The common problem existing in all people is that they understand the truth but cannot put it into practice. On the one hand, it is because they are not willing to pay the price; on the other hand, it is because their discernment is so poor that they cannot see through the many difficulties in their practical life and do not know what is the proper way of practice. Because people’s experience is too shallow, their quality is poor, and their understanding of the truth is limited, they cannot solve the difficulties in their real life, and can only believe in God with their lips but cannot bring God into their practical life. That is to say, God is God and life is life, as if their life has nothing to do with God. People all think so. Believing in God like this, they still cannot be gained by God or perfected by God in reality. Actually, it is not that God has not spoken about everything clearly, but that people’s understanding ability is too poor. It can be said that hardly anyone acts according to God’s original will, but they all believe in God according to their own will, their former religious notions, and their own practices, and few of them, after receiving God’s word, have a change and act according to God’s will, but they persist in their mistaken ways. Ever since they began to believe in God, they have believed according to the old religious regulations and lived and conducted themselves completely according to their philosophies of life. It can be said that nine people out of ten are like this, and few make a new plan and start a new life after believing in God, and they do not treat and practice God’s word as the truth.
For example, when people believed in Jesus, whether they first believed or had believed for a long time, they merely exerted the abilities they had and displayed the skills they had, and they just added the words “believing in God” to their original life, but their disposition was not transformed, and their faith in God did not increase at all. They were neither cold nor hot in their pursuit, neither giving up their belief nor fully consecrating themselves for God, and never had true love for or true obedience to God. They believed in God half sincerely with one eye open and the other closed and did not take it seriously. They believed foolishly like this and in the end died foolishly. What meaning does it have? Today in believing in the practical God, you must enter the right track. You should not believe in God only for receiving blessings, but should pursue to love God and know God. Through God’s inspiration and your own pursuit, you can eat and drink God’s word, have a true knowledge of God, and have a true love for God from your heart. That is to say, your love for God is the truest, and no one can wreck your love for God and no one can hinder your love for God. At this point, you will have stepped onto the right track of believing in God, and it will prove that you are a person who belongs to God, because your heart has been occupied by God and nothing else can occupy you. Because of your experiences, because of the price you pay, and because of God’s working, you can have a spontaneous love for God. At this point, you will have broken away from the power of satan and lived in the light of God’s word. Only when you have broken away from the power of darkness can it be said that you have gained God. You should pursue toward this goal in believing in God. This is the responsibility of every one of you. You should not be content with your present situation and should not be half-hearted about God’s work or take it lightly. You should think about God in every aspect, think of God at all times, and do everything for the sake of God, and put the interests of God’s family first when speaking and doing things. Only thus can you be after God’s heart.
The biggest problem with people in believing in God is that they believe with their lips and do not have God at all in their practical life. People all truly believe that there is God, but they do not have God in their practical life. They pray a lot to God with their lips, but they have too little place for God in their heart. So God tries them again and again. Because they are not pure, God has to try them, causing them to feel ashamed and know themselves in the trials. Otherwise, they all would become descendants of the archangel and become more and more corrupt. In the course of believing in God, everyone has many intents and purposes of their own removed in God’s purifying them continuously. Otherwise, God simply has no way to use anyone and no way to do the work he ought to do on them. God purifies people first; in the course of purifying them, he causes them to know themselves; during this course, he transforms them; and then he can work his life into them. Only thus can their heart be given to God completely. Therefore, believing in God is not so simple as people say. In God’s eyes, if you only have knowledge but do not have God’s word as life, confining yourself to having your knowledge but being unable to practice the truth or live out God’s word, it still proves that you do not have a heart of loving God, and it shows that your heart does not belong to God. Knowing God in believing in God is the ultimate purpose and is the goal for man to pursue. You should exert some effort on your living out, so that God’s word can be implemented in your practice. If you only have doctrinal knowledge, then your believing in God will be in vain. If you also have practice and living out, it will be complete and be after God’s heart. On this path, many people can speak much knowledge, yet they are tearful at the time of their death, hating themselves for having lived their life vainly and emptily and having only understood but having never seized a chance to glorify God. They fight and wrangle and rush about all their life, yet they are bitterly remorseful in their heart at the time of their death. Many people wake up and understand the meaning of human life only when they die. Isn’t it too late? Why not take the opportunity today to pursue the truth you love? Why wait till tomorrow? You do not suffer for the truth or pursue to gain it when you are alive. Is your purpose to regret when you die? Then why do you believe in God? Actually, in many things people can practice the truth and satisfy God by making a little effort. Yet they are always obsessed and cannot do things for God but always labor and are busy for their flesh and gain nothing in the end, so they always have miseries and difficulties. Aren’t these the afflictions of satan? Aren’t these the corruptions of the flesh? You should not pay lip service and deceive God but should practice practically. Don’t fool yourself. What meaning does it have? What can you gain from living for your flesh and scrambling for fame and gain?