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God’s Word Set Me Free From the Yoke of Video Games
By Xinzhi, Burma
Hello, brothers and sisters. I am Xinzhi, and I come from Burma.
I was born into a non-family. Since I was little, I was addicted to playing video games, and I usually disobeyed my parents and skipped school to play games. As a result, I was always bottom of the class in exams. Afterward, seeing that I was afflicted with games, whereas my parents had no way to change me, my grandfather sent me to a Christian school, and hoped that God could change me. In the school, I worshiped and praised God, read the , listened to sermons, and prayed every morning and night without interruption. Due to the strict rules in the school, I had no chance to contact with games, not to mention playing them. The next year, I entirely accepted the Lord as my Savior. And my grade became better and better, and I came top of the class. What’s more, I achieved some changes in my behaviors; I was no longer naughty or impolite, but became quiet and sometimes even felt myself inferior.
I lived in the Christian school for seven years. After graduating from junior middle school, I left the Christian school and moved in my uncle’s house in the city to study in senior high school. In the first year of senior high, I met many new schoolmates from various places, and some of them often went to the net bar to play games. At that time, the most popular online game was “League of Legends.” They invited me to play with them, and then I joined them and gradually became addicted to games again. Then I was in no mood for my study, and every day after school, I directly went to the net bar to play games with my schoolmates rather than going home first. My grandparents and uncle all worried about me. Every time they found that I went to the net bar to play games, they would rebuke and question me. My grandmother always nagged me not to spend money on games, but to focus on my study. I knew their intention was good even if they scolded and rebuked me, but I still felt very suppressed in my heart, and couldn’t listen to them at all.
Once when I was playing mobile phone game, grandpa confiscated my phone, which made me so angry and uncomfortable that I sat there without saying a word. Seeing my glum face, he finally gave the phone back to me. When the exam day was drawing near, I didn’t change my old nature but still went to the net bar to play games with my schoolmates as always. To my surprise, I ranked tenth in the exam. I was very happy, for I could pass the exam even if I often played games. However, the situation changed in my junior year of high school. My grade dropped sharply, and I ranked second from the bottom. Thinking of the decline in my academic performance, I found that it seemed to be caused by playing games. Faced with my bad habit of playing games, the decline of my grade, and the rebuke and expectation of my family, I felt a lot of pressure and was disappointed with my life. I wanted to get rid of games and pursue a meaningful life while I was unable to extricate myself from them, which made me feel very miserable and lose confidence in my life. In fact, the reason why I played games was because I thought that it could help me forget all annoyance, so when I felt bored and empty and didn’t want to contact with others, I would fulfill and anesthetize myself by playing games. However, it could only ease my emptiness and helplessness temporarily. After playing games, I felt even more distressed. Afterward, I had no confidence to continue my study, so I dropped out.
After dropping out, I found a job, and no longer played games. One day, I made the acquaintance of some brothers and sisters from the Church ofon Facebook. They bore witness to Almighty God’s work of the last days to me. Through reading the utterance of Almighty God, as well as seeking and investigating for a period of time, I was sure that Almighty God is the return of the , and accepted His last days’ work. Following Almighty God, I felt that my longing was realized. I was raptured before God’s throne, and my former negativity and weakness no longer existed. Only then did I understand that my former emptiness, troubles, as well as spiritual withering and pains were all caused by the lack of the bread in spirit, and the shift of the ’s work. From then on, I read and gathered with brothers and sisters from , and frequently gained new enlightenment and illumination. Gradually, I knew many truths which I didn’t understand previously, and gained many things that people of times past had never possessed, which was really God’s elevation.
However, I went back to my old way five months later. I was again addicted to games, and thus I couldn’t attend gatherings regularly. Brothers and sisters detected my abnormal condition, so they concernedly asked me what happened, and what troubles I ran into. I deceived them, telling them it was just because of my being occupied with work. A few days later, they asked me again why I did not attend the gatherings. Actually, I was much tormented within when I was again bound by games, so I told them in all honesty that I got hooked on games. They fellowshiped a lot with me, and repeatedly reminded me that if I went on playing games, I would be devoured by Satan, that games are virtual worlds devised by Satan, and are snares with which Satan deceives and binds people, and that once I became ensnared, I would be devoured by Satan gradually, and be dragged into hell in the end…. Hearing this, I was very reproached inside, and hated myself. Later, I uninstalled all the games and thought to myself: It is empty and meaningless even though I become the strongest soldier in the game. I will never play games again.
But before long, I wanted to play games again, and then I downloaded games to play. As a result, I could not lead a normal life in the church for a month. When brothers and sisters found my abnormality, they thoughtfully asked me about my condition, but I deceived them again. Afterward, I felt blame inside. I knew I couldn’t let Satan trample upon me anymore, and that I should come before God to confess and repent my sins, and resolve not to play games anymore. I thought of the truth of being honest people fellowshiped by brothers and sisters at gatherings. God’s words say: “What does it mean to ‘seek the way of the light’? It means seeking the truth in order to resolve your corrupt disposition, which is to say, when you lay yourself bare, you’re also dissecting yourself, after which you should seek: ‘Why do I have to do this? What do I gain when I do this? By doing this, am I sinning against God? By doing this, am I deceiving God? If it deceives God, then I shouldn’t do this; I should act by another means—and what means should that be? I should look at what God requires, at what God says, what the truth says.’ This is seeking the way of the light” (“To Be Honest, You Should Lay Yourself Open to Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks). From God’s words, I understood that God likes honest people, and that if I opened up my heart to brothers and sisters to seek the truth to solve my problem, I would get out of the pains with their help. So I told them the truth that I played games again.
