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3 Standards for Measuring Whether or Not We Have a Normal Relationship With God

By An Yun Everyone who believes in God wants to have a normal relationship with God and to be approved and praised by Him. However, simply because of believing in God, one cannot be approved by Him. For example, the Pharisees believed in God but did things in opposition to God. Therefore, God didn’t recognize that they were believers in Him because they were all antagonistic with Him. From this fact, we can see that it is very important to have a normal relationship with God! Then how should we measure whether we have a normal relationship with God? I’m sure every Christian who thirsts for God is eager to know this. 1. Quiet Ourselves Before God and Enter Into a Genuine Connection With Him In order to know whether we have a normal relationship with God, we should first see if we quiet our hearts before God and use our hearts to pray, and read His words. Also, we should know whether we have entered into a genuine connection with Him, or in other words, if we have a normal spiritual life. More often than not, we keep on singing hymns, reading scriptures and attending meetings every day, but mostly we are going through formalities without a quiet heart before God. For example, we often pray to God with our lips, but our hearts are filled with household matters and jobs, treating God in a perfunctory manner. Although we read the Bible, we don’t want to understand the truth in God’s words but think that people believing in God must read the Bible. Therefore, we follow a process—just reading in a hasty and mindless way without pondering attentively. Consequently, we can’t gain any enlightenment or light. In daily life and work, we often do things according to our carnal pleasures, and are speaking and acting like non-believers. All these things show that we have no place for God in our hearts, nor do we have true association with Him in spirit. Moreover, we cannot feel the presence of God, and are often weak and powerless in our hearts. So, we don’t have a normal relationship with God at all. God’s words say, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). “People believe in God, love God, and satisfy God by touching the Spirit of God with their heart, thereby obtaining His satisfaction; when engaging with God’s words with their heart, they are therefore moved by the Spirit of God. If you wish to achieve a proper spiritual life and establish a proper relationship with God, you must first give your heart to Him, and quiet your heart before Him. Only after you have poured your whole heart into God can you gradually develop a proper spiritual life.” From God’s words we can see that the most fundamental requirement for us believers in God is that we must come close to God and touch Him with our hearts. Only then can we be enlightened by the Holy Spirit. No matter how busy we are, if we can be quiet before God, pray to Him with a focused and sincere heart, and read a passage of God’s words with a pure heart, then we can feel the presence of God and be enriched in our spirit the whole day. Ordinarily, whether we are at home or in any other places, we are not hindered from being quiet before God, drawing close to Him with our hearts, contemplating His love, and pondering His words. If we can speak the words within our hearts to God at any time, whenever we meet trouble, or when we are weak, then we will clearly feel the arrangements, care, and protection of the Holy Spirit in our everyday life. In this way, we will unknowingly be spiritually strong and feel the loveliness of God, thereby getting closer to God. 2. Rectify Our Intentions and Accept God’s Observation How do we do or say anything? Is it by rectifying our intentions, accepting observation of the Spirit of God and acting according to God’s words, or is it following our own will and ideas in everything? In real life, no matter whether we get along with people or deal with the work of the church, we often mix our own intentions in them and ignore whether our actions are in accordance with God’s will, doing things in a way that only benefits us. Take our work and preaching as an example. Though we can suffer outwardly, in fact we do that entirely for making a deal with God in order to gain His blessings. We pay a small price for great blessings and take our spending and sacrificing as bargaining chips for entering into the kingdom of heaven. And often times, it is for showing off ourselves to gain admiration of brothers and sisters and gain commendation from the leaders. In addition, sometimes we help and support brothers and sisters from the outside when see they are not in good conditions. However, our intention is winning a good reputation instead of bringing them before God to know His will. We cannot bring all we do before God and accept God’s observation, so how can we be praised by God? This reminds me of the Pharisees in the Age of Grace. Although they worked hard, sacrificed and expended for God all their life, yet they did it not for satisfying God but for gaining others’ admiration, and for their status and livelihood. Therefore, even if they suffered much pain, they would not be praised by God. In God’s eyes, all they did had nothing to do with God. As believers in God, not only did they not gain God’s praise, but they were called evildoers by Him. Just as the Lord Jesus once said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast…

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In busy work and life, how should we practice to get closer to God? Read this article and grasp 3 ways of practice.

