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30 [M4F] New Jersey — Where have all the flowers gone?

2020.11.28 00:26 PokingDogSnouts 30 [M4F] New Jersey — Where have all the flowers gone?

I'd like to find somebody thoughtful, someone who isn't superficial. Somebody who appreciates the rich vastness of our cultural past, and freely follows her curiosity in exploring it. Somebody who is trying her best to adhere to the guidance of her inner moral compass, and isn't so easily fooled by the distractions and illusions of the world.
I'd also love it if she were artistic. Writing, sketching, painting, singing, composing, creating. Someone who is trying to nurture their talents and passions. I know it can be difficult...
Lastly, somebody on a quest for truth. There are spiritual layers to existence—I have no doubt in my mind about that. The answers aren't easy, and aren't going to be given to you in just one book—maybe not even in just one lifetime. But I would love it if I could find somebody who shares this mode of thinking.
As for me, well... I adore music. Mostly voices from the past, because I find them to be humbler and more from the heart. If you go back to early 1920s country music... (Here's an aside: a lot of what people think of as "country" today is a long cry from what the genre is actually like, historically. If you are into folk music—Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan—it is indelibly linked to "country", and if you'd like a popular example of a song that originated within the genre, look no further than the universally recognized "You Are My Sunshine", from 1939!)
Anyway. If you go back to that early period, where undiscovered niches of music were still sought out and first put to tape... a lot of those artists had no idea about anything to do with recording—no ego, no attempt to sound "cool". What came through instead was a bare expression of the life that had been lived—the inner beauty of their own personhood, and I love hearing that. It's so honest. A vulnerable and piercing expression.
So if you're into history or the beautiful music of decades (and centuries) past, if you have any aspirations for creating as a method of changing the world for the better, if you're learning a new language (I'm learning Italian!), if you'd like to watch movies and play games together, if you'd like an accountability partner—or all of the above...please message me. I don't mind the chat function either—in fact, it's probably easier.
I, myself, love beautiful things. Nature, music that tugs at your heartstrings or is so honest you're just enraptured, experiences that heal. I meditate, I sing and am learning guitar, I love to draw. More specifically, here are some of my current interests:
I really want an intelligent friend with personality, a unique identity...who puts forth effort, who takes an interest in me—my goals and my life—just as I will do for them! Please send me a PM or chat message if you're interested. And you can check my previous posts/comments to learn more about me. Thank you.
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2020.11.28 00:25 PokingDogSnouts 30 [M4F] New Jersey — Where have all the flowers gone?

I'd like to find somebody thoughtful, someone who isn't superficial. Somebody who appreciates the rich vastness of our cultural past, and freely follows her curiosity in exploring it. Somebody who is trying her best to adhere to the guidance of her inner moral compass, and isn't so easily fooled by the distractions and illusions of the world.
I'd also love it if she were artistic. Writing, sketching, painting, singing, composing, creating. Someone who is trying to nurture their talents and passions. I know it can be difficult...
Lastly, somebody on a quest for truth. There are spiritual layers to existence—I have no doubt in my mind about that. The answers aren't easy, and aren't going to be given to you in just one book—maybe not even in just one lifetime. But I would love it if I could find somebody who shares this mode of thinking.
As for me, well... I adore music. Mostly voices from the past, because I find them to be humbler and more from the heart. If you go back to early 1920s country music... (Here's an aside: a lot of what people think of as "country" today is a long cry from what the genre is actually like, historically. If you are into folk music—Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan—it is indelibly linked to "country", and if you'd like a popular example of a song that originated within the genre, look no further than the universally recognized "You Are My Sunshine", from 1939!)
Anyway. If you go back to that early period, where undiscovered niches of music were still sought out and first put to tape... a lot of those artists had no idea about anything to do with recording—no ego, no attempt to sound "cool". What came through instead was a bare expression of the life that had been lived—the inner beauty of their own personhood, and I love hearing that. It's so honest. A vulnerable and piercing expression.
So if you're into history or the beautiful music of decades (and centuries) past, if you have any aspirations for creating as a method of changing the world for the better, if you're learning a new language (I'm learning Italian!), if you'd like to watch movies and play games together, if you'd like an accountability partner—or all of the above...please message me. I don't mind the chat function either—in fact, it's probably easier.
I, myself, love beautiful things. Nature, music that tugs at your heartstrings or is so honest you're just enraptured, experiences that heal. I meditate, I sing and am learning guitar, I love to draw. More specifically, here are some of my current interests:
I'd really like to know an intelligent person with personality, a unique identity...who puts forth effort, who takes an interest in me—my goals and my life—just as I will do for them! Please send me a PM or chat message if you're interested. And you can check my previous posts/comments to learn more about me. Thank you.
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2020.11.28 00:24 PokingDogSnouts 30 [M4F] New Jersey — Where have all the flowers gone?

I'd like to find somebody thoughtful, someone who isn't superficial. Somebody who appreciates the rich vastness of our cultural past, and freely follows her curiosity in exploring it. Somebody who is trying her best to adhere to the guidance of her inner moral compass, and isn't so easily fooled by the distractions and illusions of the world.
I'd also love it if she were artistic. Writing, sketching, painting, singing, composing, creating. Someone who is trying to nurture their talents and passions. I know it can be difficult...
Lastly, somebody on a quest for truth. There are spiritual layers to existence—I have no doubt in my mind about that. The answers aren't easy, and aren't going to be given to you in just one book—maybe not even in just one lifetime. But I would love it if I could find somebody who shares this mode of thinking.
As for me, well... I adore music. Mostly voices from the past, because I find them to be humbler and more from the heart. If you go back to early 1920s country music... (Here's an aside: a lot of what people think of as "country" today is a long cry from what the genre is actually like, historically. If you are into folk music—Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan—it is indelibly linked to "country", and if you'd like a popular example of a song that originated within the genre, look no further than the universally recognized "You Are My Sunshine", from 1939!)
Anyway. If you go back to that early period, where undiscovered niches of music were still sought out and first put to tape... a lot of those artists had no idea about anything to do with recording—no ego, no attempt to sound "cool". What came through instead was a bare expression of the life that had been lived—the inner beauty of their own personhood, and I love hearing that. It's so honest. A vulnerable and piercing expression.
So if you're into history or the beautiful music of decades (and centuries) past, if you have any aspirations for creating as a method of changing the world for the better, if you're learning a new language (I'm learning Italian!), if you'd like to watch movies and play games together, if you'd like an accountability partner—or all of the above...please message me. I don't mind the chat function either—in fact, it's probably easier.
I, myself, love beautiful things. Nature, music that tugs at your heartstrings or is so honest you're just enraptured, experiences that heal. I meditate, I sing and am learning guitar, I love to draw. More specifically, here are some of my current interests:
I'd really like to know an intelligent person with personality, a unique identity...who puts forth effort, who takes an interest in me—my goals and my life—just as I will do for them! Please send me a PM or chat message if you're interested. And you can check my previous posts/comments to learn more about me. Thank you.
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2020.11.28 00:23 PokingDogSnouts 30 [M4F] New Jersey — Where have all the flowers gone? [Relationship]

I'd like to find somebody thoughtful, someone who isn't superficial. Somebody who appreciates the rich vastness of our cultural past, and freely follows her curiosity in exploring it. Somebody who is trying her best to adhere to the guidance of her inner moral compass, and isn't so easily fooled by the distractions and illusions of the world.
I'd also love it if she were artistic. Writing, sketching, painting, singing, composing, creating. Someone who is trying to nurture their talents and passions. I know it can be difficult...
Lastly, somebody on a quest for truth. There are spiritual layers to existence—I have no doubt in my mind about that. The answers aren't easy, and aren't going to be given to you in just one book—maybe not even in just one lifetime. But I would love it if I could find somebody who shares this mode of thinking.
As for me, well... I adore music. Mostly voices from the past, because I find them to be humbler and more from the heart. If you go back to early 1920s country music... (Here's an aside: a lot of what people think of as "country" today is a long cry from what the genre is actually like, historically. If you are into folk music—Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan—it is indelibly linked to "country", and if you'd like a popular example of a song that originated within the genre, look no further than the universally recognized "You Are My Sunshine", from 1939!)
Anyway. If you go back to that early period, where undiscovered niches of music were still sought out and first put to tape... a lot of those artists had no idea about anything to do with recording—no ego, no attempt to sound "cool". What came through instead was a bare expression of the life that had been lived—the inner beauty of their own personhood, and I love hearing that. It's so honest. A vulnerable and piercing expression.
So if you're into history or the beautiful music of decades (and centuries) past, if you have any aspirations for creating as a method of changing the world for the better, if you're learning a new language (I'm learning Italian!), if you'd like to watch movies and play games together, if you'd like an accountability partner—or all of the above...please message me. I don't mind the chat function either—in fact, it's probably easier.
I, myself, love beautiful things. Nature, music that tugs at your heartstrings or is so honest you're just enraptured, experiences that heal. I meditate, I sing and am learning guitar, I love to draw. More specifically, here are some of my current interests:
I'd really like to know an intelligent person with personality, a unique identity...who puts forth effort, who takes an interest in me—my goals and my life—just as I will do for them! Please send me a PM or chat message if you're interested. And you can check my previous posts/comments to learn more about me. Thank you.
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2020.11.28 00:22 PokingDogSnouts 30 [M4F] Sing a little, dream a little. 🌟

Hello, *squints down at paper* prospective friend who is taking the time to read my thoughts.
I'd like to open by thanking you for passing your eyes over these letters I've clinked out on my little laptop keyboard. They've traveled a long way to get to you.
What I'm looking for is somebody who is thoughtful, curious, and open-minded. Who possesses an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and art, and learning, and reading—fitting as much into their mental suitcase as they can cram (and believe me, it appears to hold a lot)!
Sometimes these things aren't easy. But with a friend beside you to motivate, encourage, and inspire you—suddenly, anything might become possible!
So if you're into history or the beautiful music of decades (and centuries) past, if you have any aspirations for creating as a method of changing the world for the better, if you're learning a new language (I'm learning Italian!), if you'd like to watch movies and play games together, if you'd like an accountability partner—or all of the above...please message me. I don't mind the chat function either—in fact, it's probably easier.
I, myself, love beautiful things. Nature, music that tugs at your heartstrings or is so honest you're just enraptured, experiences that heal. I meditate, I sing and am learning guitar, I love to draw. More specifically, here are some of my current interests:
I really want an intelligent friend with personality, a unique identity...who puts forth effort, who takes an interest in me—my goals and my life—just as I will do for them! Please send me a PM or chat message if you're interested. And you can check my previous posts/comments to learn more about me. Thank you.
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2020.11.28 00:19 PokingDogSnouts 30 [M4F] New Jersey — Sing a little, dream a little. 🌟

Hello, *squints down at paper* prospective friend who is taking the time to read my thoughts.
I'd like to open by thanking you for passing your eyes over these letters I've clinked out on my little laptop keyboard. They've traveled a long way to get to you.
What I'm looking for is somebody who is thoughtful, curious, and open-minded. Who possesses an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and art, and learning, and reading—fitting as much into their mental suitcase as they can cram (and believe me, it appears to hold a lot)!
Sometimes these things aren't easy. But with a friend beside you to motivate, encourage, and inspire you—suddenly, anything might become possible!
So if you're into history or the beautiful music of decades (and centuries) past, if you have any aspirations for creating as a method of changing the world for the better, if you're learning a new language (I'm learning Italian!), if you'd like to watch movies and play games together, if you'd like an accountability partner—or all of the above...please message me. I don't mind the chat function either—in fact, it's probably easier.
I, myself, love beautiful things. Nature, music that tugs at your heartstrings or is so honest you're just enraptured, experiences that heal. I meditate, I sing and am learning guitar, I love to draw. More specifically, here are some of my current interests:
I really want an intelligent friend with personality, a unique identity...who puts forth effort, who takes an interest in me—my goals and my life—just as I will do for them! Please send me a PM or chat message if you're interested. And you can check my previous posts/comments to learn more about me. Thank you.
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2020.11.28 00:18 PokingDogSnouts 30 [M4F] New Jersey — Sing a little, dream a little. 🌟

Hello, *squints down at paper* prospective friend who is taking the time to read my thoughts.
I'd like to open by thanking you for passing your eyes over these letters I've clinked out on my little laptop keyboard. They've traveled a long way to get to you.
What I'm looking for is somebody who is thoughtful, curious, and open-minded. Who possesses an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and art, and learning, and reading—fitting as much into their mental suitcase as they can cram (and believe me, it appears to hold a lot)!
Sometimes these things aren't easy. But with a friend beside you to motivate, encourage, and inspire you—suddenly, anything might become possible!
So if you're into history or the beautiful music of decades (and centuries) past, if you have any aspirations for creating as a method of changing the world for the better, if you're learning a new language (I'm learning Italian!), if you'd like to watch movies and play games together, if you'd like an accountability partner—or all of the above...please message me. I don't mind the chat function either—in fact, it's probably easier.
I, myself, love beautiful things. Nature, music that tugs at your heartstrings or is so honest you're just enraptured, experiences that heal. I meditate, I sing and am learning guitar, I love to draw. More specifically, here are some of my current interests:
I really want an intelligent friend with personality, a unique identity...who puts forth effort, who takes an interest in me—my goals and my life—just as I will do for them! Please send me a PM or chat message if you're interested. And you can check my previous posts/comments to learn more about me. Thank you.
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2020.11.25 11:18 iamgodandashamed I drink a lot

I DRINK A LOT
I was born in 1968

At first it may be because of a failed relationship with a neighbour because she hooked
up with my brother. On that what sort of person does that, seriously. I wasn't ready for
that. I have decided not to swear on here. I will also not give away names or businesses.
They could possibly work it out but I won't name anyone. I just want to tell my story.
Later it became more of I just want to forget. And sleep. I can't kill myself or hurt
myself.

Some more reasons are that I was bullied throughout my life. My stepfather abused me. My
real dad was an alcoholic. My mother was controlling from my 20's. When I met the
neighbour I was 21. My Mother kicked both my brother and I out if we didn't stop seeing
the neighbour. But then again the neighbour was a waste of space. Around the late 2000's
my mum actually wrote me a letter to say stop seeing a mutual friend.

Some local kids decided to throw condoms with water inside them because I was friends
with a gay guy. I knew he was gay. So what. But local kids thought it was wrong. They
were homophobic. I could really get them into trouble now with that. But why bother. I
really just drink so I will die soon hopefully. I have lost all hope for humanity.
They threw them at my car.

Anyways, after my abuse I still didn't work out my sexuality until probably 1994/1995.
I am not sure.

My father was an alcoholic and lost the family business early on in my life. My mum and
dad separated when I was 5. I remember little about my early childhood. Mainly things at
school. One home incident really stuck out early. I have a scar above my eye because a
steel ladder hit it. 5 stitches.

I am pretty sure my dad use to abuse my mum and gave us all the belt at one point. My
oldest brother acted out a lot and left when he was 16 I think.

After my parents separated I would visit my mum on weekends and holidays and see my
stepfather and his kids. Then in 1975 my mum and stepfather moved to another state.
Starting in December, 1978, I visited my mum and stepfather in the holidays staying
about 5 weeks. This happened in 1978,79,80,81. In June 1982 my dad had the accident and
I stayed with my mum for about 3 months.

Another incident was a German Shepard ( named that way at the time) attacked me when I
was walking home and I got some bad scratches and a lifetime fear of dogs. Found out
later the dog attacked someone else and was shot dead.

I am one of three brothers. The oldest is now dead from a heart attack but was an
alcoholic. Around April he started drinking heavily and was told not to drink again.
The second oldest now has cancer but was born with brain damage. He was the
brother that the neighbour dumped me for him. ( again yea who does that?) Me. I am an
alcoholic and had been abused, bullied, cheated on, lost a son to a girl who cheated on
me. Yea so life is great hey.

I worked out my sexuality in 1994? Maybe. Well in 2000 I moved to a big city and started
driving a taxi. I left a winery because the lead hand wouldn't stop pushing his ideas on
me. One of my last conversations to him was that I would kill him and bury him. I think
I got the point across.

In 1978, I had a weird conversation with my stepsister. She asked me how I masturbated.
I didn't at that point. 2 years later after my mum and stepfather met another couple,
some of my abuse started. Yes it was sexual. I can't say I was forced. I wanted to do
it. I know that doesn't make it right. Its just what happened. With one of the sons of
the other family some things happened. We visited a nudist camp and nudist beach. The
other family had 6 children. They were a blended family. The oldest was about 16. The 2
stepsisters were a year older then me. The 2 stepbrother's were my age. There was a
younger girl. About 3 years younger. In 1982 I had extra relations with the other
brother and both stepsisters. We were all about 14 and 15 when this happened.

Actually in 1982, my father had a bad accident. He was going to buy a bottle of sherry
from a pub. Apparently he said he did a u-turn and hit a tree.
Actually he hit the tree at speed. He claimed someone ran him off the road.
He hit that tree with such force that the car, a ht panel van, had a rounded dent in the
front that it was amazing he was still alive. He had broken ribs, broken legs, and
troubles with eating and other things. He couldn't walk properly afterwards. When I saw
him in hospital I fainted. It was horrific. So I went to live with my mom. When he
recovered I went back to him. He continued to drink. We moved from one city to a town
then to a beach town. At this point I was experimenting with wearing women's clothes.
And in the beach town I continued with meeting men.

In 1984 my father died. He couldn't eat properly. And still drank. I started stealing
things from 1982 and ended up spending 3 months in a detention centre in 1983 ( I think)
then had probation until age 18. When I left the centre I again run away but my children
services officer found me. Anyways. I stopped acting out and lost my father.

In 1981, I was in a school in grade 8 in a high school that I knew nearly everyone in
the school. 1982 year 9 I did it then had to continue year 9 in another school where I
was bullied. 1983 I had to repeat year 9 but when I was sentenced to 3 months prison
after stealing bicycles, a boat and tried to steel a car and succeeded in stealing my
dad's car and drove to a big city, my dad took me to the police. In the police interviews
they first tried to pin a lot of stuff on me and i played along until i got sick of the
righteous cop who thought i was some sort of crime wave. I wanted to leave school. One
of the best things I made friends with the strongest guy in that place. Funny thing I
remember when a yacht won for a small country. And a song about still standing. I made
a coffee table too.

After my father's funeral me and the second oldest brother returned to my mother's and
stepfather's place. A caravan with all of my toys and coffee table, my brother's models
and telescopes and clothes was stolen as well as school photos. The caravan was recovered
but nothing else. Who steals photos and toys?

2 incidents that happened about 8 years apart in 2 different states really affected me
badly. The day after my birthday in 1986 I picked up my car from the pub, saw some
friends, then drove home when I got to my turn I saw some police cars and an ambulance
and a car that looked like it was sideswiped. Turns out the driver who was killed was a
local popular girl and was pushing her car after running out of fuel. The drunk driver
lost his licence and not much else. I reckon he should have been locked up for murder.
Another 8 years or so in another state a local kid hopped into his classic car and headed
into town but a big 4wd driven by another drunk driver was headed towards him and
collided and killed him. The drunk driver got a slap on the hand. He, too should have
been put in jail for murder. 2 more wastes of spaces.

I want to tell my story to everyone for free. I don't want money. I am a unemployed carer
for my brother who has cancer. If anyone wants to donate, donate to a worthy cause of
your choosing.

In year 7 the teacher's kid was in his class and because of that I got the cane for
several times. Of course I would like to find that kid now and whip him but he is another
waste of space.

The principal was also a waste of space and at one time kept us all on the parade ground
where someone fainted from the heat. À girl at the school who I liked lied that she
liked me but was joking. I did see her again in 1989 maybe. The third bf of the
neighbour punched me because I started stalking her, oh yes I did stalk her but again
who the hell hooks up with my brother after dumping me.

That couple later was arrested for drugs and later left the area. A local drunk who
abused me for the following and stalking ended up getting run over and died. I thought
at least one waste of space is now dead.

A stupid idiot died. Good.

There were some great experiences from my childhood. Like a cat that was blind that I
called pinky. She was a white albino cat. She was probably blind.
She was the greatest pet I ever had. She had a litter in my dad's doctor's case. She
once followed me all the way to the local shop ( about 4 kms) and back but I had to
carry her the last few hundred yards. But as all great things it ended with tragedy. I
came home from school and couldn't find her. My dad said he found her after being
attacked by dogs, her back broken he had to put her out of her misery. I have never
since had a pet like her. I don't know what happened to the dogs, but another
reason I hate dogs.

Put it this way. If I had a gun and a dog walked up to me I would pull the trigger.

On my stepfather. Yes he abused me and another kid. His reputation could be ruined by
this. His paintings are hanging in a council office and a park is named after him. If
anyone thinks they should be changed then I will get that done. If not I will leave it.
My stepfather passed away in 2005 from a heart attack because he still smoked.

My mother was controlling. I think in the early 2000's I told my mum and stepfather
about a girl I was interested in. That didn't work out. I never told them any other
relationship again. I think I picked younger girls because I missed out on girls from
21 to 33. I met many girls from 2001 to 2019. Most were younger. Only one was older.
But they were always of legal age. I could never be an abuser. And I couldn't be with
a married woman either.

Some of the first girls were Aussie, but I soon moved to Asian ladies, even marrying a
Vietnamese girl so she could stay in Australia. It failed though cause she was too busy
making money as a hooker. She claimed she was a stripper but she would bring guys back
to the house. In 2010 I changed to mostly African girls. My last lady friend was
Hispanic.

A "gf" in 2017 to 2018 who I had a baby with who was still born because of her not
telling me that her water had broken. She also cheated on me. I don't know when it
started. Soon after leaving a job where I was bullied and treated like rubbish a guy
came to the house and she hoped I wasn't home. After some distinctive noises I did
leave. She wanted to have a second baby but after finding out she cheated I didn't want
to have another kid with her. Soon after we left the house and I went back to living in
my car.

Living in my car. Pretty sure I did this from December 2009. Anytime I had work in big
city. At one point I joined a gym so I could shower. Other times I went to swimming
pools. Later I found a truck service station that wouldn't mind who used the showers
as long as you bought something.  Actually some great meals and people at the
place. I couldn't really afford it but at least I wasn't paying rent.

Yes I am an alcoholic. I won't stop. I want to die. I am ashamed. If anyone wants to
stop me guess you will have to lock me up. In the world we have a megalomaniac who
wants to rule the world. We have minorities who are continually dying in custody. If
even one person doesn't do anything then nothing changes.

Met a lovely person in 2011. Things ended in 2012 when I left a Job to be with her. Job
later folded. Owners were another waste of space. But I loved this person. I know it
wouldn't have worked though. I was too old. If I had met her in, oh that wouldn't work
out. Let's just say if I was 20 years younger it would have been better.

I can only think of one woman who was my perfect match but that didn't work out. Or if
we were born in different times.

Pretty sure that I will never find true love or another job.

Thanks to the federal government for forgetting unemployed people over 35. Thanks
for one state government for blaming another government for closing state boarders
then recording more infections. And thanks to a waste of space.

Pandemic. Look at the numbers. One country has the most. This country never took
proper precautions. Their leader is another waste of space.

My new catch phrase. Another waste of space.

Jobs I left. 2 times at the winery. Firstly one couple couldn't work fast enough. I
know I am slow but this couple was retarded. Second time was because of that leading
hand. Driving taxis I just moved depots when I moved houses. In 2002 I worked for a guy
to deliver junk mail. He was another waste of space. I lived with him and his gf ( being
a friend of mine) I woke up one night to his swearing, actually turning out to be a
reminder to my dad.

I worked for a depot in 2008-09, because the mechanic thought it was funny to trap me
in the window. Guess what another waste of space.

I worked for a depot where the owner was a waste of space.

A dealership I worked for where I was bullied and that. Well everyone there was a waste
of space.

Oh yea bonus material. A girl and a cop tried to frame me for hitting her car. She
actually reversed into me. Her and parents ran a shop with adult videos and drugs. The
cop was involved. Anyways later on I heard he tried to pick up another girl and got his
brains blown out.

In that place before we moved I could get anything I wanted. For instance I could buy
a gun.

So should I keep drinking.

I also ran a few businesses of my own. And even one on an app. Again probably making
less then $10 an hour. More wastes of spaces.

Talk about slave labour. Even in this country they still want people to pick fruit
and be paid for weight. Again another waste of space.

From October 2018, after I left that house I would work up to 8 days then drive up to
the little country town and buy and cook dinner for my brother. Sometime in September
2019 I noticed my brother had a lump on his neck. He said he had it for awhile. I got
him to see a doctor and when he did she referred him to a ct scan. Then he referred to
an oncologist. He was diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Mum passed away in 2013 from cancer.

I moved all my stuff up to the house to care for my brother at the end of September.
Cook and shop and stuff. Drive him to his appointments. We have visited another town
which is 100kms away 26 times. My brother has had all of his treatments and all is good
for now.

I will no longer risk my brothers life now. I won't be meeting anyone for years.

Now to this year. I have almost paid off a big debt. Started in 1994/1995 with a
bankcard. Up to $13000. Paid it off in 2012 after my ute got written off. But then
made it again after the move to be with that girl. This year I also got the remainder
of me super. ( a stupid idea. Why not have your money now). Anyways bought some gadgets,
paid off debt and may have a road bike end of this year.

My body isn't too good. I am overweight and have high blood pressure. I had also
started smoking when I was 15 then gave up when I was 23. So at a later date I may
develop cancer as well. Do I want to know. Part of me does and my doctor has suggested
I find out via an x-ray. Part of me does not. We all die. I have now reached out to
see a psychologist to talk to someone about my mental health and life. But I also want
to tell my life story to my family, some day.

I stopped drinking the other day will now take it one day at a time. I know I have to be
here for my brother. After that I don't know.

Now my sleeping pattern is all over the place. Wake up at midnight after a few hours
sleep. Fall asleep around midday sleep til 8 pm. Then it changes again. Last night fell
asleep around 9pm and woke up at 4am. I hope it is all good now. Was thinking of drinking
again to make my sleep right but didn't.

We did have a memorial for my stillborn son and I named him after my stepfather. I don't
know why but it was the first name that came to mind. He is buried at a cemetery that I
have never visited. As far as I know there is no plaque. I will reach out to the cemetery
to find out if he has one.

I heard some wonderful news on sunday. I am drinking now. I am celebrating. I am an alcoholic.
In 2012 I stopped drinking for a few years. A few weeks ago I stopped drinking for a bit but
started again. I don't care if it kills me. A ducking dunt is still not gone from the usa
He should be removed.

Finally some good news. The ducking dunt didn't get enough votes. Now if he doesn't leave he
can be removed by the secret service. You will be able to guess who he is. I think he is
insane. My country is trying to get the country responsible for the pandemic to face some
sort of charges. That country has told my country to really think about what they are doing.
Probably a good idea not to pick on a very large country in terms of population.

Some things did happen in 1979. with that other family we did visit a nudist beach. In 1980
the other family purchased my stepfather's mothers' house after her passing. Then after
that we would visit the nudist camps. I cant remember much else that happened in 1979. At
one point some time early on i saw both my stepfather and mother naked. Probably was in
1978 now that I think of it the night I saw them was the same night my stepsister asked me
about how I masturbate.

I have found out where my son is buried. I checked some records from a council and found
out where he is and asked the council if he had a plaque. He doesn't so I am visiting the
cemetery soon and will get a plaque for him as soon as I can. He was light skin but still
be a person of colour if he lived, with all of the rascism that is still abundant in my
country. White people just don't know what it is like to be treated differently because
of the colour of your skin.

I had deleted some of these paragraphs but decided to reuse them. I dont want the world
to end. I just want my world to end.

My mum sent me a letter sometime in 1996 about my father having been abusive to her.
That's why she left him. I ran away to a big city for a year.

Going to get a gew more gadgets like a video camera to film my story to put up on
youtube using narrator to tell it. This is my life now. drinking to sleep and trying to
forget my life. I could of course stop drinking but where's the fun in that. I dont want
to live forever. I think the world will end soon. We have many countries that want to
start world war 3. Luckily the reign of a dictator has been ended. But i dont put it
past his stupid chrildren trying the same thing. I think the best solution is to kill
him and his entire family. That would save the world. But then again there is 7.8
billion people on earth. So why not end human life.

Actually I think all of the human races' problems are because of politicians. Lets
get rid of politicans if you want the human race to survive another 1000 years.

We have many websites where people scam other people, troll other people and
bascially treat other people very terribly. Why cant we stop these people. How
about get rid of the internet. It is not working. Many other things throughout
history has killed many people. Cigarettes, Alcohol, Coal, Oil and more that
without the world would be better off. There has been many wars too. Many
terriost actions and gun related crimes. One big country has a right to bear
arms. But they continue to have gun deaths and many other crimes. Get rid of
the guns. GET RID OF THE GUNS.

Remember hearing about a guy who actually shot his dad because his dad use
to beat his mother.

One last thing a stupid country voted in a complete dunt. And now there are
rumours you will vote in his daughter. What is wrong with these people??/?
???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

In 1997 a certain popular person died in a car accident. I was making my
style of picnic tables when I heard. It was a sad day.

About 2005 I was driving to big city to do some job that was supervising
taxi ranks. I would finish at 5 am drive halfway home to the country then
sleep in my car. Wake up and drive home. Sleep a bit more then drive back
to big city.

I have sent an earlier update to my stepfather's kids and a friend. I don't
think I will see them again. I want to actually remove the paintings, the
gravestones and the sign at the park.

Actually I think a certain polictical party in a big country is to blame
because they didn't want a woman in office so they put up a candidate so
fundimentally stupid and he was voted in and now with rising deaths in
the country and now they can't get rid of him.

Tell you what let's get rid of violent games. I like violent movies but
they should be stopped too. A great movie trailer I saw was for Tom &
Jerry. Yes it is violent but it is a cartoon. Why should we watch movies
about killing then not think it in real life.

From 2000 I used a chat program on yahoo until about to 2006. Then
changed to one called tagged. where I met most of the girls. Met a
couple through facebook too.

Loved seeing movies at the drive-in or cinema. Saw a few great movies
up until 1978. The next movie I saw at a cinema was in 1989. Missed out
on a lot of great movies. Though now I have a great collection of dvd's,
CD's, records, tapes and videotapes. And Books.
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2020.11.24 15:18 RubySmith1 Christian Preaching: How Can We Be Free From Sin?

Christian Preaching: How Can We Be Free From Sin?
The Lord Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the son stays ever” (John 8: 34–35). The Lord’s words tell us that if people cannot rid themselves of the bondage and shackles of sin, and they continue to commit sins, then they are the servants of sin and shall never enter the kingdom of God. Reading this passage of Scripture, many faithful brothers and sisters will think of how they sin in the day only to confess at night, and so they will worry that they live in sin and cannot enter the kingdom of God, and they will be anguished in their hearts. They believe in the Lord, so why can’t they rid of themselves of sin? Just how can we rid ourselves of the shackles of sin? We will now fellowship on this aspect of the truth.

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Why Are We Unable to Get Rid of Sin in Our Faith in the Lord?

When it comes to the question of why we believe in the Lord yet are unable to rid ourselves of sin, let us first read this passage of God’s words: “For all that man may have been redeemed and forgiven of his sins, it can only be considered as God not remembering the transgressions of man and not treating man in accordance with his transgressions. However, when man, who lives in a body of flesh, has not been set free from sin, he can only continue to sin, endlessly revealing his corrupt satanic disposition. This is the life that man leads, an endless cycle of sinning and being forgiven. The majority of mankind sin in the day only to confess in the evening. This way, even though the sin offering is forever effective for man, it will not be able to save man from sin. Only half the work of salvation has been completed, for man still has a corrupt disposition …” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words show us that though we have undergone the redemption of the Lord Jesus and our sins have been forgiven, and though, after sinning, we pray, confess and repent to the Lord and the Lord no longer looks upon us as sinners, our sinful natures continue to exist; we are still liable to often sin, to expose our corrupt dispositions, and to live in sin in the day only to confess at night. For example, when other people say or do something that harms our own interests, we hate them; we know full well that God loves those who are honest, yet we often lie and cheat for the sake of our own interests; when blessed by God, we constantly thank God; when beset by disaster, we begin to grumble about God, and we might even rail against God, openly hurling invective at Him. And so it can be seen that although our sins have been forgiven, the corrupt dispositions within us have not been cleansed, for what the Lord Jesus did was the work of crucifixion and mankind’s redemption, not the work of thoroughly cleansing and saving man. We have been corrupted by Satan for thousands of years and our satanic dispositions are firmly rooted within our natures. Arrogance, conceitedness, selfishness, ignobility, treacherousness, craftiness, lies, deceit, envious disputes, malevolence, viciousness, hatred of the truth, and hostility to God—all of these are more intransigent than sin and can make people directly oppose God. If these root causes are not addressed, then we will sin today and likewise sin tomorrow, utterly incapable of getting rid of the bonds and constraints of sin.

How Can Christians Rid Themselves of Sin?

So just how can we fully rid ourselves of the shackles of sin? The Lord Jesus prophesied, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13). “And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47–48).
God’s words also say, “Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to become the sin offering and bear the sins of man, but it also required God to do even greater work to rid man completely of his satanically corrupted disposition. And so, now that man has been forgiven of his sins, God has returned to the flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment. This work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and they shall gain the truth, the way, and the life” (Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh).
The words of God tell us that God shall return in the last days to speak His words and perform the work of judgment, utterly resolving man’s corrupt dispositions and saving him from sin. Today, the Lord Jesus has returned in the flesh as Almighty God incarnate. Upon the basis of the Lord Jesus’ work of redemption, Almighty God has carried out a stage of His work, that of judgment beginning in the house of God. He has expressed all truths for the cleansing and salvation of mankind, resolving our sinful natures from the root up and enabling us to understand the truth, rid ourselves of sin, cease to commit sin and oppose God, and become people who obey and revere God, at which time we are truly gained by God. Only when we accept Almighty God’s work of judgment of the last days will we have the chance to rid ourselves of our corrupt dispositions and be cleansed.

How Does God Cleanse and Judge Man?

So just how does Almighty God of the last days perform the work of judgment to cleanse and save man, enabling man to free himself from sin? Let us read another passage of Almighty God’s words. Almighty God says, “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, to expose the essence of man, and to dissect the words and deeds of man. 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 normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, the words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan, and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth of which man is utterly bereft. Only methods such as these can be called judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God**” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
At the mention of the work of judgment, some people may think: Is judgment not condemnation by God? How could one then still be saved by God? That we have such thoughts is because we do not know God’s work of judgment in the last days. God’s words tell us that the work of judgment performed by Almighty God in the last days is chiefly the expression of the truth to judge and cleanse man, thereby allowing us, from the revelations of God’s words, to recognize our own corrupt dispositions and behold the factual truth of our corruption at the hands of Satan. God’s words are like a two-edged sword; when we read God’s words, it is as if He is judging and exposing us face-to-face, allowing us to recognize our own satanic corrupt dispositions, dispositions that are arrogant, conceited, selfish, ignoble, treacherous, crafty, greedy and evil. When we start believing in the Lord, for example, we enjoy the Lord’s grace, there is peace and joy in our hearts, and particularly after we see the blessings and promises given to us by the Lord, we become even more passionate in expending ourselves for Him. We never miss a gathering or skip reading Scripture; we often support brothers and sisters who are weak, spreading the gospel everywhere we go, persevering in our devotion and charity, trusting that if we expend ourselves thus, the Lord will ensure that everything goes safely and smoothly for us, and that afterward we will be able to enter the heavenly kingdom and gain eternal life. But when misfortune befalls us, when the Lord does not watch over us and protect us, we regret how we expended ourselves for the Lord before, and even start to blame God in our hearts. When we have accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days, we see that He says, “These days, most people are in this sort of state: ‘In order to gain blessings, I must expend myself for God and pay a price for Him. In order to gain blessings, I must abandon everything for God; I must complete what He has entrusted me with, and perform my duty well.’ This is dominated by the intention of being blessed; this is an example of expending oneself entirely for the purpose of gaining God’s rewards, for gaining the crown …” (“How to Take the Path of Peter” in Records of Christ’s Talks). “Man’s relationship with God is merely one of naked self-interest. It is a relationship between a receiver and a giver of blessings. To put it plainly, it is akin to the relationship between employee and employer. The employee works only to receive the rewards bestowed by the employer. There is no affection in such a relationship, only transaction. There is no loving or being loved, only charity and mercy. There is no understanding, only suppressed indignation and deception. There is no intimacy, only an uncrossable chasm” (“Man Can Only Be Saved Amidst God’s Management” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
The words of Almighty God get straight to the point in exposing the erroneous motivations and perspectives of our faith in God. Only through reflecting on ourselves do we realize that we are not working hard out of our love for God and because we wish to satisfy God; instead, we are looking to expend ourselves in exchange for the blessings and promises of God—our good behavior and actions are only to achieve our own goals. At such times, we see how selfish and ignoble our natures are. We live by the satanic law of, “Every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost”; everything we do is for our own profit, and even when we expend ourselves a little in our faith in God, this, too, is to gain benefits and blessings from God. We want to exchange some minor expenditure for great blessings, and we seek to gain a hundredfold in this life and to gain eternal life in the world to come. We do not at all expend ourselves in order to perform our duty as created beings and repay God’s love. When our own intents and desires are unfulfilled, we can become negative, complain, rebel against and oppose God. When we see how filthy and corrupt we are, that we are bereft of conscience and reason and totally unfit to receive the rewards and blessings of God, in our hearts we feel regret and self-recrimination. We despise ourselves, and are compelled to fall before God to confess our sins, hoping to begin anew, willing to expend ourselves for God, and no longer asking for anything in return. Through experiencing the judgment and chastisement of God, we come to recognize our own satanic dispositions, and we see that God despises the sins of man. We see that wherever there is filthiness, there is the judgment of God, and we come to know God’s holy substance and His righteous, inviolable disposition, and thus a God-fearing heart is born in us. Under the guidance of God’s words, we gradually come to understand the will and requirements of God, we stand fast in the position of a created being to perform a little of the duty of man, there is less and less of a transaction in our involvement with God, our relationship with Him becomes closer and closer, our corrupt dispositions undergo some change, and we ultimately live out the semblance of a true human being.
That we have been able to change as we have today is entirely the effect achieved in us by Almighty God’s work of judgment. All who have experienced Almighty God’s judgment and chastisement in the last days and who truly love the truth, after several years they clearly see a change and reap a harvest; in their hearts, they are able to sense just how great God’s love for man is and how great His salvation of man is, and they come to have a profound appreciation of how real the work of God is. They perceive that only the judgment and chastisement of God is the truest salvation, and that only by accepting Almighty God’s work of the last days and experiencing the judgment and chastisement of God, can they be cleansed and changed—this is the only path by which we can rid ourselves of sin.
Editor’s Note: Has this fellowship solved your confusion? Have you found in this fellowship the path to ridding yourself of sin? If you feel this has been of help to you, keep an eye on this website and we’ll continue to update it with new content. If someone you know is just as confused as you, please share this article with them. If you have any questions or difficulties, feel free to contact us at any time, and we can look into them and seek together!
Finally, we’d like to recommend several films: The True Light Appears, True Repentance, and An Officer’s Repentance. From these films, you can learn how Christians truly repent and change after experiencing the judgment of God. We hope they will be of help to you!
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2020.11.24 07:08 Kate-Laurence 4 Points on How to Draw Near to God

4 Points on How to Draw Near to God
By Xiaomo
The Bible says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). As Christians, only by drawing closer to God and having real interaction with God can we maintain a normal relationship with God and obtain the work of the Holy Spirit. It’s clear that whether we are able to maintain a normal relationship with God is directly related to the incredibly important issues of whether we can gain God’s approval. So how exactly can we maintain a close relationship with God? We need only to grasp the four points below, and our relationship with God will definitely become closer.
1. Pray to God With an Honest Heart and Be Moved by the Holy Spirit
Prayer is the channel through which we communicate with God. Through prayer, our hearts are better able to become quiet before God, to contemplate God’s word, to seek God’s will and to establish a normal relationship with God. But in life, because we are busy with work or household chores, we can often just go through the motions in prayer, and we just treat God perfunctorily by saying a few absent-minded words. When we are busy first thing in the morning, for example, going to work or busying ourselves with something else, we pray in a hurry: “O God! I entrust today’s work into Your hands, and I entrust You with my children and my parents. I entrust everything into Your hands, and I ask You to bless me and protect me. Amen!” We treat God perfunctorily by saying a few random words. Our hearts are not quiet, much less do we have any real interaction with God. Sometimes, we say some pleasant-sounding words, and some empty, boastful words to God in prayer, and we do not say to God what is in our hearts. Or sometimes, when we pray, we recite certain words by heart, and we say those same, stale old words every time, and this becomes totally a prayer of a religious ritual. Many prayers like this are spoken in our lives—prayers which cling to rules, and prayers in which we do not open our hearts to God nor seek God’s will. God hates it when we say prayers without really meaning any of it, because this kind of prayer pertains only to outward appearance and religious ritual, and there is no real interaction with God in our spirit. People who pray like this are treating God perfunctorily and are deceiving God. Therefore, prayers like this are not heard by God and it becomes very hard for people who pray this way to be moved by the Holy Spirit. When they pray like this, they are unable to feel God’s presence, their spirits are dark and weak, and their relationship with God becomes more and more distant.
The Lord Jesus said: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God is the Creator who fills all of heaven and earth. He is beside us at all times, watching our every word and action, our every thought and idea. God is supreme, utterly dignified, and when we pray to God, we worship God, and we must come before God with an honest heart. Therefore, when we pray to God, we must have a God-fearing heart, speak sincerely and truthfully to God, bring our real states, our difficulties and our hardships before God and tell Him about them, and we must seek God’s will and seek the path of practice, for only in this way will our prayers conform to God’s will. For example, we encounter some difficulties in life, or we see ourselves living in a situation whereby we are constantly sinning and confessing, and we feel tormented. And so, we open our hearts to God, tell God about these problems and seek God’s will, and God will see our sincerity and He will move us. He will give us faith, or He will enlighten us to understand His will. In this way, we come to understand the truth and to have a way forward. For example, when we truly recognize that our prayers just cling to rules and are just spoken as a formality, or we speak boastfully or emptily, and we are not having any real interaction with God, we can then pray in this way: “O God! When I prayed before, I was just treating You perfunctorily. Everything I said was said to cheat You and I was not speaking sincerely at all; I feel so indebted to You. From this day forth, I wish to pray with my heart. I will say to You whatever I think in my heart, and I will worship You with an honest heart, and ask for Your guidance.” When we open up to God like this from the bottom of our hearts, our hearts are then moved. We then see how much we have rebelled against God, and we wish even more to truly repent to God and to speak sincerely to Him. At this time, we will feel that our relationship with God is extremely close, as though we are face-to-face with Him. This is the result of opening our hearts to God.
Opening our hearts to God has nothing to do with how much we say to Him, or whether or not we use flamboyant words or fancy language. As long as we open our hearts to God and tell Him about our true state, seek His guidance and enlightenment, then God will listen to us even if we only say a few simple words. When we draw near to God frequently in this way, whether it be at gatherings or during spiritual devotion, or when we are walking down the street or sitting on the bus or at work, our hearts will always be silently opening up to God in prayer. Without being aware of it, our hearts can then become quiet before God even more, we will understand more of God’s will and, when we encounter issues, we will know how to practice the truth to satisfy God. In this way, our relationship with God will become much more normal.
2. When Reading God’s Words, Contemplate Them With Your Heart and You Will Understand Their True Meaning
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Christians practice spiritual devotions and read God’s words every day. How can we read God’s words in a way that both achieves good results and that can enable our relationship with God to become closer? God’s word says: “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” (“It Is Very Important to Establish a Proper Relationship With God”). God’s words tell us that, when we read His words, we must contemplate them and go seeking with our hearts, we must obtain the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, and we must understand God’s will and what He requires of us. Only by reading God’s words in this way will our efforts bear fruit and we will draw near to God. When we read God’s words, if we just give them a passing glance without really paying attention, if we only focus on understanding some letters and doctrines in order to show ourselves off and we pay no attention to understanding the true meaning of God’s words, then no matter how much we read His words, we will not conform to His will, much less will we be capable of establishing a normal relationship with God.
Therefore, when we read God’s words, we must quieten our hearts and use our hearts to ponder why God says such things, what God’s will is and what results God wants to achieve with us by saying such things. Only by deeply contemplating His words in this way can we understand God’s will and be more after His heart, and our relationship with God will become increasingly normal. For example, we see that the Lord Jesus says: “Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). We can all understand the superficial meaning of this statement, that God wishes for us to become honest people. But issues such as the significance of being an honest person, why God loves honest people and how exactly to become an honest person, are issues that we should contemplate more deeply. Through pray-reading and contemplating God’s words, we then understand that God’s essence is faithful, and that there is no falsehood or deception in anything God says or does, and therefore God loves honest people and hates deceitful people. God requires that we must become honest people, for only by becoming honest people in accordance with God’s requirements can we be led by God into His kingdom. So how exactly do we become honest people? Firstly, we are not to speak lies, but we must be pure and open and say what is in our hearts; secondly, we must not act deceitfully, we must be able to forsake our own interests, and cheat neither God nor man; thirdly, there must be no deception in our hearts, there must be no personal motive or aim in our actions, but instead we should act only to practice the truth and satisfy God. After this light has been achieved through contemplation, we reflect on our actions and behavior and we then see that we still possess many expressions of deceit: When we are dealing with other people, we often cannot stop ourselves from lying or cheating in order to safeguard our own interests, reputation and status. When we expend ourselves for God, we may say in prayer that we wish to love God and satisfy God, but when trials befall us, such as our child gets sick or either we ourselves or a family member loses their job, we immediately start complaining to God, so much so that we want to give up our work in the church; in this, we can see that we expend ourselves for God in a way that is tainted, and in a way whereby we make deals with God. We expend ourselves for God in order to profit from God, and not purely to satisfy God. These are just some examples of our expressions of deceit. From these expressions, we can see that we are not really honest people. Once we see clearly our own shortcomings and deficiencies, the resolve arises within us to thirst for the truth and we seek to practice God’s words more in our lives. This is the result achieved by contemplating God’s words.
Of course, this result cannot be achieved by contemplating God’s words once, but rather through contemplating His words many times. Also, we must consciously practice God’s words whenever we encounter issues. In short, as long as we unremittingly contemplate God’s words with our hearts in this way, we will then be able to obtain the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit. One day, we will gain some new light, and the next day we will gain a little more new light and, over time, we will be able to understand more about the truth in God’s words, the path of practice will become clearer, our lives will make gradual progress, and our relationship with God will become closer and closer.
3. Seek the Truth and Practice God’s Word in All Things
The most crucial things for Christians to maintain a normal relationship with God is to seek the truth when they encounter issues and to practice in accordance with His word. But in life, when we encounter issues, we often rely on our own experiences or we employ human means to handle them, or we deal with them according to our own preferences. We very seldom quieten ourselves before God and seek the truth, or deal with the issue in accordance with God’s will. This causes us to lose many opportunities to practice the truth, and we grow further and further away from God. God’s word says, “No matter what you are doing, no matter how big the matter is, and regardless of whether you are fulfilling your duty in God’s family, or whether it is your private matter, you must consider whether this matter conforms with God’s will, and whether this matter is something a person with humanity should do. If you seek the truth in everything this way, then you are a person who truly believes in God” (“Seeking God’s Will Is for the Sake of Practicing the Truth”). “If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed” (John 8:31). God’s words show us a clear path. Whether we are doing work in the church or handling issues that we have encountered in our lives, we must always seek the truth and understand God’s will, see how to handle the matter in a way that meets God’s requirements, use the truth to resolve all the problems we may encounter and maintain our normal relationship with God.
Take how we should seek the truth when we choose our spouse, for example. When we are looking for a partner, we always go by our own preferences and focus on the person’s outward appearance and temperament, and we look for a tall, rich, handsome man, or a fair-skinned, rich, beautiful lady, believing that we will only have a happy marriage if we marry someone like that, and that we will live lives of physical ease, comfort and pleasure, and others will be envious of us. However, do we ever wonder whether finding a partner like that is beneficial to our belief in God and to our life progression? If our partner does not believe in God and they try to stop us from believing in God, what will the outcome be? The Bible says, “Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14). From this, we can see that the aspirations of believers and unbelievers do not go together and are not suited to each other. In their approaches to faith and social trends, they will each have their own views and will pursue different things: A Christian will want to follow the way of fearing God and shunning evil, whereas an unbeliever will want to follow the evil trends of the world. When we are united with an unbeliever, we will necessarily be influenced by them, and our life progression will be held back. Therefore, when choosing a partner, we must take the person’s humanity and character into consideration and consider whether or not associating with them will benefit our belief in God, whether or not we are both on the same wavelength, and whether or not our aspirations are in accord. If we do not consider these things, but just focus solely on the person’s outward appearance and their family situation, then, after we are married, pain will come because we are not on the same wavelength. If our partner also tries to coerce us and stop us from believing in God, then this will ruin our spiritual lives even more. It can therefore be seen that, no matter what issue we may encounter in our lives, only by seeking the truth, grasping God’s will and acting in accordance with God’s will can we live under God’s care and protection, and only in that way can we maintain our normal relationship with God.
4. Come Before God and Reflect on Yourself Every Day, and Maintain Your Close Relationship With God
Jehovah God said: “Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:7). From God’s words, we can see that reflecting on ourselves is so necessary for our life entry! Through reflection, we can see that we have so many shortcomings and that we fall way too short of God’s required criteria. The motivation to pursue the truth therefore arises in us, we resolve to forsake our flesh and we do our utmost to practice in accordance with God’s word. In this way, we take heed to act in accordance with God’s requirements in our practical experiences, we practice God’s word, and our relationship with God becomes increasingly normal. For example, those of us who serve as leaders in the church see that it says in the Bible: “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2–3). Therefore, we should engage in self-reflection when we are shepherding our brothers and sisters, and ask ourselves: Are we taking care to testify to the Lord’s words and to His will, and leading our brothers and sisters before God, or are we saying high-sounding, meaningless things when we give sermons in order to show off, and preaching letters and doctrines to make our brothers and sisters worship us and look up to us? When brothers and sisters make reasonable suggestions to us, do we reflect on our own problems or do we refuse to accept their suggestions, to the point where we even make excuses and try to vindicate ourselves? Through self-reflection, we can see that there are still many areas in our service to God in which we are rebellious, and that we still possess many corrupt dispositions that require us to persistently seek the truth in order for them to be resolved. In this way, we can conduct ourselves humbly, we can seek God’s will more in our work, and we can lead our brothers and sisters in accordance with God’s requirements. If we are unable to frequently come before God and reflect on ourselves, then we will fail to recognize our own corruptions and shortcomings and will still believe ourselves to be people in pursuit of the truth. We will therefore be content with standing still and will refuse to make any further progress, and we will become more and more arrogant and self-righteous, believing ourselves to be after God’s heart. In actual fact, however, our actions and behavior will be unacceptable to God, and God will detest us. It can therefore be seen that frequently engaging in self-reflection is very important and that one’s practice of the truth is built upon the foundation of knowing oneself. Only by having true knowledge of one’s own corruptions and shortcomings can remorse then arise, and one will then become willing to pursue the truth and practice God’s words. Self-reflection is so very beneficial to our life progression, and it is the indispensable key to us drawing near to God.
There are many ways to reflect on ourselves: We can reflect on ourselves in the light of God’s words; we can reflect on ourselves in the mistakes that we make in our daily lives; others pointing out our shortcomings and corruptions is even more so an excellent opportunity to reflect on ourselves; furthermore, when we see the mistakes made by those around us, we can also reflect on ourselves, take their mistakes as a warning, learn the lessons and be benefited by them, and so on. Self-reflection is not limited to the daytime or the nighttime. At any time and in any place, we can pray to God in our hearts, reflect on and know our own corruptions, and we can seek God’s will and requirements within His words, and repent in time. However, before we go to bed each night, we should reflect on and summarize all that we did that day, and we will then be able to have a clearer grasp of our states and know what things we have not yet got right. Once we start doing this, our pursuit will be more directional and will be more beneficial to establishing a normal relationship with God.
Brothers and sisters, the four points above are the path of practice for us to draw near to God. As long as we put these points into practice, then our relationship with God will become closer, we will have a path of practice with issues we encounter, and God will bestow on us peace and joy and will enable us to live in His blessings. So, why don’t we start right now?
Source From: Gospel of The Descent of The Kingdom
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2020.11.22 14:04 NicoKunde The Life Force That Can Never Be Extinguished

