Believing in God or Power?

Xiaocao

My Puzzlement

I had some understanding about faith in God after believing in the Lord Jesus. However, influenced by the social trends, I naturally formed this viewpoint: Before I gave an opinion about any matter or judged whether it was right or not, I would first see how the famous people or authorities commented on it, and then would follow the direction of their opinions. And I thought I was right, and that it was relatively safe to do this like many others did. Even in the matters of belief in God, such as in distinguishing the true way from false ways, I also did the same.

Believing in God or Power

I remember when my mother first preached to me the work of Almighty God in the last days and said, “Our longed-for Lord Jesus has returned.” My first reaction was: Can this be true? My mother is a country woman, and doesn’t have knowledge or insight. Now she believes in Almighty God and tells me that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, and she is even enthusiastic about it; perhaps my mother is muddled and has no discernment. The churches for the believers in the Lord Jesus are many, and they are so big and so grand. Preachers there are those who graduated from seminaries and experienced pastors who have preached for many years. How could we meet the Lord when He hasn’t even told them? It’s simply a fantasy! Besides, if the Lord Jesus has really returned, the pastors and elders, who have served the Lord for many years, should have known it, so why don’t they? If Almighty God is really the returned Lord Jesus, why don’t the pastors and elders acknowledge it? I couldn’t figure it out. So, although I felt that what my mother said was in accord with the truth when she testified to me the return of the Lord Jesus, I still remained skeptical and was unable to accept it fully. Later, my mother brought a sister to my home to fellowship with me, and I explained my confusion to her.

Searching for the Answer

I asked the sister, “You say that the Lord Jesus has returned to flesh and done a new work; if so, I would assume those pastors and elders in the churches who have served the Lord for many years should have already known it. So why do they not acknowledge it when you preach to them?”

The sister fellowshiped, “As we know, God’s substance is righteousness, and all those who seek God sincerely will receive His enlightenment. We all know this fact: Throughout the ages, every time when God started a new work, He first revealed it to those who were simple and able to put aside their conceptions to accept His new work, whereas He hid Himself from those who clung to the old conceptions and were arrogant and self-right. The Lord Jesus said: ‘I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes’ (Matthew 11:25). ‘And whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted’ (Matthew 23:12). ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. … Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:3, 6). From these verses we can see that God loves those who can humble themselves and are willing to seek the truth and obey Him. In the Age of Law, people were all longing for the coming of the Messiah. According to man’s conceptions, the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees who served God and preached the law of Jehovah everyday must know it first when the Messiah came. However, when the Lord Jesus came, God first revealed it to the Magi from the east and the shepherds. Those chief priests, scribes and Pharisees stubbornly held on to their own conceptions and rejected the Lord because He wasn’t called the Messiah. They were the blind ones who didn’t know God, and so in the end they nailed the Lord Jesus onto the cross, committing a heinous crime. God is righteous and doesn’t show favoritism toward anyone. Every one of us can obtain the enlightenment of God as long as he has a humble and obedient heart and can put aside his own conceptions.

In the end of the last days, the returned Lord Jesus—Almighty God—has done the work of judgment beginning with the house of God by expressing the words. After the religious leaders learned that God has returned to flesh and done a new work, only a few of them who thirsted for and sought the truth received God’s illumination and enlightenment and followed the work of Almighty God in the last days. But the brothers and sisters who truly believed in the Lord could put aside their own conceptions, so that most of them recognized God’s voice after hearing the utterances of Almighty God, and returned before the throne of God. Just as the Lord Jesus said: ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me’ (John 10:27). And Almighty God says: ‘Some impulsively believe that where there is the work of the Holy Spirit, there is the appearance of God. Or else they believe that where there are spiritual figures, there is the appearance of God. Or else they believe that where people are well-known, there is the appearance of God. For the moment, let us not deliberate whether such beliefs are right or wrong. To explain such question, we must first be clear about an objective: We are searching for the footprints of God. We are not seeking spiritual figures, much less are we following famous figures; we are following the footprints of God. As such, 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. While seeking the footprints of God, you ignored the words that “God is the truth, the way, and the life.” So when many people receive the truth, they do not believe that they have found the footprints of God and much less acknowledge the appearance of God. What a serious error that is! The appearance of God cannot be reconciled with the conceptions of man, much less can God appear at the behest of man. God makes His own choices and has His own plans when He does His work; moreover, He has His own objectives, and His own methods. It is not necessary for Him to discuss the work He does with man or to seek the advice of man, much less notify each and every person of His work. This is the disposition of God and, moreover, should be recognized by everyone. If you desire to witness the appearance of God, if you wish to follow the footprints of God, then you must first transcend your own conceptions. You must not demand that God do this or that, much less should you place Him within your own confines and limit Him to your own conceptions. Instead, you should ask how you should seek the footprints of God, how you should accept the appearance of God, and how you should submit to the new work of God; that is what should be done by man. Since man is not the truth, and is not possessed of the truth, man should seek, accept, and obey’ (‘The Appearance of God Has Brought a New Age’). From these words of Almighty God, we know that God won’t carry out His work according to our conceptions and imaginations, but instead He does it based on His own plan. He won’t appear to those famous people or spiritual figures who have status and reputation, but to those who are humble and seek the truth. As a believer in God, we should seek the work of the Holy Spirit as well as the words presently spoken by God, for where there are the words of God, there are the footsteps of God; where there’s the appearance of God, there’s the truth, the way, and the life. If we wish to follow the footprints of the Lamb, we should put aside our own conceptions to seek and obey God’s work.”

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