Unless you are being possessed by evil spirits, regardless of the type of spirit inside of you, human nature is always the same. Some people always feel that their spirit is not right, because they can do some things that are unique, while other people also feel that maybe their spirit is not quite right, because they are never able to change. In reality, regardless of whether there is anything wrong with the spirit, human nature is always the same. It is always resisting God and betraying God. The degree of their corruption is also very similar. Those things common to all human nature are all the same. Some people always suspect that their spirit is not right, or they might think: “Why did I do such things? I would have never thought! Is it because my spirit is not right?” For some people, no matter what they do, they never examine their spirit, and they merely examine, “Why did I do things this way? What is this nature of mine? How should I carry on in the future to adhere to the truth?” The methods and paths taken for examination are different; some people seek the truth, while some people continue to expend effort toward the negative. Now you must understand that, no matter the spirit that a person belongs to, matters regarding the spirit are something that no one can see nor touch, and the important thing to focus on is your nature, as well as what is in your nature. Your deeds reveal proofs of what your nature is. Proofs of what your nature is reveal what your substance is, but there is no proof for what kind of spirit you are of. All man’s natures are the same after man has been corrupted by Satan. They all came from the same human ancestor, living in the same world, going through the same corruptions. Matters of human nature are all the same, all things common to men are the same, yet some people are able to do certain things based on this environment, while other people are able to do some other things based on that environment. Some people are born with certain culture and knowledge, they are educated; while some people do not have any culture or knowledge, without much education. Some people see things through this point of view, while others see things through another point of view. Some people live within a certain social environment, while others live within a different social environment. Each of them has different customs, traditions, and habits, yet that which flows out of the nature of men is substantially the same, therefore it is unnecessary to worry about the kind of spirit that you belong to. This is something that no humans can attain, this is something that only God knows. In any case, it is useless for man to know such things. No benefit can come out of the desire to dissect and study one’s spirit; this is something the most foolish and the most muddled would engage in. Do not doubt yourself every time you did something wrong or made a transgression: “Ah, is there something wrong with my spirit? Am I an evil spirit? Is my spirit not righteous? How come I keep doing such things?” Regardless of the deeds that have been performed, you should always look for the source from within your nature, you should always seek the truth that man ought to enter into. If you examine your spirit, you will not find any answers. Even if you know the kind of spirit that you belong to, you still have no understanding of your own nature, and you would still be unable to resolve the issue at hand. Therefore, some of you keep talking about what kind of spirit you belong to, as if you are particularly spiritual, as if you are in the know; but in reality, you are even more of an amateur, even more of a fool. Some of you also discuss it in a particularly spiritual manner, as if the things that you say are so profound, as if these are things that ordinary people cannot understand, saying things like “The key for us is to examine what kind of spirit we belong to. Without the human spirit, you cannot be saved even if you believe in God. Stop bothering God.” Some people become poisoned by this, thinking that this makes profound sense, “That’s true, let me examine what kind of spirit I belong to as well.” He becomes neurotic because he focuses too much on the spirit, he examines everything that he does, eventually discovering what the issue is: How come I always go against the truth in my handling of matters? How come I have no humanity or sense? I must be an evil spirit. Actually, man does not have a good nature and does not have the truth, so how can man do any good deed? No matter how good it looks on the surface, it does not fit the truth and is still antagonizing God. Man is not good by nature, he has already been corrupted and processed by Satan such that he no longer has any semblance of human features, always rebelling against and resisting God, too far gone from God; it is impossible for man to do anything that conforms with God’s will, and there is no longer anything in man’s inherent nature that can fit with God. This is obvious. Some people are constantly neurotic: “Oh, how come I am always doing things wrong, how come I keep doing foolish things, making a joke out of myself? Is it because something is wrong with my spirit?” Focusing so much on matters of the spirit, and putting aside matters of his own nature, this person is holding onto the little things and missing out on the important things. Putting aside the practical while holding onto the ethereal, isn’t this foolish? Have you seen through to this matter of the spirit after all these years’ examination? Have you seen through into the matter of the soul? How does your spirit look like, have you ever seen it with your own eyes? You don’t bother with digging into matters of your own nature that are buried deep within your soul, and instead waste your time digging into what kind your spirit is. Do you have anything to show for it? Aren’t you a blind man lighting a candle, simply wasting wax? You are neglecting to find solutions to your actual difficulties, instead you continue to engage in evil and deviant practices, you continue to study the kind of spirit that you belong to; what problems do such inquiries solve? Believing in God, yet without engaging in honest work, always studying the spirit, as if a crazy person. The attitude of someone truly clever should be: I don’t care what God does, or how God treats me; I don’t care how deep I am corrupted, or what my humanity is like; I shall be unwavering in my pursuit of the truth and my pursuit in knowing God. This is the direction of life, this is what man should aspire to attain, this is the only road to salvation. Now only the pursuit of truth is practical, only the knowledge of your own corrupted nature is practical, only the ability to satisfy God is practical, while the examination of all those things that you can neither touch nor see is a waste of time. So long as you live