Chapter 12

If you have an unstable disposition, blowing this way or that like the wind and rain, and if you are unable to constantly press forward with all your might, then My rod will never be far from you. When you are pruned, the more adverse the environment is and the more you are persecuted, the greater your love for God will become, and you will stop clinging to the world. Without an alternate way forward, you will come to Me and regain your strength and confidence. However, in easier environments, you will muddle along. You must enter from the side of positivity; be active and not passive. You must be unshaken by anyone or anything, in all situations, and you must not be influenced by anyone’s words. You must have a stable disposition; no matter what people say, you must immediately put into practice what you know to be the truth. You must always have My words at work inside of you, regardless of whom you might be facing; you must be able to stand firm in your testimony to Me and show consideration for My burdens. You must not blindly agree with others without having your own ideas; rather, you must have the courage to stand up and object to those things that do not conform with the truth. If you know clearly that something is wrong, yet lack the courage to expose it, then you are not a person who practices the truth. You want to say something, but dare not come right out with it, so you beat around the bush and then change the topic; Satan is inside you holding you back, causing you to speak without any effect and to be unable to persevere until the end. You still carry fear in your heart, and is this not because your heart is still filled with Satan’s ideas?

What is an overcomer? The good soldiers of Christ must be brave and rely on Me to be spiritually strong; they must fight to become warriors and battle Satan to the death. You must always stay awake, and this is why I ask you to actively cooperate with Me at every moment and learn to get closer to Me. If, at any time and in any situation, you are able to remain quiet before Me, listening to My speech and focusing on My words and actions, then you shall not be swayed and lose your ground. Anything you receive from within Me can be practiced. Every one of My words is directed at your state, and they pierce your heart. Even if you might deny them vocally, you cannot deny them in your heart. Moreover, if you analyze My words, you shall be judged. That is, My words are the truth, the life, and the way; they are a sharp, double-edged sword, and they can defeat Satan. Those who understand and have a path to practice My words are blessed, and those who do not practice them will indubitably be judged; this is so very practical. Nowadays, the range of those whom I judge has broadened: Not only will those who know Me be judged before Me, but those who do not believe in Me and who try their utmost to resist and hinder the work of the Holy Spirit will be judged too. All those before Me who are following My footsteps shall see that God is a raging fire! God is majesty! He is executing His judgments, and sentencing them to death. Those in the church who pay no heed to following the work of the Holy Spirit, who disrupt that work, who show off, who have incorrect intentions and goals, who do not put forth effort into eating and drinking of the words of God, who are muddleheaded and suspicious, who scrutinize the work of the Holy Spirit—the words of judgment will come to these people at any time. All of people’s actions shall be revealed. The Holy Spirit searches people’s innermost hearts, so do not be mindless; be careful and cautious. Do not blindly act by yourself. If your actions are not in line with My words, then you shall be judged. It will not do to imitate, to be specious, or to not truly understand; you must come before Me and communicate with Me often.

Whatever you take from within Me will give you a path to practice. You will also be accompanied by My powers, have My presence, and always walk in My words; you will transcend all worldly things and possess the power of resurrection. If you do not have My words and My presence in your words, behavior, and actions, and if you distance yourself from Me and live within yourself, dwelling in notions of the mind and in doctrines and rules, then that is proof that you have set your mind on sins. In other words, you keep holding onto your old self, not allowing others to harm your self or damage your soul in the slightest. People who do this are of extremely poor caliber and are quite absurd, and they cannot see the grace of God or recognize His blessings. If you continue to behave so evasively, then when will you be able to let Me work within you? After I finish speaking, you have listened but have not retained anything, and you become especially weak whenever your problems are actually pointed out. What kind of stature is that? When can I make you complete if you always need to be coaxed? If you are afraid of bumps and scrapes, then you should rush out to warn others, “I won’t let anyone prune me; I can get rid of my natural, old disposition all by myself.” Thus, nobody will criticize you or touch you, and you will be free to believe in whatever way you wish without anybody caring about you. Can you follow My footsteps like this? Claiming that you are certain that I am your God and your Lord is nothing but empty words. If you were truly without doubt, these things would not be a problem, and you would believe that it is God’s love and blessings that have come upon you. When I speak, it is to My sons, and My words should be met with thanks and praise.

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