers in God must pursue the truth to attain salvation, and to attain salvation and be perfected by God one must gain entry into the reality of truth of God’s word. This is most important. What does it mean to enter the reality of truth? Entering the reality of truth means to bring God’s word into your real life, which means to practice and experience God’s word in your real life, to seek the truth in God’s word in all things, to view and do things using God’s word as a guide, and to resolve practical problems based on your understanding of the truth, so that you can understand and practice the truth and live out the reality of God’s word. Only then can you achieve change in your life disposition, become someone with truth and humanity, and gain God’s approval. Only through entry into the reality of truth can you achieve true understanding of the truth and gain the truth, only through entry into the reality of truth can you truly understand God’s work and achieve obedience to God and understanding of God, and only entry into the reality of truth can bring about change in your life disposition. So, entry into the reality of truth is the path to being perfected by God, and whether someone can be perfected depends entirely on whether they can achieve entry into the reality of truth, because “God is a practical God: All of His work is practical, all of the words He speaks are practical, and all of the truths He expresses are practical. Everything that is not His words is vacuous, non-existent, and unsound. Today, the Holy Spirit is to guide people into the words of God. If people are to pursue entry into reality, then they must seek reality, and know reality, after which they must experience reality, and live out reality. The more that people know reality, the more they are able to tell whether the words of others are real; the more people know reality, the less conceptions they have; the more people experience reality, the more they know the deeds of the God of reality, and the easier it is for them to leave their corrupt, satanic dispositions behind; the more reality people have, the more they know God, and the more they detest the flesh and love the truth; and the more reality people have, the closer they come to the standards of God’s requirements. People who are gained by God are those who are possessed of reality, and who know reality; those who are gained by God have come to know God’s real deeds through experiencing reality. The more actually you cooperate with God and discipline your body, the more you will acquire the work of the Holy Spirit, the more you will gain reality, and the more you will be enlightened by God—and thus the greater your knowledge of God’s real deeds. If you are able to live in the present light of the Holy Spirit, the present path to practice will become clearer to you, and you will be more able to separate yourself from the religious conceptions and old practices of the past. Today reality is the focus: The more reality people have, the clearer their knowledge of the truth, and the greater their understanding of God’s will. Reality can overcome all letters and doctrines, it can overcome all theory and expertise, and the more reality people focus on, the more they truly love God, and hunger and thirst for His words.

To evaluate whether someone has the reality of truth, we must look at whether he has true experience and understanding of God’s word, which is the key to whether someone can live out the reality of God’s word. Many go through several turbulent years of belief in God without any actual change being seen in their life disposition, with the reason being that they cannot experience and practice God’s words in a down-to-earth manner, but instead are impractical and overambitious, are not serious about practicing the truth, and even loathe the reality of truth. Such people think an understanding of the rote letters and doctrine in the Bible is equivalent to having the reality of truth, but in the end they stumble and fail. Only after reflection do they finally understand that all they said in the past was empty rote letters and doctrine, and that they do not have any reality of truth. This is the inevitable result of not focusing on experiencing and practicing God’s word. Understanding of the truth is the result of experiencing and practicing God’s word, much more an achievement attained through man’s cooperation with the work of the Holy Spirit. If one relies on one’s own cleverness, no matter how much spiritual doctrine he may understand, this is not the reality of truth, and in the end he is unable to stand firm, and his original form will naturally be revealed in trials: Some people fail and fall after they are arrested because of the persecution, some are revealed because they never achieve practical work as they fulfill their duties, some fall amidst trials and refinement because they lack the work of the Holy Spirit and lose their faith. Without the truth, people lack true life and ability. Without the truth, people are unable to fulfill their duties well. Without the truth, people are unable to live out the true likeness of man or benefit others as they interact. Wherever they go, they are unable to glorify God. They become Satan’s laughingstock and are despised by God, and the moment they encounter trials and adverse environment, their true form is revealed, and they are eliminated, which fulfills God’s word: “You can go everywhere with the truth, but if there is no truth in you, don’t think of trying to convince your family, much less religious people. You will be like fluttering snow without the truth, but with the truth, you can be happy and free, where none can attack you. No matter how strong a theory is, it cannot overcome the truth. With the truth, the world itself can be swayed and mountains and seas moved, whereas a lack of the truth leads to ruin by maggots; this is simply fact.”

Today most of God’s chosen people, in their experience of God’s work, have seen that God’s work is indeed to save and perfect man, so they are willing to pursue the truth and are preparing good deeds. This marks that God’s chosen people are beginning to enter into the reality of truth, but even though many people are willing to pursue the truth, they don’t know how to practice the pursuit of truth or how they should suffer and what price they should pay in their pursuit of truth, which makes it difficult to gain entry into the reality of truth. Any determined to pursue the truth should understand that pursuit of truth must be built upon a foundation of eating and drinking God’s words and practicing and experiencing God’s words, and that beyond that, there are three conditions: First, you must learn to seek the truth in all things, and absolutely cannot follow your flesh or act as you wish; second, you must practice the truth after understanding the truth, and you must uphold the principles of truth even if you have to suffer and pay the price; and third, you must accept pruning, dealing, trials, and refinement, which is even more so experiencing the judgment and chastisement in God’s word. Only those who meet these three conditions are people who truly pursue the truth. To pursue the truth, one must begin by obediently experiencing and practicing God’s word. Only then can they receive the guidance and perfection of the Holy Spirit’s work. Only by receiving the work of the Holy Spirit can people truly experience and understand God’s work, only in this way can they understand and gain the truth in God’s word, and only in this way can people obey and satisfy God as they perform their duties, thereby effectively spread the gospel and testify God, allow God’s chosen people to receive support and supply, and benefit and help others. Those who have the reality of truth can seek to know God’s will, and are willing to practice the truth and uphold principles, so they never muddle through in their duties, do things according to principle and in accordance with the truth. If people always uphold the principles of truth, they can produce a heart that loves and satisfies God, and they can perform their duties up to standard and gain God’s approval. These are all the effects of experiencing and practicing God’s word and receiving the work of the Holy Spirit. If people cannot obediently practice and experience God’s word, they will never receive the work of the Holy Spirit, without which they will never be able to practice the truth and submit to God or produce a heart that sincerely loves God and satisfies God. Therefore, entry into the reality of truth is a result that follows experiencing and practicing God’s word and gaining the work of the Holy Spirit, and without expending effort in experiencing and practicing God’s word, people have no way to receive the work of the Holy Spirit and be perfected by God, because God observes all things, and whether or not a person has the work of the Holy Spirit tells all. So, the pursuit of truth begins with experiencing and practicing God’s word. People must begin with going quietly before God and engaging in sincere communion with God. They must search for a path to experience, practice, and enter in every sentence of God’s word. When people can eat, drink, and practice God’s word, they will naturally feel that they have a path for entry into life, receive the work of the Holy Spirit, and can feel God’s presence. If people do not experience and practice God’s word, they will never gain true understanding of the truth or entry into its reality and never truly experience or submit to God’s work, they are certainly not people who love or pursue the truth, so they will never enter the right track of belief in God, and they absolutely will never attain salvation. This is an undeniable fact. Especially for new believers who, after understanding the truths concerning the aspect of visions, should begin by experiencing and practicing God’s word and focusing on seeking and practicing the truth. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” The path of a believer in God to salvation and being perfected begins with experiencing and practicing God’s word. Only then can they gradually gain entry into the reality of truth, gain the truth and life, and fulfill their duties up to standard. This is the only path to entering into the reality of truth, and the only path for a believer in God to attain salvation and be perfected.

Pursuing the truth and becoming perfected was the successful path that Peter followed. Being able to truly pursue the truth is not an easy thing. One aspect of this is that people must have the determination to pursue the truth and be perfected by God, and another is that they must possess the determination to undergo suffering and pay a price in order to gain the truth. Without determination to undergo suffering and pay a price, it is very difficult to achieve results in the pursuit of truth. We have all seen many people like Paul with gifts and caliber fail and fall, and some even become antichrists and suffer God’s punishment. We should all reflect on how much we understand and what lessons we learn from the failures of those believers in God who walk the path of the antichrist, how much understanding we have of Peter’s pursuit of the truth and perfection, and how much experience of success we have learned from it. And then we must be clear on what we lack, what we should be equipped with, what suffering we should undergo, and what price we should pay. Only then is it easy to walk the path of pursuing the truth and being perfected. If believers in God never focus on experiencing and practicing God’s word and entering into the reality of truth, all talk of pursuing the truth is empty. If believers in God do not focus on obediently eating and drinking of God’s word or experiencing and practicing it, they will never gain entry into the reality of truth. Even if such people are willing to pursue the truth, it is impossible for them to be perfected by God. Therefore, as we eat and drink of God’s word, we must accept God’s judgment and chastisement, we must accept pruning and dealing, we must seek the truth, accept the truth, and strive to meet God’s requirements amidst every kind of trial and refinement. In this way we will be able to come to truly know ourselves, God’s will, and God’s requirements for humankind. After experiencing God’s word for several years, people will come to understand much of the truth and gain discernment. They will be able to discern and see clearly what is obedience to God, what is resistance to God, what is true testimony of God and serving God, they will know how be an honest person and how to properly fulfill their duties, they will realize that only through sincere love for God can they carry out God’s will and live a most meaningful life, and that only through entry into the reality of these truths can they perform their duties up to standard, truly testify and serve God, and walk the path of pursuing the truth and being perfected by God. If people cannot sincerely accept God’s judgment, chastisement, pruning, and dealing, it becomes very difficult to understand the truth and achieve entry into the reality of truth or understand themselves, and no matter what duties they perform, it becomes very difficult to meet God’s requirements. Even if such people serve God, they resist God. Many people become false leaders and antichrists because they do not really pursue the truth and, as a result, they don’t have slightest reality of the truth. As soon as they gain status and have some authority they begin to act wantonly, thinking themselves superior and, with lust for the boons of status, proclaiming themselves king. In the end, such people are abhorred and rejected by God’s chosen, succumbing ultimately to utter failure. Could this possibly be a rare occurrence? Why can’t people come to their senses? What use is there in believing in God just to gain authority, wield power and revel in the spoils of status? This is the behavior of selfish, lowly and evil people, it is the lowly desire of those who walk the path of the antichrist. If someone truly understands the truth, why can’t he practice the truth or do any practical work? If someone truly has a conscience and reason, he should do some practical things for God’s chosen people, such as writing a good testimony article about his experience, which will aid and benefit countless of God’s chosen people, or use the truth to solve practical problems faced by God’s chosen people to help them more quickly achieve understanding and entry into the reality of truth, or purge all antichrists and evildoers in order to purify the church and protect God’s chosen people so that God’s chosen people can more quickly enter the right track of belief in God. Are these not all positive things one should do for God’s chosen people? Does writing a good testimony article about your experience require status and power? Does doing practical work for God’s chosen people or fellowship on the truth to support the weak require status and power to accomplish? Not at all. Only false leaders and antichrists pursue status and power. Those with the reality of truth fulfill their duties all the same even if they do not have status and power, they practice the truth and prepare good deeds all the same, they do practical work for God’s chosen people all the same, they can deliver sermons and write articles testifying God all the same, and they are assured to be perfected by God. If someone has the reality of truth, all is easy, and such people naturally gain the praise and support of God’s chosen people, that is beyond doubt. God is righteous and treats people fairly, and none can stop God if He wishes to perfect someone. Those who possess the reality of truth will be used for important tasks by God sooner or later, and those without the reality of truth, sooner or later, will be exposed and eliminated. This is preordained by God, Heaven’s law, Heaven’s will, and no one can change it.

God’s chosen people should understand that the pursuit of truth and being perfected require one to undergo much suffering and pay a great price. Especially without true experience of accepting the judgment, chastisement, pruning, and dealing in God’s word, it is impossible. Without experiencing many trials and refinements, it is impossible to make substantial gains. To pursue and gain the truth and be perfected, we must undergo the suffering of countless trials and refinements. Only in this way can change occur in a person’s life disposition. Without shedding many tears and having the true repentance, it is impossible to gain true joy and comfort. Without experiencing many failures and falls, it is impossible to stand firm on the true way. God’s chosen people can all see one fact that the right path of life, that of pursuing the truth and being perfected, is indeed a hard, difficult road. To perfect God’s chosen people, He has arranged the service of the great red dragon, Satan, and evil spirits. God’s chosen people not only face the arrest and persecution of the great red dragon, they also face the deception, disturbance, constraints, and oppression of every kind of evil spirit and antichrist. Without the determination to pursue the truth, it is very difficult to stand firm, but by relying on God and having faith and trusting God’s almightiness and sovereignty and that God’s words accomplish everything, continuing to eat and drink God’s word and pursue the truth in our duties, and experiencing for several years, we will experience a transformation and see God’s blessings. The size of our field determines the size of our harvest. As long as we pursue the truth and properly perform our duties, we will succeed, because the truth does not play favorites, and God treats man most fairly. We have all seen that at churches in every place, people who in the past did not pursue the truth are now becoming interested in it, that those who in the past were unwilling to perform duties are developing a sense of responsibility, that those who in the past felt no share in the burden of church work and entry into life of God’s chosen people are beginning to have burden as they come to understand truth and have real experience, that those who often experienced failures and falls are beginning to reflect and understand themselves, and that all are preparing good deeds. This is proof that as long as people continue to eat and drink God’s word and fellowship on the truth, without even realizing it, their souls awaken and they begin to understand the truth and gain penetration into many things; without even realizing it, they shed much of their corrupt disposition and can live out the likeness of a man; without even realizing it, they feel as though they can practice some of the truth and gain some reality of belief in God and obedience to God. Those who felt it was impossible in the past are now able to accomplish it. Those who in the past always said it was hard to love God are beginning to feel that loving God is entirely possible for someone with conscience and reason. Those who in the past had no obedience are now able to practice some of the truth. Those who habitually muddled through their duties now feel that they lack conscience and reason and are unworthy to live before God, are gradually muddling through less, and beginning to loyally carry out their duties. These things prove that God’s work is entirely capable of changing, saving, and perfecting people. As long as people continue to eat and drink of God’s word, fellowship on the truth, continue to perform their duties and expend for God, strive to meet God’s requirements, and not become discouraged no matter how many times they fail and fall, they will see a transformation, and without even realizing it come to understand much of the truth, gain penetration into many things, and learn how to be a man. People’s perspectives, outlook on life, and values change, and they come to feel they have gained significantly from experiencing God’s work in the last days. Truly, “the size of one’s field determines the size of their harvest!” So, any who are negative should no longer be so and should trust in God’s work. They should not feel negative and hopeless because they reveal too much corruption or because they fail and fall. As long as you continue to obey God’s work, you are guaranteed to achieve the result of entry into the reality of truth. If you decide you are inadequate, give up on yourself, become negative, and muddle through, you are likely sending yourself to your death. As long as you strive relentlessly to make progress and cooperate with God, the transformation will come. The extent of man’s reserves is just the beginning of God. If you rely on God, you won’t lose your way. If you keep experiencing and practicing God’s word a little longer, and your heart is able to love God, you will see hope of success in being perfected by God, because as long as you have a heart that loves God, you can happily perform your duties, you will not take account of labor expended, suffering experienced, or prices paid and rewards earned. No matter how much you suffer, you will feel no complaint or regret, you will be able to spend your lifetime fighting for your love of God and to carry out God’s will, you will be able to pay any price, you will even be happy to sacrifice your life without regret, and you will be able to perform your duty well and be unwaveringly loyal and obedient to God, which are the real change in your life disposition. It is obvious that only those who possess a heart that truly loves God can achieve change in their life disposition, which is entirely the result of experiencing and practicing God’s word. Those who truly pursue the truth must make efforts to experience and practice God’s word to achieve results. Any who do not experience and practice God’s word will never gain the truth, and their life disposition will never change. This is absolute. Gaining the truth is nothing other than attaining salvation and being perfected, and any who live out the likeness of a true man have gained eternal life, which is far more precious and important than fleshly life, far more worthwhile, and far more meaningful. We can see that the more people experience God’s work, the greater their faith in God becomes, and that the more people understand the truth, the more sincere and purified their love for God becomes, and without even realizing it, they become perfected by God. When people gain the truth and come to know God, they have entirely escaped the dark influence of Satan and obtained release and freedom.

The present is a critical stage in the spread of the gospel of kingdom, because the evil forces of Satan are not content to fail and are fighting with the last of their strength. Man is required to have an extreme of faith and forbearance in such a harsh environment, and if someone does not pursue the truth, it is hard to stand firm. Amidst this harsh environment, God’s chosen people must focus on eating and drinking God’s word and equipping themselves with the truth, they must often reflect on their own actions in their devotions, they must know their own deficiencies and true state, and they must equip themselves with the truth and adjust their attitudes as quickly as possible. Only then will they be able to persist in fulfilling their duties and stay loyal to spreading the gospel of kingdom to the end. If people are merely bearing, waiting, and going through the motions in this harsh environment without pursuing the truth, simply hoping for this harsh environment to pass before they make another real attempt, they are passing up an excellent opportunity to pursue the truth and be perfected by God. They are truly biding their time until death. The harsher the environment, the more one ought to make efforts to equip themselves with the truth and adjust their attitude. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on oneself, make devotions, and equip oneself with the truth. Many who do not pursue the truth are revealed in the harsh environment. Such people may enthusiastically busy themselves on the outside, but they do not equip themselves with the truth, they never gain entry into life, and the moment work ceases, they collapse. Without truth, it is impossible to stand firm. This is the necessary result of not pursuing the truth. So, the harsher the environment, the more one should make devotions and equip oneself with the truth. Only by understanding the truth can one know God’s will, effectively use the truth to solve problems, do practical work, and satisfactorily fulfill one’s duties. Many problems require understanding and gaining the truth to resolve, and require more than simply teaching people to follow rules. Following rules doesn’t solve the root of the problems, so merely following rules and focusing on external practices is not enough to resolve people’s problems of entry into life, nor is it enough to lead others into the reality of truth. If someone relies only on their passion to keep busy for years without leading God’s chosen people into the reality of truth, if someone merely observes the rules, goes through the motions, and does useless work, how can performing one’s duties this way earn God’s approval? Those who possess the reality of truth, no matter what their duties, can seek the truth in all things, focus on using the truth to solve problems, and are no longer arrogant or conceited, no longer do things of their own accord, and no longer treat their own word as authoritative. Instead, they allow the truth and God’s word to hold power, they convince others with the truth, and when disputes or different opinions arrive, they go quietly before God and seek the truth. They can patiently fellowship on the truth to solve problems, and they allow God’s chosen people to see that the truth and God’s word hold power in God’s house, not any particular leader or person. Someone who performs his duties like this is someone who fears God, and is assured to receive the praise of God’s chosen people. It is obvious that those who have the reality of truth are those who truly serve God, and without the reality of truth, one cannot use the truth to solve problems. If someone does not pursue the truth, it is difficult for him to go quietly before God and seek the truth in all things. Instead, he tries to hold court and make his own word the final authority. He uses power and status to oppress others, which makes others loathe and despise him. Such people certainly walk the path of the antichrist, and without sincere repentance, such people will undoubtedly become true antichrists and be eliminated.

Why is it that some leaders and workers continue to walk the path of the antichrist, continue to pursue status and fame, and continue to work to protect their own status and power? If someone truly pursues the truth, he should do practical work to help God’s chosen people achieve entry into life, he should do practical work to help spread the gospel of kingdom, or at least should write several testimony articles about their experience that benefit people, can truly testify God’s work, and help God’s chosen people through difficulties of entry into life. Such are those who truly have the reality of truth. To live up to one’s role as a leader of or worker for God’s chosen people, you should place importance on resolving the real issues of God’s chosen in accordance with the truth of God’s word. You should be able to justly resolve all kinds of actual issues that the church faces, treat people fairly, and refrain from suppressing and holding dominion over the chosen people. This is the minimum that must be achieved by leaders and workers at every level of the church. If a person is truly pursuing the truth, his actions will certainly gain the approval and support of God’s chosen. If a person truly possesses the reality of some truth, he certainly will not expose his own arrogance at every chance or adopt a high-and-mighty stance. He certainly will not speak in wild phrases, holding dominion over, binding, shackling, or randomly accusing others. Instead, he will help God’s chosen with a calm and loving heart. He will advise, encourage and guide others in their understanding and practice of truth. In loving kindness, he will commune the truth to resolve issues and achieve results. This is what is meant by a good leader or worker. These days, there are some leaders and workers who don’t seem to have the slightest reality of the truth. Yet they bask in their arrogance, speak in absurdities and have no regard for God and no space for God’s chosen people in their heart. They don’t serve God’s chosen or fulfill their duties to return God’s love. They tread in dangerous waters and have already set foot on the path of the antichrist. If they do not change their ways, they will be cast off and eliminated by God. The key factor in determining whether someone pursues the truth and being perfected by God is whether he has a heart that fears God and whether he truly has a heart that loves God. Without these two prerequisites, there is no way for him to be perfected by God. Without a heart that truly loves God, man can never satisfactorily perform his duties, because without a heart that loves God, the path one walks is not that of pursuing the truth and being perfected by God, he is unconsciously walking the path of the antichrist, despite himself. Those without a heart that loves God express themselves in the following seven ways:

1. They never pray to God to seek the truth, but instead do the church’s work according to their own desires and strive to reveal their own abilities and talent.

2. They never exalt or testify God, but instead only testify the church and themselves, show off themselves, and attempt to succeed above and beyond others.

3. They never fellowship on God’s will and requirements, much less on how to know God, but speak only in rote letters and doctrine to restrain others and make others observe rules.

4. They do not fear God at all, and always treat the work of the church as their own work, strive and rush around to gain status and prestige.

5. They never discuss their understanding of themselves or reflect on themselves in their duties, but instead act hypocritically and disguise themselves in pursuit of worship and following of others.

6. In their hearts they are envious and hateful toward those who pursue the truth and possess reality, they resort to suppression and exclusion, harm good people, and are in fact evildoers.

7. There is no love for God in their hearts, in all things they work to satisfy their own desires, and they always attempt to gain power, act as kings, and enjoy the blessings of status.

Any who express any of the preceding seven behaviors have no love for God at all in their hearts. It is obvious that everyone who does not love God is in the path of the antichrist and will ultimately be revealed and eliminated. God’s work of the last days is saving and perfecting people and every wicked person who is not saved will be revealed and eliminated. Therefore, each person will follow after its own kind. Why are so many people exposed doing all kinds of evil with their position and power? It is not because their position hurts them. The fundamental problem is the substance of man’s nature. Position can certainly reveal people, but if a good-hearted person has a high position, then they will not commit various acts of evil. Some people who don’t have position will not commit evil. On the surface they look like good people, but if they obtain position, then they will do all kinds of evil. This is the countenance of the evildoer revealed, because certain evil deeds require status and power to accomplish. Without power, wicked deeds are difficult, so status reveals all evildoers. If someone has power and status and still faithfully performs his duties, without doing any evil, this is rare and precious, and he is surely a good person. If he can be loyal to God, serve God, and do actual work for God’s chosen conscientiously, he is someone who truly loves God and who is entirely in accordance with God’s will. Presently, there are still leaders and workers with status and power who do excessive evil. Such people primarily express themselves in the following three ways:

1. They cannot do practical work according to work arrangements, do not pursue the truth, muddle through their duties, and do not have hearts that love God at all.

2. They do not choose others for roles according to the principles of truth, but instead choose and promote people who support them in order to expand their own power and establish their own kingdoms.

3. They are envious of, suppress, and exclude those who pursue the truth, harm good people, and practice “those who submit will prosper, those who resist shall perish.”

Any who exhibit the preceding three types of evil behavior are evildoers in power and antichrists revealed, and God’s chosen people must remove and banish them. Doing so will be very beneficial to spreading the gospel of kingdom, and will remove obstacles and stumbling blocks for God’s chosen people as they enter the right track of belief in God. This is clearing away harmful elements for God’s chosen people, and is one of the most necessary practical tasks of leaders and workers at every level.

Even though most leaders and workers are chosen by election at present, some leaders and workers are temporarily selected and promoted in adverse environments, however, such positions are purely experimental. In the future all workers and leaders must be chosen through election, and private promotion or selection of individuals is strictly forbidden. It is undeniable that certain false leaders and antichrists have been revealed among the leaders and workers. After believing in God for years and becoming leaders and workers, they do not practice the truth and have no reality, yet still want others to praise and submit to them. They do wicked deeds and neglect their duties, yet do not allow others to expose or accuse them. They do not pursue the truth or prepare good deeds, but instead engage in disguise and deceit, and do not allow others to oppose or reject them. They do not love God and do no practical work, yet they wish to remain forever as leaders, be superior to others, and enjoy the blessings of status. They are whores who wish to be named virgins, the filial sons and descendants of the great red dragon. They are unrighteous sinners who, despite this, claim greatness, glory, and right. They are thick-skinned and shameless to this extent, yet refuse to step down and make way, instead waiting until their people stage a revolt and put their heads on the chopping block. Is this not the true countenance of the antichrist devils? Someone who truly pursues the truth would at least prepare enough good deeds to show others that he has some humanity, and someone who has the reality of truth would do more practical work and properly fulfill his duty as a leader or worker. That would demonstrate conscience and reason. Someone with a heart that truly loves God would resolve practical problems for God’s chosen people and would strive with all his strength to lead God’s chosen people into the reality of truth and the right track of belief in God to comfort His heart. Someone who truly loves God would strive with all his strength to do the work of spreading the gospel of kingdom and carry out God’s will to repay God’s love. If leaders and workers do not possess these practical aspects, they are truly people without conscience or reason and are unworthy to be leaders and workers, because those who do not love God are not fit to serve God, and those without the reality of truth are not fit to be leaders and workers. This is an undeniable fact.

Those who genuinely pursue the truth should understand what a person must possess to be in accord with God’s will. In the Age of Law, God said David was someone in accord with His will, and in the Bible, we have all seen that David’s lifelong wish was to build a temple for God. This is rare and precious among corrupt mankind, and also unique. Building a temple for God is something very meaningful, and entirely in accord with God’s will. That a creature of God could achieve such understanding and consideration for God’s will is highly precious. Those of us who live in the last days, despite our deep satanic corruption, have the fortune to see all the words expressed by God in the last days. Having been granted so much, should we not be even more considerate of God’s will? Building a temple to God allows all mankind to come before God and worship Him, which is a result achieved by carrying out God’s will. Those of us who serve God should know more clearly that to carry out God’s will, we must firmly pursue the truth and gain perfection by God, because only by possessing the reality of truth are we able to fellowship on the truth to solve problems, bring people before God, and help them lay a solid foundation on the true way to bring people onto the right track of belief in God; only by possessing the reality of truth are we able to practice exaltation and testimony of God, testify clearly about God’s work and how God saves and perfects people, and make others able to truly love, obey, understand, serve, and worship God; only by possessing the reality of truth are we able to properly do the work of spreading the gospel of kingdom, converting all true believers in God in the religious world on the one hand while spreading the gospel of kingdom among the Gentiles on the other, thereby bringing all those who admit God and love the truth back before God’s throne and carrying out God’s will on earth. There is no doubt that people can only carry out God’s will once they are perfected by God. Those who pursue the truth must have the determination, like David’s grand dedication to building a temple for God, to work their hearts out, be meticulous, lay down their lives, and demand nothing. Those of us who experience God’s work in the last days and attain God’s salvation must pursue to be perfected by God even more vigilantly, dedicate our lives to serving God and carrying out God’s will, and make no other demands. To truly testify and serve God, we must become people who love God, because only those who love God are fit to be used by God. In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the intended effect of God’s work in the last days to perfect man. The people God perfects are those who love Him, and if someone gains entry into the reality of truth, he can truly love God and love his neighbors as himself. “Love your neighbor as yourself” means that one must have a loving heart toward God’s chosen people and take up his responsibility to lead, shepherd, and care for God’s chosen people so that they can enter the right track of belief in God. Only those who truly love God will treat God’s chosen with a loving heart. This is fact. Those who do not love God’s chosen and are incapable of treating them fairly and in accordance with the principles of truth certainly do not love God. Only those that truly love God can love others as they love themselves. Those who have no love for God are incapable of loving others. Those who love God’s chosen are certainly capable of loving God—there is no question. It is so meaningful, practical, and glorious when man is able to love God! When man has a life of loving God, he is able to live out the most meaningful life, which is God’s greatest blessing for mankind.

As we pursue the truth and being perfected, we must focus on achieving satisfactory performance of our duties. Without the reality of truth, a person cannot perform his duties up to standard, and therefore cannot produce beautiful, resonant testimony of God. This is a fact. So, to achieve satisfactory performance of our duties, we must often equip ourselves with the truth to make up for our own deficiencies; only then can we gain entry into life through our work, produce beautiful, resonant testimony of God, and be perfected by God. Without an understanding of truth, no matter what duty a man performs, there will be no obvious results. Only by constantly equipping ourselves with the truth and practicing God’s word can we gradually achieve satisfactory performance of our duties. The more reality of truth a person possesses, the more his duties become simple and relaxed. Because he has penetration into the essence and key elements of problems, resolving them is an easy, joyous process. No matter if he is speaking or doing work, he can see the critical, important elements. Therefore, his work produces obvious results, and he does not appear rushed. Those who possess the reality of truth do things capably and according to principles, and are able to do practical work in accordance with God’s will, which truly earns them the praise and admiration of God’s chosen people. God’s chosen people should all understand that the harsher the environment, the more we must equip ourselves with the truth. The busier our work during the day, the more we must make devotions and reflect at night, and through both working and making devotions, our practice will naturally produce good results. Those who only work without devotions will not have such good results, because it is easy to go astray, take crooked paths, and do useless work. And in fact, we have all had similar experiences before, so why is it that some are unable to make devotions or reflect? As we spread the gospel of kingdom, the key to whether we can produce beautiful, resonant testimony of God is whether or not we pursue the truth, whether or not we understand our own nature and essence and reflect on if our path is correct, whether or not we can truly repent, whether or not we accept the truth, and whether or not we walk Peter’s path of being perfected. These are critical, fundamental questions. Whether or not we can achieve true change in our life disposition must be determined by God’s eleven requirements for God’s chosen people: “1. If you are truly a service-doer, then can you serve Me loyally, without any perfunctory or negative elements? 2. If you find out that I have never appreciated you, will you still be able to stay and serve Me for life? 3. If you expended a lot of effort but I am still very cold toward you, will you be able to continue working for Me in obscurity? 4. If, after you have expended some things for Me, I have not satisfied your petty demands, will you be disheartened and disappointed toward Me or even become furious and shout abuse? 5. If you’ve always been very loyal and loving toward Me, yet you suffer the torment of illness, the constraints of life, and the abandonment of your friends and relatives or endure any other misfortunes in life, then will your loyalty and love for Me still continue? 6. If none of what you have imagined in your heart matches what I have done, then how will you walk your future path? 7. If you don’t receive anything you hoped to receive, then can you continue to be My follower? 8. If you have never understood the purpose and significance of My work, then can you be an obedient person who does not make arbitrary judgments and conclusions? 9. Can you treasure all the words I have said and all the work I have done when I’m together with mankind? 10. Are you able to be My loyal follower, willing to suffer for Me for life even if you will not receive anything? 11. Are you able to not consider, plan, or prepare for your future path of survival for My sake? These questions are My final requirements of you, and I hope you can all respond to Me.

These eleven requirements are the true testimony of how God’s chosen people attain salvation and become perfected, but are also the results that must be achieved in their pursuit of the truth amidst all kinds of trials. If someone can meet these eleven requirements, it is naturally beautiful, resonant testimony of God. If someone wants to know whether he has achieved changes in his life disposition, he need only apply these eleven requirements to himself to know. Someone who meets these eleven requirements is someone who has the reality of truth, and he is unquestionably someone who has achieved changes in his life disposition. The more someone experiences God’s word, the more he understands the truth and the more of the reality of truth he has. If someone always strives to meet God’s requirements, he will unquestionably receive the guidance and perfection of the work of the Holy Spirit, and in the final trials, the effects of meeting God’s eleven standards will be achieved, which will be beautiful, resonant testimony to God. Today, we are compiling a hundred passages of God’s word for people’s use in devotions and reflection, and only when people achieve true life experience through these one hundred passages and reach understanding and entry into the reality of these truths can they be guaranteed to satisfactorily perform their duties, produce beautiful, resonant testimony as they spread the kingdom of gospel, and gain God’s approval.

To allow God’s chosen people to more quickly enter into the reality of truth and attain salvation, here we list the one hundred important passages of God’s word that God’s chosen must practice and enter for them to eat, drink, and experience. If you become familiar with these passages and learn to recite them, it will be even better, and you will achieve faster growth in life, it will be highly beneficial to your entry into the reality of truth. These passages of God’s word are parts that everyone must experience and practice to gain entry into the reality of truth, and they are also the reality of truth God’s chosen people must achieve entry into to attain salvation. They are required fundamental courses for those who pursue life. These hundred passages of God’s word are crucial for the entry into life of God’s chosen people, and if God’s chosen consistently experience and practice these passages of God’s word, they are assured to gain entry into the reality of truth and achieve change in their life disposition. If in our church lives, amidst this environment of truth, we continue to eat and drink God’s word, continue to fellowship on the truth, focus on experiencing and practicing God’s word, accept pruning and dealing, and seek and practice the truth and obedience to God in all things, without realizing it, we will come to understand much of the truth and gain much discernment. We will have penetration into the essence of problems, have true understanding of ourselves, and see our own corrupt disposition and slowly get rid of it. When people become normal and are able to practice the truth and submit to God on their own, their life disposition has already begun to change, and those with hearts that truly love God are naturally able to practice the truth, obey God, and live out the likeness of a real man. It is also impossible to avoid the existence of some false leaders and antichrists among the leaders and workers at every level, and as we walk the path of pursuing salvation and being perfected, breaking free from the bondage and constraints of Satan’s influence is critical. Before people gain the truth, it is easy to be swayed, led astray, and to be unable to find your own place. It is terribly easy to be deceived by all kinds of evil spirits and antichrists, and to be deceived, controlled, and used by other people. We must rely on understanding and gaining the truth to completely solve these problems. As long as we pray to God, rely on God, build a normal relationship with God, continue to eat and drink God’s word and fulfill our duties well, we will be able to receive the work of the Holy Spirit and gain God’s praise. As long as we continue to live church life, remain united with all those who truly believe in God and pursue the truth, love one another, help one another, and make up for one another’s shortcomings, we will be entirely able to understand and enter into the reality of truth, stand firm in the testimony, and gain God’s approval. There will be no need for us to worship or become entangled with men or rely on force, no need to use satanic philosophy to safeguard our relationships with other people. Belief in God only requires focusing on the pursuit of truth, receiving the work of the Holy Spirit, being in the presence of God, and mutual love and peaceful cooperation with others who pursue the truth. These are enough to attain salvation. Only those who do not love the truth use dishonest means, engage in collusion, use one another, pursue status and power, strive to entrap and control people, and stubbornly walk the path of the antichrist. Sooner or later, such people will be revealed and cursed. Those who do not pursue the truth, sooner or later, will stumble and fail. Those who do evil will bring about their own deaths, which is decided by God’s righteous disposition.

God’s chosen people ought to clearly understand that in the first three to five years of believing in God, which is the stage before one gains the truth, there will be many difficulties. They must often eat and drink God’s word and seek the truth to solve problems in all things. When people understand the truth, they are naturally able to discern the disruption and deceit of all kinds of evil spirits, false leaders, and antichrists, firmly stand united with others who pursue the truth, stand with God and be in accord with God’s will, and are entirely clear in their hearts how to follow and serve God, how to rely on the truth in God’s word to resolve problems, how to truly submit to God, and how to live by God’s word. This is the result achieved by eating and drinking God’s word and pursuing the truth. When God’s chosen people gain entry into the reality of truth, all difficulties faced in believing in God are resolved. With the truth, people suffer no more difficulties, and the evil forces of Satan and antichrists can no longer deceive or control them, because only the truth can change and perfect people, and only the truth can become people’s life. When people gain the truth, they gain true release and freedom. All those who gain entry into the reality of truth have entered the right track of belief in God, and any who pursue truly loving God can walk the path of being perfected.

One Hundred and Thirty-three Passages of God’s Word That God’s Chosen People Must Experience, Practice and Enter Into

1. If what you seek is the truth, what you put into practice is the truth, and what you attain is a change in your disposition, then the path that you tread is the right one. If what you seek is the blessings of the flesh, and what you put into practice is the truth of your own conceptions, and if there is no change in your disposition, and you are not at all obedient to God in the Flesh

, and you still live in vagueness, then what you seek will surely take you to hell, for the path that you walk is the path of failure. Whether you will be made perfect or eliminated depends on your own pursuit, which is also to say that success or failure depends on the path that man walks.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

2. When people step onto the path of perfection, their old disposition can be changed. Further, their lives keep growing and they gradually enter more deeply into the truth. They are able to loathe the world and loathe all those who do not seek after the truth. They especially loathe themselves, but more than that, they clearly know themselves. They are willing to live by the truth and they make it their goal to seek after the truth. They are unwilling to live within the thoughts generated by their own brains, and they feel loathing for man’s self-rightness, haughtiness, and self-conceit. They speak with a strong sense of propriety, handle things with discernment, are possessed of wisdom, and are loyally obedient to God. If they experience an instance of chastisement and judgment, not only do they not become passive or weak, but they are grateful for it. They cannot do without God’s chastisement and judgment; they can receive His protection through it. They do not pursue a faith of peace and joy and of seeking bread to satisfy hunger. Neither do they go after temporary fleshly enjoyments. This is what the perfected have.

from “The Inside Truth of the Conquering Work (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

3. One day, when you have experienced to a certain point, if God were to make you leave, you wouldn’t be able to. You will always feel that you can’t be without God inside you; you can be without a husband, wife, or children, without a family, without a mother or father, without the enjoyments of the flesh, but you can’t be without God. Being without God will be like losing your life, you won’t be able to live without God. When you have experienced to this point, you will have hit the mark in your faith in God, and in this way God will have become your life, He will have become the foundation of your existence, and you will never again be able to leave God.

from “Those Who Love God Will Forever Live Within His Light” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

4. In believing in God, you must at least resolve the issue of having a normal relationship with God. Without a normal relationship with God, then the significance in believing in God is lost. Establishing a normal relationship with God is entirely attained through quieting your heart in God’s presence. A normal relationship with God means being able to not doubt or deny any of God’s work and submit to it, and furthermore it means having the right intentions in the presence of God, not thinking of yourself, always having the interests of God’s family as the most important thing no matter what you are doing, accepting God’s observation, and submitting to God’s arrangements. You are able to quiet your heart in God’s presence whenever you do anything; even if you do not understand God’s will, you must still fulfill your duties and responsibilities to the best of your ability. It is not too late to wait for God’s will to be revealed to you and then put this into practice. When your relationship with God has become normal, then you will also have a normal relationship with people. Everything is established on the foundation of God’s words. Through eating and drinking the words of God, practice in accordance with God’s requirements, put your viewpoints right, and do not do things that resist God or disturb the church. Do not do things that do not benefit the lives of the brothers and sisters, do not say things that do not contribute to other people, do not do shameful things. Be just and honorable when doing all things and make them presentable before God. Even though the flesh is weak sometimes, you are able to attach the highest importance to benefiting God’s family, not covet your own benefits, and carry out righteousness. If you can practice in this way, your relationship with God will be normal.

from “How Is Your Relationship With God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

5. If you want to have a proper relationship with God, your heart must turn to God, and on this foundation, you will also have a proper relationship with other people. If you don’t have a proper relationship with God, no matter what you do to maintain your relationships with other people, no matter how hard you work or how much energy you exert, it will still belong to a human philosophy of life. You are maintaining your position among people through a human perspective and a human philosophy so that they will praise you. You do not establish proper relationships with people according to the word of God. If you don’t focus on your relationships with people but maintain a proper relationship with God, if you are willing to give your heart to God and learn to obey Him, very naturally, your relationships with all people will become proper.

from “Establishing a Proper Relationship With God Is Very Important” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

6. It can be seen from experience that one of the most important issues is quieting one’s heart before God. It is an issue that concerns people’s spiritual life, and the growth of their life. Only if your heart is at peace before God will your pursuit of the truth and of changes in your disposition bear fruit. Because you come burdened before God and you always feel that you are lacking too much, that there are many truths that you need to know, much reality that you need to experience, and that you should give every care to God’s will—these things are always on your mind, and it is as if they are pressing down on you so hard that you can’t breathe, and thus you feel heavy of heart (but not in a negative state). Only people such as this are qualified to accept the enlightenment of God’s words and be moved by the Spirit of God. It is because of their burden, because they are heavy of heart, and, it can be said, because of the price they have paid and the torment they have suffered before God that they receive His enlightenment and illumination, for God does not give anyone special treatment. He is always fair in His treatment of people, but He is also not arbitrary in His provision to people, and does not give to them unconditionally. This is one aspect of His righteous disposition. In real life, most people have yet to attain this realm. At the very least, their heart has yet to completely turn to God, and thus there has still not been any great change in their life disposition. This is because they only live amid God’s grace, and have yet to gain the work of the Holy Spirit. The criteria for God’s use of people are as follows: Their heart turns to God, they are burdened by the words of God, they have a heart of yearning, and they have the resolve to seek the truth. Only people such as this can gain the work of the Holy Spirit and frequently gain enlightenment and illumination. The people God uses appear from the outside to be irrational and seem to not have proper relationships with others, though they speak with propriety, don’t speak carelessly, and can always keep a quiet heart before God. But it is just this kind of person who is sufficient to be used by the Holy Spirit. This “irrational” person God speaks of looks like they don’t have proper relationships with others, and they don’t have outward love or superficial practices, but when they are communicating spiritual things they can open their heart and selflessly provide others with the illumination and enlightenment they have acquired from their actual experience before God. This is how they express their love for God and satisfy God’s will. When others are all slandering and ridiculing them, they are able to not be controlled by outside people, occurrences, or things, and can still be quiet before God. Such a person seems to have their own unique insights. Regardless of others, their heart never leaves God. When others are chatting cheerfully and humorously, their heart still remains before God, contemplating God’s word or praying in silence to the God in their heart, seeking God’s intentions. They never make the maintenance of their proper relationships with other people the main focus. Such a person seems to have no philosophy of life. On the outside, this person is lively, adorable, and innocent, but also possesses a sense of calmness. This is the likeness of a person God uses. Things like the philosophy of life or “normal reason” cannot get through to this type of person; this type of person has devoted his whole heart to God’s word, and seems to only have God in his heart. This is the type of person who is what God refers to as a person “without reason,” and is just the person that is used by God. The mark of a person who is being used by God is: No matter when or where, his heart is always before God, and no matter how dissolute others are, how much they indulge in lust, indulge in the Flesh

—his heart never leaves God, and he doesn’t follow the crowd. Only this type of person is suited for God’s use, and is exactly the one who is perfected by the Holy Spirit. If you are unable to reach this point, then you are not qualified to be gained by God, to be perfected by the Holy Spirit.

from “Establishing a Proper Relationship With God Is Very Important” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

7. Do you treat all people equally? Are your relationships with others maintained according to your philosophy of life, or are they built on the foundation of God’s love? When one does not give his heart to God, his spirit becomes obtuse, it becomes numb and unconscious. This kind of person will never understand God’s words and will never have a proper relationship with God; this kind of person will never change their disposition. Changing one’s disposition is the process of one giving his heart completely to God, and of receiving enlightenment and illumination from the words of God. God’s work can allow one to actively enter in, as well as enable him to get rid of his negative aspects after gaining knowledge. When you are able to give your heart to God, you will be able to perceive every subtle moving within your spirit, and you will know every enlightenment and illumination received from God. Hold onto this, and you will gradually enter into the path of being perfected by the Holy Spirit. The quieter your heart can be before God, the more sensitive and delicate your spirit will be, and the more your spirit will be able to perceive the moving of the Holy Spirit, and then your relationship with God will become more and more proper. A proper relationship between people is established on the foundation of giving their heart to God; it is not achieved through human effort. Without God, relationships between people are merely relationships of the flesh. They are not proper, but are indulgent of lust—they are relationships that God detests, that He loathes. If you say that your spirit has been moved, but you always want to have fellowship with people who appeal to you, with whoever you think highly of, and if there is another seeker who does not appeal to you, who you hold a bias against and will not engage with, this is more proof that you are an emotional person and you do not have a proper relationship with God at all. You are attempting to deceive God and cover up your own ugliness. Even if you can share some understanding but you carry wrong intentions, everything you do is good only by human standards. God will not praise you—you are acting according to the flesh, not according to God’s burden. If you are able to quiet your heart in front of God and have proper interactions with all those who love God, only then are you fit for God’s use. This way, no matter how you associate with others, it will not be according to a life philosophy, but it will be living in front of God, considerate of His burden.

from “Establishing a Proper Relationship With God Is Very Important” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

8. Whenever you do anything, you must examine whether your motivations are right. If you are able to act according to the requirements of God, then your relationship with God is normal. This is the minimum criterion. If, when you examine your motivations, there emerge those that are incorrect, and if you are able to turn your back on them and act according to the words of God, then you will become someone who is right before God, which will show that your relationship with God is normal, and that all that you do is for the sake of God, and not for yourself. Whenever you do or say anything, you must put your heart right, be righteous, and not be led by your emotions, or act according to your own will. These are the principles by which believers in God conduct themselves. A person’s motivations and stature can be revealed in a small thing, and thus, for people to enter onto the path of being made perfect by God, they must first resolve their own motivations and their relationship with God. Only when your relationship with God is normal will you be able to be made perfect by God, and only then will God’s dealing, pruning, discipline, and refinement in you be able to achieve their desired effect. That is to say, people are able to have God in their hearts, not seek personal benefits, not think about their personal future (referring to thinking of the flesh), but rather they bear the burden of entering life, do their best to seek truth, and submit to God’s work. This way, the objectives you seek are correct, and your relationship with God is normal. It can be said that fixing one’s relationship with God is the first step on entry into one’s spiritual journey. Although man’s destiny is in God’s hands, and has been predestined by God, and cannot be changed by themselves, whether or not you can be made perfect or gained by God depends on whether or not your relationship with God is normal. Perhaps there are parts of you that are weak or disobedient—but as long as your outlook is right and your motivations are correct, and as long as you have put right your relationship with God and made it normal, then you will be qualified to be made perfect by God. If you do not have the right relationship with God, and act for the sake of the flesh, or your family, then regardless of how hard you work it will all be for nothing. If your relationship with God is normal, then everything else will fall into place. God looks at nothing else, but He looks only at whether your views on the belief in God are right: who you believe in, for whose sake you believe, and why you believe. If you are able to see these things clearly, and are able to put right your views and practice, then your life will make progress, and you are sure to be able to enter onto the right track. If your relationship with God is not normal, and your views on the belief in God are deviant, then these will preclude all else. No matter how you believe in God, you will gain nothing. Only if your relationship with God is normal will you be approved by God when you turn your back on the flesh, pray, suffer, endure, obey, help your brothers and sisters, devote more effort to God, and so on. Whether or not something you do has value and significance depends on whether your intentions are right and whether your viewpoints are correct. Nowadays, many people’s belief in God is like looking at a clock with their head turned to one side—their viewpoints are deviant. Everything will be good if a breakthrough can be made here, everything will be fine if this is resolved, while everything shall come to nothing if this is not resolved. Some people behave well in My presence, but behind My back all that they do is resist. These are crooked and deceitful manifestations and this type of person is a servant of Satan, they are the typical embodiment of Satan to test God. You are only a right person if you are able to submit to My work and My words. As long as you are able to eat and drink the words of God, as long as everything you do is presentable before God, everything you do is just and honorable, as long as you do not do shameful things, do not do things that would harm the lives of people, as long as you live in the light, and are not exploited by Satan, then your relationship with God will be put right.

from “How Is Your Relationship With God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

9. If you merely accept these words verbally after reading them but are not moved in your heart, and are not serious about having a normal relationship with God, then it proves that you do not attach importance to your relationship with God, your viewpoints have not yet been put right, your intentions are still not directed at allowing God to obtain you, and allowing God the glory, but rather are directed at allowing Satan’s conspiracies to prevail and for obtaining your personal purposes. This kind of people all have incorrect intentions and viewpoints. Regardless of what God has said or how it is said, they are indifferent and no transformation can be seen. Their hearts don’t feel any fear and they are unashamed. This kind of person is a confused person without a spirit. For every utterance of God, after you have read it and you have gained an understanding, you shall put it into practice. Regardless of how you used to practice before—perhaps in the past your flesh was weak, you were rebellious, and you resisted—this is not a big deal, and it can’t obstruct your life from growing today. As long as you are able to have a normal relationship with God today, then there is hope. If for every time that you read God’s words, you have changes and allow other people to see that your life has transformed for the better, it shows that you have a normal relationship with God and that it is put right. God does not treat people based on their transgressions. As long as you are able to not rebel again and not resist again after you have understood and are aware, then God will still have mercy on you. When you have this understanding and the will to pursue being perfected by God, then your condition in God’s presence will be normal. No matter what you do, consider: What will God think if I do this? How will it affect the brothers and sisters? Examine your intentions in your prayer, fellowship, speech, work, and contact with people, and examine whether your relationship with God is normal or not. If you are unable to distinguish your intentions and thoughts, then you have no discrimination, which proves that you understand too little about truth. Have a clear understanding of everything that God does, see things according to God’s word and see things by standing on the side of God. This way your viewpoints will be correct. Therefore, to build a good relationship with God is a top priority for anyone believing in God; everyone should treat it as the most important task and as their major life event. Everything you do should be weighed against whether or not you have a normal relationship with God. If your relationship with God is normal and your intentions are correct, then do it. In order to maintain a normal relationship with God, you can’t be afraid of losing out on personal interests, you can’t allow Satan to prevail, you can’t allow Satan to have a handle on you, and you can’t allow Satan to make you into a laughing stock. Such an intention is a manifestation that your relationship with God is normal. It is not for the flesh, but rather it is for peace of spirit, it is for obtaining the work of the Holy Spirit and for satisfying the will of God. If you are to enter into a correct state, you must build a good relationship with God, you must set right your viewpoint of belief in God. It is to allow God to obtain you, to allow God to reveal the fruits of His words in you, and to enlighten and illuminate you even more. This way you will enter into the correct manner. Continuously eat and drink God’s current words, enter into the current way of the Holy Spirit’s work, do according to God’s current requirements, not follow old-fashioned practices, not cling to old ways of doing things, and quickly enter into the manner of today’s work. This way your relationship with God will be completely normal and you will enter into the right track of believing in God.

from “How Is Your Relationship With God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

10. What does it mean to truly pray? It means speaking the words within your heart to God, and communing with God having grasped His will and based upon His words; it means feeling particularly close to God, feeling that He is in front of you, and that you have something to say to Him; and it means being especially radiant within your heart, and feeling that God is especially lovely. You will feel especially inspired, and after hearing your words your brothers and sisters will feel gratified, they will feel that the words you speak are the words within their hearts, the words they wish to say, and that what you say represents what they want to say. This is what it means to truly pray. After you have truly prayed, in your heart you will feel at peace, and gratified; the strength to love God will rise up, and you will feel that nothing in your entire life is more worthy or significant than loving God—and all this will prove that your prayers have been effective.

from “Concerning the Practice of Prayer” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

11. How does one enter into true prayer?

Whilst praying, your heart must be at peace before God, and it must be sincere. You are truly communing and praying with God; you must not deceive God using nice-sounding words. Prayer is centered around that which God wishes to complete today. Ask God to bring you greater enlightenment and illumination, and bring your actual state and troubles before God to pray, and make resolution before God. Prayer is not the following of procedure, but the seeking of God using your true heart. Ask that God protect your heart, making it able to often be at peace before God, making you able to know yourself, and despise yourself, and forsake yourself in the environment that God has set for you, thus allowing you to have a normal relationship with God and making you someone who truly loves God.

from “Concerning the Practice of Prayer” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

12. What is the effect to be achieved by prayer?

People are able to carry out the practice of prayer and understand the significance of prayer, but the effect to be achieved by prayer is no simple matter. Prayer is not a case of going through the formalities, or following procedure, or reciting the words of God, which is to say, prayer does not mean parroting words and copying others. In prayer, you must give your heart to God, sharing the words in your heart with God so that you may be touched by God. If your prayers are to be effective, then they must be based on your reading of God’s words. Only by praying amid God’s words will you be able to receive more enlightenment and illumination. A true prayer is shown by having a heart that yearns for the requirements made by God, and being willing to fulfill these requirements; you will be able to hate all that God hates, upon the basis of which you will have knowledge, and will know and be clear about the truths explained by God. Having the resolution, and faith, and knowledge, and a path by which to practice after praying—only this is truly praying, and only prayer such as this can be effective. Yet prayer must be built upon the foundation of enjoying God’s words and communing with God in His words, your heart being able to seek God and being at peace before God. Such prayer has already reached the point of true communion with God.

from “Concerning the Practice of Prayer” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

13. The lowest standard that God requires of people is that they be able to open their hearts to Him. If man gives his true heart to God and says what is really within his heart to God, then God is willing to work in man; God does not want the twisted heart of man, but his pure and honest heart. If man does not truly speak his heart to God, then God does not touch man’s heart, or work within him. Thus, the most crucial thing about praying is to speak the words of your true heart to God, telling God of your flaws or rebellious disposition and completely opening yourself up to God. Only then will God be interested in your prayers; if not, then God will hide His face from you.

from “Concerning the Practice of Prayer” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

14. The true spiritual life is a life of prayer, and it is a life that is touched by the Holy Spirit. The process of being touched by the Holy Spirit is the process of changing man’s disposition. A life that has not been touched by the Holy Spirit is not a spiritual life, it is still religious ritual; only those who are often touched by the Holy Spirit, and have been enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit, are people who have entered into the spiritual life. Man’s disposition constantly changes as he prays, and the more that he is moved by the Spirit of God, the more proactive and obedient he is. So, too, will his heart gradually be purified, after which his disposition will gradually change. Such is the effect of true prayer.

from “Concerning the Practice of Prayer” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

15. The purpose of your spiritual life is to deliberately seek and gain the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is not to observe rules or conduct religious rituals, but to truly act in concert with God and discipline your body. This is what man should do, so you must give it your all in order to do this. The better your cooperation and the more effort you put forth, the more you will be able to turn your heart toward God, and the more you will quiet your heart before Him. Once you’ve reached a certain state, God will gain your heart completely. No one will be able to sway or capture your heart, and you will belong completely to God. If you walk this path, God’s word will reveal itself to you at all times and enlighten you on everything you don’t understand—this can all be achieved because of your cooperation. This is why God always says, “All who act in concert with Me, I will reward twice over.” You must see this path clearly. If you wish to walk the right path, then you must do all that you can to satisfy God. You must do all that you can to attain a spiritual life. At the start, you may not be able to achieve much in this regard, but you must not allow yourself to regress or wallow in negativity—you must keep on working hard! The more you live a spiritual life, the more your heart will be occupied by the words of God, always concerned with these matters and always bearing this burden. After that, you can reveal your innermost truth to God through your spiritual life, tell Him what you want to do, what you’ve been thinking about, your understanding of and your own way of seeing God’s word. Don’t hold back anything, not even a little bit! Practice speaking the words within your heart to God, tell Him the truth, and don’t hesitate to speak what’s in your heart. The more you do this, the more you will feel God’s loveliness, and your heart will be pulled more and more toward God. When this happens, you will feel that God is dearer to you than anyone else. You will never leave God’s side, no matter what. If you practice this kind of spiritual devotional on a daily basis and do not put it out of your mind, but treat it as your calling in life, then God’s word will occupy your heart. This is what it means to be touched by the Holy Spirit. It will be as if your heart has always been possessed by God, as if there has always been love in your heart. No one can take that away from you. When this happens, God will truly live inside you and have a place within your heart.

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

16. Having faith in God, you should not solely seek blessings, but seek to love God and know God. Through His enlightenment and your own pursuit, you can eat and drink His word, develop a true understanding of God, and have a true love of God that comes from your heart. In other words, your love for God is most genuine, such that none can destroy or stand in the way of your love for Him. Then you are on the right track of faith in God. It proves that you belong to God, for your heart has been taken possession of by God and you can then be possessed by nothing else. Owing to your experience, the price you paid, and the work of God, you are able to develop an unbidden love for God. Then you are freed from the influence of Satan and live in the light of God’s word. Only when you have broken free from the influence of darkness can you be deemed to have gained God. In your belief of God, you must seek this goal. This is the duty of each of you. None should be complacent with things as they are. You cannot be of two minds toward the work of God or regard it lightly. You should think of God in all respects and at all times, and do all things for His sake. And when you speak or do things, you should place the interests of the house of God first. Only this conforms to God’s will.

from “You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

17. If people wish to behold God’s love, they must put the truth into practice in real life, they must be willing to endure pain and forsake that which they love to satisfy God, and despite the tears in their eyes, they must still be able to satisfy God’s heart. In this way, God will surely bless you, and if you endure hardship such as this, it will be followed by the work of the Holy Spirit.

from “Those Who Love God Will Forever Live Within His Light” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

18. Thus, if you wish to love God, you must pay the price of pain and endure hardship. There is no need for external fervency and hardship, reading more and running about more; instead, you should put aside the things within you: the extravagant thoughts, personal interests, and your own considerations, conceptions, and motivations. Such is God’s will.

from “Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

19. Each time they put the truth into practice, each time they undergo refinement, each time they are tried, and each time God’s work comes upon them, people endure extreme pain. All of this is a test for people, and so within all of them there is a battle. This is the actual price that they pay. Reading more of God’s words and running about more is somewhat of a price. It is what people ought to do, it is their duty, and the responsibility that they should fulfill, but people must put aside that within them which needs to be put aside. If you don’t, then no matter how great your external suffering, and how much you run around, all will be in vain! Which is to say, only the changes within you can determine whether your external hardship is of value. When your internal disposition has changed and you have put the truth into practice, then all your external suffering will gain God’s approval; if there has been no change in your internal disposition, then no matter how much suffering you endure or how much you run about on the outside, there will be no approval from God—and hardship that is not confirmed by God is in vain. Thus, whether the price you have paid counts is determined by whether or not there has been a change in you, and by whether or not you put the truth into practice and rebel against your own motivations and conceptions to attain the satisfaction of God’s will, the knowledge of God, and loyalty to God.

from “Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

20. The more you put the truth into practice, the more you are possessed of the truth; the more you put the truth into practice, the more you possess God’s love; and the more you put the truth into practice, the more you are blessed by God. If you always practice in this way, you will gradually see God’s love in you, and you will know God as Peter did: Peter said that God not only has the wisdom to create the heavens and earth and all things, but, moreover, that He also has the wisdom to do real work in people. Peter said that He is not only worthy of people’s love because of His creation of the heavens and earth and all things, but, moreover, because of His ability to create man, to save man, to make man perfect, and to bequeath His love to man. So, too, did Peter say that there is much in Him that is worthy of man’s love.

from “Those Who Love God Will Forever Live Within His Light” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

21. All those who are willing to be made perfect and are loyal to God, all those who obey, and all those who faithfully perform their function—all such people can be made perfect. Today, all those who do not loyally perform their duty, all those who are not loyal to God, all those who do not submit to God, particularly those who have received the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit but do not put it into practice—all such people are unable to be made perfect. All those who are willing to be loyal and obey God can be made perfect, even if they are a little ignorant; all those who are willing to pursue can be made perfect. There is no need to worry about this. As long as you are willing to pursue in this direction, you can be made perfect. I am unwilling to forsake or eliminate any of those among you, but if man does not strive to do well, then you are only ruining yourself; it is not Me that eliminates you, but you yourself.

from “Restoring the Normal Life of Man and Taking Him to a Wonderful Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

22. “Normal sense” refers to obeying and being faithful to God, to yearning for God, to being unequivocal toward God, and to having a conscience toward God. It refers to being of one heart and mind toward God, and not deliberately opposing God.

from “To Have an Unchanged Disposition Is to Be in Enmity to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

23. The most fundamental requirement of man’s belief in God is that he have an honest heart, and that he fully devote himself, and truly obey. What is hardest for man is to provide his whole life in exchange for true belief, through which he can gain the entire truth, and fulfill his duty as a creature of God. This is what is unattainable by those who fail, and is even more unattainable by those who cannot find Christ.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

24. To set on the right track means that you can quiet your heart before God at all times and commune naturally with God, gradually coming to know what is lacking in man and slowly gaining a deeper knowledge of God. Through this, you will daily gain new seeing and enlightenment in your spirit; your longing grows, and you seek to enter into the truth. Every day there is new light and new understanding. Through this path, you gradually break free of the influence of Satan, and your life grows greater. A man such as this has set on the right track.

from “What Viewpoint Believers Ought to Hold” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

25. If you truly reach some depth in being quiet before God, you can touch some mysteries in the spirit, touch on what God at present wants to do on you, touch on deeper understanding of God’s words, and touch on the essence of God’s words, on the substance of God’s words, on the being of God’s words, and you can see the path of practice more thoroughly and more accurately. If you cannot be quiet in your spirit to a certain depth, you will just be somewhat moved by the Holy Spirit, inside you will feel strength, and some enjoyment and peace, but you will not touch anything deeper. I have said before, if one does not use all their strength, it will be difficult for them to hear My voice or see My face. This refers to achieving depth in being quiet before God, not to external effort. A person who can truly be quiet before God is able to free themselves from all worldly ties and can achieve being occupied by God.

from “On Quieting Your Heart Before God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

26. Exercising yourself to live before God to reach a certain depth so that you are able to rebel against yourself, to despise yourself, and to live in God’s words, this truly is quieting your heart before God. Being able to despise oneself, curse oneself, and rebel against oneself is the result that God’s work achieves, and people can’t do this. Therefore the practice of quieting one’s heart before God is a lesson people should immediately enter.

from “On Quieting Your Heart Before God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

27. If you want to hand your heart over to God you must first subdue your own heart, give up on all of your own intentions, and achieve the point of being completely for God. This is the path to practice giving your heart to God. What does subduing one’s own heart refer to? It is letting go of the extravagant desires of one’s flesh, not coveting the blessings of status or coveting comfort, doing everything to satisfy God, and that one’s heart can fully be for Him, not for one’s own sake.

from “Genuine Love for God Is Spontaneous” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

28. Human ideas usually look good and right to people and they look like they do not violate truth that much. People feel that doing it this way is putting truth into practice, they feel that doing it this way is submitting to God. Actually, people are not really seeking God and praying to God about this. They are not striving to do it well to satisfy God’s will, nor striving to do it well according to His requirements. They do not have this true situation, and they don’t have such desire. This is the greatest error people make in their practice, because you believe in God, but God is not in your heart. How is this not a sin? How is this not deceiving yourself? What effect will believing this way have? Where is the practical significance in believing in God?

…………

… Approval from God is the first thing you should think about and work for; it should be the principle and scope in your practice. The reason that you should determine if what you are doing conforms with truth is because if it conforms with truth, then it certainly conforms with God’s will. It is not that you should determine if the matter is right or wrong, or if it is in accordance with everyone else’s tastes, or if it is in accordance with your own desires. Rather, it is to determine if it is in accordance with truth, if it benefits the work and interests of the church. If you consider these aspects, then you will be more and more in line with God’s will when you do things. If you don’t consider these aspects and merely rely on your own will to do things, then you are guaranteed to do them incorrectly, because the will of man is not the truth and of course is not in conformance with God.

from “Seeking God’s Will and Putting Truth Into Practice to the Greatest Extent Possible” in Records of Christ’s Talks

29. The process of accepting God’s observation is the process of purification. The more you accept God’s observation, the more you are purified, and the more you are in accord with God’s will, so that you will not hear the call of debauchery and dissipation, and your heart will live in His presence. The more you accept His observation, the more ashamed Satan is and the more you are able to forsake the flesh. So, the acceptance of God’s observation is a path people must practice.

from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

30. You must first resolve all the difficulties within yourself by relying on God. Make an end to your degenerate dispositions and be able to really understand your own situations and know how you should do things; keep fellowshiping anything you don’t understand. It is unacceptable for you not to know yourself. First heal your own sickness, and by means of eating and drinking My words more, contemplating My words, live life and do things according to My words; whether you are at home or in some other place, you should allow God to wield power within you. … Can the life of someone who cannot live by God’s words mature? No, it cannot. You must live by My words at all times. In life, My words must be your code of conduct. They will cause you to feel that doing things in a certain way is what God takes joy in, and doing things in another way is what God hates; slowly, you will come to walk the right track.

from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning

31. 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

32. The truth that man needs to possess is found in the word of God, a truth that is the most beneficial and helpful to mankind. It is the tonic and sustenance that your body needs, something that helps man restore his normal humanity, a truth that man should be equipped with. The more you practice God’s word, the more quickly your life will blossom; the more you practice God’s word, the clearer the truth becomes. As you grow in stature, you will see things of the spiritual world more clearly, and you will be more powerful to triumph over Satan. Much of the truth that you don’t understand will be made clear when you practice the word of God.

from “Practice the Truth Once You Understand It” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

33. Wholehearted devotion to the words of God mainly means seeking the truth, seeking God’s intention within His words, focusing on grasping the will of God, and understanding and obtaining more truth from the words of God. When reading His words, Peter was not focused on understanding doctrines and he was even less focused on obtaining theological knowledge; instead, he was focused on understanding the truth and grasping God’s will, and achieving an understanding of His disposition and His loveliness. He also tried to understand the various corrupt states of man from God’s words, and understand the corrupt nature of man and man’s true shortcomings, achieving all aspects of the demands God makes of man in order to satisfy Him. He had so many correct practices within the words of God; this is most in line with God’s will, and it is man’s best cooperation in his experience of the work of God. When experiencing the hundreds of trials from God, he examined himself strictly against every word of God’s judgment of man, every word of God’s revelation of man, and every word of His demands of man, and tried to reach for the meaning of God’s words. He tried in earnest to ponder and memorize every word that Jesus said to him, and achieved very good results. Through this way of practicing he was able to achieve an understanding of himself from God’s words, and he not only came to understand the various corrupt states of man, but he also came to understand man’s essence, man’s nature, and the various types of shortcomings that man has—this is a true understanding of oneself. From God’s words, he not only achieved a true understanding of himself, but from the things expressed in God’s word—God’s righteous disposition, what He has and is, God’s will for His work, His demands of mankind—from these words he came to know God completely. He came to know God’s disposition, and His essence; he came to know and understand what God has and is, God’s loveliness and God’s demands for man.

from “How to Take the Path of Peter” in Records of Christ’s Talks

34. 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.

from “Be Mindful of God’s Will to Attain Perfection” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

35. At its core, your goal is to let God’s word take effect within you. In other words, it is to have a true understanding of God’s word in your practice of it. Perhaps your ability to receive God’s word is poor, but when you practice the word of God, He can supplement the flaw of your poor ability to receive, so not only must you know many truths, but you must also practice them. This is the greatest focus that cannot be ignored.

from “Practice the Truth Once You Understand It” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

36. To enter into reality, one must turn everything toward real life. If believers in God cannot enter into real life and know themselves or live out normal humanity in real life, they will become failures. Those who disobey God are all people who cannot enter into real life. They are all people who speak of humanity but live out the nature of demons. They are all people who speak of the truth but live out doctrines instead. Those who cannot live out the truth in real life are those who believe in God but are detested and rejected by Him.

from “Discussing Church Life and Real Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

37. In believing in God, if man desires transformation in his own disposition, then he must not detach himself from real life. In real life, you must know yourself, forsake yourself, practice the truth, as well as learn the principles, common sense and rules of self-conduct in all things before you are able to achieve gradual transformation. If you only focus on the knowledge in theories and only live among religious ceremonies without going deep into reality, without entering into real life, then you will never enter into reality, you will never know yourself, the truth, or God, and you will always be blind and ignorant.

from “Discussing Church Life and Real Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

38. To transform people, there must be some practicality, they must practice with real matters, real things, and real environments. … You must enter in and practice by targeting one thing, one matter, one person. You must do things with focus-only then can you attain results. To transform people, it must begin with their substance. The work must be targeted on people's substance, their life, on the laziness, dependency, and slavishness of people, and only in this way can they be transformed.

from “Discussing Church Life and Real Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

39. Knowing yourself is: The more you feel you have done well in a certain area, the more you think you have done the right thing in a certain area, the more you think you can satisfy God’s intentions in a certain area, and the more you think you are worthy of boasting in a certain area—the more it is worth for you to know yourself in these areas and the more it is worth for you to dig deep into them to see what impurities there are and what things cannot satisfy God’s intentions. … This thing about Paul gives each of us believers today a warning, which is that when we feel we have done especially well, or believe that we are especially gifted in some aspect, or feel we don't need to change or accept being dealt with in some aspect, we should try to know more of ourselves in that particular regard. This is because you definitely would not dig into areas you already think are good, and would not pay attention to them or dissect them to see whether they contain things that resist God.

from “Knowing Yourself Requires Knowing Your Deep-rooted Thoughts and Views” in Records of Christ’s Talks

40. Understanding your nature is actually analyzing the depth of the soul; it is what is in your life. It is the logic of Satan and the many viewpoints of Satan that you had been originally living by, that is, the life of Satan that you have been living by. Only by uncovering the deep things of your soul can you understand your nature.

from “What You Should Know About Transforming Your Disposition” in Records of Christ’s Talks

41. If a person’s knowledge of himself is too shallow, it will be impossible to solve problems, and his life disposition will absolutely not change. It is necessary to know oneself on a deep level, which means to know one’s own nature, and to know what elements are included in one’s nature, from where the elements arise and how they come about. Moreover, are you able to really hate these things? Have you seen your own ugly soul and your evil nature? If a person is truly able to see the truth about himself, then he will start to loathe himself. When you loathe yourself and then practice God’s word, you will be able to forsake the flesh, and have the strength to carry out truth without difficulty.

from “Knowing Oneself Is Mainly Knowing Human Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks

42. You have to practice your entry in real life, know your own deficiencies, disobedience and ignorance, and know your abnormal humanity and weaknesses. That way, all your knowledge will be integrated into your actual situation and difficulties. Only this kind of knowledge is real and can allow you to truly grasp your own condition and achieve your dispositional transformation.

from “Discussing Church Life and Real Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

43. If you wish to enter the reality of God’s words, and onto the right track of your spiritual life, you must first know reality and separate yourself from vague and supernatural things—which is to say, first you must understand how the Holy Spirit actually enlightens and guides you from within. In this way, if you can truly grasp the Holy Spirit’s real work within you, you will have entered onto the right track of being made perfect by God.

from “How to Know Reality” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

44. Training a group of good soldiers of the kingdom is not the same as training men who can only talk about reality or men who only boast, but it is training men who can live out God’s words at all times, who are unyielding regardless of the setbacks that they face, and who live in accordance with God’s words at all times, and do not go back to the world. This is the reality that God talks about, and this is God’s requirement of men.

from “Only Putting the Truth Into Practice Is Having Reality” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

45. Just because you have a skin-deep knowledge of the truth doesn’t mean you actually understand it or recognize it; the true meaning of the truth comes from having experienced it. Therefore, only when you experience the truth can you understand it, and only when you experience the truth can you grasp the hidden parts of it. To experience it in depth is the only way to grasp the connotations of the truth, to understand the essence of it. Therefore, you can go everywhere with the truth, but if there is no truth in you, don’t think of trying to convince your family, much less religious people. You will be like fluttering snow without the truth, but with the truth, you can be happy and free, where none can attack you. No matter how strong a theory is, it cannot overcome the truth. With the truth, the world itself can be swayed and mountains and seas moved, whereas a lack of the truth leads to ruin by maggots; this is simply fact.

from “Practice the Truth Once You Understand It” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

46. On this road, many men can speak of much knowledge, but at their time of death, their eyes brim with tears, and they hate themselves for having wasted a lifetime and lived for naught to old age. They had only understanding but never the opportunity to glorify God. They spent their entire lives fighting and journeying to and fro, yet upon their hour of death, there is regret in their hearts. Only in their dying hour do many come to their senses and realize the meaning of life. Is this then not too late? Why do you not seize the day and seek the truth that you love? Why wait until tomorrow? If in life you do not suffer for the truth or seek to gain it, could it be that you wish to feel regret in your dying hour? If so, then why believe in God? In truth, there are many matters in which man, if he devotes just the slightest effort, can put the truth into practice and thereby satisfy God. The heart of man is constantly possessed by demons and so he cannot act for the sake of God. Rather, he constantly journeys to and fro for the flesh, and profits nothing in the end. It is for these reasons that man has constant troubles and afflictions. Are these not the torments of Satan? Is this not corruption of the flesh? You should not fool God by only paying lip service. Rather, you must take tangible action. Do not fool yourself; what is the meaning in that? What can you gain by living for the sake of your flesh and toiling for fame and fortune?

from “You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

47. The more that people know reality, the more they are able to tell whether the words of others are real; the more people know reality, the less conceptions they have; the more people experience reality, the more they know the deeds of the God of reality, and the easier it is for them to leave their corrupt, satanic dispositions behind; the more reality people have, the more they know God, and the more they detest the flesh and love the truth; and the more reality people have, the closer they come to the standards of God's requirements. People who are gained by God are those who are possessed of reality, and who know reality; those who are gained by God have come to know God's real deeds through experiencing reality. … Today reality is the focus: The more reality people have, the clearer their knowledge of the truth, and the greater their understanding of God’s will. Reality can overcome all letters and doctrines, it can overcome all theory and expertise, and the more reality people focus on, the more they truly love God, and hunger and thirst for His words.

from “How to Know Reality” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

48. To be without reality is to have no truth. To be without reality is to be good for nothing. To be without reality is to be the walking dead. To be without reality is to be a “Marxist-Leninist thinker,” without value as a reference. I urge each person to shut up about theory and talk of something real, something genuine and substantial, study some “modern art,” speak of something realistic, contribute some reality, and have some spirit of dedication. Face reality when speaking and don’t indulge in unrealistic and exaggerated talk to make people happy or so they can think of you in a different way. What is the value of that? What point is there in stirring up people’s enthusiasm for you? Be “artistic” in your speech, be fair in your conduct, be reasonable in your work, be realistic in addressing people, keep in mind benefiting God’s house in every act, let your conscience guide your emotions, do not repay kindness with hate, or be ungrateful to kindness, and do not be a hypocrite, lest you be a bad influence. When you eat and drink God’s words, link them more to reality, and when you communicate, speak more about realistic things and do not be condescending—God objects to that. Be more patient and tolerant, practice conceding more, be generous and open with people, and learn from the “spirit of the prime minister.”from “Focus More on Reality” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

49. Only when man practices the word of God can his life truly blossom; it cannot grow simply by reading His word. If it is your belief that to understand God’s word is all that is needed to have life, to have stature, then your understanding is warped. Truly understanding God’s word occurs when you practice the truth, and you must understand that “only by practicing the truth can it ever be understood.”

from “Practice the Truth Once You Understand It” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

50. Man’s pursuit of putting the truth into practice is the performance of his duty, that is, the pursuit of satisfying God’s requirement. The essence of this requirement is the most real of all truths, rather than empty doctrine achievable by no man. If your pursuit is nothing but doctrine and contains no reality, do you not rebel against the truth? Are you not someone who attacks the truth? How could such a person pursue to love God? People who are without reality are those who betray the truth, and are all inherently rebellious!

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

51. Understand the word of God and put it into action. Be principled in your actions and deeds; this is not abiding by rules or to do so grudgingly just for show. Rather, this is the practice of truth and living by the word of God. Only practice such as this satisfies God. Any custom that pleases God is not a rule but the practice of truth.

from “Believing in God Should Focus on Reality, Not Religious Rituals” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

52. Those whose belief in God is always for their own gains, who are self-righteous and haughty, who show themselves off, and protect their own status are those who love Satan and oppose the truth. They resist God and belong completely to Satan.

from “Escape From the Influence of Darkness and You Will Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

53. Those who do not understand the will of God are opponents of God; those who understand the will of God yet do not practice the truth are opponents of God; those who eat and drink the words of God yet go against the substance of God’s words are opponents of God; those who have conceptions of the incarnate God and intentionally rebel are opponents of God; those who judge God are opponents of God; and any who is unable to know God and bear witness to Him is an opponent of God.

from “All Who Do Not Know God Are Those Who Oppose God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

54. Behavior that cannot absolutely obey Me is betrayal. Behavior that cannot be loyal to Me is betrayal. Cheating Me and using lies to deceive Me is betrayal. Being full of notions and spreading them everywhere is betrayal. Not protecting My testimonies and interests is betrayal. Faking a smile when one has left Me in their heart is betrayal. These behaviors are all things that you are always capable of, and they are also commonplace among you. None of you may think that’s a problem, but that’s not what I think. I cannot treat betraying Me as a trifling matter, and moreover I cannot ignore it. I am working among you now but you are still this way. If one day there is no one there to care about and watch over you, won’t you all become kings of the hill?from “A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

55. As a creature of God, man should seek to perform the duty of a creature of God, and seek to love God without making other choices, for God is worthy of man’s love. Those who seek to love God should not seek any personal benefits or that which they personally long for; this is the most correct means of pursuit.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

56. “Love,” as it is called, refers to an emotion that is pure and without blemish, where you use your heart to love, to feel, and to be thoughtful. In love there are no conditions, no barriers, and no distance. In love there is no suspicion, no deceit, and no cunning. In love there is no distance and nothing impure. If you love, then you will not deceive, complain, betray, rebel, exact, or seek to gain something or to gain a certain amount. If you love, then you will gladly sacrifice and endure hardship, and you will become compatible with Me. You will give up your all for Me: your family, your future, your youth, and your marriage. Otherwise your love would not be love at all, but rather deceit and betrayal!

from “Many Are Called, but Few Are Chosen” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

57. If man wishes to love God, he must be stripped of his self-rightness, self-importance, arrogance, conceit, and the like, all of which belong to Satan’s disposition. Otherwise, the love of man is an impure love, a love of Satan, and one which absolutely cannot receive the approval of God. Without being directly perfected, dealt with, broken, pruned, disciplined, chastened, or refined by the Holy Spirit, no one is able truly to love God.

from “Corrupt Man Is Incapable of Representing God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

58. The less man’s refinement, the less his love of God, and the less God’s might is revealed in him. The greater his refinement and pain and the more his torment, the deeper his true love of God will be, the more genuine his faith in God will be, and the deeper his knowledge of God will be.

from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

59. If you do not know God’s disposition, then you will inevitably fall during trials, because you are unaware of how God makes people perfect, and by what means He makes them perfect, and when God’s trials come upon you and they don’t match your conceptions, you will be unable to stand firm. God’s true love is His entire disposition, and when God’s entire disposition is shown to you, what does this bring to your flesh? When God’s righteous disposition is shown to you, your flesh will inevitably suffer much pain. If you don’t suffer this pain, then you cannot be made perfect by God, nor will you be able to devote true love to God. If God makes you perfect, He will surely show His entire disposition to you. From the time of creation until today, God has never shown His entire disposition—but during the last days He reveals it to this group of people whom He has predestined and selected, and by making people perfect He lays bare His dispositions, through which He makes complete a group of people. Such is God’s true love for people. Experiencing God’s true love for them requires that people endure extreme pain, and pay a high price. Only after this will they be gained by God and be able to give their true love back to God, and only then will God’s heart be satisfied. If people wish to be made perfect by God, and if they wish to carry out His will, and fully give their true love to God, then they must experience much suffering and many torments from the circumstances, to suffer pain worse than death, ultimately they will be forced to give their true heart back to God. Whether or not someone truly loves God is revealed during hardship and refinement. God purifies people’s love, and this is also only achieved amid hardship and refinement.

from “Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

60. The greater God’s refinement, the more people’s hearts are able to love God. The torment in their hearts is of benefit to their lives, they are more able to be at peace before God, their relationship with God is closer, and they are better able to see God’s supreme love and His supreme salvation. Peter experienced refinement hundreds of times, and Job underwent several trials. If you wish to be made perfect by God, you too must undergo refinement hundreds of times; only if you have to go through this process, and have to rely upon this step, are you able to satisfy God’s will, and be made perfect by God.

from “Only by Experiencing Refinement Can Man Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

61. Despite having understood many truths without undergoing refinement, people are incapable of putting these truths into practice; only during refinement can people understand the real meaning of these truths, only then can people genuinely appreciate their inner meaning. At that time, when they try again, they are able to put the truths into practice properly, and in accordance with God's will; at that time, their human ideas are lessened, their human naturalness is reduced, and their human emotions are diminished; only at that time is their practice a true manifestation of the love of God.

from “Only by Experiencing Refinement Can Man Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

62. When you have satisfied God, inside you there will be the guidance of God, and you will be especially blessed by God, which will give you a sense of enjoyment: You will feel especially honored that you have satisfied God, you will feel especially bright inside, and in your heart you will be clear and peaceful, your conscience will be comforted and free from accusations, and you will feel pleasant inside when you see your brothers and sisters. This is what it means to enjoy God’s love, and only this is truly enjoying God. People’s enjoyment of God’s love is attained through experiencing: By experiencing hardship, and experiencing putting the truth into practice, they gain God’s blessings. If you only say that God really loves you, that God has paid a heavy price in people, that He has patiently and kindly spoken so many words, and always saves people, your utterance of these words is only one side of the enjoyment of God. A more real enjoyment would be for people to put the truth into practice in their real life, after which they will be peaceful and clear in their hearts, they will feel so moved inside, and that God is so lovable. You will feel that the price you have paid is so worthwhile. Having paid a great price in your efforts, you will be especially bright inside: You will feel that you are truly enjoying God’s love, and understand that God has done the work of salvation in people, that His refinement of people is in order to purify them, and that God tries people in order to test whether they truly love Him. If you always put the truth into practice in this way, then you will gradually develop a clear knowledge of much of God’s work, and at that time you will always feel that God’s words before you are as clear as crystal.

from “Those Who Love God Will Forever Live Within His Light” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

63. A person who does not love God does not love the truth and thus cannot gain God, much less receive God’s approval. Such people, regardless of how they experience the work of the Holy Spirit, and regardless of how they experience judgment, are still unable to revere God. These are people whose nature is unchangeable, who have extremely wicked disposition. All those who do not revere God are to be eliminated, to be the object of punishment, and to be punished just like those who do evil, suffering even more than those who have done unrighteous things.

from “God’s Work and Man’s Work” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

64. While undergoing trials, it’s normal for people to be weak, or have negativity within them, or to lack clarity on God’s will or their path for practice. But in any case, you must have faith in God’s work, and not deny God, like Job. Although Job was weak and cursed the day of his own birth, he did not deny that all things in human life were bestowed by Jehovah, and that Jehovah is also the One to take it all away. No matter how he was tested, he maintained this belief. No matter what kind of refinement you undergo in your experiences from God’s words, God requires mankind’s faith. This way, what is perfected are people’s faith and aspirations. When you cannot touch or see it, it is under these circumstances that your faith is required. People’s faith is required for when something cannot be seen by the naked eye, and your faith is required for when you cannot let go of your own notions. When you are not clear on God’s work, what is required is your faith and that you take a firm stance and stand witness. When Job reached this point, God appeared to him and spoke to him. That is, it is only from within your faith that you will be able to see God, and when you have faith God will perfect you. Without faith, He cannot do this. God will bestow upon you whatever you hope to gain. If you don’t have faith, you cannot be perfected and you will be unable to see God’s actions, much less see His omnipotence. When you have faith and you can touch His actions in your practical experience, God will appear to you, and He will enlighten and guide you from within. Without that faith, God will be unable to do that. If you have lost hope in God, how will you be able to experience Him? Therefore, only when you have faith and you do not harbor doubts toward God, only when you have true faith in Him no matter what He does will He enlighten and illuminate you in your experiences, and only then will you be able to see His actions. These things are all achieved through faith, and faith is only achieved through refinement—faith cannot develop in the absence of refinement. What does faith refer to? Faith is the genuine belief and the sincere heart that humans should possess when they cannot see or touch something, when God’s work is not in line with human notions, when it is beyond human reach. This is the faith that I speak of. People are in need of faith during times of hardship and refinement, and along with faith comes refinement. These are inextricable. No matter how God works or what kind of environment you are in, you will be able to pursue life, pursue the development of God’s work in you, and pursue the truth. You will have an understanding of God’s actions and you will be able to act according to the truth. This is your genuine faith, and this shows that you have not lost hope in God. You will still seek the truth in refinement, you will be able to truly love God and will not develop doubts of Him. No matter what He does, you will still practice the truth to satisfy Him, and you will be able to deeply seek out His will and be considerate of His will. Only this is true faith in God.

from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

65. You ought to know that perfecting men, completing men, and gaining men have brought nothing but swords and smiting for their flesh, and brought endless suffering, the burning of fire, merciless judgment, chastisement, and curse, as well as boundless trials. Such is the inside story and truth of the work of managing man. However, all these things are aimed against man’s flesh, and all spearheads of hostility are mercilessly directed toward man’s flesh (for man was originally innocent). All of that is for the sake of His glory and testimony, and for His management. This is because His work is not solely for the sake of mankind, but it is for the entire plan and to fulfill His original will when He created mankind. Therefore, perhaps ninety percent of what people experience is sufferings and trials of fire, but there are very few or even no sweet and happy days which man’s flesh has yearned for, and they are even more unable to enjoy happy moments in the Flesh

spending beautiful evenings with God. The flesh is filthy, so what man’s flesh sees or enjoys is nothing but God’s chastisement which is not favored by man, and is as if it were lacking normal reason. This is because He will manifest His righteous disposition which is not favored by man, does not tolerate man’s offenses, and loathes enemies. God openly reveals all of His disposition through any means necessary, thereby concluding the work of His six-thousand-year battle with Satan—the work of the salvation of all of mankind and the destruction of the old Satan!

from “The Purpose of Managing Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

66. Love that has experienced refinement is strong, and not weak. Regardless of when or how God subjects you to His trials, you are able to care not whether you live or die, to gladly cast aside everything for God, and to happily endure anything for God—and thus your love will be pure, and your faith real. Only then will you be someone who is truly loved by God, and who has truly been made perfect by God.

from “Only by Experiencing Refinement Can Man Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

67. The farther forward you go, the greater your trials will become. God carries out His work of refining people according to their needs and their stature. During the stage of God perfecting mankind, it is not possible that the number of people will continue to grow—it will only shrink. It is only through these refinements that people can be perfected. Being dealt with, disciplined, tested, chastised, cursed—can you withstand all of this?

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

68. In the future, everyone will walk the path that they should take, led by the Holy Spirit. Who will be able to care for whom when undergoing tribulation? Each individual has their own suffering, and each has their own stature. No one’s stature is the same as anyone else’s. Husbands won’t take care of their wives and parents won’t take care of their children; no one will be able to care for anyone else. It’s not like now—mutual care and support is still possible. That will be a time of exposing every type of person. That is, when God smites the shepherd, the sheep of the flock will be scattered, and at that time you won’t have any true leader. The people will be divided—it won’t be like now, where you can come together as a congregation. Later, those who do not have the work of the Holy Spirit will show their true form. Husbands will sell out their wives, wives will sell out their husbands, children will sell out their parents, parents will persecute their children—the human heart cannot be predicted! All that can be done is for one to hold on to what one has, and walk the last leg of the path well. Right now you don’t see this clearly and you are all short-sighted. Successfully undergoing this step of work is not an easy thing.

from “How Should You Walk the Last Leg of the Path” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

69. Those who are beset by tribulation are without the work of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of God, but those who have been truly conquered and truly seek after God will ultimately stand fast; they are the ones who are possessed of humanity, and who truly love God. No matter what God does, these victorious ones will not be bereft of the visions, and will still put the truth into practice without failing in their testimony. They are the ones who will finally emerge from the great tribulation

from “God’s Work and Man’s Practice” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

70. Those who have been made perfect not only possess normal humanity, but are possessed of truths that exceed the measures of conscience, and that are higher than the standards of conscience; they not only use their conscience to pay back God’s love, but, more than that, they have known God, and have seen that God is lovely, and worthy of man’s love, and that there is so much to love in God that man cannot help but love Him. The love of God of those who have been made perfect is in order to fulfill their own personal aspirations. Theirs is a spontaneous love, a love that asks for nothing in return, and which is not a trade. They love God because of nothing other than their knowledge of Him. Such people care not whether God bestows graces upon them, and are content with nothing more than to satisfy God. … Those who have been made perfect always believe that God is the Creator, that He carries out His work upon them, and that, since they have this opportunity, and condition, and qualification to be able to be made perfect, their pursuit should be to live out a life of meaning, and they should satisfy Him.

from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

71. When people’s love of God has reached a certain point, nothing they love is equal to their love of God, He is their number one love, and in this way they are able to give up everything else, and are willing to accept all dealing and pruning from God. When you have achieved a love of God that surpasses all else, you will live in reality, and in God’s love.

from “Those Who Love God Will Forever Live Within His Light” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

72. Peter sought to live out the image of one who loves God, to be someone who obeyed God, to be someone who accepted dealing and pruning, and to be someone who fulfilled his duty as a creature of God. He was able to devote himself to God, to put the entirety of himself in the hands of God, and obey Him until death. That was what he resolved to do and, furthermore, that was what he achieved. This is the fundamental reason why finally his end was different to that of Paul.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

73. It is because time is short that God works in this way. It is hoped that you can love God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength, just as if you were protecting your own life. Is this not a life of the utmost meaning? Where else could you find the meaning of life? Would that not be so blind? Are you willing to love God? Is God worthy of man’s love? Are people worthy of man’s adoration? So what should you do? Love God boldly, without reservations—and see what God will do to you. See if He will slay you. In sum, the task of loving God is more important than copying and writing things down for God. You should give first place to what’s most important, so that your life has more meaning and is full of happiness, and then you should wait for God’s “sentence” for you. I wonder if your plan will include loving God—I would that everyone’s plans become that which is completed by God, and become reality.

from “Interpretation of the Forty-second Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh

74. Key to obeying God is appreciating the new light, and being able to accept it and put it into practice. Only this is true obedience.

from “In Your Faith in God You Should Obey God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

75. If you really want to be made perfect, then you must resolve to completely abandon everything from before. Even if what was done before was right, even if it was God’s work, you must still be able to put it aside and stop clinging to it. Even if it was clearly the work of the Holy Spirit, done directly by the Holy Spirit, today you must put it aside. You must not hold onto it. This is what God requires. Everything must be renewed. In God’s work and God’s word, He makes no reference to the old things that went before, and He does not dig into old history. God is a God who is always new and never old. He does not cling even to His own words from the past, from which it is clear that God does not follow any rules. In this case, as a human being, if you always cling to the things of the past, refusing to let them go, and rigidly apply them in a formulaic manner, while God is no longer working in the ways He did before, then are not your words and actions disruptive? Have you not become an enemy of God? Are you willing to let your entire life go to wrack and ruin over these old things? These old things will make you into a person who obstructs God’s work. Is that the kind of person you want to be? If you truly do not want that, then quickly stop what you are doing and turn around; start all over again. God does not remember your past service.

