The Path … (7)
In our practical experiences, we see that there are many times when God has personally opened up a path for us, so that the path beneath our feet may be firmer, and more real. For this is the path that God has opened for us since time immemorial, and which has been passed down to our generation after tens of thousands of years. Thus have we taken up the path of our predecessors, who did not walk it to the end. We have been chosen by God to walk its final stage. And so, this path was especially prepared for us by God, and whether we are blessed or afflicted with misfortune, no one else can walk this path. Let Me add My own insight to this: Do not think of trying to flee elsewhere, or of trying to find another path, and do not covet status, or try to set up your own kingdom—these are all fantasies. You may have certain preconceived ideas about My words, in which case I suggest that you stop being so muddleheaded. You are better off giving this more thought; do not try to be clever, and do not confuse good and bad. You will regret it once God’s plan is accomplished. What I am saying is, when the kingdom of God comes, the nations of the earth will all be smashed to pieces. At that time you will see that your own plans have also been obliterated, and that those who are chastised will be smashed, and in this, God will make fully manifest His disposition. I think that since these things are so clear to Me, I should tell them to you, so you will not blame Me afterward. That we have been able to walk this path until today was ordained by God, so do not think that you are something special, nor that you are unlucky—none may make assertions regarding God’s current work lest you are smashed to pieces. I have been enlightened by God’s work: No matter what, God shall make this group of people complete, His work shall never change again, and He shall take this group of people to the path’s end, and end His work on earth. We should all understand this. Most people love to “look ahead,” and there is no end to their appetites. None of them understand God’s urgent will of today, and so they all think of escape. They are like runaway horses that want only to roam the wilderness; few wish to settle down in the good land of Canaan to seek the way of human life. Having entered the land flowing with milk and honey, if people do not enjoy it, what more do they want? Truth be told, beyond the good land of Canaan lies only wilderness. Even when people have entered the place of rest, they are unable to stand by their duty; are they not just harlots? If you lose the opportunity to be made perfect by God here, you will regret it for the rest of your days, your remorse will be infinite. You will be like Moses, who gazed at the land of Canaan but could not enjoy it, his fists clenched, his death full of regret—do you not think this shameful? Do you not think it embarrassing, to be scoffed at by others? Are you willing to be humiliated by others? Do you not wish to do well for yourself? Do you not want to be an honorable and upstanding person who is perfected by God? Do you really aspire to nothing? You are not willing to take the other paths; do you also not wish to take the path that God has ordained for you? Do you dare to go against the will of Heaven? No matter how great your “skill,” can you really offend Heaven? I believe that we are better off trying to know ourselves properly. One word from God can change heaven and earth, so what is a scrawny little person in God’s eyes?
In My own experiences, I have seen that the more you set yourself against God, the more God will show His majestic disposition, and the more severe will be the chastisement that He “serves” to you; the more you obey Him, the more He will love you and protect you. God’s disposition is like an instrument of punishment: If you obey you will be safe and sound; when you do not obey—when you always try to show off, and always play tricks—God’s disposition immediately changes. He is like the sun on a cloudy day, He will hide from you and show you His wrath. So, too, is His disposition like the weather in June, when the skies are clear for miles around and the waves are but a ripple on the water’s surface, until the current suddenly speeds up, and the water turns into a roiling swell. Dare you be so reckless in the face of such a disposition of God? In your experiences, most of you brothers and sisters have seen that when the Holy Spirit works in the light of day, you are full of faith—but then, out of the blue, God’s Spirit suddenly forsakes you, and you are so tormented that you are sleepless at night, casting about for the direction in which His Spirit disappeared. No matter what you do, you cannot find where His Spirit went—but then, out of the blue, He appears to you again, and you are as ecstatic as when Peter suddenly beheld his Lord Jesus once more, so ecstatic you almost cry out. Have you really forgotten this, after experiencing it so many times? The Lord Jesus Christ, who became flesh, who was nailed to the cross, and then was resurrected and ascended into heaven, is always hidden to you for a time, and then He appears to you for a time. He reveals Himself to you because of your righteousness, and He becomes angry and departs from you because of your sins, so why do you not pray to Him more? Did you not know that after the Pentecost, the Lord Jesus Christ has another commission on earth? You know only the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ became flesh, came to the earth, and was nailed to the cross. Never have you realized that the Jesus you believed in before has long since entrusted His work to someone else, and that it was completed long ago, so the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ has come to the earth again in fleshly form to do another part of His work. I would like to insert something here—despite the fact that you are currently in this stream, I dare say that few among you believe this person to be the One bestowed upon you by the Lord Jesus Christ. You know only to enjoy Him; you do not acknowledge that God’s Spirit has once again come to the earth, and you do not acknowledge that the God of today is the Jesus Christ of thousands of years past. And so I say that all of you are walking with your eyes closed—you just accept wherever you end up—and you are not serious about this at all. Thus do you believe in Jesus in word, but dare to blatantly resist the One to whom God bears witness today. Are you not foolish? The God of today does not care about your mistakes, He does not condemn you. You say that you believe in Jesus, so could your Lord Jesus Christ let you off? Do you think that God is some place for you to let off steam, and lie? When your Lord Jesus Christ reveals Himself once more, He will determine whether you are righteous or whether you are evil based on how you behave now. Most people end up with notions about what I refer to as “My brothers and sisters,” and believe that God’s means of working will change. Are such people not courting death? Can God bear witness to Satan as God Himself? In this, are you not condemning God? Do you believe that just anyone can become God Himself? If you truly knew, then you would not have any notions. In the Bible is the following passage: All things are for Him and all things are from Him. He will bring many sons to glory and He is our Captain…. Thus does He have no shame in calling us brothers. You may be able to easily recite these words by heart, but you do not understand what they actually mean. Are you not believing in God with your eyes closed?
I believe that our generation is blessed to be able to take up the path unfinished by those of previous generations, and to behold the reappearance of the God of several thousand years past—a God who is among us, and abounds in all things. You could never have imagined that you would walk this path—is this something you are capable of? This path is led directly by the Holy Spirit, it is led by the sevenfold intensified Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is the path that has been opened up for you by the God of today. Even in your wildest dreams you could not have imagined that the Jesus of several thousand years past would appear once again before you. Do you not feel gratified? Who is able to come face-to-face before God? I often pray for our group to receive greater blessings from God, that we might be favored by God and gained by Him, but there have also been countless times when I have shed bitter tears for us, asking that God enlighten us, so that we may behold greater revelations. When I see people who constantly try to fool God and never aspire to anything, or else who are mindful of the flesh, or strive for interests and reputation to make themselves center stage, how could I not feel great pain in My heart? How can people be so insensate? Has My work really had no effect? If your children were rebellious and unfilial toward you, if they lacked conscience, if they cared only for themselves and were never considerate of your feelings, and they kicked you out of the house after they grew up, how would you feel at that point? Would there not be tears streaming down your face as you remembered the blood, sweat and sacrifice you put into raising them? Thus have I prayed countless times to God and said, “Dear God! Only You know whether I carry a burden for Your work. Where My actions are not in line with Your will, You discipline Me, perfect Me, and make Me aware. My only request of You is that You move these people more, so that You may be glorified soon and they may be gained by You, so that Your work may achieve Your will, and Your plan may be completed earlier.” God does not want to conquer people through chastisement, He does not want to always lead people by the nose. He wants people to obey His words and work in a disciplined fashion, and through this, satisfy His will. But people have no shame and constantly rebel against Him. I believe that it is best for us to find the simplest way to satisfy Him, that is, to obey all of His arrangements. If you can truly achieve this, you will be perfected. Is this not an easy, joyful thing? Take the path that you should take; pay no mind to what others say, and do not think too much. Are your future and your fate in your own hands? You always try to escape, wishing to take the worldly path—but why can you not get out? Why is it that you waver at a crossroads for many years and then end up choosing this path once again? After wandering for many years, why is it that you have now returned to this house in spite of yourself? Is this up to you? For those of you in this stream, if you do not believe Me then hear this: If you plan to leave, see if God lets you, see how the Holy Spirit moves you—experience it for yourself. To speak frankly, even if you suffer misfortune, you must suffer it in this stream, and if there is suffering, you must suffer here, today; you cannot go elsewhere. Is this clear to you? Where would you go? This is God’s administrative decree. Do you think that God’s selection of this group of people has no meaning? In His work today, God does not grow angry easily—but if people try to disrupt His plan, His face instantly changes, turning from bright to overcast. So, I advise you to settle down and submit to God’s designs, and allow Him to make you complete. Only people who do this are smart.