What is fearing God? How to shun evil?
“Fearing God” is not inexplicable fright and dread, avoidance, estrangement, admiration, or blind faith, but adoration, veneration, trust, understanding, care, obedience, dedication, love, and unconditional and complaintless worship, repayment, and submission. If one does not have a true knowledge of God, he will not have a true adoration, a true trust, a true understanding, or a true care and obedience, but only terror and uneasiness, and only doubt, misunderstanding, avoidance, and estrangement; if one does not have a true knowledge of God, he will not have a true dedication and repayment; if one does not have a true knowledge of God, he will not have a true worship and submission but only a blind admiration and a blind belief; if one does not have a true knowledge of God, he cannot possibly walk in God’s ways, fear God, or shun evil. On the contrary, all the activities and doings he engages in are full of his disobedience and resistance against God, full of his slanders and judgments against God, and full of his evil deeds of going against the truth and against the true meaning of God’s word.
When one has a true trust in God, he will have true following and reliance; only when he has a true trust and reliance on God will he have a true knowledge and understanding; when he has a true understanding of God, he will have a true care; only when he has a true care for God will he have a true obedience; only when he has a true obedience to God will he truly dedicate himself; only when he has a true dedication to God will he repay unconditionally without complaint; only when he has a true trust and reliance, a true understanding and care, a true obedience, and a true dedication and repayment to God will he truly know God’s disposition and substance and know the Creator’s identity; only when he truly knows the Creator will he have a true worship and submission; only when he has a true worship of and submission to the Creator will he truly be free from evil deeds, that is, shun evil.
This is the entire course of “fearing God and shunning evil,” the full content of “fearing God and shunning evil,” and the necessary pathway for man to reach the point of fearing God and shunning evil.
“Fearing God and shunning evil” has countless and inseparable ties with knowing God. The relationship between them is more than obvious. If you want to shun evil, you have to first have a true fear of God; if you want to have a true fear of God, you have to first have a true knowledge of God; if you want to have knowledge of God, you have to first experience God’s word, enter into the reality of God’s word, experience God’s chastening and discipline, and experience God’s chastisement and judgment; if you want to experience God’s word, you have to first be face to face with God’s word, be face to face with God, and pray to God to arrange people, matters, things, and various environments so that you can have the opportunities to taste God’s word; if you want to be face to face with God and face to face with God’s word, you have to first have a simple and honest heart, have an attitude to accept the truth, have the mind to suffer, have the determination and courage to shun evil, have the desire to be a real created being…. In this way, going forward step by step, you will become nearer and nearer to God, your heart will become purer and purer, and your life and the value of your existence will become more and more meaningful and more and more brilliant as you know God. One day, you will feel that the Creator is no longer a mystery, the Creator has never hidden Himself from you, the Creator has never hidden His face from you, the Creator is not far from you, the Creator is no longer the One whom you can only yearn for day and night but cannot perceive, He is truly watching you by your side, He supplies your life and rules over your destiny, He is not at the far end of the heaven, He is not hidden in the clouds, He is by your side ruling over your everything, and He is your all and is your only One. Such a God will make you have adoration for Him in your heart, feel attached to Him, draw near to Him, look up to Him, fear losing Him, never want to drop Him, never want to disobey Him, and never want to stay away from or avoid Him. You will only want to care for Him and obey Him, you will only want to repay all that He gives you, and you will only want to submit under His dominion. You will no longer reject His guidance, supply, care, and keeping to you, and no longer resist His sovereignty and arrangement for you. You will only want to follow Him and accompany Him at His side. You will only want to accept Him as your only life and accept Him as your only Lord and your only God.
August 18, 2014
From A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh—The Way to Know God I