Daily Words of God | "Escape From the Influence of Darkness, and You Will Be Gained by God" | Excerpt 535
To escape from the influence of darkness, you must first be loyal to God and have the eagerness to seek the truth, only then will you have the right situation. Living in the right situation is necessary for the escape from the influence of darkness. Not having the right situation means that you are not loyal to God and that you do not have the eagerness to seek the truth, then it is out of the question to escape from the influence of darkness. Man’s escape from the influence of darkness is based on My words, and if man cannot practice in accordance with My words, man shall not escape from the bondage of the influence of darkness. To live in the right situation is to live under the guidance of God’s words, to live in the situation of being loyal to God, to live in the situation of seeking the truth, to live in the reality of sincerely spending for God, to live in the situation of genuinely loving God. Those who live in these situations and within this reality will gradually transform, as they enter more deeply into the truth, and they will transform with the deepening of the work of God, until eventually they will certainly be gained by God, and they will come to genuinely love God. Those who have escaped from the influence of darkness will be able to gradually grasp God’s will, gradually understand the heart of God, and eventually become intimate with God; not only will they have no notions of God, no rebellion against God, they will come to detest even more the notions and rebellion that they had before, engendering genuine love for God in their heart. Those who are unable to escape from the influence of darkness are occupied with their flesh, and they are full of rebellion; their heart is filled with human notions and philosophy of life, as well as their own intentions and deliberations. God requires the singular love of man, God requires man to be fully occupied by His words and man’s love for Him. To live within God’s words, to discover that which man should seek from within God’s words, to love God as a result of God’s words, to run around as a result of God’s words, to live as a result of God’s words, these are things that man should achieve. Everything must be built on God’s words, and only then will man be able to meet God’s requirements. If man is not equipped with God’s words, man is only a maggot being possessed by Satan. Weigh it in your own heart, how many words of God have taken root inside of you? In which things are you living in accordance with God’s words? In which things have you not been living in accordance with God’s words? If you have not been fully occupied by God’s words, then to what extent have you been occupied? In your everyday life, are you being controlled by Satan, or are you being guided by God’s words? Are your prayers initiated from God’s words? Did you come out of your negative situations due to the enlightenment of God’s words? To take God’s words as the foundation of your existence, this is what everyone should enter into. If God’s words are not present in your life, then you are living under the influence of darkness, you are rebellious to God, you are resisting God, you are dishonoring God’s name, and such men’s belief in God is purely a mischief, an interruption. How much of your life is lived in accordance with God’s words? How much of your life has not been lived in accordance with God’s words? That which God’s words have required of you, how much of it has been fulfilled on you? How much has become lost on you? Have you closely examined such things?
To escape from the influence of darkness, on the one hand, it requires work performed by the Holy Spirit, while on the other it requires dedicated cooperation from man. Why do I say that man is not on the right track? If a man is on the right track, first, he shall be able to give his heart to God, and this is an assignment that requires a long period of time to enter into, for humankind has always been living under the influence of darkness, being under Satan’s bondage for thousands of years; therefore this entry cannot be achieved in a day or two. I brought up this issue today such that men can have a grasp of their own situation; regarding what is the influence of darkness and what it is to live within the light, entry becomes possible when man is able to discern these things. Because you must know what Satan’s influence is before you can escape from Satan’s influence, and only then will you have access to the path for gradually ridding yourself of it. As to what to do thereafter, that is the affair of man himself. You must always enter from the positive, you must never wait passively, and this is how you will be gained by God.
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh