Daily Words of God | "God Perfects Those Who Are After His Own Heart" | Excerpt 547
Those without understanding of God can never completely obey. People like this are sons of disobedience. They are too ambitious, and there is too much rebellion in them, so they distance themselves from God and are unwilling to accept God’s observation. People like this cannot be easily made perfect by God. Some people are selective in how they eat and drink of God’s word and in their acceptance of it. They accept portions of God’s word which accord with their notions while rejecting those which do not. Do they not blatantly rebel against and resist God? If someone believes in God for years without gaining even a little understanding of God, he is an unbeliever. Those who are willing to accept God’s observation are those who pursue an understanding of God, who are willing to accept God’s word. They are the ones who will receive God’s inheritance and blessings, and they are the most blessed. God curses those with no place for Him in their hearts. He chastises and abandons such people. If you do not love God, God will abandon you, and if you do not listen to what I say, I promise that God’s Spirit will abandon you. Try it if you don’t believe Me! Today I tell you a path to practice, but whether you do so is up to you. If you are faithless, if you do not practice, you’ll see whether or not the Holy Spirit works in you! If you don’t pursue understanding of God, the Holy Spirit will not work in you. God works in those who pursue and treasure God’s word. The more you treasure God’s word, the more God’s Spirit will work in you. The more a person treasures God’s word, the greater his chance of being perfected by God. God perfects those who truly love Him. He perfects those whose hearts are at peace before Him. If you treasure all of God’s work, if you treasure God’s enlightenment, if you treasure God’s presence, if you treasure God’s care and keeping, if you treasure how God’s word becomes your reality and provision of life, you are most after God’s heart. If you treasure God’s work, if you treasure all the work that God has done upon you, God will bless you and cause all that is yours to multiply. If you do not treasure God’s word, God will not work on you, He will only allow you moments of grace for your faith, or bless you with a little material wealth or safety for your family. You should strive to make God’s words your reality so that you can satisfy Him and be after His heart, not merely strive to enjoy God’s grace. Nothing is more important for believers than to receive God’s work, gain perfection, and become one who does God’s will. This is the goal you should pursue.
All that man pursued in the Age of Grace is now obsolete, because a higher standard of pursuit has appeared, a pursuit of something both loftier and more practical, a pursuit that can better satisfy what man requires inside. For those in ages past, God did not do today’s work upon them, He did not speak to them as much as He has spoken today, nor were His requirements of them as high as today. That God raises these things to you now proves that God’s ultimate intention is focused on you, this group. If you truly wish to be perfected by God, then pursue it as your central goal. No matter whether you run, spend, serve a function, or are entrusted by God, you should seek to be perfected and satisfy God’s will. You should seek these in all you do. If someone says he does not pursue perfection by God or entry into life, but only pursues fleshly peace and joy, then he is utterly blind. Those who do not pursue the reality of life, but only pursue eternal life in the afterlife and safety in this life are utterly blind. So, all that you do should be done for the purpose of being perfected and gained by God.
The work God does in people is to provide for them based on their different requirements. The larger a man’s life, the more he requires, and the more he pursues. If at this phase you have no pursuits, it proves the Holy Spirit has abandoned you. All those who pursue life will never be abandoned by the Holy Spirit, they always pursue, always yearn. People like these are never content to rest where they are. Each phase of the Holy Spirit’s work aims to achieve an effect in you, but if you grow complacent, if you no longer require, if you no longer accept the work of the Holy Spirit, He will abandon you. People require God’s observation every day, they require the abundant provision from God every day. Can people do without eating and drinking of God’s word every day? If someone feels like they can’t eat or drink enough of God’s word, if they always seek it and hunger and thirst for it, the Holy Spirit will always do work upon them. The more someone yearns, the more he can fellowship about practical things. The more intensely someone seeks the truth, the more quickly his life grows, giving him rich experience and making him wealthy in the house of God.
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh