Fan Guoyi was an elder of a house church in China. In his over twenty years of service, he imitated Paul, sacrificing for the Lord and working hard. He firmly believed that he was doing the will of the heavenly Father by pursuing in this way and he would surely be raptured to the kingdom of heaven at the return of the Lord. However, when the endtime salvation of Almighty God came upon him, he clung to his notions, rejecting, resisting, and condemning it time and time again…. Later, after several debates with preachers from the Church of Almighty God, Fan Guoyi finally woke up. He truly understood the meaning of doing the will of the heavenly Father and the way of pursuing to be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven….At every thought of the past, the memories were stinging in his heart….
God created everything, and having created it, He has dominion over all things. In addition to having dominion over all things, He is in control of everything. What does this mean, the idea that “God is in control of everything”? How can it be explained? How does it apply to real life? How can you come to know God’s authority by understanding the fact that “God is in control of everything”? From the very phrase “God is in control of everything” we should see that what God controls is not a portion of planets, a portion of creation, much less a portion of mankind, but everything: from the massive to the microscopic, from the visible to the invisible, from the stars in the universe to the living things on earth, as well as microorganisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye or beings that exist in other forms. This is the precise definition of the “everything” that God is “in control of,” and is the scope over which God wields His authority, the extent of His sovereignty and rule.
For the most part, God’s control and sovereignty exceeds the bounds of human imagination, of human knowledge, of human understanding, of what human science can achieve; the abilities of created humanity cannot rival it. Some people say, “Since you have not witnessed God’s sovereignty yourself, how can you believe that everything is subject to His authority?” Seeing is not always believing; seeing is not always recognizing and understanding. So where does “belief” come from? I can say with certainty, “Belief comes from the degree and depth of people’s apprehension of, and experience of, the reality and root causes of things.” If you believe that God exists, but you cannot recognize, much less perceive, the fact of God’s control and God’s sovereignty over all things, then in your heart you will never admit that God has this kind of authority and that God’s authority is unique. You will never truly accept the Creator to be your Lord, your God.
from God Himself, the Unique (III)
in A Continuation of the Word Appears in the Flesh—The Way to Know God I
Almighty God says, “Pursuing to perform the duty of a created being initiatively is the way to success, pursuing to truly love God is the most right way, and pursuing to have the old disposition transformed and to love God purely is the way to success. The way to success that is spoken of is the way for created beings to be recovered to their original duty and original likeness. It is a way of recovery and is also the purpose of all the work God has been doing from beginning to end. If one’s pursuit is mixed with his own extravagant demands and his unreasonable hopes and it cannot produce the result of being transformed in his disposition, it contradicts the work of recovery and is undoubtedly not the work done by the Holy Spirit. Then it proves that such pursuit is not approved by God. What meaning does it have since it is a pursuit not approved by God?”