from “Religious Way of Service Must Be Banned” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

76. You should know, the testament to My defeat of Satan lies within the loyalty and obedience of man, as does the testament to My complete conquest of man. The duty of your faith in Me is to bear witness for Me, to be loyal to Me and none other, and to be obedient to the end.

from “What Do You Know of Faith?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

77. In every step of work that God does within people, externally it appears to be interactions between people, as if born of human arrangements, or from human interference. But behind the scenes, every step of work, and everything that happens, is a wager made by Satan before God, and requires people to stand firm in their testimony to God. Take when Job was tried, for example: Behind the scenes, Satan was making a bet with God, and what happened to Job was the deeds of men, and the interference of men. Behind every step that God does in you is Satan’s wager with God—behind it all is a battle. For example, if you are prejudiced toward your brothers and sisters, you will have words that you want to say—words that you feel may be displeasing to God—but it will be hard for you inside, and at this moment, a battle will commence within you: Do I speak or not? This is the battle. Thus, in everything there is a battle, and when there is a battle within you, thanks to your actual cooperation and actual suffering God works within you. Ultimately, inside you are able to put the matter aside and the anger is naturally extinguished. Such is the effect of your cooperation with God. Everything you do requires you to pay a certain price in your efforts. Without actual hardship, you can’t satisfy God, it does not even come close to satisfying God, and you are just saying empty slogans! Can these empty slogans satisfy God? When God and Satan do battle in the spiritual realm, how should you satisfy God, and how should you stand firm in your testimony to Him? You should know that everything that happens to you is a great trial and the time when God needs you to bear testimony. Externally, they might not seem like a big deal, but when these things happen they show whether or not you love God. If you do, you will be able to stand firm in your testimony to Him, and if you have not put the love of Him into practice, this shows you are not someone who puts the truth into practice, that you are without the truth, and without life, that you are chaff! Everything that happens to people is when God needs them to stand firm in their testimony to Him. Nothing major has happened to you at the moment, and you do not bear great testimony, but every detail of your daily life relates to the testimony to God. If you can win the admiration of your brothers and sisters, your family members, and everyone around you; if, one day, the unbelievers come, and admire all that you do, and see that all that God does is wonderful, then you will have borne testimony. Although you have no insight and your caliber is poor, through God’s perfection of you, you are able to satisfy Him and be mindful of His will. Others will see what great work He has done in people of the poorest caliber. People come to know God, and become overcomers before Satan and loyal to God to an extent. So none will have more backbone than this group of people. This will be the greatest testimony. Although you are incapable of doing great work, you are able to satisfy God. Others can’t put aside their conceptions, but you can; others can’t bear testimony to God during their actual experiences, but you can use your actual stature and actions to repay God’s love and bear resounding testimony to Him. Only this counts as actually loving God. If you are incapable of this, then you do not bear testimony among your family members, among your brothers and sisters, or before the people of the world. If you can’t bear testimony before Satan, Satan will laugh at you, it will treat you as a joke, as a plaything, it will often make a fool of you, and drive you insane. In the future, great trials may befall you—but today, if you love God with a true heart, and if regardless of how great the trials ahead, irrespective of what happens to you, you are able to stand firm in your testimony, and able to satisfy God, then your heart will be comforted, and you will be unafraid no matter how great the trials you encounter in the future. You can’t see what will happen in the future; you can only satisfy God during today’s circumstances. You are incapable of doing any great work, and should focus on satisfying God by experiencing His words in real life, and bearing strong and resounding testimony that brings shame upon Satan. Although your flesh will remain unsatisfied and have suffered, you will have satisfied God and brought shame upon Satan. If you always practice in this way, God will open up a path before you. When, one day, a great trial comes, others will fall down, but you will still be able to stand firm: Because of the price you have paid, God will protect you so you can stand firm and not fall down. If, ordinarily, you are able to put the truth into practice and satisfy God with a heart that truly loves Him, then God will surely protect you during future trials. Though you are foolish and of little stature and poor caliber, God will not discriminate against you. It depends on whether your motivations are right. Today, you are able to satisfy God, in which you are attentive to the smallest detail, you satisfy God in all things, you have a heart that truly loves God, you give your true heart to God, and although there are some things that you can’t understand, you can come before God to rectify your motivations, and seek God’s will, and you do everything needed to satisfy God. Perhaps, your brothers and sisters will abandon you, but your heart will be satisfying God, and you will not covet the pleasures of the flesh. If you always practice in this way, you will be protected when great trials come upon you.

from “Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

78. Bearing a resounding witness for God is mainly related to whether you have an understanding of the practical God or not, and whether or not you are able to obey in front of this person who is not only ordinary, but normal, and even obey until the death. If you truly bear a witness for God through this obedience, that means you have been obtained by God. Being able to obey to the death, and being free of complaints in front of Him, not making judgments, not slandering, not having notions, and not having any other intentions—this way God will gain glory. Obedience in front of a regular person who is looked down upon by man and being able to obey to the death without any notions—this is true testimony.

from “People Who Can Be Absolutely Obedient Toward God’s Practicality Are Those Who Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

79. The reality that God requires people to enter into is that you are able to obey His words, able to put His words into practice, able to bow down in front of the practical God and know your own corruption, able to open up your heart in front of Him, and in the end be gained by Him through these words of His. God gains glory when these words conquer you and make you fully obedient to Him; through this He shames Satan and completes His work.

from “People Who Can Be Absolutely Obedient Toward God’s Practicality Are Those Who Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

80. To bear testimony to God and shame the great red dragon you must have a principle, and a condition: In your heart you must love God, and enter into the words of God. If you do not enter into the words of God, then you will have no way of shaming Satan. Through the growth of your life, you renounce the great red dragon and bring utter humiliation upon it, and only then is the great red dragon truly shamed.

from “Only Those Who Know the Work of God Today Can Serve God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

81. People who have the truth are those who, in their real experiences, can stand firm in their testimony, stand firm in their position, stand on the side of God, without ever retreating, and who can have a normal relationship with people who love God, who, when things happen to them, are able to completely obey God, and can obey God unto death.

from “Those Who Love God Will Forever Live Within His Light” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

82. Man lives amid the flesh, which means he lives in a human hell, and without God’s judgment and chastisement, man is as filthy as Satan. How could man be holy? Peter believed that chastisement and judgment by God was man’s best protection and greatest grace. Only through chastisement and judgment by God could man awaken, and hate the flesh, and hate Satan. God’s strict discipline frees man from the influence of Satan, it frees him from his own little world, and allows him to live in the light of God’s presence. There is not better salvation than chastisement and judgment!

from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

83. In his life, if man wishes to be cleansed and achieve changes in his disposition, if he wishes to live out a life of meaning, and fulfill his duty as a creature, then he must accept God’s chastisement and judgment, and must not allow God’s discipline and God’s smiting to depart from him, so he can free himself from the manipulation and influence of Satan and live in the light of God. Know that God’s chastisement and judgment is the light, and the light of man’s salvation, and that there is no better blessing, grace or protection for man.

from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

84. From the difference in the substances of Peter and Paul you should understand that all those who do not pursue life labor in vain! You believe in God and follow God, and so in your heart you must love God. You must cast aside your corrupt disposition, must seek to fulfill God’s desire, and must perform the duty of a creature of God. Since you believe in and follow God, you should offer everything to Him, and should not make personal choices or demands, and you should achieve the fulfillment of God’s desire. Since you were created, you should obey the Lord that created you, for you are inherently without dominion over yourself, and have no ability to control your destiny. Since you are a person that believes in God, you should seek holiness and change. Since you are a creature of God, you should adhere to your duty, and keep your place, and must not overstep your duty. This is not to constrain you, or to suppress you through doctrine, but is the path through which you can perform your duty, and can be achieved—and should be achieved—by all those who do righteousness.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

85. Today, even if you are not a worker, you should be able to perform the duty of a creature of God, and seek to submit to all of God’s orchestrations. You should be able to obey whatever God says, and experience all manner of tribulations and refinement, and though you are weak, in your heart you should still be able to love God. Those who take responsibility for their own life are willing to perform the duty of a creature of God, and such people’s viewpoint toward pursuit is the right one. These are the people that God needs.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

86. If you did much work, and others gained your teachings, but you yourself did not change, and did not bear any testimony, or have any true experience, such that at the end of your life, still none of what you have done bears testimony, then are you someone who has changed? Are you someone who pursues the truth? At the time, the Holy Spirit used you, but when He used you, He used the part of you that could work, and He did not use the part of you that could not work. If you sought to change, then you would gradually be made perfect during the process of being used. Yet the Holy Spirit accepts no responsibility for whether or not you will ultimately be gained, and this depends on the manner of your pursuit. If there are no changes in your personal disposition, then that is because your viewpoint toward pursuit is wrong. If you are granted no reward, then that is your own problem, and because you yourself have not put the truth into practice, and are unable to fulfill God’s desire. And so, nothing is of greater importance than your personal experiences, and nothing is more critical than your personal entry! Some people will end up saying, “I’ve done so much work for You, and though there may not have been celebrated achievements, still I have been diligent in my efforts. Can’t You just let me into heaven to eat the fruit of life?” You must know what kind of people I desire; those who are impure are not permitted to enter into the kingdom, those who are impure are not permitted to besmirch the holy ground. Though you may have done much work, and have worked for many years, in the end if you are still deplorably filthy—it is intolerable to the law of Heaven that you wish to enter My kingdom! From the foundation of the world until today, never have I offered easy access to My kingdom to those who curry favor with Me. This is a heavenly rule, and no one can break it!

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

87. Today, nothing is more crucial for man to adhere to than the following: You must not deceive or conceal anything from the God that stands before your eyes. You shall not utter filthiness or arrogant talk in front of the God before you. You shall not deceive the God before your eyes by good words and fair speeches in order to gain His trust. You shall not act irreverently before God. You shall obey all that is spoken from the mouth of God, and shall not resist, oppose, or dispute His words. You shall not interpret, as you see fit, the words spoken from the mouth of God. You should guard your tongue to avoid it causing you to fall prey to the deceitful schemes of the wicked. You should guard your footsteps to avoid transgressing the boundaries set out for you by God. Doing so will cause you to speak conceited and pompous words from the perspective of God, and thus become loathed by God. You shall not carelessly repeat the words spoken from the mouth of God, lest others mock you and the devils make a fool of you. You shall obey all of the work of the God of today. Even if you do not understand it, you shall not pass judgment on it; all you can do is seek and fellowship. No person shall transgress God’s original place. You can do nothing more than serve the God of today from the position of man. You cannot teach the God of today from the position of man—to do so is misguided. No one may stand in the place of the man testified to by God; in your words, actions, and inmost thoughts, you stand in the position of man. This is to be abided by, it is the responsibility of man, it is alterable by no one, and doing so would violate the administrative decrees. It should be remembered by all.

from “The Commandments of the New Age” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

88. People must adhere to the many duties that they should perform. This is what people should adhere to, and what they must carry out. Let the Holy Spirit do what must be done by the Holy Spirit; man can play no part in it. Man should adhere to what ought to be done by man, which bears no relation to the Holy Spirit. It is nothing but that which ought to be done by man, and should be adhered to as commandment, just like adherence to the law of the Old Testament. Although now is not the Age of Law, there are still many words of a kind with the Age of Law that should be adhered to, and they are not carried out merely by relying on being touched by the Holy Spirit, but are what should be adhered to by man. For example: You shall not pass judgment on the work of the practical God. You shall not oppose the man who is testified to by God. Before God, you shall keep your place and shall not be dissolute. You should be moderate in speech, and your words and actions must follow the arrangements of the man testified to by God. You should revere the testimony of God. You shall not ignore the work of God and the words from His mouth. You shall not imitate the tone and aims of God’s utterances. Externally, you shall not do anything that manifestly opposes the man who is testified to by God. This, and more, is what each person should adhere to. ... Although now is the Age of Kingdom, there are still many rules that man must adhere to. The rules of the past don’t apply; today, there are many, more fitting practices for man to carry out, and which are necessary. They do not involve the work of the Holy Spirit and must be done by man.

from “The Commandments of the New Age” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

89. Every sentence I have spoken contains within it the disposition of God. You would do well to ponder My words carefully, and you will surely profit greatly from them. The substance of God is very difficult to grasp, but I trust that you all have at least some idea about the disposition of God. I hope, then, that you will show Me and do more of that which does not offend the disposition of God. Then will I be reassured. For example, keep God in your heart at all times. When you act, do so according to His words. Seek out His intentions in all things, and refrain from doing that which disrespects and dishonors God. Even less should you put God in the back of your mind to fill the future void in your heart. If you do this, you will have offended the disposition of God. Again, supposing you never make blasphemous remarks or complaints against God throughout your life, and again, supposing you are able to discharge properly all that He has entrusted to you and also to submit to all His words throughout your life, then you will have successfully avoided transgressing against the administrative decrees.

from “It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

90. Only by knowing God can man truly believe in God, and only by knowing God can he truly revere and obey God. Those who do not know God shall never truly obey and revere God. Knowing God includes knowing God’s disposition, understanding God’s will, and knowing what God is. Yet whichever aspect of knowing God it is, each requires man to pay a price, and requires the will to obey, without which no one would be able to follow to the end. The work of God is too incompatible with the conceptions of man, God’s disposition and what God is are too difficult for man to know, and all that God says and does is too incomprehensible to man; if man wishes to follow God, but is unwilling to obey God, then man will gain nothing.

from “Only Those Who Know God Can Bear Testimony to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

91. Coming to know the substance of God is no trifling matter. You must understand His disposition. In this way, you will, gradually and unknowingly, come to know the substance of God. When you have entered into this knowledge, you will find yourself stepping forward into a higher and more beautiful state. In the end, you will come to feel ashamed of your hideous soul, so much so that you feel there is nowhere to hide yourself. At that time, there will be less and less in your conduct to offend the disposition of God, your heart will come closer and closer to that of God, and gradually a love for Him will grow in your heart. This is a sign of mankind entering a beautiful state. But as yet you have not attained this. As you bustle back and forth for the sake of your destiny, who would have the inclination to try to know the substance of God? Should this continue, you will unknowingly transgress against the administrative decrees, for you understand far too little of the disposition of God. So is not what you do now laying down a foundation for your offenses against the disposition of God? That I ask you to understand the disposition of God is not at odds with My work. For if you transgress against the administrative decrees often, then which one of you can escape punishment? Would My work then not have been entirely in vain? Therefore, I still ask that, in addition to scrutinizing your own conduct, you be cautious with the steps you take. This will be the higher demand that I make of you, and I hope that you will all consider it carefully and give it your earnest regard. Should a day come when your actions provoke Me to a towering rage, then the consequences will be yours alone to consider, and there will be no one else to bear the punishment in your place.

from “It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

92. Honesty means to give your heart to God; never to play Him false in anything; to be open with Him in all things, never hiding the truth; never to do that which deceives those above and deludes those below; and never to do that which merely ingratiates yourself with God. In short, to be honest is to refrain from impurity in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man. … If you have many confidences that you are reluctant to share, and if you are very unwilling to lay bare your secrets—that is to say, your difficulties—before others so as to seek the way of the light, then I say that you are one who will not receive salvation easily and who will not easily emerge from the darkness. If seeking the way of the truth pleases you well, then you are one who dwells always in the light. If you are very glad to be a service-doer in the house of God, working diligently and conscientiously in obscurity, always giving and never taking, then I say that you are a loyal saint, because you seek no reward and are simply being an honest man. If you are willing to be candid, if you are willing to expend your all, if you are able to sacrifice your life for God and stand witness, if you are honest to the point where you know only to satisfy God and not to consider yourself or take for yourself, then I say that these people are those who are nourished in the light and who shall live forever in the kingdom.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

93. I very much appreciate those who harbor no suspicion about others and I also very much like those who readily accept the truth; to these two kinds of men I show great care, for in My eyes they are honest men. If you are very deceitful, then you will have a guarded heart and thoughts of suspicion regarding all matters and all men. For this reason, your faith in Me is built upon a foundation of suspicion. This manner of faith is one I shall never acknowledge. Lacking genuine faith, you will be even further from real love. And if you are able to doubt God and speculate about Him at will, then you are beyond doubt the most deceitful of men.

from “How to Know the God on Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

94. Those who God likes are people who are absolute toward Him, people who are devoted to Him and none other. Those who He loathes are people who are half-hearted about Him, and who rebel against Him. He loathes those who believe in Him and always want to enjoy Him, but cannot completely expend themselves for Him. He loathes those who say they love Him but who rebel against Him in their hearts. He loathes those who use flowery words to engage in deception.

from “People Who Can Be Absolutely Obedient Toward God’s Practicality Are Those Who Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

95. In your lives I see much that you do that is irrelevant to the truth, and so I am expressly asking you to become servants of the truth and not be enslaved by wickedness and ugliness. Do not trample on the truth or defile any corner of the house of God. This is My admonition to you.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

96. Many would rather be condemned to hell than speak and act honestly. Little wonder that I have other treatment in store for those who are dishonest. Of course, I well understand the great difficulty you face in trying to be an honest man. You’re all terribly clever and adept at taking the measure of a gentleman with your own petty little yardstick; this being so, My work becomes much simpler. And since you each hug your secrets to your bosom, well then, I shall send you, one by one, into disaster to undergo a “trial” by fire, so that thereafter you may become utterly committed to belief in My words. Finally, I shall wrest from your mouth the words “God is a God of faithfulness,” whereupon you shall beat upon your breast and lament that “devious is the heart of man.” What will be your state of mind at this juncture? I imagine you will not be so carried away with self-importance as you are now. And much less will you be “too profound to be fathomed” as you are now. Some behave in a prim and proper fashion and seem particularly “well-mannered” in the presence of God, yet they turn defiant and lose all restraint in the presence of the Spirit. Would you number such a man among the ranks of the honest?

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

97. What you admire is not the humility of Christ, but those false shepherds of prominent standing. You do not love the loveliness or wisdom of Christ, but those wantons who associate with the vile world. You laugh at the pain of Christ who has no place to lay His head, but admire those corpses that seize offerings and live in debauchery. You are not willing to suffer alongside Christ, but gladly go into the arms of those reckless antichrists though they supply to you only flesh, only letters, and only control. Even now your heart still turns toward them, their reputation, their standing in the hearts of all the Satans, their influence, and their authority, yet you continue to have an attitude of resistance and refusal to accept the work of Christ. This is why I say that you do not have the faith of acknowledging Christ.

from “Are You a True Believer of God?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

98. You are always skeptical of the word of Christ and cannot immediately put it into practice. This is the reason that you do not have faith in Christ, and always having notions about Him is another reason that you do not believe in Christ. Always retaining skepticism about the work of Christ, letting the word of Christ fall on deaf ears, having an opinion on whatever work is done by Christ and not being able to properly understand it, having difficulty putting down notions no matter the explanation you receive, and so on; these are all elements of unbelief mixed in your hearts.

from “Are You a True Believer of God?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

99. If you just want dreams to come true, then never dream, but forever face the truth, face the facts. That is the only way to save you. What are the steps of this method in concrete terms?

First, conduct an examination of all your transgressions, and examine all your behavior and thoughts that do not conform to truth.

… I am talking to people who have been approved by God, are honest, have not seriously offended the administrative decrees, and can easily find their own transgressions. Although this is an item that I require of you that is easy for you, it is not the only item that I require of you. No matter what, I hope that you will not laugh in private at this requirement, or still more, that you will not look down on it or take it lightly. Treat it seriously, and do not dismiss it.

Second, for each of your transgressions and disobediences look for a corresponding truth and use these truths to resolve them, then replace your transgressive acts and disobedient thoughts and acts with the practice of truth.

Third, be an honest person, not someone who’s always being clever, always crafty. (Here I am asking you again to be an honest person.)

If you can accomplish all three of these items then you are fortunate, a person whose dreams come true and who gets good fortune. Perhaps you will treat these three unappealing requests seriously, or perhaps treat them irresponsibly. Whichever, My purpose is to fulfill your dreams, put your ideals into practice, not to make fun of you or to make a fool out of you.

from “Transgressions Will Take Man to Hell” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

100. Blessings cannot be received in a day or two; they must be earned through much sacrifice. That is, you must have refined love, great faith, and the many truths that God asks you to attain; in addition, you must be able to set your face toward justice and never be cowed or submit, and you must have a constant and unabating love for God. Resolution is demanded of you, as is change in your life disposition; your corruption must be remedied, and you must accept all the orchestration of God without complaint, and even be obedient until death. This is what you ought to achieve. This is the final aim of God, and the demands God asks of this group of people.

from “Is the Work of God So Simple as Man Imagines?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

101. You should now all look into yourselves as quickly as possible to see how much of your makeup still betrays Me. I am impatiently awaiting your response. Don’t brush Me off. I never play games with people. If I say it then I will certainly do it. I hope you can all be people who take My words seriously and don’t think that they are just a science fiction novel. What I want is concrete action from you, not your imaginations. Next, you must answer such questions from Me: 1. If you are truly a service-doer, then can you serve Me loyally, without any perfunctory or negative elements? 2. If you find out that I have never appreciated you, will you still be able to stay and serve Me for life? 3. If you expended a lot of effort but I am still very cold toward you, will you be able to continue working for Me in obscurity? 4. If, after you have expended some things for Me, I have not satisfied your petty demands, will you be disheartened and disappointed toward Me or even become furious and shout abuse? 5. If you’ve always been very loyal and loving toward Me, yet you suffer the torment of illness, the constraints of life, and the abandonment of your friends and relatives or endure any other misfortunes in life, then will your loyalty and love for Me still continue? 6. If none of what you have imagined in your heart matches what I have done, then how will you walk your future path? 7. If you don’t receive anything you hoped to receive, then can you continue to be My follower? 8. If you have never understood the purpose and significance of My work, then can you be an obedient person who does not make arbitrary judgments and conclusions? 9. Can you treasure all the words I have said and all the work I have done when I’m together with mankind? 10. Are you able to be My loyal follower, willing to suffer for Me for life even if you will not receive anything? 11. Are you able to not consider, plan, or prepare for your future path of survival for My sake? These questions are My final requirements of you, and I hope you can all respond to Me.

from “A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

102. If the object of your pursuit isn’t to seek the truth, then you may as well take advantage of this opportunity and return to the world to make a go of it. Wasting your time this way is really not worth it—why torture yourself? Couldn’t you enjoy all sorts of things out in the beautiful world? Money, beautiful women, status, vanity, family, children, and so on—aren’t all these products of the world the best things that you could enjoy? What use is it to wander around here looking for a place where you can be happy? The Son of man has nowhere to lay His head, so how could you have a place of ease? How could He create you a beautiful place of ease? Is that possible? Aside from My judgment, today you can only receive teachings on the truth. You cannot gain comfort from Me nor can you gain the happy nest that you think of night and day. I will not bestow upon you the riches of the world. If you pursue genuinely, I am willing to give you the way of life in its entirety, to have you be like a fish back in water. If you do not pursue genuinely, I will take it all back. I am not willing to give the words from My mouth to those people who are greedy for comfort and are just like pigs and dogs!

from “Why Aren’t You Willing to Be a Foil?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

103. Those who live outside My word, fleeing the suffering of trial, are they all not drifting through the world? They are akin to autumn leaves fluttering here and there, with no place to rest, much less My words of consolation. Although My chastisement and refinement do not follow them, are they not beggars who go drifting from place to place, wandering the streets outside the kingdom of heaven? Is the world really your place of rest? Can you really, by avoiding My chastisement, attain the faintest smile of gratification from the world? Can you truly use your fleeting enjoyment to cover up the emptiness in your heart that cannot be concealed?

from “What It Means to Be a Real Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

104. The standard by which man judges man is based on his behavior; one whose conduct is good is a righteous person, and one whose conduct is abominable is wicked. The standard by which God judges man is based on whether one’s essence obeys Him; one who obeys God is a righteous person, and one who does not obey God is an enemy and a wicked person, regardless of whether this person’s behavior is good or bad, and regardless of whether this person’s speech is correct or incorrect. Some people wish to use good deeds to obtain a good destination of the future, and some people wish to use good speech to purchase a good destination. People falsely believe that God determines man’s outcome according to his behavior or speech, and therefore many people will seek to use this to gain a temporary favor through deceit. The people who will later survive through rest will all have endured the day of tribulation and also borne witness for God; they will all be people who have done their duty and intend to obey God. Those who merely wish to use the opportunity to do service to avoid practicing truth will not be able to remain.

from “God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

105. None know this truth: My words are the forever unchanging truth. I am the supply of life for man and the only guide for mankind. The worth and meaning of My words are not determined by whether they are recognized or accepted by mankind, but by the substance of the words themselves. Even if not a single person on this earth can receive My words, the value of My words and their help to mankind are inestimable by any man. Therefore, when faced with the many men who rebel against, refute, or are utterly contemptuous of My words, My stance is only this: Let time and facts be My witness and show that My words are the truth, the way, and the life. Let them show that all I have said is right, and is that which man should be furnished with, and, moreover, that which man should accept. I will let all who follow Me know this fact: Those who cannot fully accept My words, those who cannot practice My words, those who cannot find a purpose in My words, and those who cannot receive salvation because of My words, are those who have been condemned by My words and, moreover, have lost My salvation, and My rod shall never stray from them.

from “You Ought to Consider Your Deeds” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

106. As long as you now have one hope, regardless of whether or not God remembers the things of the past, you should maintain this mentality: I must seek a change in my disposition, seek to understand God, not be fooled by Satan again and not do anything that brings shame on the name of God.

from “To Serve God One Should Walk the Path of Peter” in Records of Christ’s Talks

107. Some people are in the midst of negativity, but they can still maintain an attitude of “faithful to God till the end, no matter what the outcome” in their duty. I say that this is change, yet you yourselves are not realizing it. Actually, if you examine yourself carefully, you will see that a part of your corrupt disposition has already changed; however, when you constantly use the highest standards to measure yourself, not only will you not be able to reach such a high standard, but also even the changes you have made within yourself will be negated—this is a human error. If you are really someone who can tell right from wrong, then there is no harm in making yourself aware of the changes within yourself; not only can you see your own changes, but even more so you can find the path ahead that is to be practiced; at that time you will see that as long as you are hard-working, you still have hope; you are not irredeemable. Right now I tell you: Those who can correctly view their problems have hope; they can come out from negativity.

from “View Yourself Correctly and Do Not Give Up on Truth” in Records of Christ’s Talks

108. Do not be a passive follower of God, and do not pursue that which is curious. Through being neither cold nor hot you will forfeit yourself and delay your life. You must rid yourself of such passivity and inactivity, and become adept at pursuing positive things and overcoming your own weaknesses, so that you may gain the truth and live out the truth. There’s nothing fearful about your weaknesses, and your shortcomings are not your biggest problem. Your biggest problem, and your greatest shortcoming, is your being neither hot nor cold and your lack of desire to seek the truth. The biggest problem with all of you is a cowardly mentality whereby you are happy with things as they are, and await passively. This is your greatest obstacle, and the greatest enemy to your pursuit of the truth.

from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

109. The attitude adopted by the genuinely wise is: “No matter what God does or how He treats me, no matter how deeply corrupted I am or what my humanity is like, I should be unswerving in my determination to seek the truth and to seek to know God.” This is the direction for human life, it is what man should be seeking to achieve, and it is the one and only path to salvation.

from “Whether or Not You Have the Truth Decides Everything” in Records of Christ’s Talks

110. We should have one determination: No matter how intense of an environment or what kind of difficulties we encounter, no matter how weak, how negative we are, we cannot lose confidence in a change in disposition, and we cannot lose confidence in God’s words. God has given promises to mankind, and humans must have the determination and the perseverance to undertake them. God does not like cowards; He likes people with determination. Even if you have revealed a great deal of corruption, even if you’ve taken many winding roads, or even if along the way you’ve had many transgressions or have resisted God—or there are some people who hold in their hearts some blasphemy against God or blame Him, have conflict with Him—God doesn’t look at this. God only looks at whether or not a person will someday be able to change.

from “What a Change in Disposition Is and the Path to a Change in Disposition” in Records of Christ’s Talks

111. Do not be discouraged, do not be weak, I will reveal to you. The road to the kingdom is not that smooth, nothing is that simple! You want blessings to come easy, right? Today everyone will have bitter trials to face, otherwise the loving heart you have for Me will not grow stronger and you will not have true love for Me. Even if it is just minor circumstances, everyone must get through them, it’s just that they differ to some degree.

from “The Forty-first Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

112. Perhaps you all remember these words: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” In the past, you have all heard this saying, yet none understood the true meaning of the words. Today, you know well the real significance they hold. These words are what God will accomplish in the last days. And they will be accomplished upon those cruelly afflicted by the great red dragon in the land where it lies. The great red dragon persecutes God and is the enemy of God, so in this land, those who believe in God are subjected to humiliation and persecution. That is why these words will become reality in you group of people. As the work is carried out in a land that opposes God, all of His work is met with inordinate hindrance, and many of His words cannot be accomplished in good time; hence, people are refined because of the words of God. This too is an element of suffering. It is greatly arduous for God to carry out His work in the land of the great red dragon, but it is through such difficulty that God does a stage of His work to make manifest His wisdom and wondrous deeds. God takes this opportunity to make this group of people complete. Because of people’s suffering, their caliber, and all the satanic disposition of people in this unclean land, God does His work of purification and conquest so that, from this, He may gain glory and gain those who stand witness to His deeds. This is the full significance of all the sacrifices that God has made for this group of people. That is to say, God does the work of conquest just through those who oppose Him. Therefore, only doing so can manifest the great power of God. In other words, only those in the unclean land are worthy to inherit the glory of God, and only this can give prominence to the great power of God. That is why I say the glory of God is gained in the unclean land and from those who live within. This is the will of God.

from “Is the Work of God So Simple as Man Imagines?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

113. The time has come for us to repay God’s love. Although we are subject to no small amount of ridicule, slander, and persecution because we follow the path of belief in God, I believe this is a meaningful thing. It is a thing of glory, not shame, and no matter what, the blessings we enjoy are not paltry at all. In countless times of disappointment, God’s words have brought comfort, and before we know it, sorrow has turned to joy. In countless times of need, God has brought blessings and we have been provided for through His words. In countless times of sickness, God’s words have brought life—we have been freed from danger, and turned from danger to safety. You have already enjoyed so many things such as these without realizing it. Could it possibly be that you do not remember?

from “The Path … (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

114. Rise up and cooperate with Me! I surely will not treat shabbily those who sincerely expend themselves for Me. Those who sincerely devote themselves to Me, I shall bestow all My blessings upon you. Offer up yourself entirely to Me! What you eat, what you wear, and your future all are in My hands, I will arrange it all properly, for your endless enjoyment, inexhaustible, for I have said, “To those who sincerely expend for Me, I shall surely bless you greatly.” All blessings come to every person who sincerely expends himself for Me.

from “The Seventieth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

115. In the dispositions of normal people there is no crookedness or deceitfulness, people have a normal relationship with each other, they do not stand alone, and their lives are neither mediocre nor decadent. So, too, is God exalted among all, His words permeate among man, people live in peace with one another and under the care and protection of God, the earth is filled with harmony, without the interference of Satan, and the glory of God holds the utmost importance among man. Such people are like angels: pure, vibrant, never complaining about God, and devoting all their efforts solely to God’s glory on earth.

from “Interpretation of the Sixteenth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh

116. People do not require much of themselves, but they require much of others. They must be patient and forbearing of them, cherish them, provide for them, smile at them, be accommodating to them, and yield to them. They must take care of them in many ways, and they cannot be strict with them, provoke them, or do anything that they would not like. Man’s reason is so lacking! People are not clear on where they should stand, what they should do, what they should accomplish, what viewpoints they should have, what position they should stand in to serve God, and what location is suitable for them to place themselves in. People with a little bit of position think very highly of themselves, and people without position also think quite highly of themselves. People never understand themselves. If you can continue your faith, never complain, and fulfill your duties as usual regardless of what is said to you, how strictly you are treated and how you are ignored, then you will be a mature and experienced person, and you will truly have some stature and normal reason. You won’t require things of God, you won’t have extravagant desires, and you won’t request things of others or of God based on the things you are fond of. This shows you possess the likeness of a person to an extent. Currently you have too many requirements and they are too excessive. Your many intentions prove that you are not standing in the right position, your position is too high, and you have viewed yourself as overly honorable as if you are not much lower than God. Therefore you are difficult to deal with, and it is precisely the nature of Satan.

from “People Who Always Have Requirements for God Are the Least Reasonable “ in Records of Christ’s Talks

117. Those who only think of their flesh and like comfort, those whose faith is ambiguous, those who engage in witchcraft medicine and sorcery, those who are promiscuous, and tattered and ragged, those who steal sacrifices to Jehovah and the possessions of Him, those who love bribes, those who idly dream of going to heaven, those who are arrogant and conceited, and only strive for personal fame and fortune, those who spread impertinent words, those who blaspheme against God Himself, those who do nothing but make judgments against and vilify God Himself, those who gang up with others and try to become independent, those who exalt themselves higher than God, those frivolous young men and women, and middle- and old-aged men and women who are ensnared in vice, those men and women who enjoy personal fame and fortune and pursue personal status among others, those unrepentant people who are trapped in sin—are they not all beyond salvation?

from “Practice (7)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

118. When you dress yourselves up like this, do you not fear that you will become ever more deeply ensnared? Do you not know that you were originally of sin? Do you not know that your bodies are filled with lust? It’s such that your lust even seeps from your clothing, revealing your state as an unbearably ugly, filthy demon. Isn’t this what’s clearest of all to you? Your hearts, your eyes, your lips—have they not all been defiled by filthy demons? Are they not filthy? You think that as long as you don’t do anything immoral,from “Practice (7)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

119. In fact, the truth is the most real of life’s aphorisms, and the highest of such aphorisms among all mankind. Because it is the requirement that God makes of man, and is the work personally done by God, thus it is called life’s aphorism. It is not an aphorism summed up from something, nor is it a famous quote from a great figure; instead, it is the utterance to mankind from the Master of the heavens and earth and all things, and not some words summed up by man, but the inherent life of God. And so it is called the highest of all life’s aphorisms.

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

120. Do you understand now what is judgment and what is truth? If you have understood, then I exhort you to submit obediently to being judged, otherwise you shall never have the opportunity to be commended by God or to be brought by Him into His kingdom. Those who only accept judgment but can never be purified, that is, those who flee in the midst of the work of judgment, shall forever be detested and rejected by God. Their sins are more numerous, and more grievous, than those of the Pharisees, for they have betrayed God and are rebels against God. Such men who are not worthy even to do service shall receive more severe punishment, a punishment that is moreover everlasting. God shall not spare any traitor who once evinced loyalty with words but then betrayed Him. Men like these shall receive retribution through punishment of the spirit, soul, and body. Is this not precisely a revelation of the righteous disposition of God? Is this not God’s purpose in judging man, and revealing him? God consigns all those who perform all kinds of wicked deeds during the time of judgment to a place infested with evil spirits, letting these evil spirits destroy their fleshly bodies at will. Their bodies give off the stench of corpses, and such is their fitting retribution. God writes down in their record books each and every one of the sins of those disloyal false believers, false apostles, and false workers; then, when the time is right, He casts them amidst the unclean spirits, letting these unclean spirits defile their entire bodies at will, so that they may never be reincarnated and never again see the light. Those hypocrites who did service at one time but are unable to remain loyal to the end are numbered by God among the wicked, so that they walk in the counsel of the wicked and become part of their disorderly rabble; in the end, God shall annihilate them. God casts aside and takes no notice of those who have never been loyal to Christ or dedicated any effort, and shall annihilate them all in the change of ages. They shall no longer exist on earth, much less gain passage into the kingdom of God. Those who have never been sincere to God but are forced by circumstance into dealing with Him perfunctorily are numbered among those who do service for His people. Only a small number of such men can survive, while the majority shall perish along with those who are not qualified even to do service. Finally, God shall bring into His kingdom all those who are of the same mind as God, the people and the sons of God as well as those predestined by God to be priests. Such is the distillate obtained by God through His work. As for those who are unable to fall into any of the categories set by God, they shall be numbered among the unbelievers. And you can surely imagine what their outcome shall be. I have already said to you all that I should say; the road that you choose shall be your decision to make. What you should understand is this: The work of God never waits for any that cannot keep pace with Him, and the righteous disposition of God shows no mercy to any man.

from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

121. This truth is the life disposition of normal humanity, which is to say, that which was required of man when God created him in the beginning, namely, all of normal humanity (including human sense, insight, wisdom, and the basic knowledge of being man). That is, you need to look at whether or not this way takes man into a life of normal humanity, whether or not the truth that is spoken of is required according to the reality of normal humanity, whether or not this truth is practical and real, and whether or not it is most timely. If there is truth, then it is able to take man into normal and real experiences; man, furthermore, becomes ever more normal, man’s human sense becomes ever more complete, man’s life in the Flesh

and the spiritual life become ever more orderly, and man’s emotions become ever more normal. This is the second principle. There is one other principle, which is whether or not man has an increasing knowledge of God, whether or not experiencing such work and truth can inspire a love of God in him, and bring him ever closer to God. In this can be measured whether or not it is the true way. Most fundamental is whether this way is realistic rather than supernatural, and whether or not it is able to provide the life of man. If it conforms to these principles, the conclusion can be drawn that this way is the true way.

