Chapter 20. Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself II” (V)
Being Blessed or Suffering Disaster Is Determined by the Path Taken in Faith in God
“Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” How did these words from Job come out of his experiences? Why can’t we say this now? What’s the root of the problem? Whether in the Age of Law, the Age of Grace, or the Age of Kingdom, there have always been many believers in God, and some have been blessed by God in their faith while others have suffered disaster. This has been a fact from ancient times until today and in reality it is not, as people imagine, many people gain blessings and few people suffer disaster. It’s possible that the majority suffer disaster and the minority gain blessings. How can this be proven? Most people take the wide road and few people go through the narrow door. What does taking the wide road mean? Most people want to be blessed but instead meet disaster, while few people are blessed because they pursue the truth. Anyone who does not pursue the truth but who has faith in God only to gain blessings, if they don’t turn their notion around they will certainly suffer disaster. What’s your current perspective on faith in God? Is it actually to gain blessings or is to gain the truth and the life? Is this a problem that should be resolved? It is. In addition, what’s the reason for gaining blessings, and what’s the reason for meeting disaster? This is something that you must see into. If you can’t, you won’t be able to say “shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” So what’s the reason for suffering disaster? It’s because people do not know God, and if you do not know God you will inevitably suffer disaster. Why is that? If you do not know God it is entirely certain that you will resist Him. Someone says based on their own notions: “I don’t know God but I don’t say anything to blaspheme Him and I don’t do things that resist Him.” Does that hold water? If you perform your duty without principles, but just do it blindly, that is resisting God, and it is interfering with the work of the house of God. Without being aware of it, you’re interrupting and disrupting the work—you have no sense! You don’t fully understand things, but you speak randomly—this is resisting God. You don’t understand the truth but you make blind judgments—you’re prone to resisting God. When you encounter trials you don’t understand God’s will and you say things blindly—this is resisting God even more. You don’t understand the truth and you don’t know God, so whatever you say and do will likely be resistant to God and prone to countering the truth. This is why those who have faith in God but do not know God must suffer disaster. If you don’t pursue the truth, don’t even think of being blessed or gaining God’s praise. What does truly gaining blessings mean? What is a blessing? It’s not a material object and it’s not enjoying a bit of grace. A blessing refers to gaining God’s approval, that is, gaining the truth, bearing a wonderful witness and satisfying God. That’s what it refers to. Once you’ve been able to satisfy God and gain His approval, then you will be an overcomer of Satan and be free—Satan can no longer harm you. That is a blessing. The blessing that people will be able to enjoy in the future refers to God’s blessing. Whatever good fortune people would like to obtain is not a true blessing. In your current faith, are you more assured of being blessed, or is the likelihood of suffering disaster greater? Can you figure that out? What kind of person will truly suffer disaster, do you think? If someone does pursue the truth but has committed some transgressions, will they suffer disaster? (No.) So what kind of person does? It’s someone who knows what the truth is but does not accept it or put it into practice. For example, if someone does something evil and is pruned and dealt with by others, but they don’t listen to them, they fight against the house of God, quarrel with the leaders and workers and even threaten to take revenge, that kind of person will likely suffer disaster. Why is that? It’s because their evil nature makes them prone to suffering disaster. They don’t accept the truth, they don’t accept being pruned and dealt with, plus they strike back at and take revenge on others. That person has an odious disposition, just like a bandit or a rogue, and they will certainly meet disaster. They are evil demons and do not possess proper humanity, and if an evil demon in the house of God does not suffer disaster, then who would? An evil person in God’s house must be expelled. Why doesn’t God’s house want any evil people? Because God doesn’t save evil people, so their coming into His house is useless. All they can do is disrupt and disturb things—they are a burden, they are a problem. Those of God’s house are all people who can accept the truth. When they are pruned and dealt with by God’s house or by the leaders or workers, or brothers and sisters reprimand and help them, when they see that they are correct, they say: “I accept this. I am completely convinced and have nothing to say. I accept everything that is right no matter who says it and any way of dealing with me is fine.” That kind of person can be blessed by God and can gain His salvation. Those in God’s house who fight hand, tooth, and nail, who behave absurdly and unreasonably will certainly be the recipients of disaster. This is an issue. On top of that, God’s disposition will tolerate no offense. We are all deeply corrupted human beings. What does “deeply corrupted human beings” mean? We all have demonic nature and at any time we may fall into our old ways or complain to God. When we encounter a trial or experience some suffering we may say something that is resistant to God or do something that betrays Him. Before we who are deeply corrupted human beings have been perfected we are all in danger of betraying God. In fact, it’s 100% certain! So when someone has the possibility of betraying God, is there a strong likelihood of suffering disaster? (Yes.) So we must have a proper perspective on faith in God. “Shall we receive good at the hand of God and not receive evil?” This is quite possible, and we may probably suffer disaster, for no one has mastery over themselves. Some people believed in God for a bit and then ran off. You look into it to see why they ran: Some were weak, some found work, some found a partner, and some could no longer take the great red dragon’s oppression. Will that kind of believer be blessed, or suffer disaster? There are some people who, before they become a leader, seem really great, devout, and of good caliber, but as soon as they’re selected as a leader they step onto the path of an antichrist. They always work for their own fame and status, as a result becoming an antichrist. How can this be explained? A believer turns into an antichrist after becoming a leader and is expelled; if they hadn’t become a leader, they probably wouldn’t have been expelled. Some people say: “What’s the real reason behind their being expelled or not being expelled? Isn’t it the same person? How could there be two different outcomes? Their essence doesn’t change so why would the outcome change?” This is easy to explain. Without being a leader and having power and status, they wouldn’t do any evil; they wouldn’t dare do any evil. They didn’t have the background or the opportunity. But as soon as they became a leader they did have that opportunity and they did have power, so their true self, their true face was exposed. Without being a leader, could people see what kind of person they really were and whether they would do evil? They couldn’t. But did God know? God knew all along. This is why some people are exposed and eliminated as soon as they become leaders. What do some antichrists say? “My faith in God has come to an end now, so I’ll think no more of it.” They were expelled, so of course they would think no more of it, and that’s the end of their faith. Did they say then, “As people of faith in God, shall we receive good at the hand of God and not receive evil?” If they only say that after suffering disaster, isn’t it too late then? When they were taking the path of faith in God they should have been aware of this. The primary thing is that this kind of person does not have a heart of reverence for God and they only realize it after a disaster. It’s too late! “So it turns out that not all believers in God are blessed, some of them suffer disasters!” Only when their path of faith has come to an end can they sum it up this way, and then it’s too late.