Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Escape From the Influence of Darkness, and You Will Be Gained by God”
Only by Eating and Drinking God’s Words and Gaining the Truth Can One Break Free From the Influence of Darkness and Be Saved
Which aspects of entry are most important in breaking free from the influence of darkness to be gained by God? The biggest keys to breaking free from the influence of darkness are being loyal to God and having a heart that pursues the truth. Only if one does so can one possess the right state. Living in the right state is the precondition for breaking free from the influence of darkness. So then what does one have to rely on to ultimately break free from the influence of darkness? One must rely on gaining the truth. Only by gaining the truth can one break free from the influence of Satan, and the biggest key to gaining the truth is living within God’s words. When it comes down to it, whether one can be saved and break free from the influence of Satan through believing in God depends on how much effort one can put into eating and drinking God’s words and what results one can receive in doing so; it is determined by this. Breaking free from the influence of darkness is based on God’s words, so all those who don’t pay attention to eating and drinking God’s words and cannot gain the truth through eating and drinking God’s words cannot break free from the influence of Satan. Those who have gained the truth and knowledge of God through eating and drinking God’s words are completely able to break free from Satan’s influence. It all depends on whether they can achieve results from eating and drinking God’s words. Tell me: Can you break free from Satan’s influence by always running around blindly and working according to your own will and with enthusiasm? No, you won’t be able to break free from the influence of Satan. The key lies in eating and drinking God’s words. Only then will you be able to break free. But will you be able to gain the truth from God’s words and break free from Satan’s influence if you merely eat and drink God’s words but don’t fulfill your duties, don’t live church life, and don’t practice God’s words? If you eat and drink God’s words, you must also practice God’s words. Practicing God’s words includes fulfilling your duties, being loyal to God, being considerate of God’s will, and being considerate of God’s burden. In addition, it means striving to reach the point of having true knowledge of God, being able to love God from the heart, being absolutely obedient to God, and being able to worship God. This way, as you enter into the truth, your life disposition will start to change, and you will break free from Satan’s influence in the end. All of this is the result of eating and drinking God’s words. Therefore, all believers who don’t put effort into God’s words, who cannot eat and drink God’s words normally and cannot practice the truth normally after eating and drinking God’s words, won’t be able to break free from the influence of Satan and be saved. That is why eating and drinking God’s words is most important. So what results have you now achieved from eating and drinking God’s words? How many truths have you understood through God’s words? Have you practiced the truths you understood through God’s words or not? Have you practiced all the things God’s words have told you to practice? There are a lot of people who, after reading God’s words, don’t know what God has told people to practice or what they should practice. God’s words clearly tell them what to practice, but they don’t practice it. This is hearing God’s words but not practicing them. Can such people gain the truth? No, they cannot gain the truth. People who practice God’s words immediately after they finish listening to them will be able to receive the work of the Holy Spirit. What is the condition for receiving the work of the Holy Spirit? God said: “If you live inside God’s words, then the Holy Spirit will have an opportunity to perform His work; if you live under Satan’s influence, then the Holy Spirit will have no opportunity to perform any work. The work that the Holy Spirit performs on men, the light that He shines on men, and the confidence that He gives to men last for only a moment; if they are not careful and do not pay attention, the work performed by the Holy Spirit will pass them by. If men live inside God’s words, then the Holy Spirit will be with them and perform work on them; if men are not living inside God’s words, then they are living within the bondage of Satan.” The condition to receive the work of the Holy Spirit has been made clear here. Accordingly, the more one often eats and drinks God’s words, seeks the truth in God’s words, lives by God’s words, and practices in accordance with God’s words, the more they can receive the work of the Holy Spirit. If a person who believes in God does not pay attention to eating and drinking God’s words or rarely eats and drinks God’s words, or if they hear God’s words but don’t practice them, doing this and that and busying themselves pointlessly all day, then they will not have the work of the Holy Spirit, that’s for sure. Hence, if within God’s words, we have true prayer and fellowship with God, fulfill the duties we ought to fulfill, find out what God requires of us and practice them in accordance with God’s will, and often look for what we ought to practice and experience in our entry into life, then we will be able to fully know God within His words. If you grow within God’s words, what results can you achieve? When you grow within God’s words, it means that within them, you have the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, are able to grasp God’s will, and know what God requires of us in all things. This means that you grow within God’s words. If, within God’s words, you come to know His work and His disposition and see what He has and is, then that is having growth and knowledge within God’s words. That you have growth within God’s words also means that based on God’s words, you come to know your own corrupt essence and see that what corrupt mankind lives out is not the likeness of a human being but is entirely the image of Satan, and in the end, you come to see in God’s words what a true life is and how to live a most meaningful life. From this, we can identify a most important issue: God’s words are the basis of our pursuit of the truth and attainment of salvation, and the standards and principles by which we live out the likeness of a real human being and a most meaningful life. If you don’t have God’s words, it can be said that you will never break free from Satan’s influence and never be saved. Right now, the entire religious world does not accept God’s words, which is why they cannot be saved. Even if they believe in the Bible for another two thousand years, they won’t have any change in their life disposition at all, and worse still, won’t gain God’s praise. Our belief in God today, to be precise, is a belief in God’s words, particularly the words God expresses today. This is most fundamental. If you don’t eat and drink God’s words and don’t treasure God’s words in your heart, then you are an unbeliever. How do you express your belief in Christ, the practical God? If you say you believe in Him but don’t eat and drink His words, then are you believing in Him? Can you know Christ if you don’t eat and drink God’s words? Like fools, some people say: “I firmly believe that You are God.” You say that you firmly believe that He is God, but as you don’t eat and drink His words, do you really know Him? Do you know His disposition? Do you know God’s almightiness and wisdom? Do you know what He has and is? If you don’t truly understand God’s essence and His life disposition, and you merely hold on to rules and say “I firmly believe that You are Christ, You are the embodiment of God, the manifestation of God,” then will you be able to stand firm when great trials befall you? If you don’t have knowledge of God and you merely hold on to rules, that won’t do. That is why if you believe in God, you must eat and drink God’s words. Only if you eat and drink God’s words does it mean that you are believing in God, because only by eating and drinking God’s words will you finally be able to know God, and only if you know God will you never leave God or betray God, and will you be able to truly worship God. If you don’t eat and drink God’s words and you merely follow the rule and say “I believe in Almighty God,” as you only believe in God’s name but don’t know His essence, will you be able to glorify God? Will you be able to achieve compatibility with God? Will you be able to worship God? Will you be able to love God? So what must one rely on to truly know God, obey God, and worship God? They must rely on eating and drinking God’s words and pursuing the truth. Only by doing so can they achieve these results. This is a certainty. That is why the only way to be saved now is to quickly and properly eat and drink God’s words. Eat and drink them every day. Eat and drink them until you understand and are clear on all of them, are able to grasp their main points, understand God’s requirements, find the path to entry into them, know how to experience God’s words every day, understand God’s will regarding all things, and understand the principles of practice. By then, you will have truly entered the right track of belief in God and you won’t need to be guided by anyone; simply by relying on God’s words, you will be able to live and bear wonderful testimonies for God and fulfill the duties of a created being. When you have reached this point in eating and drinking God’s words, you will have been completely gained by God and perfected by God’s words. Some people say: “When I encounter a situation, I don’t know how to practice God’s words.” What is the problem here? It is still because you don’t understand God’s words and don’t read God’s words often enough. If through reading God’s words you had understood God’s will and what He requires of mankind, then couldn’t you have seen that everything is covered by the principles and nothing is outside the principles? So if you understand God’s will, what He requires of mankind, and all the principles, you will be able to handle anything. For nothing falls outside these principles. So what is the root cause of not knowing how to practice God’s words when you encounter situations? It is not being familiar with God’s words, not eating and drinking God’s words enough, and not understanding them clearly. That’s why you are lost whenever you encounter a situation. Read this book of God’s words 10 to 20 times, and see if there are still things in life you don’t know how to handle, and if there are still things you don’t understand. How can you understand God’s words if you don’t read them enough? You have put in too little effort. Some people, after reading through God’s words just once, said: “Oh, I’ve read through God’s words once but I still don’t understand. God’s words are too profound.” I said: “Read them two more times.” What happened after they read them two more times? They said: “There are some parts I understand, some parts I still don’t understand.” I then said: “Read them three more times and see how things are after that.” They then said: “I now understand some more, but there are still parts I don’t understand.” What will happen if they read them another five to 10 times? They’ll be guaranteed to understand everything. As the incarnate Son of man, God spoke using mankind’s language, so how could you not understand? If you don’t read God’s words enough but still want to understand them all, is that being objective? People always have extravagant desires; they want to understand everything from just a single reading. Things aren’t that easy! See what will happen after you read this book of God’s words 10 times, about three times a year for three years. I guarantee you will understand a lot more and be much clearer about them. Some people don’t read God’s words enough but they still want to understand the truth, or they even want to understand the truth without reading God’s words. Their desires are too outrageous. That is a wishful thinking. What do lazy people think about all day? Lazy people just want to lie in bed and wish bread would fall from the sky directly into their mouths, so they wouldn’t even have to cook. Understanding all truths from reading through God’s words just once or not reading them at all? Such a good deal doesn’t exist! Read them a couple more times, and you’ll be guaranteed to understand. If a couple more times isn’t enough, then read them four times. If four times aren’t enough, then six times. In the end, see if you understand after you’ve read them 10 times. You will definitely have achieved great gains, that’s for sure. This is 100% certain, because God’s words are not riddles. They are plain words, spoken very clearly. Ponder over them more in your spare time and you will understand them.
