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How Exactly to Pursue the Truth so as to Be Perfected

Paramount to Practicing Pursuing the Truth Is Knowing How to Seek the Truth

The majority of people still don’t understand now what pursuing the truth is exactly. Although everyone is willing to pursue the truth and all want to pursue the truth, they don’t know how to practice it. So what problem is most important to resolve first when it comes to practicing pursuing the truth? You must know how to seek the truth—this is the first step. If you don’t seek the truth, and you always act on your own imaginings, conceptions and preferences, are you a pursuer of the truth? If you always go by your conceptions, imaginings and preferences to work, give sermons or perform your duties, then you will never be able to enter into the reality of the truth. Some people have asked: “Is this the reason why those who have worked for many years have not obtained any change in their disposition?” This is absolutely the reason. If you always go by your own imaginings, conceptions and preferences in your work, then you’ll never be able to enter into the reality of the truth. And when someone cannot enter into the reality of the truth, one can imagine whether this person will be capable of a change in their disposition. There are many matters in which people never seek the truth, and they merely settle for their own imaginings, conceptions and the doctrines they understand, thinking that, with these things, they then have the truth. They therefore don’t seek the truth, and this is a common failing of all people, and here lies the root of the problem. If this problem is not resolved, then they could believe in God for another 10 or 20 years and still not be able to change their life disposition, and that’s for sure. When someone is unwilling to seek the truth, they think that their own conceptions, imaginings and opinions are all right and they think that, by understanding some doctrines, they already understand the truth. This is a complete mistake and it is the greatest misunderstanding they have in their belief in God. You must first be clear on whether or not your conceptions and imaginings and the doctrines you understand are the truth. If you can acknowledge that no matter how right, good or reasonable your thoughts are, they are still not the truth, and are actually very far from the truth—if you can deny yourself and know yourself in this way, you then have a starting point for life entry. If you cannot deny yourself, still thinking that you understand many truths, then you are in great danger and will bring yourself to ruin. Does it hold water when someone says they understand every truth but they don’t know how to put them into practice? Someone says: “It’s right to obey God. I know to obey God, I know it’s right to be loyal to God, I know it’s right to be an honest person, I know to bear witness for God and exalt God, and even more so I know to love God.” Although you understand these letters, and you acknowledge that these letters, these spiritual terminologies, these words are right, can you explain what reality is, what the reality of loving God is, what the reality of obeying God is and what the reality of being loyal to God is? Do you possess this kind of life reality? Do you have the witness of change in your life disposition? You say that it’s right to obey God, but when you encounter issues, why can’t you obey? Could you obey if I pruned and dealt with you right now? Can you obey when leaders and workers arrange duties for you to perform or prune and deal with you? If you can’t obey in these circumstances, then where is your reality of obeying God? Where is your testimony of change in life that you need in order to obey God? If you don’t have these testimonies and experiences, where then is your reality of understanding the truth? Can a mere understanding of doctrines and of empty letters be considered an understanding of the truth? You have to genuinely enter into the reality of the truth of God’s words, and live out the reality of God’s words. If you possess this true testimony, it means that you have a true understanding of the truth. What is the difference between a true understanding of the truth and just understanding doctrines? When someone understands doctrines, they are unable to communicate the reality of experience—they have not experienced the process from failures and falls through climbing up to dispositional change and practice of the truth. They are devoid of this within, and they have not gone through the process of entry and progression in life experience; they understand only empty words and spiritual terminologies, and this is not understanding the truth. If you genuinely have true experience, you can fellowship the reality and the essence of the truth lucidly and in total clarity. Say we are talking about how to be an honest person or obeying God, for example. These subjects contain many realities of the truth that cannot all be fellowshiped in one day and cannot be fully talked about in just a few sentences. Would you dare to say: “I can communicate them thoroughly by fellowshiping for just two or three hours”? The experiences, the details concerning entry and every single process related to these subjects need several days to talk about. Therefore, if you don’t have any experience, then don’t say you understand the truth. What you understand is empty doctrines—it is just some empty, literal things, and it is not an understanding of the truth. If someone does not have the reality of the truth and can only say empty words and speak doctrines, then what is the greatest deficiency of someone like this? They are without the reality of the truth. They are without the reality of the truth but they still don’t know it and they don’t acknowledge it. They are full of hot air, they set themselves apart as superior to other people, they like to lecture others and they don’t accept being pruned or dealt with. People like this have no self-knowledge. People without self-knowledge are without reason, and without reason they don’t know to repay God’s love, which boils down to having no conscience. When someone is without reason and without conscience, then that means that they are without humanity; this is not an undue thing to say. Conscience and reason are the marks of humanity. If someone doesn’t even have any reason before God, if they don’t obey, they can’t repay God’s love, and they don’t know themselves, then this pertains to having no conscience or reason. If someone does not know their own deficiencies and does not have a thorough understanding of their true state, are they then capable of genuinely pursuing the truth? It’s difficult for them to do that. They always think they have the truth and that they’re better than other people, and so they are unable to accept God’s judgment and chastisement. They only become more and more arrogant and self-important, and they think more and more that they have everything and that they can do anything, that they’ve been perfected by God and attained salvation and can lead God’s chosen people. People like this are in great danger; if they do not repent, then they will be beyond saving. I asked some people: “How’s your humanity? Are you someone with humanity?” And they said: “No idea. I don’t think I’m without humanity.” So I said: “You’ve believed in God for all these years and you don’t even know whether you have humanity or not, whether your humanity is good or bad, and you don’t know whether your actions and deeds conform to God’s will or whether you are practicing the truth or not. What kind of problem is this?” We have to dissect these practical problems, and this is so very beneficial for our entry into life. This is not done to expose someone else, but is done primarily to benefit ourselves, so that we can find the accurate path of practice and so that we can enter into the truth and practice it as soon as possible—this is our deliberate purpose.

I often prune and deal with some leaders and workers; why do I have to do that? Many people don’t understand. The majority of people think that I only prune them when they do something bad, but it is not a question of doing something good or bad. The crucial point is that, if I don’t prune and deal with them, then their life will be unable to progress, for people’s life can only grow through experiencing being pruned and dealt with. Someone said: “God’s words don’t always mention pruning and dealing but often mention judgment and chastisement. So long as we frequently eat and drink the words of God and accept their judgment and chastisement, then our lives may then grow, and so we don’t need to experience very much pruning and dealing.” Is this a tenable thing to say? Someone without any experience will find this a difficult question to answer, whereas someone who genuinely does have experience will feel that this is an untenable thing to say, and that it really won’t do without being pruned and dealt with. That is not to say that it won’t do if leaders and workers are not pruned and dealt with, but rather that all of God’s chosen people need to be pruned and dealt with. Can you accept this? If you really can accept this statement and really can know it, then a question arises that relates to the truth, and that is: What is the relationship between pruning and dealing and God’s judgment and chastisement? If you don’t have a thorough understanding of this matter, then how can you experience God’s work? Some people say: “No one has pruned or dealt with me in all these years, and I don’t think I have any problems. If you always prune and deal with me, then I won’t be able to experience God’s work.” The difficulty arises, doesn’t it? They think that if they are always being pruned and dealt with, then they will be unable to experience God’s work. People like this give rise to a problem in their experience: They don’t have any true knowledge of God’s work, and they do not know how to experience it. So what exactly is the relationship between pruning and dealing and the judgment and chastisement of God’s words? In actual fact, the judgment and chastisement of God’s words include pruning and dealing, and trials and refinement. When someone prunes and deals with you, are they not dealing with you according to God’s words? If they are, it represents the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, and even more so it represents the judgment and chastisement through factual events. What is the problem with people who can accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, but cannot accept being pruned and dealt with? If someone cannot accept being pruned and dealt with by man, their acceptance of the judgment and chastisement of God’s words becomes a problem, and their acceptance is not so genuine but a little false. Some people say: “I have no conceptions about God’s words no matter how they judge and chastise me. I’ll accept it, say amen to and acknowledge it even if God says I’m the devil Satan.” But when someone deals with you and says you really are the devil Satan, you don’t accept it. You don’t accept it when they say your humanity is bad, you don’t accept it when they say you are arrogant and self-important, and you accept it even less when they deal with you and say that you have a demonic nature. So doesn’t that mean that your acceptance of the judgment and chastisement of God’s words is false? You are wrong in doing so. God’s words say that we corrupt mankind are the progeny of Satan, and that we are filled with satanic dispositions and live as unclean spirits. So if you can accept God’s words, why then can you not accept it when someone criticizes you based on the facts and on your expressions? What kind of problem is this? Therefore, we now form a conclusion: All who cannot truly accept and obey being pruned and dealt with cannot then truly accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s words. This problem is key. If someone cannot accept