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

122. Seeking to actively perform one’s duty as a creature of God is the path to success; seeking the path of a true love of God is the most correct path; seeking changes in one’s old disposition, and a pure love of God, is the path to success. Such a path to success is the path of the recovery of the original duty as well as the original appearance of a creature of God. It is the path of recovery, and is also the aim of all of God’s work from beginning to end.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

123. It is always through the process of doing his duty that man is gradually changed, and it is through this process that he demonstrates his loyalty. As such, the more you are able to do your duty, the more truths you shall receive, and so too shall your expression become more real. Those who merely go through the motions in doing their duty and do not seek the truth shall be eliminated in the end, for such men do not do their duty in the practice of truth, and do not practice truth in the fulfillment of their duty. Such men are those who remain unchanged and will be cursed. Not only are their expressions impure, but what they express is nothing but wickedness.

from “The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnate God and the Duty of Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

124. There is no correlation between the duty of man and whether he is blessed or cursed. Duty is what man ought to fulfill; it is his bounden duty and should not depend on recompense, conditions, or reasons. Only then is that doing his duty. A man who is blessed enjoys goodness upon being made perfect after judgment. A man who is cursed receives punishment when his disposition remains unchanged following chastisement and judgment, that is, he has not been made perfect. As a created being, man ought to fulfill his duty, do what he ought to do, and do what he is able to do, regardless of whether he will be blessed or cursed. This is the very basic condition for man, as one who seeks after God. You should not do your duty only to be blessed, and you should not refuse to act for fear of being cursed. Let Me tell you this one thing: If man is able to do his duty, it means he performs what he ought to do. If man is unable to do his duty, it shows the rebelliousness of man.

from “The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnate God and the Duty of Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

125. Man doing his duty is, in actuality, the accomplishment of all that is inherent within man, that is, that which is possible for man. It is then that his duty is fulfilled. The defects of man during man’s service are gradually reduced through progressive experience and the process of his experience of judgment; they do not hinder or affect man’s duty. Those who cease to serve or yield and fall back in fear of the defects that may exist in service are the most cowardly of all men. If man cannot express what he ought to express during service or achieve what is inherently possible for him, and instead fools about and goes through the motions, he has lost the function that a created being should have. This kind of man is considered a mediocre nonentity and useless waste of space; how can one such as this be dignified with the title of a created being? Are they not entities of corruption that shine on the outside but are rotten within?

from “The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnate God and the Duty of Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

126. Man must pursue to live out a life of meaning, and should not be satisfied with his current circumstances. To live out the image of Peter, he must possess the knowledge and experiences of Peter. Man must pursue things that are higher and more profound. He must pursue a deeper, purer love of God, and a life that has value and meaning. Only this is life; only then will man be the same as Peter. You must focus on being proactive toward your entry on the positive side, and must not submissively allow yourself to backslide for the sake of momentary ease while ignoring more profound, more specific, and more practical truths. Your love must be practical, and you must find ways to free yourself from this depraved, carefree life that is no different from an animal’s. You must live out a life of meaning, a life of value, and you must not fool yourself, or treat your life like a toy to be played with. For everyone who aspires to love God, there are no unobtainable truths, and no justice for which they cannot stand firm. How should you live your life? How should you love God, and use this love to satisfy His desire? There is no greater matter in your life. Above all, you must have such aspirations and perseverance, and should not be like those spineless weaklings. You must learn how to experience a meaningful life, and experience meaningful truths, and should not treat yourself perfunctorily in that way. Without you realizing it, your life will pass you by; and after that, will you have another opportunity to love God? Can man love God after he is dead? You must have the same aspirations and conscience as Peter; your life must be meaningful, and you must not play games with yourself! As a human being, and as a person who pursues God, you must be able to carefully consider how you treat your life, how you should offer yourself to God, how you should have a more meaningful faith in God, and how, since you love God, you should love Him in a way that is more pure, more beautiful, and more good. Today, you cannot only be content with how you are conquered, but must also consider the path that you will walk in the future. You must have aspirations and the courage to be made perfect, and should not always think yourself incapable. Does the truth have favorites? Can the truth deliberately oppose people? If you pursue the truth, can it overwhelm you? If you stand firm for justice, will it knock you down? If it is truly your aspiration to pursue life, can life elude you? If you are without the truth, that is not because the truth does not acknowledge you, but because you stay away from the truth; if you cannot stand fast for justice, that is not because there is something wrong with justice, but because you believe it is out of line with the facts; if you have not gained life after pursuing it for many years, that is not because life has no conscience toward you, but because you have no conscience toward life, and have driven away life; if you live in the light, and have been incapable of gaining the light, that is not because it is impossible for the light to shine upon you, but because you have not paid any attention to the existence of the light, and so the light has quietly departed from you. If you do not pursue, then it can only be said that you are worthless trash, and have no courage in your life, and do not have the spirit to resist the forces of darkness. You are too weak! You are unable to escape the forces of Satan that lay siege to you, and are only willing to lead this kind of safe and secure life and die in ignorance. What you should achieve is your pursuit of being conquered; this is your bounden duty. If you are content to be conquered, then you drive out the existence of the light. You must suffer hardship for the truth, you must give yourself to the truth, you must endure humiliation for the truth, and to gain more of the truth you must undergo more suffering. This is what you should do. You must not throw away the truth for the sake of a peaceful family life, and you must not lose your life’s dignity and integrity for the sake of momentary enjoyment. You should pursue all that is beautiful and good, and should pursue a path in life that is more meaningful. If you lead such a vulgar life, and do not pursue any objectives, do you not waste your life? What can you gain from such a life? You should forsake all enjoyments of the flesh for the sake of one truth, and should not throw away all truths for the sake of a little enjoyment. People like this have no integrity or dignity; there is no meaning to their existence!

from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

127. The biggest problem with man is that he thinks of nothing but his fate and prospects, that he idolizes them. Man pursues God for the sake of his fate and prospects; he does not worship God because of his love for Him. And so, in the conquest of man, man’s selfishness, greed and the things that most obstruct his worship of God must all be eliminated. In doing so, the effects of man’s conquest will be achieved. As a result, in the earliest conquest of man it is necessary to first purge the wild ambitions and most grievous weaknesses of man, and, through this, to reveal man’s love of God, and change his knowledge of human life, his view of God, and the meaning of his existence. In this way, man’s love of God is cleansed, which is to say, man’s heart is conquered.

from “Restoring the Normal Life of Man and Taking Him to a Wonderful Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

128. I hope that you grasp My intentions for you in My words. Think no more of your own prospects, and act as you have resolved before Me that all should be at the mercy of God. All of those who stand within My household should do as much as they possibly can; you should offer the best of yourself to the last section of My work on earth. Are you truly willing to put such things into practice?

from “The Fourth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh

129. Whether one seeks sincerely is not determined by how others judge them or how the people around view them, but by whether the Holy Spirit works upon them and whether they have the presence of the Holy Spirit, and it is all the more determined by whether their disposition changes and whether they have knowledge of God after undergoing the Holy Spirit’s work over a certain period; if the Holy Spirit works upon a person, this person’s disposition will gradually change, and their view on believing in God will gradually grow purer. Regardless of how long one follows God, as long as they have changed, this means that the Holy Spirit works upon them. If they have not changed, this means that the Holy Spirit does not work upon them. Even if these people render some service, they are instigated by their intentions to obtain good fortune. Occasional service cannot replace a change in their disposition. Ultimately they will still be destroyed, for there is no need for those who render service within the kingdom, nor is there need for anyone whose disposition has not changed to be of service to those people who have been perfected and who are faithful to God.

from “God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

130. A transformation of disposition means that you have understood and experienced the truth, and that truth has become your life. In the past, you understood truth regarding this matter, but you were unable to act upon it; truth was just like a doctrine to you that does not stay. Now, your disposition has transformed, and you not only understand truth, but you also act in accordance with truth. You are now able to get rid of the things you were fond of in the past; you are able to let go of the things you were willing to do, your personal imaginations, and your notions. You are now able to let go of the things you were not able to let go of in the past. This is a transformation of disposition and it is the process of transforming your disposition.

from “What You Should Know About Transforming Your Disposition” in Records of Christ’s Talks

131. After experiencing to a certain point, a person’s life views, significance of existence, and foundation of existence will completely transform. That is, you will be born again, and become a completely different person. This is incredible! This is a big transformation; it is a transformation that turns everything upside down. You will feel that fame, profit, position, wealth, pleasures, and glory of the world don’t matter and that you are able to effortlessly let go of them. This is a person in the likeness of a human being. Those who are ultimately made complete will be a group like this. They will live for truth, for God, and for righteousness. This is the likeness of a person.

from “Understanding Commonalities and Differences in Human Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks

132. Only if one knows God and has the truth does he live in the light; and only when his view of the world and his view of life change does he change fundamentally. When he has a life goal and comports himself according to the truth; when he absolutely submits to God and lives by God’s word; when he feels assured and brightened deep in his soul; when his heart is free of darkness; and when he lives completely freely and unrestrained in God’s presence—only then does he live a true human life and become a person possessing truth. Besides, all the truths you have are from God’s word and from God Himself. The Ruler of the entire universe and all things—God Most High—approves of you, as a real man living the true human life. What could be more meaningful than this?

from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks

133. All people need to understand the purpose of My work on earth, that is, the final objective of My work and what level I must achieve in this work before it can be complete. If, after walking along with Me to this day, people do not understand what My work is all about, then have they not been walking with Me in vain? People who follow Me should know My will. I have been working on earth for thousands of years, and to this day I am still doing My work in this way. Although there are exceptionally many items included in My work, the purpose of this work remains unchanged; just as, for example, even though I am filled with judgment and chastisement toward man, what I do is still for the sake of saving him, and for the sake of better spreading My gospel and further expanding My work among all the Gentile nations, once man has been made complete. So today, at a time when many people have long since been greatly disappointed in their hopes, I am still continuing with My work, continuing the work I must do to judge and chastise man. Despite the fact that man is fed up with what I say and regardless of the fact that he has no desire to concern himself with My work, I am still carrying out My duty, because the purpose of My work remains unchanged and My original plan will not be broken. The function of My judgment is to enable man better to obey Me, and the function of My chastisement is to allow man more effectively to be changed. Although what I do is for the sake of My management, I have never done anything that was without benefit to man. That is because I want to make all the nations outside of Israel just as obedient as the Israelites, and to make them into real men, so that I will have a foothold in the lands outside of Israel. This is My management; it is the work I am accomplishing among the Gentile nations. Even now, many people still do not understand My management, because they have no interest in these things, but care only about their own futures and destinations. No matter what I say, people are still indifferent to the work that I do, instead focusing exclusively on their destinations in the future. If things go on in this way, how can My work be expanded? How can My gospel be spread throughout the world? You should know that, when My work is expanded, I will scatter you, and I will smite you, just as Jehovah smote each of the tribes of Israel. All this will be done in order to spread My gospel throughout the earth, and to spread My work into the Gentile nations, so that My name may be magnified by adults and children alike, and My holy name exalted in the mouths of people from all tribes and nations. In this final era, I will have My name magnified among the Gentile nations, cause My deeds to be seen by the Gentiles, that they may call Me the Almighty on account of My deeds, and make it so that My words may soon come to pass. I will make all people know that I am not only the God of the Israelites, but also the God of all the nations of the Gentiles, even those that I have cursed. I will let all people see that I am the God of all creation. This is My greatest work, the purpose of My work plan for the last days, and the only work to be fulfilled in the last days.

The work I have been managing for thousands of years is only completely revealed to man in the last days. It is only now that I have opened up the full mystery of My management to man. Man knows the purpose of My work and moreover has obtained an understanding of all My mysteries. And I have told man everything about the destination he is concerned about. I have already uncovered for man all My mysteries that were hidden for over 5,900 years. Who is Jehovah? Who is the Messiah? Who is Jesus? You should know all of these. My work turns upon these names. Have you understood that? How should My holy name be proclaimed? How should My name be spread to any of the nations that have called upon Me by any of My names? My work is already in the process of expanding, and I will spread the fullness of it to any and all nations. Since My work has been carried out in you, I will smite you just as Jehovah smote the shepherds of the house of David in Israel, causing you to be scattered among every nation. For in the last days, I will crush all the nations into smithereens and cause their people to be distributed anew. When I return again, the nations will have already been divided along boundaries set by My burning flames. At that time, I will manifest Myself anew to humanity as the scorching sun, showing Myself openly to them in the image of the Holy One which they have never seen, walking among the multitudinous nations, just as I, Jehovah, once walked among the Jewish tribes. From then on, I will lead humanity in their lives upon the earth. There they will surely see My glory, and they will also surely see a pillar of cloud in the air to lead them in their lives, for I shall make My appearance in holy places. Man will see My day of righteousness, and also My glorious manifestation. That will happen when I reign on all the earth and bring My many sons into glory. Everywhere on earth, men will bow down, and My tabernacle will be firmly erected in the midst of humanity, upon the rock of the work I am carrying out today. Men will also serve Me in the temple. The altar, covered with filthy and loathsome things, I will smash into pieces and build anew. Newborn lambs and calves will be piled upon the holy altar. I will tear down the temple of today and build a new one. The temple that stands now, full of abhorrent people, will collapse, and the one that I build will be filled with servants loyal to Me. They will once again stand up and serve Me for the sake of the glory of My temple. You will surely see the day on which I will receive great glory, and you will also surely see the day when I tear down the temple and build a new one. Also, you will surely see the day of the coming of My tabernacle into the world of men. As I smash the temple, so will I bring My tabernacle into the world of men; it will be the same as when people see Me descending. After I crush all the nations, I will gather them together anew, thenceforth building My temple and setting up My altar, so that all may offer sacrifices unto Me, serve Me in My temple, and faithfully devote themselves to My work in the Gentile nations. They will be like unto Israelites in the present day, decked out in a priestly robe and crown, with the glory of Me, Jehovah, in their midst, and My majesty hovering over them and abiding with them. My work in the Gentile nations will also be executed in the same way. As My work in Israel was, so will My work in the Gentile nations be, because I will expand My work in Israel and spread it to the nations of the Gentiles.

Now is the time when My Spirit is working great things, and the time I am starting My work among the Gentile nations. Even more, it is the time that I am classifying all created beings, putting each one into his respective category, so that My work may proceed more swiftly and more effectively. And so, what I ask of you is still that you offer up your whole being for all My work, and, furthermore, that you should clearly discern and make certain of all the work I have done in you, and put all your strength into My work so it can become more effective. This is what you must understand. Desist from fighting amongst yourselves, looking for a way back, or seeking after fleshly comforts, which would delay My work and spoil your wonderful future. Doing so, far from being able to give you protection, would bring destruction upon you. Wouldn’t this be foolish of you? That which you are greedily enjoying today is the very thing that is ruining your future, whereas the pain you are suffering today is the very thing that is protecting you. You must be clearly aware of these things, so as to elude the temptations from which you will be hard put to extricate yourself and avoid blundering into the dense fog that blocks out the sun. When the dense fog clears off, you will find yourself in the judgment of the great day. By that time, My day will have approached mankind. How will you escape My judgment? How will you be able to endure the scorching heat of the sun? When I bestow My abundance on man, he does not cherish it in his bosom, but instead casts it aside into a place where no one will notice it. When My day descends upon man, he will no longer be able to discover My abundance or find the bitter words of truth I spoke unto him long ago. He will wail and cry, because he has lost the brightness of the light and fallen into darkness. What you see today is merely the sharp sword of My mouth. You have not seen the rod in My hand or the flame with which I burn man, and that is why you are still haughty and intemperate in My presence. That is why you still fight with Me in My home, disputing with the human tongue that which I have spoken with My mouth. Man does not fear Me, and though continuing to be at enmity with Me until today, he still has no fear at all. You have the tongue and the teeth of the unrighteous in your mouths. Your words and deeds are like those of the serpent that enticed Eve into sinning. You demand from each other an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, and you struggle in My presence to wrest position, fame, and profit for yourselves, yet you do not know that I am secretly watching your words and deeds. Before you even come into My presence, I have sounded the very bottom of your hearts. Man always wishes to escape the grasp of My hand and elude the observation of My eyes, but I have never dodged away from his words or deeds. Instead, I purposefully allow those words and deeds to enter into My eyes, so that I may chastise man’s unrighteousness and execute judgment on his rebellion. Thus, man’s words and deeds in secret remain always before My judgment seat, and My judgment seat has never left man, because his rebellion is too much. My work is to burn and purify all the words and deeds of man that were uttered and done in the presence of My Spirit. In this way, when I leave the earth, men will still be able to maintain their loyalty to Me, and will still serve Me as My holy servants do in My work, allowing My work on earth to continue until the day it is complete.

from “The Work of Spreading the Gospel Is Also the Work of Saving Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Footnotes:

a. The spirit of the prime minister: A classic Chinese saying used to describe a person who is broad-minded and generous.

b. A Chinese saying, the literal meaning of which is “bandits that occupy the mountains and declare themselves as kings.”

c. The original text omits “immoral.”

June 15, 2013

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