48. The Principles of Forsaking and Cursing Oneself
1. In your understanding of the truth, you must know the essence of your own satanic nature. Only by truly knowing yourself can you forsake and curse yourself;
2. Only by truly knowing God can you truly hate Satan. It is better to curse yourself than complain to God, and you must stand witness to satisfy God;
3. By truly hating the great red dragon, you can then hate and curse yourself, and you are then able to forsake the great red dragon and expend all to carry out God’s will;
4. Curse the flesh is actually to curse Satan. If you do not practice the truth or love God, then you should be cursed, and this is Heaven’s law and earth’s principle.
Relevant Words of God:
So if a person’s knowledge of himself is too shallow, it will be impossible to solve problems, and his life disposition will absolutely not change. It is necessary to know oneself on a deep level, which means to know one’s own nature, and to know what elements are included in one’s nature, from where the elements arise and how they come about. Moreover, are you able to really hate these things? Have you seen your own ugly soul and your evil nature? If a person is truly able to see the truth about himself, then he will start to loathe himself. When you loathe yourself and then practice God’s word, you will be able to forsake the flesh, and have the strength to carry out truth without difficulty. Why were people formerly able to follow the flesh? Because they considered themselves to be pretty good. They felt right and justified, having no faults, indeed entirely correct. They therefore could act with the assumption that justice was on their side. When one recognizes what his true nature is, how ugly, how despicable, and how pitiful, then he is not too proud of himself, not so wildly arrogant, and not so pleased with himself as he was before. He feels, “I must be earnest and down to earth, and practice some of God’s word. If not, I will not measure up to the standard of being human, and will be ashamed to live in God’s presence.” He truly sees himself as paltry, as truly insignificant. At this time it is easy for him to carry out truth, and he looks more like a human being. Only when a person truly loathes himself is he able to forsake the flesh. If one does not loathe himself, he will be unable to forsake the flesh. Hating oneself comprises a few things: first, knowing one’s own nature; second, seeing oneself as needy and pitiful, seeing oneself to be so small and insignificant, and seeing one’s own pitiful soul, one’s dirty soul. When one fully sees what he truly is and this outcome is achieved, he then really knows himself, and we can say that he has come to know himself fully. Only then can he truly hate himself, going so far as to curse himself, truly feeling that he has been corrupted too deeply by Satan, such that he no longer resembles a human being. Then one day, when the threat of imminent death appears, he feels, “Oh! It’s God’s righteous punishment. God is indeed righteous. I really should die!” At this point, he will not lodge a complaint, much less blame God, simply feeling that he is too pitiful, too filthy and corrupt, that he should be wiped out by God and a soul like his is not fit to live on earth, and so he will not resist, much less betray, nor will he complain against God.
from “Knowing Oneself Is Mainly Knowing Human Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks
When you have some understanding of God, when you can see man’s corruption and recognize the arrogance and conceit that is contemptible and ugly, you will then feel disgusted, sickened and distressed. You will be able to consciously do some things to satisfy God and in doing this will feel gratification. You will be able to consciously bear witness for God and in doing this will feel enjoyment. You will consciously unmask yourself and expose your own ugliness, and by doing this you will feel well within yourself and your state of mind will be bettered. So the first step to seeking a change in your disposition is to seek to understand God’s word and to enter into the truth. Only by understanding the truth can you have discernment; only with discernment can you understand things thoroughly; only by understanding things thoroughly can you forsake the flesh and, step by step, you will walk the right track of belief in God.
from “Only by Seeking the Truth Can You Obtain Changes in Your Disposition” in Records of Christ’s Talks
If you earnestly love God in your heart, then make an oath to God: “God, who is in the heavens and on earth and among all things, I swear to You: May Your Spirit examine all I do and protect and care for me at all times. It makes it possible for all I do to stand in Your presence. Should my heart ever cease to love You or betray You, give me Your severe chastisement and curse. Pardon me in neither this world nor the next!” Do you dare make such an oath? If you do not, this shows you are cowardly, and that you still love yourself. Do you have this resolve?
from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
A person who truly knows himself can loathe himself, can curse himself. Ultimately he can forsake himself. If a person loathes himself to the extent that he dares to curse himself, and dares to vow before God to curse himself, so that God’s chastisement and curses befall him, causing him to be unable to die a natural death, struck by lightning and split in two, this sort of person truly loathes himself. Currently, no one has achieved authentic knowledge of his own substance. No one has achieved knowledge of his own nature. Hence he does not loathe himself. If there is no loathing, he cannot curse himself and he is loath to curse himself. He still wants to allow that stubborn Satan to continue living, and he still wants God to bless this Satan to be able to resist God even more. The disposition of this kind of person is still the disposition of Satan. If he truly can see that while living, he is none other than Satan, he can only resist God, can only be rebellious against God, this kind of person should receive the curses of God, and this kind of person is not fit to live on earth, if understanding has reached this extent, this understanding of himself has achieved an outcome. It has completely achieved the outcome that God requires. Therefore, it is said that a person who truly knows himself can know his own corrupt essence and what his corrupt nature is, can achieve genuine loathing of himself, and can make a vow to curse himself. Only this is a person who truly knows himself.
from “How to Achieve True Knowledge of Oneself” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (I)
When you see that you are rebellious, you can curse yourself. This can encourage your willpower, encourage yourself to practice the truth, encourage yourself to love God, and encourage yourself toward justice. That you can curse yourself and curse your own flesh shows that you genuinely loathe Satan. If you curse only Satan, and do not curse your own rebelliousness and your own corrupt flesh, this indicates that your hatred of Satan is not genuine. Your own flesh itself is also Satan, so why wouldn’t you curse it? Sometimes you curse yourself, which shows that you genuinely loathe Satan. You genuinely loathe the great red dragon, and loathe this dark, wicked force. This kind of prayer, cursing your own flesh, is completely after God’s heart. If your rebelliousness is too great, you must plead with God to punish you and help you understand God’s righteous disposition, so that you will have a heart that reveres God. Only in this way will you be able to stay far away from evil. Otherwise, human flesh, which is far too corrupt, is hard to deal with. Tell me, is this a good sort of prayer? Would you say that it has much usefulness to our being fully saved? It certainly is good, and its usefulness is immense.
from “Three Stages Concerning Prayer” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (II)