By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
A Domestic Storm Caused by “5.28” Incident – Overcome Satan
I’m an ordinary rural woman. Loaded down with the heavy family burden, I went so bad-tempered, imperious and stubborn that I quarreled with my husband every now and then, which made it very hard for us to live together. Whenever I felt miserable, I would call out: “Oh Heaven, please save me!” In 2013,’s work of the last days came upon me. Through reading and fellowshiping with my brothers and sisters, I was certain that Almighty God is precisely the Heaven that I cried out to when I was in misery. So I gladly accepted the work of Almighty God.
I saw God’s words, “Since 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” (“The Seventy-fourth Utterance” in Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning). After reading God’s words, I was aware that my having the fortune to come before God’s throne and accept the watering and provision of God’s words in the last days was predestined by God at the beginning of time, and that my husband was also God’s predestination, so I ought to accept and obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements. From then on, I no longer rowed with him. After seeing my changes, my husband also supported me in my belief in God. Every time when my brothers and sisters came to my home for meetings, he was very polite to them, often asked me to serve them fruits, and sometimes showed great concern to them. During that time, I read God’s words every day, and felt enriched and happy in my spirit. I thought it was so great to believe in God.
Nevertheless, good times didn’t last too long. After the 28 May 2014 Case in Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province, I no longer enjoyed a harmonious family life. It was originally a common criminal case. But three days later, the nature of the case changed and the focus point was directed to. The CCP government used the main media to wantonly frame and discredit the CAG. And instantly, all sorts of rumors about the CAG overspread the country. Having watched the news report on TV, my husband seemed to become another man, and started to strongly oppose my belief in God.
One night, my husband came home angrily and asked me sternly, “What on earth do you believe in?” I felt baffled by his abnormal manner and replied, “Christianity! The One I believe in is Almighty God—the returned Lord, the Heaven we often speak of.” And he said, “You believe in Almighty God?! Go see what the TV is saying.” With these words, he turned on TV. And it was broadcasting the 28 May Zhang Lidong’s Murder Case in Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province, and the contents were words about condemning the Church of Almighty God. I saw the evidences presented by the CCP government were actually some books covered with digital mosaics, and some words written on the wall of Zhang Lidong’s house like “maltreatment,” “slaughter,” and so on. Moreover, it said that the believers in Almighty God disturbed public peace, so the Shandong Public Security Bureau prepared to severely crack down on the CAG and arrest the believers. Watching this, I immediately said to my husband, “Those are purely slanders and rumors, and it’s just a setup. The killers are not believers in Almighty God at all. For preaching the is principled in CAG, and we only preach the gospel to good people, not the evil. And such evil people like Zhang Lidong are totally not the objects the Church of Almighty God preaches to. Thus they are absolutely not believers in Almighty God. Besides, Zhang Lidong killed that lady out of rage just because she refused to give him her cellphone number. But my brothers and sisters of the Church of Almighty God never solicit phone numbers from others, and it’s also not allowed to forcefully drag people into the church. The actions of Zhang Lidong and his accomplices completely don’t accord with the principles for gospel preaching. So they are not believers in Almighty God, and all of these are just rumors and frame.” Unexpectedly, my husband stared at me and shouted, “I don’t care whether the case is true or false. You can’t believe in whatever the CCP government opposes. Our son hasn’t got married, and I don’t want to have my house ransacked.” Faced with the “May 28 Zhaoyuan Case,” I bitterly resented the CCP’s vicious plot of cracking down the religious belief.
That night, neither my husband nor I slept well. He advised me to hide out, and asked me to either hide the books carefully or return them to the church, for our home would be ransacked once the CCP government searched out these books. At his words, I remembered my cousin: He ever had a dispute with the head of the police station as he couldn’t stand him riding roughshod over the common people, and then he was sentenced to a year of reform through labor. If my home was ransacked because of my belief in God, how could I face my husband and son? I tossed and turned in bed, unable to sleep, repeatedly imagining the scene: I am arrested, my home is ransacked, and my husband and son are incriminated, they looked so desperate. At this thought, I suddenly felt desolated and afraid within, thinking: In China, it is too difficult for one to believe in God, be a good person, and walk on the right path, for he will be in danger of death at any time; however, if I betray God for fear of being persecuted by the CCP, I will be pricked by my conscience all my life; even if I seek temporary ease and comfort, I will be just a living corpse, and will be too ashamed to see God when I die. Tortured by these thoughts, I felt perplexed and extremely negative.
Just when I was in pain, the’ words occurred to me, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). “For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25). The Lord Jesus’ words gave me faith and strength, and dispelled my worries and fear. God rules all things and living beings, and all I had came from God, so I couldn’t betray Him. At this point, I also recalled Job: He still held his devotion to God, praised the holy name of Jehovah, and stood testimony for God even when he had his property robbed and lost his sons and daughters and everything he possessed; In contrast with Job, what I’m facing now is merely the rumors fabricated by the CCP, not the fact of getting arrested or my house being ransacked, yet I’m already weak and passive. My stature is truly too small, and my faith in God entirely can’t be compared with Job’s, not worthy of mentioning at all. My little faith makes me a laughing stock of Satan and a mark of humiliation to God. Thinking about that, my heart was filled with guilt toward God, and then I established a resolution: No matter how painful or difficult it may be, I will never betray God but follow Him to the end.
The next noon, my husband came back with the newspaper and threw it at me, saying, “Read it carefully! It says whoever is discovered to believe in Almighty God will be arrested. The prison is simply not a place for man to stay. Apart from suffering beating, scores of prisoners have to squash together in one bed. And if someone goes to the toilet during midnight, he’ll find no room left on the bed when coming back. If you’re under arrest, we won’t have money to ransom you. Isn’t it that only after being imprisoned for several years can you be well-behaved?” Hearing his words, I felt much pain and could only cry out to God in my heart: “O Almighty God, I know all the CCP government spreads are rumors and slanders against You. The CCP is exactly Your enemy. May You give me Your wisdom so that I can see through the crafty plot of Satan and never allow it to prevail. I wish to firmly stand on Your side.” At that time, I didn’t dare to turn away from God in the slightest, and then I thought of Almighty God’s words, “When the Lord Jesus did something such as bringing Lazarus back from the dead, His goal was to give proof for humans and for Satan to see, and to let humans and Satan know that mankind’s everything, mankind’s life and death are determined by God, and that even though He had become flesh, as always, He remained in command of the physical world that can be seen as well as the spiritual world humans cannot see. This was to let humans and Satan know that mankind’s everything is not under the command of Satan. This was a revealing and a demonstration of God’s authority, and it was also a way for God to send a message to all things that mankind’s life and death is in God’s hands. The Lord Jesus’ resurrection of Lazarus—this type of approach was one of the ways for the God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself III”). Inspired by God’s resurrection of Lazarus, I again had strength and became unyielding: Yes! God rules over all things in the universe and no one except for Him can command man’s life and death. God protected me once again. My faith in Him increased, and the panic and fear in my heart dissipated a lot.to teach and instruct mankind. It was a concrete action in which He used His ability and authority to instruct mankind, and to provide for humans. It was a way without words for the Creator to allow mankind to see the truth of Him being in command of all things. It was a way for Him to tell mankind through practical actions that there is no salvation other than through Him. This type of silent means of His instructing mankind lasts forever—it is indelible, and it brought to human hearts a shock and enlightenment that can never fade. The resurrection of Lazarus glorified God—this has a deep impact on every single one of God’s followers. It firmly fixes in every person who deeply understands this event the understanding, the vision that only God can command mankind’s life and death” (“