Daily Words of God | "You Should Maintain Your Devotion to God" | Excerpt 467
How is the Holy Spirit working within the church now? Do you have a grasp of that? What are the brothers’ and sisters’ greatest difficulties? What do they most lack? Currently, there are some people who are negative in the midst of trials, and some of them even complain, and some are no longer moving forward because God is no longer speaking. People have not entered the right track of belief in God. They cannot live independently, and they cannot maintain their own spiritual life. There are some people who follow along, have the drive for pursuit, and are willing to practice when God speaks. But when God does not speak, they no longer move forward. People still have not understood God’s will within their hearts and they do not automatically have love for God; their following God in the past was because they were forced. Now there are some people who are tired of God’s work. Aren’t they in danger? A lot of people are in a state of just coping. Although they eat and drink God’s words and pray to Him, it’s all half-hearted. They don’t have the drive that they once did, and most people are not interested in God’s work of refinement and perfection. It’s as if they never have any internal drive, and when they are overcome by transgressions they do not feel indebted to God. They do not regret themselves, and they do not pursue the truth or leave the church. They only pursue temporal pleasures. This is the most foolish type of idiot! When the time comes, they will all be cast out, and not a single one will be saved! Do you think that if someone has been saved once they will always be saved? This is just trying to fool people! All those who do not pursue entry into life will be chastised. Most people have absolutely no interest in entering into life, in visions, or in putting the truth into practice. They do not pursue entering in, and they certainly don’t pursue entering in more deeply. Aren’t they ruining themseleves? Right now, there is a portion of people whose conditions are getting better and better. The more the Holy Spirit works the more confidence they have, and the more they experience the more they feel the profound mystery of God’s work. The deeper they enter in, the more they understand. They feel that God’s love is so great, and they feel steady and enlightened inside. They have an understanding of God’s work. These are the people in whom the Holy Spirit is working. Some people say, although there are no new words from God, I must still seek to go deeper into the truth, I must be earnest about everything in my actual experience and enter into the reality of God’s words. This kind of person has the work of the Holy Spirit. Although God does not show His countenance and is hidden from every single person, and He does not utter a word, and there are times that people experience some internal refinement, yet God has not completely left people. If one cannot maintain the truth that they should carry out, they will not have the work of the Holy Spirit. During the period of refinement, of God not showing Himself, if you do not have confidence and you cower, if you do not focus on experiencing His words, this is fleeing from God’s work. Later, you will be cast out. Those who do not seek to enter in the word of God cannot possibly stand as a witness for Him. Those who are able to bear witness for God and satisfy His will all rely on their drive to pursue God’s words. The work that God performs in people is primarily to allow them to gain the truth. Your pursuit of life is for the sake of perfecting you—it is all to make you suitable for God’s use. All you are pursuing now is hearing mysteries, listening a bit to God’s words, feasting your eyes, having a look at something new or seeing what the trend is, and satisfying your curiosity. If this is the intention in your heart, there is no way for you to meet God’s requirements. Those who do not pursue the truth cannot follow until the very end. Right now, it’s not that God isn’t doing something—it’s that people are not cooperating, because they are tired of His work. They only want to hear words of His blessing, and they are unwilling to hear words of His judgment and chastisement. What’s the reason for this? It’s because people’s desire to gain blessings has not been fulfilled, and they are negative and weak. It is not that God purposely does not allow people to follow Him, and it is not that He is purposely delivering blows to mankind. People are negative and weak only because their intentions are improper. God is the God that gives man life, and He cannot bring man into death. People’s negativity, weakness, and retreat is all caused by themselves.
God’s current work brings people some refinement, and only those who can stand firm within this refinement will gain God’s approval. No matter how He conceals Himself, does not speak, or does not work, you can still pursue with vigor. Even if God said that He would reject you, you would still follow Him. This is standing as a witness for God. If God conceals Himself from you and you stop following Him, is this standing witness for God? If people don’t actually enter in, they don’t have actual stature, and when they really encounter a great trial, they stumble. God is not speaking right now, or what He’s doing is not in line with your own notions, so you are not okay. If God were currently acting according to your own notions, if He were satisfying your will and you were able to stand up and have the drive for pursuit, then what would you really be living for? I say that there are many people who are living entirely reliant upon human curiosity! They absolutely do not have a true heart of pursuit. All those who do not pursue entry into the truth but rely on their curiosity in life are despicable people in danger! God’s various kinds of work is all to perfect mankind. However, people are always curious, they like to inquire about hearsay, they’re concerned about what’s going on abroad—what’s happening in Israel, if there was an earthquake in Egypt—they’re always looking for some new, strange things to satisfy their selfish desires. They do not pursue life, nor do they pursue being perfected. They only seek to have the day of God arrive sooner so that their beautiful dream may be realized and their extravagant desires can be fulfilled. That kind of person is not practical—they are a person with an improper perspective. Pursuit of the truth is the foundation of mankind’s belief in God. If people do not pursue entry into life, if they do not seek to satisfy God, then they will be subject to punishment. Those who are to be punished are those who have not had the work of the Holy Spirit during God’s time of work.
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh