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By God, He Overcame in the Spiritual Warfare – Overcome Satan
By Zhao Xun, Burma
I’m Zhao Xun, 21 years old, and live in a mountain area in Burma. Because of the bad living conditions in my hometown, many people like to work out of town in order to live a fine life that they hanker for, and I am no exception.
At the age of sixteen, I, with a dream, followed my fellow villager on the journey of working out of town. At that time, I felt that I was young and ambitious, could suffer any hardship, and would surely make my own way in the world. However, what I thought was too simple. Not long after I came to that place, I spent all my money soon because I couldn’t find a job. At last I didn’t have a red cent. After five days of being hungry, I had no choice but to borrow 30 kyats from the fellow villager and go home. When seeing I was a sorry sight, my parents didn’t blame me, but only said that it was all right to come back safely. The journey of working made me taste life’s hardships for the first time and understand that it was not easy to work and earn money and that I couldn’t take a step without money. Afterward, I was unwilling to go on living without ambition, so I set out again on the journey of working. Having had the last experience, I tried to learn skills for different jobs. After much effort, I finally freed myself from the former hard life and gradually had a wider range of jobs. During the process of working, I accepted the Lordas my Savior. When I was free, I went to church to worship and became a nominal believer.
In 2017, I accepted’s work in the last days. After hearing the fellowship of brothers and sisters, I understood that Almighty God is the returned , the one true God who created the heavens and earth and all things, and that only by believing in Almighty God can I be completely saved. Then, I began to actively live the church life. I attended meetings, read , and fellowshiped the truth with brothers and sisters every other two days. I had a new starting point, a new direction and purpose in my life. When I was immersed in the peaceful and happy life, a spiritual battle quietly began.
One day I went back to my shack after work. As usual, I fetched a bowl from the kitchen and went to the canteen to have a meal. As I just began to eat, I heard the aunt next door say that her house was burglarized on that day and that she lost more than 4,000 kyats. My heart skipped a beat: Since her home was burglarized, wasn’t my shack even more the thief’s target? I hurried back and found my bedroom door pried open and the clothes lying about on the ground. Heedless of all else, I rifled through the place where I put the money. Sure enough more than 6,000 kyats in my wallet had been stolen, and there were only a few pyas left. At that moment, my mind went blank and I was at a loss. For only 600 kyats of the money were my living expenses and the rest more than 5,000 kyats were my cousin’s money that he let me look after. At that time, it was a serious problem for me to live, let alone to replace his money. However, his money was lost in my place, so I had to give him an explanation. If I didn’t give him a reasonable answer, he would think that I deliberately created a false impression for the purpose of taking his money for myself. In a panic, I immediately went to report it to the ministry of politics and law. They only came to take a picture and said that they would make an investigation. And then I called my cousin and told him what had happened to his money. Although I had done all that I should, the practical difficulties were as they were: How should I live the hard life next? Can my cousin believe that his money was stolen by a thief? If he can’t, won’t my integrity be questioned? Moreover, it’s natural and normal that I should replace his money since it was lost in my place. But where can I get so much money to replace? A battery of awkward questions appeared in my mind and I couldn’t calm down for a long time. And then I thought: Isn’t the One I believe in Almighty God? Why was I unable to receive God’s care and protection? In the past when I believed in the Lord, I never encountered such a great matter. Is it wrong that I have believed in Almighty God? In bewilderment, I didn’t know what I should do….
