12. The Principles of Confirming the Holy Spirit Is at Work

(1) That which comes from the Holy Spirit most certainly aligns with God’s word the truth. It never contradicts it, and it is distinctly not a part of man’s notions and imaginings;

(2) That which comes from the Holy Spirit leads people to understand the truth and God’s will. It can light up their hearts and give them a path on which to practice;

(3) That which comes from the Holy Spirit can bring light to people and deliver them from darkness, giving them practical knowledge of God and a clear vantage onto the path of life entry;

(4) That which comes from the Holy Spirit can benefit people’s life entry and lead them to set foot upon the right track in their belief in God, enabling them to practice the truth.

Relevant Words of God:

The work of the Holy Spirit is a form of proactive guidance and positive enlightenment. It does not allow people to be passive. It brings them solace, gives them faith and resolve, and enables them to pursue being made perfect by God. When the Holy Spirit works, people are able to enter actively; they are not passive or forced, but act at their own initiative. When the Holy Spirit works, people are glad and willing, willing to obey and happy to humble themselves. Even though they are pained and fragile inside, they have the resolve to cooperate; they suffer gladly, they are able to obey, and they are untainted by human will, untainted by the thinking of man, and certainly they are untainted by human desires and motivations. When people experience the work of the Holy Spirit, they are especially holy inside. Those who are possessed of the work of the Holy Spirit live out the love of God and the love of their brothers and sisters; they delight in the things that delight God and loathe the things that God loathes. People who are touched by the work of the Holy Spirit have normal humanity, and they constantly pursue the truth and are possessed of humanity. When the Holy Spirit works within people, their condition becomes better and better, and their humanity becomes more and more normal, and though some of their cooperation may be foolish, their motivations are right, their entry is positive, they do not try to cause disruption, and there is no malevolence within them. The work of the Holy Spirit is normal and real, the Holy Spirit works in man according to the rules of the normal life of man, and He carries out enlightenment and guidance within people according to the actual pursuit of normal people. When the Holy Spirit works in people, He guides and enlightens them according to the needs of normal people. He provides for them according to their needs, and He positively guides and enlightens them according to what they lack, and according to their deficiencies. The Holy Spirit’s work is to enlighten and guide people in real life; only if they experience God’s words in their actual lives are they able to see the work of the Holy Spirit. If, in their everyday lives, people are in a positive state and have a normal spiritual life, then they are possessed of the work of the Holy Spirit. In such a state, when they eat and drink the words of God, they have faith; when they pray, they are inspired; when they come up against something, they are not passive; and as things happen, they are able to see the lessons within those things that God requires them to learn. They are not passive or weak, and although they have real difficulties, they are willing to obey all the arrangements of God.

Excerpted from “The Work of the Holy Spirit and the Work of Satan” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

When the Holy Spirit works to enlighten people, He generally gives them knowledge of God’s work, and of their true entry and true state. He also allows them to understand God’s urgent intentions and His requirements for man today, so that they have the resolve to sacrifice everything to satisfy God, love God even if they meet with persecution and adversity, and stand witness for God even if it means shedding their blood or giving their life, and do so without regret. If you have this kind of resolve, it means you have the stirrings and work of the Holy Spirit—but know that you are not possessed of such stirrings at every passing moment. Sometimes at meetings when you pray and eat and drink God’s words, you can feel extremely moved and inspired. It feels so new and fresh when others share some fellowship on their experience and understanding of God’s words, and your heart is perfectly clear and bright. This is all the work of the Holy Spirit. If you are a leader and the Holy Spirit gives you exceptional enlightenment and illumination when you go down to the church to work, gives you insight into the problems that exist within the church, allows you to know how to share fellowship on the truth to resolve them, makes you incredibly earnest, responsible and serious in your work, all of this is the work of the Holy Spirit.

Excerpted from “Practice (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

When people’s conditions are normal, then their spiritual lives and their lives in the flesh are normal and their reason is normal and orderly. When they are in this condition, what they experience and come to know within themselves can generally be said to come from being touched by the Holy Spirit (having insights or possessing some simple knowledge when they eat and drink the words of God, or being faithful in some things, or having the strength to love God in some things—this all comes from the Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit’s work in man is especially normal; man is incapable of feeling it, and it seems to come through man himself, although it is in fact the work of the Holy Spirit. In daily life, the Holy Spirit does work both great and small in everyone, and it is just the extent of this work that varies. Some people are of good caliber, and they understand things quickly, and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit is especially great within them. Meanwhile, some people are of poor caliber, and it takes them longer to understand things, but the Holy Spirit touches them inside and they, too, are able to achieve faithfulness to God—the Holy Spirit works in all those who pursue God. When, in daily life, people do not oppose or rebel against God, do not do things that are at odds with the management of God and do not interfere with the work of God, then in each one of them the Spirit of God works to a greater or lesser extent; He touches them, enlightens them, gives them faith, gives them strength, and moves them to enter proactively, not being lazy or coveting the enjoyments of the flesh, willing to practice the truth, and longing for the words of God. All of this is work that comes from the Holy Spirit.

