Every Christian is familiar with the story of Jonah being swallowed by a great fish for three days and three nights. But do you know God’s disposition behind this story?
You Ought to Maintain Your Devotion to God
How is the working within the church now? Do you have a grasp of that? What are the brothers’ and sisters’ greatest difficulties? What do they most lack? Currently, there are some people who are negative in the midst of trials, and some of them even complain, and some are no longer moving forward because God is no longer speaking. People have not entered the right track of belief in God. They cannot live independently, and they cannot maintain their own spiritual life. There are some people who follow along, have the drive for pursuit, and are willing to practice when God speaks. But when God does not speak, they no longer move forward. People still have not understood God’s will within their hearts and they do not automatically have love for God; their following God in the past was because they were forced. Now there are some people who are tired of God’s work. Aren’t they in danger? A lot of people are in a state of just coping. Although they eat and drink and to Him, it’s all half-hearted. They don’t have the drive that they once did, and most people are not interested in God’s work of refinement and perfection. It’s as if they never have any internal drive, and when they are overcome by transgressions they do not feel indebted to God. They do not regret themselves, and they do not pursue the truth or leave the church. They only pursue temporal pleasures. This is the most foolish type of idiot! When the time comes, they will all be cast out, and not a single one will be saved! Do you think that if someone has been saved once they will always be saved? This is just trying to fool people! All those who do not pursue entry into life will be chastised. Most people have absolutely no interest in entering into life, in visions, or in putting the truth into practice. They do not pursue entering in, and they certainly don’t pursue entering in more deeply. Aren’t they ruining themseleves? Right now, there is a portion of people whose conditions are getting better and better. The more the Holy Spirit works the more confidence they have, and the more they experience the more they feel the profound mystery of God’s work. The deeper they enter in, the more they understand. They feel that is so great, and they feel steady and enlightened inside. They have an understanding of God’s work. These are the people in whom the Holy Spirit is working. Some people say, although there are no new words from God, I must still seek to go deeper into the truth, I must be earnest about everything in my actual experience and enter into the reality of God’s words. This kind of person has the work of the Holy Spirit. Although God does not show His countenance and is hidden from every single person, and He does not utter a word, and there are times that people experience some internal refinement, yet God has not completely left people. If one cannot maintain the truth that they should carry out, they will not have the work of the Holy Spirit. During the period of refinement, of God not showing Himself, if you do not have confidence and you cower, if you do not focus on experiencing His words, this is fleeing from God’s work. Later, you will be cast out. Those who do not seek to enter in the word of God cannot possibly stand as a witness for Him. Those who are able to bear witness for God and satisfy His will all rely on their drive to pursue God’s words. The work that God performs in people is primarily to allow them to gain the truth. Your pursuit of life is for the sake of perfecting you—it is all to make you suitable for God’s use. All you are pursuing now is hearing mysteries, listening a bit to God’s words, feasting your eyes, having a look at something new or seeing what the trend is, and satisfying your curiosity. If this is the intention in your heart, there is no way for you to meet God’s requirements. Those who do not pursue the truth cannot follow until the very end. Right now, it’s not that God isn’t doing something—it’s that people are not cooperating, because they are tired of His work. They only want to hear words of His blessing, and they are unwilling to hear words of His judgment and chastisement. What’s the reason for this? It’s because people’s desire to gain blessings has not been fulfilled, and they are negative and weak. It is not that God purposely does not allow people to follow Him, and it is not that He is purposely delivering blows to mankind. People are negative and weak only because their intentions are improper. God is the God that gives man life, and He cannot bring man into death. People’s negativity, weakness, and retreat is all caused by themselves.
God’s current work brings people some refinement, and only those who can stand firm within this refinement will gain God’s approval. No matter how He conceals Himself, does not speak, or does not work, you can still pursue with vigor. Even if God said that He would reject you, you would still follow Him. This is standing as a witness for God. If God conceals Himself from you and you stop following Him, is this standing witness for God? If people don’t actually enter in, they don’t have actual stature, and when they really encounter a great trial, they stumble. God is not speaking right now, or what He’s doing is not in line with your own notions, so you are not okay. If God were currently acting according to your own notions, if He were satisfying your will and you were able to stand up and have the drive for pursuit, then what would you really be living for? I say that there are many people who are living entirely reliant upon human curiosity! They absolutely do not have a true heart of pursuit. All those who do not pursue entry into the truth but rely on their curiosity in life are despicable people in danger! God’s various kinds of work is all to perfect mankind. However, people are always curious, they like to inquire about hearsay, they’re concerned about what’s going on abroad—what’s happening in Israel, if there was an earthquake in Egypt—they’re always looking for some new, strange things to satisfy their selfish desires. They do not pursue life, nor do they pursue being perfected. They only seek to have the day of God arrive sooner so that their beautiful dream may be realized and their extravagant desires can be fulfilled. That kind of person is not practical—they are a person with an improper perspective. Pursuit of the truth is the foundation of mankind’s belief in God. If people do not pursue entry into life, if they do not seek to satisfy God, then they will be subject to punishment. Those who are to be punished are those who have not had the work of the Holy Spirit during God’s time of work.
How should people cooperate with God during this stage of His work? God is currently testing people. He is not uttering a word; He is concealing Himself and not directly contacting people. From the outside, it looks like He’s not working, but the truth is that He is still working within man. All of those who are pursuing entry into life and have a vision for their pursuit of life do not have doubts, even if they do not fully understand God’s work. In the midst of trials, even when you don’t know what God wants to do and what work He wants to accomplish, you should know that God’s intentions for mankind are always good. If you pursue Him with a true heart, He will never leave you, and in the end He will surely perfect you and bring you to an appropriate destination. Regardless of how God is currently testing people, there will be one day when He will provide people with an appropriate outcome and give them the appropriate retribution based on what they have done. God will not lead people to a certain point and then just cast them aside and ignore them. This is because He is a faithful God. At this stage, the Holy Spirit is doing the work of refinement. It is refining every single person. In the stages of work of the trial of death and the trial of chastisement, the refinement at that time was all refinement through words. For people to experience God’s work, they must first understand His current work and understand how mankind should cooperate. This is something that everyone should understand. No matter what God does, whether it’s refinement or if He’s not speaking, every step of God’s work is not in line with mankind’s conceptions. They all break apart and break through people’s conceptions. This is His work. But you must believe when God’s work reaches a certain stage, no matter what He will not allow mankind to perish. He gives both promises and blessings to mankind, and all those who pursue Him will be able to gain His blessings, while those who do not will be thrown out by God. This depends on your pursuit. No matter what, you must believe that when God’s work is concluded, every single person will have a suitable destination. God has provided mankind with beautiful aspirations, but if they don’t pursue them, they cannot attain them. You should be able to see this now—God’s refinement and chastisement is His work, but for people, they must pursue a change in disposition at all times. In your practical experience, you must first know how to eat and drink God’s words and find what you should enter into and your shortcomings within His words, and seek entry in your practical experience. Take the portion of God’s words that should be put into practice and try to practice it. Eating and drinking God’s words is one aspect, the life of the church must also be maintained, you must have a normal spiritual life, and be able to hand over all of your current states to God. No matter how His work changes, your spiritual life should remain normal. A spiritual life can maintain your proper entering in. No matter what God does, you will be able to continue your spiritual life uninterrupted and fulfill your duty. This is what people should do. It is all the work of the Holy Spirit, but for those with a normal condition it is being perfected. For those with an abnormal condition it is a trial. In the Holy Spirit’s current stage of refinement work, some people say that God’s work is so great and that people are very much in need of refinement, otherwise their stature will be too small and they will have no way of reaching God’s will. However, for those with a condition that is not good, it becomes a reason to not pursue God, and a reason to not attend gatherings or eat and drink . In God’s work, no matter what He does or what changes, at the very least people must maintain a normal spiritual life. Perhaps you have not been lax in this current stage of your spiritual life, but you still haven’t gained much; you haven’t reaped a great deal. Under these kinds of circumstances you must still follow the rules; you must keep to these rules so that you don’t suffer losses in your life and so that you satisfy God’s will. If your spiritual life is not normal, you cannot understand God’s current work; you always feel that it is completely incompatible with your own notions, and you are willing to follow Him, but you lack internal drive. So no matter what God is currently doing, people must cooperate. If people don’t cooperate the Holy Spirit can’t do His work, and if people do not have a heart of cooperation, they cannot attain the work of the Holy Spirit. If you want to have the work of the Holy Spirit inside of you, and want to gain God’s approval, you must maintain your original devotion in front of God. Now, it’s not necessary for you to have a deeper understanding, higher theory, or more things—all that is required is that you uphold God’s word on the original foundation. If people do not cooperate with God and do not pursue deeper entry, God will take away what they once had. Inside, people are always greedy for ease and would rather take the easy route. They want to gain God’s promises without paying any price at all. These are the extravagant thoughts within mankind. Gaining life itself without paying a price—what has ever been so easy? When someone believes in God and seeks to enter into life and seeks a change in their disposition, they must pay a price and achieve a state where they will always follow God no matter what He does. This is something that people must do. Even if you follow all of this as a rule, you must stick to it, and no matter how great the trials, you cannot let go of your normal relationship with God. You should be able to pray, maintain your church life, and stay with brothers and sisters. When God tries you, you should still seek the truth. This is the minimum for a spiritual life. Always having a heart of seeking and striving to cooperate, applying all of your energy—can this be done? On this basis, discernment and entering into reality will be something that you can achieve. It’s easy to accept God’s word when your own states are normal, and it doesn’t feel difficult to practice the truth, and you feel that God’s work is great. But if your conditions are poor, no matter how great God’s work is and no matter how beautifully someone speaks, you will pay no mind. When a person’s conditions aren’t normal, God cannot work in them, and they cannot achieve changes in their disposition.
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