being pruned and dealt with, then we can say with certainty that they are not someone who truly obeys God’s judgment and chastisement. Can someone who does not truly obey God’s judgment and chastisement be perfected? Can they achieve a genuine acceptance and understanding of the truth? Has this not become a problem? Someone says: “I understand all these truths.” You say you understand, but isn’t it just a lot of doctrines that you understand? Tell me what exactly is meant by experiencing and obeying the judgment and chastisement of God’s words. You can’t tell clearly. Why people have to accept being pruned and dealt with, and what is the relationship between it and obeying God’s judgment and chastisement—you cannot explain this clearly. So how do we recognize this problem? It arises in experience, and it is discovered through experience. Some people cannot accept being pruned and dealt with, but they say: “I can obey the judgment and chastisement of God’s words.” Is this not a self-contradiction? Previously, a host family hosted upper-level leaders and workers very enthusiastically, but when they hosted ordinary brothers and sisters, they didn’t take much care over it and treated them very coldly. When I visited, they fed me well; when brothers and sisters went there, they were given small bowls at meal times. After a few mouthfuls, the brothers and sisters had finished the rice in their bowls, but because the rice pot was next to the hosting couple, they were shy to keep ladling rice out of the pot, and they were still not full by the end of the meal. When I went, I was taken care of very well and given everything I needed; when brothers and sisters went, sometimes they weren’t even given a pillow, and they had to use their own clothes as pillows. When I saw the host being biased and without compassion, I took the pillow and the good sheets they’d given me and I gave them to the brothers and sisters. Then I dealt harshly with them, saying: “Don’t know how to practice the truth? You are not practicing the truth. By doing your duty in this way, always with your own intentions and personal preferences, you are at odds with God’s will. You are not treating God’s chosen people with compassion, and you are always looking up to some people and looking down on others.” And what did they say when they heard that? “I just obey God. I don’t follow what man says.” I dealt with them and they came up with this excuse, meaning: “You are a man, and I obey God, not man.” Do people who say this obey God? Do they obey the truth? It’s true that I’m a man, but can you obey if what I say accords with the truth and with facts? If you cannot obey the things I say that come from the Holy Spirit, is this not you being unable to obey God? Obedience to God is not obeying whatever God personally says to you, but rather it is obeying every word God says and obeying the work of the Holy Spirit—only this is true obedience to God. “I only obey God, not man.” Do people who obey like this really understand the truth of obedience? Some new believers heard someone say this, and I asked them: “Do you see the problem in what they said?” And they said: “What they said was right.” New believers have no experience and no discernment. They only look at whether the words others say are right or not; they don’t look at the essence or the intention behind what is said. There are many preachers who are without the reality of the truth, and because new believers don’t understand the truth and have no discernment, they are too easily deceived by them. What exactly is meant by entering into the reality of the truth? Only being able to speak letters and doctrines, not knowing how to obey when they are pruned and dealt with, not knowing how to seek the truth or practice the truth and not being able to bear true witness when they encounter trials and refinement—does someone like this have the reality of the truth? That you can speak letters and doctrines does not mean that you have the reality of the truth and it does not mean you understand the truth, much less that your disposition has changed. So, if you want to pursue the truth so as to be perfected by God, you must have true knowledge of God’s judgment and chastisement. If you cannot enter into this truth, then you do not truly obey God’s work. Say I’ve never seen you before and never lived together with you. After hearing you say one thing, I then think that you are without the reality of the truth, and so I deal with you, saying, “You don’t have the reality of the truth.” You say, “You don’t even understand me, so how can you say I don’t have the reality of the truth? I don’t accept what you say.” What does this statement represent? It represents disobedience. And someone says: “We must obey everything you say?” I don’t mean that you have to obey everything I say. I mean that you should be able to reflect on yourself regardless of what someone else says to you. Don’t leap to negate what others say; treat it correctly, and be obedient first and then consider it carefully and seek the truth; this is the right way to do things. This is a relatively practical way to practice. Don’t be too quick to say, “I don’t acknowledge what you say, and I don’t accept it,” for this is a satanic disposition. If you are someone who truly obeys God, you would say this: “I really need to reflect on myself about this problem you mention. Although I didn’t realize I had this problem, I believe that what you say is right and I must accept God’s scrutiny.” This is something only an exceptional person can say, and it shows that this person’s experience of life is already very deep; only very few people can say this. Is it easy to distinguish whether or not someone has the reality of the truth? It is not a simple matter. Some people see a leader or a worker being removed and they fly into a rage, and say, “Is this not punishing them? If they are punished like this then I won’t believe anymore.” What kind of problem is this? Is it a punishment? You don’t know God’s work and you speak nonsense. If you don’t understand the truth then don’t say anything—seek the truth first and then speak. Why speak nonsense? Why run your mouth off so quickly? The moment you open your mouth, you reveal yourself to be without the truth and without reason. Do you think God’s family is a place where people are treated unjustly? All of God’s chosen people within God’s family are those who are experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement and obey His work, and everything God’s family does is done under the control, the leadership and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Is this not clear to you? Someone says: “What’s so special about the brother above? Is he not also a man?” What do you think of this? This is like when people in the Age of Law said: “Moses, are you not also a man? Why should we listen to you?” Didn’t they mean more or less the same thing? What is the nature of these words? Is this offending God’s disposition? How come you don’t say, “Isn’t Christ also a man?” Don’t you dare say it. If you do you’ll offend God’s disposition! This is terrible! These words offend God’s disposition. Not knowing God’s work and always offending God’s disposition is very dangerous. If you are a new believer and you offend God’s disposition once, you can be let off. But if you are a leader or a worker who has believed for three or for five years, and if you say this, how then should you be handled? You will be removed immediately; you are not worthy to lead God’s chosen people. Some people ask, “Is he really a man?” Of course he is a man, but he is the man used by God. “Is he not also a man?” These words appear right, and everyone must acknowledge them. But these words represent the speaker’s disposition and they represent their viewpoint—they don’t listen to this man, they don’t obey him, they don’t acknowledge that this man is being used by God and they don’t obey God’s work. What do these words show? They show the speaker’s disposition that defies God and that they are disobedient, and this is a serious problem. If you said, “Wasn’t Jesus also a man?” then you would be a betrayer of Jesus, and He would not acknowledge you. It’s true that Jesus was a man, and He had the aspect of His humanity. But most importantly He had divine essence, and He was the practical God incarnate. Would you dare to say that the practical God is just a man? If you say this, then you offend God; it is a serious thing to say this. Those who genuinely know God’s work have a God-fearing heart, and they don’t dare to speak casually. People who do not have a God-fearing heart can say anything; what they say may appear right, but their inner disposition shows their intentions and it shows Satan’s cunning schemes. Most people can’t discern it, but those who have the truth, when hearing it, can distinguish: “Saying this means that you are disobedient, and that you do not acknowledge or accept his leadership.”

How exactly does one pursue the truth in order to be perfected? Can someone without true obedience to God’s work gain the truth? Someone like this, who stubbornly defies God and refuses to obey God’s work, can never be perfected because they do not pursue the truth. For someone who pursues the truth, what approach should they take to matters which they do not thoroughly understand? “First, I must pray to God and seek the truth, and then speak. Before I have understood the truth, I really mustn’t follow my own desires and talk nonsense.” This is what those who have a God-fearing heart think, right? Before, when I dealt with the hosting couple, they said: “I obey God, not man.” This is what they said to me. When I heard it, I thought, “You don’t accept my pruning and dealing and you are without the truth. You are troublesome,” and I paid them no mind after that. Someone who I have dealt with several times complained to me, saying: “How come you deal so harshly with me?” I said: “Do I deal harshly with you? Have you not greatly disturbed God’s family by doing those things? Isn’t it infuriating? How come you do not reflect on this problem? What you say is unfair. By doing those bad things, you have caused a lot of trouble for the work of God’s family and have caused it much loss, and yet you still complain that I deal with you harshly.” Are people like this truly obedient? Why don’t you reflect on yourself? Why do you speak so unreasonably? Don’t think you have a good caliber, that you understand everything, and so you can speak arbitrarily. If your caliber is good and you understand everything, does it follow that what you say conforms to the truth? Not necessarily. If you have a good caliber but you don’t understand the truth, then anything you say will be superficial, it will defy God, and it does not show that you have the testimony, or the reality, of obedience. Having a good caliber and understanding the truth are two entirely different things. When someone has a good caliber then they can understand the truth a little quicker and a little sooner. But it is not the case that everything they say and do conforms to the truth. There are many who have a good caliber, but does that mean that there are many who pursue the truth? There are many who have a poor caliber, but some of them pursue the truth, so one does not necessarily follow the other. Those who genuinely pursue the truth, after experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit for a period of time, will come to have a God-fearing heart. With a God-fearing heart, they can obey God’s work somewhat more easily and more truly, and they can achieve practical results. Therefore, the more work of the Holy Spirit someone has, the greater and more real their God-fearing heart becomes. Because people like this understand the truth deeper day by day, unknowingly their life disposition undergoes a change. People who don’t have a God-fearing heart speak without thinking, and they say anything that comes into their heads without reflection and regardless of the