Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “How to Know God’s Disposition and the Result of His Work” (IV)

Only Those Who Are Principled in Their Actions and Resolve Problems with the Truth Fear God and Shun Evil

What kind of person has a heart of reverence for God? It is someone who speaks based on the truth and on fact, acts according to the principles of the truth, and is able to resolve issues in the church with the truth. Only that kind of person is one who fears God and shuns evil. Only those whose words are true, who do things with practicality and who have never engaged in deceit are good people. An honest person is a good person; a cunning person is an evil person. Some people don’t do anything evil on the surface, but their words are cunning and they are very slippery. They do their utmost to curry favor with others—they are sly as a fox, and two-faced. They don’t offend anyone. Isn’t that the most cunning and slippery type of person? Isn’t that kind of person a demon? They don’t seem evil from the outside, but in essence they are the craftiest of demons. Their satanic philosophy is severe; they have not accepted the truth at all. This is the craftiest, the most sinister kind of demon. It’s very easy for others to be fooled, deceived, and confused by them because they have a good external presentation and are quick to do small favors. Their words are slick and pleasing to the ear, and they don’t offend anyone. They don’t have any of the reality of the truth, and everything they say is contrary to their own convictions. They just see which way the wind is blowing and do their best to say something nice-sounding. To others’ face they are human, but in secret they are demons. Wouldn’t you say that’s an exhausting way to live? And when they go to bed, they don’t think over all the lies they told that day, or how they tailored their responses to the other person’s reactions. They are always measuring their words, and every word out of their mouth is given painstaking thought. They don’t even feel it’s tiring—if they knew that it’s tiring, why would they continue to speak that way? They are controlled by their nature, and they are no good by nature. If they really loved the truth they would certainly be able to put it into practice, and once they had done that for a period of time, they would see: “Practicing the truth in my words isn’t tiring. Speaking the truth is so relaxing; my heart is open. Being an honest person really is better: Life is lighthearted, relaxing, liberating, and free. Even though I sometimes hurt others’ feelings and say things they don’t want to hear, I don’t focus on them. I am an honest person and live in front of God. As long as He likes this, it is good.” If that kind of person were to get a taste of the sweetness of being an honest person, would they be able to return to their satanic nature and continue to lie? (No.) Ah, because they love the truth, once they taste the sweetness of putting it into practice and being what a person should be, their life becomes relaxing, liberating, free, and not tiring. They have enjoyment and are not indebted to others. Speaking the truth is being responsible. There is no harm and deception in speaking the truth, and their conscience is not accused. Isn’t that the case? What do you think of how I speak with all of you? Don’t I always say what’s on my mind? (Yes.) Do I need to manicure what I say? Do I ponder this, and ponder that? I tell it like it is, so in my work I’m relaxed, not tired, which is why I can so easily deliver sermons. Why can I speak so easily? Because I don’t need to constantly think things over—I don’t need to use up too much mental energy. And even if I do need to use a bit, what is it that I’m pondering? I’m thinking about how to express something clearly, how I can put it so that people will understand without getting too wordy, and about how to be concise. These are the things I consider. I don’t think about whether or not I should say something, if I should say it in a roundabout way, or how I can say it so no one sees any cracks in it, so that I can deceive others or achieve my own goal. I don’t harbor personal motives. Would you say that putting the truth into practice is good? (It is.) You all say that it is, so why are so many people unable to practice it? It’s because they don’t love the truth. For example, there are some sisters whose husbands are unbelievers, who resist God. If you ask her, “Sister, what is your husband like? Is he a good person, or a bad person?” she will have an emotional response. After all, they are husband and wife. She’ll say: “Even though my husband isn’t a believer, he’s still supportive of my faith. He’s a good person!” Isn’t it tiring to say this? It’s something she has to think over. If someone tells her, “Did you know that your husband messes around on you?” she’ll become angry right away, and say, “He’s a demon. I can see through him. I knew all along that he’s an unbeliever, so he’s a demon.” See, as soon as you say something like that she’ll say that he’s a demon. How can someone speak based on their own intentions, and not speak the truth? What’s the problem here? Is this an honest person? What is the principle behind their words? They say whatever will be beneficial for them, whatever will benefit their own reputation. They speak based on emotions, so they’re prone to contradicting themselves, and sometimes there’s no way to reconcile these things. That kind of person is controlled by their inner satanic philosophy, so speaking is tiring for them. Being an honest person means living in a way that is lighthearted, relaxing, liberating, and free. Have you noticed that some people seem to become more youthful as they age? Why is that? It’s because they put the truth into practice; by practicing the truth, they always remain youthful. What’s the reason for that? It’s because they don’t trouble themselves so much, they don’t worry so much—they’re not tired. However, there is one kind of person who is used by God, who is truly considerate of God’s will, and does worry over the entry into life of God’s chosen people. They give their blood, sweat, and tears for God’s house, and that work is exhausting.

Without a heart of reverence for God, is someone capable of becoming a great monster? What are they like as soon as they are in power? They are a demon. All those lacking a heart of reverence for God are demons. Remember this! How should a demon be dealt with? Make them have true, honest experiences, don’t give them status or power, and prune them and deal with them every day. Only when they have become someone who reveres God and shuns evil can they be given power or status; only then can they be allowed to manage some tasks. Is it right to apply this kind of pressure to some people? This is how they must be treated. Some people say, “Isn’t this an inhuman way to treat someone?” He has not yet become human, so why should I treat him like one? Giving him any power causes trouble; he is currently a deeply corrupted demon of Satan, so he must be pressured—he must have restrictions, and he must receive extra pruning and dealing with. He needs to be frequently dissected and exposed. All of this is entirely necessary, and it is one method of saving people. Not taking administrative measures against some people is untenable; as soon as they have power they become a monster. Why is it that so many antichrists have been expelled? It’s because they did not accept the truth at all, they lacked all humanity and reason, so they had to be expelled. On the outside they all seemed like humans, but as soon as they were in action or opened their mouths, something was off. It’s really beyond comprehension. No matter how long someone has believed in God, without a heart of reverence for God, can they belong to Him? Will they be gained by God? No one who is lacking fear of God is gained by Him, and if they are not gained by Him, what category of people do they belong to? Who can find a passage in the Bible that speaks to this issue? (“Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? and in Your name have cast out devils? and in Your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity” (Mat 7:21-23).) In God’s eyes, what is someone who doesn’t have a heart of reverence for God? A person of iniquity. “Depart from Me, you that work iniquity.” What does that mean? First, these people are evildoers; that is definite. Second, the Lord does not acknowledge them; that is, God does not acknowledge them as believers. Because they do not have a heart of reverence for God, God refers to them as evildoers, and no matter how many years they have believed in Him, He does not acknowledge their faith. Some people say: “We really are believers. We’ve believed all these years, so why wouldn’t God acknowledge us? Isn’t He unjust? Isn’t He unreasonable?” God says that someone who has believed in God for years but still does not fear Him and is capable of all sorts of iniquity is an evildoer; this is why He does not acknowledge them as a believer. He does not acknowledge them because of their evil deeds—why is that? What is His acknowledgment based on? What foundation is it established on? What kind of faith can gain God’s approval? This touches upon another truth, which is very important: How to believe in God to gain His approval? Lacking understanding of this truth is a problem. Many people believe in God, but God does not acknowledge them. God says: “He doesn’t have faith in Me, so I do not acknowledge his faith. His faith in Me is just wishful thinking.” Wishful thinking does not stand up to the law because there is no basis for it. One important truth right now is that your faith must gain God’s acknowledgment; without that it does not stand, and it is a waste. That is, no matter how many years you’ve believed in God, your effort, your work have been in vain.

Some say: “What are the procedures for belief in God? How should I believe to gain God’s acknowledgment?” It will quite troublesome if you are not fully clear on this truth—let’s have fellowship on it now. What does God’s salvation of man rely on? First, it relies on His words; second, on the work of the Holy Spirit. This is what God’s salvation depends on. If you hear God’s words and then put them into practice, if you eat and drink God’s words and then seek the truth, and go on to experience and practice God’s words, you will be able to gain the work of the Holy Spirit. Only those who gain the work of the Holy Spirit are acknowledged by God. Whether God acknowledges your faith in Him is based on your attitude toward His words. If you acknowledge that His words are the truth and that they are the reality of the truth that people should enter into as well as the life that people should gain, then how should you approach them? You must love His words; you must long for His words, and you must practice according to His words. When you have genuine acceptance of, obedience to, and practice of His words, the Holy Spirit will work within you. The Holy Spirit’s work within you is enlightening you to understand God’s words, guiding you to put them into practice, and leading you to enter into them. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit thus leads, enlightens, and guides you to enter into God’s words, if you obey the Holy Spirit’s work and experience and practice God’s words from start to finish, seek the truth within His words, act according to God’s intentions in His words, and obey God, you will gain salvation, and you will be perfected. However, if you do not practice or experience God’s words, the Holy Spirit will not work in you. The Holy Spirit does not work on that kind of person—what’s the meaning that is conveyed here? It is that God will not acknowledge or approve of you; He will distance Himself from you and give up on you. To put it colloquially, God won’t pay any attention to you; He’ll put you aside. There are definitely several kinds of meaning within this: One is that God has spurned you; one is that God has put you aside; one is that God won’t pay any attention to you; one is that God has rejected you, will no longer work on you, has given up on you, and will not save you. The intention of the Holy Spirit represents the intention of God. The Holy Spirit is God, so everything that the Holy Spirit does represents everything that God does. So, when the Holy Spirit does that, this sends a message that God does not acknowledge you, has distanced Himself from you, and has given up on you. This is why those in the house of God must approach people according to the Holy Spirit’s work and what He reveals. If the Holy Spirit has departed from a person, and they have not had the Holy Spirit’s work for quite a while and have no thoughts of repentance, what should the house of God do? Put them in Group B and see if they are then able to repent. If they still do not repent after being in Group B for a period of time, expel them. This is the basis for how people should be treated in the house of God. You understand this now, right? How the house of God manages all people is based on the Holy Spirit’s attitude toward that person. However the Holy Spirit exposes that person is how the house of God deals with them. Is this a suitable way of doing things? (Yes.) If a leader or worker lacks the work of the Holy Spirit, how should that be handled? A leader without the work of the Holy Spirit is a false leader and a false worker; they must be replaced. What kind of person is someone who lacks the Holy Spirit’s work and also does all sorts of evil? An antichrist. If they do not do evil but just lack the Holy Spirit’s work, then they are a false leader. False leaders must be replaced, but antichrists must be expelled. You should now know what to think of having or lacking God’s acknowledgment—it should be delineated according to what the Holy Spirit reveals. This is accurate. If a person does not have a heart of reverence for God, will they be able to shun evil? (No.) Does God acknowledge those without a heart of reverence for Him? Certainly not. Someone who is not acknowledged by God definitely is not a person who has genuine faith in Him. Their faith is opportunistic, it is to gain blessings, and their faith is tainted with Satan’s trickery. They are a hypocrite and an opportunist—they can also be called a non-believer. There are some people who believed in God for a number of years; they suffered considerably and gave up a lot, but were expelled because they lacked the Holy Spirit’s work and did all sorts of evil. Was it right to expel them? It was entirely correct, because this represents God’s intention. God does not acknowledge those without the work of the Holy Spirit. Those who lack that and are capable of doing all sorts of evil are antichrists and evil people who must be expelled. This is God’s intention, and it represents His disposition. God detests evil people and does not save them. … If those with transgressions truly repent, does that count as having a heart of reverence for God? It does a little bit. If they are able to shun evil in many things, then this is truly possessing a heart of reverence for God. Only being able to shun a little bit of evil is not enough—you must shun a great deal of evil, including not having your own intentions in your service, having no ill will toward others, approaching things of the flesh with no extravagant desires, not trying to make deals in your relationship with God, not believing for the sake of blessings, and then being honest in your duty, putting everything you have into it, and being utterly devout. That is adequate, and with that kind of reverence for God and shunning of evil, you can come to be a perfect human being. There are many types of evil to shun. When a person no longer has any transgressions, they become a perfect human. So how much evil do you shun in your reverence for God? What types of evil? Do you really distance yourself from all transgressions? Are you still able to do evil the second you let your guard down? As soon as you have power or status what kind of evil can you do? These are things that must be thoroughly reflected on; only then can you know your true stature. Now you should be clear on how to evaluate a person’s stature.

