453 The Work of the Holy Spirit Has Its Principles

1 The work of the Holy Spirit has its principles, and it is conditional. In one’s faith, one must clearly understand that to obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, at the very least one must have a conscience and an honest heart. Only once you have an honest heart—as well as the conscience and reason that one’s humanity must possess—can the Holy Spirit work on you. The Holy Spirit usually works on those whose hearts are honest, and He works when people get into trouble and are seeking the truth. God will not pay heed to those who have no shred of human reason or conscience. They must genuinely repent and be honest people.

2 Your heart must open up to God, and you must seek truth from God; once you understand the truth, you must then practice it. You must then submit to God’s arrangements and allow God to take charge of you. Only in this way will you be praised by God. You must first set aside your own prestige and vanity, and forgo your own interests. Once you have set them aside, put your entire body and soul into your duty and into the work of testifying for God. You must first surrender yourself, open your heart to God, and set aside the things that you treasure. If you continue to hold on to them while making requests of God, will you be able to gain the work of the Holy Spirit?

3 The work of the Holy Spirit is conditional, and God is a God who hates evil and who is holy. If people always hold on to these things, constantly closing themselves off to God and rejecting God’s work and guidance, then God will stop working on them. It is not that God must work within every person. He does not coerce you. The work of evil spirits is to force humans to do this and that. The Holy Spirit works especially gently; He moves you, and you do not feel it. You simply feel as though you have unconsciously come to understand or realize something. So, those without human reason or conscience must genuinely repent, or else the Holy Spirit will not work on them.

Adapted from “Give Your True Heart to God, and You Can Obtain the Truth” in Records of Christ’s Talks

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