Christian Testimonies The Life Force That Can Never Be Extinguished
By Dong Mei, Henan Province
I am an ordinary person who lived a run-of-the-mill life. Like many who yearn for the light, I tried lots of ways to search for the true meaning of human existence, so that my life could have more meaning. In the end, all my efforts were in vain. But after I was fortunate enough to accept ’s work of the last days, miraculous changes occurred in my life. It brought more color to my life, and I came to understand that only God is the true Provider of people’s spirits and lives, and only God’s words contain the true meaning of human life. I was glad that I had finally found the right path in life. However, whilst performing my duty one day, I was illegally arrested and brutally tortured by the CCP government. Thereafter, I underwent a life experience that will forever be etched into my life’s journey …
One day in December 2011 at around 7 a.m., another church leader and I were carrying out inventory on church assets when more than ten police officers suddenly burst through the door. One of these evil police rushed up to us and shouted, “Don’t move!” Seeing what was happening, my head reeled. In my mind I thought, “This is bad—the church is going to lose a lot of assets.” Next, the evil police searched us like bandits carrying out a robbery. They also ransacked each room, turning them upside down in short order. In the end, they found some property belonging to the church, three bank cards, deposit receipts, computers, mobile phones, and so on. They confiscated all of them, then took me, the other church leader and two others to the police station.
In the afternoon, the evil police brought in another three sisters that they’d arrested. They shut the seven of us in a room and didn’t let us speak, nor did they let us sleep when night fell. Seeing the sisters shut in with me, and thinking of how much money the church had lost, I was beside myself with anxiety. All I could do was urgently pray to God: “O God! Now that this situation has befallen me, I don’t know what to do. Please protect my heart and keep it calm.” After praying, I thought of God’s words: “Do not be afraid—when things like this happen in the church, they happen with My permission. Stand and speak on My behalf. Have faith that all things and matters are permitted by My throne and contain My intentions within them” (“Chapter 41” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “You should know that all things in the environment around you are there by My permission, I arrange it all. See clearly and satisfy My heart in the environment I have given to you” (“Chapter 26” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words quelled the panic in my heart. I realized that, today, this environment had befallen me with God’s permission, and that the time had come when God was asking me to bear testimony for Him. Having understood God’s will**, I prayed to God and said: “O God! I wish to obey Your orchestrations and arrangements, and to stand firm in my testimony to You—but I am of small stature, and I ask that You give me faith and strength, and protect me so that I may stand firm.”**
The next morning, they split us up and interrogated us. One of the evil police said proudly, “I know you’re a church leader. We’ve been monitoring you guys for five months. …” When I heard him describe in detail everything they’d done to monitor me, a shiver ran down my spine. In my mind I thought, “The CCP government really puts a lot of groundwork into arresting us. Since they already know I’m a church leader, there’s no way they’re going to let me go.” I immediately made a resolution before God: I’d rather die than betray God and be a Judas. Seeing that their questioning wasn’t yielding any results, they assigned someone to watch me and not let me sleep.
During the third day’s interrogation, the chief of the evil police turned on a computer and made me read materials vilifying God. Seeing that I was unmoved, he next questioned me closely about the church’s finances. I turned my head to one side and ignored him. This made him so angry he started swearing. “It doesn’t matter if you don’t say anything—we can detain you indefinitely, and torture you whenever we want,” he threatened fiercely. In the middle of that night, the police began their torture. They pulled one of my hands over my shoulder and wrenched it downward, and lifted the other up behind my back. Pressing against my back with their feet, they forcefully handcuffed both wrists together. It hurt so much that I screamed in pain—the bones and flesh in my shoulders felt like they were going to be ripped apart. I could only kneel motionless with my head on the floor. I thought my screams would make them ease up on me, but instead they inserted a teacup between my cuffed hands and my back, which redoubled the pain. The bones in my upper body felt like they’d been snapped in half. It hurt so much I didn’t dare breathe out and cold sweat poured down my face. Just as I felt I could bear the pain no longer, one of the evil police took this chance to say to me, “Just give us a name and we’ll let you go straight away.” At that moment, I called out to God to protect my heart, and I immediately thought of a hymn: “God incarnate suffers, how much more should I, a corrupt person! Should I yield to dark powers, how would I see God? When I remember Your words, they make me long for You. Whenever I see Your face, I fill with guilt and respect. How could I abandon You, seeking so-called freedom? Ready to suffer, to repay Your hurt heart” (“Awaiting God’s Good News” in Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs). “Yes,” I thought. “Christ is the holy and righteous God. He incarnated in the flesh and came to earth to deliver salvation to thoroughly corrupted mankind. For some time now, He has been persecuted and hunted by the CCP government and has been opposed and condemned by mankind. God should never have had to suffer in this way, but He quietly endures all of this to save us.” So, upon reflection, I saw that I was suffering now in order to gain salvation—I should be put through this suffering. If I yielded to Satan because I couldn’t bear the pain, how could I face God ever again? Thinking this gave me strength, and I grew unyielding once more. The evil police tormented me for about an hour. When they undid the handcuffs, my whole body collapsed limply to the ground. “If you don’t talk, we’ll do it again!” they shouted at me. I looked at them and said nothing. My heart was filled with hate for these evil police. One of them stepped up to put the handcuffs on again. Thinking of the excruciating pain I had just suffered, I kept on praying to God in my heart. To my surprise, when he tried to pull my arms behind my back, he couldn’t move them. My arms didn’t hurt too much, either. He was trying so hard his whole head was covered with sweat—but he still couldn’t get the cuffs on. “You’re pretty strong!” he huffed angrily. I knew that this was God caring for me, and that God was giving me strength. Thanks be to God!
Making it to daybreak was hard. I still felt traumatized when I thought about how the evil police had tortured me. They had also threatened me, telling me that if I said nothing, they’d have to take me deep into the mountains and execute me, and that, afterward, when they arrested other believers, they’d say I sold out the church—they’d blacken my name, and make the other brothers and sisters of the church hate and renounce me. Imagining that, my heart was swamped with waves of desolation and helplessness. I found myself feeling timid and weak. In my mind I thought: “I’m better off dying. That way I won’t be a Judas and betray God, nor will I be renounced by my brothers and sisters. I’ll also avoid the pain of torture of the flesh.” So I waited until the evil police who were guarding me weren’t paying attention, and then I smashed my head hard against the wall—but all that happened was that my head swam; I didn’t die. At that moment, God’s words enlightened me from within: “When others misinterpret you, you are able to pray to God and say: ‘O God! I do not ask that others tolerate me or treat me well, nor that they understand or approve of me. I only ask that I may be able to love You in my heart, that I may be at ease in my heart, and that my conscience may be clear. I do not ask that others commend me, or hold me in high regard; I only seek to satisfy You from my heart …’” (“Only by Experiencing Refinement Can Man Possess True Love” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words drove out the gloom from my heart. “Yes,” I thought. “God sees people’s innermost hearts. If the police frame me, even if the other brothers and sisters really misunderstand and renounce me because they don’t know what actually happened, I trust that God’s intentions are good; God is testing my faith and my love for Him, and I should seek to satisfy God.” Having seen through the devil’s cunning schemes, I suddenly felt embarrassed and ashamed. I saw that my faith in God was too small. I had been unable to stand firm after suffering a little pain, and had thought to escape and avoid God’s orchestrations through death. The evil police’s aim in threatening me in this way was to make me turn my back on God. And if not for God’s protection, I would have fallen for their cunning scheme. As I pondered God’s words, my heart was filled with light. I no longer wanted to die, but to live well, and to use what I lived out in reality to bear testimony to God and bring shame upon Satan.
The two evil policemen tasked with guarding me asked why I had hit my head against the wall. I said because the other policemen had beaten me. “We primarily work through education. Don’t worry—I won’t let them hit you again,” one of them said with a smile. Hearing his words of comfort, I thought: “These two aren’t bad. Since I was arrested, they’ve been quite nice to me.” With that, I relaxed my guard. But at that moment, God’s words flashed into my heart: “At all times, My people must be on guard against the cunning schemes of Satan, protecting the gate of My house for Me…, which will stop you falling into Satan’s trap, at which time it will be too late for regrets” (“Chapter 3” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words provided a timely reminder to me, showing me that the devil’s cunning schemes are many, and I should be on guard against these demons at all times. Little did I expect that they would soon reveal their true colors. One of the evil police began to slander God, while the other sat beside me patting my leg, leering at me and asking about the church’s finances. In the evening, seeing I was dozing off, he started groping my chest. Seeing them reveal their true faces, I was filled with indignation. Only now did I see the supposed “People’s Police” were nothing more than hooligans and bullies. They were actually capable of doing such despicable, nasty things! As a result, I could only urgently pray to God to protect me from their harm.
Over the next few days, the evil police not only questioned me closely about the church, but also took turns keeping watch over me and preventing me from falling asleep. Afterward, seeing that I’d given them nothing, the two evil policemen interrogating me grew furious. One of them laid into me, slapping me across the face, hitting me who knows how many times. My face smarted, began to swell up, and in the end grew so numb I couldn’t feel anything. Because their questions had yielded nothing from me, one evening the chief of the evil police screamed at me and said, “You need to start opening your mouth. You’re testing my damn patience—I don’t believe there’s nothing we can do with you. I’ve met many people much tougher than you. If we’re not harsh on you, there’s no way you’ll submit, damn you!” He gave the order and several of the evil police started torturing me. In the evening, the interrogation room was gloomy and terrifying—I felt like I was in hell. They ordered me to squat on the ground and place my shackled hands over my feet. Next, they inserted a wooden baton between the crooks of my arms and behind my knees, forcing my whole body to curl up. They then lifted up the baton and rested it between two tables, leaving my whole body hanging in the air with my head upside down. The moment they hoisted me up, my head went dizzy and I found it hard to breathe. It felt like I was suffocating. Because I was suspended in the air upside down, all my weight was hanging off my wrists. At the beginning, to stop the handcuffs cutting into my flesh, I clutched my hands tightly together, curled up my body, and tried my hardest to stay in that position. But my strength slowly ebbed away. My hands slid from my ankles to my knees, and the handcuffs cut deep into my flesh, leaving me in excruciating pain. After hanging like this for about half an hour, it felt like all the blood in my body had pooled in my head. The painful distension in my head and eyes made it feel like they were going to explode. Deep cuts had been gouged into my wrists, and my hands were so swollen they looked like two loaves of bread. I felt I was on the verge of death. “I can’t take any more, take me down!” I shouted desperately. “No one can save you but yourself. Just tell us a name and we’ll let you down,” said one of the evil police officers viciously. In the end, they saw I really was in trouble and took me down. They fed me some glucose syrup and started questioning me again. I lay limp as mud on the ground, my eyes squeezed tightly shut, paying them no heed. Unexpectedly, the evil police hoisted me into the air once again. Without the strength to hold on with my hands, I had no choice but to let the handcuffs embed themselves in my wrists, the serrated edges sawing into my flesh. At that moment, it hurt so much I let out a heartrending scream. I didn’t have the strength to keep fighting and my breathing had grown extremely shallow. It seemed like time had stopped. I felt like I was teetering on the verge of death. Thinking that this time I really was going to die, I wanted to tell God the words in my heart before my life ended: “O God! At this moment, when I really am on the verge of death, I feel afraid—but even if I do die tonight, I shall still praise Your righteousness. O God! In my brief life’s journey, I thank You for choosing me to return home from this world of sin, stopping me from wandering, and allowing me to ever live in Your warm embrace. O God, I have enjoyed so much of Your love—and yet only now, when my life is about to end, do I realize that I haven’t cherished Your love. Many times have I made You sad and disappointed; I am like a naive child who knows only to enjoy its mother’s love, yet has never thought to pay it back. Only now that I am about to lose my life do I understand that I must cherish Your love, and only now do I regret having missed so many good times. Now, what I regret most is that I have been unable to do anything for You and I owe You so much, and if I can still live, I will certainly do my best to perform my duty, to make up for what I owe You. At this moment, I ask only that You give me strength, so that I may fear death no longer, and face death with fortitude….” My tears fell, one after another, trickling down my forehead. The night was frighteningly quiet. The only sound was the clock ticking, as if counting down the seconds that remained of my life. It was then that something miraculous happened: It felt as if warm sunlight was shining upon me, and I slowly stopped feeling the pain in my body. God’s words reverberated through my mind: “From the moment you come crying into this world, you begin to fulfill your duty. Performing your role in God’s plan and in His ordination, you start your life’s journey. Whatever your background, and whatever the journey ahead of you, no one can escape the orchestrations and arrangements of the Heaven, and no one is in control of their own destiny, for only He who rules over all things is capable of such work” (“God Is the Source of Man’s Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “Yes,” I thought. “God is the source of my life, God rules over my destiny, and I must place myself in God’s hands and submit to His orchestrations.” Pondering God’s words gave me a pleasant, tranquil feeling in my heart, as if I were reclining in God’s warm embrace. I found myself falling asleep. Afraid that I was dying, the evil police took me down and hurriedly gave me some glucose syrup and water. In my brush with death, I had beheld God’s miraculous deeds.
The next day, the evil police spent the whole evening hoisting me up over and over again. They questioned me about the whereabouts of the funds for the receipts they’d confiscated. Throughout, I said nothing, yet they still didn’t give up. To get hold of the church’s money, they used every despicable means to torture me. At that moment, God’s words echoed in my heart: “Thousands of years of hate are concentrated in the heart, millennia of sinfulness are inscribed upon the heart—how could this not inspire loathing? Avenge God, completely snuff out His enemy, do not allow it to run rampant any longer, and do not permit it to kick up as much trouble as it wishes anymore! Now is the time: Man has long since gathered all his strength, he has devoted all his efforts, paid every price, for this, to tear off the hideous face of this demon and allow people, who have been blinded, and have endured every manner of suffering and hardship, to rise up from their pain and turn their backs on this evil old devil” (“Work and Entry (8)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words gave me great strength and faith. I would fight to the death with Satan, and even if I did die, I would stand firm in my testimony to God. Inspired by God’s words, I unwittingly forgot the pain. In this way, each time they hoisted me up, God’s words inspired and motivated me, and so the more times they hoisted me up, the more I could see through to their demonic substance, and the greater my resolve to stand firm in my testimony and satisfy God became. In the end, they each wore themselves out on me. “Most people can’t stand being hung up like this for half an hour, but she’s lasted all this time—she’s really tough!” I heard them comment. I was thrilled to hear this. In my mind, I thought: “With God as my support, you cannot beat me down.” As well as torturing my body, during my nine days and nights in the police station the evil police also deprived me of sleep. Every time I closed my eyes and began nodding off, they would smack their batons against the table, or else make me stand up and run about, or else just scream at me, trying to make me crumble and break my mind. After nine days, seeing they hadn’t reached their objective, the police still didn’t give up. They took me to a hotel, where they cuffed my hands in front of my legs, then inserted a wooden baton between the bends of my arms and legs, forcing me to sit with my body curled up on the floor. They made me stay in this position sitting on the floor for the next several days, which caused the handcuffs to cut into my flesh. My hands and wrists swelled up and turned purple, and my bottom hurt so much I dared not rub or touch it; it felt like I was sitting on needles. One day, one of the leaders of the evil police, seeing that my interrogation had been fruitless, walked up to me fuming with rage and slapped me hard in the face—hard enough to loosen two of my teeth.
In the end, two section chiefs from the Provincial Public Security Department came. As soon as they arrived, they took the handcuffs off, helped me to a sofa, and poured me a cup of water. “You’ve had a hard time over the last few days—but don’t take it to heart, they were just following orders,” they said, feigning kindness. Their pretense made me hate them so much I gnashed my teeth. They also turned on a computer and showed me false evidence, they said many things that condemned and blasphemed against God. I felt enraged. I wanted to argue with them, but I knew that doing so would only make them blaspheme against God even more frantically. At this moment, I truly felt how great the hardship suffered by God incarnate had been, and how much humiliation God had endured for the sake of saving man. What’s more, I saw how contemptible and hateful these evil demons were. In my heart, I secretly swore that I would make a complete break with Satan and forever be loyal to God. Afterward, no matter how they tried to deceive me, I kept my mouth shut and said nothing. Seeing their words were having no effect, the two section chiefs could only leave in a huff.
During the ten days and nights in the hotel, they kept the handcuffs on me, making me squat on the ground holding my legs. Looking back on the time I spent under arrest, I spent nineteen days and nights in the police station and the hotel, and it was the protection of God’s love that had allowed me to nap a little. Besides that tiny nap, the evil police hadn’t let me sleep at all in all that time; I had only to shut my eyes for a moment and they’d do anything it took to keep me awake—whacking the table, fiercely kicking me, screaming at me, ordering me to run about, and so on. Each time I’d be startled, my heart would hammer in my chest, and my nerves would be shot. What with being kept awake in this way and the evil police’s frequent torture as well, my strength ended up severely depleted, my whole body was swollen and uncomfortable, and I started seeing everything in double vision. I’d know there were people in front of me talking, but the sound of their voices would seem as if it were coming from somewhere far away. What’s more, my reactions were becoming very slow. For me to have somehow made it through this was all thanks to God’s great power! As God said: “He causes man to be reborn, and enables him to tenaciously live out his every role. Thanks to His power and His inextinguishable life force, man has lived for generation after generation, throughout which the power of God’s life has been the mainstay of man’s existence, and for which God has paid a price that no ordinary man has ever paid. God’s life force can prevail over any power; moreover, it exceeds any power. His life is eternal, His power extraordinary, and His life force cannot be overwhelmed by any created being or enemy force.” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). In my heart, I gave sincere thanks and praise to God: “O God! You rule all things, Your deeds are inestimable, only You are almighty, You are the inextinguishable life force, and You are the wellspring of the living water for my life. In this special environment, I have beheld Your unique power and authority.” In the end, the evil police got no answers to their questions from me, and they sent me to the detention house.
On the way to the detention house, two policemen said to me, “You’ve done really well. You guys might be in the detention house, but you’re good people. There are all sorts there: drug dealers, murderers, prostitutes—you’ll see when you arrive.” “Since you know we’re good people, why do you arrest us? Doesn’t the government talk of freedom of religion?” I asked. “That’s the Communist Party lying to you. The Party gives us our livelihood, so we have to do what it says. We don’t hate you or have anything against you. We just arrested you because you believe in God,” one of the policemen said. Hearing this, I thought back over everything I’d experienced. I couldn’t help but recall the words of God: “Religious freedom? The legitimate rights and interests of citizens? They are all tricks for covering up sin!” (“Work and Entry (8)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words cut right to the heart of the matter, allowing me to truly see the true face of the CCP government and how it tries to gain kudos it does not deserve: On the surface, it flies the flag of religious freedom, but in secret it arrests, oppresses, and cruelly hurts those who believe in God up and down the country, in the vain hope of banning God’s work, and it even shamelessly plunders the church’s money, all of which lays bare its demonic substance that hates God and hates the truth.
Whilst in the detention house, there were times when I was weak and in pain. But God’s words kept inspiring me, giving me strength and faith, allowing me to understand that, although Satan had stripped me of the freedom of the flesh, my suffering had edified me, and had taught me to rely on God during the torture of these evil demons, allowed me to understand the true meaning of many truths and to see the preciousness of the truth, and it had increased my resolve and motivation to pursue the truth. I became willing to keep obeying God, and to experience all that God had arranged for me. As a result, when working in the detention house, I sang hymns and quietly thought of God’s love. I felt that my heart had come closer to God, and I no longer found the days so painful and distressing.
During this time, the evil police interrogated me many more times. I thanked God for guiding me in overcoming their torture time and time again. Afterward the evil police withdrew all the money from my three bank cards. Helplessly watching the church’s money being taken by the evil police broke my heart. My heart was filled with hate for this greedy, evil gang of demons, and I yearned for the kingdom of Christ to arrive soon. In the end, despite not having any proof, they sentenced me to a year and three months of reeducation through labor for “disrupting the public order.”
Through being brutally persecuted by the CCP government, I have truly tasted God’s love and salvation for me, I have come to appreciate God’s almightiness and sovereignty and His miraculous deeds, and I have beheld the authority and power of God’s words. Moreover, I have come to truly despise Satan. During that time of persecution, God’s words accompanied me through the distressing days and nights, they allowed me to see through Satan’s cunning schemes and they provided timely protection. God’s words made me strong and courageous, allowing me to overcome that savage torture time and time again. God’s words gave me strength and faith, and they gave me the courage to fight with Satan to the very end…. Thanks be to God! Almighty God is the truth, the way, and the life! I shall forever follow Almighty God to the very end!
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2020.11.18 17:05 houseinsideAhouse Living with toxic family members

I'm a 30-something adult who recently moved back home. My parents can be toxic towards each other. IMO, mostly my dad's fault since he can be sexist, entitled, and righteous. My mother though, either concedes or mirrors it by yelling back at him -- so her responses aren't healthy either. They both get angry at my 30-something brother who only goes to work and plays video games at home, he doesn't contribute anything to the household, and gets into debt by spending more on gaming than he earns at his job.
I'm living here for next 1-2 years as I try to pick up my life after things fell apart. There's a lot of toxicity between family members, but very little of it is directed at me. But I get stressed out to hear them screaming at each other or when I'm trying to calm down a situation that gets really accusatory and hyperbolic.
Any advice on how to navigate this? I've been trying to do a mix of ignoring them, trying to diffuse situations, and sometimes calling out people for their conflict mgmt skills... but I don't think I've quite hit the right balance.
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2020.11.14 11:55 FollowtheAlmightyGod Reunited With the Lord

By Jianding, United States
I was born into a Catholic family, and from an early age my mother taught me to read the Bible. That was during the time the Chinese Communist Party was building up the nation after the civil war, and since the CCP government was suppressing all religions, I was 20 years old before I finally got the chance to go to church and listen to sermons. The priest often said to us: “We Catholics must properly confess our sins and repent. We must do good, not evil, and always go to Mass. During the last days, the Lord is going to come and judge everyone and send people to heaven or to hell based on their behavior. The greatest sinners will suffer eternal punishment in hell, whereas those who commit minor sins can still go to heaven as long as they confess their sins to the Lord and repent. Anyone who doesn’t believe in the Lord will never get to heaven, no matter how good they are.” When I heard this, I rejoiced that I had the good fortune to be born into the Catholic faith. I told myself to be serious in my seeking, attend Mass more often, and confess my sins and repent to the Lord more so that I could go to heaven and not suffer in hell. That’s when I developed the determination to go to church and participate in Mass regularly. The priest also told us then that the Lord would return in the year 2000—we were all elated to hear that, and we all became very earnest in our pursuit, awaiting the Lord’s return. But the year 2000 came and went and we didn’t see any sign of the Lord’s return. Many in our congregation lost their faith, and fewer and fewer people attended Mass. I also felt a sense of disappointment, but I still felt that my faith in the Lord wouldn’t be shaken, no matter what others did. That was because there had been many times when I’d been in danger when the Lord had protected me and I had emerged safely. If it hadn’t been for the Lord’s protection I’d have died long before, so I wasn’t going to be so ungrateful as to lose faith in the Lord.
In the following years I heard from people around me that the USA was “heaven on earth,” and so a strong desire to come here grew in me. In December 2014 my entire family immigrated to the U.S., but the reality of life here was nothing like the beautiful picture I’d painted in my mind. At first, everything in the U.S. seemed unfamiliar—we were strangers in a strange land. The environment and climate were very different from what I was used to in China, and I soon began to suffer some physical complaints. I often felt weak and listless, completely devoid of energy, but when I went to see doctors they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. I was at my wit’s end, so I started praying even more sincerely to the Lord, hoping to gain His protection. While keeping up my prayers I began looking for a church where I could attend Mass and eventually found one for Chinese Christians. But after going to the church a few times I discovered that it wasn’t much different from what was going on in everyday society: Members of the congregation were superficially friendly but their interactions were governed by power and money. Seeing this situation in the church was really disappointing for me. I thought to myself: “Oh Lord, when will You return? When You return, the good will be separated from the wicked and the world will be cleansed.” Although I still kept on going to Mass I was never able to feel God’s presence in the church; this left me frequently feeling disappointed and depressed, and it impacted my faith.
One day in July 2015 when I was working out of state, I got a phone call from my wife. She said to me excitedly: “The Lord has returned. He has uttered words and is doing the work of judgment of the last days! Hurry back so that we can accept God’s new work together.” Hearing this, I couldn’t help but feel a bit suspicious. I thought: “The Lord has returned? How is that possible? When the Lord returns it will be to judge the world, and to separate the good from the evil. But now the good and the evil are still mixed together, so why is my wife saying that the Lord has returned? Does she have a different belief system now? We’ve been Catholics for most of our lives, there’s no way we can stray from this path now!” So I finished up my work as quickly as I could and returned home.
Upon returning I asked my wife: “How do you know that the Lord has returned? You haven’t strayed from the path, have you? You’re saying that the Lord has returned to do the work of judgment, but right now the good and the evil are still mixed together, so how could it be that the Lord has already returned? We may long for the Lord’s return, but we can’t be disloyal to Him!” She heard me out and then patiently replied: “It’s okay, don’t worry. I only just found out myself about the Lord’s return. The Church of Almighty God is now bearing witness to the Lord’s return and Almighty God is expressing truths to do the work of judgment beginning with the house of God. I’m not clear on the specifics, but I’ve been reading a lot of the words that Almighty God has expressed online and I’m sure that they are all the voice of God. The Lord once said: ‘My sheep hear my voice: and I know them, and they follow me’ (John 10:27). We can find out whether Almighty God is the returned Lord by going to The Church of Almighty God together to look into it, right?” What my wife said sounded reasonable, and the Lord’s return to do the work of judgment is in line with biblical prophecies, so I figured there was no harm in me going along with her to the church to take a look, and then I could make up my mind.
So, my wife and I went to the home of Brother Zhang, one of the members of The Church of Almighty God. Brother Wang, Sister Li, and some other fellow Catholics also came. Seeing that I had plenty of company greatly put my mind at ease. After a little polite chit-chat we all sat down and I asked the brothers and sisters this: “My understanding of the Lord’s return is this: When He returns to do the work of judgment, the good will be separated from the wicked, and then the good people will be accepted into heaven by the Lord and will meet with Him, while the wicked will be sent to hell and punished. You say that the Lord has returned and He is doing the work of judgment, so how come we haven’t seen any of these things happening?” Brother Wang replied: “Brother, I used to think the same thing. I also thought that the Lord’s return meant that good people would be separated from wicked people, that good people would live in heaven eternally and the wicked would be punished, and that if we didn’t see this happen then that proved that the Lord hadn’t returned. But after reading Almighty God’s words I realized that is only our notions and imaginings—it isn’t the reality of God’s work. God’s way of undertaking the work of judgment in the last days is something that God alone plans and organizes. God’s wisdom surpasses the heavens, and in God’s eyes humans are as small as a speck of dust, so how can we fathom God’s work? In the Bible it says: ‘Who hath forwarded the spirit of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor, and hath taught him?’ (Isaiah 40:13). ‘Behold the Gentiles are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the smallest grain of a balance: behold the islands are as a little dust’ (Isaiah 40:15). Every one of us has thoughts in our heads, so we can speculate about God’s work as we like, but God never does His work according to what we imagine. If we use our imaginations to delimit God’s work, isn’t that extremely arrogant? So then, how does God do His work of judgment? How does He separate the good from the wicked? Let’s read several passages of Almighty God’s words to help us understand. Almighty God said: ‘The work of judgment is God’s own work, so it must naturally be carried out by God Himself; it cannot be done by man in His stead. Because judgment is the use of the truth to conquer humankind, there is no question that God would still appear in the incarnate image to perform this work among man. That is to say, in the last days, Christ shall use the truth to teach people across the world and make all truths known to them. This is God’s work of judgment’ (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). ‘The last days have already arrived. All things in creation will be separated according to their kind, and divided into different categories based on their nature. This is the moment when God reveals humanity’s outcome and their destination. If people do not undergo chastisement and judgment, then there will be no way of exposing their disobedience and unrighteousness. Only through chastisement and judgment can the outcome of all creation be revealed. Man only shows his true colors when he is chastised and judged. Evil shall be put with evil, good with good, and all humanity shall be separated according to their kind. Through chastisement and judgment, the outcome of all creation will be revealed, so that the evil may be punished and the good rewarded, and all people become subject to the dominion of God. All this work must be achieved through righteous chastisement and judgment. Because man’s corruption has reached its peak and his disobedience become exceedingly severe, only God’s righteous disposition, one that is principally compounded of chastisement and judgment and is revealed during the last days, can fully transform and complete man. Only this disposition can expose evil and thus severely punish all the unrighteous’ (“The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). ‘My purpose in doing the work of conquest is not solely to conquer for the sake of conquest, but to conquer so as to reveal righteousness and unrighteousness, to obtain proof for the punishment of man, to condemn the wicked, and, furthermore, to conquer for the sake of perfecting those who willingly obey. In the end, all will be separated according to kind, and the ones who are perfected will be the ones whose thoughts and ideas are filled with obedience. This is the work that shall ultimately be accomplished. Those whose every action is rebellious, meanwhile, will be punished and sent to burn in the fires, the objects of eternal curse’ (“Those Who Obey God With a True Heart Shall Surely Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). We have the notion that God coming to do the work of judgment is to directly separate the wheat from the tares, the sheep from the goats, the good servants from the wicked servants. In other words, it is to classify all people according to their kind. But if we give it some thought, there are at present over 2 billion Christians around the world—and they all say they have true faith in God and love God—so how are we to discern good from bad, righteous from evil? If God determines that you are good and that I’m evil, I’ll certainly have an issue with that because I’ll feel that I’m also a good person. If God determines that I’m good and that someone else is evil, they’ll have an issue with it too. So how on earth are we supposed to know who is good and who is evil? We can’t, because we humans don’t have the principles or standards to gauge this. If God were to determine things this way we certainly wouldn’t submit and would have notions about it, believing God to be unfair and unjust. So how could the work of classifying each according to his own kind thus proceed? The Lord who has returned in the last days, that is, Christ of the last days—Almighty God—uses truths to do the work of judgment. For all Christians, who are the wheat and who are the tares, who are the goats and who are the sheep, who are the good servants and who are the wicked servants, who are the wise virgins and who are the foolish virgins, is all revealed through the truth, through God’s words. The wise virgins are those who truly believe in God and love the truth. When they hear that someone is bearing testimony of God’s coming they go out to welcome it and actively investigate God’s words and work. They recognize God’s voice and accept His work of the last days, and they will ultimately gain purification and full salvation through God’s judgment. They will have God’s protection through the great disasters and will remain, and in the end will be taken into God’s kingdom. By contrast, the foolish virgins do not love the truth, they insist on holding onto their own notions and imaginings or believing in rumors. They don’t seek or investigate God’s work of the last days, and some of them even follow religious leaders in resisting and condemning God and refusing God’s salvation of the last days. For all of these reasons, they will be revealed as evildoers by God’s work of the last days and will be eliminated. Their fate will be to suffer punishments during the great disasters. We can see from this that God’s work of putting each with its own kind during the last days is not done according to our notions and imaginings. Instead, God uses the method of judgment to do the work of exposing people, and the ultimate outcome is that everyone is thoroughly revealed and sorted according to their own kind based on whether they accept or resist the truth. Isn’t this exactly God’s wisdom, God’s fairness, God’s righteousness?”
After listening to Almighty God’s words and Brother Wang’s fellowship, I recalled what the priest in our church had said about “When the Lord comes the good will be separated from the bad” and realized that this notion is just too vague, too impractical, and doesn’t match the reality of God’s work at all. We all live in sin, we continue to commit sins and then confess but can’t escape from this cycle, so who are the truly good people? When the Lord returns, if we haven’t been cleansed of our sins, will we be allowed to enter the kingdom of heaven? Thinking of this was like turning on a light in my heart, and I thanked the Lord for His leadership. I hadn’t gone to that gathering in vain, because I then understood that God distinguishes good from evil according to how people approach the truth. In other words, people are good or evil depending on whether or not they accept and obey the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, and this is God’s righteousness being wholly manifested. Through His words and work, God separates the wheat from the tares, the sheep from the goats, the wise virgins from the foolish virgins, the true believers from the false believers, and the lovers of the truth from the haters of the truth. God is so incredibly wise! However, I also recalled the priest saying that when the Lord returns to judge people He does it one by one, and each individual’s sins are also listed and judged one by one before He decides if that person will go to heaven or to hell. But now Almighty God is saying that God’s work of judgment of the last days is being done through His words, so just how are these words being used to judge people?
I then raised this question and Brother Zhang answered it by reading two passages of Almighty God’s words to me: “Some believe that God may at some unknown time come to earth and appear to man, whereupon He shall personally judge the whole of mankind, testing them one by one without anyone being left out. Those who think in this way do not know this stage of work of the incarnation. God does not judge man one by one, and He does not test man one by one; to do thus would not be the work of judgment. Is not the corruption of all mankind the same? Is not the substance of all mankind the same? What is judged is mankind’s corrupt substance, man’s substance corrupted by Satan, and all the sins of man. God does not judge the trifling and insignificant faults of man. The work of judgment is representative, and it is not carried out especially for a certain person. Rather, it is work in which a group of people are judged in order to represent the judgment of all of mankind. By personally carrying out His work on a group of people, God in the flesh uses His work to represent the work of the whole of mankind, after which it is gradually spread. This is also how the work of judgment is. God does not judge a certain kind of person or a certain group of people, but instead judges the unrighteousness of the whole of mankind—man’s opposition to God, for example, or man’s irreverence toward Him, or man’s disturbance of the work of God, and so on. What is judged is mankind’s substance of opposition to God, and this work is the work of conquest of the last days” (“Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of the Incarnate God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, to expose the essence of man, and to dissect the words and deeds of man. 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 normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, the words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan, and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth of which man is utterly bereft. Only methods such as these can be called judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Brother Zhang then fellowshiped this with me: “We have the notion that during God’s work of judgment in the last days He will call each and every person to come before His white throne in order to judge them. Every person will have to kneel on the ground and then confess to every single one of the sins they’ve committed throughout their lifetime, and then God will decide whether they will go to heaven or to hell depending upon the severity of their sins. We think that God judges people according to sins such as physically or verbally abusing people, not being filial to their parents, or stealing from or robbing others. But in fact, God’s work of judgment in the last days is not concerned with these external behaviors or flaws of ours, but is instead aimed at judging mankind’s satanic nature of resisting God and each one of our corrupt dispositions. These include our arrogance and self-importance, our crookedness and craftiness, our selfishness and baseness, our greed and evil, and so on. We also have many viewpoints that are not compatible with God, many outdated religious notions and feudal ideas. These things are all sources of our resistance to God, they are all problems that are shared by all of corrupt mankind, and so are the things that God’s work of judgment aims to purify and transform. So, the words that God expresses reveal mankind’s nature and essence and every corrupt member of humanity on earth is a part of this, without exception. Or to put it another way, God’s words of judgment are directed at the whole of mankind and so there is no need to judge people individually. By reading the words of Almighty God and accepting the judgment and chastisement of God’s words we can understand many truths and clearly see the essence, nature and truth of our being corrupted by Satan. Doing this will also allow us to recognize God’s righteous disposition and develop hearts of reverence for God, and we can start to despise ourselves so that we’ll be willing to betray our flesh and practice the truth. In this way, our corrupt satanic disposition will gradually be purified and our viewpoints and outlook on life will also change. When we start to live by God’s words, when we cease to oppose and resist God, instead truly obeying and revering Him and shunning evil, then we will gain God’s salvation and become people who are compatible with God’s will. This is the reality of and the purpose of God expressing truths to do the work of judgment during the last days.”
Listening to Brother Zhang’s fellowship left me with a sense of just how practical and realistic God’s work of judgment is! I was able to accept what he said—it resonated with me deep in my heart. Yes, people are arrogant, they seek fame and fortune and status, and they live mired in their various corrupt dispositions. God uses the judgment of His words to rid us of all of the filth and corruption inside of us. Our nature of resisting God can thus be resolved and our corrupt disposition transformed, and then we can become truly good people. Looking at it this way, I could see that when the priest had spoken of people being judged one by one and each one of their sins being judged when the Lord returns to judge mankind is nothing but human notions and imaginings. It has nothing to do with the way God actually does His work. Almighty God’s words really do contain truths; they really are the voice of God! I then decided to thoroughly examine the work of Almighty God.
While I was looking into this, I watched a number of gospel movies produced by The Church of Almighty God, including The Days of Noah Have Come, The Mystery of Godliness, and Caught the Last Train, as well as some hymnal videos of God’s word such as How Important God’s Love for Man Is. I also read a lot of Almighty God’s words and listened to brothers and sisters fellowshiping on a number of aspects of the truth. This helped me determine that Almighty God is indeed the returned Lord Jesus, and that Almighty God is the one true God and is the returned Lord that we have been awaiting! I very happily accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days.
Since believing in Almighty God I’ve been frequently gathering with other brothers and sisters or listening to sermons with them. Every day is filled with joy for me and I feel that I’m gaining spiritual sustenance. I’m enjoying the comfort that comes from the work of the Holy Spirit, and I’m starting to understand more and more truths. In The Church of Almighty God, the brothers and sisters are all very warm and honest with each other, and nobody tries to deceive anyone else or keeps their guard up. Everybody is simple, open and sincere, and even when they reveal their corrupt dispositions they are each able to know themselves through God’s words and seek the truth to resolve their corrupt dispositions. I feel that this is the only kind of true brotherhood and sisterhood in Christ. I’m particularly impressed by the hymnal videos, music videos, dance and song videos, and gospel movies produced by The Church of Almighty God, which all hold the truth on high and bear witness to God and His work of the last days. This is all so that people may submit to and worship God, and the church really does feel like a place where God does His work! Having seen, heard, and experienced all of this is proof within my heart that The Church of Almighty God is a true church where God personally nurtures and shepherds His flock. The fact that I’ve been able to enter God’s house and live a life face-to-face with God is being exceptionally exalted by God. I really am so fortunate! Thank You, Almighty God!
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2020.11.13 23:56 xberry Black Friday - Record Store Day

Here are the jazz releases I saw. If I've missed anything, please let me know!
THE LIST

ADDED A FEW IMMEDIATELY BELOW. Good video of everything released HERE.

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BETTYE LAVETTE, BILLIE HOLIDAY, NINA SIMONE - Original Grooves: Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Bettye LaVette
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Verve
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Verve Label Group is proud to launch a new vinyl series, Original Grooves, available exclusively on Record Store Day and RSD Black Friday. Original Grooves showcases the vinyl cutting technique known as "parallel grooves”, where grooves are cut side-by-side instead of one after another, allowing for a different aural experience depending on where the needle is dropped. The first of this series comes from five-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette, with hidden gems from Verve legends Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. The Blues Hall of Fame legend deftly reinterprets the classics “Strange Fruit” and “I Hold No Grudge” on this 12” EP, with the original timeless versions “hidden” on the neighboring grooves.
A1) Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday) (3:12)
A2) Strange Fruit (Bettye LaVette) (4:30)
B1) I Hold No Grudge (Nina Simone) (2:18)
B2) I Hold No Grudge (Bettye LaVette) (6:12)

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DAVE BRUBECK - Christmas Lullabies
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Verve
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
A gift from Dave Brubeck and his family to families everywhere! Just in time for the holiday season, Christmas Lullabies is the perfect soundtrack to be enjoyed by jazz fans and the entire family together. From the same sessions in 2010 that produced his final solo recording Lullabies, the A side of this 12” features an original holiday piece in “Sleep Holy Infant” and a uniquely beautiful take on the Christmas standard “Away In A Manger”. Side B features an elegant festive holiday etching.
A: “Sleep Holy Infant”, “Away In A Manger”
B: Etching

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GROVER WASHINGTON JR. - Grover Live
Format: 2 x LP
Label: Lightyear
Quantity: 2500
Release type: 'RSD First' Release
This commemorative 2 x LP edition of Grover Live marks 20 years since the passing of Grover Washington, Jr., the immensely popular artist largely responsible for creating a bridge between jazz and R&B. Cut in June 1997 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, New York, this album captures the essence of Grover’s greatness. With a coterie of ‘A’ class musicians in support, Grover Live demonstrates why he was not only a leader in his field but a pioneer who blended the subtleties of jazz with the funk and sweat of soul.
  1. Winelight with Intro 2. Take Fave (Take Another Five) 3. Soulful Strut 4. Grover Talks 5. Mystical Force 6. Uptown 7. Sassy Stew 8. Grover Talks Again; Medley 9. Black Frost 10. Inner City Blues 11. Strawberry Moon 12. Inside Moves 13. Jamaica 14. East River Drive 15. Just The Two Of Us 16. Sausalito 17. Let It Flow (For "Dr. J") 18. Mr. Magic
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BARNEY WILEN - Barney and Tete: Grenoble '88
Format: LP
Label: Elemental Music
Quantity: 1000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Elemental Music presents a never-before-heard complete concert which constitutes the only recorded testimony of the reunion of two jazz giants: French tenor and soprano saxophonist Barney Wilen and Spanish pianist Tete Montoliu. All tracks from this concert, which took place in Grenoble, France on February 12, 1988 are previously unreleased and boast excellent sound quality. The group is completed by the Italian bassist Riccardo del Fra (who frequently played and recorded with Chet Baker) and Chicago drummer Aaron Scott (who the year following this Grenoble concert would start a 14-year association and tenure with pianist McCoy Tyner as part of the McCoy Tyner Trio, winning three Grammy Awards and performing worldwide). This release includes specially prepared liner notes as well as never before published photos from the actual performance.
A: 1. L’AME DES POETES 2. ’ROUND MIDNIGHT 3. SUMMERTIME
B: 1. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE 2. LA VALSE DES LILAS 3. MEDLEY: SOUS LE CIEL DE PARIS / AUTUMN LEAVES (LES FEUILLES MORTES)
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DON CUNNINGHAM - Something For Everyone
Format: LP
Label: Luv N'Haight
Quantity: 1000
Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release
Originally re-pressed and released in 2003, Luv N’Haight reissue a special limited edition run for RSD Black Friday. Ridiculously rare vinyl, superb musicianship, and a Playboy Club are ingredients that make the Don Cunningham Quartet's Something For Everyone album so tasty. Luv N'Haight is proud to preserve and re-issue one of the most collectible, highly sought-after jazz-dance records.

"Bunnies plus food and drink equals good time."Brad Holiday's original liner notes (featured on the back of this album) tell it like it was. Don Cunningham, Marion Miller, John Mixon, and Manny Quintero formed the Don Cunningham Quartet and played ‘The Living Room’ at Hugh Hefner's St. Louis branch of the Playboy Club between 1965 and 1968. Their music was different from that of the jazz mainstays playing in ‘The Penthouse Room’. It was also different from any act in St. Louis at the time. "Before forming the Quartet, I traveled to Fiji, Australia, the Caribbean and beyond as part of the Johnny Mathis group," explains Cunningham. "On these tours I discovered the "island sound," which was something I'd never been exposed to before. It was enchanting, mysterious and sexual."

The Quartet's unique blend of exotica, Latin and Brazilian rhythms, jazz and easy listening was a perfect fit for the Playboy Club. "I was influenced by having seen Arthur Lyman, Cal Tjader, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, and Harry Belafonte play live. Not to mention that I was buying all the Les Baxter I could get!" adds Cunningham. The band's sound caught the attention of Bob Webb, a wealthy local businessman. As a friend of piano player Marion Miller he'd learned of the Quartet’s popularity. "I don't want to work, you work, I'll put up the money," Miller recalls Webb 's words. Webb fronted the funds for Miller to create Exclusive records, releasing three albums and two 45rpm singles, including the Something For Everyone LP. "The music was only sold locally. We never looked up a distributor and we really didn't have a regular record deal," says Miller. Don Cunningham only remembers selling and giving-away the album at Playboy appearances and to a few friends outside of club hours. Only 500 copies were ever printed, some mono, some stereo, it's not known how many of each format.

Of all the tracks on the album "Tabu" has been the biggest hit with the jazz-dance crowd. That track is the reason many collectors have the album on their wants lists. It remains a tune worthy of heavy DJ play. "Something For Everyone" has been at the top of my wants list for about 10 years now. All my other wants I have managed to track down over the years, but to own an original copy of the Don Cunningham album is as illusionary as driving a Rolls Royce," says produceDJ Rainer Truby of Compost Records. "Not only is it a rare album it is also a good one. "Tabu" to me is the mother of all jazzdance records! A welcome release! I'm curious to check the rest of the LP, but "Tabu" is more than enough of a reason to stroll down to your local record dealer," he adds. Miller and Cunningham are surprised but obviously very happy with the current interest in the album. Both are still active musicians and hope that this re-issue may stimulate even more work for them. At time of writing Cunningham was on the road with his wife, appearing as The Cunninghams on tour with the Count Basie band. "It's great that the album is being re-issued. There's truly a quality of music on it that has been missed for so long. In a way it's world music - Polynesian, samba, Brazil, jazz, West Indian. It has the energy of Latin and funk records. It's inspired by - but is not really - easy listening, you couldn't exactly sleep in our "Quiet Village!"" says Cunningham.
- Andrew Jervis. Ubiquity, February 2003.
“Angelina”, “I'm Your Slave”, “Quiet Village”, “Tabu”, “Manha De Carnival”, “Sylvie”, “Samba De Orpheu”
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BOB JAMES - Nautilus/Submarine (Remixed)
Format: 7" Vinyl
Label: Evosound
Quantity: 500
Release type: 'RSD First' Release
In 1974, Bob James released his first solo album, One, which featured a who’s who of notable jazz greats like Idris Muhammad, Jon Faddis, Grover Washington Jr, James Gadd, and more. The album also produced a few successful songs, like Bob’s version of Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Making Love”. Hidden at the at the very end of One was a largely overlooked filler track that would go on to impact a whole new generation a decade later. This song was “Nautilus”. “Nautilus” made a huge impact on hip-hop culture, and has been sampled over 250 times, including by living legends Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre and Run DMC. This is the first time this track is being released as a single on 7" vinyl. Side B holds and exclusive remix of the smooth jazz, chart-topping “Submarine” from his album Espresso. The single will come on gold vinyl, starting on RSD Black Friday.
“Nautilus” b/w “Submarine”

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MONTY ALEXANDER - Love You Madly: Live at Bubba’s
Format: 2 x LP
Label: Resonance Records
Quantity: 1200
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Live at Bubba’s is a previously unissued recording of the Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander captured live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant on August 6, 1982. Recorded by legendary engineer Mack Emerman, who founded Criteria Recording Studios (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Eric Clapton), Live at Bubba’s features bassist Paul Berner (Lionel Hampton Orchestra), drummer Duffy Jackson (Milt Jackson, Benny Carter) and the acclaimed percussionist Robert Thomas, Jr. (Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Carlos Santana). The deluxe limited edition 2LP set includes an extensive booklet with photos by Jan Persson, Raymond Ross and Brian McMillen; essays by veteran jazz writer Willard Jenkins, pianist Benny Green, and producer George Klabin; plus interviews with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron and others. The vinyl edition is mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.
SIDE A — 1. Arthur’s Theme (7:42) 2. Love You Madly (8:08) 3. Samba De Orfeo (6:26)
SIDE B — 1. Sweet Lady (5:57) 2. Eleuthra (9:34) 3. Reggae Later (7:51)
SIDE C — 1. Blues For Edith (6:46) 2. Funji Mama (10:06) 3. Consider (6:06)
SIDE D — 1. Montevideo (7:05) 2. Body And Soul (7:22) 3. Swamp Fire (3:53) 4. SKJ (4:55)

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GEORGE COLEMAN -In Baltimore
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Reel To Real
Quantity: 1000
Release type: 'RSD First' Release
NEA Jazz Master George Coleman has played with a who’s who of jazz and blues greats such as Miles Davis, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Cedar Walton, and B.B. King, among many others. In Baltimore is a previously unissued recording of the tenor giant, captured live at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore, MD on March 23, 1971 in a show presented by the Left Bank Jazz Society. Coleman’s quintet features trumpeter Danny Moore, pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Harold White. The deluxe limited edition, numbered LP will include an extensive booklet with rare photos, essays and multiple interviews with George Coleman, Eric Alexander, Michael Cuscuna and co-producers Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman. Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Studios and pressed on 180g vinyl at 33 1/3 RPM by Standard Vinyl in Toronto. 1500 copies will be released worldwide, at independent record stores, for RSD Black Friday.
1 “Afternoon In Paris”
2 “Sandu”
3 “I Got Rhythm”
4 “Body and Soul”
5 “Joy Spring”

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VINCE GUARALDI TRIO - Christmas Time Is Here
Format: 7" Vinyl
Label: Concord/Craft
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
The first ever 7" single for the Vince Guaraldi classic "Christmas Time Is Here" from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Includes an alternate take of "Christmas Time Is Here" never before available on vinyl. Pressed on green vinyl.
A1. Christmas Time is Here (Vocal)
B1. Christmas Time Is Here (Alternate)

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HERBIE HANCOCK TRIO - The Herbie Hancock Trio
Format: LP
Label: Get On Down
Quantity: 2000
Release type: 'RSD First' Release
This 1977 studio recording finds Herbie Hancock embracing his jazz roots. The straightforward trio setting puts Hancock’s piano front and center. Backed by Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams behind the drums, the recording features Hancock originals as well as the Trio’s take on Miles Davis’ “Milestones.”
Though recorded at fabled San Francisco studio The Automatt, the recording was only immediately issued in Japan. To this day Japan is the only country to see a vinyl release of this session. That changes on RSD Black Friday as Get On Down presents The Herbie Hancock Trio in a complete replica of the Japanese release including a full-color insert and deluxe OBI strip.
A1. “Watch It”
A2. “Speak Like A Child”
B1. “Watcha Watin For”
B2. “Look” 3. “Milestones”

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BILL EVANS - Live at Ronnie Scott's (1968)
Format: 2 x LP
Label: Resonance Records
Quantity: 4000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Live at Ronnie Scott's (1968) is the third official Resonance release of previously unissued recordings of the Bill Evans trio with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette. The recordings that comprise this release come from the personal archives of drummer Jack DeJohnette, who has had them in storage for over 50 years, and the nearly 2 hours of music have been meticulously remastered from the original tape reels. Live at Ronnie Scott's was captured in December of 1968, six months after their legendary performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival and Resonance's long-lost studio session Some Other Time from the Black Forest. The deluxe limited-edition 2LP set will include never-before-published original artwork by David Stone Martin on the album cover, plus an extensive booklet with rare photos, essay by the esteemed British writer Brian Priestly, a conversation between Chick Corea and Jack DeJohnette, interview with Eddie Gomez, and more. Mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.
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JAZZ SABBATH - Jazz Sabbath
Format: LP / DVD
Label: Blacklake
Quantity: 1500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
According to the liner notes, Jazz Sabbath was a jazz trio formed in 1968. This self-titled debut album should have been released in 1970, but disaster struck when bandleader Milton Keanes suffered a massive heart attack and the label decided to cancel the release. Shortly after, a fire destroyed the label warehouse, erasing the album from existence. Upon his release from hospital many months later, Milton found out that a band from Birmingham, conveniently called 'Black Sabbath', had since released two albums containing metal versions of what he claims were his songs.
With the recently discovered master tapes remixed, Milton set out to prove that the heavy metal band worshipped by millions around the world are in fact nothing more than musical charlatans, thieving the music from a bedridden, hospitalized genius.
In truth; longtime Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne keys and guitar player Adam Wakeman (as Milton Keanes), together with six other top musicians who only go by their ‘60s pseudonyms as well, delivered an album of Sabbath songs, reimagined as classic jazz tracks that surprised both the metal and the jazz critics (in a good way).
Now for the first time on vinyl, Jazz Sabbath comes to record stores on a limited translucent blue vinyl edition, in MONO 'as originally intended in 1969’. (With a bonus track AND a bonus DVD!)
A1. “Fairies Wear Boots”
A2. “Evil Woman”
A3. “Rat Salad”
A4. “Iron Man”

B1. “Hand of Doom”
B2. “Changes”
B3. “Children of the Grave”
B4. “Iron Man (Live in London, 1968)” (Bonus track)

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SONNY ROLLINS - Rollins In Holland: The 1967 Studio & Live Recordings
Format: 3 x LP
Label: Resonance Records
Quantity: 3500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Rollins in Holland: The 1967 Studio & Live Recordings is Resonance Records' first archival release from the Saxophone Colossus himself, Sonny Rollins. Released in partnership with the Nederlands Jazz Archief, this deluxe limited-edition 180g 3LP set is officially sanctioned by Rollins and is comprised of three different previously unissued performances with bassist Ruud Jacobs and drummer Han Bennink in May of 1967 at Vara Studio in Hilversum, the Arnhem Academy of Visual Arts, and a televised performance at the Go-Go Club in Loosdrecht. Rollins in Holland will include an extensive booklet with never-before-published photos from each venue; essays by Aidan Levy (currently writing a biography of Sonny Rollins for Da Capo Press) and Dutch jazz journalist/producer Frank Jochemsen; plus interviews with Sonny Rollins, Han Bennink, a remembrance of Ruud Jacobs, and more. Mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.
1. Four (22:15)
2. On Green Dolphin Street / There Will Never Be Another You (13:13)
3. They Can't Take That Away From Me / Sonnymoon For Two (9:32)
4. Three Little Words (22:25)
5. Blue Room (4:53)
6. Four (5:17)
7. Love Walked In (6:05)
8. Tune Up (6:58)
9. Sonnymoon For Two / Love Walked In (18:51)
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VARIOUS ARTISTS -Jazz Dispensary: Orange Sunset
Format: LP
Label: Concord/Craft
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Take a trip to a land where every hour is happy and the sunsets are always lush, with a selection of essential cuts produced by David Axelrod, The Mizell Brothers, and Dale Warren. This compilation assembles finely crafted grooves that are primed and ready to serve you the perfect balance of highs and lows, providing the ultimate soundtrack for your golden-hour kickback. Mastered from the original analog masters and pressed on Yellow Starburst colored wax, with original artwork by Dana Falconberry.
A1. David Axelrod — Everything Counts
A2. The Blackbyrds — Funky Junkie
A3. Johnny Hammond — Shifting Gears
B1. Roger Glenn — Don’t Leave
B2. 24-Carat Black — 24-Carat Black (Theme)
B3. Merl Saunders — Righteousness
B4. Funk, Inc. — Goodbye, So Long
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2020.11.12 13:44 NicoKunde What Will Jesus Be Called When He Comes Back? Find the Answer From a Movie

By Kom, India
Editor’s Note: Many Christians believe that God’s name is eternally unchanging and that the only path to salvation is through the name of Jesus. That’s because the Bible says: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). But is God’s name really eternally unchanging? Brother Kom came to understand the true meaning of “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” and the mystery of God’s names from a movie and was able to welcome the returned Lord Jesus. Let’s take a look at his experience.
The Church Grows Desolate—Where Is the Lord?
I was born into a Christian family, and from when I was little my family told me that the Lord Jesus was the one true God, and only by upholding the name of the Lord Jesus could we be saved. When I grew up they sent me to divinity school, and our pastor would often tell us, “Jesus Christ is our Savior. The Lord is honest and true and His name will never change. That’s because it says in the Bible ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8). So we have to uphold the name of the Lord Jesus at all times.” These words even further solidified my faith in the Lord and prompted me to enthusiastically expend myself for the Lord so that when He came I would be taken up into the kingdom of heaven.
I was assigned to shepherd believers in a small town in April 2016 after graduating from divinity school. But attendance at services was pathetically low, usually just 10 to 15 people, and some believers stopped coming altogether when the church wasn’t handing anything out for them. The church manager saw that offerings were diminishing and weren’t enough to cover the money that needed to be put into the church, so he started making loans with interest to believers. When they weren’t able to repay the loans with interest, the financial officer would pick fights with them and then they were even less willing to attend services.
In an effort to revitalize the church I started spreading the gospel of the Lord to the local people. I made home visits to believers and had meetings with them. I would also fast and pray two or three times a week, asking the Lord to guide me so that I would have progress in my work. But no matter how hard I worked, believers stayed busy with household tasks and only came to church occasionally. Seeing the church in such a desolate state left me sleepless on many nights—my heart felt weak and my faith diminished more and more. I then redoubled my efforts in prayer, Scripture reading, and fasting, plus I downloaded and watched some gospel films, but I still couldn’t feel the work of the Holy Spirit. I still felt spiritually empty and in darkness. In my pain, I cried out to the Lord: “Oh Lord! It says in the Bible that as long as we ask in Your name, You will give it to us, but the church is growing more and more desolate. I’ve been praying in Your name so why can’t I feel Your presence? Lord, where are You?”
A Movie Provides a Turning Point
One day in August 2018 I found a movie on YouTube called Disclose the Mystery About the Bible. It explained the mystery behind the Bible so clearly and I finally understood that the Bible isn’t entirely composed of God’s words, that there are human beings’ words as well. In the Bible, only Jehovah God’s words, the Lord Jesus’ words, things communicated through prophets, and what God revealed to John in the Book of Revelation are the words of God, but people’s memoirs plus the things said by the Lord Jesus’ disciples and apostles are all just human words. Human words cannot be placed on par with God’s words. On top of that, not all of God’s words are in the Bible—His words included in the Bible are just the tip of the iceberg. Just as it says in the Gospel of John 21:25, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” I also saw that the people sharing the gospel in that film read the content of that book with great skill and authority; it gave me a new understanding of the Bible and really lit up my heart. But what I couldn’t comprehend was where those words had come from. They weren’t in the Bible! I downloaded the video and watched it three more times, and the more I watched it the more I liked it. The fellowship was totally in line with the Bible. I found out that it had been created by a group called “Eastern Lightning.” It piqued my interest in other films by Eastern Lightning.
After that I kept searching for Eastern Lightning films and stumbled across one called God’s Name Has Changed?! The title really drew me in so I downloaded and watched it right away. About halfway through it said that when God comes in the last days He won’t be called Jesus but will have a new name—this was quite a shock to me, and I thought, “No, that can’t be true! The Bible very clearly states ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8). How could God’s name change? For the last two millennia every believer in the Lord has been praying and working in the name of the Lord Jesus. That has never changed. How could Eastern Lightning say that God’s name has changed?” But then I thought about that movie Disclose the Mystery About the Bible—at first I had the same perspective as the main character, Sister Feng, but finally I found out that all the fellowship in the movie was in accord with the Bible, and that it was my own viewpoint that was misguided. Therefore, I decided to wait and see, thinking that maybe in the end I’d understand what was really going on.
Understanding the True Meaning of “the Same Yesterday, and To Day, and For Ever”
Then I heard this fellowship from Sister Yang in the film: “Brothers and sisters, the Bible says, ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8). This refers to the fact that God’s disposition and His essence are eternal and unchanging. It does not mean that His name will not change. Let’s take a look at the words of Almighty God. Almighty God says, ‘There are those who say that God is immutable. That is correct, but it refers to the immutability of God’s disposition and His substance. Changes in His name and work do not prove that His substance has altered; in other words, God will always be God, and this will never change. If you say that the work of God is unchanging, then would He be able to finish His six-thousand-year management plan? You only know that God is forever unchanging, but do you know that God is always new and never old? If the work of God is unchanging, then could He have led mankind all the way to the present day? If God is immutable, then why is it that He has already done the work of two ages? … And so, the words “God is always new and never old” refer to His work, and the words “God is immutable” refer to what God inherently has and is. Regardless, you cannot make the work of six thousand years hinge upon a single point, or circumscribe it with dead words. Such is the stupidity of man. God is not as simple as man imagines, and His work cannot linger in any one age. Jehovah, for example, cannot always stand for the name of God; God can also do His work under the name of Jesus. This is a sign that God’s work is always progressing in a forward direction’ (‘The Vision of God’s Work (3)’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). ‘God is always God, and He will never become Satan; Satan is always Satan, and it will never become God. God’s wisdom, God’s wondrousness, God’s righteousness, and God’s majesty shall never change. His essence and what He has and is shall never change. As for His work, however, it is always progressing in a forward direction, always going deeper, for He is always new and never old. In every age God assumes a new name, in every age He does new work, and in every age He allows His creations to see His new will and new disposition’ (‘The Vision of God’s Work (3)’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“We can see from Almighty God’s words that God Himself is unchanging. This refers to God’s disposition and essence, not His name. Although God has performed different work and has adopted different names during different ages through His process of saving mankind, His essence can never change. God will always be God. So, regardless of whether His name is Jehovah or Jesus, His essence never changes. It is always the same God working. However, at the time, the Jewish Pharisees did not know that God’s name changes along with the transition in the age, in His work. They believed that only Jehovah could be their God, their Savior because over the ages they had maintained that only Jehovah is God, and there is no other Savior but Jehovah. As a result, when God changed His name and came to perform the work of redemption with the name ‘Jesus,’ they madly condemned and resisted the Lord Jesus. In the end, they nailed Him to the cross, committing a heinous crime, and suffering God’s punishment. Just the same, now that we are in the last days, if we deny God’s essence and that this is the work of one God because He has changed His work and His name, that would be human recklessness and ignorance. Each name that God has taken in each age has great significance, and they all hold great salvation for mankind.”
At this point in the film I realized that God’s name can change, and that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” in the Bible refers to God’s unchanging essence and disposition, but it does not mean that God’s name and work will never change. Also, God’s name changes along with changes in His work. I had been understanding things from just the literal meaning of the Bible, thinking that God’s name would never change—I came to see that was entirely my own imagination! I thought of how the Pharisees believed that Jehovah was their God and that the name “Jehovah” would never change, so that’s why they believed that anyone who wasn’t called “Messiah” wasn’t God when the Lord Jesus came to work. They also wantonly resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus, ultimately losing out on His salvation. I realized I had to put my own views aside and seriously listen to the fellowship in the film so that I didn’t end up going against the Lord just like the Pharisees because of my own imaginings.
The Significance of God’s Names
Then the main character in the film, Wang Hua, brought up another question: “Then what is the significance of His name in each age?” I thought to myself, “This is a great question, and it’s something I don’t have an understanding of. They just shared fellowship that there’s meaning in God taking on a new name in each age and that there’s great salvation for mankind, so what really is the significance of God’s names?”
In the movie, Sister Feng smiled and responded to her. “Sister Wang, this is a very important question that you’ve brought up, and it can be very helpful for our understanding of God. Now, Almighty God has given us the answer to this question. Almighty God says, ‘“Jehovah” is the name that I took during My work in Israel, and it means the God of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) who can take pity on man, curse man, and guide the life of man; the God who possesses great power and is full of wisdom. “Jesus” is Emmanuel, which means the sin offering that is full of love, full of compassion, and which redeems man. He did the work of the Age of Grace, and He represents the Age of Grace, and can only represent one part of the work of the management plan. … The name of Jesus came into existence to allow the people of the Age of Grace to be reborn and saved, and is a particular name for the redemption of the whole of mankind. Thus, the name Jesus represents the work of redemption, and denotes the Age of Grace. The name Jehovah is a particular name for the people of Israel who lived under the law. In each age and each stage of work, My name is not baseless, but holds representative significance: Each name represents one age. “Jehovah” represents the Age of Law, and is the honorific for the God worshiped by the people of Israel. “Jesus” represents the Age of Grace, and is the name of the God of all those who were redeemed during the Age of Grace. If man still longs for the arrival of Jesus the Savior during the last days, and still expects Him to arrive in the image He bore in Judea, then the entire six-thousand-year management plan would have stopped in the Age of Redemption, and could not have progressed any further. The last days, furthermore, would never arrive, and the age would never be brought to an end. This is because Jesus the Savior is only for the redemption and salvation of mankind. I took the name of Jesus only for the sake of all the sinners in the Age of Grace, but it is not the name by which I shall bring the whole of mankind to an end’ (‘The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a “White Cloud”’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“From the words of Almighty God, we have understood the meaning of the names God has taken in each age. In the Age of Law, His name was Jehovah, and that name represented what He expressed to mankind in that age: a disposition of majesty, wrath, curse, and mercy. Then, God began the work of the Age of Law with the name of Jehovah. He issued His law and commandments and officially led newborn mankind in their life on earth. He required people to strictly adhere to the law and learn to worship Him, to honor Him as great. Blessings and grace would follow anyone who upheld the law. Anyone who violated the law would be stoned to death, or would be incinerated by the fires of heaven. That is why the Israelites who lived under the law strictly upheld it, and held the name of Jehovah as holy. They lived under the name of Jehovah for a few thousand years, until the Age of Law ended. At the end of the Age of Law, since mankind had become more and more corrupt and they were sinning more and more, there was no way for people to continue to uphold the law. Everyone was facing the constant danger of being punished for violating the law, which is why God carried out His work of redemption under the name of Jesus. He opened up the Age of Grace and brought the Age of Law to an end, expressing God’s disposition of love and mercy. He also bestowed His bountiful grace upon man, and in the end was crucified for man’s sake, thus redeeming us from our sins. From then on, we have begun to pray to the name of Jesus and to revere His name as holy, to enjoy His forgiveness of our sins, and His rich grace. The name ‘Jesus’ is so that the people of the Age of Grace could be born again and gain salvation. Its meaning is being a sin offering of mercy and love for mankind’s redemption. The name ‘Jesus’ represents God’s work of redemption, and it also represents His disposition of mercy and love. Brothers and sisters, we can see from the two stages of work that God has already completed that the name He adopts in each age has its own particular significance. Each name represents God’s work in that age and the disposition He expresses in that age. In the Age of Grace, when the Lord came, if He was not called Jesus, but was called Jehovah, then God’s work would have stopped in the Age of Law, and corrupt mankind never could have gained God’s redemption. In the end, man would have been condemned and punished for violating the law, and when God came in the last days, if He were still called Jesus, corrupt mankind could only gain redemption of their sins, but could never be cleansed and saved to enter into the kingdom of God. This is because we are forgiven of our sins by believing in the Lord Jesus, but our internal sinful nature still exists. We still sin frequently, so we have not been fully gained by God. So, in order to entirely save mankind from sin, God is now performing another stage of work of fully purifying and saving mankind, on the foundation of the work of the Lord Jesus. God’s name must change accordingly.”
After hearing this fellowship I thought, “So whenever God takes on a new name there’s meaning behind it. Each name represents an age, so when the age changes and His work is different, His name changes accordingly. ‘Jehovah’ was the name God adopted in the Age of Law; it represented God’s disposition of majesty, wrath, damnation, and mercy. ‘Jesus’ was the name He took on in the Age of Grace, representing His merciful and loving, benevolent disposition. In the last days, God will come to do the work of purification and full salvation of mankind. When God’s work changes, His name also changes. I never imagined that there were so many mysteries contained within God’s names.” The more I watched the more fascinated I was, so I kept on playing the video.
The Book of Revelation Prophesied That God Would Have a New Name
After that, Sister Feng fellowshiped that God’s name in the last days is “Almighty God,” and referenced Revelation 1:8: “I am Alpha and Omega … said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Plus Revelation 11:16–17 says: “And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give You thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because You have taken to You Your great power, and have reigned.” There are lots of other prophecies in the Bible that say that God’s new name in the last days will be the “Almighty” such as Revelation 4:8, Revelation 16:7, and Revelation 19:6. That refers to Almighty God. As I listened to this I quickly flipped through my Bible for confirmation, and as it turned out, all of these Bible verses mentioned the name of “Almighty.” I read these verses several times and felt a sense of shock. I thought, “So God’s name in the last days was clearly mentioned in the Bible long ago, and in the Book of Revelation four living creatures kept praising God day and night, saying ‘Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come’ (Revelation 4:8). They were praising the name of Almighty God! There are a lot of other sections that mention the name of ‘Almighty.’ That God will take on the name of ‘Almighty God’ in the last days is completely in line with the prophecies in the Book of Revelation! I’ve believed in the Lord all these years and have read so much Scripture—how could I have failed to discover these mysteries?”
As I continued watching the film, I saw a character who was spreading the gospel say this: “Brothers and sisters, God is a wise God, and every single thing He does has great significance. The name Almighty God fully represents His work and the disposition He expresses in the last days. Without God personally unveiling these mysteries to us, no matter how many years we spent reading the Bible, we wouldn’t know these things. Let’s read the words of Almighty God together. Almighty God says, ‘The work of God throughout all of His management is perfectly clear: The Age of Grace is the Age of Grace, and the last days are the last days. There are distinct differences between each age, for in each age God does work which is representative of that age. For the work of the last days to be done, there must be burning, judgment, chastisement, wrath, and destruction to bring the age to an end. The last days refer to the final age. During the final age, will God not bring the age to an end? To end the age, God must bring chastisement and judgment with Him. Only in this way can He bring the age to an end. … Therefore, during the Age of Law Jehovah was the name of God, and in the Age of Grace the name of Jesus represented God. During the last days, His name is Almighty God—the Almighty, who uses His power to guide man, conquer man, and gain man, and in the end, bring the age to its close’ (‘The Vision of God’s Work (3)’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). ‘I was once known as Jehovah. I was also called the Messiah, and people once called Me Jesus the Savior with love and esteem. Today, however, I am no longer the Jehovah or Jesus that people knew in times past; I am the God who has returned in the last days, the God who shall bring the age to an end. I am the God Himself that rises up from the end of the earth, replete with My entire disposition, and full of authority, honor, and glory. People have never engaged with Me, never known Me, and have always been ignorant of My disposition. From the creation of the world until today, not one person has seen Me. This is the God who appears to man in the last days but is hidden among man. He resides among man, true and real, like the burning sun and the blazing flame, filled with power and brimming with authority. There is not a single person or thing that shall not be judged by My words, and not a single person or thing that shall not be purified through the burning of fire. Eventually, all nations shall be blessed because of My words, and also smashed to pieces because of My words. In this way, all people during the last days shall see that I am the Savior returned, and that I am the Almighty God that conquers all of mankind. And all shall see that I was once the sin offering for man, but that in the last days I also become the flames of the sun that incinerate all things, as well as the Sun of righteousness that reveals all things. This is My work in the last days. I took this name and am possessed of this disposition so that all people may see that I am a righteous God, the burning sun, the blazing flame, and so that all may worship Me, the one true God, and so that they may see My true face: I am not only the God of the Israelites, and I am not just the Redeemer; I am the God of all creatures throughout the heavens and the earth and the seas’ (‘The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a “White Cloud”’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“Brothers and sisters, in the last days, God is doing His work of judgment of the Age of Kingdom under the name Almighty God. He has exposed mankind’s corrupt nature and judged our unrighteousness through His words so that we may know our nature and our essence through reading these words, see the truth of how deeply we have been corrupted by Satan, understand the root of our corruption, and know God’s righteousness, and His disposition which will not tolerate mankind’s offenses. He also points out a path and direction for us to change our dispositions so that we may abandon evil, pursue the truth, achieve a change in disposition and be saved by God. God has come to perform the work of judging and purifying mankind, dividing us according to our kind, and rewarding good and punishing evil, in order to thoroughly save corrupt mankind from Satan’s domain and bring an end to God’s six-thousand-year management plan. God has appeared to mankind in the last days with His disposition of righteousness, majesty, and wrath which will not tolerate offense. He has openly displayed His inherent disposition, and what He has and is to everyone. He has come to judge and chastise all of mankind’s corruption and unrighteousness, to fully save us from sin and restore the original holiness of man. He wants all people to see not only His wisdom in creating the heavens, the earth, and all things, but even more the wisdom of His practical work in mankind. He not only created all things, but He also rules over all things. He was not only able to be a sin offering for mankind, but He is also able to perfect, transform, and purify us. He is the First, and the Last. No one can fathom His wondrousness or His actions. So, calling God by His name of Almighty God is most fitting. The work of the Holy Spirit now is just to uphold the work done under the name of Almighty God. Anyone who prays to the name of Almighty God and truly worships Almighty God can gain the work of the Holy Spirit, and enjoy the rich sustenance for life and watering given by God, or else they will fall into darkness and lose their way. Currently, the churches who are still stuck in the Age of Grace are experiencing desolation. Believers are becoming indifferent in their faith, preachers have nothing to preach about, and people are not moved when they pray to God. In addition, more and more people are succumbing to the temptations of the world. The primary reason of it is that they have not accepted the name of Almighty God, and they have not kept up with God’s new work.”
Seeing this was very exciting for me—Almighty God’s words really are so authoritative! What was particularly full of God’s majesty and righteousness was this: “There is not a single person or thing that shall not be judged by My words, and not a single person or thing that shall not be purified through the burning of fire. Eventually, all nations shall be blessed because of My words, and also smashed to pieces because of My words.” No one but God could possibly utter words so replete with authority and majesty—I knew this is the voice of God, and that the Lord Jesus truly has returned! I thought of all my hard work in the past in my service and house calls so that believers would act according to God’s words and attend services at church. I would even fast and pray two or three times every week, but there was never any real improvement in the state of the church. Plus my own faith was fading and I couldn’t feel the Lord by my side. I then started to understand that God is doing a new stage of work of judgment and purification of mankind under the name of Almighty God—those of us who were believers in the church weren’t keeping up with God’s new work and so we couldn’t gain the guidance of the Holy Spirit’s work. We fell into darkness. Only by accepting Almighty God’s salvation of the last days, and praying and working in the name of Almighty God can we gain the work of the Holy Spirit.
Accepting God’s New Name and Welcoming the Lord’s Return
At the very end of the film, a sister in The Church of Almighty God read a passage from Almighty God’s words: “The work that Jesus did represented the name of Jesus, and it represented the Age of Grace; as for the work done by Jehovah, it represented Jehovah, and it represented the Age of Law. Their work was the work of one Spirit in two different ages. … Although They were called by two different names, it was the same Spirit that accomplished both stages of work, and the work that was done was continuous. As the name was different, and the content of the work was different, the age was different. When Jehovah came, that was the age of Jehovah, and when Jesus came, that was the age of Jesus. And so, with each coming, God is called by one name, He represents one age, and He launches a new path; and on each new path, He assumes a new name, which shows that God is always new and never old, and that His work never ceases to progress in a forward direction. … From the work of Jehovah to that of Jesus, and from the work of Jesus to that of this current stage, these three stages cover in a continuous thread the entire gamut of God’s management, and they are all the work of one Spirit. Since the creation of the world, God has always been at work managing mankind. He is the Beginning and the End, He is the First and the Last, and He is the One who begins an age and the One who brings the age to an end. The three stages of work, in different ages and different locations, are unmistakably the work of one Spirit. All those who separate these three stages stand in opposition to God. Now, it behooves you to understand that all the work from the first stage until today is the work of one God, the work of one Spirit. Of this there can be no doubt” (“The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Hearing this gave me further understanding that Jehovah, Jesus, and Almighty God are all one God—even though God has a different name and does different work in each age, He always works in accordance with the needs of humanity. I felt that only God is capable of opening up these mysteries and further verified within my heart that Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus, and that accepting the name of Almighty God is not betraying the Lord Jesus. In fact, it is keeping up with the footsteps of the Lamb. Just as Revelation says, “These are they which follow the Lamb wherever He goes” (Revelation 14:4).
I subsequently got in touch with brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God and began living a life of the church. By gathering and having fellowship on God’s words with brothers and sisters I started to understand a lot of truths, and all the quandaries I had in my faith have been demystified. I’ve received a lot of spiritual sustenance and my faith in God has gradually been restored. I think back on the past when my soul felt empty and dark, but now I pray in Almighty God’s name every day, read Almighty God’s words, and I feel great enlightenment. I can also feel the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit—there’s a kind of enjoyment and happiness in my heart that I can’t put words to. After becoming certain of God’s work of the last days I wasted no time in sharing the good news of the Lord’s return with my mom, and after she looked into it she also accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days. I have since shared God’s gospel with the other people in the town I’m in and now they also know that the Lord has returned. Now some of them have already started looking into Almighty God’s work of the last days—I truly give thanks to God!
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2020.11.11 18:57 Throwawaydanman1 I used to support Trump

I'm using a throwaway to protect the people I love and also because I am hoping I can be a force to help change their minds eventually and that can't happen if they think I have been taken over by "the radical left".
I want to tell my story to maybe help others. I want to talk about what it was like and what happened to me and also what stopped it. I hope that anyone reading this can try and put themselves in my shoes and maybe understand me without judging me too harshly. I know I did and said wrong. I know I hurt people. I have apologized to them directly and I feel a remorse so deep I have almost had to divorce myself mentally from who I was just to be okay again. I haven't forgiven myself. I hope I can someday. I lost a lot of friends on both sides over the choices I chose to make. I regret them deeply. I am hoping that sharing my story might make a bit of a silver lining. I want to give hope to the friends and families of people that have been lost on a path of hatred and anger and blame. They can come home to the light and love they once knew. I did. This is my story.
My name is Dan. I used to go by Danny, but that name no longer fits. Maybe it's growth, maybe it's easier for me to blame 'Danny' so I can become 'Dan'. I don't know.
What I do know is this.
I had a very happy childhood and a loving home. My daddy worked long hours and my ma took care of me and my brothers. She was always home when we were but she'd often busy herself with odd jobs, cooking and baking and taking care of the neighbors kids or pets for a bit of money just to help out. We were poor, but I didn't know that at the time because that's how everyone was. It was all I knew. I thought things like having more than one bathroom were made up for TV. Just one example. I needed someone to tell me I was poor because I had no idea. Just like I needed someone to tell me I was dumb and racist. But all that came later.
The place where I grew up is what is called a Sunset Town. I didn't know that at the time. It was normal not to really see or talk to anyone that didn't look and think a lot like me. That's all there was and I never needed more. I was happy in my small world with my small mind. I had no need to grow. Once you get to be a certain age, growing is uncomfortable.
My daddy listened to Rush Limbaugh and both my parents watched Fox News. It wasn't something they used against anybody else. They weren't angry over it or anything. It was just normal. Those ideas and convictions were just as much a part of my mind as getting dressed in the morning and going to sleep at night. Nothing I knew pointed to anything being wrong with any of it. Everyone I knew was just the same. Some news story or another was always discussed at Church on Sundays. Our minister was just about the nicest most holy person imaginable and he had Fox on after Sunday School. The point of all of this is to say that there were no opposing viewpoints in my world. It's not that we rejected them. They did not exist to us.
I was what's called 'a good boy'. If you've spent time in my part of the world, you know what that means. For those of you that haven't, it means I got in trouble sometimes but nothing too serious. As in 'He's a good boy, officer. He meant no harm.' Sort of a 'boys being boys' thing. I was rowdy. My friends were all the same way. Most of us were like someone had cut us out with the same cookie cutter and then used different colored sprinkles for decoration. One night my ma had my uncle lock a few of us up in a holding cell until morning after we got caught drinking and having a bonfire out back of someone else's property. I thought that made me tough and streetsmart. I thought I knew everything.
I never had to try too hard in school. I did well enough. I was popular and well liked. Had a lot of friends. I had no trouble with the ladies. I played football. Even though I wasn't quarterback, I still basked in a lot of glory when my team did well. Which they often did.
I imagined myself going on to the NFL. Everyone supported that idea. A college recruiter came around and told me I had 'real star potential'. He didn't draft me though. I did wind up with a partial football scholarship to a school in another state.
When I got accepted, everyone was proud. My daddy beamed with joy and introduced me to everyone, even people I already knew as 'my son Danny, he's going to the NFL!' I had no idea how stupid that dream turned out to be. I didn't know I was only a big fish for what I was because I'd always lived in a very small pond.
College was going to change all of that.
The day before I left, my parents did up a big send off. They held a barbecue in my honor and invited all the neighbors. One of my more distant relations, I can't remember which, made a comment. He said 'Don't go all liberal on us now!' Everyone laughed, so I thought it was a joke. Everyone knew liberals were evil, soulless heathens that hated God and country in equal measure. That wasn't ever going to be me.
Later I'd learn that colleges and other institutions of higher learning had a reputation for 'converting' people. The irony being that my experience at college actually pushed me further to the right.
It wasn't just one thing that did it. There were a combination of them. I want to talk about a few of the most significant things.
First was football. Back in high-school my whole team was white. Now at college, most of the team was black. There was only one other white male. Back in high-school I was a hotshot. Here I was a joke. Practice became an exercise in humiliation. These guys were better than me in almost every way. Bigger, stronger, tougher, faster. I could have blamed myself. I just wasn't all I thought I was. But of course I didn't do that. I did what was easy. I blamed the other players for making me look and feel bad. The other white guy was in the same boat. He muttered something about 'steroids' and that was all the excuse I needed. I started to hate the other players. Their skin tone seemed as good a reason as any. I spiraled from there. They were 'diversity students' only needed to fill some arbitrary quota because they couldn't get in on their own merit. The coach was probably giving them steroids and other performance enhancers because they couldn't hope to beat us good honest folks without them. It was all part of an unfair conspiracy to take away what I deserved as a white man. My God given rights were stolen from me by liberals who just wanted to put us down and make 'reparations' to the blacks. It was a front. They needed to convince people at large of their plans so they gamed the system to keep us down. The hate flowed easily.
Second came from college itself. I'd never been called a hick before. I had always been cool and popular. Now I was dumb and a redneck. I'd never really worked for anything in school before either. I wasn't a brainiac getting straight A's but I got good grades and only really ever studied for tests. College was a different world. I didn't have the habits or smarts I needed to coast the way I'd always done before. Once again, I could've blamed myself. Once again, I didn't. I called my dad and asked what he thought. That's the first time I heard the term 'liberal elites'. Or maybe it's just the first time I paid any attention to it. But it fit! Those liberal monsters just wanted to make us common folk feel bad so they could be superior! It was another scam. This time, I was in on it.
My hatred was already brewing strong as good coffee. I was angry. It was easy to find things to fan the flames. Plenty of like minded people on Facebook. Plenty of podcasts that exposed 'the truth.
Then came two more hard blows.
I was in class one day. I forget which one. I had already mostly given up by that point and was just marking time. The discussion turned to a popular movie I hadn't seen. One black girl spoke up about 'representation'. I said 'maybe if you all weren't so lazy you'd be in more movies.'
I know how that sounds. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry to my core for what I said and how I felt. But at the time, I didn't know better. To me, it was a universal truth and not something to be offended by. I wasn't trying to be racist. I didn't want to say something out of spite. That's something I really hope y'all can understand. Now I know better. Now I know that's an evil rotten stereotype without a lick of truth that's used just to hurt people. Then, it was a law of nature. I'm sure you can imagine the backlash. I wish I couldn't still see it in my head. The looks of anger, disgust, and disbelief hurled my way will forever haunt me. I am so sorry.
I was already one foot out the door. At that point, after being humiliated at Football practice, humiliated in class, laughed at, put down, and insulted, I saw no reason to bother. I didn't speak much to my parents around that time out of fear I'd disappoint them. I left their hero son, bound for glory in the NFL, sure to make millions and help them to a better life. I was going home as a coward and a liar, a failure with no pride left. That's another thing I hope y'all can understand. Pride is important to everyone, but I think it's different in the community where I grew up. Pride is everything there. Take away a man's pride and you might as well just tear out his beating heart.
I was depressed, but I couldn't admit it. Even to myself. I stopped going to practice. I stopped going to class and taking care of myself. I just sat around and listened to podcasts and read Facebook posts from people just as lost and hateful as I was.
Liberals did this to me. They wanted to do it to the whole damn country! Take away our pride and make us all feel bad for who we were. Take all our hard earned money and spend it on a bunch more liberal cesspool breeding ground colleges and universities, force us to pay so the lazy blacks could sponge off us for the rest of our lives. I was bitter and angry and hurt. I wanted to hurt them back. Make them feel small and stupid like they had made me feel. And I found someone to do that for me.
He wore a red hat. He wanted to 'make America great again'. He talked about a return to a simpler time, a time where men where men and women knew their place. He hit back. He punched down. He made the libs cry. The podcasts were raving about him, saying he was going to fix what all of us could so plainly see what was wrong with our country. I fell right in line and bought a red hat.
By that time, I'd quit college and gotten a job in sales. I was working in an office at a strip mall with three other guys. We fed into each other. We listened to Alex Jones in the office. We wore our red hats. Sometimes we'd go out to lunch and intimidate people on purpose. We'd wear our red hats and yell 'MAGA!' just to see if anyone would say anything. We dared them to. We wanted a fight. It would only fuel our cause and prove our points.
That was the worst time in my life. I didn't know it. Back then I was so angry and filled with righteous fire all the time. My coworkers and I used to kick back at our desks and talk about what shallow monsters women were. Once again, I took the easy way out and blamed them for not wanting to go out with me. It had nothing to do with how angry and cruel I'd become. It was because they were all feminazis that got off on taking mens power away from them.
Then something happened.
I got a bill from college.
My scholarship depended on me playing ball. They revoked it when I quit. When I ended up flunking out of college, I assumed I wouldn't have to pay anything. After all, I stopped going. How could they charge me? It was more money than I had ever seen in my life.
This was a crossroads for me. It could have gotten so much worse. I can see now how easily I could've slipped further into the anger and blame. But I didn't. Because that night, someone on my favorite podcast started ranting about Bernie Sanders.
It was perfect timing.
The host, who I am not going to name, focused on the audacity and entitlement of Senator Sanders, wanting free college for everyone. I looked at the bill in my hands. I imagined everyone at that college getting similar bills. I imagined what my daddy would say if I showed it to him. Suddenly the liberals didn't seem so greedy. I turned off the podcast and searched YouTube for videos of Bernie Sanders.
I was floored by how calm he was compared to what I was used to watching and listening to. He was so kind and hopeful. He didn't scream and rage and blame others, he talked about lifting people up and creating a brighter future for everyone. I threw out my red hat and that night I slept better than I had in months. It was because I wasn't full of adrenaline and anger. I didn't even feel like myself. And I liked the way I did feel.
The next day, I went into work feeling refreshed and energized. A coworker asked where my hat was. In response, I asked him if he'd heard of Bernie Sanders.
His response was to go on a tirade, screaming and gesturing with spit flying out his mouth. Socialism! No one would ever work again! The country would fall apart!
I didn't see him the way I had before. His ranting made him look foolish and desperate. I told him there were other points of view and he looked at me like I'd grown another head. Then he told me that he didn't want to work with a 'commie liberal socialist'.
I think the point I want to make with all this is how easy it is to fall victim. How comfortable it feels to be angry and to blame everyone else for things you don't like. The flames of hatred feel righteous, but they aren't. It's all a siren song. We can only get better together. We can only learn by admitting uncomfortable truths to ourselves. We can only unite this great country by setting aside hate and blame and looking for solutions that help everyone.
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2020.11.08 07:29 Kate-Laurence How to Repent and No Longer Sin: I Found the Path

How to Repent and No Longer Sin: I Found the Path
By Meng’ai, Taiwan
Almighty God says, “When Jesus came into the world of man, He ushered in the Age of Grace and ended the Age of Law. During the last days, God once more became flesh, and with this incarnation He ended the Age of Grace and ushered in the Age of Kingdom. All those who are able to accept the second incarnation of God will be led into the Age of Kingdom, and will moreover become able to personally accept the guidance of God. Though Jesus did much work among man, He only completed the redemption of all mankind and became man’s sin offering; He did not rid man of all his corrupt disposition. Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to become the sin offering and bear the sins of man, but it also required God to do even greater work to rid man completely of his satanically corrupted disposition. And so, now that man has been forgiven of his sins, God has returned to the flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment. This work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and they shall gain the truth, the way, and the life” (The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words are very clear. The Lord Jesus did the work of redemption, which was just forgiving mankind’s sins. He did not rid us of our sinful natures. We still need the Lord to return in the last days to do the work of judgment and purification, to give us more truths and resolve our sinful nature so that we can fully cast off the bonds of sin. Then we’ll no longer sin or resist God, and we’ll become people who obey and fear God. That’s the only way we’ll be fit to enter God’s kingdom. I didn’t understand God’s work before. I thought that the Lord had forgiven our sins, so we’re justified by faith and could get into heaven. But after more than 10 years of faith, I still sinned all the time and couldn’t practice the Lord’s words. God is holy, and no one unholy can see God, so could someone living in sin like me really be raptured into God’s kingdom when the Lord comes? I was bewildered. I couldn’t figure it out. Only after reading Almighty God’s words did I understand that I lacked experience in the most crucial step of God’s work—the work of judgment in the last days beginning with the house of God. In our faith, we have to undergo God’s judgment in the last days so our corrupt dispositions can be cleansed. It’s the only way to be saved and get into the kingdom. I’d like to share my own experience with this.
I grew up going to church with my parents. I loved listening to brothers and sisters fellowship on the Lord’s words. After I got married, my husband and I still put the church’s work first. We were actively engaged in the church’s services, both large and small. But over time, I realized that the pastor’s sermons were really dry, that he just spoke in platitudes, and was always encouraging us to give offerings. He was much more concerned about finances than our lives. The pastors and elders would argue over the podium and their positions and engage in intrigues with each other. Fewer and fewer brothers and sisters attended services, and when they did, they’d engage in small talk, or talk about physical pleasures, and would fall asleep through sermons. I myself couldn’t feel the Lord’s guidance, and participating in church services was really tiring. I couldn’t practice the Lord’s words, and was living in a state of sinning then confessing. And when I saw my husband come home from work, then just bury himself in online games without doing anything else, I couldn’t help but nag and scold him, telling him to do this or that in a commanding tone. He wouldn’t listen to me, and I’d get even more riled up. Even seeing him doing something slowly was unbearable to me, and I’d criticize him for doing things inefficiently. He was always criticizing me too, saying, “You haven’t changed a bit all these years as a believer.” I did feel guilty, and I’d think of the Lord Jesus’ words: “And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3–4). The Lord taught us that we shouldn’t always look at other people’s shortcomings, but examine our own faults more. But when my husband said or did something I didn’t like, I had no tolerance for him. I was always losing my temper and picking fights with him. Our relationship was deteriorating, and I was really suffering. God said: “You shall be holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44). God is holy, and anyone unholy cannot see the Lord. But I couldn’t keep the Lord’s teachings or practice His words. I was constantly sinning, unable to escape the bonds of sin. How could someone like me get into the kingdom of heaven? This thought left me feeling unsettled.
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One time after a service, I asked the pastor about my quandary. He said, “Don’t worry. Even though we sin frequently, the Lord Jesus has forgiven all of our sins. As long as we keep praying and confessing to the Lord, when He comes, He’ll bring us up into the kingdom of heaven.” What he said didn’t resolve my confusion. It says in the Bible, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26). It is clearly written that if we don’t practice the Lord’s words, if we willfully sin, there will be no more sacrifice for sins. So could people who are constantly sinning really be raptured into heaven? I didn’t know how to stop sinning, so I worked hard on the tolerance and forgiveness the Lord taught, but I just couldn’t put it into practice. In my pain, I sought out the pastor again. He shook his head helplessly and said, “I don’t have a solution for the problem of sinning then confessing, either. Even Paul said, ‘For to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do’ (Romans 7:18–19). We can’t help but sin, so just repent and confess to the Lord more, and I’ll pray more for you, too.” Hearing this from the pastor was really discouraging. In my pain, I prayed to the Lord: “Oh Lord! I don’t want to sin, but I really can’t help myself. Living in sin is really painful for me but I don’t know how to escape it. I’m afraid You’ll abandon me if this continues. Lord, please save me.”
Where man ends, God begins. I met Sister Susan online one day in May 2018. We fellowshiped on the Bible a lot. She had unique insight into the Bible and her fellowship was really enlightening, so I shared my concerns and my quandary with her in seeking. I said, “I’ve believed in the Lord for years, but I can’t even practice forgiveness and tolerance. I sin all the time. I’m worried I won’t get into the kingdom of heaven. Our pastor says the Lord Jesus has forgiven all of our sins, and as long as we often pray and confess to the Lord, He’ll take us into heaven when He comes. But I’m still confused at heart. What’s your take on this?” Sister Susan said, “It’s true that the Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been cleansed, or that we’re free from sin. The Lord Jesus said, ‘Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the son stays ever’ (John 8:34–35). ‘Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven’ (Matthew 7:21). The Lord Jesus never said we’d get into heaven just because our sins were forgiven, and He very clearly told us that only those who do the will of the Father can enter the kingdom of heaven. We can see that getting into God’s kingdom because our sins are forgiven is just human notions and imaginings. There’s no basis for it in God’s words. We’ve seen one thing for sure in our years of faith: After people gain faith and are forgiven of sins, they continue to live in a state of sinning then confessing, confessing then sinning. This shows that believing in the Lord and being forgiven of sins isn’t the same as casting off the bonds and strictures of sin, and it certainly doesn’t mean that we’ve been cleansed. God is holy. He would never let someone into His kingdom who could still sin and resist Him. Only those who can obey God and do His will can enter the kingdom of heaven.” Hearing her fellowship, I thought, “That’s it. If God let us, who are always sinning, into the kingdom of heaven, how could His holiness be expressed?”
She went on with her fellowship. “Even though we pray and confess to the Lord and try hard to practice His teachings, no matter how hard we try, we’re still constrained by sin. What’s the real reason behind this?” Then she read some passages of God’s words. “Though Jesus did much work among man, He only completed the redemption of all mankind and became man’s sin offering; He did not rid man of all his corrupt disposition. Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to become the sin offering and bear the sins of man, but it also required God to do even greater work to rid man completely of his satanically corrupted disposition. And so, now that man has been forgiven of his sins, God has returned to the flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment. This work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and they shall gain the truth, the way, and the life.” “For all that man may have been redeemed and forgiven of his sins, it can only be considered as God not remembering the transgressions of man and not treating man in accordance with his transgressions. However, when man, who lives in a body of flesh, has not been set free from sin, he can only continue to sin, endlessly revealing his corrupt satanic disposition. This is the life that man leads, an endless cycle of sinning and being forgiven. The majority of mankind sin in the day only to confess in the evening. This way, even though the sin offering is forever effective for man, it will not be able to save man from sin. Only half the work of salvation has been completed, for man still has a corrupt disposition. … It is not easy for man to become aware of his sins; he has no way of recognizing his own deeply rooted nature, and he must rely on judgment by the word in order to achieve this result. Only thus can man gradually be changed from this point onward.” “By means of this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within his own self, and he will be able to change completely and become clean. Only in this way can man become 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 through refinement, man can purge 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” (The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Sister Susan went on in fellowship after reading this. “Even though we’ve received the Lord Jesus’ redemption and our sins have been forgiven, our satanic natures that drive us to sin have not been resolved. That’s why we can’t help but sin and resist God all the time, and we can’t practice the Lord’s words. In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus just did the work of redemption to redeem us from our sins so that we could escape being condemned and bound by the law, be fit to come before God and enjoy the grace and joy He gives us. Even though the Lord Jesus forgave our sins, our satanic dispositions and natures weren’t resolved. We’re still really arrogant, self-important, crooked, selfish, and despicable. We think too much of ourselves, always wanting to have the final say and have others do things our way. When someone does something we don’t like, we scold them and stifle them. Also, we constantly lie and deceive, and our prayers to God are just empty words, empty promises. We talk about obeying and loving God, but in reality, we do everything for our own benefit. We expend ourselves and make sacrifices for God just to be blessed and get into His kingdom. We’re happy when we’re graced by the Lord, but when we face hardships or trials, we’re negative and we complain. We may even deny or betray God. These satanic dispositions are even worse and more entrenched than sin. If they’re not resolved, we’re likely to do evil and oppose God at any moment. We are still of Satan’s ilk. How could we be worthy of God’s kingdom? That’s why the Lord Jesus promised He would return. Almighty God, Christ of the last days, is the Lord Jesus returned. He’s expressed all truths to purify and fully save mankind. He does the work of judgment beginning with the house of God. This is mainly to resolve corrupt mankind’s satanic dispositions and natures, to uproot our problem of constantly sinning and resisting God, and to thoroughly purify and save us, and bring us into the kingdom of heaven. Almighty God’s work and words fulfill these prophecies of the Lord Jesus: ‘I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth’ (John 16:12–13). ‘I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day’ (John 12:47–48). And in 1 Peter it says: ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1 Peter 4:17). By accepting the judgment of the words of Almighty God, Christ of the last days, we can gain the truth. Our satanic dispositions can be cleansed, and only then can we enter God’s kingdom.”
I saw that Sister Susan’s fellowship was full of light and entirely in line with the Bible. I was utterly convinced. I realized that in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus only did the work of redemption, but that wasn’t the work of resolving mankind’s sinful nature. Our faith in the Lord can only bring us forgiveness of our sins, and we have to undergo God’s work of judgment in the last days to resolve the root of our sinfulness, to escape sin, and be cleansed. My eyes were opened. I saw there was a stage of God’s work that I hadn’t experienced in my faith. I heard this sister fellowship that the Lord Jesus had already returned and expressed many truths to do the work of judgment starting with God’s house to purify and save mankind and ultimately bring us into God’s kingdom. I was so excited, I immediately asked Sister Susan in seeking, “How does Almighty God do His work of judgment to purify us?”
She read me a couple of passages of Almighty God’s words. “God’s work in the present incarnation is to express His disposition primarily through chastisement and judgment. Building on this foundation, He brings more truth to man and points out to him more ways of practice, thereby achieving His objective of conquering man and saving him from his own corrupt disposition. This is what lies behind the work of God in the Age of Kingdom.” “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, to expose the essence of man, and to dissect the words and deeds of man. 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 normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, the words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan, and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth of which man is utterly bereft. Only methods such as these can be called judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God” (The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Sister Susan then continued her fellowship. “In the last days, Almighty God expresses the truth to do the work of judgment. He’s expressed all truths to cleanse and fully save mankind, and unveiled the mysteries of God’s management work. He’s revealed the essence and truth of mankind’s corruption by Satan, and exposed and dissected our satanic nature of resisting God, told us what satanic dispositions and poisons are in our natures, what corrupt states and thinking these satanic poisons give rise to, and how to resolve these things. God’s words also clarify every aspect of the truth, including what submission to God is, what true love for God is, and how to be an honest person. They show us the way to cast off our corrupt dispositions and achieve full salvation. They also reveal God’s holy, righteous, unoffendable disposition to mankind. By going through the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, we can gradually understand the truth, and come to understand the essence and truth of our corruption by Satan. We then come to hate how deeply Satan’s corrupted us, prostrate ourselves before God and repent, and focus on practicing the truth. Our corrupt dispositions can slowly be cleansed and changed, and we can gain some reverence and obedience for God. We then sin and resist God less and less.” Sister Susan shared her personal experience with me, too. She said she’d always thought she was more capable than other people, that she was self-centered in everything and pushed people into accepting her own views. She’d exclude and chide anyone who didn’t go along with her. It was hurtful and stifling for everyone else. Through the judgment and revelations in God’s words, she realized she was living by Satan’s laws and logic of “Only I reign supreme” and “The world revolves around me.” She was incredibly arrogant and wouldn’t bow to anyone, always wanting others to comply with and obey her ideas as if they were the truth. She didn’t have any reverence for God and was totally unreasonable. This disgusted God and repulsed people. She always wanted other people to listen to her, and that is a textbook satanic disposition. Satan is arrogant and conceited, always wanting to be on an equal footing with God. It wants to control people, to have people listen to it and revere it, and so it’s cursed by God. She felt afraid once she realized the nature and consequences of the problem, then she started to hate herself and focus on practicing the truth. She became more modest in her interactions with others. She no longer looked down on them and constrained them like she had before. More often, she could accept it when other people were right, when their ideas were in line with the truth, and she got along with people much better. My heart brightened when I heard her fellowship on Almighty God’s words and her experience. I learned that God is uttering words to judge and cleanse our corrupt dispositions. God working this way to save us is so practical! I’d believed for years, but couldn’t escape the bonds of sin. I’d been living in terrible pain, but I’d finally found the path!
After that, I started reading Almighty God’s words, watching gospel films, and listening to hymns from The Church of Almighty God on a phone app every day. I also joined gatherings with brothers and sisters to fellowship on God’s words. I could really feel the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I understood many mysteries and truths I’d never known through years of faith. I was really enjoying it. I knew in my heart that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus returned!
I read more of Almighty God’s words after that and gained some understanding of my arrogant disposition. I saw that I was often condescending and scolded others and that was me revealing my satanic disposition. That’s something that God hates. I prayed to God to repent. I no longer wanted to act based on my satanic disposition or always focus on other people’s problems. That’s so unreasonable. When I saw my husband playing games or doing something else I didn’t like, I would pray for God to quiet my heart so I could speak with him calmly. One day, my husband said to me out of the blue, “You’ve changed! You’ve been different since you started believing in Almighty God. You don’t get angry or reprimand me like you used to, and you can talk things over when something comes up.” I thanked God over and over within my heart. I knew all of that had been achieved in me through God’s words. What really surprised me was that when my husband saw the changes in me, he started reading Almighty God’s words too, and he accepted God’s work of the last days. My husband later realized through God’s words that online games are one of Satan’s ways to lure, control, and corrupt people. He began to understand the essence and the danger of playing online games, and was no longer so mesmerized by them. We don’t argue anymore. We read God’s words together a lot, and fellowship with each other. When we encounter a difficulty or a problem, we seek the truth from God’s words to find a path of resolution. I truly feel that Almighty God’s work of judgment is just what I need, and that it’s crucial to cleanse and fully save us. I’ve finally found the path to being cleansed and entering the kingdom of heaven. Thanks be to Almighty God!
Source From: Gospel of The Descent of The Kingdom
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2020.11.06 07:29 Aar112297 Opinion question: does gaming make people more defensive?

I just had a breakdown after trying to have a conversation with my younger brother about something that his future may literally be riding on. I got constantly bashed back like an idiot older sister who isn’t 22 and past all of what he at least should be going through. He was playing video games, as he is a lot of his free time.
There was one week about a month ago when he was so much nicer than usual. He was grounded and couldn’t play Xbox and for once in a blue moon, sitting in the family room to watch TV, having conversation without tension or attitude. As soon as he got the gaming privileges back, a switch turned. I asked if he’d watch tv or movies in the family room again and he straight up said no.
Whenever I call down to the basement no matter how small or large the matter, he replies with a harsh tone; one I at least think he should know better than because I’ve heard the opposite. He replies as if I’m shit for even trying to talk to him or tell him what he needs to do. He replies as if the current and next and next round of the video game are more important than the real world and his place in it and the factors that are contributing to it now. He used to have time limits on games, but he noticed my parents not being strict on the rules anymore and broken them as if they never existed; as if that was declared.
He also acts like his gaming isn’t a problem. Not a problem with his social interaction or lack thereof. His daily decent from his room to the basement and back. The games seems fine because they’re supposed to be fun and he gets to “hang out” with his friends. He mainly has two friends that I know of at least. His demeanor gets nasty. He yells and swears like the world is ending for the whole house to hear; as if it’s his only passion and purpose worth putting so much effort and vigor into. There’s no ambition for the eminent future of an almost 18 year old. “Dopamine exhaustion, emotional suppression, and lack of motivation” are some things I read as symptoms of gaming too much or addictively and maybe is a coping mechanism but it’s an escapist one, and he refuses to realize his detachment from the real world versus his attachment to games.
What I wonder right now is, does the defensiveness he “must” exude in cutthroat gaming coincide with the defensive tone he cuts back at me when I try to guide him with hardly any judgement much less rudeness. He’s also defensive about his privacy; what music he’s listening to, what he’s reading, what’s his “online/social media identity and activity.” I think he has social anxiety, coming from myself having it as well, and also detachment issues. I’m unsure of the cause besides maybe teenage chemical imbalance and righteousness.
Any thoughts or relation in this you guys see? Any advice?
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2020.11.04 15:21 FollowtheAlmightyGod The Mystery of God’s Names

Although Jehovah, Jesus, and the Messiah all represent God’s Spirit, these names only denote the different ages of God’s management plan, and do not represent God in His entirety. The names by which people on earth call God cannot articulate His entire disposition and all that He is. They are merely different names by which God is called during different ages. And so, when the final age—the age of the last days—arrives, God’s name shall change again. He shall not be called Jehovah, or Jesus, much less the Messiah—He shall be called the powerful Almighty God Himself, He shall be called the powerful Almighty God Himself, and under this name He shall bring the entire age to an end, and under this name He shall bring the entire age to an end” (Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs). This hymn of God’s words helped me understand that there’s meaning behind the name God takes in each age. No single name can fully represent God’s disposition, what He has and is. A name just represents His work and the disposition He expresses for that age. God’s being is abundant and all-encompassing. People can’t delimit God or prescribe His name as unchanging. I never used to understand the meaning of the name God takes in each age, so I was sure His name couldn’t change. I blindly clung to the Lord Jesus’ name and refused to accept Almighty God’s work. I nearly lost my chance to welcome the Lord.
I went to church with my grandma since I was little. The pastor quoted these verses a lot: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). I was convinced that only the Lord Jesus was the true God and mankind’s Savior, and as long as I kept His name and way, when He came back I’d be taken into heaven.
Then in 2017, my wife accepted Almighty God’s kingdom gospel. One day she brought a sister over to share Almighty God’s work of the last days with me. At first I was none the wiser, I just listened to her fellowship. But when I heard her say the Lord Jesus had already returned as Almighty God, I dug my heels in and didn’t want to hear any more. Knowing my wife believed in Almighty God, I started standing in her way. I said, “‘[T]here is none other name under heaven given among men.’ We can’t be saved unless we stay true to the name of the Lord Jesus. How can you not know this after all your years of faith?” Her rebuttal was, “We were saved in the Lord Jesus’ name. That just meant our sins were forgiven so we’re not condemned under the law, but we still live in a state of sinning and confessing. We’re not free from the bonds of sin. The Lord Jesus has come back and begun the Age of Kingdom with the name Almighty God. He’s doing the work of judgment beginning with the house of God. He expresses truths to reveal our sinful satanic natures that oppose God, judge humanity’s rebelliousness and unrighteousness and give us a path to resolve our sinful natures. We have to accept Almighty God’s judgment work of the last days and be cleansed of our corruption to be fully saved and enter God’s kingdom.” But as full of notions as I was, I couldn’t possibly take in what she said. I knew she always listened to her parents, so I enlisted their help to stop her, but she wouldn’t budge. She insisted that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus returned and encouraged us to look into it instead of judging and condemning it so rashly.
I went to great lengths to stop her from believing in Almighty God. I did Bible research whenever I had a spare moment, and found sermons online from well-known preachers that I’d download and play for her. I thought she would change her mind, but she actually preached to me in response. That made me angry, but my hands were tied. We each continued to practice our own faith. I later made a point of going head to head with her. When she read Almighty God’s words, I read the Bible. When she played her church’s hymns, I played hymns praising the Lord. When she listened to her church’s sermons, I listened to pastors’ sermons. We debated the Bible all the time, and even though she’d never been a match for me before in eloquence, knowledge, or experience, I was surprised to see that everything she said now was really insightful. Her words carried weight, and her rebuttals left me tongue-tied and at a loss. I knew I couldn’t underestimate her anymore. I figured, since I was no match for her with my current Bible knowledge, I had to systematically study the Bible to win a debate with her.
One day I saw this in Exodus Chapter 3 in the Old Testament: “And God said moreover to Moses, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you: this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial to all generations” (Exodus 3:15). This made me wonder, since God’s word clearly states that Jehovah is His name forever, why was He called Jesus in the Age of Grace? I then remembered this from the Old Testament: “I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside Me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11). But it says in the New Testament: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). What did it all mean? I read these verses over and over, but it just left me more confused. I thought, “Isn’t the Lord Jesus our Savior? Since Jehovah and Jesus are the same God, why are Their names different? Could it be true that God’s name can change, just like my wife said?” I thought about how, through our debates, I’d found that my wife’s understanding had grown since believing in Almighty God. Her words were insightful and substantive. Without the Holy Spirit’s work, no one could have progressed so quickly on their own. I started to ask myself, “Could I be wrong? Is Almighty God really the Lord Jesus returned? Is Eastern Lightning the true way? If it is the true way and I hold my wife back, wouldn’t I be going against God?” I was in turmoil, caught between a rock and a hard place. I wanted so badly to get this straight, but I just wasn’t willing to let go of my pride and ask my wife.
In an attempt to figure this out, I started visiting and subscribing to The Church of Almighty God’s YouTube channel, secretly looking into Almighty God’s work of the last days. One day, I saw a passage of God’s words called “The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud.’” It says, “‘Jehovah’ is the name that I took during My work in Israel, and it means the God of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) who can take pity on man, curse man, and guide the life of man; the God who possesses great power and is full of wisdom. ‘Jesus’ is Emmanuel, which means the sin offering that is full of love, full of compassion, and which redeems man. He did the work of the Age of Grace, and He represents the Age of Grace, and can only represent one part of the work of the management plan. … In each age and each stage of work, My name is not baseless, but holds representative significance: Each name represents one age. ‘Jehovah’ represents the Age of Law, and is the honorific for the God worshiped by the people of Israel. ‘Jesus’ represents the Age of Grace, and is the name of the God of all those who were redeemed during the Age of Grace. If man still longs for the arrival of Jesus the Savior during the last days, and still expects Him to arrive in the image He bore in Judea, then the entire six-thousand-year management plan would have stopped in the Age of Redemption, and could not have progressed any further. The last days, furthermore, would never arrive, and the age would never be brought to an end. This is because Jesus the Savior is only for the redemption and salvation of mankind. I took the name of Jesus only for the sake of all the sinners in the Age of Grace, but it is not the name by which I shall bring the whole of mankind to an end” (The Word Appears in the Flesh). I turned this over and over in my mind. Almighty God’s explanation of the significance of the names Jehovah and Jesus is crystal clear. I saw that God’s name for each age just represents that age. “Jehovah” was the name God took for His work in the Age of Law. It represented God’s disposition of mercy and damnation. “Jesus” was God’s name just for the Age of Grace, and it represented God’s disposition of mercy and love. I finally saw that God’s name isn’t unchangeable. Every time He does a new stage of work, He takes a new name. It stands to reason that when the Lord returns in the last days, it will be with a new name.
Then I saw these words of Almighty God. “I was once known as Jehovah. I was also called the Messiah, and people once called Me Jesus the Savior with love and esteem. Today, however, I am no longer the Jehovah or Jesus that people knew in times past; I am the God who has returned in the last days, the God who shall bring the age to an end. I am the God Himself that rises up from the end of the earth, replete with My entire disposition, and full of authority, honor, and glory. People have never engaged with Me, never known Me, and have always been ignorant of My disposition. From the creation of the world until today, not one person has seen Me. This is the God who appears to man in the last days but is hidden among man. He resides among man, true and real, like the burning sun and the blazing flame, filled with power and brimming with authority. There is not a single person or thing that shall not be judged by My words, and not a single person or thing that shall not be purified through the burning of fire. Eventually, all nations shall be blessed because of My words, and also smashed to pieces because of My words. In this way, all people during the last days shall see that I am the Savior returned, and that I am the Almighty God that conquers all of mankind. And all shall see that I was once the sin offering for man, but that in the last days I also become the flames of the sun that incinerate all things, as well as the Sun of righteousness that reveals all things. This is My work in the last days. I took this name and am possessed of this disposition so that all people may see that I am a righteous God, the burning sun, the blazing flame, and so that all may worship Me, the one true God, and so that they may see My true face: I am not only the God of the Israelites, and I am not just the Redeemer; I am the God of all creatures throughout the heavens and the earth and the seas” (The Word Appears in the Flesh). These words have such authority. Every single word shook me to my very soul. It had to be God’s own words. Who else could reveal the mystery of God’s names with such perfect clarity? The more I saw, the more I felt it was the truth, that it was the voice of God. I remembered John 16:13: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” Wouldn’t the One who can tell us these truths and mysteries be none other than God Himself? I’d heard so many sermons from famous preachers, but not one had ever clarified the meaning behind God going by the name of Jehovah in the Old Testament, and Jesus in the New Testament. It really did seem likely that Almighty God was the appearance of the Lord Jesus! I felt so ashamed when I thought back on all the times I’d denied Almighty God’s work and tried to stop my wife from investigating it. I regretted off-handedly judging and condemning God’s work without looking into it. That was so ignorant and rebellious! Way back when, the Pharisees resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus’ work because of their notions and the Scripture’s literal meaning. Weren’t they ultimately cursed and punished by God? I had to learn that lesson from them, let go of my notions and imaginings, and look into God’s work of the last days. I couldn’t become a modern-day Pharisee, someone who works against God.
After that, every spare moment I had I secretly read Almighty God’s words and watched the church’s gospel films. I found a few, including The Mystery of Godliness and Faith in God, really moving. The brothers’ and sisters’ experiences were so genuine and their fellowship was clear as day. I became even more certain that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus returned. Then I wanted to tell my wife I would accept Almighty God’s work of the last days, but I couldn’t face it after all I’d put her through. One day when she got home from a gathering, I asked her, “What did you fellowship on today?” She shot me a look of bewilderment and said, “Are you asking me about the gathering because you’d like some fellowship? How about I have someone from the church come talk with you?” That was, in fact, exactly what I was hoping she’d say, but I was still a little embarrassed. I responded, “If you like.”
The next day, two sisters from The Church of Almighty God came to fellowship with me, and I shared my quandary. “I’ve been reading Almighty God’s words online and I now know that God’s name changes with the age, but there is something I still can’t figure out. It says in the Bible: ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8). ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved’“ (Acts 4:12). The Bible clearly states that the Lord Jesus’ name can’t change, so why would He be called Almighty God in the last days, and not Jesus?” The sisters then read a couple passages of Almighty God’s words: “God’s essence and what He has and is shall never change. As for His work, however, it is always progressing in a forward direction, always going deeper, for He is always new and never old. In every age God assumes a new name, in every age He does new work, and in every age He allows His creations to see His new will and new disposition.” “Some say that the name of God does not change. Why, then, did the name of Jehovah become Jesus? It was prophesied that the Messiah would come, so why then did a man by the name of Jesus come? Why did the name of God change? Was such work not carried out long ago? Is God unable to do newer work today? The work of yesterday can be altered, and the work of Jesus can follow on from that of Jehovah. Cannot, then, the work of Jesus be succeeded by other work? If the name of Jehovah can be changed to Jesus, then cannot the name of Jesus also be changed? None of this is odd; it is just that people are too simple-minded. God will always be God. No matter how His work changes, and regardless of how His name might change, His disposition and wisdom will never change. If you believe that God can only be called by the name of Jesus, then your knowledge is far too limited” (The Word Appears in the Flesh). “The name of Jesus was taken for the sake of the work of redemption, so would He still be called by the same name when He returns in the last days? Would He still be doing the work of redemption? Why is it that Jehovah and Jesus are one, yet They are called by different names in different ages? Is it not because the ages of Their work are different? Could a single name represent God in His entirety? This being so, God must be called by a different name in a different age, and He must use the name to change the age and to represent the age. For no one name can fully represent God Himself, and each name is able only to represent the temporal aspect of God’s disposition in a given age; all it needs to do is to represent His work. Therefore, God can choose whatever name befits His disposition to represent the entire age” (The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Then one of them shared this in fellowship: “Saying God never changes refers to His disposition and essence, not to His name. God is always new and never old and His work is always moving forward. God’s name also changes along with His work and along with the changing of the age. Each name represents an age and one stage of God’s work. Saying God’s name is unchanging means it will not change for the duration of that age, so as long as His work in that age hasn’t been finished, His name will not change during that age. But when God launches His work in a new age, He changes His name along with His work. He uses His name to usher in a new age, and God’s names represent His work and His disposition for each age. God’s name was Jehovah in the Age of Law, and He did that age’s work with that name. He issued the law and commandments to guide early humanity in their lives on earth, so they knew what sin was, how to worship Jehovah God, how to keep the law and commandments, and be blessed by God. Any who violated the law were to be stoned to death or burned by heavenly fire. The name Jehovah represented the majesty, wrath, mercy, and damnation of God’s disposition in the Age of Law. By the end of that age, people were becoming more and more corrupt and sinful, and could no longer follow the law. They were all in constant danger of being put to death for violating the law. God became flesh and came to earth based on His work plan and the needs of corrupt mankind. He began the Age of Grace and ended the Age of Law using the name ‘Jesus.’ He redeemed mankind and gave us the way of repentance, showing God’s merciful and loving disposition and bestowing incredible grace upon humanity. He was ultimately crucified to redeem us from our sins. Ever since then, we only have to pray in the Lord Jesus’ name to have our sins forgiven and enjoy God’s abundant grace. The name Jesus only represents the work of redemption, and its meaning is the sin offering that redeems corrupt mankind, full of love and mercy. We can see that there’s meaning behind the name God adopts for each age. Every name represents His work and disposition for that particular age. God’s work is always moving forward, and His name changes with each stage of His work. In the Age of Grace, when God came among man, if He had kept the name Jehovah, His work would have remained in the Age of Law and corrupt mankind could never have gained God’s redemption. They would have ended up punished and condemned for violating the law. The Lord has now returned in the last days. If He kept the name Jesus, mankind wouldn’t be able to move forward from the forgiveness of sin of the Age of Grace. We’d never be freed from sin, cleansed, fully saved, and get into God’s kingdom.”
The other sister went on with more fellowship: “Even though the Lord Jesus redeemed us of our sins in the Age of Grace, we still have sinful natures. We’re arrogant, selfish, despicable, deceitful, evil, and greedy. Our corrupt dispositions are still deeply rooted within us, and they drive us to sin and resist God all the time. We live in a state of sinning and confessing. We can’t practice the Lord’s words. We can’t enter His kingdom yet because God is holy, filthy human beings aren’t fit to enter His kingdom. In the last days, God has become flesh again with the name of Almighty God, beginning the Age of Kingdom to thoroughly save corrupt humanity from sin.” She said that the Lord’s name in the last days is Almighty God, and it fulfills those prophecies in Revelation: “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, and I will write on him My new name” (Revelation 3:12). “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). And there’s Revelation 11:17: “We give You thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because You have taken to You Your great power, and have reigned.” She continued, “Almighty God does the work of judgment in the last days. He expresses the truth to expose mankind’s corrupt nature so that we can understand the root of our corruption, see the reality of our corruption by Satan, and know God’s righteous, unoffendable disposition. Ultimately, we become able to hate and forsake ourselves, practice God’s words, and fear God and shun evil. We will be gradually freed from our satanic dispositions, cleansed, and fully saved. God also separates people according to their kind through His judgment work, revealing His righteous, majestic disposition that tolerates no offense. In the end He’ll destroy this old world, concluding His 6,000-year management plan. All who accept the name of Almighty God, who undergo judgment and are cleansed, will be brought into God’s kingdom. Those who hate the truth, who oppose and condemn Almighty God will be cast out and punished in the great disasters. That will bring God’s management work to a close. Then God won’t have a particular name, but His original identity will be restored—the Creator. It’s just as God said: The day will arrive when God is not called Jehovah, Jesus, or Messiah—He will simply be the Creator. At that time, all the names that He has taken on earth shall come to an end, for His work on earth will have come to an end, after which His names shall be no more. When all things come under the dominion of the Creator, what need has He of a highly appropriate yet incomplete name? Are you still seeking after God’s name now? Do you still dare to say that God is only called Jehovah? Do you still dare to say that God can only be called Jesus? Are you able to bear the sin of blasphemy against God? (The Word Appears in the Flesh).” Hearing the sisters’ fellowship was electrifying. I saw how profound the meanings behind God’s names are. He is the Creator who didn’t originally have a name. He’s taken on different names only for His work to save mankind. Jehovah, Jesus, and Almighty God are all one God. He’s done three different stages of work in three different ages, and the name He takes in each age has its own significance. They all represent God’s disposition and work in that age. Once I understood all this, I formally accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days.
Looking back, I hate how blind, foolish, and unreasonable I was. I just adhered to the literal Scripture, imagining God’s name could never change and that the Lord had to be called Jesus when He returns. Without Almighty God expressing the truth and revealing the mysteries of His work, I would have clung to the Bible my whole life, never understanding the truth behind God’s names. I especially wouldn’t have understood God’s work. I would have clung to the name Jesus and so resisted Almighty God’s work of the last days and then I would’ve been eliminated. Now I see, I owe so much to God’s guidance that allowed me to hear His voice and come before Him. I give thanks for Almighty God’s salvation for me!
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2020.11.03 05:41 WinifredLisa What Does Being Saved Mean? Does It Mean Receiving Full Salvation?

Regarding salvation, many brothers and sisters say with confidence: “The Bible says: ‘That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation’ (Romans 10:9–10). We have received salvation at the cross of the Lord Jesus and if we only believe in our hearts and confess our sin with our mouths, we will be forgiven—we are already saved, so we have full salvation and when the Lord comes, we will definitely enter the kingdom of heaven.” Is this viewpoint of ours actually correct? Does having our sins forgiven and being saved really mean we have full salvation? We really need to communicate this issue clearly, because it is directly connected to our entering the kingdom of heaven, a great matter.
First, we need to recognize the fact that we have undeniably received the redemption of the Lord Jesus; however, has our sinful nature been resolved? Does God forgiving our sins mean that we are now purified? As for us, if we take a look at ourselves and how most of our brothers and sisters around us live out their lives, we see that the vast majority of us follow the ways of the world; when we encounter an issue we lack tolerance and patience, and are unable to put the words of the Lord into practice. We live our old lives of sinning by day and confessing by night. Can those of us who sin so frequently really already be fully saved? Will we really get into the kingdom of heaven in the future? In the Bible, it has been recorded: “Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever” (John 8:34–35). “For I am Jehovah your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44). “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). From these verses we see that God is holy, His kingdom is holy and God will not allow unclean people to enter His kingdom. Even though our sins are forgiven, our sinful nature is still within us and we are not free from the bondage of sin. We live within a vicious cycle of sinning and confessing and are not at all purified. Frequent sinning makes us servants of sin. How could a servant of sin enter the kingdom of God? Therefore, the argument that having our sins forgiven means attaining full salvation and getting into the kingdom of heaven does not hold up.
What does “being saved” mean here? We all know that under the Age of Law, God issued the law and the commandments through Moses to lead the Israelites in their life on earth. In those days, the Israelites only had to keep the law and commandments and they would not be condemned. Any offenders had to offer a sacrifice to atone for their sin, or they would be punished. Therefore, the people of those days abided scrupulously by the law and no one dared to violate it. Toward the end of the Age of Law, people sinned more and more as their corruption by Satan grew deeper and deeper. There were no longer enough sacrifices to atone for their sins and everyone was at risk of being put to death in accordance with the law. God could not bear to see the people He had created so devoured by Satan, so God became flesh and came to earth to act as man’s sin offering by being nailed to the cross, thus rescuing man out from living under the law. Since then, if we only believe in the Lord Jesus our sins can be forgiven. We no longer suffer condemnation for failing to uphold the law; that is, we are saved by the Lord’s redemption. It is clear, then, that “being saved” is us believing in the Lord Jesus, being forgiven of our sins by repenting before the Lord, and no longer being subject to being put to death by the law. Not only that, but it also means being able to enjoy the peace, joy and abundant grace bestowed upon us by the Lord Jesus. This is what we commonly refer to as the true meaning of “being saved” by faith.
Let’s read a couple of passages together: “A sinner such as you, who has just been redeemed, and has not been changed, or been perfected by God, can you be after God’s heart? For you, you who are still of your old self, it is true that you were saved by Jesus, and that you are not counted as a sinner because of the salvation of God, but this does not prove that you are not sinful, and are not impure. How can you be saintly if you have not been changed? Within, you are beset by impurity, selfish and mean, yet you still wish to descend with Jesus—you should be so lucky! You have missed a step in your belief in God: You have merely been redeemed, but have not been changed. For you to be after God’s heart, God must personally do the work of changing and cleansing you; if you are only redeemed, you will be incapable of attaining sanctity. In this way you will be unqualified to share in the good blessings of God, for you have missed out a step in God’s work of managing man, which is the key step of changing and perfecting. And so you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, are incapable of directly inheriting God’s inheritance.
The sins of man were forgiven through the agency of the incarnate God, but this does not mean that man no longer has sin within him. The sins of man could be forgiven through the sin offering, but as for just how man can be made to sin no more, and how his sinful nature may be extirpated completely and transformed, he has no way of solving this problem. The sins of man were forgiven, and this is because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live within the corrupt satanic disposition of old. This being so, man must be completely saved from his corrupt satanic disposition, so that his sinful nature may be completely extirpated, never to develop again, thus enabling the disposition of man to be transformed.
From these two passages, we can see that we are indeed saved by the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus, but this salvation only means our sins are forgiven. It does not mean we are free from the bondage and control of sin. Since our sinful nature still exists, we often go against the teachings of the Lord and follow the lusts of the flesh and commit sins. It’s just as Paul once said: “For to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me” (Romans 7:18–20). Paul’s words convey the inner voice of every brother and sister. We are often dominated by sin, manifesting all sorts of corrupt satanic dispositions. For instance, the Lord requires us to be honest people, but we often lie, deceive and cheat for our own advantage. In our interpersonal dealings, we plot against each other for personal gain. When we suffer through trials, we still misunderstand and blame God, even distancing ourselves from Him or betraying Him. When God’s work does not conform to our notions, we judge and condemn God at will. We follow God yet follow and adore man at the same time…. It is hard to free ourselves from this vicious cycle of sinning and then confessing. We are never able to break free from the bondage of sin, neither can we ever absolutely submit to God and be compatible with Him. How can this be called full salvation?
Do we still have hope of attaining full salvation and entering the kingdom of God? There are actually some verses in the Bible that have already revealed this to us. Let’s take a look. It is recorded in the Bible that: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13). “He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). “Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). “Behold, the judge stands before the door” (James 5:9). We can see from these verses that the Lord Jesus will come again in the last days and express the truth, doing a stage of work to judge and purify mankind, thoroughly saving us from sin, allowing us to escape the bondage of sin, and ultimately making us compatible with God. We will become people who fear God and submit to Him. Achieving such an outcome must be accomplished by God’s work of judgment in the last days. Only through the judgment and revelation of the word of God can we understand the truth of our corruption by Satan as well as our natures and essences; only then can we understand God’s righteousness, majesty and inviolable disposition. Only then can we have true remorse and repentance, and have the resolve to despise the flesh and forsake Satan. We can then develop God-fearing heart; we can break away completely from the evil influence of Satan, fully turn to God and be gained by God. As our understanding of the truth deepens, we will submit more and more to God and practice the truth more and more. This way, before we even realize, we will entirely cast off sin and be purified. Only then can we attain full salvation and enter the kingdom of God. It is clear that only when we accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s words in the last days can we understand the truth, know God, fully break free from Satan’s influence and throw off Satan’s corrupt disposition. Then we can live by the truth and by the word of God—this is the true meaning of full salvation. This requires us to pray more regarding welcoming the Lord’s return, to seek it with humility and to attentively heed “what the Spirit says to the churches.” Only then can we welcome God’s appearance, experience God’s work of judgment in the last days, be purified and be fully saved. Thank the Lord—may the Lord’s salvation in the last days come to us soon!

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2020.11.02 01:06 WinifredLisa 3 Aspects to Help You Understand the Significance of the Lord Jesus Incarnate

Brothers and Sisters of Spiritual Q&A:
Hello everyone! I have a question. We all know that in the Age of Law, God worked to guide man in the Spirit, then why was God incarnated to do the work of redemption through crucifixion in the Age of Grace? Is there any mystery in this? I see the confusions of many brothers and sisters have been resolved through your website, so please communicate with me about my question.
Sincerely yours,
Mu Zhen

Response:
Thank the Lord. There is truly a mystery to the Lord Jesus becoming flesh to do His work, but what we humans can apprehend is too limited. Recently, we understood a bit about this aspect of the truth from a book, and we’d like to explore and enter into it with you. So now let us discuss this question from the following three points:

First, the Lord Jesus became flesh to redeem mankind.

From Biblical records we know: By the end of the Age of Law, people had become increasingly corrupt and were unable to obey the law. Everyone was in constant danger of being convicted by law and sentenced to death for breaking it. In order for people to continue to survive, in the Age of Grace, the first incarnation of God was nailed to the cross as a sin offering, taking on all of man’s sins. So all we have to do is pray to God, confess, and repent when we commit sins. As a result, He will pardon our sins, and thus we can come before Him and receive His continued blessings and guidance. Such outcomes are only made possible by the work of God incarnate. God is the Spirit, and it was not possible for the Spirit of God to be crucified. Only if God was incarnated as a man, could He redeem man from sin through His crucifixion; only in this way can man receive His salvation. From this we can see that the Lord Jesus’ incarnation was entirely for the sake of redeeming mankind. Just as God’s word says, “By the same token, during the first incarnation, only the flesh of God incarnate could redeem man through His crucifixion, whereas there would have been no way for the Spirit of God to be crucified as a sin offering for man. God could directly become flesh to serve as a sin offering for man, but man could not directly ascend to heaven to take the sin offering that God had prepared for him. This being so, all that is possible would be to ask God to run back and forth a few times between heaven and earth, not to have man ascend to heaven to take this salvation, for man had fallen and moreover man simply could not ascend to heaven, much less obtain the sin offering. Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to come among men and personally do the work that simply could not be accomplished by man.

Second, the Lord Jesus was incarnated to do His work in order to allow man to better understand God’s will, and give us the most direct life supply.

Everyone who has read the Bible knows that, in expressing His words, the Lord Jesus incarnated expressed His requirements for man using human language, for example, He used many metaphors, so that His followers can understand His will more straightforwardly. God’s word says, “The best thing about His work in the flesh is that He can leave accurate words and exhortations, and His accurate will for mankind to those who follow Him, so that afterward His followers can more accurately and more concretely pass on all of His work in the flesh and His will for the whole of mankind to those who accept this way. Only the work of God in the flesh among man truly accomplishes the fact of God’s being and living together with man. Only this work fulfills man’s desire to behold the face of God, witness the work of God, and hear the personal word of God.” From God’s words, we can see that when God becomes flesh to save corrupt mankind, He can use the language of us humans to clearly express His demands, His will, His disposition and all that He has and is. In this way, without having to cast about and search, we can understand His will clearly, know His demands and the way in which we ought to practice. We can also, as such, have a practical understanding and knowledge of Him. During the period the Lord Jesus worked in the flesh, He expressed the way in His words, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And He requested all kinds of demands from man, such as loving God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, and with all one’s strength, loving one’s neighbor as oneself, loving one’s enemies, and so on. As an event recorded in the Bible, when Peter’s brother sinned against him, he didn’t know how many times he should forgive his brother, so he asked the Lord Jesus about it, and then the Lord gave him a clear answer (see Matthew 18:21-22). From this we can see that God’s incarnation can feed and support men whenever and wherever He goes, giving man the most practical and direct supply, whereas the Spirit’s work cannot achieve the same effect. Therefore the Spirit must assume the flesh and become a man speaking to us face to face. This way, we can hear and understand God’s demands, and accurately behave to God’s liking.

Third, the Lord Jesus’ incarnation to do His work was entirely to expose mankind and distinguish each type of person.

God’s work is real. Only through the Lord Jesus’ incarnation as an ordinary, normal man, could man’s corruption be fully exposed, and could the true believers, false ones and the hypocritical Pharisees be revealed. When the Lord Jesus became flesh and came to work, those that sought the truth, like Peter, John, Matthew, and Nathanael, recognized that He is the promised Messiah when they saw the Lord Jesus’ word and work were full of authority and power, and so followed Jesus Christ and received His salvation. Whereas the Jewish Pharisees, despite hearing the Lord Jesus’ sermons, still did not know the Lord Jesus’ utterances are the voice of God, and saw Him as a carpenter’s son, with no power or stature, and so they dared brazenly condemn and resist Him without the slightest fear. In the end they committed the greatest of sins in nailing the Lord Jesus to the cross. The Lord Jesus once said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). From this, we see that anyone who sincerely believes in God and hungers for the truth, once hearing the voice of God, will come to the light and return before God. Whereas all those who are arrogant, who do not know God’s voice, and who forsake God’s word, will be revealed and eliminated.
Mu Zhen: Thank God! Through your fellowship, I understand that the Lord Jesus’ incarnation to do His work has a deep and profound meaning, which cannot be replaced by the work of the Spirit. The Lord Jesus in the flesh could interact with man, talk to man, and supply man with the truth and life in time according to the practical difficulties and needs of the people. Thus we can understand God’s demands clearly, and act according to the words of the Lord Jesus, in order to be of one mind with God. And meanwhile when the Lord Jesus was incarnated to do His work, He exposed and eliminated all the false believers eating loaves and being filled, and resisting and condemning the work of His incarnation. This reveals God’s righteous disposition. All glory be to God!

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2020.11.01 14:02 FollowtheAlmightyGod A Deeper Experience of God’s Love Through Entering a Lair of Demons

A Deeper Experience of God’s Love Through Entering a Lair of Demons
By Fenyong, Shanxi Province
Despite being raised under the loving care of my parents since I was a child, in my heart, I often felt lonely and that I had no one to rely on. I always seemed to be gripped by some inexplicable affliction that I was unable to overcome. I often asked myself: Why are people alive? How should we live? But I could never find an answer. In 1999, I finally had the good fortune to accept Almighty God’s work of the last days. The nourishment and provision of God’s word comforted my lonely heart, and I felt that I had finally come home. I felt especially safe and secure. Only then did I finally know what it was to be happy. Later, I read in God’s word that: “Without God in his heart, man’s inner world is dark, hopeless and empty. … [T]he position and life of God cannot be replaced by any man. Mankind does not just require a fair society in which everyone is well-fed and is equal and free; what they need is the salvation of God and His provision of life to them” (“God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Here, I finally discovered that eating well, wearing fancy clothes, and enjoying oneself aren’t what people need to live. What people need are God’s salvation and God’s supply of life. Only with these things can the emptiness in people’s spirits be resolved. The questions that had troubled me for so long were finally answered: God cares for every living being in creation⁠—people should live by relying on God and they should live for God, for only by living in this way are people’s lives meaningful. As I read more of God’s word, I gradually came to understand some of the truth, and later I took up duties in the church. I often went to meetings and fellowshiped with my brothers and sisters, and I passed my days feeling as though I was living a full, satisfying life. But, a sudden arrest shattered my quiet life and cast me into a lair of demons …
It was a rainy, summer day on July 17, 2009, when I and three of my sisters awoke from our afternoon naps to hear the dog in the courtyard suddenly begin to bark continually. I looked out to see what was going on, and I saw more than 20 plainclothes policemen climbing over the wall into the courtyard. Before I had time to react, they rushed into the house and dragged us into the living room. The sudden change in circumstances left me panicked as I wondered how I would answer the police’s interrogation. But then, a notion came to me: God had allowed these circumstances to occur, so I must submit. After that, the police ordered us to squat down and two of them twisted my arms behind my back, pressed an electric baton to my neck, and put a coat over my head. They kept pressing down on me and my legs went numb. The slightest movement brought forth a tide of profanity and berating. These evil police wildly rummaged through the house like bandits, and I continually prayed to God in my heart saying, “God! I know everything is in Your hands and it is through Your good intentions that I’ve been faced with this situation. Even though I don’t understand right now, I am willing to submit. God! I feel very panicked now, I am very afraid, and I don’t know what kind of circumstances I’ll have to face next. I know my stature is too small, and that I understand too little of the truth, so I beg for Your protection and guidance. Give me faith and strength, so that I can stand firm, and not become a Judas and betray You.” I prayed time and again, not daring to leave God for even a moment. In their search, the police found four laptop computers, several cell phones, several thumb drives and MP3 players, and more than 1,000 RMB in cash. After they finished searching the house, they seized everything they found, took pictures of each of us, and then forced us into their vehicle. On my way out, I saw more police cars and police than I could count.
The police took us to a hostel in a military subarea, where they separated us to interrogate us individually. There were two police guarding the door. Immediately after they shoved me into the room, three male officers and one female officer began questioning me. One of the male officers began by asking, “Where are you from? What is your name? What are you doing in this area? Where is the church’s money?” I continually prayed to God in my heart, and no matter what they asked me, I refused to utter a sound. Upon seeing this, they all lost their temper. They ordered me to stand up rigidly straight and wouldn’t let me lean on the wall. In this way, they continued to take turns interrogating me for three days and three nights and, during that time, they wouldn’t allow me to eat or sleep. My already thin, weak body couldn’t withstand such abuse. My head felt ready to explode, I felt as if my heart had been hollowed out, I was tired and hungry, and I couldn’t keep my balance. But every time I closed my eyes, they poked me and said, “You’re not sleeping before you answer our questions! No way! We have all the time in the world. Let’s see just how long you can last!” They often asked me questions about the church. I was very nervous throughout the ordeal, and terrified that I might let something slip in a moment of carelessness. I felt physically and spiritually tormented, but when I thought I had borne all I could bear and couldn’t endure, God enlightened me by making me recall this passage of His word, “When you face sufferings you must be able to not consider the flesh and not complain against God. When God hides Himself from you, you must be able to have the faith to follow Him, to maintain your previous love without allowing it to falter or disappear. No matter what God does, you must submit to His design, and be more willing to curse your own flesh than to complain against Him. When you are faced with trials you must satisfy God in spite of any reluctance to part with something you love, or bitter weeping. Only this can be called true love and faith. No matter what your actual stature is, you must first possess the will to suffer hardship as well as true faith, and you must have the will to forsake the flesh” (“Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Each line of God’s words gave me encouragement. That’s right, Satan was using my physical weakness to attack me. It hoped to use my desire to protect my flesh and live in comfort and ease to make me submit to it. I couldn’t allow it to deceive me and make me live as a cowardly, debased Judas. I was willing to live by God’s word, forsake the flesh, and practice love of God. I would rather curse my own flesh than complain against or betray God. God’s words were a source of bottomless strength, and gave me the determination to bear my suffering. At midnight on the third day, a middle-aged man came, apparently their superior, and upon seeing that they hadn’t been able to get a word from me, he came to stand directly in front of me and said, “You’re a young woman, and not bad-looking. You could do anything you want. Why do you insist on believing in God? Why not just tell us what you know? Delaying things won’t do you any good. The longer you delay, the more you’ll have to suffer.” At that moment, my flesh was extremely weak, and my determination began to shake. I thought, “Maybe I should just tell them something unimportant. If I keep putting things off like this, who knows what other means they would use to torture me?” But I immediately thought, “No! I can’t say anything! If I let anything slip they’ll ask more and more. There won’t be any stopping it once I do, and then I really will be a Judas.” When I realized this, I understood that I had nearly fallen for Satan’s trick. This was dangerous! What sinister, despicable devils! They were exploiting my weakness, using both hard and soft techniques to make me betray the church. I couldn’t allow myself to be tricked by Satan. I would die before I did anything to betray God.
On the fourth day, when these evil police saw that I still hadn’t told them anything, they tried another tactic. They brought me into another room and closed the door. Then, I remembered I had once heard someone describe how the police brought a sister into a jail cell full of men and allowed the male prisoners to humiliate her. I felt deeply afraid, as if I was a lamb in a tiger’s maw with no hope of escape, and I thought, “How are they going to torture me now? Am I going to die in this room? … God, please protect me and give me strength!” Time and again I prayed and called out to God, not daring to leave Him for a moment. The evil police sat down on the bed. They told me to stand in front of them and asked me the same questions, and when they saw I still wasn’t speaking, one of them became furious. He grabbed my arms, twisted them behind my back, handcuffed me, and ordered me to stand in a horse stance. My legs were already limp by this point. They were too weak to even stand, let alone support me in the horse stance. I couldn’t maintain the position for even a minute. When my posture didn’t meet their requirements, one of them kicked me ferociously in the shin, knocking me to the floor. Another large male police officer stepped forward and hoisted me up by my handcuffs, then lifted my arms behind me high into the air, chiding me as he did, “Will you talk now? Don’t test my patience!” The higher he lifted me, the tighter the handcuff became, and I screamed in pain. The more I screamed, the higher he lifted me and the more viciously he berated me, but I could sense nothing except that my arms and wrists were ready to snap. In my misery, a passage of God’s word appeared in my mind. “[D]uring these last days you must bear testimony to God. No matter how great your suffering, you should go on to the very end, and even at your last breath, still you must be faithful to God, and at the mercy of God; only this is truly loving God, and only this is the strong and resounding testimony” (“Only by Experiencing Painful Trials Can You Know the Loveliness of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). In that moment, I sincerely felt God’s comfort and encouragement. I felt that God was by my side, that He was with me, encouraging me to stand firm no matter how great the suffering, and to be loyal to Him to the end, because only this is strong, resonant testimony. I silently prayed to God, “God, now You require me to stand firm and testify for You. No matter how much I suffer, I will testify for You in the face of Satan, and even if I die I will not betray You! I will not submit to Satan!” After another round of torment, the policeman saw that I still wasn’t speaking, so he flung me viciously to the floor. Afterward, I saw that the handcuffs had cut two deep gashes into my wrists, and the pain seemed to rip through me. Even today, I can’t lift heavy things with my right wrist.
The police tortured me intermittently over ten days to get information about the church. When they saw that their aggressive tactics weren’t working, they tried a different strategy. One day, they sent a female officer to get close to me. She brought me some daily use products, and then tried to ingratiate herself with me, saying, “Look at yourself—a young woman, good-looking, with what must be a good diploma. If you didn’t believe in God, we could be friends. If you don’t have anywhere to go, you could stay at my house. I can help you get a good job here, and introduce a good boyfriend. You could have your own home, your own husband, a child, and enjoy your days with your family. Wouldn’t that be nice? As things are now, you’re unable to go home. Don’t you miss your home and your parents?” The male officer next to them joined in, saying, “That’s right. Why do you spend your days in hiding, moving from place to place? Why put yourself through that? As long as you cooperate with us, I promise there’s a way out of all this for you.” I heard them tempting me, and my heart couldn’t help but become weak, “They’re right. I’ve spent the last years in hiding, afraid of being arrested by the police. I’ve had no fixed address, and I’ve been constantly afraid. When will these days of persecution come to an end? Living like this really is miserable!” But that thought instantly brought darkness into my heart, so I cried out to God, “God! I know my state is incorrect. I’m making demands of You and complaining about You. This is my rebelliousness and resistance. God! I beg You to enlighten me so that I can turn away from this incorrect state, stop Satan’s scheme from succeeding, and prevent myself from falling into Satan’s snare.” After I prayed, I remembered a passage of God’s word, “Perhaps you all remember these words: ‘For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.’ You have all heard these words before, yet none of you understood their true meaning. Today, you are profoundly aware of their true significance. These words shall be fulfilled by God during the last days, and they shall be fulfilled in those who have been brutally persecuted by the great red dragon in the land where it lies coiled. The great red dragon persecutes God and is the enemy of God, and so, in this land, those who believe in God are thus subjected to humiliation and oppression, and God’s words are fulfilled in you, this group of people, as a result” (“Is the Work of God As Simple As Man Imagines?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). The enlightenment in God’s words brightened my heart. I came to understand the significance of experiencing persecution and tribulation. God uses the persecution of these demons to give us the determination to bear suffering and perfect our sincerity and faith in following Him, so that our experience and testimony can become powerful proof of God overcoming Satan, and so that all people can see such testimony that Almighty God’s work of the last days is not the work of man, but is the work of God Himself. Without God’s work and the guidance and provision of God’s words, no person could bear long-term humanity-crushing cruelty and torment of these demons. Being able to believe in God and follow God even at the cost of one’s own life is the effect achieved by Almighty God’s work upon people. It is the testimony of the glory gained by God, and God’s almighty power. In this last stage of His work, God wants to gain a group of overcomers who can withstand Satan’s persecution and cruel harm and dauntlessly turn toward righteousness. These are the overcomers God ultimately wishes to gain! God’s word says, “I have bestowed all My glory unto you, I have bestowed unto you the life that the chosen people, the Israelites, never received. By rights, you ought to bear witness to Me and devote to Me your youth and lay down your life. Whomsoever I bestow My glory unto shall bear Me witness and give their life for Me. This has long been predestined by Me. It is your good fortune that I bestow My glory upon you, and your duty is to testify to My glory” (“What Do You Know of Faith?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). In His six-thousand-year management plan, God has done three stages of work and has incarnated twice. In His final incarnation, He has come to work in China, an atheist land which persecutes God most heavily, and He accomplishes a portion of the glory He gains in the last days upon those of us deeply and brutally harmed by Satan, thereby defeating Satan, and at the same time working the truth and life within us. We truly gain much from God, and so should testify for God. This is God’s commission, as well as His grace and exaltation, and it is our honor. So, the suffering we bear today is meaningful and valuable, and represents God’s favor for us. Through the enlightenment and guidance of God’s words, I understood God’s will, saw through Satan’s tricks, and found the determination to bear any suffering to stand firm and testify for God. After that, the police continued to question me for another two weeks, but I never told them any information about the church.
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Afterward, I was transferred to the local detention house. As soon as I arrived, a female police officer ordered me to strip naked to be searched, and she seized the money I carried as well. When I entered the cell, the stench was awful. More than twenty people were squeezed onto a single sleeping platform. We all ate, drank, urinated, and defecated in the same room. In the month that followed, I was ordered by these evil police to work overtime and take extra duties every day. They had taken my glasses, so everything was a blur to me, and I had to draw things very close to my eyes as I worked to see clearly. On top of that, the detention house’s lights were small and dim. While others slept, I had to continue working late into the night because it took me so long to complete my tasks. My eyes were extremely exhausted, and I feared the work would make me go blind. I couldn’t sleep well at night, and each night I had to do an hour of shift duty in the cell. Beyond the heavy workload every day, I was also interrogated twice a week, and each time, these evil police would put me in handcuffs and shackles, as well as the “imperial yellow” prisoner’s uniform. I remember, on one such day, it was raining. I walked beside a male police officer, who held an umbrella over himself. I walked with extreme difficulty, handcuffed and shackled in my thin prison uniform, shivering as the cold rain fell on me. The shackles were very heavy, and scraped my ankles and clanked loudly with every step. In the past I had only seen such things on TV, but now I was experiencing it personally. I couldn’t help but despise my situation, and I cried out within my heart, “This is how murders and rapists are interrogated! What did I do to deserve this?” It was then that God enlightened me and I remembered God’s words, “Forefathers of the ancient? Beloved leaders? They all oppose God! Their meddling has left all beneath heaven in a state of darkness and chaos! Religious freedom? The legitimate rights and interests of citizens? They are all tricks for covering up sin! … Now is the time: Man has long since gathered all his strength, he has devoted all his efforts, paid every price, for this, to tear off the hideous face of this demon and allow people, who have been blinded, and have endured every manner of suffering and hardship, to rise up from their pain and turn their backs on this evil old devil” (“Work and Entry (8)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). When I compared God’s words to the reality I faced, I finally saw that although the CCP government declares in every way to the outside world that all people deserve religious freedom, the moment anyone really believes in God, it responds with all variety of persecution, arrest, violence, insult, condemnation, and imprisonment. It doesn’t treat people in a humane fashion. The values of “freedom of religious belief” and “democracy and human rights” are tricks intended purely to deceive, blind, and toy with others! This evil party beautifies itself with all manner of eloquence, but in truth is as cruel and brutal as a demonic beast, truly as sinister and vicious as they come! The CCP government willfully ignores and turns a blind eye to the villains and evildoers in the world who cheat, defraud, murder, and rob, and at times even protects them, yet it ruthlessly persecutes and kills people who believe in God and walk the right path. It truly is a demon that makes itself an enemy of God! As I thought of these things, I couldn’t help but despise this vile demon. I swore to rebel against it even if it cost me my life, and I gave myself over to God! After a month, despite lacking any evidence, the police sentenced me to a year of reeducation through labor for the charge of “disturbing public order.”
When I arrived at the labor camp, I realized that this was an even darker place. Here, there was no freedom at all. Detainees could only eat, drink, or go to the toilet at the order of their unit guards, and we had to obey the guards in everything or we were punished. When we entered and left the room, we had to number off, and if anyone reported the wrong number, the entire unit was punished by spending two hours under brutal sun or being soaked in the rain. When we went to the cafeteria to eat, if anyone reported the wrong number, the entire unit was punished by being forced to wait outside and not being allowed to eat. We could only look on helplessly as the other detainees ate their meals. We also had to sing a military song before every meal, with all our strength, and if anyone sang out of tune or not loud enough, we had to start the song over, once, twice…. We were only allowed to eat once our unit guards were satisfied. This so-called “management system” exists purely to satisfy the desires of those evil guards to lord over others, to order others around, and to enjoy status. They every day put others on edge. Here, beyond cleaning up for the guards and folding their quilts, the detainees had to fetch water for their footbaths and massage their backs. The guards acted like emperors and queens, smiling at you if you served them well, but scolding viciously or beating if you served them badly. No matter what we were doing, even if we were in the bathroom, the moment we heard the guards shouting, we had to loudly answer “present” and hurry over to hear their instructions. These are how labor camps under the CCP regime are run. They are dark, oppressive, cruel, and humiliating. Faced with all this, I felt nothing but resentment and helplessness. And beyond that, these evil police treated the labor camp detainees as draft animals and slaves, as merely tools for making money. They overloaded us with work every day, to the point that aside from eating and sleeping, we spent the rest of our time working to create wealth for them. Every day, beyond the various regulations we had to follow, we also had to deal with a heavy workload, and there was no saying when we would be punished and scolded, I really couldn’t stand living like that, and I don’t know how many times I thought to myself, “Will I die in this labor camp? Every day they drive us to exhaustion. How will I make it through such an arduous year? When will this finally be over? I can’t stand another minute, another second, in this hellish place….” On top of that, there was no one who I could openly share my feelings with. Every day, I had to bear everything in silence and work ceaselessly, and I felt miserable. At night, when everyone was asleep, as I looked out through the barred window at the stars, I was overcome with sorrow. I felt isolated and alone, and I couldn’t help but sob into my pillow. But at the moment I felt weakest, I suddenly remembered God’s word, “Many are the sleepless nights that God has endured for the sake of the work of mankind. From up high to the lowest depths, He has descended to the living hell in which man lives to pass His days with man, has never complained of the shabbiness among man, has never reproached man for his disobedience, but endures the greatest humiliation as He personally carries out His work. How could God belong to hell? How could He spend His life in hell? But for the sake of all mankind, so that the whole of mankind can find rest sooner, He has endured humiliation and suffered injustice to come to earth, and personally entered into ‘hell’ and ‘Hades,’ into the tiger’s den, to save man” (“Work and Entry (9)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Every line of God’s word comforted my tormented heart. Yes! I felt so alone and isolated in this demonic prison because I had no one to confide in, but God descended to earth from heaven and endured horrendous insult and torment to save us, mankind, who rebelled against and resisted Him, and not a single person could understand Him or be considerate of His will. Instead, He was faced with people’s misunderstanding, complaints, neglect, attacks, deceit, and betrayal. Did God not feel the same isolation and loneliness? Was God not also tormented and hurt? But despite this, I wasn’t considerate of God’s will at all, and became negative and weak after only a little suffering. I wanted only to withdraw and escape. I truly was rebellious! God allowed the persecution of these devils to fall upon me not because He deliberately wanted to make me suffer, but because He wanted me to clearly see the CCP government’s evil face through experiencing its cruel persecution, become able to truly forsake it, and finally turn entirely to God. All this was done with God’s good intentions and salvation. And at any rate, Christ was suffering with me now, so I was no longer alone. It was only then that I felt that in all God does to man, there is only salvation and love. Although I suffered torment in the flesh, it was incredibly beneficial to my life entry! Once I understood these things, I slowly began to emerge from my negative, weak state, and I found the determination to be content with suffering to bear witness for God.
At the end of June 2010, I was released one month early. Through experiencing this persecution and difficulty, I truly felt that God’s salvation for people is sincere and practical, and that God’s love for people is deep and genuine! If I hadn’t experienced persecution and arrest by these devils, my faith, courage, and determination to suffer could not have been perfected, and I would never be able to clearly see the demon’s real, ugly face. I would never sincerely despise it, and I would never be able to turn my heart over to God and give myself entirely to God. Without real experience of the bitterness of persecution and difficulty, I would never be able to understand or appreciate the misery God feels or the price He pays in coming incarnate to this filthy place to save us. This allowed me to feel God’s love more deeply and brought my heart closer to Him. I am thankful to God’s words for the guidance they provided me time and again, and for accompanying me through a year of living in darkness in prison. Today, I have returned to the church, I read God’s word and fellowship on the truth with my brothers and sisters, I have again taken up my duties, and my heart is filled with endless joy and happiness. I am grateful to God from the bottom of my heart, and I have sworn an oath to myself: No matter what circumstances or trials befall me in the future, I wish only to pursue the truth with all my strength and follow God to the end!
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