Daily Words of God: Knowing God's Work | Excerpt 149
When God comes into flesh, His Spirit descends upon a man; in other words, the Spirit of God wears a flesh. He does His work upon the earth, and rather than bringing with Him several restricted steps, this work is utterly unlimited. The work that the Holy Spirit does in the flesh is still determined by the effects of His work, and He uses these things to determine the length of time for which He will do work while in the flesh. The Holy Spirit directly reveals each step of His work; He examines His work as He goes along; it is nothing so supernatural as to stretch the limits of human imagination. This is like Jehovah’s work in creating the heavens and earth and all things; He simultaneously planned and worked. He separated the light from the darkness, and morning and evening came into being—this took one day. On the second day He created the sky, which also took one day, and then He created the earth, seas and the things that populated them, also taking another day. This went on through the sixth day, when God created man and let him manage all the things upon the earth, until the seventh day, when He had finished creating all things, and rested. God blessed the seventh day and designated it as a holy day. He decided upon this holy day after He had created all things, not before creating them. This work was also carried out spontaneously; before creating all things, He did not decide to create the world in six days and rest on the seventh; the facts are not at all like this. He did not say this, nor did He plan it. By no means did He say that the creation of all things would be completed on the sixth day and that He would rest on the seventh; rather, He created according to what seemed good to Him. Once He had finished creating everything, it was already the sixth day. If it had been the fifth day when He finished creating everything, He would have thus designated the sixth day as a holy day; however, He finished creating everything on the sixth day, and thus the seventh day became a holy day, which has been promulgated to this very day. Therefore, His current work is carried out in this same way. He speaks and supplies your needs in accordance with your circumstances. That is, the Spirit speaks and works according to people’s circumstances; the Spirit keeps watch over all and works at any time and place. That which I do, say, place upon you and bestow upon you is, without exception, that which you need. That is why I say that none of My work is separate from reality; it is all real, for you all know that “God’s Spirit keeps watch over all.” If this had all been decided ahead of time, would it not have been too cut-and-dried? You think that God worked out six whole millennia and then predestined humanity as being rebellious, resistant, sly and crafty, as having the flesh, corrupt satanic disposition, lust of the eyes, and their own indulgence. This was not predestined, but rather due to Satan’s corruption. Some will say, “Was Satan not also within God’s grasp? God had predestined that Satan would corrupt man in this manner, and after that He carried out His work among man.” Would God actually predestine Satan to corrupt humanity? He is only too eager to allow humanity to live normal human lives; would He harass the lives of humanity? Then wouldn’t defeating Satan and saving humanity be a futile effort? How could humanity’s rebelliousness be predestined? It was due to Satan’s harassment in actuality; how could it be predestined by God? The Satan within God’s grasp that you understand and the Satan within God’s grasp that I speak of are very different. According to your statements that “God is almighty, and Satan is within His hands,” Satan would not betray Him. Have you not said that God is almighty? Your knowledge is too abstract and is out of line with reality; it does not hold water and does not work! God is almighty; this is not false at all. The archangel betrayed God because God initially gave it a portion of authority. Of course, this was an unexpected event, like Eve succumbing to the snake’s temptation. However, no matter how Satan carries out its betrayal, unlike God it is not almighty. As you have said, Satan is mighty; no matter what it does, God’s authority always defeats it. This is the true meaning behind the saying “God is almighty, and Satan is within His hands.” Therefore, His war with Satan must be carried out one step at a time; furthermore, He plans His work in response to Satan’s ruses. That is to say, in accordance with the ages, He saves people and reveals His wisdom and almightiness. Likewise, the work in the last days was not predestined before the Age of Grace; it was not predestined in an orderly manner like this one: First, make man’s external disposition change; second, make man receive His chastisement and trials; third, make man experience death; fourth, make man experience the times of loving God and express the resolution of a created being; fifth, make man see God’s will and know God completely, then complete man. He did not plan these all things during the Age of Grace; rather, He began planning them in the present age. Satan is at work, as is God. Satan expresses its corrupt disposition, whereas God speaks directly and reveals some substantive things. This is the work being done today, and this same kind of working principle was used long ago, after the world was created.