There are some people who always need to have someone watching them when they’re performing their duty, otherwise they will surreptitiously do evil. Does that kind of person have a heart of reverence for God? They always make other people uneasy; they are not worth of trust and their behavior is problematic. They’re not honest, straightforward people. Does that count as having a heart of reverence for God? What is the most basic kind of stature, kind of standard that is just right, is appropriate for a true heart of reverence for God? The most basic is not needing others to keep an eye on you. It’s not needing others’ supervision and being able to practice according to God’s words in a way that is honest and down-to-earth, and having principles in actions. This is the only kind of person who allows God to rest assured. Someone who is an honest person without needing to be watched by others and who has principles in what they do, they can be saved, and they can be assigned to do anything. There’s currently a constant need to switch out leaders in the house of God—why is this? Some leaders are not responsible, and when that’s the case, what problems occur? Some people don’t do well without someone keeping an eye on them, or without having a leader there putting pressure on them. Some people need to have others share constant fellowship on the truth while performing their duty, and as soon as they get that they are invigorated and are able to get things done. But without fellowship on the truth, they break down, become passive, slack off, and in secret refuse to work. Someone like that does not have a heart of reverence for God. I have currently appointed several people who need to be inquired after every few days, and they always need fellowship on the truth and to be dealt with so that they do a bit of work. I’ve said to God: “I can’t not keep my eyes on most people. They’re filled with ardor for three minutes; they’re enthusiastic for three days. By the fifth day they’re no longer performing their duty well.” God said: “These people’s stature is too small. The majority of people are still just service-doers and are not those who seek the truth.” I responded: “If I don’t hold a gathering for a few days, some people become negative again, some become weak, and some start to do evil again. Some start to develop ambitions and to stir up trouble.” What kind of problem is this? Do people like that count as God’s people? Are they capable of achieving the standard of God’s people? Why is it so exhausting for them to practice the truth, even harder than taking medicine? When children need to take medicine they have to be pushed into it by adults: “Take it and then I’ll buy you some nice clothing. I’ll take you anywhere you want to go to play.” Then the child is happy and quickly takes the medicine, but a deal has to be made, and conditions need to be set. Some people also need to be coaxed to perform their duty: “Do your duty well, now. Performing your duty will be rewarded, and if you do enough good deeds you’ll be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. Otherwise, you won’t have a good final destination—perform your duty well for the sake of your destination.” Then they say, “Oh, okay! In that case I’ll go do it!” That kind of person is very far from salvation, and it can’t be justified. It’s simply like a Sisyphean task for them—they cannot do it. To put it in the words of nonbelievers, they are “not very conscious.” They don’t have a heart of love for God at all; if they did, would they need to be supervised? Would they need to be pruned and dealt with to be pushed forward? Putting your own head down like an ox and moving forward is a wonderful thing! Are those who rely on fellowship on the truth in order to perform a bit of their duty and be able to do some good deeds ready and willing to put the truth into practice? When the day comes for God to eliminate people, they will be crying: Why didn’t they usually put the truth into practice, do good deeds, or perform their duty well? Some people are fairly skilled—they can make videos or films, but they can’t perform their duty for God full time because they won’t let go of their homes, parents, children, or their spouse. They can’t do something practical for God. These people don’t have a heart of love for God at all! If they have no hopes for being blessed they won’t do their duty at all, but they just reluctantly perform a bit of their duty and expend a little effort when they want to be blessed. And if they cannot be saved when the time comes, they’ll grumble to God—they’ll even chew Him out. Do you think that kind of person has a conscience? They really don’t. Some really put on airs; whatever they use has to be the best, otherwise they won’t perform their duty. They say: “I need the best equipment; I need something high quality.” Is it good to demand that? That’s unreasonable. If it’s usable, it’s just fine, right? I’ve seen some brothers and sisters who have sold their homes and every valuable thing they own to purchase some equipment; they perform their duty without spending the house of God’s money. They spend their own money to expend themselves for God—what kind of spirit is this? Which one of these