Daily Words of God | "Utterances of Christ in the Beginning: Chapter 13" | Excerpt 380
Some people do not comprehend what the truth is, what the life is, and what the way is, and they do not understand the spirit. They consider My word as mere formula. This is much too rigid. They do not understand what genuine gratitude and praise are. Some people are unable to grasp the crucial and primary things; instead, they only grasp the secondary. What does it mean to interrupt God’s management? What does it mean to demolish the construction of the church? What does it mean to interrupt the work of the Holy Spirit? What is a lackey of Satan? These truths must be clearly understood, and not just vaguely glossed over. What caused there to be no eating and drinking this time? Some people feel that they should praise God out loud today, but how should they praise Him? Should they do so by singing hymns and dancing? Do other methods not count as praise? Some people come to meetings with the notion that jubilant praise is the way to praise God. People have these notions, and they do not pay attention to the work of the Holy Spirit; the end result of this is that interruptions still occur. There was no eating and drinking in this meeting; all of you say you are considerate of God’s burden and will defend the testimony of the church, but who among you has really been considerate of God’s burden? Ask yourself: Are you someone who has shown consideration for His burden? Can you practice righteousness for Him? Can you stand up and speak for Me? Can you steadfastly put the truth into practice? Are you bold enough to fight against all of Satan’s deeds? Would you be able to set your emotions aside and expose Satan for the sake of My truth? Can you allow My intentions to be fulfilled in you? Have you offered up your heart in the most crucial of moments? Are you someone who does My will? Ask yourself these questions, and think about them often. Satan’s gifts are inside of you, and you are to blame for that—for you do not understand people, and you fail to recognize Satan’s poison; you are leading yourself toward death. Satan has thoroughly deceived you, to the point that you are completely bewildered; you are drunk on the wine of promiscuity, and you sway back and forth, unable to hold a firm viewpoint, and have no path for your practice. You do not eat and drink properly, you engage in wild fighting and quarreling, you do not know right from wrong, and you follow whoever leads. Do you possess any truth at all? Some people defend themselves and even engage in deception. They fellowship with others, but that just leads them to a dead end. Is it from Me that these people obtain their intentions, goals, motivations, and source? Do you think you can compensate your brothers and sisters for the fact that their eating and drinking was taken away? Find a few people to fellowship with, and ask them; let them speak for themselves: Have they been provided with anything? Or have their bellies been filled with dirty water and trash, leaving them without a path to follow? Would that not demolish the church? Where is the love among brothers and sisters? You secretly research who is right and who is wrong, but why do you not bear a burden for the church? Normally, you are good at yelling out catchphrases, but when things actually happen, you are uncertain about them. Some people understand but only murmur quietly, while others speak up what they understand when no one else says a word. They do not know what comes from God and what is the work of Satan. Where are your internal feelings about life? You simply cannot grasp the work of the Holy Spirit, nor do you recognize it, and you have a difficult time accepting new things. You only accept religious and secular things that conform to people’s notions. As a result, you fight wantonly. How many people can grasp the work of the Holy Spirit? How many have truly carried a burden for the church? Do you grasp it? Singing hymns is one way to praise God, but you do not clearly understand the truth of praising God. Moreover, you are rigid in the way you go about praising Him. Is that not a notion that you have? You always cling unrelentingly to your own notions, and you are unable to focus on what the Holy Spirit is going to do today, unable to feel what your brothers and sisters are feeling, and unable to quietly seek God’s will. You do things blindly; you may sing the songs well, but the result is a complete mess. Is that truly eating and drinking? Do you see who is actually causing the interruptions? You absolutely do not live in the spirit; rather, you hold on to various notions. How is that any way to carry a burden for the church? You must see that the work of the Holy Spirit is progressing even faster now. Are you not therefore blind if you are clutching tightly to your own notions and resisting the Holy Spirit’s work? Is that not akin to a fly’s banging into walls and buzzing around? If you persist in this manner, you will be cast aside.
Those who are made complete before the disaster are submissive to God. They live reliant on Christ, they bear witness to Him, and they exalt Him. They are the victorious male children and good soldiers of Christ. It is crucial now that you calm yourself, come close to God, and fellowship with Him. If you are unable to come close to God, you run the risk of being captured by Satan. If you can come close to Me and fellowship with Me, then all truths will be revealed to you, and you will have a standard by which to live and act. Because you are one who is close to Me, My word will never leave your side, nor will you ever stray from My word throughout your life; Satan will have no way to take advantage of you, and will instead be shamed and flee in defeat. If you look externally for what is missing inside you, you may at times find some of it, but much of what you find will be rules and things that you do not need. You must let go of yourself, eat and drink more of My words, and know how to ponder them. If you do not understand something, come close to Me and fellowship with Me frequently; in this way, the things you understand will be real and true. You must start by being close to Me. This is crucial! Otherwise, you will not know how to eat and drink. You cannot eat and drink by yourself; truly, your stature is too small.
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh