Daily Words of God | "Utterances of Christ in the Beginning: Chapter 22" | Excerpt 385
The time when the church is to be constructed is also the time when Satan reaches the highest pitch of its frenzy. Satan frequently causes disturbances and interruptions through a few people, and it is those who do not know the spirit and those who are new believers who can play the role of Satan most easily. Often, because people do not understand the work of the Holy Spirit, they act arbitrarily, completely according to their own preferences, their own ways of doing things, and their own notions. Hold your tongue—this is for your own protection. Listen and obey well. The church is different from society. You cannot simply say what you please; you cannot say whatever you think. That will not do here, as this is the house of God. God does not accept the way people do things. You must do things by following the Spirit; you must live out God’s words, and then others will admire you. You must first resolve all the difficulties within yourself by relying on God. Put an end to your degenerate disposition and become able to truly understand your own condition and know how you should act; continue to fellowship about anything you do not understand. It is unacceptable for a person not to know themselves. Heal your own sickness first, and, by eating and drinking My words more often and contemplating them, live your life and do your deeds on the basis of My words; whether you are at home or elsewhere, you should allow God to wield power within you. Cast off the flesh and naturalness. Always let God’s words have dominion within you. There is no need to worry that your life is not changing; with time, you will come to feel your disposition has changed a great deal. Before, you were eager to be in the limelight, you either obeyed no one or were ambitious, self-righteous, or prideful—these are things you will gradually be rid of. If you wish to cast them off right now, that is not possible! This is because your old self will not allow others to touch it, so deep are its roots. So, you must make a subjective effort, positively and actively obey the work of the Holy Spirit, use your will to cooperate with God, and be willing to put My words into practice. If you commit a sin, God will discipline you. When you turn back and come to understanding, then all will at once be well within you. If you speak indulgently, then you will be disciplined immediately within yourself. You see that God takes no delight in such things, so if you stop right away, you will experience inner peace. There are some new believers who do not understand what the feelings of life are or how to live within those feelings. Sometimes you wonder, though you have said nothing, why do you feel so restless within? At such times, it is your thoughts and your mind that are amiss. Sometimes you have your own choices, your own notions and opinions; sometimes you regard others as being less than you; sometimes you make your own selfish calculations and do not pray or examine yourself. This is why you feel restless inside. Perhaps you know what the problem is, so, straight away call God’s name in your heart, come close to God, and you will recover. When your heart becomes increasingly flustered and restless, you absolutely must not think that God is allowing you to speak. New believers should pay especially close attention to obeying God in this. The feelings God puts inside man are peace, joy, clarity, and surety. Often, there are people who do not understand, who will make a mess and act arbitrarily—these are all interruptions; pay careful heed to this. If you are prone to this condition, you should take “preventive medicine” to head it off; otherwise, you will create interruptions and God will strike you. Do not be self-righteous; take the strengths of others to offset your own deficiencies, watch how others live by God’s words; and see whether their lives, actions, and speech are worth emulating. If you regard others as less than you, you are self-righteous, conceited, and of benefit to no one. What is vital now is to focus on life, to eat and drink more of My words, to experience My words, to know My words, to make My words truly become your life—these are the main things. If someone cannot live by God’s words, can their life mature? No, it cannot. You must live by My words at all times and have My words as the code of conduct for life, so that you will feel that acting by that code is what God takes joy in, and acting elsewise is what God hates; and slowly, you will come to walk on the right track. You must understand what comes from God and what comes from Satan. What comes from God gives you visions with ever greater clarity and brings you ever closer to God; you share earnest love with your brothers and sisters, you are capable of showing consideration for God’s burden, and have a God-loving heart that never diminishes. There is a road ahead for you to walk. What comes from Satan causes visions to disappear with you, and causes you to lose all that you had before; you become estranged from God, you have no love for your brothers and sisters, and you have a hateful heart. You become desperate, you no longer wish to live the church life, and your God-loving heart is no more. This is Satan’s work, and is also the consequence to which the work of evil spirits leads.
Now is a crucial moment. You must stay at your post until your final shift, clear the eyes of your spirit to distinguish between good and evil, and exert all your effort in building the church. Clear away Satan’s lackeys, religious disturbances, and the work of evil spirits. Purify the church, make My will be carried out unimpeded, and truly, in this very short time that precedes the disasters, I will make you complete as quickly as possible, and bring you into glory.
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh
Live by God’s Words to Change Your Disposition
You must first resolve all difficulties within yourself by relying on God, make an end to your fallen dispositions, and really understand your own conditions. Know what you should do, and fellowship what you don’t understand. It is unacceptable to not know yourself. Heal your sickness first, read God’s words, contemplate God’s words, live and act according to them. Whether at home or away, allow God to rule within you, let God’s words always have dominion, cast off the flesh and naturalness, live by God’s words to change your disposition.
The key now is to focus on life, to eat and drink more of God’s words, experience God’s words, know His words, make His words truly become life of yours. Whether at home or away, allow God to rule within you, let God’s words always have dominion, cast off the flesh and naturalness, live by God’s words to change your disposition.
How can one’s life become mature if one can’t live by God’s words? Live God’s words at all times, God’s words must be your code of conduct, so you can know the right way to please God, and God hates when you do things in another. Whether at home or away, allow God to rule within you, let God’s words always have dominion, cast off the flesh and naturalness, live by God’s words to change your disposition. There is no need to worry that your life is not changing. There is no need to worry that your life is not changing. You will come to walk the right track, you will come to walk the right track, and feel the change of your disposition.
from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs