746 How Far Short of God’s Demands Are You?
1 No matter what you believe, the things I say and do are meant to improve your understanding of God’s intentions, and improve your grasp on what God is thinking, what God wants to accomplish, what kind of person God likes, what God loathes, what God despises, what type of person God wants to gain, and what type of person God spurns. It’s meant to give your minds clarity, to help you clearly know how far the actions and thoughts of each and every one of you have strayed from the standard required by God.
2 Because I know you have believed for so long, and have listened to so much preaching, but these are precisely the things that are most lacking. You have recorded every truth in your notebook, you have also recorded that which you personally believe to be important in your mind and in your heart. And you plan to use it to satisfy God when you’re practicing, use it when you find yourself in need, or you use it to get through the difficult times that lie before your eyes, or you simply let these truths accompany you while you live your life.
3 If you’re only practicing, how exactly you’re practicing isn’t important. What, then, is the very important thing? It’s that while you’re practicing, your heart knows with all certainty whether or not everything you’re doing, every deed, is what God wants; whether or not everything you do, everything you think, and the result and the goal in your heart satisfy God’s intentions, cater to God’s demands, and whether or not God approves of them. These are the important things.
Adapted from “How to Know God’s Disposition and the Result of His Work”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh