How God Decides Men’s Outcomes and the Standard by Which God Decides Men’s Outcomes
Before you have any opinion or conclusion, you should first know what God’s attitude toward you is and what God’s heart thinks; then you can conclude whether what you think is right or wrong. God has never decided a person’s outcome by time, nor has God ever decided a person’s outcome by how much he has suffered. Then by what standard does God decide a person’s outcome? It fits man’s notion the most to decide a person’s outcome by time. Besides, those who have offered up a lot, spent a lot, paid much price, and suffered a lot, as you often see, are all regarded in your notion as ones who can receive God’s salvation. In man’s notion, what such people manifest and live out is precisely the standard by which God decides a person’s outcome. No matter what you think, instances of which I will not list one by one, in a word, as long as it is not the standard God wants in his heart, it is man’s imagination and is man’s notion. If you hold on to your notion and imagination blindly, what will the result be? Obviously, the result will only be that you are detested and rejected by God. This is because you always put on the airs of a veteran before God, compete against God, and argue with God, but do not truly try to know God’s mind, God’s will, or God’s attitude toward mankind. By doing so, you are magnifying yourself, not magnifying God, and you are believing in yourself, not believing in God. God does not want such a person, nor will God save such a person. If you can drop such a viewpoint, correct your former erroneous viewpoint, and do according to God’s requirement, and from now on you practice the way of fearing God and shunning evil and magnify God in every aspect, and you do not draw conclusions about yourself or about God according to your own imaginations, opinions, or thoughts, but in everything try to seek God’s will, know and understand God’s attitude toward mankind, and satisfy God according to God’s standard, then it will be very good! It means that you are about to get on the way of fearing God and shunning evil.
Since God does not take these viewpoints conceived by men in this way and that way as the standard to decide men’s outcomes, by what standard does God decide men’s outcomes? God decides men’s outcomes by trials. There are two indices in deciding men’s outcomes by trials: The first is the times of trying them, and the second is the result of trying them. God decides men’s outcomes just by these two indices. Now let’s talk about these two indices in detail.
First, when you encounter God’s trial (Note: To you, this trial may be very small, unworthy of mention), God will make you realize clearly God’s hand has fallen upon you and God has arranged such a circumstance for you. When your stature is small, God arranges some trials to test you which are in accordance with your stature and which you can understand and withstand. Test what in you? Test your attitude toward God. Is this attitude very important? Of course! And it is particularly important! This attitude is the result God wants, so man’s attitude is the most important to God. Otherwise, God will not spend efforts to do such a work on man. For God wants to, through trials, see your attitude toward God, see whether you are taking the right way, and see whether you are fearing God and shunning evil. So, no matter whether you understand much truth or little at the time, God’s trials will come upon you. As you understand more truths, God will continue to arrange trials for you accordingly. When you encounter trials again, God will see whether there is an improvement in your viewpoint and thought and your attitude toward God in this period. Some people say, “How come God always wants to see men’s attitudes? Hasn’t God seen men practice the truth like that? Why does God still want to see men’s attitudes?” These are foolish words! Since God can do so, there must be God’s will in it. God is at men’s side all the time watching men’s every word and deed, every act and move, and even every thought and idea. As for everything that happens in men: men’s good deeds, men’s faults, men’s transgressions, and men’s disobediences and betrayals, God will write them down one by one and take them as the evidence by which to decide men’s outcomes. As God’s work is uplifted step by step, and you hear more and more truths and receive more and more positive things, positive messages, and reality of the truths, God’s requirements for you will also be uplifted. At the same time God will arrange severer trials for you in order to test whether there is any improvement in your attitude toward God in this period. Of course, at this time the viewpoints God requires of you will be in accordance with the reality of the truths you understand.
As your stature is gradually uplifted, God’s required standard of you will also be uplifted gradually. When you are immature, God gives you a very low standard; when you grow somewhat bigger in your stature, God will give you a somewhat higher standard. However, when you have understood all the truths, what will God do? God will bring greater trials upon you. In greater trials, what God wants to gain and what God wants to see are your deeper knowledge of God and your true fear of God. At this time God’s requirement for you will be higher and “harsher” than when your stature is small. (Note: To man, it is harsh; as a matter of fact, to God, it is very reasonable.) During the period God tries man, what fact does God want to accomplish? God keeps requiring man to give his heart to God. Some people may say, “How to give? I have been performing duty, I have left my family and given up my career, and I have been spending. Aren’t all these the manifestations of having given the heart to God? What else should I do to give my heart to God? Could my doing in such ways not mean that I have given my heart to God? What is the specific requirement of God?” This requirement is very simple. Actually in the trials of different periods, some people have given their hearts to God in varying degrees, but most people have never given their hearts to God. When God tries you, he wants to see whether your heart is toward God or toward your flesh or toward satan; when God tries you, he wants to see whether you stand on the opposite side of God or stand on the ground of being compatible with God, and whether your heart is on God’s side. When you encounter trials at the time of being immature, though your faith is very small and because you have a limited understanding of the truths, you cannot know accurately what to do to satisfy God’s heart’s desire, yet if you can pray to God genuinely and sincerely, be willing to give your heart to God and let God be the sovereign, and be willing to offer up to God the things you regard as the most precious, this means that you have given your heart to God. As you hear more and more messages and understand more and more truths, you gradually grow in your stature. God’s required standard of you then will not be the standard given when you are immature, but one higher than it. When man can give his heart to God little by little, man’s heart will gradually draw near to God; when man can truly come near to God, man will have more and more fear of God in his heart. What God wants is just such a heart.
When God wants to gain a person’s heart, God will give him many trials. During these trials, if God cannot gain his heart or see any attitude of his, that is, God cannot see his practice and manifestation of fearing God or his attitude and resolution of shunning evil, then God, after trying him many times, will withdraw his patience for this person and will no longer tolerate him, try him, or work on him. Then what does this mean to his outcome? It means that he will have no outcome. Though he may not do any evil, may not do any disrupting or disturbing things, and may not resist God openly, his heart is hidden from God, and he never shows any definite attitude toward or viewpoint about God, and God cannot clearly see that his heart is given to God or that he is pursuing to fear God and shun evil. To such a person God will no longer show patience, and he will no longer pay any price for him, no longer show mercy to him, and no longer do any work on him. Thus his life of believing in God will have come to an end. This is because in the many trials given by God to him, God has not received the result he wants. So, in some people I have never seen that they have the inspiration and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. How has this been seen? During so many years of believing in God, this kind of person has run around vigorously on the outside, and though he has spent much time reading the book, done a lot of things, taken about ten books of notes, and known a large amount of letters and doctrines, yet no growth can be seen in him, nor can it be seen that he has any viewpoint about God or any definite attitude toward God. That is to say, in this kind of person you cannot see his heart. His heart is wrapped all the time, and his heart is closed—closed to God, so God has never seen his true heart or his true fear of God, much less how he walks in God’s ways. So far God has not gained this kind of person. Can God gain him in the future? No! Will God demand what he cannot gain? No! So now what is God’s attitude toward this kind of person? (Detesting and rejecting. Ignoring.) Ignoring! God ignores this kind of person, and detests and rejects him. You memorize this word very quickly and very accurately. So you understand very well what I say!
Some people, when first following God, are immature and ignorant, and they do not understand God’s will or know what believing in God is all about, so they believe in God and follow God in some man-made wrong ways. When trials come upon them, they do not have any realization, and they are very numb toward God’s inspiration and guidance and do not know what it means to give their heart to God and what it means to stand in the trials. To such people God will give a period of time, during which God will let them understand what God’s trial is and what God’s will is and then give their viewpoints. God is still waiting for the people in such a phase. Toward those who have some viewpoints but are still wavering, who want to give their heart to God but feel reluctant, and who have practiced some basic truths but who, when encountering severe trials, avoid them and want to give up, what is God’s attitude? God still has some expectation for them. What the result will be depends on their attitude and manifestation. If they do not strive upward actively, then what will God do? God will give them up. This is because before God gives you up, you have already given yourself up. Then you cannot blame God for giving you up. Right? Is this fair or not? (Fair.)
The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the work of the returned Lord Jesus—the end-time Christ, “Almighty God”—in China, and it isn’t established by any person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. After reading God’s expression, you will see that God has appeared.