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Secret to Drawing Your Life Closer to God

Are you busy? Have you practiced your spiritual devotional today? This article will tell you the secret to being close to God, so that you can draw your life closer to God.

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How We can find a better balance between our work, our families and seeking the truth?

Question: Living abroad, we are quite busy with our work and with things at home and sometimes we don’t have time to read God’s words or attend meetings. I feel that this is not putting God first, however, and I feel in my heart that I owe God. I’d like to ask how we can find a better balance between our work, our families and seeking the truth? Answer: Bible Verses for Reference: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mak 8:36-37). And he said to his disciples, Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat; neither for the body, what you shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment (Luk 12:22-23). Relevant Words of God: Awaken, brothers! Awaken, sisters! My day will not be delayed; time is life, and to seize time is to save life! The time is not far off! If you take exams for entrance into college and you do not pass, you can try again and cram for the test. However, My day will have no such delay. Remember! Remember! I urge you with these good words. The end of the world unfolds before your very eyes, great disasters rapidly draw near; is your life important or is your sleeping, eating, and clothing important? The time has come for you to weigh these things. from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning On this road, many men can speak of much knowledge, but at their time of death, their eyes brim with tears, and they hate themselves for having wasted a lifetime and lived for naught to old age. They had only understanding but never the opportunity to glorify God. They spent their entire lives fighting and journeying to and fro, yet upon their hour of death, there is regret in their hearts. Only in their dying hour do many come to their senses and realize the meaning of life. Is this then not too late? Why do you not seize the day and seek the truth that you love? Why wait until tomorrow? If in life you do not suffer for the truth or seek to gain it, could it be that you wish to feel regret in your dying hour? If so, then why believe in God? In truth, there are many matters in which man, if he devotes just the slightest effort, can put the truth into practice and thereby satisfy God. The heart of man is constantly possessed by demons and so he cannot act for the sake of God. Rather, he constantly journeys to and fro for the flesh, and profits nothing in the end. It is for these reasons that man has constant troubles and afflictions. Are these not the torments of Satan? Is this not corruption of the flesh? You should not fool God by only paying lip service. Rather, you must take tangible action. Do not fool yourself; what is the meaning in that? What can you gain by living for the sake of your flesh and toiling for fame and fortune? from “You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God” People always tend toward the world, harboring too many hopes, wanting too much for their future, and having too many extravagant demands. They are always thinking about and planning for their flesh and never interested in seeking the way of belief in God. Their hearts have been captured by Satan, they have lost their reverence for God, and they are devoting their heart to Satan. But man was created by God. Thus, man has lost the testimony, meaning he has lost the glory of God. The purpose of conquering mankind is to seize back the glory of man’s reverence for God. … You do not feel the preciousness of light when you are living in it, but you will be cognizant of its preciousness once you are living in the dark night. You will be sorry then. You feel fine now, but the day will come when you will be sorry. When that day comes and darkness descends and light is nevermore, your regrets will be too late. It is because you still do not understand the present work that you fail to cherish your time now. Once the work of the entire universe begins, meaning when everything I am saying today has come true, many people will be holding their heads in bitter crying. Is that not falling into the darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth? from “The Inside Truth of the Conquering Work (1)” God laments the future of mankind, and grieves the fall of mankind. He feels sorrow for mankind’s slow march toward decline and the path of no return. Mankind has broken the heart of God and renounced Him to seek the evil one. None have ever given thought to the direction in which a mankind such as this will move. It is precisely for this reason that none sense the anger of God. None seek a way to please God or try to become closer to God. Moreover, none seek to comprehend the sorrow and pain of God. Even after hearing the voice of God, man continues on his path away from God, evading the grace and care of God, and shunning the truth of God, and he would rather sell himself to Satan, the enemy of God. And who has given any thought as to how God will act toward an unrepentant man who has dismissed Him? None know that the repeated reminders and exhortations of God are because He holds in His hands an unprecedented disaster that He has prepared, one that will be unbearable for the flesh and soul of man. This disaster is not merely a punishment of the flesh but of the soul as well. You must know…

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