232 Only Those Who Revere God Can Be Protected by Him
1. Being practical in your behavior and actions, not departing from prayer in all you do, often coming before God, not straying from God—these are the fundaments of the fundaments! These are the fundaments of the fundaments! No matter how great our lives, how great our stature, how much of the reality of the truth we have entered, in our hearts we cannot leave God, we cannot stray from God. You say: “I won’t go too far from God, but let me wander a while, OK?” What words are these? This isn’t a matter of near or far—if you are without God in your heart, then you have already strayed far from God; it is not a matter of real distance.
2. And what is the outcome when people stray far from God? When people stray from God, they can fall captive to Satan at any time, fall captive to Satan at any time. And after that, what will be revealed in their words and actions? At this time, people will likely make mistakes, they will reveal their rebelliousness, and will interrupt; at any time, there is the risk that they will be used and taken captive by Satan—how frightful that is! Thus, not straying from God in your heart and being able to come before God at all times is an attitude of reverence toward God, and only when you possess this attitude can God protect you from taking the wrong path. Only when you possess this attitude can God protect you from taking the wrong path.
from “Only With the Truth as Their Life Can People Live a Life of Value” in Records of Christ’s Talks