The Lord Jesus performed a lot of miracles during His work, yet He always told people not to tell others. What’s God’s will in it?
God’s Word “You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God”
You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God
The common problem that exists in all people is that they understand the truth but cannot put it into practice. One factor is that they are unwilling to pay the price, and the other is that they have too inadequate discernment to see past many of the difficulties that exist in and do not know how to appropriately practice. As people have too shallow experience, poor qualities, and limited understanding of the truth, they are unable to resolve the difficulties they encounter in life. They can only pay lip service to their faith in God, yet are unable to bring God into their everyday life. In other words, God is God, and life is life, as if they have no relationship with God in their life. That is what all people believe. Such manner of faith in God will not allow them to be gained and perfected in reality by Him. In truth, it is not that the word of God is incomplete, but rather that people’s ability to receive His word is simply inadequate. It can be said that almost no one acts as originally required by God. Rather, their faith in God is in accordance with their own intentions, established religious notions, and customs. Few are those who undergo a transformation following the acceptance of and begin to act in accordance with His will. Rather, they persist in their mistaken beliefs. When they begin to believe in God, they do so based on the conventional rules of religion, and live and interact with others entirely on the basis of their own philosophy of life. Such is the case for nine out of every ten people. Very few are those who formulate another plan and turn over a new leaf after beginning to believe in God. None regard or put into practice the word of God as the truth.
Take faith in , for instance. Whether a man was a novice in the faith or a long-time believer, he simply put to use whatever talents he had and demonstrated whatever skills he possessed. He simply added “faith in God,” these three words, into his usual life, yet made no changes to his disposition, and his faith in God grew not in the slightest. His pursuit was neither hot nor cold. He did not renounce his belief, yet neither did he give fully to God. He had never truly loved God or obeyed God, and his faith in God was both genuine and feigned. He turned a blind eye and did not take it seriously. He continued in such a state of befuddlement from the very beginning until his time of death. What is the meaning in this? Today, you must set on the right track since you believe in the practical God. Having faith in God, you should not solely seek blessings, but seek to love God and know God. Through His inspiration and your own pursuit, you can eat and drink His word, develop a true understanding of God, and have a true love of God that comes from your heart. In other words, your love for God is most genuine, such that none can destroy or stand in the way of your love for Him. Then you are on the right track of faith in God. It proves that you belong to God, for your heart has been taken possession of by God and you can then be possessed by nothing else. Owing to your experience, the price you paid, and the work of God, you are able to develop an unbidden love for God. Then you are freed from the influence of Satan and live in the light of God’s word. Only when you have broken free from the influence of darkness can you be deemed to have gained God. In your belief of God, you must seek this goal. This is the duty of each of you. None should be complacent with things as they are. You cannot be of two minds towards the work of God or regard it lightly. You should think of God in all respects and at all times, and do all things for His sake. And when you speak or do things, you should place the interests of the house of God first. Only this conforms to God’s will.
The greatest fault of people having faith in God is that their faith is in words only, and God exists not at all in their practical life. All people, indeed, believe in the existence of God, yet God is not a part of their everyday lives. Many prayers to God come from their mouth, but God has little place in their heart, and so God tries them again and again. As people are impure, God has no alternative but to try them, so that they may feel ashamed and come to know themselves in the trials. Otherwise, they all shall become the children of the archangel, and become increasingly corrupt. During each one’s belief in God, many personal motives and objectives are cast off as they are unceasingly cleansed by God. Otherwise, no one can be used by God, and God has no way of doing in them the work that He ought. God first cleanses people. In this process, they may come to know themselves and God may change them. Only after this can God work His life into them, and only in this way can their heart be fully turned to God. So, believing in God is not so simple as people may say. As God sees it, if you only have knowledge but do not have His word as life; if you are limited only to your own knowledge but cannot practice the truth or live out the word of God, then this is proof still that you have no heart of love for God, and shows that your heart belongs not to God. Coming to know God by believing in Him; this is the final goal and that which people shall seek. You must devote effort to living out the words of God so that they may be realized in your practice. If you have only doctrinal knowledge, then your faith in God will come to nothing. Only if you then also practice and live out His word can your faith be considered complete and in accord with God’s will. On this road, many people can speak much knowledge, but at their time of death, their eyes brim with tears, and they hate themselves for having wasted a lifetime and lived for nothing to old age. They had only understanding but never the opportunity to glorify God. They spent their entire lives fighting and journeying to and fro, yet upon their hour of death, there is regret in their hearts. Only in their dying hour do many come to their senses and realize the meaning of life. Is this then not too late? Why do you not seize the day and seek the truth that you love? Why wait until tomorrow? If in life you do not suffer for the truth or seek to gain it, could it be that you wish to feel regret in your dying hour? If so, then why believe in God? In truth, there are many matters in which people, if they devote just the slightest effort, can put the truth into practice and thereby satisfy God. Their heart is constantly possessed by demons and so they cannot do work for the sake of God. Rather, they constantly journey to and fro for the flesh, and profit nothing in the end. It is for these reasons that they have constant troubles and afflictions. Are these not the torments of Satan? Is this not corruption of the flesh? You should not fool God by only paying lip service. Rather, you must take tangible action. Do not fool yourself, for what is the meaning in that? What can you gain by living for the sake of your flesh and toiling for fame and fortune?
from The Word Appears in the Flesh