73. The Principles of Comforting God’s Heart
1. Focus on eating and drinking the words of God, understanding the truth and practicing the truth so as to enter the reality of God’s words and achieve a change in your life disposition;
2. Fulfill your duties in accordance with the principles in the work arrangements, do your utmost to uphold God’s work, and be utterly devoted;
3. No matter how much pain you suffer during trials and refinement, all you wish is to be able to understand God’s will and to stand witness to satisfy and glorify God;
4. Be an honest person and sincerely expend for God, dedicate your entire being to completing God’s commissions and carrying out His will, and live for God.
Relevant Words of God:
I only hope you will not waste My painstaking efforts and moreover, that you can understand all the care and thought I have expended, treating My words as the foundation of how you behave as a human being. Whether it be words you are willing to listen to or not, whether it be words you enjoy accepting or accept uncomfortably, you must take them seriously. Otherwise, your casual and unconcerned dispositions and demeanors will really upset Me and, even more, disgust Me. I very much hope that all of you can read My words over and over again—thousands of times—and even know them by heart. Only that way can you not fail My expectations of you….
from “A Very Serious Problem: Betrayal (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You can devote your heart and body and all of your genuine love to God, place them before Him, be completely obedient toward Him, and be absolutely considerate to His will. Not for the flesh, not for family, and not for your personal desires, but for the interests of God’s household. In everything you can take God’s word as the principle, as the foundation. That way, your intentions and your perspectives will all be in the right place, and you will be someone who gains God’s praise before Him. Those who God likes are people who are absolute toward Him, people who are devoted to Him and none other. Those who He loathes are people who are half-hearted about Him, and who rebel against Him. He loathes those who believe in Him and always want to enjoy Him, but cannot completely expend themselves for Him. He loathes those who say they love Him but who rebel against Him in their hearts. He loathes those who use flowery words to engage in deception. Those who do not have genuine dedication to God or genuine obedience to Him are treacherous people; they are naturally too arrogant. Those who cannot be genuinely obedient in front of the normal, practical God are even more arrogant, and they in particular are the dutiful progeny of the archangel. Those who truly expend themselves for God place their whole beings in front of Him. They genuinely obey all of His utterances, and they are able to put His words into practice. They make God’s words the foundation of their existence, and they are able to genuinely seek the portions of practice in God’s word. This is someone who truly lives in front of God. If what you do is beneficial for your life and satisfies God’s will, and through eating and drinking His words, you can meet your inner needs and inadequacies so that your life disposition is transformed, then this will satisfy God’s will. If you act according to God’s requirements, if you do not satisfy the flesh but satisfy His will, this is entering into the reality of His words.
from “People Who Can Be Absolutely Obedient Toward God’s Practicality Are Those Who Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Eating and drinking the word of God is in order to know God and in order to satisfy God. Eating and drinking the word of God gives you a greater knowledge of God, only after which can you obey God. Only if you know God can you love Him, and the attainment of this aim is the only aim man should have in his belief in God. If, in your belief in God, you always try to behold signs and wonders, then the viewpoint of this belief in God is wrong. Belief in God is principally the acceptance of the word of God as the reality of life. Only putting into practice the words of God from His mouth and carrying them out within yourself is the attainment of the aim of God. In believing in God, man should pursue being made perfect by God, being able to submit to God, and the complete obedience to God. If you can obey God without complaint, be mindful of God’s desires, achieve the stature of Peter, and possess the style of Peter spoken of by God, then that will be when you have achieved success in belief in God, and it will signify that you have been gained by God.
from “All Is Achieved by the Word of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In their work, workers must pay attention to two points: One is to do the work exactly according to the principles stipulated by the work arrangements. Workers must not violate these principles, not work according to their own imaginations, and not according to their own will. They should show concern for the work of God’s family, and put the interests of the family of God first in everything they do….
from “The Main Principles of How Workers Work” in Records of Christ’s Talks
If you are someone who is mindful of God’s will, you will develop a true burden for the church. In fact, instead of calling this a burden for the church, it is rather a burden for your own life, because the burden you develop for the church is for you to be perfected by God through such experiences. Therefore, whoever carries the heaviest burden for the church and whoever carries the burden of entering into life will be those who are perfected by God. Have you seen this clearly? If the church you are with is in a mess and yet you are still not worried or anxious, if the brothers and sisters are not eating and drinking God’s words properly and yet you turn even more of a blind eye, then you are not carrying any burdens. Such people are not liked by God. Those liked by God hunger and thirst for righteousness and they are mindful of His will.
from “Be Mindful of God’s Will to Attain Perfection” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
If you are truly possessed of conscience, then you must have a burden, and a sense of responsibility. You must say: I care not whether I will be conquered or made perfect, but I must bear this step of testimony properly. As a creature of God, one can be utterly conquered by God, and ultimately, they are able to satisfy God, repaying God’s love with the love in their heart and by completely devoting themselves to God. This is the responsibility of man, it is the duty that ought to be performed by man, and the burden that ought to be borne by man, and man must complete this commission. Only then do they truly believe in God.
from “Practice (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Today, even if you are not a worker, you should be able to perform the duty of a creature of God, and seek to submit to all of God’s orchestrations. You should be able to obey whatever God says, and experience all manner of tribulations and refinement, and though you are weak, in your heart you should still be able to love God. Those who take responsibility for their own life are willing to perform the duty of a creature of God, and such people’s viewpoint toward pursuit is the right one. These are the people that God needs.
