672 With Refinement Comes Faith

1 It is only from within your faith that you will be able to see God, and when you have faith God will perfect you. Without faith, He cannot do this. When you have faith and you can touch His actions in your practical experience, God will appear to you, and He will enlighten and guide you from within. Without that faith, God will be unable to do that. If you have lost hope in God, how will you be able to experience His work? Therefore, only when you have faith and you do not harbor doubts toward God, only when you have true faith in Him no matter what He does will He enlighten and illuminate you in your experiences, and only then will you be able to see His actions. These things are all achieved through faith, and faith is only achieved through refinement—faith cannot develop in the absence of refinement.

2 If you touch God’s actions in your actual experience, He will appear to you, and enlighten and guide you from within. If you are not able to obey His words, He will not be able to do this. If you have true faith in God and are without doubts, if you open your heart to Him, He will perfect you. He will enlighten you in your practical experience and in your life. In people’s practical lives, they have many personal difficulties, and on top of that, they cannot clearly see the extent of God’s work, so this requires faith. Faith only comes through refinements—it cannot develop without being refined. If you have notions that you cannot let go of and you develop doubts toward God, you will sink down into refinements, and at these times what you need is faith.

Adapted from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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