can gain God’s approval? When a person really has a heart of reverence for God, in all things they must consider what God’s requirements are, what kind of reason we should have as humans, what course of action is appropriate that is acceptable to other people and to God. That way, our own consciences will be at peace and we will also be able to perform our duty well. Isn’t this how it should be balanced? Only those with a heart of reverence for God are acknowledged by Him, and in whatever they do they are able to truly achieve acting with principles. If someone is principled and in accord with the truth in whatever they do, then they are a person who possesses the truth and humanity. They will be the people of the kingdom. Those who truly possess the truth and humanity will gain God’s blessings and His protection; they will not suffer catastrophe. If you’ve become ill and you have just one breath left in you, you will not die; if you encounter disaster, as soon as you pray you will be protected. So only those who truly fear God and shun evil are those who truly receive God’s blessings and those who are protected by God. They need not fear in the face of any disaster. When someone possesses the reality of fearing God and shunning evil they are acknowledged by God, and they are certainly the people of the kingdom and one who will gain God’s salvation. What kind of person do you think God blesses? What kind of person does He like? Who will receive His protection in the midst of disaster? It is those who fear God and shun evil. It is mentioned in God’s words that fearing God and shunning evil is the standard for being saved by God, and that those are the ones who God approves of. To see if someone has God’s blessing and if they truly are one of God’s people, just look at whether they are someone who fears God and shuns evil. Those who are able to undergo hardship, pay a price, and who can put the truth into practice when in front of God, but bare their fangs behind His back and in front of the Spirit, who give in to no one, who commit all kinds of outrageous deeds are evildoers. They are not people who fear God and shun evil. They put on an act in front of God but engage in evil in front of the Spirit. Face-to-face they are human, but behind others’ backs they are demons. They are hypocrites and are deceitful; they are true deceivers and demons of Satan. Some people speak wonderfully directly to me, but behind my back do not do what humans do. Isn’t this a demon? When I use someone, I generally make it clear to them: “I’m giving you this opportunity; I’m handing this task over to you. Are you confident you can do it well?” They say: “I am. I’ll give it my all.” I ask them: “And what if you don’t do it well?” Some dare to say: “If I don’t do it well you can handle me however you see fit.” Some people don’t make a sound. I see that when someone does not put the truth into practice and they have no confidence at all, they don’t dare speak up. I say: “If you don’t do a good job, just resign on your own and quickly give up your position, okay?” They say: “Okay.” Then I say it’s settled. What are some people like behind my back? They’re enthusiastic for three to five days. Some have a period of enthusiasm like a week or two, but after a time their nature comes out. They prefer loafing over working, they’re all take and no give, and are greedy with things of the flesh. They just set their duty aside and put it in the back of their mind. Isn’t this a very deceitful person? Finally, I tell them: “Get out of here! You can’t work for God’s house anymore. You can’t keep your word. To my face you’re a human but behind my back you’re a demon. Go wherever you want to, but I don’t want you here anymore. I can’t trust you.” This is my principle for dealing with people. If I’m going to use someone, you need to be credible. As soon as I see that you do well I’ll continue to promote you, to use you. Seeing someone who isn’t humane and just, who isn’t honest but carries out all kinds of deceit, that they’re a human to my face but a demon behind my back—what is this? If you’re a new believer it’s fine, it’s normal. This is revealing some corruption. After you have more experience, I see it again, and then you’re pruned and dealt with. Then if you repent, that’s fine. But if this happens again and again and you have no thoughts of repentance I get frustrated and I no longer want to interact with you. …

… Are you currently able to guarantee that when you perform your duty you don’t need anyone to keep an eye on you, to supervise you and urge you on, and that you can be completely devoted to God on your own? Some people have this kind of will, but in spite of that are not able to guarantee that they can do the job well. But at the very least, they have the will. They say: “If I don’t perform well I can improve. I will seek the truth, accept God’s judgment and chastisement as well as His discipline. And then I will strive to overcome all obstacles to fulfill my duty and satisfy God.” If you lack this will, you will not perform well. Some say: “The duty I perform isn’t acceptable to God. I can’t fail, so I just won’t do it.” Is that person able to perform their duty well? (No.) There are probably others who say: “I’ve given up everything—that’s already pretty good. Why should there be such lofty requirements?” Does that hold water? (It doesn’t.) Why not? You are not becoming a witness. Satan has an accusation because you’re not performing your duty in order to satisfy God and it’s not for your love for Him. There is too much polluting your duty—you do it to gain blessings, and you put a bit of effort in for fear of being eliminated, so you have no choice but to perform a bit of your duty. This way even Satan won’t acknowledge you, and it counts for nothing for God. Your performance of your duty needs to convince Satan so that it cannot accuse you, and it will count for something for God. Wasn’t God’s acknowledgement of Job only confirmed after Satan was convinced? In fact, God had long before acknowledged that Job was a person who feared God and shunned evil. It’s not that it wasn’t acknowledged until he was 70 years old; perhaps it was when he was 60. But God said that simply acknowledging it was not enough. He had to convince Satan, and only then did God formally bless Job. There was one time Satan came in front of God, and God made use of the opportunity to make a bet with Satan. Trials befell Job, but behind the scenes of those trials was the bet between God and Satan. In the material world disaster came upon Job—in human eyes, scourges befell Job, so he had certainly done something wrong and offended God, but the truth was that it was because of that bet. So are people prone to being wrong when they rely on their own eyes and their own notions in things? They are far too prone to being wrong. The result was that after these trials befell him, when Job stood witness and Satan made its getaway, God began to approve of Job and to bless him. What foundation was this blessing established on? Job stood witness and Satan was shamed—his witness was genuine, and it was acknowledged by God. If he had failed in his witness, Satan would have been right there rejoicing. It would have said: “I won—God, You got him wrong, and I was right.” Then God would not have blessed Job. Job would not have received blessings. Some people say: “It’s already pretty good that I’ve given up everything and that I’ve been able to put in effort for all these years. I’m not looking to stand witness.” Can that kind of person gain God’s blessings? (No.) Why not? It’s because there’s too much adulteration in what they expend and what they give up. They cannot bring it in front of God, so Satan has an accusation and God won’t acknowledge it. Thus they do not have God’s blessing, as His blessing has a basis. Some people will further say: “Then why wouldn’t Satan acknowledge them? Who has seen Satan not acknowledge someone?” How can that be explained? What is the proof for Satan’s lack of acknowledgement? Using corrupt humanity as proof is most reliable, as they largely represent Satan itself. How can corrupt humanity represent Satan? For example, a person performs his duty and gives up everything to expend himself for God, but some brothers and sisters say: “He’s just performing his duty in order to be blessed. If you don’t believe it, you’ll see that when trials befall him he definitely won’t be able to stand witness.” Do you think these words are genuine? Are they credible? If people are saying this based on his actual situation, this shows that this is a problem that actually exists within him, and it is credible. That’s how it’s seen by people, and Satan sees it that way even more. Some people can understand that person’s situation even without possessing the truth. They say: “He just made sacrifices to gain blessings. When he was doing it he told me, ‘God’s work is going to come to an end, so if we don’t give up everything and expend ourselves for God, I’m afraid we’ll be eliminated and won’t be blessed. The truth is that the world is going to end, so I should just give everything up. It would be silly not to.’” So isn’t this person giving up everything and expending himself for God adulterated? If so, why haven’t trials befallen him? It’s because he doesn’t have the stature and his time for trials has not come. If he were to pursue the truth to a certain point he would be able to withstand some larger trials, and that’s when they would come upon him. It is necessary to undergo trials—this has been determined by God. Some say: “If his motivation for believing in God is pure are trials still necessary?” Is this a tenable thing to say? Nothing is pure—there is always some adulteration, and everyone must undergo trials. This is why the work of the last days utilizes trials to refine, expose, and perfect people. Right now, everyone is undergoing a number of trials. Most people’s trials are fairly small—they’re not too serious, but they are still trials. For example, the trial of illness, of a family breaking apart, or of being rejected by a church. The first trials in one’s faith are the trials of being rejected by the world and being maligned by loved ones. Later on, the more serious trials are being arrested and suffering persecution and torture, as well as the longer-term refinement and trials of judgment and chastisement. All of these are trials, and most people have undergone some.

