513 Man’s flesh is like the snake: Its essence is to harm their lives—and when it completely gets its own way, your life becomes forfeit. The flesh belongs to Satan. Within it are extravagant desires, it thinks only for itself, it wants to enjoy comfort, and revel in leisure, wallowing in sloth and idleness, and having satisfied it to a certain point you will ultimately be eaten up by it.
from “Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
515 The flesh does not belong to you but is in the hand of the God who controls you and also dominates Satan. (It originally belongs to Satan, but as Satan is also in the hand of God, I can only say that way, because it is more convincing to say so. I mean that man is not completely under the domain of Satan but is in the hand of God.) You live in the sufferings of the flesh, but does the flesh belong to you? Is the flesh controlled by you? Why exhaust your mind for the flesh? Why pray to God persistently for your putrid flesh that has long been condemned and cursed and has long been defiled by unclean spirits? Why bear Satan’s accomplice upon your breast all the time? Are you not afraid that your flesh will ruin your real future and good hope and the real destination of your life?
from “The Purpose of Managing Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
516 I know that your faithfulness is temporary and your sincerity is temporary. Don’t you only have your resolutions and pay the price at one time but not at another? You only want to try to obtain a pleasant destination by a final effort. Your purpose is only to exchange instead of to not owe the truth, much less to repay my price. To sum up in one word: You only want to obtain by stratagem but not by force. Isn’t this the very voice of your heart? Don’t pretend, much less rack your brains for your destination, so much so that you have no desire for food and drink in the daytime and cannot go to sleep restfully at night. In the end, won’t your outcomes have been decided?
from “Speaking of Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
517 The question of most concern to Me is to whom your hearts are loyal. I would also like each of you to organize your thoughts and ask yourself to whom you are loyal and for whom you live. Perhaps you have never given careful consideration to this question, so let Me reveal the answer to you.
All those with memory will confess this fact: Man lives for himself and is loyal to himself. I do not believe that your answer is entirely correct, for you each exist in your respective lives, each are struggling in your own distress. Therefore, what you are loyal to is the people you love and the things that please you, and you are not entirely loyal to yourselves. Because you are each influenced by the people, occurrences, and things around you, you are not truly loyal to yourselves. I speak these words not to commend being loyal to yourselves, but to expose your loyalty to any one thing. For throughout these many years, I have never received loyalty from any of you. You have followed Me these many years, yet have never given Me an iota of loyalty. Rather, you have revolved around the people you love and the things that please you, so much so that they are kept close to your hearts and never forsaken, anytime, anywhere. When you are eager or passionate about any one thing that you love, it is always during the time that you are following Me, or even when you are listening to My words. So I say, you are using the loyalty that I ask of you, to instead be loyal to and cherish the objects of your affections. Though you may sacrifice a thing or two for Me, it does not represent your all, and does not show that it is Me to whom you are truly loyal. You involve yourselves in the undertakings which you are passionate about: Some are loyal to sons and daughters, others to husbands, wives, riches, work, superiors, status, or women. For that which you are loyal to, you have never felt wearied or annoyed; rather, you increasingly long to possess greater quantities and quality of the things to which you are loyal, and you have never despaired. Myself and My words are always pushed to the very last position in terms of things about which you are passionate. And you have no choice but to rank them last; some even leave the last place for something to be loyal to that they have yet to discover. They have never kept any amount of Me in their hearts.
from “To Whom Are You Loyal?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh