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That Day the Sky Was Especially Clear and Sunny (Part 3)

By Tian Ying, China

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    After returning home, I kept thinking over the fellowship made by the sister, and I thought to myself: That little sister today was so loving, she really was nothing like what the pastor said she was. Also, what she was saying is all in the Bible. It really was ill-founded of me before when I believed that “to be saved once is to be saved forever.” Continue reading “That Day the Sky Was Especially Clear and Sunny (Part 3)”

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The Finest Gift God Has Given Me

By Yixin, Hebei Province

    Before, I would frequently hear my brothers and sisters say, “Everything that God does is for the best; it is all what people need.” Continue reading “The Finest Gift God Has Given Me”

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I Will No Longer Be Blinded by Good Intentions

                                                      By Meng Yu, Henan Province

Not long ago, I noticed that one of the brothers would often pay excessive attention to some sisters, and so I thought he was perhaps expressing a wicked disposition, and I decided to look for an opportunity to remind him of this. Continue reading “I Will No Longer Be Blinded by Good Intentions”

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Reflections on Being Replaced

By Yi Ran, Shandong Province

    Several days ago, our church replaced a leader. As I did not understand the principle behind the church’s revision of personnel, a conception arose within me: The sister that was replaced was very good at both receiving and fellowshiping the truth, and could be open about her own expressions of corruption. How could someone who pursued the truth so much be replaced?

    Just as I was feeling very puzzled about this, I read this passage in a work arrangement: “God’s family decides to train and use people in accordance with their essence. If someone’s essence is one that pursues the truth, then God’s family will absolutely not give up on them; if someone is willing to pursue the truth, then they will undoubtedly experience a change. If someone’s essence is one that does not pursue the truth, is negligent of their duties and who does not tread the right road, then they are not worth training and neither can God perfect this kind of person. For someone whom God is not willing to perfect, God’s family also cannot train them. … So the handling of people must be approached in accordance with the requirements of God’s work and people’s essence. Only this is an effective way to work in concert with God and to truly serve God. If this effective way to work in concert with God is not employed, then God’s work is disrupted and God’s will is completely contravened” (“Fellowshiping Some Questions” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of The Church of Almighty God). Trying over and over to figure out these words, I understood that Christ and God’s words rule over the church. There is a principle at work whether the church is promoting someone or replacing them. These changes are being approached in accordance with the requirements of God’s work and people’s essence, and nobody can use or replace people at will. Moreover, the church is not replacing people based on their momentary expressions of corruption, but rather the church is looking to see whether or not they pursue the truth in light of their consistent performance. The church does not train people with bad humanity and who do not pursue the truth, and the church would absolutely not give up on, neglect or ruin anyone who is pursuing the truth. I harbored misconceptions about the church’s revision of personnel because I didn’t understand the truth; I only valued people’s superficial caliber and the skills they were gifted with, and I had no idea what kind of person God wanted to save and perfect, and I was unable to see through to people’s nature and essence. With this understanding, I went before God to pray and seek: “Oh God! I know that I have been corrupted so deeply by Satan. I have no understanding of Your work, I bear many conceptions, and many of my views are incompatible with You. Today, under Your guidance, I know that whether in selecting, training or replacing people, the church approaches it all in accordance with the requirements of Your work and people’s essence. But I still do not thoroughly understand the essence of the sister who was replaced, with the result that I have an opinion about the church’s arrangement. I ask You to lead and guide me; allow me to see clearly so that, in my work from now on, I may not disrupt Your work because of my deviation and my errors.”

    After I had prayed, I took up the work arrangements and I saw these words: “By reading God’s words, those who pursue the truth can measure their own corrupt condition against God’s words. Their fellowship about God’s words is not done just to talk about understanding God’s words, but to talk also about understanding themselves. No matter what corruption is expressed, they can get it out in the open so that brothers and sisters can achieve something real, whilst at the same time resolving their own corruption. This is also the best method to lead people into God’s words. … All those who talk only about literal meanings and who are devoid of reality, do not deserve to be leaders in God’s family. This type of leader and worker should be replaced” (“To Serve God One Must Learn How to Discern All Kinds of People” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of The Church of Almighty God). From these words, I realized that those who genuinely pursue the truth can grasp the truth within God’s words when they read them, they can compare their corrupt states to God’s words and know their own nature and essence, and they can open up and lay themselves bare no matter what corruptions they reveal; when others hear them fellowship, they are then able to practice and experience God’s words and have more faith in God. People who genuinely pursue the truth can truly accept being pruned and dealt with by others, they focus on self-reflection and practicing the truth, and their corrupt dispositions undergo constant change.

    At this time, I began to recall in detail the persistent conduct and performance of the sister. Although when resolving other people’s problems she spoke eloquently and at length, using words that were reasoned and well-argued, she had not resolved the difficulty of her own entry into life, for she had always lived in a state of self-righteousness, believing that she did every job well and feeling immensely proud. If what she had received and fellowshiped had really been an understanding of the essence of the truth, why couldn’t she use her understanding to resolve her own problems? Although when the leader exposed and dissected the serious problems in her work, externally she nodded her head repeatedly, expressing her acceptance and her willingness to do it in principle, she nevertheless secretly persisted in her old ways, doing things how she wanted to the detriment of the work once again. When she was being dealt with again, although her outward appearance showed that she was very remorseful, afterward she made no change whatsoever. Although she talked about her understanding of herself and brought her own corruption out into the open, the result was that she made others look up to her and think highly of her, bringing people before her. Under the guise of being “pure and open,” she covertly disparaged others and exalted herself, and in this way she deceived and corrupted other people. I saw from her consistent performance that although she had worked for many years, she had only managed to equip herself with many letters and doctrines and did not understand the truth. She had no true knowledge of herself, with the result that she regarded doing a little superficial work and speaking some doctrine as understanding the truth and having reality. This then resulted in her disposition becoming more and more arrogant and proud. Only now did I realize that she was not someone who pursued the truth, nor was she someone whose understanding of truth was pure or who fellowshiped about the truth incisively. If she had been kept in her post, she could only have held up the church’s work and damaged her brothers and sisters. Her being replaced really was the righteousness of God and was God’s salvation of her. Otherwise, she would still be deceived by her own outward appearance and would not have seen the errors of her ways, and ultimately, she could only have caused serious damage to the church work and would have been punished by God.

    Through this matter I saw my own destitution, blindness and how pitiable I was, and I realized that without truth, one cannot thoroughly understand the essence of the matter, but can only speak and see things standing in opposition to God according to one’s own notions and imaginings. Only by understanding the truth can one have discernment and not be deceived. From today on, I wish to make much more effort in my pursuit of the truth, to seek the principles of the truth in all things, to do things as God requires and to soon be of use to Him.

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A Turn for the Better on the Road of Believing in God

By Zhuanbian, Shanghai City

    Although I had believed in God and followed God for many years, I had made almost no progress with my entering into life, and I felt very anxious. Especially when I heard the man used by the Holy Spirit talking with brothers and sisters in recordings of sermons, I felt filled with anxiety hearing him say this kind of thing, “You now believe in God and have tasted the sweetness of the pursuit of truth. Continue reading “A Turn for the Better on the Road of Believing in God”

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God Himself, the Unique IX God Is the Source of Life for All Things (III) (Part Three)

“God Himself, the Unique IX God Is the Source of Life for All Things (III)” (Part Three)
Almighty God says, “When God created all things, He used all sorts of methods and ways to balance them, to balance the living conditions for the mountains and lakes, to balance the living conditions for the plants and all kinds of animals, birds, insects—His goal was to allow all kinds of living beings to live and multiply within the laws that He had established. Continue reading “God Himself, the Unique IX God Is the Source of Life for All Things (III) (Part Three)”

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English Christian Song “God’s Love Has Melted My Heart”

English Christian Song “God’s Love Has Melted My Heart” | The Love of God Never Leaves Us
Hearing Your kind call, I return before You.
Your words enlighten, I see my corruption.

I’ve often been cold to You, hurt and saddened You,
hard-hearted, rebelled, left You alone.
Why is Your love for man repaid with pain?
I hate my hard heart and my deep corruption.
Filthy, unworthy to see You, of Your love.
I am such a rebellious person,
how could I know Your heart, see Your love?
Your love is so real, I owe You so much.
You keep me company when I’m chastised.
Your heart aches with love when I’m refined.
When I’m sad, You’re there. What I lack, You give.
Facing Your love, my heart wants to break.
Your love has melted my frozen heart,
and now I have had a change of heart.
For whom have You become flesh and been so shamed?
You suffer man’s rejection,
but You have never complained about
the desolation of life among man.
You came from heaven with no place to rest Your head.
You’ve never enjoyed worldly pleasures.
You quietly express the truth,
just so to save people and to gain their hearts.
You keep me company when I’m chastised.
Your heart aches with love when I’m refined.
When I’m sad, You’re there. What I lack, You give.
Facing Your love, my heart wants to break.
Your love has melted my frozen heart,
and now I have had a change of heart.
How can I keep waiting, keep on delaying?
I’ll care for Your will, repay Your love.
I’ll accept refinement and endure pain
and stand testimony to satisfy You.
You awoke my heart to love and live for You.
I’ll pursue truth, live by Your word.
I wish to love You and follow You,
and bear witness for You forever and ever.
You keep me company when I’m chastised.
Your heart aches with love when I’m refined.
When I’m sad, You’re there. What I lack, You give.
Facing Your love, my heart wants to break.
Your love has melted my frozen heart,
and now I have had a change of heart,
and now I have had a change of heart.

from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs

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Breaking Through the Obstruction of Satan and Bearing Testimony of Overcoming Satan (II)

Breaking Through the Obstruction of Satan and Bearing Testimony of Overcoming Satan (II)
By Manman, Hong Kong
Then the sister read me two passages of God’s word: “Look back to the time of Noah’s ark: Mankind was deeply corrupt, had strayed from the blessing of God, was no longer cared for by God, and had lost the promises of God. They lived in darkness, without the light of God. Continue reading “Breaking Through the Obstruction of Satan and Bearing Testimony of Overcoming Satan (II)”

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Why Do Children Get Hurt by Parents’ Love?

One day, I saw a picture in which a child was carrying a very big schoolbag when I was viewing web pages. Apparently, the heavy schoolbag showed the child’s great pressure of study. What’s more, on the schoolbag sat the parents of the child. Of course, the point was not the child really carrying the parents, it aimed to symbolize the pressure from the parents. And surprisingly, the parents were weaving black lines above the child’s head, which I thought referred to manipulating the child’s thinking. How can a little child bear such pressure?

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