9. How to Pursue the Truth to Become Truly Obedient to God
Corrupt mankind is often rebellious to God and resistant to God and this is entirely a result of Satan’s corruption and corrupt mankind’s God-betraying nature. Corrupt mankind’s hearts are full of Satan’s poisons and have already completely become the satanic God-betraying kind. So God calls corrupt mankind descendants of Satan, which is apt and not at all excessive. There is no doubt that the descendants of Satan are born of Satan and that their corrupt essence is of Satan. Because corrupt mankind’s nature and essence is completely God-resisting and God-betraying, there are no people amongst them who are truly obedient to God. This is corrupt mankind’s God-betraying nature and essence that God’s work of the last days reveals. What corrupt mankind pursues, longs for and favors is negative things that come from Satan. Corrupt mankind has been occupied by negative things and they chase evil trends of the world; it gets worse every day and they cannot extricate themselves. Although people who believe in God get preservation and enlightenment from God, are willing to pursue the truth and obey God and hope to become people who God loves that are truly obedient to God, unfortunately corrupt mankind cannot truly obey God but can only rely on experiencing God’s work and pursuit of the truth to achieve obedience to God. But people all think that they are able to believe in God, expend for God, do their duty and even forsake family and career so as to follow God, and this is the manifestation of obeying God. They all believe that they are able to obey God. No one recognizes that this is absurd thinking which is totally contrary to the nature and essence of people revealed in God’s words because this type of thinking is not in line with the factual truth. No one has a true understanding of what truly obeying God is and no one can distinguish what surface obedience is, what substantive obedience is, what conditional obedience is and what absolute obedience is, so it is very easy for people to see themselves as people who are obedient to God. Being truly obedient to God is not as easy as people imagine. What is true obedience to God? True obedience to God is mainly decided by whether or not one can obey God’s work, practice the truth in God’s words, obey God’s dominance or His orchestrations and arrangements, submit to God’s authority and satisfy God’s will. It is definitely not the case that people can practice it if they want to. Actually, obeying God and practicing the truth are inseparable. Because God comes to save mankind from the domain of Satan, God’s saving of mankind has become a battle with Satan and therefore God requires people to obey God and abandon Satan. Corrupt mankind can only achieve salvation by obeying God. Whether or not they can obey God relates to the issue of whether or not they can be saved. We should improve our knowledge of practicing the truth. The question of whether or not we can practice the truth has become a question of whether or not we can obey God. Being able to practice the truth is obeying God and not practicing the truth is not obeying God and only those who practice the truth in all things are truly obeying God. Yet whether people are truly obedient to God decides who they belong to. Those who practice the truth in all things are people who are truly obedient to God and people who are truly obedient to God belong to God; those who believe in God but cannot practice the truth, those who believe in God but cannot truly obey God do not belong to God; so how can those who do not truly obey God become people who belong to God?
So what exactly is obeying God? To put it simply, obeying God is the practice of the truth. Whenever you have practiced the truth, you have obeyed God. If people can only practice the truth in certain aspects, then this person cannot yet be said to be obeying God. Only people who are able to obey God on many issues related to principles are people who truly obey God. Most people can only practice the truth for small matters, but are unable to practice the truth on major issues of principles, which means that this kind of person is not yet truly obedient to God. So becoming a person who is truly obedient to God is not as simple as you would imagine. Regarding what exactly is true obedience to God, the strict interpretation should be: Truly obeying God is acting completely according to the meaning of God, with none of people’s meaning mixed in; truly obeying God is obeying God’s orchestration and arrangements absolutely, with none of people’s choices; truly obeying God is completely dedicating oneself and being loyal to the doing of God’s will until the very end; truly obeying God is the exclusion of people’s intentions, not subject to the control of any person, matter or thing and acting entirely to satisfy God. In true obedience there is no disobedience, no resistance, no trading and no conditions; there is only loyalty and obedience. It is being completely considerate of God’s intentions and completely satisfying God, just so that the will of God may be done. People who show such obedience are truly obedient to God. Only believers who possess this kind of obedience are ones who are after the will of God and are truly gotten by God; only those who possess true obedience to God truly belong to God. Is it as easy as people imagine to become truly obedient to God?
