Author Topic: I Saw the Mighty Power of Godís Word in Spiritual Warfare  (Read 475 times)

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Iím an ordinary rural woman. After marriage, I often quarreled and had fights with my husband over trivial matters, living in agony every day. I considered dying many times, but at the thought of my young child I had to give up the idea of suicide. As such, my daughter became my only hope and support for survival.In November of 2007, one of my classmates preached the gospel of the kingdom to me. I saw these words of God: ďSince the creation of the world I have begun to predestine and select this group of people, namely, you today. Your temperament, caliber, appearance, stature, family in which you were born, your job and your marriage, the entirety of you, even the color of your hair and your skin, and the time of your birth were all arranged by My hands. Even the things you do and the people you meet every single day are arranged by My hands, not to mention the fact that bringing you into My presence today is actually My arrangement. Do not throw yourself into disorder; you should proceed calmly. What I allow you to enjoy today is a share that you deserve, and it was predestined by Me at the creation of the worldĒ. After reading Godís words, I understood that my marriage and family were both ordained by God, and that I was predestined to believe in God long ago. I didnít complain anymore. Soon afterward, I began to live the church life, praying, reading Godís words, and singing hymns to praise God with my brothers and sisters. I felt especially liberated and was free from the painful life that I used to lead. Hopes rose in my heart.
Seven months after I believed in God, my daughter, who was a high school student, went home for the summer break. That day, I went out for a meeting. My daughter happened to discover a note I put in a pocket where I copied down some words of God. When I returned home from the meeting, she looked very unhappy and asked, ďAre you believing in God?Ē ďYes. How did you know that?Ē I replied. Then my daughter said angrily, ďOur principal said at a school meeting that belief in God is opposed by the national government. The students whose parents believe in God will be forbidden from taking the college entrance examination, their employment will also be affected. Make your own decision!Ē Hearing her say this, my heart sank. Believing in God is a good thing. How can it be this way? In confusion, I said, ďGod comes to save man and asks man to be good people. He doesnít participate in the politics of man. How could believing in God affect your further education and employment?Ē My daughter was snappy, saying, ďAnyway, our principal said such things. Even if you donít care for yourself, you should consider me.Ē Then she left. I felt awful and pondered over my daughterís words. Could what she said be true? What if she canít find a good job in the future? Should this be the case, wonít her future prospects be ruined by me? Wonít she blame me forever? Inside me there was a fierce battle. I was torn between my daughterís future prospects and God, who gave me the truth and life. I just canít bear to give up my belief in God. Oh, what am I to do? The more I thought about it, the more upset I felt. I was unable to eat or sleep well. During the several days that followed, I had been indecisive about this matter.Just when I was at a loss and distressed, a sister in the church came to my home. I told her my difficulty. Then she said to me, ďManís future and fate are in Godís hands. They are not decided by any person. Letís see some of Godís words. God says, ĎFrom the moment you come crying into this world, you begin to perform your duty. You assume your role in the plan of God and in the ordination of God. You begin the journey of life. Whatever your background and whatever the journey ahead of you, none can escape the orchestration and arrangement that Heaven has in store, and none are in control of their destiny, for only He who rules over all things is capable of such work. Since the day man came into existence, God has been steady in His work, managing this universe and directing the change and movement of all things. Like all things, man quietly and unknowingly receives the nourishment of the sweetness and rain and dew from God. Like all things, man unknowingly lives under the orchestration of Godís handí. From Godís words we can see that the destiny of every one of us was arranged by God. As to whether your daughter can attend college or what kind of job she may get in the future, God has the final word. They are not up to any man, or the government.Ē Then I thought: Manís fate is indeed in Godís hands. It is not decided by any person. I wished to find a great partner and live a happy life in the first place, but things just didnít turn out that way. Godís words are correct! At this time, the sister went on to say, ďGod is testing our faith by allowing such a situation to befall us. It is a battle in the spiritual realm. When Satan is carrying out its cunning schemes, God wants to see whether we can stand firm and bear witness in Satanís attacks. Letís look at another passage of Godís words. God says, ĎBecause God has become flesh, Satan has employed all sorts of methods of accusation, wanting to attack God this way. However, God does not retreat because of thisóHe just speaks and works among mankind and allows people to know Him through His incarnate flesh. Satan is red-eyed with fury and has put forth a great deal of effort on Godís people to make them negative, retreat, and even lose their way. But because of the effect of Godís words Satan has failed, thus adding to its wantonness. This is why God has reminded everyone: ďIn your lives, there may come a day when you will meet with this kind of situation: Would you willingly allow yourselves to fall captive to Satan, or will you have Me obtain you?Ēí. God wants to save man and free them from the bondage of Satan so that they may live in the light. But on the other hand, Satan tries to disturb and tear down Godís work and cause man to lose the opportunity for Godís salvation. Satan knows that you love your daughter most, so it uses her to disturb you and attempts to make you reject and leave God. Once you leave God, you will be under Satanís domain, and youíll be taken to hell by Satan. This is the treacherous intention of Satan.ĒThrough the sisterís fellowship, I understood it was Satanís plot. I said to her, ďIt turns out that Satan was using my daughterís words to disturb my mind and make me weak and push God away. I was almost fooled by Satan. It was so close! I canít fall captive to Stan and allow it to take me to hell. I must stand on the side of God. No matter what my daughter says in the future, I will absolutely not waver. May God give me faith.Ē The sister nodded with a smile.
However, Satan was not willing to be defeated. It employed new tricks. One night less than a month later, knowing that I was still believing in God, my daughter said to me impatiently, ďMom, stop believing in God! Iím going to take the college entrance examination. If you insist on your belief in God, my school will not allow me to take the test. You should think of me. Donít be too selfish.Ē Hearing these words, I thought: It is for your sake that Iíve made compromises and lived together with your father for all these years. Since I believed in God, I have been less depressed and distressed than I was before, and my mental outlook has been improved a lot. Donít you see that? Then, I said to my daughter in a mild tone, ďHavenít you noticed that Iíve been in excellent spirits every day since I believed in God? Iíve come a long way to find the true God. Why donít you understand me?Ē Seeing that I didnít listen to her, my daughter walked off in a huff without another word. I hastened to ask, ďItís already dark out. Where are you going?Ē She didnít respond and continued her way. At that time, my cousin was also there. She rushed to drag her back, but my daughter just wouldnít come back no matter how hard she tried. After my daughter left, my heart was in turmoil: The day is dark already. Now the school is on summer vacation, she cannot go back there. And we have no relatives nearby. Where could she have gone? My cousin and I called her repeatedly, but she never answered the phone. We went out to look for her but to no avail. It was past ten oíclock at night. I send texts to her, but she didnít reply. I was so agitated that I walked back and forth across the house, with my heart in my mouth. My cousin cried from worry, saying, ďSister, what if your daughter has any kind of accident?Ē Hearing this, I was even more anxious: Yes! She is a young girl aged about 18. How am I supposed to live if she meets with some accident? The more I thought, the more afraid I became. I waited in suspense for my daughter to reply to my texts. It was not until five minutes after midnight that I finally received her reply. I opened the text, only to see the following words: ďIím not going back until you promise what I told you.Ē Looking at her text, I was worried and fearful. So, I responded in a negotiating tone, ďYou may come back now. Iíll consider what you said and answer you later.Ē An hour later, however, my daughter replied, ďIf you do not agree to my request and persist in your belief, Iíll break up with you and put it in writing that Iíll never have contact with you for the rest of my life.Ē I was dumbfounded at my daughterís text. Whatís going on? Iím just believing in God; Iím not doing anything wrong. Yet my daughter is actually going to break up with me. It breaks my heart. She is my only child, my lifeblood. Iíve paid a great price for her during all these years. I never imagined that she could be so heartless to me because of my belief in God. At that moment, I wanted to cry but no tears came. Then I thought: I might as well not believe. Believing in God is too difficult. I put my hope completely on my daughter. I canít lose her. My heart ached increasingly as I thought about it. I felt as if the sky were falling. I knelt down and cried out to God, ďOh God! What should I do? Please help me. My daughter is going to break up with me because of my faith. Iím afraid of losing my only daughter, and I donít want to leave You. Oh God, I donít know how to choose. Iím unable to overcome it. I really have no way out. God, what should I do?Ē Just when I was praying, I remembered Godís words: ďIn 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 menĒ. Through Godís words I suddenly saw the light. Oh! Am I not falling into Satanís scheme? Is it not another spiritual war? I should stand witness for God and never make concessions to Satan. With Godís word supporting me, I had the courage inside to go to war with Satan. So, I sent a text to my daughter, ďIn any case, I cannot agree to your request.Ē Then I felt much more grounded inside my heart, and was no longer as worried as before.


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