My husband found that I went to the meetings of the Church of Almighty God, and told it to my father. One evening, I suddenly heard noises down in the yard. I drew back the curtains and broke into a cold sweat. My father and four or five co-workers had burst into the yard aggressively. My heart thudded, and I immediately knelt down on the floor asking God for help, “O Almighty God, my father came to disturb me with the religious people. I am timid and afraid. O God, You know I am of little stature; may You give me faith and courage. …” Then God’s words occurred to me: “You should have My courage within you. Be principled also before your unbelieving relatives. But moreover, for My sake you should not yield to any force of darkness. Walk in the perfect way by My wisdom. Don’t let Satan’s schemes succeed. Lay your heart before Me as best you can, and I will surely comfort you so that you may have peace and joy in your heart” (“The Tenth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s word is strength. I had God’s words in me and feared no more. I thought, “No matter how they disturb me, I won’t fall into Satan’s trap and be deceived by them again. It is perfectly justified for me to believe in and follow God; no one has the right to interfere, not even my most loved ones.” So, I went downstairs imperturbably and greeted them. They all started talking. A coworker stared at me with a surprised eye, saying, “Fangfang, I never expected that a wise person like you would believe in the ‘Eastern Lightning.’ It is a false way! Quickly repent to the Lord Jesus…” I said with calmness, “You have never listened to the messages of the ‘Eastern Lightning,’ nor have you ever read the words of Almighty God; how can you say I am believing in a false way?” She said, “We don’t dare to read that book. It has a tremendous pull, and if anyone reads it, he will be caught in it.” I said, “Almighty God’s words can subdue people because they are the words of God and are the truth. Only God’s word has such authority and power.” Then they spoke many blasphemies and asked me to go to the leader and confess my sin and repent. They said that if I didn’t confess my sin and repent, I would go to hell and be judged. I said firmly, “I have attended the meetings of the Church of Almighty God and seen clearly that the words you said against the Church of Almighty God are totally groundless and are pure defamation and rumors. If you cannot find the evidence, it shows that you are all liars, are Satans, deceivers. gods-kingdom-gospel-has-spread-all-over-the-mainland-chinaNow Almighty God’s kingdom gospel has spread all over the Mainland China and reached every household, and several millions of people have accepted it, and yet some who hate the truth rejected the gospel. My youngest sister and I dared not believe because of your disturbance, but aren’t we all safe and sound now? From this, it can be seen that you are telling lies and cheating people. Today I am dead set on believing in Almighty God. Don’t try to stop me when you refuse to believe. You are not responsible for whether my soul will go to heaven or go to hell. Moreover, man’s fate is controlled by God’s hands, not controlled by any man. Don’t come to disturb me anymore.” At that point, my father stood up and threatened me, saying, “If you insist on believing in Almighty God, I will break with you.”

When I heard such cruel words, I felt somewhat hurt and disappointed, thinking, “You don’t seek or investigate the true way, and listen to whatever the leader said. You would believe the leader’s rumors and lies rather than believe your daughter, and you brought these people to disturb and attack me and even wanted to break with me in front of these people.” The more I thought about it, the sadder I felt. Then I thought of God’s words: “God created this world and brought man, a living being unto which He bestowed life, into it. In turn, man came to have parents and kin and was no longer alone. Ever since man first laid eyes on this material world, he was destined to exist within the ordination of God. It is the breath of life from God that supports each living being throughout his growth into adulthood. During this process, none believes that he lives and grows up under the care of God. Rather, man holds that he grows up under the love and care of his parents, and that his growth is governed by the instinct of life. This is because man knows not who bestowed life or from whence it came, much less how the instinct of life creates miracles” (“God Is the Source of Man’s Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). These words of God enlightened me: Although I was born by my parents, but my life came from God. Had God not bestowed life upon me, my flesh would be an entity of corruption and a walking corpse. It is because of the care and keeping of God that I have survived until today; otherwise, I would have long been devoured by Satan. Today I should repay God, not my parents. Although we have the fleshly relationship, we are incompatible in the spirit, for their essence is one of resistance to God. I can’t join them in their opposing God; rather, I should stand on God’s side, and even if my father disowns me, I will follow God to the end and stand firm in my testimony to God. So I said to my father, “Dad, in the matter of belief in God, I obey God not man, and I can’t act by my emotion. If what you say corresponds to the truth and God’s will, I will obey you, but if you want me to betray God, that’s impossible!” When they saw I was so determined, they shook their heads and stood up, and went away in dejection. Seeing them retreat despondently, I could not but give a shout of joy in my heart, “O God, You are so almighty! It is Your words that have given me faith and courage to shame and defeat Satan thoroughly.”

Though the people in my former church didn’t come to disturb me again, the leader instigated my parents to persuade me. So my parents often came to my home, trying hard to talk me into going to repent before the leader. One day, they came again and attempted to mislead me with Bible verses, but they failed. And then my mother wept uncontrollably, beseeching me to quickly go to repent before the leader. Looking at her tearful face, I felt guilty, thinking that she lost her mother when she was three, and had been ill-treated by her stepmother and suffered much; now she was getting old, but, instead of fulfilling my filial duty to her, I made her worried. I turned to my father, and he was looking at me with expectant eyes. My heart ached, and tears were in my eyes. But at that moment, I remembered God’s words: “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. Take when Job was tried, for example: Behind the scenes, Satan was making a bet with God, and what happened to Job was the deeds of men, and the interference of men. Behind every step that God does in you is Satan’s wager with God—behind it all is a battle” (“Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). These words made me realize that on the surface I was confronted with my parents’ disturbance, but actually that was a wager made by Satan before God in the spiritual world. Satan tried to use my emotions to captivate me, making me take pity on my parents and thus stand on their side and obey them, so that I would deny God and betray God. I must see through Satan’s trick and stand on God’s side firmly, and must never betray God and grieve and disappoint God. So regardless of what they said and how they tried to persuade me, my heart remained unshaken. They had no choice but to leave in dejection.

Afterward, I still refused to go to the leader for repentance, so he asked my father to declare to all the believers that I was expelled from the church, and also made them draw a clear line with me. Because of the disturbance of my parents and the leader, my husband began to persecute me frenziedly. Every time I was back home after performing my duty, he cursed or beat me, shut me out of the house, or broke my bicycle. Once he even sent me to the local police station. I was badly afflicted by him, tired out and pined away. The villagers also ridiculed and slandered me. Faced with such adverse environments, I felt very weak within, thinking that believing in God was too difficult. I was at a loss how to walk the way ahead of me. Many a time I knelt down before God weeping out my agonies and asking Him to give me faith and strength. Later, I saw these words of God: “The ‘overcomers’ that God speaks of are those, who, under the siege and influence of Satan, that is, under the forces of darkness, still stand witness and maintain their original faith and their loyalty to God. Regardless of anything else, your chaste heart remains steadfast before God, and your true love of God stays unchanging. This means that you stand witness before God, and you are the ‘overcomer’ of which God speaks. When God blesses you, you pursue well. When God does not bless you, you draw back. Is this chastity? Since you are certain this is the true way, you should walk to the end and keep your loyalty to God. Since you see that God has come to earth to personally perfect you, you should give your heart to Him completely. No matter what God does—He may give you a bad outcome in the end—you can still follow Him. This means that you have kept your chastity before God” (“You Ought to Maintain Your Devotion to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From God’s words, I came to understand this: In the last days, God will make a group of overcomers, and His followers therefore have to undergo many temptations both great and small from Satan. They have to really and actually experience the persecution from the CCP, the disturbance of the religious world, the rejection of their relatives, and the ridicule and curses of the worldly people. Those who can submit to God, be faithful to God, and do not betray God in any circumstance, who can stand firm in his testimony to God, are all the overcomers God will have made. They are the ones who will receive God’s promises and survive in the disasters. Today God has arranged such environments in order to make me perfect, to see whether I will complain, whether I have faith, whether I am one who truly believes in God and who truly obeys God. After understanding God’s will, I made this resolution before God: Despite any persecution and tribulation, I will fulfill the duty of a creature of God to satisfy God. Although Satan frantically hindered and disturbed me, in an attempt to force me to deny God and betray God, I prayed and looked to God at every time and equipped myself with God’s word every day. Afterward, God made a way out for me, which allowed me to see God’s almighty and wondrous deeds. The more fiercely my husband persecuted me, the more severely God punished him. Later he didn’t dare to beat me or break my bike anymore. So my faith in God became greater.

One year later, I went to my youngest sister’s unit with Sister Zhang to preach the God’s work of the last days to her again, and she accepted. When she took the book of God, I broke into tears, thinking how difficult it was for God to save man! I kept thanking God in my heart. In 2006, my youngest sister and I went to my younger sister and preached the gospel to her, and she also accepted it. After that, we brought several other relatives to Almighty God. From this, I have seen that no matter how fiercely the religious leaders try to hinder God’s work, it will be futile. No force of Satan can hinder the steps of God’s work. God’s sheep will surely hear God’s voice and return to God. This is just as Almighty God says: “The kingdom is expanding in humanity’s midst, it is forming in humanity’s midst, it is standing up in humanity’s midst; there is no force that can destroy My kingdom” (“The Nineteenth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

The End.

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