Because corrupt mankind’s nature is God-resisting and God-betraying, even if they believe in God and are a little obedient to God, their obedience is also very limited. Corrupt mankind loves to follow their own intentions and do as they wish, acting in accordance with principles of interest; they do what is in their own interests and do whatever will get them their objective and even their practice of the truth is adulterated by them. Sometimes they can obey God for a while when moved by the work of the Holy Spirit, sometimes they can obey God for a moment so as to satisfy personal desires; sometimes they can obey God for a moment because of personal tastes and needs; sometimes they can obey God for a moment because their state is better and sometimes they obey God for a while despite feeling wronged for the sake of personal goals. Obedience like this is not true obedience. It is all adulterated and temporary obedience. People’s obedience is limited, temporary, not long-term, unchangeable and completely absolute because they do not really have the truth and even less do they have changes to life disposition. There is very little obedience where it is to completely satisfy God’s intentions and even less absolute obedience that is entirely for the doing of the will of God. Most cases of obedience are manifested in trivial matters, or do not involve principles or self-interest. It is very rare to see obedience on matters related to principles where people can uphold the words of God and stand witness to satisfy God. Some people manufacture the illusion of seeking the truth for others to see after frequently disobeying and resisting God, to cover up the truth of their own rebellion. All of corrupt mankind pretends and engages in illusions. This has long become the usual trick for deceiving God and confusing people. People use such methods for deceiving God and confusing people too much. Actually in their hearts they all know this is deceiving God but yet they still repeat the old tricks. Those who have no truth are all hypocrites.
Now people all feel that practicing the truth and obeying God is very difficult to do. This is because people do not understand the truth enough and their life disposition has not yet changed. Although in the process of experiencing God’s work, most people, from what God’s words reveal, have some knowledge of corrupt mankind’s essence, have already seen that corrupt mankind’s obedience is too limited and have seen the importance of the pursuit of the truth and pursuit of changes to disposition. And they have seen that if corrupt mankind does not experience changes to life disposition, they will never achieve true obedience to God. Because corrupt mankind is bound by their own nature, they are caught in their evil desires and are incapable of resistance. People all want to obey God, but unwittingly resist God. People are willing to satisfy God but unwittingly pursue personal interests. People all want to satisfy God but achieve the opposite of what they intend. They are not willing to suffer personal losses. People all feel that the root of the problem lies in people’s satanic nature. If the problem of their nature is not resolved, then people will never achieve obedience to God. To resolve the problem of obeying God, one must understand corrupt mankind’s God-resisting, God-betraying nature and one must understand people’s nature in accordance with the words of God. God has said many words about mankind’s corrupt essence, but if people do not take time to figure it out then it is very difficult to understand thoroughly. Satan’s corruption of mankind is mainly through all kinds of tyrants and great men amongst evil mankind whose education confuses and poisons mankind. All kinds of heresies and fallacies that come from Satan have confused and poisoned mankind for at least thousands of years and all kinds of evil spirits have controlled mankind in their hearts for thousands of years, resulting in corrupt mankind being completely saturated with Satan’s poisons, which has led to corrupt mankind developing many evil fallacies. These heresies and fallacies which have come from Satan are rooted in the depths of mankind’s spirits, which has caused a complete deterioration in mankind’s nature, which has long been a God-resisting, God-betraying one. All kinds of corrupt mankind’s heresies and fallacies have developed from people’s God-betraying nature and come from Satan’s corruption. People who believe in God must realize that the God-betraying nature is entirely made up of all kinds of evil satanic heretical and fallacious poisons. The more evil people’s corrupt nature, the more satanic fallacies it will develop. The more God-betraying the corrupt nature is, the more satanic philosophies there will be. The more people’s corrupt nature advocates Satan, the more outrageous heresies there will be. The great red dragon and all kinds of tyrants are classic examples. People’s heretical ideas and fallacies can be seen to come entirely from people’s nature. Therefore corrupt mankind’s nature is Satan’s nature and a God-betraying nature, and the image that corrupt mankind lives out is the image of Satan and the devil. We have already completely seen the ferocious faces of Satan and demons from what the great red dragon manifests and our realization of the great red dragon’s evil face is a realization of the true face of Satan. When people realize corrupt mankind’s God-resisting and God-betraying condition, they can see that the true face of Satan and demons was God-resisting and God-betraying from the beginning.
If people who experience God’s work truly understand the problem of corrupt mankind’s nature and essence, then they will know what the issues of obeying and resisting God, belonging to Satan and belonging to God actually are. If you can distinguish between positive and negative things when believing in God, then you will naturally know how you should pursue the truth in order to resolve the problem of changes to disposition. There is a direct relationship between truly obeying God and changes to disposition. People whose disposition has not changed are very limited in obeying God and can only obey Him for a short period of time; it is not stable, long-term obedience, only a surface obedience, with no substance. It is just a pretense of obedience and is not genuine. When people’s life disposition has changed, it shows that people already possess a lot of truths and have new life. This kind of person truly obeys God; it is a permanent and stable obedience and can be called true obedience to God.
The main reason why corrupt mankind cannot obey God is because they have been too deeply corrupted by Satan, their hearts are full of Satan’s poisons, they are completely occupied by all kinds of Satan’s heresies and fallacies, have no true knowledge of God and are even less in possession of the truth. So corrupt mankind is bound by its own nature, controlled by all kinds of heresies and fallacies and is not normal people who can practice the truth. This is because people’s corrupt nature is God-resisting and God-betraying, arrogant and conceited, unrestrained and debauched, selfish, despicable and treacherous. Corrupt mankind does not have the will to pursue the truth so as to be dedicated to the doing of God’s will and live a meaningful life. They all harbor ambitions to get blessings and benefits, rule the roost and act like a tyrant. As long as there is an appropriate environment and position then this will be completely revealed. It really is the case that you can change mountains and rivers but not a person’s nature. Satanic corrupt mankind all has Satan’s wild ambitions. As soon as they have the position and opportunity, it is easy for them to become perverted and show their true colors. Only those people who have been saved and possess the truth have true aspirations to dedicate themselves to doing God’s will. Whether or not believers can pursue and practice the truth is critical. We all see that for people who have a God-betraying nature it is very difficult to practice the truth. For example, in doing one’s duty to satisfy God, it is difficult for them not to be perfunctory. When looking after God’s family’s money, they are not willing if they do not covet money. When evangelizing, they do not find it easy to make an effort and pay the price to convert a good person. When leading people to enter the truth, they do not find it easy to pay the price to bring people into reality. When defending God’s work, they find it even more difficult to practice adherence to principles, maintain their position and to not fear offending people. Especially in the treatment of false Christs and antichrists, very few people dare come forward courageously to defend God’s work and do not hesitate to offend people. Most people do not even have the courage to report to their superiors. It is as if no matter how many people are deceived, it has nothing to do with them. Where is their conscience and reason? They enjoy God’s grace for nothing and in their hearts they betray God. They usually say nice things but when faced with some matter, they take Satan’s side. They are very afraid of offending Satan but don’t fear offending God. This kind of person really is so corrupt that they live off God whilst secretly supporting others and have no conscience. Is not being able to take God’s side and acting as a bystander on major matters involving the principle of right and wrong not a betrayal of God? Where is the faith in God? However, there are still people who suddenly wake up and fight back when the false Christs and antichrists deceive people and destroy God’s work. This kind of person absolutely has a sense of justice and loves the truth because in their heart they hate evil and love justice. This is the type of person who God loves and who God will save and perfect.
People who believe in God should understand that no matter what they face, the practice of God’s words is the practice of the truth and being able to adhere to God’s words is to obey God. As long as people do not waver in identifying Christ as God and God’s words as the truth then they are practicing the truth. When people face Satan’s temptations, it is the most revealing time for them. If they are able to stick to God’s words and fight back against Satan and disgrace Satan, then this is a manifestation of practicing the truth and obeying God and can completely satisfy God. When people are met with false Christ or antichrist’s deception and are able to see through the schemes of the enemy, use God’s words to fight Satan and reveal its God-resisting, God-betraying essence and foil the enemy’s plot, then this is a manifestation of practicing the truth and obeying God and also testimony of victory over Satan and is entirely able to satisfy God and get God’s praise. Being able to seriously do the important work that God has entrusted you with in doing your duty, to suffer hardship and be willing to pay the price and ultimately complete the task safely and securely is a manifestation of practicing the truth and obeying God and is regarded as a good witness. For example: Being able to accept any pruning and dealing, knowing they have done wrong and changing no matter how much suffering it entails, being able to approach it correctly, not complaining nor being negative, being loyal and able to satisfy God when doing their duty for the sake of doing the duty of created beings well is a manifestation of practicing the truth and obeying God; people who do church leadership at all levels can accept and obey the arrangements of God’s family, often self-reflect on work, study to grasp God’s intentions and do substantive work serving God, enter on the right track of serving God, gradually accord with God’s intentions in their service, being able to uphold loyalty and reverence toward God no matter how God’s family prunes and deals with them, seeking to satisfy God as their objective—this is a manifestation of practicing the truth and obeying God.
There are many specific signs of practicing the truth and most people can practice some truths, but there are some truths for which a price must be paid and some suffering experienced. Few people can practice those truths which require price and suffering. This is the reason why people still betray God at the critical moment. It’s no wonder some people always argue and negotiate when they experience pruning and dealing and that some people always have conceptions about God’s work. This is completely due to people’s God-betraying nature. People who are always negotiating and arguing are definitely not obedient to God. Always negotiating and arguing shows that their obedience has conditions and their disobedience has justifications, so they are unable to obey. People who are prone to have conceptions about God’s work are absolutely not obedient to God. Having conceptions about God is a sign of one’s heart disagreeing with God, as if God is not as good as them. It shows how stubborn people’s arrogant nature and rebellious heart can be. In order to save, change and perfect people, of course God will have to do some things that do not comply with people’s conceptions and intentions. It could be said that God is deliberately doing some things contrary to people’s intentions to train people, with the objective to make people understand the truth, know their own God-resisting nature and essence so as to achieve true obedience. This is more conducive to revealing people’s arrogance, rebellion, foolishness and ignorance and leading people to the truth, thus perfecting people’s obedience, and what is wrong with this? Is there anything wrong with God’s work? Why do people not know that all of God’s work is meaningful? Do people not recognize the almighty wisdom that God’s work of saving people amply shows? When experiencing God’s work, people who can unconditionally and unarguably obey God no matter what He does, who can be faithful and loving toward God are truly perfected and after God’s intentions. These are the results that God’s trial, refinement, pruning and dealing are meant to achieve.
In the pursuit of being a truly obedient person one must at least possess the conscience and reason that a normal person should possess, understand the ten truths and have aspirations to pursue being perfected by God. Only then can people be truly obedient. A minimum condition is possession of the conscience and reason that a normal person ought to possess. If people have no conscience and reason, then even if they commit high treason they have no perception, even if they offend God they do not care and they still think of themselves as not bad and even if they go against conscience and reason, they feel no blame and uneasiness. This kind of person shall be unable to be perfected. So the possession of conscience and reason is a minimum requirement of the pursuit and achievement of true obedience toward God. In addition, to be a truly obedient person, one must understand many truths. This is key. Truth is the standard by which people’s actions are measured. If people do not understand the truth, they do things without principles, their pursuit will lose direction and target and they absolutely will not understand God’s intentions. If people do not understand the truth, then they do not know what obedience to God is and what resisting God is. People who do not have the truth will not obey God’s work and will categorically not be saved. Therefore, if those who believe in God do not pursue the truth, they will never be truly obedient to God. People who seek to be truly obedient to God must possess aspirations to be perfected by God. This condition is very important. In God’s work of saving and perfecting people, if people do not have such aspirations, then they cannot pay the price of pursuing the truth and achieving salvation, they cannot suffer enough hardships to gain the truth and be perfected, they cannot stand firm and be a wonderful witness in all the trials one must experience to achieve salvation and be perfected and they cannot endure the persecution of the great red dragon to the end and follow God to the end of the road. Therefore, if believers do not have aspirations to pursue the truth and be perfected by God, then they cannot pay the price of getting the truth and they cannot become truly obedient people. Possessing the three conditions above is very important to achieving true obedience toward God. If people possess the three conditions above, they will become perfected and achieve change to their life disposition after paying the appropriate price (having suffered what they should), and then they shall become truly obedient people. People can only experience change to their life disposition by possessing the truth. People who do not pursue the truth will not experience changes to their life disposition. No matter how many years they have believed in God, they will still rebel against and resist God as before and possibly betray God and take the road of the antichrist. Thus, no matter how many years people have believed in God, if they do not understand the truth then they are not reliable. They may often do things contrary to the truth and unwittingly rebel against God and resist God. There is the possibility of betrayal of God at any time. This is not of their own free will. So understanding the truth is too important for people. Only people who understand many truths can experience changes to their life disposition, be perfected by God and be truly obedient to God. We see that there are a lot of people who have believed in God for many years, some of whom are even leaders and workers at all levels in the church, who are not truly obedient to God. They are serving God nominally but in fact they have gone astray without knowing it, they have an insatiable desire for the blessings of status, consider themselves superior, dictate on their own terms, act like tyrants, with many attendants crowding round and are swollen with inordinate arrogance. There are also many believers who do not even possess the minimum obedience, so how can they be obedient to God? The following types of people are those who do not possess the minimum obedience. These people are all very dangerous. We can see that people who believe in God may fall or fail in this way or that.
