988 Fear God to Gain His Protection
1 Being practical in your behavior and actions, not departing from prayer in anything you do, frequently coming before God, and never straying from God—these are the fundaments of believing in God! No matter how great your life, how great your stature, or how much of the reality of the truth you have entered, in your heart you must not leave God; you must never stray from God. You might say, “I won’t stray too far from God; I’ll just leave for a little while, okay?” What words are these? This is not a matter of near or far; if you are ever without God in your heart, then you have already strayed far from God. People who stray from God frequently do not revere Him.
2 When people stray far from God, what are the consequences? As soon as they do, they become liable to falling captive to Satan at any time. After that, they will reveal their satanic disposition through their words and actions. They will often make mistakes, frequently rebel against God, and will interrupt and disturb the church life. At any time, they are at risk of being used and taken captive by Satan—how frightful that is! Thus, only if you do not stray from God in your heart and are able to live before God at all times can you be a God-fearing person, and only once you possess this mentality can God protect you from taking the wrong path.
Adapted from God’s Fellowship