As for my situation, brothers and sisters found some God’s words to communicate with me and help me. Almighty God says: “The devil Satan does these things in order to lure people, to cause them to degenerate. For those who live in virtual worlds, they have no interest whatsoever in anything to do with the life of normal humanity; they are not in the mood to work or study. They are only concerned about going to virtual worlds, as though they are being enticed by something. Scientists have conducted some research and found that, as soon as someone plays a game and when they enter into a game, their brains start to secrete something that makes them somewhat delusional. After this thing has been secreted, they then become addicted to playing games and are always thinking about playing them. The second they get bored or are sitting idle, or when they are doing some real work, at their job or study, they want to play games instead, and playing games gradually becomes their whole life. Playing games is like taking a kind of drug. Once someone starts to play games, once they enter into them, then it becomes hard to get back out and hard to quit. So regardless of whether it is young people or older people, once they catch this bad habit, it becomes difficult to give it up. … Tell Me, is playing games something that normal humanity should do? If games were needed for normal humanity, if it were the right path, then how come people cannot quit them? How come people can be captivated by them to such a degree? This proves one thing: That is not a good path” (“Young People Should See Through the Evil Trends of the World” in Records of Christ’s Talks).
God’s words are so real and practical. Indeed, games have always tempted me, so that I couldn’t live a normal life, and didn’t eat or sleep regularly. They kept disturbing my thought and mind, so that my heart was absent when I did things. Sometimes, I was even troubled about unnecessary fuss, and became terribly suspicious. Just like the revelation of God’s words, the game is really one of the traps with which Satan deceives and devours man. Once we walk into the trap, we would suffer the scorching flames of hell with Satan in the end. Almighty God knows me so well, and the revelation of His words is a true portrayal of me. Playing games really does great harm to me, and it is not a good way.
I continued reading along, and saw Almighty God’s words saying: “How do those games come about? Do they not come from Satan? … No matter how many years you have believed in God, if you can’t even restrain yourself in the matter of playing games or control yourself, if a day comes when you think that believing in God is meaningless, that it is boring, that it is very uninteresting, and that you feel dull, would you then do drugs like those people? Would you try all kinds of methods that excite you and that can make you feel leisurely and carefree? Is this kind of person capable of embarking down the wrong path? This is a signal for danger! Though you may believe in God and say: ‘I follow God, I don’t follow the unbelievers or the things of the world. I’m not the same as the unbelievers,’ this is easier said than done; you will not easily achieve this. This evil world uses all manner of ways to attract those who have not seen through the world, who have not seen through the evil trends of mankind. It specially lures these people. If you cannot often come before God, if your heart and your brain are often blank, then you will be in danger. Do you spend much of your time in a blank state? Young people are blank much of the time!” (“Young People Should See Through the Evil Trends of the World” in Records of Christ’s Talks).
Brothers and sisters fellowshiped that Satan just uses games to afflict us and tempt us to give our hearts to it; it uses all tricks to fight against God for people, especially God’s chosen ones. Satan binds me through games, and makes me inextricably trapped, lose normal humanity and faith in life, and live in the virtual world. Little by little, I will be led astray from the truth, become more and more distant from God, and forsake Him in the end. Once I am possessed and devoured by Satan, God will no longer save me, and I will truly be finished. Satan is indeed too sinister and evil!
One sister said: “Playing games is a waste of your money and time; what’s more, it puts you further and further from God. So you shouldto God and make oath to Him.” What God’s words revealed was very thorough, and brothers and sisters’ fellowship was very practical, which made me both moved and tormented. Through reading Almighty God’s words, I came to understand why I played games time and again and couldn’t break away from them. It is because I have been deceived by Satan, and my own standards of conscience, willpower, and self-restraint could only restrain me temporarily yet cannot help me overcome Satan’s temptation. I ought to rely on God, for this is my only way out. Thank Almighty God! If He had not saved me, I would be completely dominated and devoured by Satan.
After this fellowship, I prayed to God and made an oath to Him that I would no longer play games; if I play again, may all the disasters in the last days befall to me, and my spirit suffer under the flames of hell forever; I am willing to forsake everything and dedicate myself to follow God to the end. Thank God for letting me see through the deceitful schemes of Satan, and know my own corrupt disposition. I felt that I finally got the true freedom. Since then, I lived a normal life in the church with brothers and sisters again.
Afterward, when Satan’s temptation came upon me again, it was God’s words that protected me and led me to see through Satan’s deception and stand witness. Not long after breaking away from games, I installed an antivirus on my mobile phone. Every time I unlocked the phone, this software would recommend many games to me, which looked very dazzling, and my heart was always disturbed. Then I thought of the revelation of God’s words that games are tools used by Satan to confuse and bind man, and would take me into hell. I also recollected God’s words saying: “remember this! There is nowhere on earth where you can buy medicine that will soothe regret! So how shall I say this to you? Is My word not worthy of your careful consideration and repeated ponderation?” (“The Thirtieth Utterance” in Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning). My brothers and sisters had fellowshiped many times about the harm games did to teenagers. Thinking of God’s salvation for me and the oath I had made before Him, I made up my mind to stand witness and not to follow Satan. Thank God! When I had such a resolution, regardless of how many games appearing before my eyes, I did not give them a glance any longer, and my heart was not affected by them. Since then, I threw off the yoke of games, and no longer played games or had the feeling of emptiness. I know this is the result of God’s work on me. Thanks be to Almighty God!
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