So just what is the influence of darkness? What aspects are included in the influence of darkness? The entire world is controlled by Satan. The entire world lies under the sway of the evil one, that is, the sway of the great red dragon, and is controlled by the great red dragon. Isn’t that the influence of darkness? Living under the domain of Satan is living under the domain of the great red dragon, and living under the domain of the great red dragon is living under the domain of Satan, the influence of darkness. This view is based on the situation across the whole world. The rule of the great red dragon is the rule of Satan. The great red dragon is the embodiment of Satan. Therefore, all those living under the domain of the great red dragon are living under the influence of Satan. This is the macro perspective. From the micro perspective, we human beings have been corrupted by Satan, that is, corrupted by the great red dragon, and all people have the poisons of the great red dragon, its philosophies and rules of survival, inside them. These satanic poisons have become their nature, and they are all constrained by their own nature. In essence, all those who are constrained by their flesh and nature are still under the control of Satan’s influence. There are now many people who believe in God who also want to pursue the truth, and also want to be gained by God and practice the truth. But they have no command over themselves and can’t help but still act in accordance with Satan’s philosophies, poisons and rules. Don’t such people live under Satan’s domain? Some people say: “We have now broken with the great red dragon. We don’t believe in the great red dragon, we despise the great red dragon, and we curse the great red dragon. We believe in God and have turned to God.” On the outside, their flesh and their heart are not controlled by the influence of the great red dragon. However, their heart is controlled by the poisons of the great red dragon inside their nature. So aren’t such people living under the influence of Satan? These are things that must be understood clearly. Your flesh has broken free from the influence of the great red dragon—you’re not controlled by it and you don’t listen to it. But the nature of the great red dragon and its poisons inside your heart are controlling you every day, so you have not broken free from the influence of Satan. So how can one truly achieve the result that their flesh is not controlled by the nature of the great red dragon, and they have thoroughly broken free from the influence of Satan, and are able to normally obey God and practice the truth? It requires knowing the influence of Satan inside your nature and that if it controls you, this sufficiently proves that you still cannot obey God, your heart cannot love God, your heart cannot satisfy God, and your heart is still not completely compatible with God. People who live in Satan’s disposition and in the nature of the great red dragon can still defy and forsake God. Can such people be regarded as having been saved? Can they be regarded as having been gained by God? I have seen that some people could spread the gospel, could fulfill their duties, and could leave their family behind, but one day, when their spouse and children all started opposing and abandoning them, they ran back home crying to reunite with their spouse and children. Does God or Satan have a place in such people’s heart? Does their heart really belong to God or belong to Satan? Such people could forsake God and give up performing their duties and unite with Satans. What does this show? It shows that their heart still leans toward Satan and that they have not been gained by God. Therefore, now if one wants to completely overcome Satan, they must be equipped with the truth and put effort into eating and drinking God’s words. In the end, when they are able to thoroughly forsake the great red dragon and rebel against their corrupt nature, only then can it be said that they have been completely gained by God. Breaking free from Satan’s bondage and influence does not refer to breaking free from the forces of the great red dragon or breaking free from the scope of the great red dragon’s rule. Rather, it refers to breaking free from the corrupt nature inside you, breaking away from the bondage and control of the satanic philosophies and poisons inside you, and being able to completely live by God’s words and obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements. Only people who have reached this point have broken free from the influence of Satan and been gained by God. Can you now thoroughly rebel against your flesh and your satanic nature to absolutely submit to God? If you cannot, it proves that you have not completely broken free from the influence of Satan. Someone’s spouse constrains her and doesn’t let her fulfill her duties. To her, I say: “Can you divorce him? Can you forsake your spouse, expend your efforts for God, and devote yourself to God?” She says: “No, I cannot do it.” I say, “Then you are still not there yet. Your stature is too small. God’s house will not force you.” But this is something that can reveal a person’s stature. “If your children are not filial toward you, can you still follow God?” Some people say: “No, I am too sentimental.” You can see now that some people seem to be quite passionate about expending their efforts for God, but that is because trials have not yet befallen them and Satan has not yet tempted them. If their spouse divorces them and their children abandon them, whether they can still expend their efforts for God will become a question mark. Hence, it doesn’t matters how enthusiastic one appears on the outside; what matters is whether one can follow God and expend their efforts for God when they are tempted by Satan. Only this can reveal whether a person belongs to God or to Satan. Some people can expend their efforts for God before they have a boyfriend or girlfriend, but one day, when they find one, their heart flies away. What happens after their heart flies away? We don’t even know whether or when they will return and believe in God again. So, have such people broken free from the influence of Satan? Some people fulfill their duties in God’s house and appear to be quite energetic on the outside. But one day, when they are faced with the temptation of money—when they are allowed to safeguard the money of God’s house or when they have an opportunity to make a lot of money out in the world—will they still be loyal to God? Will they be able to faithfully safeguard the money of God’s house and properly look after the offerings to God? Some people can’t do it. They long for the day when no one will supervise the safekeeping of the money of God’s house, for they think that at that time they will be able to take it and it will be perfectly justifiable to take it. Such people are not faithful to God. This is something that can expose people. Someone becomes a leader or worker of the church, and one day, when situations are chaotic and the people above them cannot supervise them, they will act like a king and start to misbehave. Have such people been gained by God? They will be revealed as soon as they encounter a special situation. You should now be clear on what kind of results we need to achieve and what extent to strive for when we pursue the truth. When you encounter Satan’s temptations and various kinds of trials, will you change your mind? Will you still be faithful to God, obey God, and satisfy God? Ordinarily, you cannot tell whom a person’s heart belongs to, but it all becomes revealed when they are tempted. Some people have already been exposed. They took the money of God’s house and ran away, thinking, “Things are so chaotic right now. The great red dragon is in power. Where can you find me? This money belongs to me now.” Tell me, what kind of people are they? They are Judases, and they are also traitors. How do traitors think? They think the rule of the great red dragon will last forever and that God cannot destroy the great red dragon, so they can get off scot-free and no one can catch them. Is this kind of thinking tenable? What is meant by the words “I will finish what I have started” and “God is the Beginning and the End”? God has begun to do this stage of His work. As God has begun to do it, God will end it. God’s work in China will come to an end with the collapse of the great red dragon. When the great red dragon collapses and civil strife begins, that is when God will leave the earth. By that time, people’s outcomes will have been determined. What does that mean? It means people will have been thoroughly revealed. Who are the saved ones, who are the eliminated ones, and who are the ones to be punished—all of this will have been fully determined. How long will it be before the great red dragon collapses? Will it be around forever? A person’s lifespan is limited and already set by God, so how could the lifespan of a country or a political regime not be? God’s determination of when the great red dragon collapses is even more precise, to the very minute and second. Do you know why the great red dragon has yet to collapse? It is because God’s chosen people have not yet been made complete. It is stated in God’s words: “God is determined to make this group of people complete. Even if time is held up, He still has to make these people complete.” The holding up of time refers to this current delay. Based on the original plan, the great red dragon should have collapsed a long time ago, but God’s chosen people have not been made complete, so the collapse of the great red dragon has to be delayed. As soon as God’s chosen people have been made complete, the great red dragon will collapse immediately. This is what will happen. The great red dragon will collapse immediately. And won’t that be the time all those who rely on the force of the great red dragon to misbehave in God’s house are punished? Where will they be able to escape to? It won’t matter even if they run to the ends of the earth. At that time, God will punish people. Do you know how God will punish people? There may be countless angles or the armies of heaven that come down to earth specifically to punish wicked people. Wicked people will not be able to escape no matter where they run. You do evil and you still want to escape? All those who live under the influence of Satan and have not been gained by God shall be punished and will be destroyed. This is a certainty.
What kind of behaviors do people living under the influence of darkness have? Let us read God’s words, “All those who cannot accept God’s work or who accept God’s work but are unable to meet His demands are living under the influence of darkness.” God’s words say: “All those who cannot accept God’s work or who accept God’s work but are unable to meet His demands are living under the influence of darkness.” People who merely say they believe in God but do not experience the work of God are among them. What does “they do not experience the work of God” mean? It means that they do not normally eat and drink God’s words. These people are not experiencing the work of God. How can someone experience God’s work if they don’t eat and drink God’s words? God’s work is to accomplish everything through His words. He uses His words to work, to judge, chastise, expose, console, show the way to, enlighten, illuminate, and lead man. All of these things rely on His words. Therefore, if you don’t eat and drink God’s words, you are not a person who truly experiences the work of God. People who do not experience God’s work cannot be saved by God. Hence, all such people are living under the influence of Satan. Are there currently people in the church who don’t eat and drink God’s words? These people who don’t eat and drink God’s words are 100% living under the influence of Satan and cannot be saved. Next, let’s look at the specific conditions of people living under the influence of darkness. The first type: “men who have not been released, who are always controlled by certain things and unable to give their hearts to God.” These are people living under the influence of Satan. “Always controlled by certain things” refers to how some people are constrained by their family environment, by their jobs, by their marriages, by their unbelieving husband (or wife), by their children, or by their emotions, or how some people are constrained by financial problems and other difficulties in life, etc. Because of these constraints, they are unable to give their hearts to God. These are people living under the influence of Satan, people bound by Satan and living under an atmosphere of death. Aren’t there quite a lot of people like this in the church? They have not given their hearts to God because of constraints. So would you say they have been gained by God? The one who has your heart is the one you belong to. The one your heart leans toward is the one you belong to. All those who have not given their hearts to God don’t belong to God. Accordingly, all those who don’t belong to God undoubtedly belong to Satan and are all people living under the influence of Satan. The second type: “Those unfaithful to their own duties, unfaithful to God’s commission, and those not performing their function at the church are living under the influence of darkness.” Some people don’t fulfill any duties or perform any function. Some people perform some duties, but they are not faithful to their duties and instead do them perfunctorily by going through the motions. Have such people given their hearts to God? They are absent-minded; they perform some duties nominally but have not actually given their hearts to God. Thus, even if they perform some duties, they are unfaithful to their duties, and they do them perfunctorily by going through the motions. Because they have not given their hearts to God, such people still live under the influence of Satan. The third type: “those who deliberately disturb the church life, who deliberately destroy relationships between the brothers and sisters, or assemble their own gangs.” What kind of people are they? They are people who always want to disturb the church life. Why do they always want to disturb the church life? It is because they don’t love God’s words. When they see others eating and drinking God’s words and always fellowshiping about the truth, they dislike it and resent it. Since they can’t have their day, they are dissatisfied. What they see makes them anxious. They think: “You’re always eating and drinking God’s words and pursuing the truth. I can’t let you be saved and enter God’s kingdom. If I can’t get in, you can’t either.” They always want to disturb and disrupt the church life because they belong to Satan. This is the condition of one type of person. Additionally, some people don’t have status themselves, and when they see others elected as the leaders and workers leading God’s chosen people to live the normal church life, it makes them angry and jealous, so they disturb the church life. They believe in God to gain status. They can’t sleep well if they don’t have status. Everything they do in life is for obtaining status and not for gaining the truth. Such people can also disturb the church life. All those who disturb the church life are surely not people who practice the truth or obey God. Such people are undoubtedly living under the influence of Satan. The fourth type: “Those who have an improper relationship with God, who always have extravagant desires, who always want to gain an advantage, and who never seek transformation in their disposition are men living under the influence of darkness.” What does “have an improper relationship with God” mean? It means that they are corrupted human beings, but they always want to receive benefits from God and always want to achieve their own extravagant desires. For instance, they want to be God’s firstborn sons, and His beloved sons. Some of them always want to gain status and lord it over others. There are also some who always want to be used by God, and others who have ulterior personal motives such as getting into university, becoming an official and making a fortune, finding a good partner, or having a son. All those who harbor such extravagant desires relating to God have an improper relationship with God. What does having a proper relationship with God mean? It means acknowledging that “God is the Creator and I am a creature; God’s work is to save corrupted mankind and I am a corrupted human being, so I need to willingly accept God’s judgment and chastisement and submit to God’s work as a creature.” Isn’t this putting yourself in the proper place before God? You must stand in the proper place. Some people always want to be God. Are they standing in the proper place? Isn’t this an extravagant desire? People who always have extravagant desires and want to receive benefits but who don’t want to pursue the truth and the change in their life disposition have the wrong view about belief in God. Their motivations are wrong. Therefore, they are defying God and opposing God. Such people are of course living under the influence of Satan. What is the nature of all those who stand in the wrong place, have an incorrect view about belief in God, or have the wrong motives? They are arrogant, conceited, and unreasonable people. Arrogant, conceited, and unreasonable—don’t they have psychological problems? They have no self-control or reason; they’re always inverting black and white when doing things. Such people have mental issues. Are there people like this in God’s house? These people always want to become leaders, always want to control others, and always want to be the boss. They are standing in the wrong place. They are too arrogant and without reason. They are people living under the influence of Satan. The fifth type: “Those who are always sloppy, are not serious in their practice of the truth, and who do not seek to meet the desires of God but only satisfy their own flesh are also men who are living under the influence of darkness and shrouded in death.” What is the disposition of such people? They are too selfish and are not at all considerate of God’s will. They are happy as long as they satisfy their own flesh. All those who take satisfying their own flesh as their principle are selfish and despicable, without any fear of God. They are too greedy and their desires are too excessive. Such people are not people who are obedient to God, much less people who love God. They are therefore also people living under the influence of Satan. The sixth type: “Those who engage in crookedness and deception when performing work for God, who deal with God in a perfunctory manner, cheat God, and who always think for themselves are men living under the influence of darkness.” Why do they engage in crookedness and deception when performing work for God? It is to satisfy their own desires, to make people look up to them, to make people submit to them, to make everyone praise them, and to take credit for good things and blame others for bad things. They keep lying to satisfy their own vanity. This is engaging in crookedness and deception, acting perfunctorily toward God, and deceiving God. Aren’t those who only think for themselves people who defy God? They are not people who exalt or bear witness to God, but people who defy God. Those who always engage in crookedness and deception and act perfunctorily toward God are all people who defy God. Therefore, such people are also undoubtedly living under the influence of Satan. The seventh type: “All those who cannot sincerely love God, who do not pursue the truth, and who do not focus on transforming their disposition are living under the influence of darkness.” What does “those who cannot sincerely love God” mean? It means that they are not honest people, and they certainly do not have a heart that loves God. Can someone who is not an honest person sincerely love God? If a person is not an honest person, they are also not a person who has a heart that loves God. This kind of person cannot even be an honest person, nor do they want to be. So are they someone who pursues the truth? Is a person who does not pursue the truth someone whose life disposition has changed? The answer is an even bigger no. Therefore, those who don’t pursue the truth, pursue to be an honest person, or pursue to love God are not people who have been gained by God or belong to God. Hence, such people are all without a doubt living under the influence of Satan. All those who possess the above seven conditions are living under the influence of darkness. God’s words made it very clear. God first gave a simple general description of what kind of people are living under the influence of darkness, then provided seven conditions to explain more specifically which types of people are living under the influence of darkness. This was explained very thoroughly, so you should understand it now. Given these seven conditions, are you someone who lives under the influence of darkness? You’ll be clear when you measure yourself accordingly. If someone says: “I’ve believed in God now for so many years. Can I be saved?” measure yourself against these seven conditions. If one of them applies to you, then you have not achieved the state of being saved. If none of these seven conditions apply to you, then you are someone who has been gained by God and a saved person.
What should you practice specifically to break free from Satan’s influence of darkness? God’s words have made it very clear: “If you want to be praised by God, you must first escape from Satan’s influence of darkness, open your heart to God, and turn it to God completely.” What must you first do in order to break free from Satan’s influence? “Open your heart to God, and turn it to God completely.” First turning your heart to God is fundamental. What should you practice to turn your heart to God? First, be simple and open, bare your heart to God and tell Him what is in your heart. Secondly, give your heart to God. Giving your heart to God means searching and grasping God’s will in everything, and then, with a heart that obeys God and fears God, acting in accordance with God’s requirements. Such practice is giving your heart to God. There is a type of people who, no matter what they encounter, do whatever they want to do. In accordance with Satan’s principles, they do whatever is in their own interest. Have such people given their heart to God? No matter what they encounter, they always choose whatever path is advantageous to their own flesh and beneficial to them. Are they people who obey God? What then does it mean to give your heart to God? It means to choose God, let God be the Lord, listen to God, and act in accordance with God’s requirements, no matter what issue you encounter. If someone says: “I have already given my heart to God. What I want to do completely accords with God’s will and I act in accordance with God’s requirements,” this kind of person is someone who has truly given their heart to God. Only those who have given their hearts to God are ones who have truly devoted themselves to God. If you say you have devoted yourself to God but you have not given your heart to God and are still the master of yourself and make decisions for yourself, then is your devotion to God real or fake? If you say you have devoted yourself to God but have not given your heart to God, and still make decisions for yourself and still think what you say goes, then your devotion is fake and is deceiving God. If you can act in accordance with God’s requirements and make your choices in accordance with God’s will, then you are someone who has been truly gained by God. God has only truly gained a person if He has gained their heart. If God has not gained a person’s heart, then this person is lying to and acting perfunctorily toward God if they say they have devoted themselves to God. Therefore, if you want to see whether you can now break free from Satan’s influence, first check if your heart belongs to God and if you have turned it to God. Whom you belong to is determined by whom your heart belongs to. If Satan tempts you, see if you stand on the side of God or the side of Satan, and whether you follow God or Satan. This will reveal whom your heart actually belongs to. If a person’s heart has truly turned to God, they will be able to act in accordance with God’s requirements and be considerate of God’s will in all things. They will not follow their own flesh, they will thoroughly forsake the great red dragon, and they will rebel against their own satanic disposition and their own nature. Only such a person is someone who has been truly gained by God. God’s words state: “Are the things that you are now doing praised by God? Have you turned your heart to God? Have the things that you have done been what God has required of you? Do they fit with the truth? You must examine yourself at all times, concentrate on eating and drinking God’s words, lay out your heart before Him, love Him with sincerity, and devotedly expend yourself for God. Such men will surely receive God’s praise.” If you are not this kind of person, you will not receive God’s praise. If you really are this kind of person, then you will receive God’s praise. What do we need to practice right now in our pursuit of being gained by God, that is, in our pursuit of breaking free from Satan’s influence to be saved? We need to examine ourselves at all times, concentrate on eating and drinking God’s words, lay out our hearts before God, love Him with sincerity, and devotedly expend ourselves for God. If we possess these things, we will surely be able to receive God’s praise. If we do not possess these things, then we will surely not receive God’s praise. This path has been placed before us. It is up to us whether to take it. Tell me: Do Satans want us to practice expending ourselves for God, sincerely love God, give our hearts to Him, and devote ourselves entirely to Him? Certainly not. Who do Satans include? They include our unbelieving relatives, unbelieving husbands (or wives), children, and parents. They don’t want us to do these things, and they say, “You’ve gone crazy in your belief in God. You don’t even want your family, your husband (or wife), or your children, or live your life?” Isn’t this how Satans oppose? Who else do Satans include? They also include the great red dragon. It opposes your belief in God. The more you believe in God in this way, the more it considers you an eyesore, a thorn in its side, like you are its enemy. Thus, it persecutes you, it condemns you. Who else are the force of Satan? Religious circles. When religious circles see us believers faithfully expending ourselves for God devoting ourselves to God full-time, always eating and drinking God’s words, and meeting several times a week, they become furious and judgingly say: “Their belief in God has taken them off track. To believe in God, they have even thrown away their families and lives. They’ve even broken off relations with their spouses and children. That is why their faith is wrong and heretic. They believe in a cult.” Isn’t that how religious circles oppose and condemn us? Therefore, to pursue the truth and pursue being fully gained by God, you must face the condemnation, slander, joint attacks and persecution of the forces of Satan. This is unavoidable. This goes without saying. From the look of things now, is our pursuit of being gained by God a spiritual battle? This is a battle! How can we be gained by God? We must battle Satan. So are you battling Satan now? Have you overcome it? For some, victory and defeat have not yet been determined. There are still many people who will be easily captured by Satan! There was one sister who was especially enthusiastic in spreading the gospel and did it persistently. In the end, her religious daughter checked online and found propaganda condemning and slandering God’s work of the last days, and immediately told her: “The entire world of religion condemns your group. You people have gone down the wrong path. You are in a cult; you are a heretic!” This confused her, and she said: “Really? How come I didn’t know?” She was a new believer and did not know that was how all the religious circles condemned and slandered us. Once her daughter started to oppose her, her husband started opposing her too, and also judged and slandered her. She fell apart at the time. When brothers and sisters called her, she didn’t pick up, and even when she did, she did so very reluctantly. Later on, she didn’t want to believe anymore. She said: “Is my faith really wrong?” Look at how the old Satan was stunned and started opposing her as soon as she began to expend herself for God with all her heart, preach the gospel, and bear witness to God. Later, through the fellowshiping of the brothers and sisters, she at last started to believe their words, and now she does not completely accept the lies and slander of religious circles, maintaining a suspicious attitude, but she has not completely rejected them. Isn’t the pursuit of God and being saved by God a spiritual war? Isn’t it a war full of battles? That is why you must now prepare yourself with faith, and when necessary, be willing to give up your wife (husband), children and family in order to follow God and be completely saved. Do you have such faith? When necessary, you must give it your all. It won’t do unless you give it your all. Some people aren’t prepared for it, and one day, when just one person opposes them, they may be able to overcome it easily and not be defeated, but when two or three people or their entire family start to oppose them, they will be utterly confused and think: “What do I do? How can I live if I really leave this family? What about my future? If I lose my husband and children and leave my parents, what should I do? How will outsiders look at me? Will I still have the face to go home?” They collapse as soon as they think of this. This is all very possible. Do you believe that? Someone’s husband is a devil. He wants to find another woman, and she won’t let him. She says, “Oh, you are only allowed to be with me. I won’t let you look for another,” and she wants to have this devil husband for the rest of her life, for eternity. She wants to follow a Satan forever, be the wife of a Satan forever, and serve a Satan for life. Isn’t she very foolish? Has this kind of person broken free from the influence of Satan? Not only does she not seek to break free from it, she even wants to forever stay beside a Satan and be with a Satan for eternity. This is willingly following a Satan and stubbornly refusing to repent. Will this kind of person have a chance of being saved? Expending energy on this kind of person is not really worth it. We are seeking to be saved and break free from Satan’s influence, and yet she still wants to get closer to Satan and live under Satan’s domain. How foolish. Isn’t that doing the exact opposite? If you want to live under the rule of an unbeliever and be their wife (or husband), aren’t you seeking the influence of Satan? Can you guarantee that you can overcome the influence of Satan? Can you guarantee that you can overcome them and make them listen to you? If you cannot guarantee it, then you might be constrained by them, become their slave, and be ordered around by them. Isn’t that a fact? If you cannot be their master, they will surely be your master, and you will be constrained by them. Then isn’t that living under the influence of Satan? It is painful enough to live under the influence of Satan that is your corrupt nature. Isn’t it even more painful if you find another living influence of Satan and double the oppression and bondage on yourself? A devil husband (or devil wife) does not believe in God. They are a kind of influence that oppresses you, binds you, besides another kind of influence, the influence of the corrupt disposition inside you, which binds you. Isn’t this doubling the influence of Satan? This is firmly tying yourself up with two ropes. Corrupted mankind does not have the truth and yet they want to rule and control others. Isn’t this the nature of Satan? Can anyone with a satanic nature have some reason and say: “I won’t constrain you from believing in God. I support you”? Does this kind of person exist? It’s all just mere words. It’s all fake. Isn’t that right? In reality, they want to control you, and be your master. That’s real. When they firmly control you in their hand, they are satisfied, and they are happy. You are their puppet, their prisoner, their slave. As time goes by, you will be even happy to obey Satans. What kind of happiness is that little bit of joy given by Satans? It’s the happiness of pleasures of the flesh. What kind of happiness is that? That’s suffering. You think getting a bit of pleasures of the flesh given by Satans is happiness, and then you repay them laboriously for the rest of your life. What kind of deal is that? This is called a bad deal. Some people think that doing so is quite wonderful, quite worthwhile. But in the end, when measured using the truth, they are a slave. They are too pitiful, without any autonomy. Others give you a bit of pleasures of the flesh and you lose your autonomy. You let them manipulate you in every which way. You cannot obey God at all, and if you do, they will be infuriated. As soon as you begin to expend yourself for God, they won’t allow it. What horrible Satans! They cannot be reasoned with and don’t have reason. Can you be happy living under the influence of Satan? There is no happiness to speak of. Even so, some people still don’t want to leave Satans. Satans want to leave them to find another, and they even restrict them: “You are not allowed to look for another; I must monitor you.” They would rather not fulfill their duties but immediately monitor Satans, scared that Satans will find a new partner. Isn’t this kind of person foolish? Some brothers and sisters have unbelieving husbands (or wives) who always constrain them, persecute them. The taste of that suffering goes without saying. Being pruned and dealt with by the brothers and sisters in the church and receiving the discipline of the Holy Spirit are also a kind of suffering in themselves; being slandered, abused and condemned by unbelievers for fulfilling duties is already enough suffering. If you have to also suffer the oppression, persecution and torment of unbelieving spouses after going home, then this is piling more suffering onto your sufferings. Isn’t that right? Despite this, some people are still willing to live under the domain of Satan. How foolish they are.
What is the most important thing in breaking free from the influence of Satan? Start eating and drinking God’s words, and then, through gradually understanding the truth, devote yourself entirely to God and give your heart to God. If a person’s heart turns to God first, it will be easy for them to practice the truth, obey God’s work, and submit to God’s orchestrations and arrangements. If a person does not give their heart to God and keeps their heart in their own hands, then they will not be in good situations. What good can come of leaving your heart in the hands of Satan? Therefore, if you find an unbelieving husband (or wife), your heart will be controlled by them. They will not rest until they have control of your heart, because they won’t feel a sense of security unless they control you. If they don’t control you, they will have no assurance and won’t know what you are capable of. That is why they always want to control your heart. Isn’t that a fact? Hence, to break free from the influence of Satan, you must first give your heart to God. Don’t give it to Satan and don’t keep it for yourself. If you keep it for yourself or hand it over to your unbelieving husband (or wife), then you certainly won’t come to a good end. In churches everywhere, there are now a portion of people who pursue the truth. No matter what the circumstances, they go on pursuing it as normal and expend themselves for God with full faith. They have left their families and everything behind to follow God. Even if the whole world rejects them, slanders them, condemns them, and even if all their relatives and friends reject them or all their family members reject them, they will still follow God. Aren’t there many people like this? There are countless people like this. There must be 144,000 such people. These 144,000 people are brought forth in the church. If this number is an actual number, then there surely must be this group of people in the church. If it is not an actual number but a pre-figuring number, then perhaps the number of such people will be even higher. Among the people in the church, at least a third are to be saved, a third are service-doers, and a third are to be eliminated. There are these three types of people in the church. One type are those who pursue the truth and will be saved, including those to be perfected. Another type are those who perform duties but don’t really pursue the truth, some of whom cannot understand the truth because of poor caliber, but as they are faithful in the performance of their duties, they can survive as loyal service-doers. Still another type are those who do not pursue the truth or perform their duties, including those who betrayed God, those expelled, those who do evil, and all kinds of evil spirits. These people are all eliminated. These eliminated people can’t even be service-doers. They have gained nothing since they started believing in God. Some people perform some duties on the surface, but as they have ulterior motives, they will betray God as soon as God exposes them. Some are evil spirits and some are Judases. They all are eliminated. There are also some people who, upon seeing that the persecution is too severe, went off to pursue the world and make money, and no longer live church life. Aren’t these types of people eliminated? There are various reasons why those people are eliminated. Some are eliminated for being a Judas; some are eliminated for lusting after the world and going off to make money; some are expelled because they are evil spirits; and some are eliminated for always disturbing the church life, doing evil, and not accepting the truth. There are some people whose humanity is too bad and who never pursue the truth. Everybody rejects them. They are nominally segregated, but actually they are also eliminated. They don’t practice the truth or eat and drink God’s words, so it is of no use for such people to believe in God in name only—they don’t count to God. What kind of people does God consider to be heathens? The people who live outside of God’s words. That is, all those who believe in God but don’t eat and drink God’s words, or rarely eat and drink God’s words. In God’s eyes, all of these people are heathens. Aren’t those who are heathens in God’s eyes eliminated? All of them are eliminated. So tell me now, what will ultimately happen to those who don’t pursue the truth? In God’s eyes, they are heathens, and heathens will be destroyed by all kinds of disasters from God. Some people’s husbands (or wives) are unbelievers, heathens; some of them only believe in God nominally and don’t eat and drink God’s words, so they are still heathens. You are a heathen if you don’t believe in God. You are still a heathen if you believe in God nominally and don’t eat and drink God’s words. Only when you can eat and drink God’s words normally in your belief in God will you be a true believer. Therefore, those now in the church who don’t eat and drink God’s words, don’t pursue the truth, and don’t want to speak, say anything, or respond no matter who is fellowshiping about the truth—even if someone’s practice of the truth offers a path, they won’t get close to that person or fellowship with them to receive some benefits or assistance, for they never consider these things, as though how other people pursue the truth has nothing to do with them—such people also read God’s words on the outside, but they are actually not people who eat and drink God’s words because they don’t pursue the truth, and they just go through the motions in reading God’s words. Accordingly, all those who don’t pursue the truth are heathens in God’s eyes. And when the disasters arrive, heathens could possibly die at any time.
