Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “It Is Very Important to Establish a Proper Relationship With God” （III）
After some people finish reading God’s words, they are unable to let go of their conceptions and illusions and they say, “I think that this is not possible!” “I think that all religious people love God!” You think? Do you think that you are God? Do you think it is so just because you say it? Do you have this kind of power? You do not have this kind of power. If you have a heart that reveres God even just a little bit, you would not say what you think and you would not dare insist that your conceptions are correct. Therefore, those that always say, “I think that the situation should be like this,” or “I think that God is like this,” do they have an understanding of God? Do these kinds of people have a heart that reveres God? If you do not seek the truth all along in terms of your own thinking on certain matters and you stubbornly insist that your “thinking” is correct, then aren’t you a person that resists God? Some people think so. Do you understand? If you always say “I think” when it comes to any subject you encounter, well, it is best that you let go of your opinions. I urge you to let go of your opinions and seek the truth. Examine the words of God. Your “opinion” is not the truth! If it is the truth, then write down your “opinion” and let God’s chosen people take a look at it, let them listen and let them see if it is the truth or not. Do you have the guts to do this? Do you have this courage? If you do not, then do not say these things, you will only embarrass yourself! You still say “I think,” but do your opinions have any value? If you have the truth, then deliver a sermon and convince God’s chosen people. Let others verify if you have the truth or not. If you are not able to convince everyone by speaking in front of them, then you better not share your opinions. If you are able to persuade everyone, and they applaud, cheer and say, “This is the truth,” then this is fine. In this case, feel free to share your opinions. Believers in God who always think that their conceptions and illusions are absolutely correct, appropriate and are the truth, what kind of people are they? Aren’t they people who resist God? You say that your conceptions and illusions are the truth, but the unspoken implication is that God’s words and the truth that God expresses are not the truth. Isn’t this the meaning? Aren’t these kinds of people arrogant and conceited and self-right? As a believer in God, you have absolutely no understanding of your arrogance or your arrogant nature and you still think that your own conceptions and illusions are the truth. Does this kind of person have the least reality of the truth? This kind of person is the most superficial, he does not have any reality of the truth at all! You cannot even deny yourself. You even stubbornly insist that your own conceptions and illusions are correct, that they are always correct. Now, when you have finished reading God’s words and you find that God’s words do not concur with your conceptions and illusions, would you acknowledge that God’s words are the truth? If you still think that your own conceptions and illusions are the truth, then you definitely are unable to accept God’s words and it is even harder for you to obey Christ. Isn’t this the case? What is the main manifestation of those that obey God? What is the reality of obeying God? Shouldn’t you first obey the truth? You should obey all the truth that God expresses, you should deny your own conceptions and illusions in the face of the truth of God’s words, you should deny your own position, deny all that you are, deny your own perspectives, and in the end forsake yourself. This is what it means to truly obey God. Have you denied your perspectives that do not concur with the truth? Which things and which viewpoints do you think are correct? If your heart still feels that your own way of thinking and your own conceptions are correct, that they concur with the truth, then do you think that you believe in God? This is not believing in God. You believe in yourself! You are too arrogant and self-right! In the face of the truth, you cannot even let go of and deny your own conceptions and illusions. You do not want to obey God in the slightest! Of those that truly seek the truth and truly have a heart that reveres God, who still says “I think”? This saying has already been eliminated. This is the revealing of the satanic disposition. Can you see this matter clearly?
From here, God’s words are as follows, “In real life, most people have yet to attain this realm. At the very least, their heart has yet to completely turn to God, and thus there has still not been any great change in their life disposition, which is because they only live amid God’s graces, and have yet to gain the work of the Holy Spirit.” These words have been spoken clearly. People live amid God’s graces, they do not seek the truth and they are unable to quiet themselves before God. That is why they are unable to gain the work of the Holy Spirit. The inability to gain the work of the Holy Spirit leads to the result of someone believing in God for many years yet not having a big change in their life disposition. Do you understand? This end result is clear.
Let’s continue reading, “The criteria for God’s use of people are as follows.” There are some people who love the truth and seek the truth. Their greatest wish is to become those God uses, “When does God need to use me? When will He allow me to fulfill my duties or do the work of a worker or leader? This is the most meaningful thing! It is an honor for one of God’s creations to be used by Him! It is glorious and it is fortunate. This is the greatest fortune!” Some people are employed by the president. The president nominates them for an official position. Nonbelievers feel that this is a great honor. Those that believe in God feel that the real honor actually is to be used by God. Isn’t this correct? At present, there are some people, they are really good, they seek the truth and they have been elected by everybody to be workers or leaders. Once they start fulfilling some duties and doing some work, they say, “Oh, my spiritual stature is so small!” They can see clearly what the problem is, but they do not know how to resolve it. When their eyes see someone revealing their corruption, they do not know how to communicate the truth so that the person can accept it. When they see that there is not much improvement with the work of the church, their hearts become anxious, heavy and in pain. They feel their spiritual stature is too small and they cannot take it on. Are there people like this? There are. Now, why is this? It is because they have not obtained the truth. What is the main reason why they have not obtained the truth? They have not quieted themselves before God enough. They have quieted themselves before God too little, they have not obtained the truth, they do not know how to seek God’s will and they have not received the Holy Spirit’s work. This leads to the situation where someone can believe for many years yet they still do not have the reality of the truth. They have believed in God for many years yet they still have not entered into the reality of the truth. It is all because the time they spend quieting themselves before God is too little. Therefore, the time when they receive the Holy Spirit’s work is also too little. They have received very little of the Holy Spirit’s work, so there is no way that they can understand the truth and, moreover, they cannot fulfill their duties with principles. If they do not genuinely understand the truth, they will never be able to act on principle. Am I right? If they only understand letters and doctrines, and they can only talk about them, then they can only do things according to the rules. They definitely do not have principles. Isn’t this the case? They clearly see that there are some difficulties in the church but they cannot resolve these difficulties themselves. Their hearts have strength but they do not have the truth. They see others that understand the truth encounter the same situation. These people say a few words and everyone accepts it wholeheartedly. The difficulty is resolved. They say, “You say a few words and it is resolved. Now, is it okay if I say some more words on top of that? Would I be able to resolve it?” They still feel that it is not okay. “If I talk for an entire day, can I resolve it?” Everyone else would feel frustrated if they spoke for an entire day. They would feel humiliated. They say, “When we compare spiritual statures, how is it that there is such a big difference? When I compare myself to others, how is it that there is such a big difference? How is it that the few words you say are effective? Why is it that when I say so much, it is not effective?” Where is the source of this? The time they spend quieting themselves before God is too little. Therefore, the result is that they understand too little of the truth. When they start working, they are unable to resolve practical problems. When some people see my external appearance, they say, “You are not that tall, your figure is not particularly outstanding and you don’t look very special. How is it that you have results in whatever you do? I am bigger than you, yet, why is it that when I do things, I do not have the results that you have? Why is this the case?” They do not concede. They say, “Could it be that once people see you, then they will obey? They can just comply? Why do they not listen to me when they see me? Why are they not convinced regardless of what I say? Aren’t the things we say the same? I am better looking than you and I am taller than you. Why do they not listen to me?” What kind of problem is this? The crucial point lies in whether you have the reality of the truth. What is the main factor when it comes to obtaining the reality of the truth? Isn’t it frequently quieting yourself in front of God?
Let’s continue communicating God’s words, “The criteria for God’s use of people are as follows: Their heart turns to God, they are burdened by the words of God, their heart yearns, and they have the resolve to seek the truth. Only people such as this can gain the work of the Holy Spirit and be often enlightened and illuminated.” Remember this! All of God’s words are the truth. They are extremely important! If you can do all this, then you can be used by God. God’s words are, “The people God uses appear from the outside to be irrational and seem to be without proper relationship with others, though they speak with propriety, don’t speak carelessly and can always keep a quiet heart before God. Such a person is sufficient to be used by the Holy Spirit.” What is the meaning of these words? For example, you say, “I have seen the man used by the Holy Spirit. He seemed to ignore me, he did not pay much attention to me. I am so energetic and good looking, yet he did not take a closer look at me. He just nodded his head a little and passed by. Isn’t it like he is irrational?” If I do not specifically pay attention to you, does this mean I am irrational? Someone said, “When nonbelieving presidents and politicians see me, they shake my hand and even give me a hug. You do not even shake my hand. It’s like you are irrational.” The following words have been fulfilled in this way, “The people God uses appear from the outside to be irrational and seem to be without proper relationship with others, though they speak with propriety.” How do I appear when I speak? Once I see you, I nod my head a little and that is it. If others respect me a lot, then what should I do? They say, “When I see you, you need to shake my hand and give me a hug.” These external formalities are not needed. When I see someone, I just nod my head and that is it. Concise and simple. After I nod my head, people will say, “It seems like you are not very intimate with other people.” What does that matter? As long as they are in my heart, that is enough. If you need to seek the truth and resolve some problems, feel free to speak up. I promise I will satisfy you. Other people cannot satisfy you. I will talk to you about this aspect and guarantee that I can satisfy you and give you an exact response. What do you think? Though externally, I seem to be irrational, I can do this. Doesn’t this mean I have humanity? Doesn’t my heart have love? Sometimes, this mutual love is not shown through external formalities to our brothers and sisters but through help in our spiritual lives. If you have a problem and you need me to fellowship the truth with you, I will communicate a solution to you. See how I frequently communicate with you. What do you think about this communication? Have we spoken the words of our heart? Have you obtained solutions for your difficulty? Is your heart satisfied? Hasn’t it all been resolved? If it has all been resolved, do we still need to shake hands and hug? These are only formalities, they are useless. No matter who I encounter, I do the same thing. I nod my head. If they say, “Hello,” I will also say “Hello!” And that is the end of that. It seems that I am irrational and do not greet others with external formalities. Actually, if I have you in my heart, then it is enough. I do not need to show it. Externally, I am not very warm. When people interact with each other, the most crucial point does not lie in the aspects of what they say to each other, the shaking of hands or hugging. The key thing is that when they talk about important matters, people get the solutions to their needs and difficulties. This is the greatest benefit, am I right? God says it clearly in this passage, right? “… they speak with propriety, don’t speak carelessly.” Do you understand this? Look at how I speak to you when we meet. I am precise in my words. I open up my heart when we talk. There isn’t anything else. I do not carelessly talk. What I say is very crucial and valuable!
God said, “… and can always keep a quiet heart before God. Such a person is sufficient to be used by the Holy Spirit. This irrational person God speaks of looks like they don’t have proper relationships with others, and they don’t have outward love or superficial practices, but when they are communicating spiritual things they can open their heart and selflessly provide others with the illumination and enlightenment they have acquired from their actual experience before God.” “Selflessly provide others,” do I ask money from you? Do I ask for a remuneration? Do I ask for a reward? I ask for nothing! I selflessly supply people. “This is how they express their love for God and satisfy God’s will. When others are all slandering and ridiculing them, they are able to not be dictated by outside people, occurrences, or things, and can still be quiet before God.” Look at how many people in the religious world judge me, sneer at me and slander me. Am I restrained by them? I continue to fulfill my duties the way I normally do. The work that God entrusts me to do, I still do it regardless. I am not restrained by these people and things. “Such a person seemingly has their own insights. Regardless of others, their heart never leaves God. When others are chatting cheerfully and humorously, their heart still remains before God, contemplating God’s word or praying in silence to the God in their heart, seeking God’s intentions. They never make the maintenance of their proper relationships with other people the main focus. Such a person has seemingly no philosophy of life. On the outside, this person is lively, adorable, innocent, but also possesses a sense of calmness. This is the likeness of a person God uses.” Do you understand? Are you clear about what kind of person that God uses? Do I maintain proper relationships with other people? I will not talk for the sake of these things. Instead, I will talk for the sake of bearing witness for God, communicating the truth and helping God’s chosen people obtain provisions. I do not care whether or not I have a place in other people’s hearts. This is not important and it is useless. It has no relation to what God has entrusted me with. I will not talk for the sake of this matter. Instead, I will communicate the truth. Whatever issues I find that God’s chosen people have, I will center on those issues, communicate the truth and give them a solution. Whatever issues I find that new believers have, I will communicate those truths and give them a solution. God’s chosen people want me to talk about entering into life, then I talk about it, starting from building a proper relationship with God. “The criteria for God’s use of people are as follows: Their heart turns to God, they are burdened by the words of God.” “Their heart turns to God.” One of God’s criteria for using people involves turning your heart to God or giving your heart to God. What does giving your heart to God mean? It means that it is not enough to devote yourselves to God, the most important thing is that you give your heart to God. What is the key point of giving your heart to God? Basically, no matter what situation you come across, you must not act arbitrarily or rashly or follow your own intentions. You must let God reign! If what you think is untenable or if you insist on doing things in your own way, then you have not given your heart to God. You must allow God to reign in all matters, this is extremely important.