Knowing the Truth, Being Absolute for the Truth, and Proclaiming the Truth in the Present Evil Age
Memorial Day Conference (May 2021)
What I have received is not all the time inspiration, like a vapor. What I have received from the Lord is always the solid truth, so it remains in me, nourishing me all the time. You must have the truth. The only way for the truth to get into you is through your mentality. Then it remains in your memory. If you do not understand, the truth cannot get into you. The truth gets into you through your mentality, your understanding. Also, if the truth gets into your memory, it becomes a constant and long-term nourishment. Then you have an accumulation of the truth, and you are a person continually under the constant nourishment. You will then know how to present the truth to others, not merely to inspire them or to stir them up but to make them solid and constituted with the truth.
Once the truth has been constituted into someone, however, it will remain there forever, and its remaining is its supply. Our need for the long run is this kind of education with the truth, which is really something solid, living, and existing. (CWWL, 1984, vol.2, “Elders’ Training, Book 3: The Way to Carry Out the Vision,” pp. 312-313, 336)
Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth
July 2021 Semiannual Training
Although it may be with tears in our eyes, we must say day by day, “Lord, nothing but Your smiling presence will satisfy me. I do not want anything but the smile of Your glorious face…The whole world may rise against me, but as long as I have Your smile upon me, I can praise You, and everything is well.” The Lord said, “My presence shall go with you.” What a treasure! The presence, the smile, of the Lord is the governing principle. We must be fearful of receiving anything from the Lord yet losing His presence…The Lord Himself may very well give you something, and yet that very thing will rob you of His presence…We must learn to be kept, to be ruled, to be governed, to be guided, simply by the presence of the Lord. We must tell the Lord that we do not want anything but His direct presence…This is not only a requirement and a qualification but also a power for you to go on to possess the land. The [direct] presence of the Lord will strengthen you with might to obtain the fullness, the all-inclusiveness of Christ. (The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1961-1962, vol. 4, “The All-inclusive Christ,” pp. 294, 296)