How to Discern the Holy Spirit’s Work and Evil Spirits’ Work?
The Relevant Words of Are as Follows:
“All the works of the are to benefit people and to edify people. None of them is unbeneficial to people. No matter whether the truth is deep or shallow and no matter what the qualities of those who receive the truth are like, whatever the Holy Spirit does is beneficial to them.”
from “God’s Work and Man’s Work” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
“The work of the Holy Spirit guides people from the positive side and inspires them from the positive side, causing them not to be passive but to be comforted in their heart, to have faith, to have the will, and to be able to pursue to be perfected by God. When the Holy Spirit works on a person, he can enter in from the positive side, not passively or forcedly but initiatively. When the Holy Spirit works on a person, he has a willing heart and is willing to obey readily and willing to humble himself. Though he may have suffering and weakness within, he has the will to cooperate, is willing to undergo the suffering, and can obey, without the mixture of his own will or thoughts, much less his own expectations or intents. When a person experiences the working of the Holy Spirit, he is especially holy within. What a person who has the working of the Holy Spirit lives out is that he has a love for God, has a love for the brothers and sisters, and likes what God is pleased with and loathes what God loathes. The Holy Spirit works on and moves those whose humanity is normal and who pursue the truth in their daily life and have humanity. When the Holy Spirit works on a person, his condition becomes better and better, and his humanity becomes more and more normal. Although he may cooperate foolishly, his intent is right and he enters in from the positive side, and he does not mean to cause disruption or have any bad intention. The Holy Spirit works normally and practically, working on people according to the laws of normal human living and inspiring and guiding them within according to their practical pursuit as a normal man. When the Holy Spirit works on a person, he guides him and inspires him according to what he needs as a normal man, supplies him according to his need, and guides and inspires him from the positive side according to his lack and his deficiencies. When he works on him, he works according to the laws of normal human living. Only in his practical life can one see the working of the Holy Spirit. In your daily life, when you are in a positive state and have a normal spiritual living, you will have the working of the Holy Spirit. In such a state, you will have faith when eating and drinking God’s word, will feel encouraged when praying to God, and will not become passive when encountering a thing but be able to see in it the lesson God wants you to learn. You will not become passive or weak, and you will be willing to obey every arrangement of God though you have actual difficulties.
What is of satan’s working? What is of satan causes a person to become hazy about the vision within, lose normal humanity, and do things with wrong intents. Although he wants to love God, there are always accusations within him. These accusations and thoughts always disturb him within, restraining his growth in life and hindering his normal condition before God. That is to say, once a person has the working of satan, his heart cannot be quiet before God and he does not know what to do; he wants to run away when he sees others having a meeting, and he cannot keep his eyes closed when others are praying. The work of evil spirits destroys one’s normal relationship with God and upsets his original visions and ways to enter into life, so that his heart can never draw near to God, is always disturbed and restrained by a matter, and cannot be quiet, and he has no strength to love God and feels depressed in his spirit. Such manifestations are of satan’s working. The manifestations of satan’s working are: failing to stand the ground and failing to stand the testimony, so that you become a wrong person before God, a person unfaithful to God. Once satan disturbs you, you lose your love for God and your faithfulness to God within and no longer have a normal relationship with God; you do not pursue the truth, do not pursue progress, draw back, become passive, give in to yourself, tolerate sins, and do not hate sins, and it can cause you to act unrestrainedly, cause God’s moving within you to disappear, and cause you to complain against and resist God, so that you doubt God and are even in danger of leaving God. All these are of satan.”
from “The Holy Spirit’s Work and Satan’s Work” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
“If a work is the work of the Holy Spirit, it will cause people to become more and more normal, cause their humanity to become more and more normal, and cause them to have more and more knowledge of the corrupt satanic disposition and man’s essence and to become more and more thirsty for the truth. That is, their life can grow more and more and their corrupt disposition can be transformed more and more. This is the original meaning of God’s being man’s life. If a way cannot expose the things of people’s essence or transform their disposition, much less bring them before God or cause them to have a true knowledge of God, and even causes their humanity to become lower and lower and their sense to become more and more abnormal, then it is not the true way. It may be the work of an evil spirit or an old way. In any case, it is not the present work of the Holy Spirit.”
from “Only Those Who Know God and God’s Work Are the Ones God Is Satisfied With” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
“What is from God causes you to be clearer and clearer about the vision, be closer and closer to God, have real love for the brothers and sisters, be able to care for God’s burden, have undiminished love for God, and have ways to go forward. What is from satan causes you to lose the vision, lose all you had before, be estranged from God, have no love for the brothers and sisters, have a heart of hatred, come to a dead end, be unwilling to live the church life, lose your love for God. This is the result of the working of satan, that is, of the working of evil spirits.”
from “The Twenty-second Piece of Word” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
“When the Holy Spirit works to inspire a person, generally he causes him to have knowledge of the work and have knowledge of his true entering in and true state, and causes him to have resolution and understand God’s present eager will and his requirements for man, so that he has the resolution to make every possible way out, doing anything for God even at the expense of shedding blood and sacrificing his life and loving God even at the expense of suffering persecution and tribulation, without regret, and to stand testimony for God. When you have this resolution, this is the Holy Spirit’s moving and the Holy Spirit’s working, but you should know that you will not have such moving at every moment.”
from “Practice (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
“Someone says that he has the working of the Holy Spirit within all the time. That is impossible! If he says that he has the presence of the Holy Spirit all the time, this is realistic. If he says that at every moment his mind is normal and his sense is normal, this is also realistic, and this shows that he has the presence of the Holy Spirit. If you say that you have the working of the Holy Spirit within all the time, have God’s inspiration and the Holy Spirit’s moving at every moment, and have new knowledge at every moment, this is abnormal! This is too supernatural! Such a person is one hundred percent an evil spirit! Even when God’s Spirit is in the flesh, he has to have rest sometimes and has to have times for meals. How much more you? A person who is possessed by an evil spirit seems to have no fleshly weakness, can give up and abandon everything, has no emotion, can suffer, and does not feel tired in the slightest, as if he transcended the flesh. Isn’t it too supernatural? The working of evil spirits is supernatural, and man cannot reach it at all! If one who has no discernment sees such a person, he will admire him, saying, ‘He is really vigorous in believing in God. He believes so well and never becomes weak!’ Actually this is the manifestation of evil spirits’ working. This is because a person who is in a normal state surely has human weaknesses, which is the normal state of a person who has the presence of the Holy Spirit.”
from “Practice (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
“Evil spirits may seize any possible chance. They can speak within you or in your ears, or can upset your mind, upset your thoughts, and push back the moving of the Holy Spirit so that you cannot sense it, and then they begin to disturb you, causing you to be out of your mind, to be distracted in brain, and to be out of your senses. Evil spirits just do these works.”
from “The Significance of God Tasting the Sufferings of the World” in Christ’s Talks with Church Leaders and Workers
“Can you feel your soul? Can you touch your soul? Can you sense what your soul is doing? You do not know it! Once you can touch it, it means that another spirit comes into you and does something forcibly, making you do something and say something. It is an additional thing, not a thing of your own. Those who have evil spirits know this the best.”
from “What Do You Know About ‘The Flesh and the Spirit Are One’” in Christ’s Talks with Church Leaders and Workers
“…now when some evil spirits work, they deceive people through some supernatural things, which are evil spirits’ imitations. They just do some works the Holy Spirit now no longer does to deceive people. Many evil spirits perform miracles and heal the sick by imitation. All these are done by evil spirits, because now the Holy Spirit no longer does such works. All those that later imitate what the Holy Spirit has done are evil spirits.”
from “The Mystery of the (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship for Reference:
“The Holy Spirit’s working causes man to understand the truth, to know the substance of satan’s corruption, and to have a true knowledge of what God has and is, which are totally positive results. Now, we have known what the truth is. The truth comes from God, and positive things come from God. And we have known what the normal humanity should contain, what God’s will is, and what the true human life is. All these are positive things, and the reality of positive things is the truth. These are the results produced by God’s working. It is through the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and enlightenment that we have known them. Evil spirits’ working cannot cause man to know positive things. Whoever has evil spirits’ working does not know any truth or understand any truth. We have to see this clearly. Evil spirits’ working can only make one more and more evil, make him more and more darkened in his heart, make his corrupt disposition more and more serious, make his state worse and worse, and finally make him end up in perdition and destruction. The Holy Spirit’s working makes one become more and more normal, understand the truth better and better, have more and more faith in God, and be more and more able to obey God, and finally makes him completely know God and . These are the results produced by the Holy Spirit’s working, which are completely opposite to the results of evil spirits’ working.”
from “Knowing the Holy Spirit’s Working Is Very Important for One’s ” in Fellowship and Preaching About Life Entering In (2)
“Next, we will look at the obvious distinctions between various evil spirits’ working and the Holy Spirit’s working and their concrete manifestations. The Holy Spirit chooses those who pursue the truth, chooses those who have conscience and sense, and chooses the honest people; he works on such people. Evil spirits choose the crafty ones, the absurd ones, the ones who do not love the truth, and the ones who have no conscience or sense; they work on such people. What can we see from the contrast between the working objects chosen by the Holy Spirit and the working objects chosen by evil spirits? We can see that God is holy and righteous. Those whom God chooses and uses are all the ones who pursue the truth, who have conscience and sense, who are fairly honest, and who love justice. The ones whom evil spirits choose are those who are crafty, who are selfish and mean, who do not love the truth, who have no conscience or sense, and who do not pursue the truth. What evil spirits choose are all negative things, and what they choose are not true human beings. From this we see that evil spirits love evil and love darkness. When they see a person pursues the truth, they keep far away from him; when they see a person is crooked and crafty and loves unrighteousness and can easily be deceived, they possess him immediately. The working objects chosen by evil spirits are those who cannot be saved and those who are eliminated by God. At what time and under what background do evil spirits work? They work at the time when a person stays away from God and rebels against God. Evil spirits take the chance to work to deceive a person when he sins and when he is weak in the extreme. Especially when a person suffers greatly in his heart and is demented and not sober-minded, evil spirits take the chance to work on him to deceive and corrupt him and sow discord between him and God. There are times for the Holy Spirit to work; when a person calls upon God, when his heart turns to God, when he needs God, when he repents to God, and when he seeks the truth, the Holy Spirit begins to work on him. You see, the Holy Spirit’s working, in every aspect, is for saving man, and he looks for opportunities to save man, whereas evil spirits seize every possible chance to corrupt and deceive man. Evil spirits are rather contemptible and evil and are rather sinister and diabolic; all that they do are things to corrupt man and things to damage man and devour man. The Holy Spirit appears to a person and does the work of saving him when he needs God, when he calls upon God in urgency, when he needs God to save him, and when he wants to draw near to God in his heart. God is love; evil spirits are hatred. You have seen this clearly, right? All that evil spirits do is devouring man and corrupting man; all that the Holy Spirit does is loving man and saving man. The result of the Holy Spirit’s working is purifying man, delivering man from corruption, and causing man to know himself and know satan, so that he can rebel against satan and pursue the truth and finally live out human likeness. Evil spirits corrupt man, defile man, and bind man, causing man to sink deeper and deeper in sins and live more and more miserably. So, if evil spirits work on a person, he is finished, and finally he will be devoured by satan. This is the consequence of evil spirits’ working. The result of the Holy Spirit’s working is in the end causing man to be saved, live out the true human life, get released and free completely, and receive God’s blessings. You see, evil spirits bring man into darkness and abyss, whereas the Holy Spirit causes man to break away from darkness and enter into light and into freedom. The Holy Spirit’s working is inspiring and guiding man, giving man opportunities, comforting man when he is weak and has transgression, causing man to know himself, causing man to pursue the truth but not in a forcible way, letting man choose his way himself, and finally bringing man into light. Evil spirits force man and command man, say every falsehood to deceive, cheat, and bind man, do not give man freedom, do not allow man to choose, force man to take the road to ruin, and finally cause man to sink deeper and deeper in sins and end up in death. You see, the wicked ones, the evil human beings, just like to entice others into taking the road to decline, luring others onto the pirate ship or into the gambling house, and finally make their families broken up and ruined. Then they are pleased and satisfied, and their aims have been achieved. Aren’t they all devils? However, those truly good people, who fear God, lead others to draw near to God, to believe in God, to understand the truth, and to pursue the true human life and eventually live out human likeness. There is so sharp a contrast between positive things and negative things. By comparing the principles and ways and final results of the Holy Spirit’s working and the ways and principles and final consequences of evil spirits’ working, we will see that God is the One who saves man, who loves man, who bestows the truth to man, and who brings man to light and finally causes man to be blessed by him and become true human being and live out the true human life; satan is one that corrupts mankind, binds mankind, devours mankind, and finally causes mankind to go to perdition and destruction. Through knowing the Holy Spirit’s working, we have discernment of evil spirits’ working and know the true condition of satan corrupting man. Now, we, believing in God, know what we should pursue, know God is lovely, know we should know God, worship God, and obey God, have goals in life, and have the hope of being saved. These are the results produced by the Holy Spirit’s working. Now can you tell what thing satan is? What are the manifestations of satan’s corrupt dispositions? Satan’s disposition is evil, sinister, diabolic, ugly, and contemptible, is being addicted to every kind of evil, and is full of all kinds of poisons. What is God and what does God have? He is righteousness, holiness, honor, almightiness, wisdom, as well as mercy and lovingkindness. Satan gives man the feeling that it is hateful and accursed; God gives man the feeling that he is amiable, lovely, and venerable.”
from “Knowing the Holy Spirit’s Working Is Very Important for One’s Salvation” in Fellowship and Preaching About Life Entering In (2)
“What is the result produced by the Holy Spirit’s working on man? It is to cause man to understand God’s word, to understand the truth, to know God, and to know himself. The truth can produce double results. After one understands the truth, on the one hand, he can have knowledge of God, for the truth is the substance of God’s life, is what God has and is, is the reality of positive things, and represents God’s disposition and God’s life. So after understanding the truth, one has a little knowledge of God. This is absolutely true. At the same time, the truth exposes our corruption. So, those who understand the truth all have a true knowledge of themselves, see clearly their true self, and see clearly satan’s true face. The truth exposes everything. What is the result of the Holy Spirit’s working in causing us to understand the truth? One aspect is that we know our corrupt substance, and see that mankind is poor, pitiful, blind, and naked, and is corrupt, evil, selfish, and contemptible, not having any likeness of a real man, just the same as satan. Mankind’s nature is satan’s nature, and mankind’s substance is satan’s substance. Isn’t this the result achieved through understanding the truth? It is exactly so. Besides, from this aspect, we are completely clear about the result produced by the Holy Spirit’s working. The Holy Spirit’s working can also produce many other results. The Holy Spirit’s working can give man true faith. Each time we , we feel that our faith in God increases and our faith in God is truer. … The Holy Spirit’s working is manifested in many aspects, and it produces many results, which is absolutely true. … The Holy Spirit’s working causes us to have a true knowledge of God’s disposition, to have a true knowledge of God’s almightiness and wisdom, to have a true knowledge of God searching hearts and minds, and to have a knowledge of God’s wonderful deeds and unfathomableness, and at the same time causes us to know and see God’s being almighty and ruling over all things.”
from “Knowing the Holy Spirit’s Working Is Very Important for One’s Salvation” in Fellowship and Preaching About Life Entering In (2)
“Those who have evil spirits’ working speak or ask others to do things in a very showy and forcible way, and some even go against normal human morality and go against human ethics. Their speaking and doing things are all deceiving and disturbing others, are ugly and vicious in nature, and are corrupting and afflicting others, bringing no benefits to others at all. Once an evil spirit appears in a man, he will feel fearful and uneasy and do things very anxiously, as if he is too impatient to wait, causing others to feel that he is very abnormal, and he brings no good or benefit to others. Evil spirits’ working has the following main manifestations: the first kind, they instruct man to do this or that, or tell man something, or instruct man to say false prophecies; the second kind, they speak in the so-called ‘tongues,’ which no one understands and even they themselves do not understand, and some can even ‘interpret tongues’ themselves; the third kind, they often receive revelations, very frequently, one moment this instruction, and the next that instruction, being in a constant state of anxiety; the fourth kind, he who has evil spirits’ working is anxious to do this and that, too impatient to wait, and without considering whether the environment permits, and can even run out at midnight, and his behavior is very abnormal; the fifth kind, he who has evil spirits’ working is particularly arrogant; he always speaks in a high position forcibly and commandingly, and cannot communicate any truth, making others be at a loss what to do, and he, like a devil, forces others to do what they are unwilling to do; the sixth kind, he who has evil spirits’ working does not at all understand the arrangements from the above, much less understand the working principles, and he has no regard for God, wants to dominate all and everything, and acts wildly and destroys the normal order of the church; the seventh kind, he who has evil spirits’ working often pretends puzzlingly to be somebody or to be one sent by somebody and asks all others to listen to him, and no one can figure out what his background is; the eighth kind, often he who has evil spirits’ working is abnormal in sense, he does not understand the truth and does not have any understanding ability or have any inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and others find that he understands things very absurdly, not correctly at all; the ninth kind, he who has evil spirits’ working is particularly arrogant and has no sense, and he does not exalt or God at all and cannot communicate any truth; what he says and does are all discouraging, binding, and restricting others and he keeps doing so until they become disheartened and passive and cannot rise, and at that time he is pleased inwardly; this is the main purpose of evil spirits’ working; the tenth kind, he who is possessed by evil spirits behaves in a very abnormal way in life, his eyes blaze with ferocity, his words are very cold, as if he is a devil coming to the world, and his daily life is not regular, very unstable, as if he is an untamed beast, being changeable, which is extremely loathsome and disgusting; this is just the manifestation of a person who is bound by devils. Often those who are possessed by evil spirits particularly hate and stay away from those who have the Holy Spirit’s working and can communicate the truth. Often, the more one is a good man, the more they discourage and condemn him; the more one is a muddlehead, the more they try hard to flatter and extol him, and they like very much to contact him. Evil spirits’ working is all confounding black and white and calling positive things negative things and negative things positive things; this is just evil spirits’ deed.”
from “The Main Manifestations of Evil Spirits’ Working” in The Man’s Fellowship Attached to Christ’s Talks with Church Leaders and Workers
“All the spirits that work obviously and supernaturally are evil spirits. All those in whom spirits work and speak supernaturally have the working of evil spirits. The way of evil spirits’ working is abnormal and supernatural, and it mainly has six manifestations:
1. Directly directing a person to speak. Others see that it is obvious that a spirit is
speaking but not that the person himself is speaking normally.
2. Others feel that it is a spirit that instructs and orders him to do this or that thing.
3. He, inside the house, knows that outside there comes someone.
4. He can often hear someone talk to him, but others cannot hear.
5. He can see the things that others cannot and hear the sound that others cannot.
6. He is always flustered and uneasy and speaking to himself, and cannot talk and associate
with others normally.
The working of evil spirits surely has these six manifestations. All those who have the working of evil spirits are not normal in sense, seem flustered and uneasy, and cannot associate with others normally, as if they are not human and are otherworldly. Such people are ones possessed by evil spirits or with the working of evil spirits. The working of evil spirits is just so obvious and supernatural. This is the working of evil spirits that is most easy to discern. Having possessed a person, evil spirits fool him so much that he is neither like a man nor a ghost, losing normal human sense, like a walking corpse. This is sufficient to prove that evil spirits in substance are vicious spirits that corrupt and devour man. The words of evil spirits are quite easy to discern. They completely represent the substance of evil. They are a pool of stagnant water, turbid and foul, and are full of death. People who have good qualities, after reading the words of evil spirits, will feel that they are empty and boring and of no edification, that they are all lies and empty words, and that they are extravagant and baseless and are a pack of nonsense. This is the devilish word of evil spirits that is most easy to discern. In order to deceive people, some relatively ‘high’ evil spirits pretend to be God or Christ to utter voice and speak, and some pretend to be angels or famous people. In speaking, these evil spirits are good at imitating some words of God and his wording and tone. Those who do not understand the truth will be easily deceived by such ‘high’ evil spirits. God’s chosen people must be clear that evil spirits in substance are evil and shameless, that any kind of ‘high’ evil spirits by no means has the truth, that evil spirits are evil spirits, and that they are all evil in substance and are all in the same brood as satan.”
from “How to Discern the Devilish Words and Fallacies of Evil Spirits and False Christs and Antichrists” in A Compilation of the Fellowship and Preaching About Church Work and the Church Work Arrangements over the Years (2)
“Evil spirits do things very supernaturally, directly instructing a person to do this and that, directly commanding him to do this and that, and directly forcing him to do this and that. This is the manifestation of evil spirits’ working. When the Holy Spirit works, he never forces man to do this or that, never commands man to do this or that, and never does supernatural works on man or supernaturally instructs man what to do, but always hides in man’s depths and moves man through man’s conscience, causing man to understand the truth and understand God’s word, and then through the function of man’s conscience, causes man to practice the truth. This is the way of the Holy Spirit’s working. The Holy Spirit never forces man to do anything, never imposes anything on man, never does any supernatural and obvious thing, and never publicly instructs man. What do we know from this? We know that the Holy Spirit’s working is humble and hidden, very hidden, and does not show off at all. God is so almighty, and God can rule over all things, but the Holy Spirit does not directly tell man, ‘You should do this and that.’ The Holy Spirit never does this way, but he moves you, moving with love, very mildly, so that you cannot feel anyone is moving you, but you feel in the depths of your heart, ‘I should do this, it is right for me to do this, and it is proper to do this.’ We see that God is so lovely. Look at the ugliness and pitifulness of those who are possessed by evil spirits. When meeting others, they say, ‘Today the spirit instructs me to say this word, the spirit tells me this, and the spirit asks me to do that.’ Sometimes they rise at midnight and go to preach the , rise at midnight to pray, or rise at midnight and say they are moved and have to go to perform their duty. You see, once evil spirits bind a man, he is badly tormented, being rushed off his feet, not knowing when to have a meal or when to do work, which are completely disordered. When evil spirits work on a man, he is tormented this way and that way, tormented to exhaustion, and ends up gaining nothing; his life disposition is not transformed, and he is as corrupt as before, being arrogant as before and crafty as before. Evil spirits’ working corrupts man, so much so that man becomes insane. From evil spirits’ deeds, we see that evil spirits are so contemptible, so evil, so low, and so foolish, and they are purely tormenting man and corrupting man; thus man hates and curses them, saying that evil spirits are really not good things. So, evil spirits’ working represents satan, which is absolutely true. Whoever sees those who have evil spirits’ working and those who are possessed by evil spirits knows that evil spirits are so hateful, so low, so evil, and so contemptible. Have you seen this? You must have seen some of that. Do you think evil spirits have any truth? Do they have love for man? Judging from evil spirits’ working, they do not have any truth, and they are really evil by nature. When you see how evil spirits corrupt man, you see how satan corrupts man, which is absolutely true. This is because evil spirits are all satan’s companions, satan’s followers, satan’s accomplices, satan’s friends, and satan’s partners, they stayed with satan before ages, and satan led so many evil spirits to rebel against God and was cast by God down to the earth. Can an evil spirit that does not have any truth and that has only the nature of rebelling against God bring a man any truth when it possesses him? Can it bring him any transformation of disposition? Absolutely not.”
from “Knowing the Holy Spirit’s Working Is Very Important for One’s Salvation” in Fellowship and Preaching About Life Entering In (2)