On that night, the sister who preached the Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God”). “God works, God cares for a person, looks upon a person, and Satan dogs His every step. Whoever God favors, Satan also watches, trailing along behind. If God wants this person, Satan would do everything in its power to obstruct God, using various evil ways to tempt, harass and wreck the work God does in order to achieve its hidden objective. What is its objective? It does not want God to have anyone; it wants all those that God wants, to possess them, control them, to take charge of them so they worship it, so they commit evil acts alongside it. Is this not Satan’s sinister motive? Normally, you often say that Satan is so evil, so bad, but have you seen it? You can only see how bad man is and has not seen in reality how bad Satan actually is. But have you seen it in this issue concerning Job? (Yes.) This issue has made Satan’s hideous countenance and its essence very clear. Satan is at war with God, trailing along behind Him. Its objective is to demolish all the work God wants to do, to possess and control those whom God wants, to completely extinguish those whom God wants. If they are not extinguished, then they come to Satan’s possession to be used by it—this is its objective” (“God Himself, the Unique IV”).came. She wondered that my girlfriend and I were in low spirits. After knowing what had happened, she asked us to quiet our hearts before God and fellowship God’s words. We reluctantly agreed. The sister found God’s words and read: “In 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 men. Behind every step that God does in you is Satan’s wager with God—behind it all is a battle” (“
After reading God’s words, the sister fellowshiped, “Brother and sister, we have believed in Almighty God today, that is we have followed the Lamb’s footsteps and have received God’s last salvation. If we finally gain the truth, we will be able to thoroughly break free from Satan’s influence of darkness and be saved by God. It means that we will completely betray and reject Satan, and fully return before God. However Satan is unwilling to let us go. It has brought some disasters to harass us so we have been wrecked physically and mentally. Its objective is to cause us to suspect God, and even worse, deny and betray God, and finally return to its domain and become the ones who belong to it. So, externally we see a bad man stole your money, but actually behind the scene, it was the deed of Satan, in which there was Satan’s cunning scheme. This is just like the disasters that befell Job in the. Because Job feared God and shunned evil, Satan’s temptations and attacks came upon him, and then he lost his children and livestock all over the mountains and endured the pain of the flesh that ordinary people couldn’t withstand. However Job had never denied God or said a single word of complaint about God, but instead praised God’s name. As he stood firm in his testimony, he utterly shamed and defeated Satan, became the one who was delightful to God, and finally got twice as much blessing as he had before from God. Therefore, all the things that happen in the material world are actually arranged by the spiritual world. We should see clearly the fact in case we would run into Satan’s cunning schemes.” After hearing God’s words and the sister’s fellowship, I felt it fresh. It turned out that there is a spiritual battle behind things, which is a bet God makes with Satan. It is the truth that I had never heard of when I believed in the Lord. It is truly a mystery.
Then the sister continued, “You can see Satan is too evil and despicable. In order to hinder us from returning to God, it deliberately brings disasters and shifts them onto God. Obviously it took away Job’s property and children and attacked his flesh, but it used his wife to accuse him, saying, ‘Do you still retain your integrity? curse God, and die’ (Job 2:9). Satan wanted Job to think that it was wrong for him to believe in God and that he should reject God since God had treated him in that way. From this we can see that Satan’s substance is too evil. So, we should have discernment and hate Satan, and must not misunderstand or complain God. Only when we stand firm in our testimony, can we see God’s actions.” At this, I understood a little more: Satan is really a thief yelling “stop thief”! In order to stop us from believing in God, it brings disasters on purpose and makes us think that they are caused by our faith in God, so that we refuse to believe in and follow God any longer, return to Satan’s camp to be controlled and manipulated by it, and will finally go to hell with it. Having known this, I was aware why my money was stolen and I saw clearly Satan’s sinister motive. Thus, I prayed to God silently in my heart, “O Almighty God! Now I’m willing to abandon my misunderstanding of You and don’t stand by Satan’s side. I’ll continue to follow You properly.” After my prayer, my heart calmed down and was steadfast a lot and the worry on my face disappeared gradually. After the meeting, sisters extended a helping hand to us. They not only gave us some living expense, but also bought living necessaries to us, from which I tastedand salvation for us. Afterward, I also saw God’s miraculous actions. Several days later, my cousin came to my place. After he asked me something about how his money was lost, he said he would give me half if he got back his money, that if not, he would forget about it, and that if it was lost, it was lost. From this I saw God give me a way out because He knew my difficulty. My girlfriend and I thanked God very much!