Can those who don’t eat and drink God’s words break free from Satan’s influence of darkness? Absolutely not. Thus, as a believer in God, whether you are someone who eats and drinks God’s words and pursues the truth is extremely crucial. First, be clear on whether you are someone who pursues the truth. If you can be certain that you are someone who pursues the truth, then you will have a chance. If you are certain that you are not someone who pursues the truth, then you are in trouble. Do you know what you have gained if you have believed in God for six months or a year? Some people believe in God for a year or two and still don’t know how to fellowship about God’s words. After they finish reading God’s words, they don’t understand them or know what they mean, and don’t know how to practice them. They cannot resolve any difficulties for their brothers and sisters. They’re afraid of fellowshiping about God’s words in the meetings. When it comes time to fellowship about God’s words, they struggle, not knowing what to say or do. Is this kind of person someone who pursues the truth? Have they gained the truth? Can someone who does not possess the truth be a leader or worker? People without the truth cannot be leaders or spread the gospel. When brothers and sisters are weak and don’t know how to experience various trials when they encounter them, such people don’t know how to support or fellowship with them. A leader must be able to do these specific tasks without difficulty. If you can’t even do these specific tasks, then what work can you do? Some people are terrified as soon as they meet others, as though other people understand the truth better than they do; this proves they really know nothing. A person who truly has a burden can fellowship about the truth and God’s words no matter what kind of people they come into contact with. No matter what kind of person they encounter, they can speak and express their own views normally. And when it comes time to preach the gospel, they will have a lot to say, having no end of things to say. This kind of person is someone who pursues the truth. The most important thing in breaking free from the influence of Satan is to, through eating and drinking God’s words, reach the point of “living in the correct state.” “To live in the correct state is to live under the guidance of God’s words.” When you have given your heart to God and you have the understanding and knowledge of God’s words, it will become easy for you to live in the correct state, which is “to live under the guidance of God’s words, to live in the state of being loyal to God, to live in the state of seeking the truth, to live in the reality of sincerely expending for God, to live in the state of genuinely loving God. Those who live in these states and within this reality will gradually transform as they enter more deeply into the truth, and they will transform with the deepening of the work, until eventually they will certainly be gained by God, and they will come to genuinely love God.” This is the path of practice to break free from the influence of Satan to be gained by God, and also the quickest way for a believer to be saved by God. Through what does one achieve this most fundamental correct state? Through eating and drinking God’s words and giving their heart to God. The more one eats and drinks God’s words, and the more they understand God’s words, the easier it is for them to enter the correct state. This is because when you understand many truths, you will know whether your internal state is normal or abnormal. You will know how to discern it. If your understanding of God’s words is too lacking and your experiences are too shallow, you won’t know how to discern your internal state. It won’t be clear to you, and you won’t be able to see through yourself and will have no mastery over yourself. Hence, if you ask those who don’t know their own internal state: “Have you had any growth?” what will they say? “Growth? I haven’t grown any taller.” See? They don’t even know what “growth” means. If you say, “Is your state normal or abnormal?” they’ll say, “Normal or abnormal? I don’t have any illnesses.” They will say they don’t have any illnesses, which means they don’t know whether the state of their life is normal or abnormal. Why don’t they know? Because they have not eaten and drunk God’s words enough and have understood too few truths. If you eat and drink God’s words more and understand more truths, you will be clear about the things in your life and spirit when someone asks you about them. You will know everything about them when they ask you. This kind of person will know what it is like to live in a normal state, so it will be easy for them to live in these various correct states. When one lives in the correct states, is their relationship with God normal or abnormal? Perfectly normal. As their relationship with God is normal, they can normally practice loving God, obeying God, fulfilling their duties faithfully, praying to and communing with God, and worshiping God. No matter what happens to them, they will naturally pray to God with sincerity, learn to be considerate of God’s will, and choose to satisfy God. Hence, this kind of person is someone who has been gained by God. A person who has been gained by God is dominated by the word of God. The word of God is everything to them and has become their life. The word of God is their basis for living. Therefore, God’s words are completely fulfilled in them. God’s words have become their basis for living, become their life, and become what they have and are. Accordingly, they live under the guidance of God’s words. They are guided by and dominated by God’s words. Such a person is undoubtedly someone who has lived out God’s words and lives by God’s words. They are someone who has broken free from the influence of Satan, someone who has been gained by God. They are someone who has been perfected by God and lives in the light.