in the flesh, you must aspire to what man can achieve. To determine if someone is possessed by the evil spirit, it all depends on whether the person’s mind is normal in doing things; if it is not normal, then there can be no salvation. Now your sense is very normal, you talk very normal, and nothing supernatural and unusual has happened on you; even though sometimes your state is not quite normal, this is simply what human nature reveals. Your deeds may not be right all the time, but those are also what human nature reveals. It is the same for other people as well, but only the background and timing that such things are revealed have been different for them. To you, it seems like everyone else is doing the right things, but this is a mistaken perception of men. You feel that you now have some stature, you have encountered some sayings and matters regarding the spirit, and subsequently you applied those things on analyzing yourselves, as if you are someone important. Even a doctor of theology cannot understand matters of the spirit, only God has a grasp of the matter, so how can men see clearly through this? Isn’t it easy for men to go down the wrong path? This is common with p
eople nowadays. Even though you have not been carrying out serious conversations regarding such matters, even though you have not been weak or stumbled because of this matter, but for one moment, what other people said has impacted you. Even though you do not pay much attention to such things, they are still in you, and then when a day comes where you have truly made a mistake, when you are beaten, when you fall, you will doubt yourself: Is it because there is also something wrong with my spirit? Normally, you do not doubt yourself, and you find others absurd, watching as they got themselves all stuck. Then the day comes where you are being dealt with, or others are saying that you are Satan, an evil spirit. You will believe it too, you will also become stuck and unable to extricate yourself. In fact, most people are apt to make this same mistake, they view matters of the spirit as particularly important while putting aside the matters of their nature, which makes them completely divorced from reality. This is a deviation in experience. You all must focus on knowing which aspects of your nature still easily lead you to make mistakes and go down the wrong path, and then learn your lessons starting from this foundation. Especially in serving God, in your own experiences, in knowing your own nature, you must gradually attain a higher understanding, thereby taking hold of your own situation and developing into the right direction. If you can have these truths as your internal life, then you will become much more steadfast. You will no longer be glib with things you don’t understand, you will be on point when you talk, and you will also be communicating things that are practical. The deeper a person understands his own nature, and the more truth he understands, the more measured will be what he says, and he will no longer talk nonsense. A person without truth is always silly, he dare say anything. When preaching the gospel, in order to gain a few more people, some would even go so far as to pay the price of blasphemy; these people do not even know who they are, they do not know their own nature, they do not fear God. Some people think that such things aren’t that terrible, but are these things truly nothing serious? Until one day when they realize the seriousness of the issue, then they become truly frightened; this is no laughing matter! If you are unable to grasp the essence of this matter, then what do you understand? You still feel that you are quite brilliant, that you can understand everything, but you have no idea that you have already offended God, and you have no idea how you are going to perish. Even if you have a thorough understanding on matters of hell and the spiritual world, yet if you have no understanding of your own nature, then all your efforts are wasted. Now, the key is to resolve the issues of your nature. You must have a firm grasp on everything that your nature reveals. If you cannot grasp this, all your understandings are wasted effort. If you cannot grasp this, there is no use in analyzing what kind of spirit or soul you belong to. The key is to have a firm grasp on all the things that actually exist within one’s nature. Regardless of the kind of spirit inside of you, you are still a man, you have thoughts, your brain is functioning normally, and therefore you should try to understand the truth and accept the truth. If you can understand the truth, then you should carry out your deeds in accordance with the truth; these are the duties of a man. Your studies of the spirit are of no help to you whatsoever. For someone who has been revealed as having an evil spirit work on him, when he occasionally becomes normal, he is able to understand if you communicate the truth with him, and he can even have some small experiences at times, while this is not the case for those with abnormal senses, who are completely possessed by demons. Except for these people, for those with a normal sense, regardless of the kind of spirit inside of them, regardless of their level of education, anyone with the slightest understanding of the spirit can understand some truths, and that is sufficient. Man does not have an organ that can receive the truth, but man is able to listen to the truth, man’s thoughts are still useful in terms of the doctrines of truth, and this is what man is able to attain. Therefore, there is no longer any need for you to study the kind of spirit that you belong to. Now the point is not trying to understand the kind of spirit that you belong to; whether this spirit of yours is capable of accepting the truth, whether this spirit of yours is a spirit that believes in God, these are not the key. The key is whether you, as a man, are capable of accepting the truth, whether you are a person that seeks the truth, whether you are a person that is able to have a firm grasp of your own situations, whether you are someone who understands your own nature, and these are the key. Your studies of the type of spirit that you belong to are meaningless, and moreover, they have no value. If you keep examining what kind your spirit is, keep examining what is happening with your soul, what your spirit is doing, what is the result of your spirit, how it is going to be in the future, then you will delay the truly important things. Even if you have a thorough examination of such things, one day when others have already understood the truth and entered into reality, you would have delayed the important things instead, you would have already dug yourself into a pit. This would be embarking on the wrong path, squandering your belief in God, with nothing to show for it. Who are you going to blame when that day should come?