1 If you do not experience the work of God you will never be able to be perfected. Only when you are able to experience and ponder God’s work at any time, at any place, you are able to leave the shepherd, live independently by relying on God, and you are able to see God’s actual actions, only then will God’s will be achieved. Right now, most people do not know how to experience it. When they encounter an issue they don’t know how to take care of it, they can’t experience God’s work, and they cannot lead a spiritual life. You must take God’s words and work into your practical life.
2 Sometimes God gives you a certain type of feeling—you lose your inner enjoyment and lose God’s presence, and you are in darkness. This is a type of refinement. Whenever you do something it goes awry or you hit a wall. This is God’s discipline. You may do something and not have any particular feeling about it, and others don’t know either, but God knows. He will not let you go, and He will discipline you. The work of the Holy Spirit is very detailed. He very carefully observes people’s every word and action, their every act and move, and their every thought and idea so that people can gain internal awareness of these things.
3 You do something once and it goes awry, you do it again and it still goes awry, and gradually you will come to understand the work of the Holy Spirit. Through many times of being disciplined, you will know what to do to be in line with God’s will and what is not in line with His will. In the end, you will have accurate responses to the Holy Spirit’s guidance from within you. Sometimes you will be rebellious and you will be rebuked by God from within. This all comes from God’s discipline. If you do not treasure God, if you slight His work, He will pay you no mind. The more seriously you take God’s words, the more He will enlighten you.
Adapted from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh