Then the sister read me two passages of: “Look back to the time of Noah’s ark: Mankind was deeply corrupt, had strayed from the blessing of God, was no longer cared for by God, and had lost the promises of God. They lived in darkness, without the light of God. Thus they became licentious by nature, abandoned themselves to hideous depravity. … Only Noah worshiped God and shunned evil, and so he was able to hear the voice of God, and hear the instructions of God. He built the ark according to the instructions of God’s word, and assembled all manner of living creatures. And in this way, once everything had been prepared, God unleashed His destruction upon the world. Only Noah and the seven members of his family survived the destruction, for Noah worshiped Jehovah and shunned evil.” “Then look upon the present age: Such righteous men as Noah, who could worship God and shun evil, have ceased to exist. Yet God is still gracious toward this mankind, and absolves mankind during this final era. God seeks those who long for Him to appear. He seeks those who are able to hear His words, those who have not forgotten His commission and offer up their heart and body to Him. He seeks those who are as obedient as babes before Him, and do not resist Him. If you are unhindered by any force in your devotion to God, then God shall look upon you with favor, and shall bestow His blessings upon you.”
The sister said: “Auntie, as we all know, in the days of Noah, because of man’s evil and corruption, God wanted to use a flood to destroy mankind. But, before destroying mankind, God commanded Noah to build an ark and preach the gospel to the people in the meanwhile. However, people at that time didn’t believe Noah’s words much less did they believe that God would destroy the world with a flood. They all considered Noah to be a mad and foolish man. Consequently, when the flood truly came, only Noah’s family of eight entered the ark and survived while the rest were all destroyed by the flood. What warning does the story of Noah give to people nowadays? Nowadays, the extent of people’s evil and corruption is far beyond that of the time of Noah. However, the difference is that today, in, God has personally become flesh and expresses the truth to save deeply corrupted mankind, letting man hear His voice and obtain His salvation. But, because of the CCP’s negative propaganda, many people refuse to seek and investigate the true way and thus miss the opportunity to receive salvation. Auntie, wouldn’t you say that this shows that man is too foolish? God’s work in the last days has revealed all kinds of people through Satan’s obstructions and disturbances. Those people who truly and love the truth are certain that Almighty God is the One who rules over and controls all things. So, no matter what temptations and disturbances they encounter, they can maintain their and not leave God. Only such people can gain the eternal salvation bestowed on man by God. Yet, those people who do not love the truth, because of having no true faith in God or because of their cowardice, leave and betray God amid Satan’s temptations and lose of the last days. In the end, they will be destroyed by God, as is Satan’s fate.”
After hearing God’s words and the sister’s fellowship, I understood: When I encountered this situation today, it seemed that my family opposed my belief in God from the outside. But behind the scenes, it was Satan making a bet with God. Satan wanted to use the obstructions of my family to make me live in negativity and weakness, betray God and leave God. However, God uses this situation to test my faith in Him so that I can learn to rely on Him, practice according to His words, see through the various tricks of Satan and finally be able to bear testimony for Him. From this, I saw the wisdom of God’s work and His righteous disposition. Thank God. After understanding, I seemed to gain a surge of power within and offered a prayer to God in my heart: “O God, thanks for Your guidance. Through the fellowship of the sister, You allow me to understand Your will. O God, I am over sixty but still have the honor to be selected by You to come before Your presence. This is Your grace and You uplifting me. You want to use this situation to test my faith in You. O God, I don’t want to disappoint You. I’m willing to rely on You to stand testimony for You by faith to shame Satan.”
I made a resolution to stand testimony for God. However, Satan still did not let me off and it continued to disturb me through my family. One time, my younger son put a pile of negative material into my hands and told me: “Read this information first. It says that if you believe in God for a long time, you will not care about your family and you will leave your home.” I didn’t read it and retorted: “Do you know under what circumstances the brothers and sisters leave their homes? If everything is OK, who wants to leave home? Is it not because of the persecution of the CCP that makes brothers and sisters unable to go back home?” He wanted to say something more to me, but I didn’t want to talk to him. I said to him: “Enough, don’t say anymore. I am tired and want to take a rest. Go back to your own room.” After I closed the door, my son still didn’t give up. He slipped the negative material under the door one sheet at a time. Looking at the papers filled with written rumors, I thought of the movie Faith in God: In Mainland China, the CCP hunts for brothers and sisters everywhere. As a result, they have to flee their hometown and scatter about everywhere. They have no place to rest their heads. Due to the persecution of the CCP, countless Christians have been arrested and put in jail and some have even been persecuted to death. In order to protect its dictatorial regime and achieve its ambition of holding permanent power, the CCP bitterly hates Almighty God who has become flesh to express the truth to save man, and thus madly persecutes and suppresses The Church of Almighty God. It also fabricates various lies and fallacies to deceive those who do not know the truth, leading to countless Christians being persecuted by their unbelieving relatives and ultimately leading to the breakup of their families. Yet, it distorts the facts, shamelessly saying that the breakup of their families is due to their belief in God. It attempts to use this to force us to give up our faith. Satan is so insidious, so venomous and so despicable. Thinking of this, I felt much clearer in my heart and gained some discernment of Satan’s schemes. I made a resolution inwardly that no matter how my family disturbed me, I would follow Almighty God.
One night, my husband and my son came to my room and asked me again not to believe in God. I didn’t listen to them. Seeing this, my husband immediately shouted at me fiercely: “If you continue believing in your God I will divorce you!” At that moment, I thought of God’s words: “Of everything that occurs in the universe, there is nothing that I do not have the final say in. What exists that is not in My hands?” God’s words gradually calmed down my restless heart. Then, I prayed to God silently in my heart: “God, my marriage is in Your hands. Whether we divorce or not is not decided by man but by You. I am willing to entrust all this to You.” After my prayer, I said calmly: “Whether we divorce or not is in God’s hands. Even if we divorce, I will still believe in God.” Seeing I didn’t fear him, my husband exposed his ferocious expression, pointed to the door, and said: “If you don’t give up believing in God, I will chase you out of this house.” Hearing him say this, I couldn’t help but feel a little worried. I thought to myself: “If I’m truly cast out, where will I stay in future?” At that time, I realized that I had fallen for the scheme of Satan again, so I hurriedly cried out to God in my heart: “O God, whether I will be driven out today is in your hands. No matter what, I’ll believe in You and follow You and never make concessions to Satan.” After the prayer, I suddenly remembered that I shared the ownership of our house. As such, he couldn’t drive me out at will legally. Thereupon, I retorted: “I have my share of this house. In this family, I take care of all the housework and have done my duty. It is my freedom to believe in God in my spare time. Moreover, in Hong Kong, everyone enjoys freedom of belief. Why do you interfere with me? In the past, when I stayed at home with nothing to do and felt very empty, I always did something meaningless, such as playing mahjong and gossiping with the neighbors. Now, I’ve read Almighty God’s words, understood some truth, found the right way of human life, and feel enriched. Yet, you always try to hold me back. I hope you can respect my decision and don’t try to prevent me from believing in God anymore.” Seeing that I still insisted on my belief, my husband was speechless and turned his head, ready to go out. Before leaving, he said: “I will make you give up your faith in God.” Then, he left angrily. I thought: “Regardless of how you obstruct me, I will follow God unwaveringly.” Externally, my husband left in a rage, but I knew that in the spiritual world Satan had been put to shame. Thank God. It was God giving me faith and wisdom in secret that made me able to firmly stand on God’s side. I gave praise and thanks to God from my heart.
One day, my husband changed his previously exasperated attitude and said to me calmly: “Do you still insist on believing in God? Don’t believe anymore, okay? I would rather you play mahjong or even go gambling. As long as you give up believing in God, I will immediately give you a million dollars. I can ask for leave to travel all over the world with you or I can even give you all of my money.” His words reminded me of God’s words, which I had read in a meeting before: “As a created being, you should of course worship God and pursue a meaningful life. If you don’t worship God and live in the filthy flesh, then aren’t you just a beast in human attire?” I thought to myself: “Yes. As a created being, I should worship God. In the past when I didn’t know God, I lived for my flesh. Although materialistically, I had everything, I felt empty in my heart and lived a meaningless life. Today, God has brought me before Him, letting me be able to hear His voice, read the truth expressed by Almighty God and find the direction of my life. This cannot be bought with money. Moreover, money can never buy truth, let alone life. If I give up believing in God and following God for the sake of money and fleshly enjoyment, am I not just too foolish? Thesaid: ‘For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ (Matthew 16:26).” Thinking of these things, I felt more determined to adhere to the choice I had made in my heart. I told my husband firmly: “Don’t try to persuade me anymore. I believe in God firmly. Leave the money for yourself. I don’t need it.” When he heard me say this, he no longer said anything …
Thank God. When I truly strengthened my resolution of following God, I saw God’s wonderful deed. Not only did my family no longer prevent me from going out to attend meetings, eventually, things settled down in our family. Now, I live a regular church life and perform my duty as a created being. It is completely due to the guidance of God’s words that I could break through Satan’s attacks and stand testimony to God. All the glory be to God!
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