How People Should Cooperate With God’s Work of Perfecting Man

The significance of God’s Work of Perfecting Man

In the future, whether you are blessed or cursed will be decided based on the actions you perform today. If you are to be perfected by God it will be right now in this era; there will not be another opportunity in the future. Right now, God truly wants to perfect you, and this is not a manner of speaking. In the future, regardless of what trials befall you, what events take place, or what disasters befall you, God wants to perfect you—this is a definite and undoubted fact. From where can this be seen? From the fact that the word of God through the ages and generations has never attained such a great height as it has today—it has entered the highest realm, and the work of the Holy Spirit among all men today is unprecedented. Hardly anyone from generations past has tasted this. Even in the age of Jesus there were not the revelations of today; great heights have been reached in the words spoken to you, the things you understand, and the things you experience. You do not depart in the midst of trials and chastisements, and this is sufficient to prove that the work of God has reached unprecedented splendor. This is not something that man is able to do and it is not something that man maintains, but rather it is the work of God Himself. So, from many of the facts of the work of God it can be seen that God wants to perfect man, and He is certainly able to make you complete. If you are able to catch sight of this, if you are able to have this new discovery, then you will not wait for the second coming of Jesus but instead, you will allow God to make you complete in the present age. Thus, you should each do your utmost and spare no effort so that you may be perfected by God.” God’s words have been read. How do you feel when you hear that God wants to perfect you and to carry out perfecting work in you? Do you see this fact now? Is God carrying out His work of perfecting man? Are you willing to be perfected by God? Now most people see this fact that what God is doing is really the work of perfecting man, and are willing to accept God’s perfecting. What are your thoughts now? God will perfect a group of people in mainland China, which is unprecedented. Since the history of mankind, this is God’s first time carrying out His work of perfecting man. How should we feel about God wanting to perfect us? How should we recognize this? This is the most important thing. People living in this world are all seeking good fortune and their own futures. But how should you view God coming to perfect a group of people? Throughout the ages, how many people have there been who have wanted to find the true way? What is the true way? The true way is the way of eternal life. If people find the way of eternal life, is this not the greatest blessing? To find the way of eternal life is to find the greatest blessing. God’s perfecting of people allows them to live forever, obtain the truth, and become a person who knows God. This is the greatest blessing people should get. If people feel nothing about the fact of God perfecting people, then they are too numb and foolish. Is that not the case? People pursue the world and fame and fortune at all costs. But what future is in store for the world? Is it not as transient as a fleeting cloud? Is it not a void? People are so attentive to things that are gone in a twinkling of an eye and yet it seems that people do not care about the way of eternal life. This shows that people are too apathetic. Do you know what people must experience and how people should cooperate with God for God to do His work of perfecting man? People should pursue to know God. To truly know God is to obtain all the truths that people should possess. The significance of truly knowing God is very profound! Mankind thinks of themselves as clever—they rack their brains to study worldly things and materials and they think that results can be achieved from the study of these things, that a surprising discovery can be made and that they can then get something and achieve some purpose. In fact, what have people got from even the greatest achievements in scientific research? Did the scientists not all die? Did they live forever? Did they live to be a hundred years old? They tasked themselves with scientific research, but ultimately, no matter what their achievements were, they all died. You could say that they did not achieve anything. Is that not still a void? But do you know what people get if they obtain the truth and get to know God? They can be blessed by God and receive eternal life. Those with God loving hearts shall be most blessed by God. God’s blessing is eternal life and to live forever. No matter what catastrophes one faces, one shall never die; they shall live for ever. This is called eternal life. This is the true meaning of blessings from God. If people really see that God’s blessing is the most valuable and the greatest blessing, then what should they pursue? They should pursue the truth. Is this not more meaningful than engaging in science?! You rack your brains studying for undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees, but what is the final result? It is still death. This death is not a normal death. It is a cursed death because you resist God too much and disobey God too much. You are Satan’s kind and so the ultimate thing is to be cursed and die. So now we get to know God through pursuit of the truth. This is really significant.

The Significance of God’s Use of the Great Red Dragon as a Foil to Man’s Salvation and Perfecting

During God’s work of perfecting people, He uses the great red dragon as a foil. This is very significant. We must have knowledge of this. During God’s chosen people’s experience of God’s work, there is also the great red dragon oppressing, persecuting, hunting and restricting. In this environment, God carries out the work of saving people in order to make a group of people perfect. People feel that this is inconceivable, but this is very significant. God clearly points out that there is great value in the great red dragon acting as a foil to the perfecting of God’s chosen people. So we should now think: “What does the great red dragon acting as a foil have to do with our salvation and being perfected? What does it have to do with us entering into the truth?” … God uses words to make us perfect and in this respect, we have some understanding. What is the significance of God’s use of the great red dragon as a foil to our salvation and being made perfect? Perhaps the majority of people cannot see it clearly. This is the vision of believing in God. Suppose someone asks you: “Why do you accept God’s work of the last days?” If you are clear about the truth of the vision, you will be able to answer this question. If you are not clear about the truth of the vision, you will be unable to answer. So, to know God’s work, understand God’s intentions, we must see clearly where the value lies in the great red dragon as a foil especially.

Now, there are many truths for which we only understand the words. We have not yet fully found out the reality of the truth and the essence of the truth. So what should we do? This requires the great red dragon to act as a foil. The nature of the great red dragon, all its poisons and all its actions all act as a foil to positive things. For example, God asks us to be honest people. But what kind of people are actually honest people? What is an honest person? What aspects of the truth should you practice to be an honest person? Regarding these questions, although we can understand some of them from God’s words, just knowing positive reality is not enough. Then see if the great red dragon is an honest person. Actually what are the great red dragon’s actions? The great red dragon is the most evil and the most reactionary. Its behavior toward people is the most deceitful. Therefore, from the great red dragon itself, we can see that the great red dragon is a negative thing. You see how cunning the great red dragon is, how the great red dragon deceives, cheats, says one thing and means another, plays tricks, deludes those below and hoodwinks those above, double crosses and veers with the wind and you know what is called a deceitful person. Therefore it is very suitable to use the great red dragon as the negative foil. In summarizing the great red dragon’s poisons, I cannot finish summarizing them. I gather all of the negative vocabulary from the most complete dictionary together and still haven’t made the great red dragon’s poisons clear. There is no suitable language and too little appropriate language and so you can say that the great red dragon, this negative thing, is all evil, the root of all evil. If you use all of the negative vocabulary in the world, you still could not finish describing it and could not express it clearly. So nothing could be more suitable than to use the great red dragon as a negative foil. After you see this clearly, when there are a lot of truths that you do not understand and are not clear about, compare them with the negative aspects of the great red dragon; that is, use it as a foil and you can understand the positive meaning of the truth and know what the reality of the truth is. The great red dragon can act as a foil from the negative side, to let you understand and see the truth and positive things more clearly. Is this way of pursuing the truth not very convenient? For example, now we all seek to be obedient and loyal to God and to obey and satisfy God in everything. With regard to obeying God, this truth, we know a little about the positive meaning, but what is the opposite of that? It is rebelling against God, resisting God and betraying God. So what is rebelling against God, resisting God and betraying God? Where can we find these kinds of examples? You can find them in the great red dragon. Look and see how the great red dragon resists God. The most obvious way in which the great red dragon resists God is: those who bow to me will prosper and those who resist will perish, doing things in a perverse way, rebelling against God, fooling the people, blasphemy, advocating evil, hatred of righteousness, calling white black and swearing black is white. Therefore the great red dragon really is a downright reactionary thing. It is very suitable to use it as a foil. It is well-deserved and most appropriate to treat it as a counter point. From the great red dragon, you can see how the great red dragon resists God and how it betrays God, and so you know how we should obey God, how we should pursue the truth, get rid of the great red dragon’s poisons and resolve the great red dragon’s nature and in doing so we can enter the reality of the truth. In addition, with the great red dragon as the foil, we can easily understand the truth and know God. We see that God is righteous and that God is holy and we will very quickly wonder who is unrighteous. Who is the most filthy and corrupt? We will immediately think of the great red dragon. The great red dragon is not righteous at all. The great red dragon is the most filthy and the most evil. You see, with such a contrast, do we not know more about God? How is the great red dragon as the foil? Is it the most appropriate? Taking the great red dragon as the foil really has benefits for us entering the truth. We can see all kinds of negative things and can find all kinds of manifestations of resisting God from it. That is all that is necessary. So now we can say with certainty that taking the great red dragon as the foil is beneficial to us receiving salvation and being perfected. On the one hand, we can know all that God has and is more clearly by taking the great red dragon as the negative foil, and can know that all that God has and is is the truth and is all positive. On the other hand, we find those negative things in the great red dragon and hunt out all of the poisons and negative things. After finding them out, we can thoroughly understand the great red dragon’s nature. After understanding this, we can achieve rebellion against the great red dragon. When we see that God is indeed righteous and the truth and that all that God has and is is the truth and that it can all be people’s life, we will feel that God is so good, that by believing in God we have found a true life and a true destination. From then on we will wholeheartedly follow God and wholeheartedly obey and worship God. Therefore taking the great red dragon as the foil is beneficial to our salvation and being perfected. Now does using the great red dragon as a foil achieve any results in yourself? In your pursuit of the truth and entering the truth, does this foil, the great red dragon, play a role? What negative things have you found in the great red dragon? Have you discovered any satanic poisons and great red dragon poisons? Have you summed them up? If you haven’t summed them up then you must not really thoroughly understand the great red dragon and must still be puzzled by it. You haven’t understood it thoroughly and are still confused by it. Can you rebel against the great red dragon? If you cannot rebel against the great red dragon then is your returning to God true or false? It’s not easy to say, is it? While we experience God’s work, we see a lot of people that are cowardly, do not dare follow God and even more so do not dare do their duty because of the great red dragon’s coercion and persecution. What is this problem? It is because of the great red dragon’s frenzied nature and viciousness that these people are so scared they do not dare believe in God, are subject to its control and so do not dare pursue the truth and even more, do not dare do their duty. This results in them being ruined by their timidity. Objectively, what role does the great red dragon’s coercion and persecution play? It plays a role in revealing people. How many people do not dare to believe in God and do not dare accept the true way because of their timidity and fear of the great red dragon’s coercion and persecution. Even though they believe in God, some people do not dare do their duty. Some people are of good caliber and good humanity, but after believing in God they do not dare be leaders and do not dare accept God’s commission. What problem is this? This is caused by people’s timidity. In the Book of Revelation there is such a prophecy; that is, that the timid cannot enter the kingdom of heaven and are shut outside. Is this true? Therefore, taking the great red dragon as a foil also plays a role in revealing people. There are some people who really pursue the truth who do not fear the great red dragon’s persecution. The more the great red dragon persecutes them, the more they devote their life to pursuing the truth and serving God. The great red dragon’s persecution has actually stirred up aspirations in people to pursue the truth. Why is this? This shows that those with aspirations cannot be scared. The great red dragon cannot scare them and its persecution and hunting cannot stop God’s chosen people from being perfected because the Holy Spirit is at work in them and God is almighty. Even though the great red dragon gets frenzied, God is omnipotent. …

Our current pursuit of salvation and perfection, on the one hand, relies on us pursuing the truth to achieve a true understanding of God and in addition, we still need the great red dragon to act as a foil. Now we see clearly that recognizing the great red dragon, seeing the great red dragon’s true colors and being able to distinguish the great red dragon’s poisons is very beneficial to us entering the truth, casting off corruption and receiving salvation. So how should you carry out your pursuit of salvation? How should you recognize your own corruption? Is there a road now? Take the great red dragon’s poisons to read and see whether any of the great red dragon’s poisons are in you. The great red dragon’s poisons are like a mirror. Once you look at them, you know whether or not any of the great red dragon’s poisons are in you. If you compare and contrast, you can see that all people’s corrupt nature contains the great red dragons’ poisons, every kind of toxin is there, complete in all varieties. In the great red dragon, in this mirror, you can see yourself, you can see that you are a descendant of the great red dragon and that your nature is exactly the same as that of the great red dragon. At this time, you know that: “I have been too deeply corrupted by Satan and I really need God’s salvation. I see that the great red dragon’s poisons are so deeply ingrained in me and there are too many. So I must do my utmost to pursue the truth in order to resolve the problem of my corruption and receive salvation.” You see, taking the great red dragon as a foil is of great value to our pursuit of salvation. See how the great red dragon persecutes God and how it cruelly harms God’s chosen people, then look at how you resist and rebel against God and how you are incapable of getting along peacefully with God’s chosen people. You are filled with grudges and are too selfish. How are you any different from the great red dragon? In this way, on the one hand, it makes us have a deeper understanding of our own corruption and in addition, it can also spur us on to pursue the truth and receive salvation. If you cannot see how the great red dragon resists God, rebels against God, violates the will of God and blasphemes God, then you do not know how many satanic poisons you have inside you. With no contrast and no comparison, there is no differentiation. If people do not recognize the great red dragon’s poisons inside them, they will always think that their own corruption is minor and always believe that they are good, it seems they shouldn’t be subject to God’s judgment and chastisement. But when they see all of the great red dragon’s poisons and corruption revealed, they will make a connection that they also have this corruption. Then tell me, at this time what role does the revealing of the great red dragon’s corruption play? One is a warning role, one is a reference role. So, we can see our own corruption from the great red dragon. However the great red dragon resists God is how we also resist God. However the great red dragon is arrogant, we are also arrogant. However the great red dragon abuses its power, bullies people, acts arbitrarily and tyrannically, we also do so. However the great red dragon does things in a perverse way and rebels against God, we also often rebel against God, violate the will of God and do otherwise. Does this not correspond with oneself? It’s good to have the great red dragon as a mirror; it gives us a serious warning and is very beneficial. Many people don’t recognize the poisons of the great red dragon that lurk within them. They always think the great red dragon is too evil, and that when they hold power, they will be much better than the great red dragon; but is that truly the case? If you took power this instant, how much better than the great red dragon would you be? Could you do so much better than the great red dragon? The truth is that the great red dragon holding power is no different than any of corrupt mankind holding power. If the great red dragon can kill 80 million people, how many will you kill when you hold power? Some say, ‘If I held power, I wouldn’t kill anyone.’ Just as you say this, someone will stand up and curse you, you will get furious and say, ‘Then I’ll just kill one, I’ll make an exception.’ When a group rises up to oppose you, you will say, ‘Killing a group isn’t much, the great red dragon killed 80 million. I’m only killing a small group, that’s much less than the great red dragon.’ When 10 million rise up to oppose you, you will say, ‘I can kill these 10 million too, because if I don’t, how will I hold on to power?’ Don’t you see a problem here? When you have no power, you do no evil, but there is no guarantee you won’t do evil deeds when you hold power, because man’s natures are all the same. If you really realize this, do you still feel that you are now one of the saved? You are not yet saved but why not? Because once you grasp power, you can do any bad thing. People appear to be good when they don’t have power but as soon as they have it, they will show their true colors. How can power expose people? When someone is an ordinary person, they seem decent and appear to be dignified and upright. Once they hold some power, they become perverse. What problem is this? The nature of humans who have been corrupted by Satan is all the same. Some say that when men are in control, they might kill many people, but when women are in power, they might not kill anyone. Is this the case? It’s not. Do you see how many people Empress Wu Zetien killed when she was in power? Do you see how many people Empress Dowager Cixi killed when she was in power? When women are in power they can kill people just the same. Corrupt people’s nature is the same. No matter whether men or women are in power, they can all kill people and they can all carry out evil acts. This should be understood thoroughly. When you can understand this thoroughly, if you can really be in power, then what can you do? You can weigh it up, can’t you? This shows a problem—we all are not kind-hearted people. People all look good on the outside. When they speak and do things it cannot be seen how evil they are. But whether or not people are kind-hearted shows in people’s hearts. People are most clear about their own thoughts. People also have many evil ideas, vicious thoughts and a lot of internal hatred, do they not? You see a lot of the time when people have setbacks, are attacked, suffer ostracism or persecution, the anger in their hearts burns violently. They wish they had the power to do away with all people, sparing none, with not one left, and only this thought cheers them greatly. Do they not have such a view? If people really have this view, you would say if they had the power then how horrible. It is too dangerous but fortunately God did not give us the power. If we were given the power then how horrible! We would also be able to carry out all kinds of evil acts. If corrupt people in power do not have a democratic system, no one can restrain them. They are all murderers, are they not? This is enough to prove that the corrupt people have no truth and are unbridled. If people do not have the truth then their life disposition is too venomous. If people’s life disposition is so vicious and wildly arrogant and people can do anything they wish, then do people need to pursue the truth for a change in their disposition? They really need to pursue the truth, don’t they? So if it is required that in the pursuit of salvation and being perfected we need to accept all kinds of trials and all kinds of natural disasters, then do we still have complaints? Should we have complaints? Why does God let us meet natural and man-made calamities? Why does God make all kinds of calamities fall upon us? Why does God use all kinds of trials to make us perfect? Have you thought of these kinds of questions before? Do you think it is only through understanding the truth that we can be cleansed based on our current level of corruption? It is not enough to just rely on understanding the truth; we must also suffer a lot. This suffering can be said to be punishment and can also be said to be chastisement, but one must take this track to achieve changes in their life disposition. It is out of the question for people not to suffer, so suffering is necessary. In the words of God that we just read, there were these two sentences: “Right now, God truly wants to perfect you…. In the future, regardless of what trials befall you, what events take place, or what disasters befall you, God wants to perfect you….” From these two sentences we see the intention of God. God said He wants to perfect us and connected the perfecting with trials and disasters. He said “In the future, regardless of what trials befall you, what events take place, or what disasters befall you, God wants to perfect you….” God’s words are spoken very clearly. God will perfect us through trials, catastrophes and through unexpected disasters. Now you can see God’s way of perfecting people. If we really want to be made perfect, we should know God’s work, know how God perfects us, by what means and which way He perfects us. It is really necessary to know this.

The Way to Pursue the Truth

What is the way to pursue the truth? It is to eat and drink the words of God and to experience God’s words. Reading the words of God can let us understand the truth. The true meaning of understanding the truth is ultimately living out a true life through our real understanding of God. Only people who understand God know how to live a life of value. Only people who understand God can live out a true life as required by God. Therefore it is very important to read the words of God so as to understand the truth. When people are reading the words of God, they should understand the following aspects. Every sentence of the words of God has a request of people from God. They all contain God’s intention. Every sentence of the words of God has truth within it and represents God’s disposition and all that God has and is. If you can see what God’s disposition is from the words of God and can see what God has and is, then this proves that you understand the words of God, because you have a true understanding of God from the words of God. This is the best and the most real outcome of reading the words of God. You can grasp God’s intention in every sentence of His words and you can grasp where the truth lies. This is the outcome of reading the words of God. Every sentence of God’s words can become people’s life and reality and this is also meaningful. Which of God’s words cannot become people’s life? They can all become people’s life and they can all become people’s reality. Every sentence of God’s words can achieve the effect of saving man from corruption. If you can truly achieve this effect from God’s words, it proves you understand the truth and you have really entered into God’s words. If you can eat and drink God’s words like this, you can discover God’s disposition and the truth in every sentence of God’s words, you can see God’s intentions and what God requires from people and can obtain the truth that can be the reality of people’s lives. In this way, in God’s words, you can achieve true salvation. Only by being able to achieve this outcome from reading God’s words can you truly understand the truth and truly understand God’s words. If after reading God’s words, you have not found anything and God’s words are still God’s words, you have just learnt by heart a few sentences, and after saying these sentences, you do not have a true understanding of God, nor understand the truth, nor see God’s intentions and what is required of people by God, nor understand what effect God’s words have on you, then you have gotten nothing from reading God’s words. This shows that you cannot read God’s words. People who can read God’s words can achieve results in these four to five aspects. If you can achieve all of these, then that shows that you are very savvy, that the Holy Spirit has enlightened and illuminated you and that you really are in pursuit of the truth. Otherwise the Holy Spirit would not enlighten and illuminate you in this way. If you can discover all that God has and is in His words, can see God’s disposition, essence, intention and what God requires of people in His words and can see that God’s words have the truth and reality that can be people’s lives, then you truly understand God’s words. This is the real result of reading God’s words. If you do not pay attention to the results of these aspects when you are reading God’s words and just know to read them, then you can only understand the letters and doctrines and you cannot gain the more profound things in God’s words, that is, the effects of these aspects we have just spoken of. Therefore, you must pay attention to these aspects when reading God’s words in order to achieve results. If you have achieved the results of these aspects and have achieved results when reading God’s words, it shows that you can read God’s words, that you can eat and drink God’s words, that you have been enlightened by the Holy Spirit and that you have the power to understand. If you have not achieved results in these aspects, you just understand a little of the letters and doctrines and are able to explain a little of the surface of the words, this proves that you have not gotten the truth and have still not gotten any results from reading God’s words. Now, how you should read God’s words and what results you will ultimately achieve, is that clear? From now on you should read the words of God in this way. If you read God’s words in this way and you can discover the results of these aspects in many of God’s words, then that proves you truly understand God’s words. You know how significant these words of God are for you, how great they are for your salvation, how big the changes are that they will bring for you, in this way God’s words become your life and reality, God is delighted with you and God says: “The words have not been spoken in vain to you and you have really taken them to heart.” People who eat, drink and enjoy God’s words and get the truth from them are the most blessed people. All those who eat and drink God’s words and are willing to work hard and have real results are destined to be perfected by God. Now people are beginning to focus on the pursuit of the truth, and the most important thing in the pursuit of the truth is to work hard on God’s words. One aspect is how to eat and drink God’s words. Another aspect is to be able to enter, practice and experience when eating and drinking God’s words and understanding a little. In this way we begin to understand God’s words. When we understand a little, we experience a little; when we experience a little, it becomes a little clearer; when it becomes a little clearer, we experience further…. In this way the more you experience, the more you understand and become enlightened. After you have experienced God’s words for a longer time, for one or two years, you will have a real understanding of God’s words. When you have a real understanding of God’s words, then God’s words are not objective to you and have become your truth in the subjective aspect. God’s words become the truth in your heart and you achieve results from reading God’s words. In God’s words you get the truth and from eating and drinking God’s words you eat and drink the truth, enjoy the truth and take the truth into your heart, where the truth takes root, and so from God’s words you obtain life.

To Achieve Salvation It Is Very Important to Have a God-Fearing Heart

A God-fearing heart is key to achieving salvation. Salvation is established on a foundation of true belief in God. From Job’s testimony, we can see that when people have true belief they cannot be knocked down by general trials, but are able to stand their ground. During trials they are able to stand their ground and bear good testimony. What does this depend on? It depends on true belief in God. And one more thing, your transgressions can be resolved by fearing God and shunning evil. This is also critical. If you are a God-fearing person, you are able to reduce many transgressions, do no evil, pledge to not do evil, not follow the wicked and not do anything that goes against the truth. People have free will inside them and this free will often follows personal preferences in terms of action. To choose and carry out whatever one likes—this is free will. By what means can free will be resolved? If people do not possess the truth, this free will can easily make wrong choices. What do people need to possess to ensure they do no evil even in situations where they do not understand many truths? They must possess a God-fearing heart, like Job, who feared God and shunned evil and who was a blameless person. If people do not understand many truths, as long as they have a God-fearing heart, they can achieve not doing evil. This is true. During our experience, there are many times we face something where we do not understand the truth and do not know how to act in order to practice the truth, nor how to act in line with the truth, nor how to act to go against the truth. We don’t know any of these things. At these times, you pray to God. God does not do supernatural things and you will not get an answer, so you turn this over in your mind, but still have no conclusion and do not know how best to act. In such situations, some people have a God-fearing heart and when they cannot fathom things, they do not do things arbitrarily. Some people do not have a God-fearing heart and when they cannot work things out, they do things based on their preferences and do as they wish, which results in them doing many evil things. It is easy to do evil things when we do as we wish, based on what we think and how we like to act. So how do we resolve the problem of doing evil? One way is to understand the truth. Some people say: “It is not easy to understand the truth. In many things, I do not know how to seek the truth and do not know how to act in line with the truth.” If you do not understand the truth, there is still a way, that is, to see if you have a God-fearing heart or not. If you have a God-fearing heart, then you can ensure you do no evil. If you do not have a God-fearing heart, you cannot do no evil even if you do not want to, in spite of yourself. The God-fearing heart is so critical to human behavior. Now do you feel you have a God-fearing heart? Some people have a little and some people have none. If people truly have a God-fearing heart and pray to God about everything, they will not do things in an arbitrary way that they cannot work out. They are very afraid of offending God. Therefore, the more God-fearing their heart is, the more they pray when they encounter something, the more they seek, the more they will have constraints and not act in an arbitrary manner, but will be able to be cautious about their steps. Those who are not God-fearing, pray very little and do not seek when they encounter something, but act according to their preferences, based on what is most beneficial to them and as they wish, unwittingly do a lot of evil as a result.

The Real Demonstration of Standing Witness During Trials

Some people ask this kind of question, “We all know now to stand witness to God during trials and refinement and all we know about this witness now is not to deny God during trials and refinement and that no matter what we face, we can all stay with God, have some true belief in God and praise God. But besides these things, what else can be called true testimony? What else do we need to possess?” There is one outcome of people being perfected during trials and this outcome is to enter into the truth. If you only keep the formula, no matter what trials you encounter, do not blame God and can still praise God, is this not the formula? What outcomes does this have? Is praising God with your mouth, but in your heart not knowing why you are praising God not a formality? In addition, if you do not understand the truth, then your praise is not genuine. When you encounter trials, there are no people who do not seek the truth and there are no people who do not grope for God’s will. This is for sure. When a trial arises, from its appearance it looks like a disaster and nonbelievers see it as a disaster. Nonbelievers see a trial like Job experienced as a disaster, but you are a believer and when such large disaster comes, can you not pray to God? Can you not seek the truth? You will seek it for sure: “What is this after all? Why do I have to encounter this?” When you seek, you cannot understand it all at once. This trial may last for a month or may pass in a few days, but you must understand God’s intention. Before you understand God’s intentions, no matter what you think, you may also have some minor complaints or weakness, but one day when the trial is almost over and you understand God’s intentions, you will immediately issue genuine praise for God and in this way you are victorious. Is that not a good testimony? This genuine testimony is achieved by your seeking the truth and groping for God’s will during the trial and finally satisfying God. This is a real experience, not a formulaic experience, nor a formulaic process. What is your ability to issue praise in trials based on? It is based on the truths you understand. If you do not understand the truth, nor understand what the meaning of God is, then your praise is also false, for God searches the innermost hearts of men. If you say, “God, I thank You,” but in your heart you think, “God, why do You do this?” then is your praise genuine praise? No. So now you are not equipped with the truth and when you face trials, you just think to praise God by relying on your willpower to guarantee not to blame God, not to complain nor say any improper remarks, can you control it? Who can keep to this? If you can keep to this for one day, you cannot keep to it for two days. If you can keep to it for one month, you will be unable to keep to it for two months and will sooner or later have to let it out and whatever you heart is full of, your mouth will reveal. The main outcome of your being perfected through trials is to make you seek the truth, to make you stand witness, be able to obey and satisfy God and shame Satan based on the truth. This is the real outcome. When you achieve this outcome, your experiencing of the trials is you being perfected. You can achieve the outcome of being perfected during every trial and after experiencing many trials, your life disposition will have completely and thoroughly changed. If you experience hundreds of trials, you will not be victorious and stand witness every time and there will certainly be some experiences of failure, and you may also experience the same one trial or the same type of trial many times, but will finally succeed. If the first time you experience it you are not successful, that is because you do not understand the truth and base it on human ideas. But after the trial, when you know you have failed and you hate yourself inside, you will start to seek the truth and will eventually understand the truth and pray to God: “God! I failed the last trial because I did not understand the truth and I really hate myself and feel ashamed to live before You. God, if You give me this trial again, I should be able to stand witness and I am willing to go through it once again.” You see, you experienced failure one time and learned a lesson, but are able to rouse your aspiration to be perfected more strongly. In this way, when you experience a trial again, you can stand witness. The real process of God perfecting people is like this. That is not to say that if you experience hundreds of trials, you will be successful every time. Maybe you will have a few more failures or more than half of them will be failures, but in the end you will succeed in all and will stand witness. Standing witness during trials primarily refers to what has been said. Only being able to truly experience a trial and reach a true outcome can be called not losing the opportunity to be perfected and getting the opportunity to be perfected. At every trial you can be perfected, you obtain certain truth. At every trial you can be perfected, in some regard, you have a new experiential understanding of God and mature and grow in your life in some way. By going through many trials in this way, we will be completely perfected by God and our lives will mature and grow and we will be able to serve God. This is what being a perfected person is.

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