1. There is a type of person who believes in God yet cannot obey God’s work, who clings to the world and the pleasures of the flesh, pursues meaningless things, lives outside of the words of God and still thinks of themselves as being very intelligent. They grasp money with one hand and God with the other, neglecting neither and in the end seek salvation all the same, which really is a daydream. This kind of person does not show the minimum obedience and if they do not repent, they will certainly be eliminated.
2. There is a type of person who believes in God and from the outside appears to pursue and be enthusiastic, but they really do not yearn for God’s words and are not interested in the truth. They just observe religious ordinances and act according to their conceptions. They appear to be devout but still have conceptions about God and no truth. In their hearts they often resist and rebel against God. These people do not have the minimum obedience and if they do not repent, they will certainly be eliminated.
3. There is a type of person who believes in God and has done their duty for many years yet still acts perfunctorily and is not loyal to God. Having gone through pruning and dealing, although they know that they often act perfunctorily, they are not able to truly repent. No matter what work they do they always need supervision and attending to and people do not trust them. This kind of person does not have the minimum obedience and if they do not repent, they will certainly be eliminated.
4. There is a type of person who believes in God but cannot obey God’s work, nor accept God’s judgment and chastisement, nor accept God’s family’s pruning and dealing. Other people have to always cajole and compel them along and the slightest frustration can cause them to betray God and leave God’s family. This kind of person does not have the minimum obedience and if they do not repent, they will certainly be eliminated.
5. There is a type of person who, although they appear to be able to read God’s words often and pursue the truth, cannot practice the truth and often act according to their own pleasure and follow their own preferences. They are particularly self-righteous and always think they are right. They don’t care what other people say and cannot accept anything that doesn’t conform to their own ideas. They are extremely arrogant and conceited and do not obey anyone. It is as if they are the truth. This kind of person does not have the minimum obedience and if they do not repent, they will certainly be eliminated.
6. There is also a kind of person who believes in God who especially pursues fame and status and always hopes to be used by God, but after being a leader or worker in God’s family, they have an insatiable desire for the blessings of status. They emphasize eating and dressing well and are willing to enjoy the worship and support of others. They like whoever fawns on them and promote and use whoever obeys and defends them. They consider themselves superior, like to control and order others about. In the church they act like a tyrant, lord it over everyone and do what they wish without restraint. They simply commit sins! This kind of person who serves and resists God does not have even a little obedience and has already taken the path of the antichrist. If they do not repent, it will be hard for them to escape their fate of being eliminated.
The above types of people who believe in God do not even possess the minimum of obedience. They are all very dangerous people for whom it is very hard to achieve salvation. The danger of these people betraying God is too great. They could betray and leave God at any time. All those that do not have the minimum obedience toward God will certainly be eliminated if they do not repent. Whilst experiencing God’s work, all those who truly love God’s words and pursue the truth show obedience to God. For example, those who abandon their families and give up their careers to expend for God, those who loyally do their duty, those who do hosting in order to repay God’s love, those who take on dangerous work and are able to safeguard the work of God’s family, and the leaders and workers at every level of the church who are diligent and devoted and make every effort to do the work God entrusted them to do all show that they are practicing the truth and obeying God. This is an undeniable fact. But in the course of experiencing God’s work, people have not yet achieved changes to life disposition, God’s work is not yet completed and people have not yet been perfected, so even though people show certain signs of obeying God whilst experiencing God’s work, they cannot be said to be truly obedient to God. Only when people have finished experiencing God’s work and are perfected are all those people who have been made complete by God truly then obedient to God. If all those people who are experiencing God’s work who show signs of obeying God can pursue the truth, cooperate with God’s work, obey God’s work to the end and have made changes to their life dispositions, then that is when they will be made complete by God and when people will be able to see who is truly obedient to God. How can you say you are obedient to God if you have not yet experienced the final steps of God’s work and are not certain whether or not you can stand witness? People who are obedient to God have had changes to their life disposition and matters regarding changes to life disposition should be well discerned. That people show signs of obeying God doesn’t equate to changes to their life dispositions. Some signs of obedience to God can be achieved once you possess true faith. People who have aspirations of pursuit can also achieve them. There is a difference between this and obedience post-changes to disposition.
People’s obedience and loyalty all has a background and adulteration yet the obedience of people whose life dispositions have changed is completely true. People who can be obedient under any conditions are more reliable and stable. People who are truly obedient to God can experience all kinds of trials without falling, can stand witness without humiliating God and can be lauded by God and shame Satan. So superficial obedience and obedience after being perfected are different. That is to say that showing signs of obeying God does not mean people are obedient to God. Being able to become a person who is truly obedient to God is not a simple matter. Truly obedient people’s obedience is unadulterated, has no requirements for personal benefits, is unconditional and without background, has no principles of trade and is entirely for the doing of God’s will and for doing one’s duty well. Truly obedient people feel that obeying God is perfectly justified; if they were to die they would not complain nor make any requests. People see such people as fools but actually they are extremely intelligent people. Being intelligent with regard to big matters is true intelligence. Being intelligent with regard to salvation and being perfected is true intelligence. Only people who are truly obedient to God are truly intelligent. Some people who have believed in God for many years can still be arrogant and conceited, fancy themselves as intelligent and are unable to obey God’s work and do their duty well according to God’s demands. They do not practice the truth when doing their duty, do whatever they want and do some meaningless work. They completely rebel against and resist God. Especially some people who serve God yet resist God still have an insatiable desire for the blessings of status, consider themselves superior, live a life of vanity, are self-righteous, show the ugly face of Satan’s corruption and do not have any obedience in practice. Where is the service of God in this? This is simply committing sin! People who serve God must be servants of God and servants of the masses. One must be a good servant before one can lead people. If people serving God are not truly obedient to God and are still unrepentant, then how can they achieve changes? If you yourself are not a person who obeys God, then how can you lead others to enter the truth? If the problem of serving God yet resisting God is not resolved then sooner or later you will suffer great setbacks and there is the danger you will be eliminated.
From the above examples, it can be seen that believing in God, doing one’s duty to expend for God and being able to suffer a little does not mean that people are truly obedient to God. It just represents people’s faith and their pursuit. The main manifestations of truly obeying God are as follows:
1. If people who believe in God can accept all of God’s words of judgment and chastisement and have no conceptions about it because, no matter how much they understand, they recognize that God’s words are correct and that He wouldn’t be wrong, then this is a manifestation of the true obedience to God that one should possess as a minimum.
2. In experiencing God’s work, being able to accept whatever pruning and dealing one is faced with without rebellion or resistance, without arguing when one is suffering inside and recognize that the pruning and dealing by God’s family is right; this is a manifestation of the true obedience to God that one should possess as a minimum.
3. Being able to pursue and practice the truth whilst experiencing God’s work and being able to seek the truth, pray to God and self-reflect when one is disobedient and resistant, thus achieving rebellion against the flesh and practice of the truth is a manifestation of the true obedience to God that one should possess as a minimum.
4. Being able to be quiet before God, ceaselessly pray to God and seek God’s intentions, no matter what trials one faces, and being able to satisfy God and stand witness, at least not humiliate God and not complain, no matter how much one suffers. This is a manifestation of the true obedience to God that one should possess as a minimum.
5. Being able to stand in the position of a created being, keep one’s responsibilities as a created being and treat doing one’s duty well as one’s bounden duty whilst doing one’s duty, not going through the motions nor being slipshod, holding fast to the end, being loyal and accomplishing the created being’s mission in one’s duty. This is a manifestation of the true obedience to God that one should possess as a minimum.
6. Being able to obey God’s orchestration and plans in one’s faith and, no matter how many twists and turns one experiences, being able to understand that God’s intention is to save and perfect mankind and to make them into a person who completely suits God’s will. Not pursuing the day of God, having no thoughts of escape, learning lessons in all things, just seeking to enter the truth and reality, not seeking the comforts of the flesh and no matter whether suffering or difficulty, life or death, there being no choice but to absolutely obey God’s orchestration and plans. This is a manifestation of the true obedience to God that one should possess as a minimum.
Those who believe in God must possess the manifestation of the above six aspects of obeying God. Believers cannot achieve salvation and be perfected without manifesting the above six aspects of truly obeying God. Only by manifesting the above six aspects of obeying God can believers be made by God into people who truly obey God. If all those who possess the above six manifestations of obeying God continue to pursue the truth and obey God’s work until the end, they will absolutely be able to be perfected by God and become people who are truly obedient to God. People who believe in God but do not possess any manifestations of obeying God are people who are in great danger. People who believe in God but do not show any signs of obeying God are not true believers. It could be said that such people are nonbelievers and are just there to make up numbers. No matter how many years such people believe in God, it is no use; they absolutely cannot be saved.
Why is it that people who show signs of obeying God on the outside are not truly obedient to God? It is because people who show signs of obeying God on the outside do not necessarily understand many truths and have not necessarily experienced changes to their life disposition. People who show certain signs of obeying God no doubt still have a lot of rebellion and a lot of their corruption has not yet been revealed because they have not yet reached the level of being perfected. To resolve this, they need to be equipped with many truths. Most people are like this: Today they can be obedient but tomorrow they have a dispute with God and the day after they have conceptions about God. We do not know when people can be obedient, nor do we know when people will betray. Today they are obedient, but tomorrow they may betray. People whose life disposition has not changed are unstable and unreliable like this. If people’s life disposition has not yet changed and the possibility of them betraying God still exists, it is very difficult to ensure that people can follow God until the end. So people who show some signs of obeying God cannot yet be called truly obedient to God. Because people’s God-resisting, God-betraying nature is unresolved, there still exists the danger of their betrayal of God and the possibility that they might leave God. When people’s life disposition has changed, people will truly have peace. Because there is no danger of betraying God, it is safe for people to say that they belong to God and that God has gotten them. Such people are truly obedient to God.
Amongst people who faithfully do their duty in church, those who pursue the truth more will certainly focus on knowing God’s words, understanding the truth, really understanding their corrupt essence and realizing what their nature is and through doing so they will be able to forsake the flesh and practice the truth. These people all certainly show some signs of obeying God. Those who show signs of obeying God will have hope that God will make them people who are truly obedient to God. People who have believed in God for many years but still show no signs of obeying God are ones who are in great danger. For example, people who believe in God yet always hope to be blessed, people who believe in God but always hope for the day of God and do not pursue the truth, people who believe in God but never do their duty and people who just go through the motions in their duty, people who believe in God but are afraid of hardships and always want to escape, people who believe in God but always research God and have deep conceptions on God, people who believe in God but always cling to the world and are bound by secular customs, people who believe in God but always worship religious leaders and despise Christ, people who believe in God but follow idols and cannot obey Christ and people who believe in God but are always controlled by other people and classed as low-level lackeys are all people who show no signs of obeying God. These people are all very troublesome. They are always in danger of betraying God. If people show no signs at all of obeying God when experiencing God’s work, how can they be made complete by God? If God’s work is over, these people who show no signs of obeying God will be eliminated.
Some people are eliminated at each stage of God’s work. This is even more so the case for God’s last days’ work. Now all those who pursue the truth and show signs of obeying God have the hope of achieving salvation and being made complete by God and all those who believe in God but do not engage in honest work nor pursue the truth from start to finish are destined to be eliminated. One should realize that people who have believed in God for many years without any change have actually already been eliminated by the work of the Holy Spirit. Who knows when and which disaster will claim their lives. Now all kinds of disasters have descended and started to occur. Mankind faces more and more and bigger and bigger disasters and more and more people are dying. Those who do not pursue the truth are doomed because all those people who do not pursue the truth, that is, who do not love God’s words and do not often read the words of God in God’s eyes are all dead, the same as nonbelievers. They are all expendable and awaiting all kinds of disasters to resolve them. People who believe in God but cannot obey God’s work, that is, people who show no signs of obeying God, are the objects of elimination and will die in all kinds of disasters just like nonbelievers.
