837 How to Be Perfected

I

If you want to be used and perfected by God,

you must be possessed of everything:

the will to suffer, faith, endurance,

submission, and experience of God’s work,

the ability to grasp His intentions and be considerate of His sorrow,

be considerate of His sorrow….

Every single refinement that you experience

requires your faith and love.

If you want to be perfected by God,

it’s not enough to merely rush ahead on the path,

nor is it enough to merely expend for God.

You must possess many things to be perfected by God.

When you face suffering, you must be able to

lay aside concern for the flesh and not complain against God.

When God hides from you, you must have the faith to follow Him,

maintain your previous love without allowing it to falter or dissipate.

No matter what God does, you must submit to His design

and be prepared to curse your own flesh

rather than make complaints against Him.

When you’re faced with trials, you must satisfy God,

though you may weep bitterly

or feel reluctant to part with some beloved object.

Only this is true love and faith.


II

No matter what your actual stature is,

you must first possess the will to suffer hardship and true faith,

and you must also have the will to rebel against the flesh.

You should be willing to endure personal hardships

and suffer losses to your own interests to satisfy God’s intentions.

You must also be capable of feeling regret about yourself in your heart:

In the past, you were unable to satisfy God,

and now, you can regret yourself.

You must not be lacking in any of these regards—

it’s through these things that God will perfect you,

God will perfect you.

If you cannot meet these criteria, then you cannot be perfected,

then you cannot be perfected.


from The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement

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