intentions that lie behind their words; they speak casually, believing that they should reason and argue their position. People like this are most prone to offending God’s disposition. In the Old Testament Age of Law, Aaron and Miriam said: “Isn’t Moses also a man? Isn’t he just the same as us?” On the surface, it was right to say this, but behind these words was their intent: “Moses, you are just the same as us. God has enlightened you, but hasn’t He enlightened us also? So we are equal. Don’t try to lead us and don’t consider yourself superior to us, preaching to us all the time.” They said something that was correct to conceal the disobedience in their hearts, and this showed their dispositions to be wrong. Some people are disobedient toward the leaders and workers, and when someone mentions that a certain leader or worker is diligent in pursuing the truth in the years of his belief in God, they say: “He is nothing special. He’s just like me, no better than I am.” What do these words show? It shows that they have no regard for others and they think that everyone else is below them; they don’t even have the respect for other people which is the bare minimum of common sense. Does someone like this possess reason? They consider everyone else to be beneath them, and this represents a type of disposition. Here I am dissecting this matter, and you listen and think, “Great, this is enlightening and illuminating for us, and it allows us to see the fact clearly.” But when you encounter this kind of matter yourselves, when I deal with you, is it then so easy to accept? This comes down to the issue of obedience. You think you can preach obedience, right? You think you understand the truth of obedience, right? Then do you understand the truth of obedience? Then do you have any obedience in this matter? This will expose you. The fact exposes people the most. Matters you encounter in your ordinary lives expose your real stature the most. Are those who genuinely understand the truth and who revere God prone to making excuses? They hate to make excuses, and they feel that making excuses is meaningless. If they make excuses, their heart is ill at ease and they are disgusted with themselves. Like when Job said all those ignorant things before he had heard God speak, and then he felt ashamed and covered his mouth with his hand, and he said no more. Corrupt mankind’s mouth stinks, and what they say has no reality of the truth. And when one has heard God speak, one feels like nothing—what then is there to say? Nothing one says will be good. Therefore, the more one experiences God’s work, the more of a God-fearing heart one has and the more one feels that one amounts to nothing at all.

So how can you achieve self-denial and forsake yourself? Can you achieve it just by understanding doctrines? Some people say: “I understand all truths, but I just can’t put them into practice.” Doesn’t this show they have no experience? They only understand doctrines, and they have no real experience. Without real experience, they don’t know themselves, and when they don’t know themselves they are unable to deny themselves or forsake themselves, and will still think that they understand everything, that they already have everything in abundance and that they understand the truth. But in the end, they will see that they are unable to put any truth into practice. They don’t recognize their own corrupt essence and they don’t truly forsake themselves, much less are they able to deny themselves. And no matter what issue they encounter that other people cannot understand, they say, “I understand it at a glance.” With petty shrewdness, they understand anything at a glance, and then they feel very self-satisfied and they sing their own praises and feel better than everyone else. And so they become full of themselves and full of hot air—do people like this have any self-knowledge? Do they have the reality of the truth? What people who really do have the reality of the truth get sick of the most is preaching doctrine and talking about empty theory, and they are disgusted with letters and doctrines. Under what circumstances do those who have the reality of the truth speak? When they discover someone has a problem, they look first at whether the person with the problem can accept the truth, and what kind of person they are. If that person loves the truth and can seek the truth, they may think, “I must perform some duty. I must have some compassion for them and I must help them.” But when that person is quite arrogant and self-important, and they have never stumbled and fallen, and never failed, they will think, “If I speak with them about their problem, they will surely resist, they will surely make excuses and talk back to me, so I do not need to say anything. I’ll just let them carry on being arrogant until they fall down.” This is how people who truly understand the truth do things, isn’t it? Everything they say is real. They don’t say things that aren’t real, don’t say things they don’t need to say, don’t say things that are of no benefit, and never talk about doctrine; when they talk about doctrine, they become disgusted with themselves and they make themselves sick by talking about it. Now there are those who are very enthusiastic and like to preach to others; once someone encounters a practical problem and asks them what they should do, all they get in response is: “Seek the truth.” Do people who say things like this have the reality of the truth? They cannot help others, and if this is how they talk then that proves that they are without the reality of the truth. When they give a sermon, they just blow hot air and they talk so much—is that really the reality of the truth? They are incapable of resolving people’s practical problems, and all their sermons are just empty talk. So what is the right way to give a sermon? You should talk about your own experiences and knowledge according to the problem at hand, read God’s words according to the problem at hand and use God’s words to