Almighty God’s Word Led Me Out of the Bondage of Sin (III)

Almighty God’s Word Led Me Out of the Bondage of Sin (III)

Li Xue

Sister Zhou passed me the book of God’s word, and said, “Sister Li, could you please read these words for us?” I took the book and read carefully, “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, reveal the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and disposition of God, and so on. These words are all focused on the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that reveal how man spurns God are spoken in regards to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. When God does the work of judgment, He does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words, but reveals, deals with, and prunes over the long term. Such manner of revelation, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only such manner of work is deemed judgment; only through such judgment can man be persuaded, be thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and gain true knowledge of God” “Through this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within him, and he will be able to completely change and become clean. Only in this way can man be worthy to return before the throne of God. All the work done this day is so that man can be made clean and be changed; through judgment and chastisement by the word, as well as refinement, man can cast away his corruption and be made pure. Rather than deeming this stage of work to be that of salvation, it would be more apt to say it is the work of purification. In truth, this stage is that of conquest as well as the second stage of salvation. Man is gained by God through judgment and chastisement by the word; through the use of the word to refine, judge and disclose, all of the impurities, notions, motives, and individual hopes within man’s heart are completely revealed.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Sister Zhou fellowshiped, “From God’s words, we see that in the last days, God expresses the truth of all aspects to judge man, reveal man’s nature and substance, dissect man’s thoughts and ideas, words and deeds, and thoroughly disclose the motives, intentions and impurities of man’s actions. So that man has a true knowledge of his nature of opposing God. For example, we believe in God only for gaining blessings and grace, without love for God; it is merely making a deal with God. Through the revelation of God’s words, we come to realize our corrupt nature, even more know God’s substance of righteousness and holiness, and thus willingly set aside our extravagant desires and obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements. When people all gain the truth as their lives and become purified and compatible with God, then the results of God expressing the words to do the work of judgment are achieved. From this, we also see that however God works, it is all for saving and perfecting man. If only mercy, lovingkindness, forbearance, and patience are blessings and salvation to man as man imagines, man will forever live in the condition of sinning in the day and confessing in the evening. Relying on grace for salvation, one will never escape from the bondage of sin, much less be saved. So, God’s work of judgment and chastisement in the last days is the need of man, and is the best way for man to free from his corrupt disposition.” My cousin’s husband said, “So God’s mercy and lovingkindness alone can’t cast off man’s corrupt disposition, while God’s judgment and chastisement is exactly man’s need and His real love to man.” I drew a long breath of relief, and said, “God is really almighty and wise!” My sister sighed with emotion, “Yes, no matter how God works, it is for saving man. God’s love is so real to us. Sister Zhou, please share your experiences with us.”

Sister Zhou said, “Well. I’ll tell you one of my experiences. When I first believed in God, due to my zealous pursuit, I was soon elevated to the church leader. Then I thought I had a better belief than others and was faithful to God, living in a self-contented condition. In a meeting, a senior leader dealt with me, saying, ‘During this period of time, you work without fruit, and even speak arrogantly, standing in a high position. You’d better stop performing your duty and reflect upon yourself.’ Though I said nothing at that time, I felt unconvinced in my heart: I have done so much work and I have worked hard despite not receiving any recognition. How could you treat me like that? And so, I resisted very much. Later, I read God’s words, ‘Man has never loved Me sincerely. When I exalt him, he feels himself unworthy, but this does not make him try to satisfy Me. He merely holds the “station” I have given him in his hands and scrutinizes it; insensible to My loveliness, he instead persists in engorging himself on the blessings of his station. Is this not the deficiency of man? When the mountains move, could they make a detour for the sake of your “station”? When the waters flow, could they cease before your “station”? Could the heavens and the earth be reversed by your “station”?’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) God’s words were like a sharp double-edged sword, revealing my intentions thoroughly and leaving me ashamed and humiliated. I realized I was simply conducting my own management during the work and building up my position in others’ hearts rather than exalting God and bearing testimony to God. It was exactly usurping God’s place. From God’s words, I saw God’s righteous disposition allows no transgressions, and that God detests and rejects such people. Through severe judgment and chastisement of God, I began to examine myself. In the past, my spending for God was not out of my true heart, but to attain the position so as to be praised and thought highly of by brothers and sisters, thereby achieving the purpose of distinguishing myself. I was so selfish and base. My performing duty was not in pursuit of satisfying God, much less loving God. Were it not for God’s judgment and chastisement, I would never know myself. Through that judgment and chastisement, I realized God’s holiness. Then, I read God’s words, ‘No matter whether I have a position or not, I know myself now. If my position is high, it is Your uplifting; if it is low, it is Your ordination. Everything is in Your hand, I make no choice or complaint. … I do not pay attention to position; I am just a created being. You put me into the bottomless pit or the lake of fire and brimstone, and I am still just a created being; You use me, and I am a created being; You perfect me, and I am still a created being; even if You do not perfect me, I will still love You, for I am only a created being. I am only a small created being created by the Creator, one of the created mankind. You created me, and today You put me in Your hand to be controlled as You like. I am willing to be Your tool and willing to be a setoff to You, because all this is ordained by You and can be changed by no one, and all matters and all things are in Your hand.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Through this passage of God’s words, I realized that I’m just a small created being, and I ought to obey God without my own requirements or choices. No matter whether God gives me a position or not, I should fulfill my duty as a created being to satisfy God. Through that judgment and chastisement, I saw God’s judgment and chastisement are the light to save man, which can cleanse the impurity in my belief in God. From then on, I was more willing to accept God’s judgment and chastisement, so that my corrupt disposition could be removed by God as soon as possible.”

I said excitedly, “Sister, your experience is so practical. It is indeed the result achieved by God’s work. If we want to be free from the bondage of sin, we really need God’s judgment and chastisement; otherwise, we won’t realize our sins at all, much less break away from them.” My cousin nodded, “Exactly, God’s work is so wise!” My sister said happily, “Your fellowship is so good! Now, it’s not vague any more for us to break away from corruption and be purified.” My mother also smiled. With tears brimming in her eyes, Sister Zhou said, “Thank God for His mercy. Let’s listen to a hymn ‘Those Who Enter Into the Final Rest Will Be the Purified Ones.’”

1. The future mankind, though still being the offspring of Adam and Eve, the offspring of Eve, will not be a mankind who lives under Satan’s domain but a mankind who has been saved and purified. This mankind will be a mankind who has been judged and chastised and will be a holy mankind, who will be different from the mankind in the beginning and can almost be said to be a different kind of men from the Adam and Eve in the beginning.

2. This mankind will be men chosen from among all those corrupted by Satan, will be a mankind who has finally stood, a mankind who has finally stood in judgment and chastisement, and will be the last group of men left, left from the corrupt mankind. Only this group of men can enter into the final rest together with God.

3. Those who can stand in the end-time work of judgment and chastisement, that is, in the final purifying, purifying work, will be the ones who enter into the final rest together with God. So, all the ones who enter into rest will be those who have broken away from Satan’s influence, broken away from Satan’s influence and have been gained by God through the last stage of purifying work. These men gained in the end will enter into the final rest.” (from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs)

After listening to this hymn, I was more certain that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus. Only if we follow the footsteps of God, accept God’s work of judgment and chastisement, get purified in the work of judgment and become the ones who love and obey God, can we enter into rest together with God in the end.

Thinking back to my experiences, I see God has devoted much of His effort to me in order to make me break away from the bondage of Satan and gain His salvation. I can’t help sighing with emotion, “God has expended all His care and thought on saving man. It’s no longer an extravagant desire for us to break away from sin!”

Part Two: Almighty God’s Word Led Me Out of the Bondage of Sin (II)

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