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 yourand 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 wants to test our faith through such an environment, so we must stand on God’s side and won’t give in to Satan.”
In the several days that followed, the Wi-Fi signal became even worse, making it impossible for us to audio chat with each other normally. And sometimes even I tried starting a voice chat many times, yet it didn’t work. Seeing what happened before my eyes, I was disheartened, thinking: No matter how terrible the Wi-Fi was for the first few times, I could still have a one-on-one audio chat with others. Why does the signal become worse and worse now? We have already realized that this is disturbed and destroyed by Satan, but why is the Wi-Fi still like this? Since the signal is poor and we cannot make an audio call and contact on Skype for a conversation, I’d better give up and attend the meeting next time. At that time, I remembered a passage of fellowshiped whatever we could. Even if it just left half an hour, we would still insist on having the meetings and not give up.Sister Xia fellowshiped with me about before: “Faith is like a single log bridge, those who cling abjectly to life will have difficulty in crossing it, but those who are ready to sacrifice themselves can pass over without worry. If man has timid and fearful thoughts, they are being fooled by Satan. It fears that we will cross the bridge of faith to enter into God” (“The Sixth Utterance”). I realized: The thought of giving up came from Satan. It just wanted to dampen my faith and cause me to give up. If I do that, it means I can’t attend meetings and will lose more opportunities to understand the truth and know God. Now is our meeting time. No matter what, I can’t give up. I must attend the meeting and listen to God’s word. Right after that, I just tried to turn off the computer and then restart it. After stopping the computer, I knelt down and prayed to God, “O dear Almighty God, I know this is Satan’s disturbance. It doesn’t want my brothers and sisters and me to gather together to communicate Your words because it is afraid that the more I get close to You, the less chance it will have to control me. O God, may You lead us the time that follows and allow us to connect on Skype to communicate with each other. All the glory and praise be to Almighty God. Amen!” After the prayer, I turned on my computer and logged into Skype, and finally could connect with the sister. Though the Wi-Fi was spotty, we still managed to finish the meeting at last. In the following ten days, the internet was all like this. Even though I tried all I could, I hadn’t solved the problem. Hence, I could only rely on God to experience that with confidence. Though the time of the meeting was very short, we cherished it very much—we encouraged each other and
Unexpectedly, after gathering several times, the Wi-Fi signal was better, and my chest didn’t hurt that much. Sisters Xia said that it was because we had stood the testimony in the midst of Satan’s temptations and God had seen our faith that He provided a way out for us. Hearing these, I was very excited. After experiencing these matters, I understood: In the future, no matter what we encounter, first we should peacefullyinstead of complaining about and misunderstanding Him or being irritated; at the same time, we must have confidence in God and don’t give up, and then God will surely lead us and we will inevitably see His deeds. Thanks be to God!
After experiencing Satan’s testing, temptations, and disturbances time after time, I had weaknesses, negativity and fear during this time, but finally under the guidance of God’s words, I understood God’s will and saw through Satan’s tricks. Thank Almighty God for allowing me to experience these environments so that I could see clearly how Satan disturbs and swallows mankind and see through its evil nature. Meanwhile, from these, I had also seen the authority and power of God’s words and God’s mercy and salvation for me. Without Almighty God’s words, when I encountered Satan’s temptations I simply had no idea how to experience them; without Almighty God’s words, maybe I had long not attended meetings. Almighty God’s words can truly solve all my difficulties and are my timely needs. Only now do I know Almighty God’s words are so important! Just as God’s words say: “The truth that man needs to possess is found in the, a truth that is the most beneficial and helpful to mankind. It is the tonic and sustenance that your body needs, something that helps man restore his normal humanity, a truth that man should be equipped with. The more you practice God’s word, the more quickly your life will blossom; the more you practice God’s word, the clearer the truth becomes. As you grow in stature, you will see things of the spiritual world more clearly, and you will be more powerful to triumph over Satan” (“Practice the Truth Once You Understand It”).
By Shifang, Malaysia