By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
We Have Found the New Work of the Holy Spirit (II)
(2) How to seek God’s new work?
I curiously asked, “Why has God’s work moved?” Brother Zheng answered, “Brothers and sisters, let’s read the , ‘And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have you not returned to me, said the LORD. And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain on one city, and caused it not to rain on another city: one piece was rained on, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two or three cities wandered to one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have you not returned to me, said the LORD.’ (Amos 4: 6-8) Here is our understanding: ‘Cleanness of teeth’ means that there is nothing to eat or drink, and nothing to preach; ‘want of bread’ means that there is no supply of God’s present words and no guidance of new light, yet man still doesn’t or seek the direction of God’s work; that ‘I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest’ refers to the change in God’s work; that ‘I caused it to rain on one city, and caused it not to rain on another city’ means that some churches have God’s work while some don’t. From these we see that God’s work will transfer.” I surprisedly said, “Brother, there is enlightenment in your understanding of the scriptures. Although we can recite these scriptures and they are even printed on our calendars, we don’t understand their meaning. Brother Zheng, brothers and sisters in our church are always passive and weak. So, God’s work has really moved? And He no longer worked in our church?” Other brothers and sisters echoed, “Yeah, has it really moved?” A young sister categorically said, “They indeed gave a clear and well-founded fellowship. God’s work has moved!”
Then Sister Wang, who came together with Brother Zheng, fellowshipped, “Do the words ‘I have withheld’ in the scripture ‘I have withheld the rain from you….’ mean that it is God who withholds the rain?” Brothers and sisters said in unison, “Yeah.” Sister Wang continued, “Well, that is God’s plan. Jehovah God issued the laws to make man know what sins are. But at the end of the Age of Law, people of Israel committed more and more sins, so much so that there were not enough sin offerings. Therefore, the Israelites offered blind or crippled animals. If that had continued, man would have been condemned by the laws and died under the laws. God knew that mankind needed an eternal sin offering, so the Lord was incarnated to end the Age of Law, bring the Age of Grace, and begin the work of redemption. Thus it can be seen that Jehovah God left the Temple because of the needs of mankind and the needs of the work. God’s work is always moving forward, and God will not remain in one age all the time, because God is always new and never old. Just as a passage of words says, ‘History is always moving forward, and the work of God is always moving forward. For His six-thousand-year management plan to reach its end, it must keep progressing onwards. Each day He must do new work, each year He must do new work; He must open up new paths, must begin new ages, begin new and greater work, and bring new names and new work. The Spirit of God is always doing new work, and never clings to the old ways and regulations. His work also never ceases, and is happening all the time.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) God’s work is done by God Himself. His work advances from the old age to a new one for the purpose that people will be brought into a higher realm and will receive a greater salvation from Him. Today we should look up to and pray to God together to seek the new work of God and search for the footsteps of God. I believe that God will not abandon us.” I said, “Thank the Lord. Through your fellowship, I understand that the reason why God’s work has moved is that God’s management plan goes forward. Then how shall we seek the new work of God and the footsteps of God?” Sister Wang said, “Follow the Lamb wherever He goes. The word ‘He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches,’ which is mentioned several times in Revelation chapter 2 and 3, tells us that God will definitely utter words in the last days, that is, God will work and save us with His words. If we find the new words of God, we find the new work of God and catch up with the footsteps of God. There is such a passage of words, “…since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) So, if we find the new words of God, we find God and find the truth, the way, and the life!”
I said excitedly, “Sister, through your fellowship, we understand that in the last days, God will still speak and will continue to save us. That’s great. We must pray for God’s salvation coming upon us.” Brother Zheng said, “Apart from prayer, we shall go out to seek more. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing.” At that time, Brother Sun, who looked up to leaders, suddenly said in anger, “No, we can’t go out to seek. Our leader Brother Liu says that only our way is the true way while the others are not, so we shouldn’t go out to seek. Brother Liu also tells me that if someone comes to our church to preach, we should drive him away, and if he doesn’t leave, we should knock him out.” I hastened to say, “No, we can’t treat preachers from other places like that, for the Bible says, ‘Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’ (Hebrews 13:2) If what they preach is the true way yet we don’t entertain them, then we reject God and we’ll be thrown by God into the bottomless pit. The consequence is unimaginable. But if what they preach is the true way and we entertain them, then we’ll be blessed by God, for they can bring us the supply of God’s life and then we’ll have a good destination. This is an important thing involving our outcome! So we shall treat it with a heart of reverence for God.” Everyone looked at Brother Sun, and someone whispered, “Brother Sun shouldn’t have said that.” Another said, “How could we, believers in God, say that word and do that thing?” Still someone said, “Don’t listen to him.” Brother Sun was a little embarrassed, and glanced his eye around the brothers and sisters with the hope that someone would speak for him, yet failed. So he lowered his head and stared at the Bible, speechless.
At that time, I said to Brother Zheng, “Brother, we really don’t know how to discern the true way from false ways. Could you tell us?” Brother Zheng said, “It’s right that we should keep alert and pray to guard against false ways. But we need a way and a principle of discernment, so that we won’t resist God. In fact, it is not difficult to discern the true way from false ways. I read such a passage of words in a book, ‘…to discern whether a way is the true way, first you need to see whether it has the working of the , and second you should see whether this way has the truth. The truth means the life disposition of the normal humanity, which is what God required of man when he first created man, that is, all the normal humanity (including human sense, insight, wisdom, and the common sense in conducting oneself). That is, you need to see whether this way leads people into the normal human living, whether the truth expressed in it is required of man according to the reality of the normal humanity, and whether the truth is realistic, practical, and most timely. If it has the truth, it can lead people into the normal and practical experiences, and people will become more and more normal, their human sense will become more and more complete, their physical living and spiritual living will become more and more regulated, and their feelings of pleasure, anger, sorrow, and joy will become more and more normal. This is the second aspect. The third aspect is to see whether people will have more and more knowledge of God and through experiencing such work and truth whether their heart of loving God can be stirred up and they can have a closer and closer relationship with God. By these you will be able to judge whether it is the true way. The most basic is whether this way is realistic and not supernatural and whether it can be man’s life supply. If a way meets these several conditions, it can be concluded that it is the true way.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) If a way is the true way, it will have the work of the Holy Spirit so that people’s negative states can be reversed, and they will be willing to strive for progress and satisfy God’s will. With the work of the Holy Spirit, we’ll understand many truths. For example, we’ll understand the purpose of God’s work, how Satan corrupts man, and how God saves mankind, and will know what is looking up to God and what is looking up to man. If it is the true way, it will make our humanity more and more normal, make us have love for brothers and sisters and not reject people of other churches; it will cause us to truly know ourselves, seek a transformation of our disposition, and pursue to practice the truth according to . No matter what kind of tribulation we encounter, we won’t complain against God. We can get along with brothers and sisters without barriers and without distinction of position. All of our actions can benefit brothers and sisters….” I gladly said, “This way is really good. If we try to distinguish this way, we will have discernment and can reject the false ways and accept the true one. We will not be afraid of being deceived when we go out seeking!” A sister said in admiration, “Brother, your stature is really great, and you understand more than us. You pursue the truth, so God inspires you. God is truly righteous! We are too lazy and do not understand the words of God, but your fellowship shows the way to us.” One brother said, “Thank God, when you come to our church and fellowship with us this time, we understand more and our faith increases.” Brother Zheng said, “Thank God, it’s . It is not because we pursue well, but because of God’s grace and exaltation and even more because of the working of the Holy Spirit, that our meeting has achieved a good result. All the glory be to God!”
The atmosphere of the meeting was very active, and we were all immersed in the joy of the Holy Spirit’s working! At that time, some brothers and sisters proposed to sing hymns, so we took turns singing. They taught us a hymn “Pure and Unblemished Love,” which sounded good and was very touching. I said, “In the past when we sang hymns we were not moved. But we were moved and encouraged when singing hymns with you. Especially your hymn is really touching! Now we have energy, enjoyment, and faith after hearing your hymn.” Brothers and sisters echoed, “Right, right, these hymns are really touching! They make us appreciate the love of God and inspire us to love God.” One sister said, “I’m unwilling to go home. If only we would have such a meeting every day.” Later, they also taught us to dance. Brothers and sisters were quite pleased to learn, and every one of us was released and very happy.
Part Three: We Have Found the New work of the Holy Spirit (III)
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