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Seeing Through Satan’s Schemes I Have Followed God’s Footsteps in the Last

Believing in Rumors and Lies and Rejecting God’s Salvation Several Times In the past, I saw the propaganda from TV news and public bulletin boards: The CCP government opposes and cracks down people believing in Almighty God. It also says that anyone who discovers these people should report them and that the informer will be rewarded with 500 to 2000 yuan for reporting each of them. So I thought: It’s too dangerous to believe in Almighty God. I dare not believe. Once I’m arrested for belief, what a shame it will be! In 2012, my aunt came to preach Almighty God’s work of the last days to me. At that time, she read God’s words for me. Hearing them, I felt God’s words indeed made sense and couldn’t be found fault with. However, when I recognized that what my aunt had believed in was Almighty God, I thought: No matter how well you say, I can’t believe. What if I’m arrested by the CCP after believing in Almighty God? But for the sake of saving face, I felt embarrassed to speak plainly. So I dodged her with the excuse of going out to work. Seeing my perfunctory attitude, she had to leave in disappointment. In September, 2016, I was pregnant and stayed at home. A neighboring sister also came to preach Almighty God’s work of the last days to me. I listened to her read God’s words for me. The more I listened, the better I felt God’s words spoke. God has revealed many truths and mysteries such as how He nourishes and provides for mankind, how mankind has developed until today, and so on. I thought: These words can make people worship God with a heart of gratitude; there is nothing wrong with that. But then I thought: If I accept the way, I will be arrested by the government. Once I’m really arrested, won’t I be laughed at by others? Thinking of this, I was still full of concern, not daring to accept. Being Saved From Illness Revealed God’s Wonderful Deeds Just when I was seven months pregnant, one night, I suddenly had a so bad stomachache that I couldn’t even straighten my waist. The next day, I went to the hospital for an ultrasound check. The doctor said I might get appendicitis and need an operation urgently, and that I was in danger of miscarriage. Hearing that, I was so scared that I didn’t know what to do but kept saying in my heart: It’s so hard for me to be pregnant for seven months; I don’t want an operation. Later, in order to confirm the diagnosis, the doctor asked me to take a blood test. After the result was out, the doctor was confused and said with puzzlement, “It’s really strange! Other people with appendicitis usually have fevers. But why do you not?” Afterward, as the doctor couldn’t make sure whether I had appendicitis, I was asked to receive treatment for preventing miscarriage. I had little thought that after I was given a bottle of intravenous drips, my pain was gradually relieved. My anxious heart finally calmed down. After I returned home from the hospital, the neighboring sister told me that since I was sent to the hospital, she had prayed for me at home. She said that this time I received God’s care and protection. But I thought: It may be a coincidence because common illnesses can be cured through infusion. I didn’t really believe what she said. Just then, the sister brought me a book of God’s words. As I saw that she often came to accompany and comfort me, as well as prayed for my illness, I started reading some God’s words in my leisure time. Hardly had I expected that the more I read, the more I was attracted by it. I felt God’s words all spoke to my heart. I saw a passage of them, which says, “From the moment you come crying into this world, you begin to perform your duty. You assume your role in the plan of God and in the ordination of God. You begin the journey of life. Whatever your background and whatever the journey ahead of you, none can escape the orchestration and arrangement that Heaven has in store, and none are in control of their destiny, for only He who rules over all things is capable of such work” (“God Is the Source of Man’s Life”). From God’s words, I came to know man’s fate is in the control of God, and that no one can escape the sovereignty and arrangement of God. When I thought of myself and many people around me, I found that many things in everyone’s life, including birth background, marriage and family, can never be controlled by ourselves. Thinking of these facts that God rules over mankind’s fate, I couldn’t help being convinced by God’s words. From then on I grew interested in the matter of believing in God. Whenever I was free, I would secretly read God’s word at home alone. If there was anything I didn’t understand, I would go to ask the sister. Through communications, I gradually understood some truths, knowing how people should live out normal humanity, how to fairly treat others, how to be an honest person, how to practice fearing God and shunning evil, etc. I wondered in my heart: Obviously people who believe in God are walking the right way. Why does the government arrest them? Another month later, my illness recurred. Like last time, I was still in severe pain. At midnight, I was hurried to the hospital, and the next day, my pain was brought under control. A few days later, when I was about to give birth, my amniotic fluid suddenly broke in advance, so I had to choose the cesarean. At that time, as my situation was not good, I got upset in my heart, afraid of my baby’s safety. In addition, the anesthetic had no effect…

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An Enforced Resignation

Since Headmaster Wang knew about Li Jin’s belief in God, …The headmaster told him that he had better clearly see the situation, or else believing in God under the CCP’s nose would not come to a good end. He also obliged Li Jin to return to school to work, otherwise his salary would suffer loss.

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God’s Words Led Me to Overcome Satan’s Temptations (II)

In the following half a month, things happened just like what the sister said—Satan not only did not stop there, but instead, its disturbance became more and more serious. After we just gathered several times, my Wi-Fi got terrible. As a result, my Skype account went offline and I couldn’t audio chat with other brothers and sisters, which completely made it impossible for me to go on with the meeting. At that point, I was very anxious and thought: The time for our gathering is actually short. Now the Wi-Fi signal is weak, this is wasting my time, what should I do? I was so anxious that I continued clicking the audio chat button, but the moment I joined their Skype Group call, the next moment my Skype account went offline. Afterward, I went on trying several times, but all failed. Finally Sister Xia could only have a one-on-one audio chat with me, and then chat with others. Even we could chat, but with a lot of pauses, so I could not hear the sister’s fellowship clearly, and could only kept on in this way until the meeting was finished. In a meeting, as for the matters I encountered recently, my sisters read some God’s words to me: “When people have yet to be saved, their lives are often interfered with, and even controlled by, Satan. … Only if you stand up and do battle with Satan, using your faith in God and obedience to, and fear of God as the weapons with which to fight a life-and-death battle with Satan, such that you fully defeat Satan and cause it to turn tail and become cowardly whenever it sees you, so that it completely abandons its attacks and accusations against you—only then will you be saved and become free” (“God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself II”). “Regardless of how ‘powerful’ Satan is, regardless of how audacious and ambitious it is, regardless of how great is its ability to inflict damage, regardless of how wide-ranging are the techniques with which it corrupts and lures man, regardless of how clever are the tricks and schemes with which it intimidates man, regardless of how changeable is the form in which it exists, it has never been able to create a single living thing, has never been able to set down laws or rules for the existence of all things, and has never been able to rule and control any object, whether animate or inanimate. Throughout the vast expanse of the universe, there is not a single person or object that was born from it, or exists because of it; there is not a single person or object that is ruled by it, or controlled by it. On the contrary, it not only has to live under the dominion of God, but, moreover, must obey all of God’s orders and commands. Without God’s permission, it is difficult for Satan to touch even a drop of water or grain of sand upon the land; without God’s permission, Satan is not even free to move the ants about upon the land—let alone mankind, who was created by God. In the eyes of God, Satan is inferior to the lilies on the mountain, to the birds flying in the air, to the fish in the sea, and to the maggots on the earth. Its role among all things is to serve all things, and work for mankind, and serve God’s work and His plan of management. Regardless of how malicious its nature, and how evil its substance, the only thing it can do is to dutifully abide by its function: being of service to God, and providing a counterpoint to God. Such is the essence and position of Satan. Its substance is unconnected to life, unconnected to power, unconnected to authority; it is merely a plaything in God’s hands, just a machine in service to God!” (“God Himself, the Unique I”). Then, Sister Xia fellowshiped with me, “Since you accepted Almighty God’s work, Satan has never stopped its disturbances and destruction. First, it caused you to suffer from illness and then it used your friend to give you money to let you help with her grandson. Now WiFi is not available. From these we can see Satan is not willing to be resigned to let us follow God. Now we have meetings online, and we can only contact with each other through the internet. If WiFi doesn’t work, it means we have to stop our meetings. Satan just grasps our most vital weakness to attack us and obstruct us from coming before God. From these we can see more clearly that when we have yet to be truly saved, Satan won’t let us go lightly and we also can see that Satan is really too evil. However, all things are held in the hand of God and God possesses the unique authority. Though Satan is very evil, in the eyes of God, it is just a serving tool for God’s work. No matter what it can do, it must be permitted by God. That God allows us to encounter these things is to test our faith and give us a chance to testify for God before Satan. As long as we have faith in God, rely on Him and don’t give up, Satan will be unable to do anything with us and then it will withdraw naturally.” After hearing her fellowship, I understood: Now Satan wants to use the terrible WiFi signal to disturb me so that I can’t have meetings with my sisters normally. When I suffered from illness I could overcome it and I could also give up the money, but I have no way to control the signal. She and I are not in the same country. If we got no wireless connection, we couldn’t contact with each other and I would be unable to attend meetings. Then she said, “No matter how Satan tempts us, there is God’s permission. God also…

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God’s Words Led Me to Overcome Satan’s Temptations (I)

I grew up in an idolatrous family and had never heard God’s gospel. When I was sixteen years old, my auntie preached the Lord Jesus’ gospel to me. When I first started attending meetings, I felt very great—there was peace and joy in my heart, so I had great energy for seeking. However, after several years, in the meetings, I gradually felt that the more I listened to the preaching, the more I felt boring. And when I came to meetings, I just dozed off. I couldn’t receive supply within the spirit, nor could I feel the work of the Holy Spirit. In order to have more understanding of the Bible and more knowledge of the Lord, I took Bible classes in our church, such as the disciple’s course, etc. However, I still didn’t know about the contents of the Bible. On June 10, 2017, I got acquainted with Sister Xia on FB. When we talked about the experiences of believing in the Lord, I felt when she encountered things, she was good at seeking God’s will and that she had some understanding of God, so I liked to communicate with her very much. Later, she said that she knew Sister Luo, a sister in the Lord, who fellowshiped about the truth very clearly and then invited me to join their meetings. I happily agreed to it. During a meeting, Sister Luo spoke of the sign of the last days. She said, “Now is already the time when the Lord will arrive, but our sinful nature hasn’t been cast away and we are still living in a state of sinning and confessing, becoming bound by our sins. The Bible says, “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). So, sinners like us will be unable to enter the heavenly kingdom and God must perform another stage of work of purification. Only then can we escape the bondage of sin, achieve cleanness and enter the heavenly kingdom.” Hearing her fellowship, I felt it was unbelievable: How can her acceptance be so wonderful and she understand so much? Previously, I had never heard these contents in our church, so the more I heard, the more I was spirited and I also thirsted for the contents she fellowshiped very much. Several days later, she fellowshiped with me about the purpose of God’s three stages of work in His management plan, the truth of God’s name and the incarnation and so on. Besides, she told me, “The Lord Jesus has returned and He is Almighty God incarnate.” I was unexpectedly hearing that the Lord Jesus had returned, and I couldn’t completely dare to believe it. However, I recalled that through this period of reading Almighty God’s words, I had gained much understanding of God’s work and His will to save us. I thought: If it isn’t the work of God Himself, then who else can explain the mysteries of the Bible so thoroughly and with so much specificity? From the Age of Law to the Age of Grace, only God Himself knew the mysteries of He managing mankind and only He could reveal these mysteries. I had confirmed from within my heart that Almighty God’s words were indeed God’s words, so I accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days. One day, my chest suddenly began to hurt. It hurt so seriously that I couldn’t breathe hard and even when I bent to pick up things I felt my heart was pressed so hard that I couldn’t breathe. I felt very strange: No matter how badly I coughed before, my chest hadn’t hurt so seriously. Today, how could it hurt so badly? Have I suffered from any illness? I started to feel very uneasy. Later, as my chest hurt so badly, I told Sister Luo this matter. Upon hearing this, she read a passage of God’s word to me, “God works, God cares for a person, looks upon a person, and Satan dogs His every step. Whoever God favors, Satan also watches, trailing along behind. If God wants this person, Satan would do everything in its power to obstruct God, using various evil ways to tempt, harass and wreck the work God does in order to achieve its hidden objective. What is its objective? It does not want God to have anyone; it wants all those that God wants, to occupy them, control them, to take charge of them so they worship it, so they commit evil acts alongside it. Is this not Satan’s sinister motive?” (“God Himself, the Unique IV”). Then she fellowshiped with me, “Previously, we didn’t follow God’s actual work and it meant we were living under Satan’s domain all the time and being controlled and ruled over by it. Today, under the guidance of God, we have followed the footsteps of the Lamb and accepted the true way, so we no longer belong to Satan. Satan is not willing that we are gained by God, so it will use all kinds of methods to disturb us, including letting us suffer ailments. Its purpose is to obstruct us from accepting the true way so that we will lose God’s salvation and once more return under its domain. So we should pray to God more and rely on God to see through Satan’s crafty schemes.” Hearing her fellowship, I came to understand that my chest hurting was in fact Satan’s disturbance. Satan was afraid that I would be gained by God and didn’t want me to gain much understanding of God, so it tortured my body behind my back. After knowing that it was Satan’s trickery, I prayed to God, “O God, I know my illness is Satan’s disturbance. I’ll entrust myself to You and no longer be worried about or afraid of my body. I’ll continue to attend meetings.” Right after that, I lay on the sofa with two pillows behind my back to relieve my pain and then continued with the meeting. Several days later, I…

The Spiritual Battle In an Examination

By Jiahui God said: “In every step of work that God does within people, externally it appears to be interactions between people, as if born of human arrangements, or from human interference. But behind the scenes, every step of work, and everything that happens, is a wager made by Satan before God, and requires people to stand firm in their testimony to God.” Though I haven’t believed in God for a long time, I can understand from God’s words that behind this world which appears tranquil, there is a spiritual battle, which is hidden and unknown to man. Satan is trying to find ways and means to compete with God for people, attempting to keep us human under its control forever and make us betray God and forsake God so that we will lose His salvation in the last days. Especially in China where atheists hold the power, Satan’s sinister tricks hide everywhere and we are surrounded with danger when believing in God. When I first went to the high school, we fresh students would have a major exam. It was related to our placings and the classes we would be sorted into. And even our future might be affected. So I expected to get a good result in the exam. The day of the examination finally came. Every examination room was so quiet that we could only hear the scratching of our pens on the papers. Bending our heads and frowning in concentration, all of us were thinking about the questions. And we were so tense. For the sake of placings and glitz, we were striving with all our might, struggling hard, thinking, and competing. After we finished one examination, we nervously waited for the next one to come. However, when the politics examination came, a debate question came into my sight, which made me almost catch my breath. It showed a dialogue between A and B, which was a slander on The Church of Almighty God, and we were asked to discuss it according to the theory of dialectical materialism. If it were a usual debate question, it would take me a short while because answering the debate question was in my element. However, at that moment, I was stunned and thought: The full marks of the politics paper are 70, yet this question takes 12. I am a believer in The Church of Almighty God, and I clearly know the dialogue is the words fabricated by Satan to frame and discredit God, and is the lies used by Satan to refute God’s existence with the theory. So I cannot answer it. The pen in my hand was trembling … At that moment, I felt uneasy in my heart and couldn’t make a decision. I thought: What should I do? It is a question on which I can get a high score. We students compete so fiercely in our placings and scores that sometimes the placing will drop a lot when the total points were only 0.5 less. Therefore, if I do not answer this question, my placing will be several dozen lower. Then I will be sorted into a poor class, and my future will be…. Thinking about this, I twirled my pen and prepared to answer it. Just at that very moment, a word flashed in my mind continually: God sees deep into the heart of man. God’s timely enlightenment made my heart suddenly awaken. I stopped writing and thought: No, I cannot do it. A man may dig his grave with his teeth. If I write those words on the paper, won’t this allow Satan to take advantage of the situation? If I write those words on the paper, that is the same as someone’s signing the “three statements” in the prisons of CCP, which is a betrayal of God, and then I will be imprinted by the mark of the beast. It is a sin that will never be washed off from my soul. The sin of blaspheming God shall never be forgiven. Just when I was at a loss, God enlightened me to a passage of His words: “Understanding your nature is actually analyzing the depth of the soul; it is what is in your life. It is the logic of Satan and the many viewpoints of Satan that you had been originally living by, that is, the life of Satan that you have been living by. Only by uncovering the deep things of your soul can you understand your nature.” The passage of God’s words suddenly waked me up. I thought it over and over and realized: I have been living in the corrupt disposition of Satan. In the depths of my soul I have been led by the nose by honor and glitz. Satan tempts me by fame and gain, and makes me almost betray God and blaspheme God in exchange for the so-called placing. I, believing in God, have been enjoying the watering and feeding of His words, yet for the sake of my fame and future, I almost slander God. If I betray God merely for a front ranking, my faith in God will end up in vain. God is now inspecting my thoughts and choice, if I cannot stand testimony for Him while enjoying the provision of His words, am not I turning against Him? I’m really too conscienceless! I looked into my heart and asked myself once and again. Regret filled the depths of my soul, and my tears kept flowing down. At that moment, I thought of another passage of God’s words: “‘Normal sense’ refers to obeying and being faithful to God, to yearning for God, to being unequivocal toward God, and to having a conscience toward God. It refers to being of one heart and mind toward God, and not deliberately opposing God.” God’s words struck my conscience once and again. In front of fame I became an obsequious slave. I even wanted to distort the fact and quit my integrity of being a…

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