The knowledge of God’s disposition and the knowledge of what God has and is can have a positive effect on people and help them have a greater faith in God and have a true obedience to and a true fear of God, so that they will not follow blindly or worship blindly.
In the future when you hear that God is sad and you can truly feel God’s sadness, and when you hear that God is happy and you can truly feel God’s happiness, or at least you can clearly know and understand what God is happy for and what God is sad for, when you can be sad for God’s sadness and happy for God’s happiness, your heart will have been completely gained by God, there will not be any barrier between you and God, and you will not bind God with human imagination and notion or knowledge. The God at that time will be living in your heart, true and real, will be the God as your life, and will be the Lord ruling over your everything.
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….
After God tried Job and received the testimony from Job, he determined to gain a group of people or more people like Job. But he decided never again to allow satan to attack and afflict other people in the way of making a wager with God and thus tempting, attacking, and afflicting Job. God does not allow satan to do the same things on the weak, ignorant, and foolish men. The temptation upon Job is already enough. God does not allow satan to afflict men at will, and this is God’s mercy to men. In God’s eyes, it is enough that Job alone underwent satan’s temptation and affliction. God does not allow satan to do such things again, because the lives of those who follow God and their everything are in God’s sovereignty and manipulation and satan has no right to manipulate God’s chosen people at will. You should be clear about this. God is mindful of men’s weakness and knows their foolishness and ignorance. Although he has to deliver men to satan in order that they can be thoroughly saved, he does not want to see them always be fooled and afflicted by satan or see them always suffer. Men were created by God. It is perfectly justifiable for God to rule over and arrange men’s everything, and it is God’s responsibility and God’s authority of ruling over all things. God does not allow satan to afflict and mistreat men at will, nor does he allow it to induce men by all kinds of means, much less allow it to step in God’s sovereignty over mankind or tread and damage the laws by which God rules over all things. How much more so with such a great work that God manages and saves mankind! Those whom God wants to save and who can bear testimony for God are the kernel and crystallization of God’s work of the six-thousand-year management plan and are God’s painstaking effort and price in his six-thousand-year work. How could God deliver these people to satan lightly?
Almighty God says, “The perfected ones can not only become obedient after being conquered but also have knowledge, be transformed in their disposition, have some knowledge of God, experience the way of loving God, be full of the truth, know how to experience God’s work, suffer for God, and have their own resolutions. The perfected ones are the ones who have a practical knowledge of the truth through experiencing it. The conquered ones are the ones who know the truth but do not understand the true meaning of it. Although they become obedient after being conquered, such obedience is altogether the result achieved through judgment, and they do not understand the true meaning of many truths at all. Although they acknowledge the truth with their mouth, they have not entered into it. They only understand the truth but have no experience of it. As for the works done on those to be perfected, there are also chastisement and judgment, but there is also the supply of life accompanying them. Those who pay attention to entering into the truth are the ones to be perfected. The difference between the ones to be perfected and the conquered ones lies in whether they enter into the truth. Those who understand the truth, enter into the truth, and live out the truth are the perfected ones. Those who do not understand the truth or enter into the truth, that is, those who fail to live out the truth, are the ones who cannot be perfected. If such ones can become completely obedient now, they are the conquered ones. If the conquered ones do not seek the truth, follow but fail to live out the truth, and only see and hear the truth but pay no attention to living out the truth, they cannot be perfected. Those to be perfected practice the truths according to the way of being perfected, that is, practice the truths which are in the way of being perfected, thereby satisfying God’s heart’s desire and being perfected. All those who follow to the end before the conquering work ends are the ones conquered, but they cannot be said to be the ones perfected. The perfected ones are the ones who can pursue the truth and are gained by God after the conquering work ends. They are the ones who stand and live out the truth in the tribulations after the conquering work ends.”