What are the intended outcomes of trials befalling people? One is to purify you, and another is to expose you. When you are able to pursue the truth trials are to perfect you, and in the end once you have undergone many trials, have seen God and have seen His righteous disposition and His holiness, you will no longer dare to offend Him. Once you’ve undergone many trials, without even realizing it you will develop a heart of reverence for God. This is experiencing the perfection of God, and this means that God’s trials of you have yielded fruit, that you have a certain stature, and that you have a heart of reverence for God. It’s just like a child who has had a difficult life environment—they are sensible and know how to be considerate of adults’ burdens. They know how to take pains and do things for the household. They have greater stature. There are some leaders and workers who are able to assiduously do the work of sustenance in life and the work of support, who always patiently support those who are seeking the truth to enter into the reality of the truth, and who arrange the work of the house of God very suitably, very correctly. In those churches, in God’s chosen people’s lives, the more they experience the more vibrant they become and the more their confidence grows. These leaders and workers are people who fear God and everything they do is accepted by God, and has realistic outcomes. If leaders and workers do not have a heart of reverence for God but do things entirely for their own enjoyment and status, and speak entirely for the sake of their reputation and vanity, if they refuse to repent after time goes on and are still entirely lacking a heart of reverence, they will be exposed and eliminated. This is the way it is; this is how God works. So if people have a few years of experience but still don’t have a heart of reverence for God, there is no hope for them. They will be thoroughly eliminated. If they have a bit of a heart of reverence for God and don’t do any great evil, then there is hope for them to be perfected. If you’re not doing any great evil today and tomorrow you don’t commit any minor evil, by the day after tomorrow you will be truly purified, and you will truly become one who fears God and shuns evil. This is someone who will be saved. Is this the way you experience God’s work? All those who undergo God’s work are capable of introspection. They can all reflect on themselves: “Is what I’m doing in accord with God’s will? Is it contrary to the truth? Is it actually in line with the truth?” Why are they capable of introspection? What are they controlled by in their self-reflection? It’s fear of offending God, of being rejected by Him, of being eliminated by the work of the Holy Spirit or of being far from God and discarded. This is why they are constantly looking into themselves and reflecting on themselves. That kind of person already possesses a bit of a heart of reverence for God, and that is the proof. Without that reverence people do not reflect on themselves at all, and no matter what evil they do or what mistakes they make, they still don’t engage in self-reflection. They just insist: “What I do is right. I haven’t made any mistakes, so what is there to reflect on? I’m not reflecting on anything.” That kind of person is entirely lacking a heart of reverence for God. If someone always says, “I don’t have anything to reflect on, I haven’t done anything wrong,” what kind of voice is this? Isn’t this the voice of an antichrist? Isn’t it the voice of Satan? Anyone who can speak these words is worthless and should be eliminated. Some people feel remorse and hate themselves when they are pruned and dealt with. They return in front of God for prayer and reflection, and once they’ve done that they scold themselves, saying: “I’m not even human, I’m a demon. I should be cursed and chastised. God, even if You don’t chastise me, I’ll deprive myself of two meals and reflect on myself.” Will that kind of person experience fast growth in their life? They will slowly develop a heart of reverence for God. They hate the flesh and after doing something wrong, they hate themselves. Even if other people don’t hate them, they do hate themselves. Only that kind of person can achieve fearing God and shunning evil! Someone who never knows shame, how to reflect on themselves, or never repents no matter how great their error, this is called being beyond hope. This is the old demon Satan. It’s normal for those who pursue the truth to have this kind of attitude: “After being dealt with on this matter once, I can’t fail to repent the next time. Wherever I stumble, I will clamber back up. I absolutely must satisfy God.” This is having will. Those who always care about their own reasoning are no good. Now can you clearly see what kind of person can achieve fearing God and shunning evil? It is someone who genuinely pursues the truth. Those who never hate themselves and never reflect on themselves no matter what kind of judgment and chastisement or pruning and dealing comes upon them, and those who only focus on their own benefit no matter what kind of thing befalls them and do not consider God’s will or His house, that kind of person will never, ever gain the truth. Can those who will never gain the truth become people who fear God and shun evil? They cannot. If someone doesn’t love the truth, but still wants to achieve fearing God and shunning evil, that is nothing but a dream, a fantasy. Would you say that seeking to become someone who fears God is meaningful? (It is.) What kind of results can those who fear God achieve in what they do? Is this something that you need clarity on? Why are those who fear God able to shun evil? These are things you must see into. In addition, why are those who fear God able to put the truth into practice? Why are they able to deal with things with principles? Why are they able to glorify God, in all things act for the glory of God, and never do things that do not glorify Him? Why is it that those who fear God are able to allow God’s chosen people to benefit and gain edification in the things they do? Why do they fully consider what is beneficial to God’s chosen people? Those who fear God act entirely for their love for God, so they also love God’s chosen people. If they weren’t people who fear God, they would not be able to possess the reality of these positive things—even if they wanted to, they wouldn’t be able to. Those who fear God have principles and glorify God in all that they do; they bring benefit to others. They protect the work of God’s house no matter what they do, so no matter what duty they are performing or what kind of work they are doing, it is all beneficial for carrying out God’s will. There’s one final conclusion that must be drawn: Those who fear God are able to obey God’s will and God’s way in the performance of their duty, thus only those who fear God will gain His blessings, and it is only they who God loves. Can others gain God’s blessings? Can they gain God’s approval? They certainly cannot. Those without a heart of reverence for God are those God does not acknowledge. God said: “I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity.” Those who lack a heart of reverence for God not only will not be blessed by Him, but they will be eliminated by Him.

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