After My Return to China: The Testimony of a New Believer Who Overcame Satan in Illness

Li Zhen

In 2000, I alone went to South Korea to work. In China, as I had believed in the Lord many years, I knew that the day of the Lord’s coming was drawing closer. So, in South Korea, when I worked, I often prayed to the Lord, asking Him not to cast me aside when He came again. In that way, I waited and yearned every passing day and spent the long eight years. One day in 2008, my niece in China telephoned me, asking me to visit other churches in South Korea and not to only stay in a certain church…. She didn’t make it clear but I could feel that something important might have happened. At that time, a thought of going back home to see what had happened occurred to me. So, I quit my job and went back to China.

After the return, my niece testified that the Lord Jesus had come back and done a stage of work of judging and purifying man with the word. The purpose of her previous phone call was for me to investigate Almighty God’s work in the last days. If she had testified about Almighty God’s work in the last days on the telephone, she might be monitored and arrested by the atheistic CCP government. So, she dared not make it plain. After the investigation, I accepted Almighty God’s work in the last days happily. I read Almighty God’s words every day and had meetings with brothers and sisters frequently. Unexpectedly, not long after my acceptance, I became ill.

At first, I always wanted to sleep. Whenever my niece fellowshiped about God’s words with me, I always dozed off and felt like sleeping. My niece gave me a gentle push, saying anxiously, “Auntie, stop sleeping! Let’s read God’s words.” I forced myself to stay awake and said, “You fellowship, please. I’m listening.” Then, I still couldn’t help but to sleep. I felt I couldn’t get enough sleep both in the day time and at night. Seeing such a situation, my family took me to see the doctor. After the examination, the doctor said that my heart and stomach were not in a good condition and I suffered from gallstone and severe osteoporosis. My family found a famous private doctor for me, who made me have intravenous drips for twelve days. Every time when I took the injection, I felt bearable pain in my heart and arms. But on the twelfth day, before the needle was stuck into the back of my hand, I felt my heart and the back of my hand ached severely only when the drip dropped on the back of my hand. When I began to take the injection, my breathing quickened and I puffed hard. When I coughed, the pain all over was unbearable. I not only didn’t recover, but on the contrary, became more seriously ill. Right then, my family got frightened and I was scared to death. We hurried to the big hospital. The doctor said that I needed to have a heart operation otherwise I would die. Against all expectations, I felt so uncomfortable during the cardiac angiography that I had to give it up. Lying on the sickbed, I thought involuntarily, “What’s wrong with me? Why do I suffer from such a severe disease? I was fine in South Korea. Why do I become ill after going back home?” Back then, I had a second thought, “Is it not right to accept Almighty God’s work? No. My niece has believed in Almighty God’s work for two years. She is our church sermon-giver. She is among the top ones in understanding ability, moral character and loyalty to the Lord. Since she can accept Almighty God’s work in the last days, it shows that it is worth my investigation and is not wrong. But what is all this about?” It eluded me.

When I was profoundly ill, my niece was beside me, taking care of me. When I was half asleep, she read Almighty God’s words for me. Although I couldn’t remember them clearly, my pain lessened a lot when I listened to them. One day, my niece read these Almighty God’s words for me, “Almighty God, Practical God! You are our strong tower; You are our shelter. We lie prostrate under Your wings; no disaster will come near us. This is Your divine care and protection.” “Almighty God, the Head of all things, reigns on the throne, rules over the universe and all things, and is leading us in all the earth. Draw near to Him constantly, come before Him in quietness, and don’t miss even a single moment; there are lessons to learn at any moment. All the surrounding circumstances, people, matters, and things have the permission of the throne. Never harbor resentment in your heart; otherwise God won’t bestow grace. The coming of illness is God’s love, there must be God’s good purpose in it. Although the flesh suffers a bit, do not accept Satan’s thoughts. Praise God in illness, and enjoy God in praises. Don’t lose heart in the face of illness. Seek repeatedly and don’t give up. God will illuminate and enlighten you. How about Job’s faith? Almighty God is an almighty doctor! Living in illness, you are ill. Living in spirit, you will be fine. As long as you have one breath left, God will not let you die.

There is the resurrected life of Christ within us. We really lack faith before God. May God add the true faith within us. God’s word is really sweet! God’s word is a sovereign remedy! Shame the devils and Satan! Touch God’s word and we will have support. God’s word remedies our heart instantly! Nothing will go wrong and everything will go peaceful. Faith is a single-plank bridge. Whoever fears death can hardly cross it. Whoever gives up his life can cross it securely. When man has the thought of timidity and fear, it is just the fooling of Satan. It fears that we might pass the bridge of faith into God. Satan is always trying every possible means to give you thoughts. Beseech God to illuminate and enlighten us constantly, rely on God to cleanse our satanic poisons within constantly, practice drawing near to God constantly in spirit, and let God rule over and occupy our whole being.

Finishing reading Almighty God’s words, my niece fellowshiped with me, “Almighty God is our shelter. As long as we believe in Him, He will protect us. Today the illness comes upon us; it’s God’s test of our faith. For example, when God had Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt, there was red sea in front of them and pursuing troops marching behind them. The Israelites became terrified and thus complained against Moses. bible story Moses leads the Israelites across the Red SeaBut he said to them, ‘Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day’ (Exo 14:13). Then, according to God’s instructions, Moses raised his staff and stretched out his hand over the sea and the waters were divided and turned into dry land so that the Israelites could go through the sea. After the Israelites went away, God had Moses stretch out his staff and the waters went back to their place and devoured the Egyptian army. It can be seen from it that due to Moses’ faith in Jehovah, he led the Israelites out of Egypt. Auntie, we should have faith in God like Moses. Only in physical sufferings will man rely on God truly and produce true faith in Him. Actually, today this illness befalls us; it’s a spiritual struggle, a wager God made with Satan and you are the object of the wager. For God wants to gain you but Satan doesn’t let you go. So it disturbs you by the illness, wanting you to blame God and deny Him and eventually betray Him and give up the true way. God wants to test your faith through such a circumstance. So, the more Satan is ferocious, the more we should depend on God and have faith in Him. Almighty God’s words are the best medicine to cure our disease. As long as we read Almighty God’s words more, pray to Him constantly and do not stray away from Him, have His position in the heart, become spiritually strong and have faith in Him, Satan will flee in a panic. When God intends to save man, there will be Satan’s disturbance. Such a trial shows that God wants to save you. We must see through Satan’s scheme and stand the testimony for God to shame Satan.”

In a fog, I listened to God’s words and my niece’s fellowship. In retrospect, in South Korea, once when I chopped wood on the hill, I broke a honeycomb and was stung by bees. I finally went back home but fainted on the ground. My neighbor discovered me and saved me. It is God’s care and protection that I can survive. I believe the coming of this illness also rests in God’s palm and God will not let me die. I also thought about Job’s experience. In spite of agony, he didn’t complain against God or deny Him. But I doubted Him. I should not have done that. God says that His words are sovereign remedies. With the reliance on God, I can overcome Satan. This is a spiritual war. Satan wants to disturb me through the illness, making me stay away from God and curse Him. I can’t be scammed by Satan. Having understood God’s intention, I prayed to God silently, “O Almighty God! I know I’m wrong. I’ll no longer doubt You. You’re the Lord Jesus’ coming. In the future, I’ll read Your words and believe in You seriously….” Unconsciously, I fell asleep. When I woke up, I felt better. Seeing that, my niece sang the hymn of God’s word for me happily.

Thank God for His leadership, so that I had faith to depend on God and stood firm and did not fall because of Satan’s plot. At the same time, I also saw God’s deed. My illness took a turn for the better gradually. Meanwhile, I could understand some of God’s words when reading them. I was overcome with excitement. From then on, I insisted on reading Almighty God’s words every day and I no longer felt sleepy. The more I read, the more I felt those words are God’s voice and the expression of the truth. I made certain that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus’ return and led the church life in the Age of Kingdom. I resolved to strengthen my faith and follow Almighty God to the end.

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