Excerpted from “The Work of the Holy Spirit and the Work of Satan” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The greatest help the Holy Spirit’s work gives to man is to allow him to understand many truths, to understand much of God’s will, to stop him going against God’s will, and enable him to act according to this direction, not deviating from the right way, understanding the truth, and understanding God’s will. What is the aim of the Holy Spirit’s work? And what is the aim of His enlightening man? Sometimes, He leads the way ahead; sometimes He reminds people, and helps them, and lends them support; when you are about to take the wrong path, He supports you like a walking staff, giving you help, and in other words, He takes you onto the correct path, as if He were guiding you in the right direction. Regardless of what experiences and knowledge the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit concerns, and regardless of differences in people’s individual backgrounds, this enlightenment does not go against or contradict the truth in the slightest. If every person carries on experiencing in this way, if they truly search and pray, and have true obedience, if the Holy Spirit works thus without cease, and if their thoughts are meticulous and agile, and none of the enlightenment is lost, then people’s stature will grow especially quickly, and in this they will be making the most of their opportunities. One characteristic of the work of the Holy Spirit is that it is especially fast: In a flash, it’s gone. He doesn’t work like an evil spirit, which pushes you to do things and lets you act no other way. In the work of the Holy Spirit, there are times in which He gives you a feeling when something bad happens to you, making you feel especially panicked. But these are special circumstances; ordinarily, during people’s normal experiences, He gives them a subtle feeling, or else a small, subtle idea or thought, allowing you to understand what He means—which, through people’s brains, is then translated into human language. In fact, if you keep on like this, if you use these truths as a foundation and, when the Holy Spirit works in you, and you are always able to grasp this work, you will absolutely—absolutely—not stray from the true way; even if no one ever communes with you, tutors you, or you have no work arrangements, if you carry on in this direction, you will definitely not take the wrong path.

Excerpted from “You Must Regard All Things From the Perspective of the Truth” in Records of Christ’s Talks

The enlightenment that the Holy Spirit works in man takes place when they are in a normal state; at such times, people often mistake the enlightenment they receive as their own actual stature, because the way in which the Holy Spirit enlightens is exceptionally normal, and He makes use of what is inherent within man. When people work and speak, or when they are praying and making their spiritual devotions, a truth will suddenly become clear to them. In reality, however, what man sees is only enlightenment by the Holy Spirit (naturally, this enlightenment is connected to man’s cooperation) and does not represent man’s true stature. After a period of experience in which man encounters some difficulties and trials, the true stature of man becomes apparent under such circumstances. Only then will man discover that his stature is not so great, and the selfishness, personal considerations, and greed of man all emerge. Only after several cycles of experiences like this will many of those who are awakened within their spirits realize that what they had experienced in the past was not their own individual reality, but a momentary illumination from the Holy Spirit, and that man had but received this light. When the Holy Spirit enlightens man to understand the truth, it is often in a clear and distinct manner, without explaining how things came about or where they are going. That is, rather than incorporating the difficulties of man into this revelation, He directly reveals the truth. When man encounters difficulties in the process of entering, and then incorporates the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, this becomes the actual experience of man.

Excerpted from “Work and Entry (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The work of the Holy Spirit is positive progress, whereas the work of Satan is retreat, negativity, rebelliousness, resistance against God, loss of faith in God, unwillingness even to sing hymns, and being too weak to perform one’s duty. Everything that stems from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit is quite natural; it is not forced upon you. If you follow it, then you will have peace; if you do not, then you will afterward be rebuked. With the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, nothing you do will be interfered with or constrained; you will be set free, there will be a path to practice in your actions, and you will not be subject to any restraints, but be able to act upon the will of God. The work of Satan causes you interference in many things; it makes you unwilling to pray, too lazy to eat and drink the words of God, and indisposed to live the life of the church, and it estranges you from the spiritual life. The work of the Holy Spirit does not interfere with your daily life and does not interfere with your normal spiritual life.

Excerpted from “The Work of the Holy Spirit and the Work of Satan” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Inner guidance from the Holy Spirit is not at all transcendental. It is in fact very normal: The inner reaches of your soul know this is the right way to do it, and that this is the best way. Such an idea is very clear; it is not the result of cogitation, and sometimes you do not fully understand why to do it this way. This is often none other than enlightenment from the Holy Spirit. Such a situation is what occurs most commonly in most people. The Holy Spirit guides you to act in the most appropriate way. It is not the result of your consideration, rather you have a feeling in your heart and you intuit that this is the best way to do it. Perhaps this is from the Holy Spirit. One’s own will is often the result of the thought process and is colored by their own ideas: What’s in it for me, how I will benefit—these are part of anything that people determine to do themselves. Guidance from the Holy Spirit in no way contains such adulterations. It is necessary to pay careful attention to the guidance or enlightenment from the Holy Spirit; particularly in key issues you must be careful in order to grasp it. People who think too much, who like to act on their own ideas are most likely to miss it.

Excerpted from “The Main Principles of Work for Leaders and Workers” in Records of Christ’s Talks

What kind of people are enlightened by the Holy Spirit? Those who are nimble and meticulous in their thoughts. When they are given a feeling, and enlightenment, such people are able to realize that this is done by the Holy Spirit, that God wishes to work in this way. There might also be times when they are being reprimanded; as soon as they sense this, they are constrained—this is the kind of person enlightened by the Holy Spirit. In those who are careless, and lack spiritual understanding, they are given a feeling, but they are incapable of realizing it. They pay no attention to the work of the Holy Spirit, and so the Holy Spirit enlightens them no more. When they do not accept enlightenment three or four times in a row, then the Holy Spirit works no more. Why is it that, as they go forward, some people become dark inside, and negative, and without strength, and bereft of the slightest enlightenment of the Holy Spirit? With only that dead doctrine, how could they be strong? So you must be meticulous in your thoughts. Some people are not meticulous in their thoughts; they always base their judgment on their dreams. Can they make accurate judgments that way? Knowing yourself and understanding God’s will must be through the truth, through knowing, and through experiencing, not through external phenomena. The work of the Holy Spirit is especially real. Some are only capable of understanding the truth, but in terms of the work of the Holy Spirit, they have no experience. In the future, you must pay attention to the most subtle of feelings, the most subtle of light. When something happens to you, you must observe it and approach it from the perspective of the truth, and you will slowly enter onto the right track.

Excerpted from “You Must Regard All Things From the Perspective of the Truth” in Records of Christ’s Talks

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