Daily Words of God: Entry Into Life | Excerpt 405
I have previously said that “All who seek to behold signs and wonders will be forsaken; they are not those who will be made perfect.” I have spoken so many words, yet you have not the slightest knowledge of this work, and, having arrived at this point, still you ask for signs and wonders. Is your belief in God the pursuit of seeing signs and wonders, or is it in order to gain life? Jesus also spoke many words that, today, have yet to be fulfilled. Can you say that Jesus is not God? God witnessed that He was Christ and the beloved Son of God. Can you deny this? Today, God only speaks words, and if you are incapable of thoroughly knowing, then you cannot stand fast. Do you believe in Him because He is God, or do you believe in Him based on whether or not His words are fulfilled? Do you believe in signs and wonders, or do you believe in God? Today He does not show signs and wonders—is He really God? If the words He speaks are not fulfilled, is He really God? Is the substance of God determined by whether or not the words He speaks are fulfilled? Why is it that some people are always waiting for the fulfillment ofbefore believing in Him? Does this not mean they do not know Him? All those who possess such conceptions are people who deny God; they use conceptions to measure God; if God’s words are fulfilled they believe in God, and if they aren’t they don’t believe in God; and they always pursue signs and wonders. Are they not the Pharisees of modern times? Whether or not you are able to stand firm depends on whether or not you know the real God—this is crucial! The greater the reality of God’s word in you, the greater your knowledge of the reality of God, and the more you are able to stand fast during trials. The more you look to signs and wonders, the more you are unable to stand firm, and you will fall amid trials. Signs and wonders are not the foundation; only the reality of God is life. Some people do not know the effects that are to be achieved by God’s work. They spend their days in bewilderment, not pursuing the knowledge of God’s work. Their pursuit is always to make God fulfill their desires, only after which are they serious in their belief. They also say that they will pursue life if the words of God are fulfilled, but that if His words are not fulfilled, then there is no possibility of them pursuing life. Man thinks that belief in God is the pursuit of beholding signs and wonders and the pursuit of ascending to heaven and the third heaven. There is no one who says that their belief in God is the pursuit of entry into reality, the pursuit of life, and the pursuit of being gained by God. What value has such a pursuit? Those who do not pursue the knowledge of God and the satisfaction of God are people who do not believe in God, they are people who blaspheme God!
Now do you understand what belief in God is? Is belief in God beholding signs and wonders? Is it ascending to heaven? Believing in God is not easy. Today, that kind of religious practice should be purged; pursuing the manifestation of the miracles of God, pursuing God’s healing and His casting out of demons, pursuing the bestowment of peace and ample graces by God, pursuing the gaining of prospects and comfort for the flesh—these are religious practices, and such religious practices are a vague and abstract form of belief. Today, what is real belief in God? It is the acceptance of God’s word as the reality of your life and the knowing of God from His word in order to achieve a true love of Him. To be clear: It is the belief in God so that you may obey God, love God, and perform the duty that should be performed by a creature of God. This is the aim of believing in God. You must achieve a knowledge of the loveliness of God, of how worthy God is of reverence, of how, in His creatures, God does the work of salvation and making them perfect—this is the minimum that you should possess in your belief in God. Belief in God is principally the switch from a life in the flesh to a life of loving God, from a life within nature to a life within the being of God, it is coming out from under the domain of Satan and living under the care and protection of God, it is being able to achieve obedience to God and not obedience to the flesh, it is allowing God to gain your entire heart, allowing God to make you perfect, and freeing yourself from the corrupt satanic disposition. Belief in God is principally so that the power and glory of God may be manifested in you, so that you may do God’s will, and accomplish God’s plan, and be able to bear testimony to God before Satan. Belief in God should not be in order to behold signs and wonders, nor should it be for the sake of your personal flesh. It should be for the pursuit of knowing God, and being able to obey God, and like Peter, obeying Him until death. This is what it is mainly in order to achieve. Eating and drinking the word of God is in order to know God and in order to satisfy God. Eating and drinking the word of God gives you a greater knowledge of God, only after which can you obey God. Only if you know God can you love Him, and the attainment of this aim is the only aim man should have in his belief in God. If, in your belief in God, you always try to behold signs and wonders, then the viewpoint of this belief in God is wrong. Belief in God is principally the acceptance of the word of God as the reality of life. Only putting into practice the words of God from His mouth and carrying them out within yourself is the attainment of the aim of God. In believing in God, man should pursue being made perfect by God, being able to submit to God, and the complete obedience to God. If you can obey God without complaint, be mindful of God’s desires, achieve the stature of Peter, and possess the style of Peter spoken of by God, then that will be when you have achieved success in belief in God, and it will signify that you have been gained by God.