resolve it—this is giving a sermon. If you don’t give sermons in this way, then you are just talking theory. Giving a sermon is fellowshiping about the truth according to people’s problems. If you don’t fellowship according to both practical problems and the misunderstandings and confusion in people’s life experiences, if you cannot resolve these problems, your fellowship is not a real sermon. There are now many people who have never known how to seek the truth, and neither do they know in what states they should seek the truth to resolve problems so as to pursue the truth. For example, is it time to seek the truth when you are being pruned and dealt with? Is it time to seek the truth when you achieve no results in your duties? Is it time to seek the truth when you are negative and weak? In particular, is it time to seek the truth when you encounter trials and you don’t know what to do to conform to God’s will? Is it time to seek the truth when you are living in comfort and you cannot feel God’s presence? Is it time to seek the truth when you are unable to exalt God or bear witness for God, or use the truth to resolve problems, when performing your duties? Is it time to seek the truth when you see yourself expressing corruption and never being able to live out a true human likeness? In particular, is it time to seek the truth when you have expressed corruption and acted wantonly on your own desires, and then you meet with the rejection and contempt of other people and yet still you don’t reflect on yourself? Is it time to seek the truth when you can’t work well with other people and you always think yourself better than them, and always look down on them? Is it time to seek the truth when you always go by your emotion in your treatment of other people, when you cannot treat others fairly or you cannot extend the same treatment to everyone? There are many more problems. When you see that your life disposition has not changed, and especially when you are unable to obey the more severe judgment and chastisement of God, then even more so it is time to seek the truth. When you see that your disposition has not changed at all after several years of believing in God and that you often express corruption, then you must reflect on yourself and seek the truth. All these problems are often found and met in your life experiences, and if you have never sought the truth with regards to these problems and have never used the truth to resolve them, then are you really a pursuer of the truth? There are many people who always think that they pursue the truth. So are you someone who seeks the truth in every matter? In what matters have you previously sought the truth? What problems have you resolved through seeking the truth, after which you are able to practice the truth? Moreover, exactly how many truths are you able to put into practice? If you cannot answer these questions clearly, how then can you still affirm that you are a pursuer of the truth? Aren’t people like this a little self-righteous, and a little arrogant? Those who genuinely pursue the truth seek the truth in all things. Through seeking the truth in many problems, they understand the truth and enter into its reality; through seeking the truth, they resolve problems; and because they seek the truth they ultimately come to understand the truth and use it to resolve problems—in this way, they enter into the reality of the truth. What is the process of entering into the reality of the truth? First, you seek the truth, then you reach an understanding of the truth and you resolve your problems and, finally, you enter into reality. Entering into reality is not done by relying on empty imaginings. Some people think: “I understand a lot of God’s words literally, I understand a lot of theory, and so I have the reality of the truth.” The reality of the truth is not something that comes merely from gaining mental comprehension through reading the letters of God’s words—it comes from experience, and it is the result of seeking the truth in all things and using the truth to resolve problems. If you don’t have this kind of real experience, then who can you preach to? Who would be convinced by you? No one would be convinced by you. Say, for example, I preach to you about the truth of obeying God, and someone says: “Brother, would you please tell me how one experiences regarding obedience to God?” Is this a good question or not? If you cannot explain clearly how to experience in this aspect, then what kind of problem is this? You don’t know how to experience God’s words. If you don’t know how to experience the truths you think you understand, then you absolutely do not have any true experience. Therefore, if the sermons you give all come from your own experience and are all realities that you have entered into in your experience, then your sermons will be able to resolve all the difficulties of God’s chosen people in their life entry. When they hear your sermons, they will then be able to understand the truth and enter into reality. These are the results they will be able to achieve, and only this kind of sermon is the true sermon. If, when people hear you preach, they think it’s all correct, but your sermons can’t resolve all the many difficulties and confusion people have in their experiences, then aren’t you just preaching doctrine? Moreover, if people really raise some questions, and you are able to convince them in heart and by word, and lead them into real experience so that they can practice and experience in a proper way, then it means that you genuinely have the reality of the truth. Is entering into the reality of the truth really as simple as people imagine? Is it acceptable to not be pruned and dealt with? Is it acceptable to not undergo the process of seeking the truth and using the truth to resolve problems? Without these things, you will absolutely be unable to achieve any results, and you must all have a thorough understanding of this issue.

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