People who pursue the truth should know what the conditions are of those who truly obey God. This is very important for the pursuit of the truth. The life disposition of people who truly obey God will definitely have changed and such people will definitely be in pursuit of the truth. True obedience to God is achieved entirely from pursuing and getting the truth and experiencing changes to life disposition. People who truly obey God have God’s words for life inside them. The truth wields power inside people and satanic nature disintegrates, so people can practice the truth normally and obey God without any restraints. It is God’s words and the truth which make people overcome evil and forsake the flesh. This is the power and ability of God’s words and the truth wielding power. People who truly obey God pay special attention to understanding even more truths. They always try to figure out how to accord with God’s intentions and they always want to understand what the most meaningful life is. They pursue the truth so as to live an even more genuine life and are fully aware that only those who truly obey God can be in harmony with God’s intentions and that only a life of obedience to God is the most meaningful. A life disobedient to God is a life of Satan and the devil. This kind of person is the most unfilial son and a treacherous degenerate. Only people who obey God deserve to live in this world and be praised by God. In the hearts of those who truly obey God, only those who can satisfy God and suit God’s intentions in service shall experience the greatest peace and happiness. If they do things which go against God’s intentions or offend God then this is most painful. People who truly pursue the truth feel in their hearts that their understanding of the truth is still too little and too shallow. If there is something they do not see through they will still pursue the truth more deeply and will feel unsatisfied about the degree of change in their lives. If they discover something in their hearts which is disobedient toward God, they will never let it go, but will continue to pursue the truth and use the truth to resolve the problem, striving to be after God’s intentions. People who are truly obedient to God pay particular attention to their relationship with God and to how their obedience to God is. They feel uneasy if they feel distant from God and will get close to God or read God’s words and try to figure out the truth in God’s words. No matter what they face, they will always see things in God’s words. This is living in God’s words. People who truly obey God also pay particular attention to being devoted to doing their duty. In service to God they can grasp the work at the center of their duty and do the most valuable work. If they have not done any valuable work for a period of time, they feel they have wasted precious time and feel uneasy. At the same time, they also focus on achieving results in their work because only by getting results from work can they satisfy God. People who truly obey God know their mission and they believe that this life is only worthwhile once they have been loyal to doing what God has entrusted to them until the end and managed to finish it. Therefore, people who are truly obedient to God are loyal and devoted to God. They are the people who will do the will of God.
How should one pursue in order to become truly obedient to God? To pursue true obedience to God, we have to learn a lot of lessons. First of all, we must start by obeying God’s work to obey all of the judgment and chastisement in God’s words, accept all pruning and dealing from God, know our corruption, see our own God-betraying nature and essence clearly, receive all the truths in God’s words, and gradually enter all the truths we should possess according to God’s demands based on our own real needs. After several years of believing in God in this way, one will get many truths and have the reality of life entry. Only then will people see their life disposition start to change, have better and better conditions for doing their duty, have less and less rebellion, more and more obedience. Their duties and what they live out will become closer and closer to meeting God’s demands and eventually they will live entirely in God’s words. They will understand more and more about God’s words and the truth, their hearts will become more and more enlightened, they will see everything clearly, know how to practice God’s words and will practice the truth whatever they face. These are people who have gotten the truth and have life. They have already been saved and have been made complete by God to become people who are truly obedient to God.
To become a person who is truly obedient to God, one must learn lessons of being able to obey God from all kinds of trials. One must pursue a deeper knowledge of God to be able to be perfected by God; a lack of truths won’t do. In all kinds of trials, if people have a little rebellion it will be revealed. People’s rebellion will be revealed at every trial. If people are unable to seek the truth in all matters then they will not pass. Too many trials, both big and small, need to be experienced in order to be perfected by God and in each trial one must confront them by relying on seeking the truth. Getting the truth and changing one’s disposition is not as simple as people imagine. From getting the truth from God’s words to the truth becoming people’s life, there are many processes. The more difficult they are, the more people must seek the truth to resolve them. The more trials are experienced, the more people must pursue the truth. Only by doing so can people pass the test smoothly and enter into higher realms of changes to life disposition. Once God’s words become people’s life and the truth takes control in people’s hearts, Satan’s heresy and fallacy shall have no place in people’s hearts. When Satan’s poisons and fallacy have been resolved, people’s life disposition shall start to change and people’s satanic God-betraying nature will also start to disintegrate. In this way, people no longer belong to Satan, but to God. This is a newly created person perfected by God using His words. This person has the truth and humanity. This kind of person is truly obedient to God. Only by pursuing the truth can people bring themselves to this realm and only by pursuing the truth can they be perfected by God and become a person who is truly obedient to God.
September 15, 2006