Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “It Is Very Important to Establish a Proper Relationship With God” (II)
Let’s continue communicating God’s words. “… you can enter more deeply on the positive side, and be on a higher plane of understanding; on the negative side, you will have more understanding of your own faults and shortcomings, you will be more eager to seek to satisfy God’s will, and in a non-passive state, you will actively enter, and this will mean that you are a correct person.” Someone who is correct is someone who seeks the truth, understands the truth and practices it, understands the truth and submits to God, and gives his heart to God when things happen. Although his spiritual stature is too small, he can look to God and rely on God. In the end, he crosses the barriers, and stands as testimony. This is someone who is correct. Therefore, someone who is correct is surely someone who pursues and loves the truth. He depends on the faith and strength given to him by God to overcome Satan’s temptations and the flesh. Isn’t this the case? Then what do we mean by someone who is not correct? This person dislikes the truth, and when things happen, he does not seek the truth. Instead, he seeks nothing but profits, insists on his own notions and imagination about everything, insists stubbornly on his own wrongful opinions and views about everything, is arrogant and self-right, and refuses to accept the truth. Such a person is not someone who is correct, and not someone who pursues the truth. He lives entirely in the corrupt satanic disposition, and at the mercy of Satan. He greedily enjoys sinful happiness, measures all things with his own notions and imagination, and never accepts the truth. This is someone who is not correct. If he is that kind of person, can he be saved by God? He absolutely cannot be saved by God. Why? Because the Holy Spirit has no opportunities to work on such a person. He does not give opportunities to the Holy Spirit to work. He will never be able to receive the work of the Holy Spirit! Such people are destined to be eliminated by God. And those in religion who always refuse to accept Almighty God, are they people who are correct? Those in religion who truly seek God and love the truth are the wise virgins. Those who hear that Almighty God has come but do not seek, inspect, and blindly condemn Him are foolish virgins. What shall be the outcome and ending for the foolish virgins? Such virgins can only be thrown into disaster, where they will weep and gnash their teeth. Now people in religion still preach, “We believe in the Lord Jesus, and are guaranteed to be raptured. If it isn’t the Lord Jesus who descends with white clouds under His feet, we won’t accept Him!” They shout and are so insistent, but in the twinkling of an eye, when the final great disaster comes, they will see that they are not raptured, and they will sigh at God with tears in their eyes, “Lord Jesus, are You coming or not? The disaster has arrived, am I to fall into this disaster? Can You bear to see me falling into this disaster? Can You bear to see me die in this disaster? Lord Jesus, please save me!” Will these words be of any use then? They will be useless. Once that disaster comes, the door of grace will be shut. Some say, “Opportunities should be afforded to people!” What opportunities? Have opportunities not been given? You refuse to take the opportunities yourself, you refuse to look for opportunities to seek God’s work yourself; are these opportunities given by people? The disaster is about to come, yet you still do not seek the truth. How should God give you opportunities? Without even the penetration to understand this issue, aren’t you someone who does not understand the spirit? What do you mean by giving you opportunities? God’s work never waits for any that cannot keep pace with God. God always works according to His own schedule and His arrangements, isn’t this the case? You may still talk about giving people opportunities, but God has arranged when the great disaster will arrive. There are signs everywhere proving that the great disaster is imminent, coming almost immediately. Even unbelievers are saying: “The end of the world is arriving! There are truly the end times!”
Building a proper relationship with God depends on seeking and obeying the truth and giving your heart to God. So long as you sincerely seek the truth and submit to God you shall receive the work of the Holy Spirit, because those who live under the guidance of the work of the Holy Spirit are on the path to salvation and perfection. If a person has believed in God for many years and cannot obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, then he is not someone who is correct, and is likely to be abandoned and eliminated by God! Therefore, although you are now a believer and have accepted Almighty God, do you truly have the work of the Holy Spirit? Is this not a practical issue? Is there any opportunity for the Holy Spirit to work in you? Do you have the enlightenment and illumination and the guidance of the Holy Spirit? If you have no feeling toward such matters, nothing at all, isn’t there some danger? This is already living on the edge of danger. Have you reflected as to why you are living on the edge of danger? What causes you to be living on the edge? It’s mainly because you haven’t given your heart to God, don’t seek the truth, and don’t pursue the truth. Isn’t this the case? Then where is your heart? What’s your heart doing? Where has it gone? Can you find your heart? Can this matter be dealt with easily? If you don’t find your heart and give it to God, use it to pursue the truth, and use it to experience God’s words, then you are not someone who is correct, and you are likely to be eliminated by God! Don’t think that as followers of Almighty God you are guaranteed to be safe, because you are not! If you have entered into the truth and reality of God’s words and obtained the guidance of the work of the Holy Spirit, then relatively speaking you are safer. If you have the truth, have a foundation in the true way, know how to practice the truth by yourself, can submit to God easily, have made real progress in being an honest person, and have achieved change, then you’re truly safe. Then make sure you’ve understood what I’ve said! This is the most essential matter! Without the work of the Holy Spirit, we can’t congratulate ourselves too soon.
I asked someone, “You believe in Almighty God, so do you think you have laid the foundation?” He took a deep breath, “Oh, to that question, I have no easy answer. Have I laid the foundation?” I said, “Let’s put it this way, can those rumors and fallacies of the great red dragon and the religious circles still confuse you?” “Definitely not.” I said: “Then can you refute them? Can you refute those rumors and fallacies with the truth and God’s words?” He said, “This I can’t do. I know that those rumors and fallacies are wrong, but I still can’t refute them in concrete terms. I don’t have enough words to refute them.” What is the problem? Does this count as laying a foundation in the true way? No. Some think, “If I can’t use the truth and God’s words to refute those rumors and fallacies of the great red dragon and the religious circles, that means I haven’t laid my foundation in the true way properly. This is serious, and this saying is right and practical! Considered this way, it seems I haven’t laid my foundation at all.” Without the foundation, are you guaranteed to be safe? Is your salvation certain? It’s hard to say. It’s hard to say whether you will survive or not. Is it fair to put it this way? You mustn’t treat praying, communicating with God, and giving your heart to God as ordinary and dispensable things. You mustn’t think such things are not important. If you do, you’re in trouble, because this is a crucial matter. If you can’t practice this truth or make such prayers, and cannot achieve results, it will be very difficult for you to obtain the work of the Holy Spirit. For you to obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, the essential factors include whether you can give your heart to God, whether you pray to God with complete sincerity, and whether you seek the truth and obey God. If you lack complete sincerity, then you are going through the motions with God, having fun with God, and toying with God; that’s a great sin! If you can’t make real entry and real breakthroughs in this regard, then your belief isn’t much different from that of people in the religious world. God does not recognize that. Believing in God is a serious matter. If you can’t treat it seriously, it means you are frivolous. Don’t imagine you can be like people in the religious circles, who pray, “Oh, Lord Jesus, I’m a sinner, may You forgive me, I believe in You and accept You with all sincerity,” and that when the Lord Jesus hears it, He will say, “Alright, you are forgiven,” to which the religious cry, “Lord Jesus, You’re truly my Lord! I’m a sinner, I’m a filthy and corrupt person! You’ve forgiven me today, I shall submit to You, obey You, and follow You.” And then after praying, they feel released, and have peace and joy and become self-satisfied in their heart, thinking, “It’s settled! I’m guaranteed to be saved! From now on I belong to the Lord Jesus. When I’ve lived enough, the Lord Jesus will come and bring me to heaven. I’ll enter the kingdom of heaven! It’s done! That’s how easy it is to believe in God!” Is this a realistic expectation? Is this not a dream? The Lord Jesus has said so many things; do you practice even one? Not even one; and you say you belong to the Lord Jesus, and are waiting for the Lord to bring you to heaven. Isn’t this shameless?
Let’s read a few passages of the words of the Lord Jesus. Matthew 4:4, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” If people only eat and drink but do not practice God’s words, they are walking corpses. The most important part is that man should live “by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” You need to practice God’s words; that’s the most important. Second, Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” “… but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” These words of the Lord Jesus are very important. You can forget about entering the kingdom of heaven without doing the will of the heavenly Father. That’s nothing but a daydream. Let’s read another part, Matthew 11:12, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” What does “force” refer to? You must practice God’s words, and do God’s will; that’s called “force.” If you are not forceful, and cannot obtain force, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 12:48-50, “But he answered and said to him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brothers! For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” The Lord Jesus does not recognize those who are not doing the will of the heavenly Father. If His mother, foster father, and brothers did not do the will of the heavenly Father, He wouldn’t have recognized them! Did the Lord Jesus have emotions? Let’s move on with the reading. Mark 12: 29-31, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” The first commandment is to love God; love God with all your heart and mind. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself. These two are the greatest commandments. Have you carried out these two commandments? If you cannot carry them out, yet want to enter the kingdom of heaven, you will fail! Next, Luke 9:23-25, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” “Save his life”; how to save his life? “For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” What does “lose his life” refer to? It’s not just about death; it’s about betraying the flesh, nailing the flesh on the cross, getting rid of that which pleases the flesh, refusing to pursue fleshly things, and forsaking the flesh; this is what is meant by “lose his life.” Losing enjoyment of the flesh, losing personal pursuit, and losing personal liking mean saving yourself. Therefore, those who cannot betray the flesh cannot obtain the truth and life; understood? Let’s read John 3:3, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” You see, those who are not born again cannot see the kingdom of God. John 8:12, “Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” We must follow the Lord. What is meant by “follow the Lord”? Following the Lord means practicing and experiencing the Lord’s words. You are not following the Lord if you are not practicing and experiencing the Lord’s words, and are not following His way. Those who follow the Lord shall obtain life; those who do not follow the Lord shall not obtain life but fall into darkness. John 8:31-32, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed.” If you want to enter the kingdom of heaven, ask yourself if you have walked in the way of the Lord Jesus. If you haven’t walked in the way of the Lord Jesus, does the Lord Jesus recognize you? Of course not! John 8:34-36, “Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” It’s mentioned here that those who often commit sin are servants of sin; servants of sin cannot stay forever in the house. They must be eliminated. That’s the meaning. You commit sin often and think of entering God’s kingdom, absolutely impossible! John 8:51, “Truly, truly, I say to you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” Only through walking in the way of the Lord can one enter the heavenly kingdom and never see death; he who does not walk in the way of the Lord and yet thinks of waiting for the Lord to rapture him will have no chance. Don’t even think about it! This is not all the Lord has to say about it, but reading this much should be enough. Based on these words, do those in religion who believe in the Lord Jesus and think of being raptured into heaven still have hope? Have they obeyed the words spoken by the Lord Jesus? Have they gained entry? They do not practice a single utterance among these words, and still think of entering the heavenly kingdom. Impossible! That’s a fantasy! Therefore, since we accept Almighty God today, who has expressed so much truth, we must practice it! It’s unacceptable to not practice it! The desire to enter the kingdom of heaven without practicing it is madness! The Spirit of truth is here. He is Almighty God, and He has expressed all truth required for people’s salvation. Yet how much of the truth have people implemented? First, do you love God? If you truly love God, why are you not forsaking everything to follow God? If you truly love God, why are you not practicing and experiencing His words? If you truly love God, why are you not walking in His way? If you truly love God, why are you not loyal to Him to the end? All these should be understood by people. If people do not walk in God’s way, do they have a proper relationship with God? Does God recognize them? God would say, “You do not truly love Me; you do not walk in My way, therefore, I do not recognize you as My disciple.”