By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
Break Free from the Bondage of “Position” —The Spiritual Course of a Christian Walking Toward the Light (IV)
After I returned home, Yihua’s words still echoed in my ears. Pondering over them, I found that what she said gave me a clear understanding and showed me the way of practice. I thought: We all believe in the Lord, but why are Yihua’s words and actions different from ours? What kind of book does she read? Every time she fellowshipped with me, her words could touch my heart and make me feel brightened and have enjoyment inside. What she fellowshipped is really appealing. Well, I should make a phone call and invite Yihua over to my home for having a good fellowship with me about belief in the Lord.
After Yihua arrived, I asked her, “Yihua, we both believe in the Lord, but I always feel that your words and actions are very much in accordance with the truth, and are different from ours. Which book do you read? Does all that you fellowshipped about with me come from that book? May I borrow and read it?” Yihua said with a smile, “I happen to take the book with me today. Come take a look!” I took it and then saw the title: The Word Appears in the Flesh. I asked hurriedly, “What kind of book is it? I’ve never seen it before.” Yihua said seriously, “This is the word expressed by —the return of the Lord . All that I fellowshipped with you these days is from the word of Almighty God. He not only reveals the fact of man being corrupted by Satan and their corrupt nature and substance, but also shows us the way to seek sanctification. From Almighty I’m certain that this is the utterance of the true God, the word spoken by the returned Jesus! Wenzhen, the has returned to flesh to do a stage of work of judging and purifying man. We should keep pace with the footsteps of the Lord.” I was astounded to hear that and said, “The return of the Lord Jesus? Almighty God? The Lord has forgiven us all our sins. Doesn’t it mean that we have been saved?”
Yihua said smilingly, “Let us read two passages of Almighty , ‘The sins of man could be forgiven through the sin offering, but man has been unable to resolve the issue of just how he can no longer sin and how his sinful nature can be cast away completely and be transformed. The sins of man were forgiven because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live in the old, corrupt satanic disposition. As such, man must be completely saved from the corrupt satanic disposition so that the sinful nature of man is completely cast away and never again develops, thus allowing the disposition of man to be changed. This requires man to understand the path of growth in life, the way of life, and the way to change his disposition. It also needs man to act in accordance with this path so that the disposition of man can gradually be changed and he can live under the shining of the light, and that he can do all things in accord with the will of God, cast away the corrupt satanic disposition, and break free from Satan’s influence of darkness, thereby emerging fully from sin. Only then will man receive complete salvation.’ ‘You only know that Jesus will descend in the end time, but how will he descend? Such a sinner as you who has just been redeemed, could you be after God’s heart without being transformed or perfected by God? It is true that Jesus has saved you, who are an old man now. You are not of sin, and this is because of God’s salvation, but it does not prove that you have no sin or filthiness. You have not been transformed, so how could you be holy? You are still filled with filthiness within, selfish and contemptible, and yet you want to descend with Jesus. Could there be such a good thing? You lack a process in your believing in God. You have only been redeemed but have not been transformed. To be after God’s heart, you need God to personally work to transform and purify you. Otherwise, you, who have only been redeemed, cannot possibly be holy. Then you will not be qualified to enjoy the good blessings with God, because you miss one stage in God’s work of managing man, that is, the crucial stage of transforming and perfecting man. So, you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, cannot directly inherit God’s inheritance.’” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)
Yihua fellowshipped, “Although the Lord has forgiven all of our sins through His crucifixion, our sinful nature is still deeply rooted within and we are unable to break free from living in the condition of committing and confessing sins. The Lord Jesus only did the redemptive work and did not do the work of changing man’s corrupt disposition. We indeed get salvation but don’t get final salvation yet. So, we still like the fame, profit, and position which are of Satan, pursue what the worldly people pursue, and remain a man full of corrupt satanic disposition; thus, we are incompatible with God. According to His management plan and the needs of man, God has returned to flesh to do a stage of work of judging and purifying man on the basis of the Lord Jesus’ redemptive work. Only if we accept the judgment and chastisement of Almighty God’s word can we attain a change in disposition and enter into the beautiful destination God has prepared for man. It’s that He gives man bountiful grace. But the judgment and chastisement are even more God’s great love, for the judgment will bring us into a higher and more beautiful realm and enable us to enjoy God’s greater blessing. The work of judgment done by Almighty God with words in the last days is truly a great salvation for us!”
Although I felt her fellowship made sense, I was still unsure, “Is the work of judgment really the work done by the returned Lord Jesus?” So I put down the book and said, “What you fellowshipped is good and supplies me a lot. But you said on a sudden that it’s the word expressed by the returned Lord. I can’t accept it for the moment. Please leave the book to me, and give me some time to think it over….”
That night, I tossed and turned in bed, unable to fall asleep. So I prayed to God, “O Lord! Now I feel perplexed. I don’t know whether Almighty God is Your return, whether You have expressed words to do the work of judgment. O Lord, may You show me the way ahead and grant me discernment. If Almighty God is Your return, I’m willing to accept the . O Lord, may You keep my heart….”
After the prayer, I rose up and opened the book “The Word Appears in the Flesh.” And by accident, I turned to the page of the utterance “Christ Does the Work of Judgment with the Truth,” which says, “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, reveal the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and disposition of God, and so on. These words are all focused on the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that reveal how man spurns God are spoken in regards to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. When God does the work of judgment, He does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words, but reveals, deals with, and prunes over the long term. Such manner of revelation, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only such manner of work is deemed judgment; only through such judgment can man be persuaded, be thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that could not be understood by man. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of such work is actually the work of opening up the truth, way, and life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God.” (from The word Appears in the Flesh) After reading this passage of words, I thought to myself, “It turns out that God uses the word to do the work of judgment of the last days. I, believing in the Lord, live in the condition of committing and confessing sins every day and can’t break away from it. In particular, when I pursue position, I am extremely distressed and can’t treat others fairly, feeling unreleased in my spirit. However, Yihua has the ways of practice when she encounters problems. Not only can she recognize her own corrupt disposition, but also she has an understanding of God’s disposition and His holy substance, and is in a good spiritual condition. So it is because she has kept pace with Almighty God’s work in the last days and read Almighty God’s words.” At that moment, holding the book of Almighty God’s word in my hands and pondering over the words Yihua said to me recently, I came to know the reason why I felt my spirit was watered: It turns out that the Lord Jesus has come back. It is He who brings the truth to me and gradually frees me from the bondage of position. The word of Almighty God is the truth, the way, and the life! At that time, my eyes moistened and grateful tears ran down unconsciously. While reading Almighty God’s words, I felt quite wonderful as if my heart were nourished by fresh and sweet spring water. Yes, only Almighty God—Christ of the last days can bring me the light and the way I should walk! Thank Almighty God!
Thereafter, Yihua and I went to my church testifying about the end-time work of Almighty God, and brought all the true believers in my church back into the house of Almighty God!
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