from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
God has endured such great suffering and done such great work, and you—lower than ants, than bugs—you have gained such a great elevation today. If you cannot repay God’s love, where is your conscience? Some people speak from their hearts and say: “Every time I think of departing from God my eyes fill with tears and I feel accused by my conscience. I am indebted to God. I cannot do this. I cannot be that way to Him. If I were to die and it gave glory to His work, I would be beyond content. Otherwise, even if I live I will feel no peace.” Listen to these words—this is the duty that a creature should fulfill. If a person always has this vision within them, they will feel internally clear and at ease; they will be certain of these matters. You will say: “God is not harming me and He’s not deliberately making me into a joke or humiliating me. Although He speaks somewhat harshly and it strikes to the heart, it is for my own sake. Although He speaks that harshly, He is still saving me, and He is still considerate of my weaknesses. He is not punishing me with the facts. I believe that God is salvation.” If you truly have this vision, you won’t get to the point of fleeing. In your conscience, you may feel you are wrong, you may feel condemnation, that you should not treat God that way. You think of all the grace you have gained, all the words you have heard—could you listen to them in vain? No matter who runs away, you can’t. Other people don’t believe, but you must. Other people abandon God, but you must uphold God and bear witness to Him. Others slander God, but you cannot. No matter how unkind God is to you, you still must treat Him right. You should repay His love and you must have a conscience, because God is innocent. His coming to earth from heaven to work amongst mankind was already a great humiliation. He is holy without the slightest filth. Coming to a land of filth—how much humiliation has He endured? Working in you is for your sake. If you are conscienceless in your treatment of Him, it would be better to die an early death!
from “The Significance of Saving the Descendants of Moab” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
No matter how God works or what kind of environment you are in, you will be able to pursue life, seek to have God’s work carried out within you, and pursue the truth. You will have an understanding of God’s actions and you will be able to act according to the truth. This is your genuine faith, and this shows that you have not lost hope in God. You will still pursue the truth in refinement, you will be able to truly love God and will not develop doubts of Him. No matter what He does, you will still practice the truth to satisfy Him, and you will be able to deeply seek out His will and be considerate of His will. Only this is true faith in God. Before, when God said that you would reign as a king, you loved Him, and when He openly showed Himself to you, you pursued Him. But now God is hidden, you cannot see Him, and troubles have come upon you. At this time, do you lose hope in God? So at all times you must pursue life and seek to satisfy God’s will. This is called genuine faith, and it is the truest and most beautiful kind of love.
… When you face sufferings you must be able to not consider the flesh and not complain against God. When God hides Himself from you, you must be able to have the faith to follow Him, to maintain your previous love without allowing it to falter or disappear. No matter what God does, you must submit to His design, and be more willing to curse your own flesh than to complain against Him. When you are faced with trials you must satisfy God in spite of any reluctance to part with something you love, or bitter weeping. Only this can be called true love and faith.
from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You should do your own duty to the best of your ability with open and upright hearts, and be willing to do whatever it takes. As you have said, when the day comes, God will not mistreat anyone who has suffered or paid a price for Him. This kind of conviction is worth holding on to, and you should never forget it. Only this way can I put My mind at ease about you. Otherwise, I will never be able to put My mind at ease regarding you, and you will forever be the objects of My distaste. If you all can follow your conscience and give your all for Me, spare no effort for My work, and devote a lifetime of effort to My gospel work, then won’t My heart often jump for joy for you? Won’t I be able to entirely put My mind at ease regarding you? It’s a shame that what you can do is but a pitiful and tiny part of what I expect; in this case, how can you have the gall to seek from Me what you hope for?
… I’ve previously said that I don’t like to be flattered or fawned on, or treated with enthusiasm. I like honest people to face up to My truth and expectations. Even more, I like when people are able to show the utmost care and consideration for My heart, and when they can even give up everything for My sake. Only this way can My heart be comforted.
from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Like Job, would rather die than reject God and will endure every humiliation, and who, like Peter, will offer your whole beings to God and become the intimates gained by God in the last days. May all brothers and sisters do everything in their power to offer their whole beings to God’s heavenly will, become holy servants in the house of God, and enjoy the infinite promises bestowed by God, so that God the Father’s heart can soon enjoy peaceful rest. “Accomplish God the Father’s will” should be the motto of all who love God. These words should serve as man’s guide for entry and the compass directing his actions. This is the resolve that man should have. To thoroughly finish God’s work on earth and cooperate with God’s work in the flesh—this is man’s duty. One day, when God’s work is done, man will bid Him farewell on an early return to the Father in heaven. Is this not the responsibility that man should fulfill?
from “Work and Entry (6)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Now is the time when My Spirit is working great things, and the time I am starting My work among the Gentile nations. Even more, it is the time that I am classifying all created beings, putting each one into his respective category, so that My work may proceed more swiftly and more effectively. And so, what I ask of you is still that you offer up your whole being for all My work, and, furthermore, that you should clearly discern and make certain of all the work I have done in you, and put all your strength into My work so it can become more effective. This is what you must understand. Desist from fighting amongst yourselves, looking for a way back, or seeking after fleshly comforts, which would delay My work and spoil your wonderful future. Doing so, far from being able to give you protection, would bring destruction upon you. Wouldn’t this be foolish of you? That which you are greedily enjoying today is the very thing that is ruining your future, whereas the pain you are suffering today is the very thing that is protecting you. You must be clearly aware of these things, so as to elude the temptations from which you will be hard put to extricate yourself and avoid blundering into the dense fog that blocks out the sun. When the dense fog clears off, you will find yourself in the judgment of the great day. …When I leave the earth, men will still be able to maintain their loyalty to Me, and will still serve Me as My holy servants do in My work, allowing My work on earth to continue until the day it is complete.
from “The Work of Spreading the Gospel Is Also the Work of Saving Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh