By Heyi, Malaysia
Having Found the Source of Living Water
When I was young, because my parents often did business in another place, my elder sister became my spiritual support. At the age of 15, my elder aunt preached the gospel to my sister and me and then we believed in the Lord. After getting married, as my husband was an addict, I had no choice but to divorce him. And then I took refuge in my sister with my two young children and I started the work of serving the Lord in the church my brother-in-law was leading.
Ten years had slipped by. This year, I perceived the withering of the spirit: I had no illumination from my reading of; I didn’t receive any supply when listening to the shepherds’ sermons; especially, I was even more unable to grasp God’s intentions. Although I had made some achievements in serving the Lord these years, they couldn’t satisfy the thirst of my spirit. When I was just amid the darkness, I got acquainted with Brother Zhao. Through sharing with him, I came to understand that the reason why I felt thirsty in spirit and why the church was desolate was because God has done a new work and the work of the Holy Spirit has moved, and only by keeping up with God’s new work could I receive the provision of the living water of life. Through fellowshiping with Brother Zhao many times and reading more and more , I was getting strong in my spirit gradually and became convinced that is the appearance of the .
Spreading the Gospel and Bearing Witness for God
After accepting God’s new work, I saw the following passage of God’s word: “They are poor, pitiable, blind, and at a loss, wailing in the darkness, ‘Where is the way?’ How they yearn for the light, like a shooting star, to suddenly descend and disperse the force of darkness that has oppressed men for so many years. Who can know just how anxiously they hope, and how they pine day and night for this? These men who suffer deeply remain imprisoned in the dungeons of darkness, without hope of release, even on the day that the light flashes; when will they weep no longer? These fragile spirits who have never been granted rest are truly suffering such misfortune. They have long been sealed off by the ruthless ropes and the history that is frozen in place. Who has ever heard the sound of their wailing? Who has ever seen their miserable visage? Have you ever thought how grieved and anxious God’s heart is? How can He bear to see the innocent mankind He created with His own hands suffering such torment? After all, mankind are the unfortunates that have been poisoned. Though they have survived to this day, who would have thought that they have long been poisoned by the evil one? Have you forgotten that you are one of the victims? Out of your love for God, are you not willing to strive to save those who have survived? Are you not willing to use all your effort to repay the God who loves mankind like His own flesh and blood?” (“How Should You Attend to Your Future Mission”). From God’s words, I saw that God’s heart is so grieved and anxious when He sees the mankind created by Him living in Satan’s bondage and torment. God hopes that those people who are still in the desolate churches and are thirsty and hungry in spirit can follow His footsteps soon. I thought that I once also lived in helplessness and suffering and it was God who saved me from the impure land; at this moment, in the face of God’s eager desire, how could I turn a blind eye and be indifferent? Hence, I decided to perform my duty as a creation and bring the people who were waiting for God’s return before God in order to comfort His heart and repay His love. I first remembered a very devout sister—Sister Du. So, I began to pray for her, asking God to grant me an opportunity to share with her the kingdom gospel of God. Not long after I prayed, I accidently got a call from her. At that moment, I was very excited because she was studying in another place all along and we seldom contacted each other these two-plus years. God must have heard my prayer, so she suddenly called me. In our conversation, I learned that her spiritual state was weak and she was unable to raise her own enthusiasm for spiritual devotions. Thereupon, I wanted to bear witness for the work of Almighty God in the last days to her, but I had some worries. I thought: If she doesn’t accept, will the estrangement develop between us? Afterward, I remembered a passage of God’s word a sister once fellowshiped about with me: “If you don’t focus on your relationships with people but maintain a proper relationship with God, if you are willing to give your heart to God and learn to obey Him, very naturally, your relationships with all people will become proper. This way, these relationships aren’t established on the flesh, but on the foundation of. There are almost no interactions based on the flesh….” (“Establishing a Proper Relationship With God Is Very Important”). In the last days, that Almighty God expresses words and bestows upon us the truth is to solve the difficulties and problems in our spiritual life, letting us achieve knowledge of God, ultimately receive God’s approval and by Him. If I was really responsible for Sister Du’s life and if I treated her with my truly loving heart, I should tell her the good news that the Lord has returned, letting her be able to welcome God’s appearance. Furthermore, to bring Sister Du before God is God’s urgent will. I had to consider God’s intensions and I couldn’t back off for the sake of protecting my own face. Even if she didn’t accept, I had fulfilled my personal responsibility.
Therefore, I contacted Sister Du and told her that there was a brother in the Lord whose sermons had much illumination and his fellowship really made me gain great edification and benefits in my life. Thank God! Sister Du decided to fellowship with us together. Through Brother Zhao fellowshiping many times, Sister Du also accepted the kingdom gospel of God, which made me feel that God had heard my prayers. Having seen God’s faithfulness, I had much more enthusiasm for preaching the gospel.
Frontal Engagement With the Pastor’s Obstructing
One day in early August, Brother Zhao and I spread the gospel to Sister Chen in our church. After the meeting, Sister Chen said that Brother Zhao’s sharing was pretty good and she liked it very much and hoped that we could continue to fellowship with her. After our second fellowship, a sister in our church told her: “If you want to fellowship with the shepherd of other church, you have to ask for our pastor’s permission.” When Sister Chen heard this, she told me she didn’t want to fellowship with us anymore. Right after that, my sister knew that I was preaching the gospel in the church. Then, she read some negative propaganda materials to Sister Chen and me and required me to stop communicating with brothers and sisters of the Church of Almighty God. Afterward, Sister Chen always avoided me. Even if we met each other, she would come with her sister to avoid staying with me alone.
Moreover, some brothers and sisters also started to guard against me and distance themselves from me.
One day, the pastor, who was also my brother-in-law, asked me to go to the meeting room. Immediately, I realized that something was wrong, so I kept praying to God asking Him to protect my heart that I could stand witness during this trial. Seeing me, the pastor said furiously, “Why have you changed and become unwilling to listen to our suggestions in such a short two months since you heard thepreaching?” I answered, “Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus. Recently, through reading Almighty God’s words, I see that the words expressed by Almighty God are the utterances of the Holy Spirit and are God’s voice.” His face flamed with anger and said loudly, “If Eastern Lightning is really the true way, then why is the entire religious community condemning Eastern Lightening? Is there anything wrong with my following the entire religious community? If I’m wrong finally, I would rather be destroyed along with five big denominations.” I said, “You are too arrogant and egotistical. You are resisting God! It was right because the Pharisees and scribes of that time didn’t acknowledge the Lord Jesus as the Messiah they were waiting for that they nailed Him to the cross and finally suffered the loss of their nation and even their offspring were punished. Hasn’t this historical lesson made you watchful? As a pastor, when you hear news of the Lord’s coming, you should lead us to seek and investigate but not resist God based on your own arrogant and egotistical disposition.” He shouted at me with anger, “I give you a month to consider whether you will stop communicating with the Eastern Lightning people or continue staying at the church to serve the Lord.” I answered him without considering more, “Pastor, I don’t need to consider that for a month. I can leave today but I won’t give up following God.” After hearing what I said, the pastor was speechless with anger while my sister was weeping all the time. Looking at my sister, I said sadly, “Sister, it is after reading many words of Almighty God that I am certain that Almighty God is indeed the appearance of the Lord Jesus. Why are you so stubborn?”
Finishing my words, I started to pack up my things on my desk. Just at that time, the tears also began to pool up in my eyes. I suppressed tears to pass my sister the church’s key and left after saying goodbye to her. Walking out of the church’s gate, I couldn’t help but shed tears. I thought: It has been ten years since I sought refuge with my sister and her husband. They once helped me get through the dejected and hard days but when it comes to believing in God, I can’t compromise. After returning home at night, I couldn’t control my emotion anymore, feeling very upset and crying continuously because I had never thought that my family and I would come to this because of choosing the path of believing in God. Later, a sister shared many God’s words with me. After hearing her fellowship, I understood that God’s work of judgment in the last days is to expose man and separate man according to kind. Those who love the truth can accept God’s work in the last days when hearing His voice while those who don’t accept but resist and condemn God’s work when hearing His voice are antichrists and evil servants exposed by God’s work in the last days. At that moment, I calmed down gradually.
Afterward, I read another passage of God’s word: “Those who read the Bible in grand churches recite the Bible every day, yet not one understands the purpose of God’s work. Not one is able to know God; moreover, not one is in accord with the heart of God. They are all worthless, vile men, each standing on high to teach God. Though they brandish the name of God, they willfully oppose Him. Though they label themselves believers of God, they are ones who eat the flesh and drink the blood of man. All such men are devils who devour the soul of man, demons who purposefully disturb those who try to step onto the right path, and stumbling blocks that impede the path of those who seek God. Though they are of ‘robust flesh,’ how are their followers to know that they are antichrists who lead man in opposition to God? How are they to know that they are living devils who specially seek souls to devour?” (“All Who Do Not Know God Are Those Who Oppose God”). God’s word allowed me to have some knowledge of the pastor’s essence. He was arrogant and self-righteous and put himself on a pedestal by relying on the Bible knowledge and theological theory he had understood, thinking that he himself was a man pleasing to God. His arrogant disposition caused him to only believe his own judgment so that when God comes to do work, as long as God’s work isn’t in accordance with his will, he will not accept without exception. On the outside, he seemed very spiritual. But he didn’t care about the spiritual life of believers at all, and even obstructed them from turning to God, thus ruining their life. He is indeed the antichrist who devours the soul of man. I felt that I was even more responsible for cooperating with God to let more people break away from the pastor’s hands and no longer be deceived by him. I firmly believed that no matter what difficulties I would encounter, God would surely be by my side.
So, I prayed to God: “Oh Almighty God! Thanks for your exaltation and salvation. Although the pastor stops believers from seeking and inspecting the true way, I know You are the almighty God. I only want to fulfill the duty of a creation. I ask You to give me faith and power so that I can spread Your gospel and let those who really yearn for Your appearance accept Your work in the last days no matter what difficulties I will encounter. Thank God! Amen!”