By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
I Learned to Discern the Work of Satan
One day, Sister Yang and Sister Zheng from the Church of came to preach to me Almighty God’s work of the last days. Sister Yang said, “Almighty God carries out His work through expressing the word of judgment, which just fulfills the prophecy of the Lord , ‘However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come’ (John 16:13). This prophecy has been fulfilled by Almighty God expressing His word, which is the utterance of the . Almighty God and the are both the incarnation of God’s Spirit. Almighty God is exactly the returned Lord Jesus….” Hearing Sister Yang’s fellowship, I felt so happy. What a good fortune to be able to meet the Lord’s return! So, I made up my mind to read Almighty carefully and investigate this way closely.
Then Sister Zheng said, “Brother, we’ve known that God has expressed new words and done new work. We’ll understand more of the truth when we read God’s words more. If you have any confusion, you may to God and seek first, and we can fellowship together in the next meeting. After we have understood God’s will, we can preach the to other brothers and sister in religion so that they will receive God’s salvation in the last days.” I replied in agreement, “Okay. Thanks be to the Lord! I feel so good to read God’s words and meet the Lord’s return. I will read seriously The Word Appears in the Flesh. If there are things I don’t understand, I’ll pray for God to enlighten me to understand His words.” “Great! Praise God!” said Sister Zheng.
After they left, I thought: The Word Appears in the Flesh is the personal utterance of God. I must read it carefully. However, I had trouble keeping my eyes open and even nodded off shortly after I started reading it. I thought to myself: What’s going on? Why am I so sleepy? I might as well stand up. But when I stood up to read, I was even more sleepy and had a headache. I massaged my temples, wondering how I became like this suddenly. With no heart to read Almighty God’s words anymore, I climbed into bed to take a rest. Yet I had not expected that as soon as I lay down, my headache was gone and I was wide awake. I thought: How did this happen? I could not figure it out anyway and did not feel like meeting with the two sisters from .
The next afternoon when the sun was setting, I was at home and wondered where I should go since the two sisters would come soon. After thinking hard for some time, I decided to go to the home of a co-worker of my denomination.
It was over ten o’clock at night when I returned home. My neighbor asked, “Where were you, Mr. Meng? Two young women waited at your gate for a long time, and they have just left.” I knew they must be Sister Yang and Sister Zheng, and my heart was strongly condemned. I thought: It’s so cold. I made a date with them, but actually hid myself away and kept them waiting so long. Am I not to blame? But at the thought of my sleepiness and headaches upon reading the words of Almighty God, my guilt disappeared somewhat, and still I did not want to see them again. The following evening, I thought: The two sisters waited in vain yesterday. Will they still come this evening? What should I do if they come? To meet them or not? If I do, they will fellowship with me about the words of Almighty God, but I will doze off once I read those words. If I don’t, however, they will keep waiting outside, suffering from the cold. I just can’t stand to see that. After a fierce struggle, I recalled that I had vowed to repay the Lord’s great love for it was the Lord Jesus who had cured my cancer after I believed in Him. Faced with Almighty God’s work of the last days, I must be cautious in case I take the wrong way and thus be unworthy of the Lord’s grace. No, I had to avoid them, but I had nowhere else to go. At last I decided to stay at home. I said to my neighbor, “Auntie, today I feel uncomfortable, and I want to have a rest at home without being bothered. Would you mind locking my gate from the outside?”
My neighbor agreed to my request. Soon after, I heard the voices of Sister Yang and Sister Zheng coming from outside the gate. Sister Zheng said, “This brother isn’t in again. Where could he have gone?” Sister Yang said, “Yeah, where has he possibly gone? Today’s environment is set up for us by God, and He is simply testing our faith in Him. Wherever the brother goes, we should wait for him. Let’s pray to God and rely on Him.” Hearing what they said, I felt awful and shifted nervously in the room. It’s freezing cold outside. They come here for me. I have kept them waiting so long last night, yet I’m doing this again. I feel so much sorry for them. They waited at the gate for several hours, and I could hear them pacing up and down due to the cold. At around 9 P.M., I heard Sister Yang say, “We’ve waited for a long time, but the brother has not come back. There is God’s goodwill. God arranged this environment to make perfect our faith. Today we fail to wait until the brother returns, but we can come tomorrow and keep waiting until we meet him. We believe in God’s sovereignty and arrangement, and hope God can lead us. We can pray for God to move the brother’s heart.”
After they went away, I lay awake tossing and turning, feeling very upset: Am I still a believer in God? I broke my word and the two sisters froze for me again and again. What were they doing this for? Were they not trying to fellowship about the truth of the Lord’s coming for me to understand? They didn’t meet me twice, but they will still come and wait until they have met me. What’s more, they pray for me. They just wish to soon give me a firmer belief of Almighty God’s work in the last days. It would seem that people of the Church of Almighty God have genuine love. When my thoughts went there, I could not help but hate myself for shutting them out so inhumanely. I can’t go on like this. I must wait for them at home and figure out why I got a headache and dozed off while reading Almighty God’s words.