What should man believe in God for? Most people are still unclear about this. They always take two totally different attitudes toward the practical God and the God in heaven. This shows that people believe in God not for the purpose of obeying God, but it is for the purpose of obtaining some benefit or escaping the suffering from the disasters that they have a little element of obedience. This kind of obedience is all conditional, is all obeying with their own future as the condition, and is all compelled. Then what do you believe in God for? If you believe only for your future and for your destiny, you had better not believe; such “belief” of yours is self- fooling, self-consoling, and self-appreciating. If your belief in God is not based on obeying God, then you will eventually be punished because of resisting God. Whoever believes in God but does not seek to obey God is one who resists God. God requires man to seek the truth, thirst for God’s word, eat and drink God’s word, and practice God’s word all for the purpose that he will obey God. If your intent is really this, God will surely uplift you, and God will surely grace you. This cannot be doubted by anyone and cannot be changed by anyone. If your intent is not for obeying God but you have other purposes, then your speaking and doing and your prayers before God and even your every act and move are all resisting God. Even if your word is gentle, your attitude is mild, your every act and move and your expressions are all proper in man’s eyes, and you seem to be an obedient person, as far as your intent is concerned and as far as your viewpoint of believing in God is concerned, everything you do is resisting God and is doing evil. Being obedient like sheep outwardly but harboring evil intentions in their heart, such people are wolves in sheep’s clothing and are ones who directly offend God. God will not let any of such people off, and the Holy Spirit will reveal them one by one, to let everybody see that all hypocrites will surely be detested and rejected by the Holy Spirit. No one should be impatient. God will punish such people one by one and deal with them one by one.
If you cannot accept the new light coming from God and cannot see clearly what God does today and do not seek, either doubting, or judging, or researching and analyzing it, such are all not ones who intentionally obey. When the present light comes, you, however, still treasure the light of yesterday and resist the new work; such people are purely absurd ones and are ones who deliberately resist God. The crucial point in obeying God is to be able to receive the newest light and to accept and practice it. This is true obedience. If one does not have the will of thirsting for God, he will not be able to intentionally obey God, but will only resist God because of being content with his present situation. Man cannot obey God because he is occupied by the things he originally has. These things have become within him various kinds of notions and his various kinds of imaginations about God, and these have all become God’s image in his heart. Therefore, what man believes in is his own notions and his own imagined standards. If you measure the God who works practically today against the god you imagine in your mind, then your belief is from satan, and you are believing in God with your own preferences. God does not want such belief. With all those who believe in God this way, no matter how senior they are or how much they spend, even if they spend their lifetime energies to work for God and are even martyred, God will not approve them but will only give them some grace to enjoy temporarily. Such people are far from practicing the truth. The Holy Spirit does not work on them, and God will eliminate them one by one. All those who believe in God but do not obey God and have wrong intents, whether old or young, are the ones who resist and disrupt. Such people are undoubtedly the ones to be eliminated. Those who do not have any element of obedience to God but only acknowledge God’s name and somewhat feel that God is dear and lovely and yet cannot follow the pace of the Holy Spirit or obey the present work and word of the Holy Spirit are ones who live in God’s grace, and they cannot be gained by God or perfected by God. God perfects people through their obedience, through their eating and drinking and enjoying God’s word, and through the refining of sufferings in their life. Only by believing in God this way can people be transformed in their disposition and have a true knowledge of God. Not being content with living in God’s grace but initiatively thirsting for and seeking the truth and pursuing to be gained by God, this is obeying God consciously. God wants such belief in God. If one only enjoys God’s grace, he cannot be perfected or transformed but can only have outward obedience, outward godliness, and outward love and patience. If one only enjoys God’s grace, he cannot have a true knowledge of God. Even if he has some knowledge of God, it is superficial. He may say that God loves man or that God is merciful to man; these do not represent his life and do not mean that he has a true knowledge. When God’s word refines him, or when God’s trial comes upon him, he cannot obey and has doubts and even falls; within such a person there is not any element of obeying God. Within him there are only a lot of rules and regulations concerning believing in God, and the old experience summed up over many years of believing in God, or various regulations with the Bible as the principle. Can such a person obey God? He has been fully occupied by human things, so how can he possibly obey God? He “obeys” all according to his own preferences; will God want such obedience? This is observing regulations, not obeying God, and this is satisfying himself and consoling himself. If you say this is obeying God, aren’t you blaspheming God? You are Pharaoh of Egypt, an evildoer, and a man who specializes in the work of “resisting God.” Will God want such service of yours? I advise that you had better repent earlier and have some self-knowledge or you had better resign and return to your native place. This will be more profitable to yourself than your “serving God” is. Won’t it be better if you do not disrupt or disturb but keep your place and live a proper life? Lest you resist God and be punished!