By Heyi, Malaysia
Finding the Source of Living Water of Life
When I was young, because my parents often went to other places on business, and so my elder sister became my spiritual support. At the age of 15, my elder aunt preached theto my sister and me and then we started to believe in the Lord. After getting married, my husband became a drug addict, so I had no choice but to divorce him. I took refuge, with my two young children, at my sister’s, and I started the work of serving the Lord in the church my brother-in-law was leading.
Ten years slipped by. This year, I began to perceive that my spirit was withering: I got no illumination from my reading of the, and I didn’t feel provided with anything when listening to the pastor’s sermons. In particular, I was unable to grasp God’s intentions. Although I had some achievements in serving the Lord over the years, they couldn’t satisfy the thirst of my spirit. When I was stuck most in this darkness, I got acquainted with Brother Zhao. Through sharing with him, I came to understand that the reason why I felt thirsty in my spirit and why the church was desolate was because God has done 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 of God’s words, my spirit got gradually stronger and I became convinced that Almighty God is the appearance of the .
Spreading the Gospel and Bearing Witness for God
After I accepted 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 gets so grieved and anxious when He sees the mankind He created living in Satan’s bondage and torment. God hopes that those people who are still in the desolate churches and are spiritually thirsty and hungry can follow His footsteps soon. I thought how I once had also lived in helplessness and suffering and it was God who saved me from the filth. So at that moment when faced with God’s eager desire, how could I turn a blind eye and be indifferent? Hence, I decided to perform my duty as one of His creations and bring the people who were waiting for God’s return before Him 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 got a call from her out of the blue. At that moment, I was very excited because she was studying in another place and we’d seldom contacted each other in over two years. God must have heard my, so she suddenly called me. In our conversation, I learned that spiritually she felt weak and she was unable to raise enough 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 some awkwardness develop between us?” Afterward, I remembered a passage of God’s words a sister once fellowshiped 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 God’s love. There are almost no interactions based on the flesh….” (“Establishing a Proper Relationship With God Is Very Important”). In the last days, Almighty God expresses words and bestows upon us the truth to solve the difficulties and problems in our spiritual life, letting us achieve knowledge of God, and ultimately receive His approval and by Him. If I was really responsible for Sister Du’s life, and if I had true love for her in my heart, I should tell her the good news that the Lord has returned, thus 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 intentions and I couldn’t back off for the sake of protecting my own face. Even if she didn’t accept, at least I would have 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 fellowshiping really made me gain great edification and benefits in my life. Thank God! Sister Du decided to fellowship with us together. Through fellowshiping with Brother Zhao 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.
Direct Engagement With the Obstructive Pastor
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 fellowshiping, a sister in our church told her: “If you want to fellowship with the member of another 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 elder sister found out that I was preaching the gospel in the church. Then, she read some negative propaganda material to Sister Chen and me and required me to stop communicating with the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God. Afterward, Sister Chen started to avoid me. Even if we had to meet each other for something 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 come to the meeting room. Immediately, I realized that something was wrong, so I kept praying to God, asking Him to protect my heart so that I could stand witness during this trial. Seeing me, the pastor said furiously, “Why have you become unwilling to listen to our suggestions in the short two months since you heard the preachings of?” I answered, “Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus. Recently, through reading Almighty God’s words, I have seen 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 he said loudly, “If Eastern Lightning is really the true way, then why is the entire religious community condemning Eastern Lightning? Is there anything wrong with my following the entire religious community? If in the end I’m wrong, I’ll be happy to be destroyed along with all the other believers in the five big denominations!” I said, “You are too arrogant and egotistical. You are resisting God! It was exactly 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. They suffered the loss of their nation, and even their offspring were punished. Isn’t this historical lesson a warning to you? As a pastor, when you hear news of the Lord’s coming, you should lead us to seek and investigate, not resist God based on your own arrogant and egotistical disposition.” He shouted at me in anger, “I’ll give you a month to reconsider whether you will stop communicating with the Eastern Lightning people and continue staying with this church to serve the Lord.” Without the slightest consideration, I answered, “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 what I had to say, I started to pack up the things on my desk. Just then, the tears also began to pool up in my eyes. I suppressed the tears and gave my sister the church 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 some hard, depressing days, but when it comes to believing in God, I can’t compromise.” After returning home that night, I couldn’t control my emotions anymore, and I cried continuously because I had never thought that my family and I would come to this because of my choosing the path of believing in God. Later, a sister shared many of God’s words with me. After hearing her fellowshiping, I understood that God’s work of judgment in the last days is to expose people and group them according to kind. Those who love the truth will 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. I then gradually calmed down.
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 words gave me some knowledge of the pastor’s essence. He was arrogant and self-righteous, and put himself on a pedestal by relying on the biblical knowledge and theological theory he understood, thinking that he himself was a man pleasing to God. His arrogant disposition caused him to only believe his own judgment, so now that God has come to do work, because God’s work isn’t in accordance with his will, he will not accept any of it. On the outside, he seems very spiritual. But he doesn’t care about the spiritual life of the believers at all, and even obstructs them from turning to God, thus ruining their lives. He is indeed an antichrist who devours people’s souls. I felt that it was even more my responsibility to cooperate with God to help more people break away from the pastor’s grip 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: “O Almighty God! Thanks for your exaltation and salvation. Although the pastor stops believers from seeking and examining the true way, I know You are the almighty God. I only want to fulfill my duty as one of Your creations. I ask You to give me faith and power no matter what difficulties I will encounter so that I can spread Your gospel and help those who really yearn for Your appearance accept Your work in the last days. Thank God! Amen!”