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Throwing off Shackles Is Liberating

By Momo, Anhui Province

    I used to firmly believe in the saying, “Only by experiencing the hardest hardships can one rise above the ordinary,” thinking that it was a way of displaying motivation. Therefore, no matter what I was doing, I never wanted to fall behind. I was willing to accept any hardship as long as it meant I could rise above everyone else. After I accepted God, my attitude remained the same. But when God revealed the truth to me, I finally realized that this perspective is incorrect, and that it was Satan’s shackles that had bound and harmed me.

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How to Search for God’s Footprints

2019 Gospel Worship Song | “How to Search for God’s Footprints” (Lyrics)
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You ignored the words while seeking God’s footprints
that “He’s the truth, the way and life.”
Many get truth but don’t trust they’ve found God’s footprints,
don’t admit to His appearance.
They make a serious mistake.
God’s appearance can’t be reconciled
with man’s notions or desires.
God has His choices, aims, and plans when He works.
Since we are searching for God’s footprints,
we must seek His will and words.
Where God’s new words are, there’s His voice;
where His footprints are, there are His deeds;
where God’s expressions are, His appearance will be found;
wherever He appears, there is truth, way and life.

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God does not have to notify man or discuss with man His work.
This is God’s disposition now to be recognized by all.
To see His appearance, follow His footprints,
first, transcend your own notions.
Do not demand what God should do,
or limit Him with your conceptions.
You should ask how you can seek His footprints,
accept His appearance, submit to His new work.
Since man is not the truth or possessed of it,
they should seek, accept, and obey.
Since we are searching for God’s footprints,
we must seek His will and words.
Where God’s new words are, there’s His voice;
where His footprints are, there are His deeds;
where God’s expressions are, His appearance will be found;
wherever He appears, there is truth, way and life.

from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs

Eastern Lightning, The Church of Almighty God was created because of the appearance and work of Almighty God, the second coming of the Lord Jesus, Christ of the last days. It is made up of all those who accept Almighty God’s work in the last days and are conquered and saved by His words. It was entirely founded by Almighty God personally and is led by Him as the Shepherd. It was definitely not created by a person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. God’s sheep hear God’s voice. As long as you read the words of Almighty God, you will see God has appeared.

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God Led Me Out of the Pain of a Failed Marriage After My Wife’s Affair

Zhuiqiu, Taiwan

    Outside the window, the sun was slowly rising and the brilliant sunshine flooded the earth. Everything was so bright. Birds hopped from branch to branch, happily chirping away—their songs were particularly pleasing to the ear. I heard a hymn “God’s Love Brings Us Close Together.” I was really moved. It’s true—only with God there is love, only with love there is family. When I was in the most pain and despair it was God who led me out of my suffering over the failure of my marriage and brought me hope; He also brought me a new pursuit. I really give thanks to God’s salvation! At that moment I stood up and walked over to the window and so many past events floated up before my eyes …

The Way We Used to Be, So in Love

    Twenty years ago, my wife and I had been in a long-distance relationship for six years and finally decided to walk down the aisle. After getting married, she took responsibility for the home; not only did she put her heart into caring for my aging parents, but every time I got sick or was busy with work and returned home late, she’d be very concerned and anxious for me. She was really considerate. Seeing everything she did was really heart-warming for me, and I told myself: “You really have to love her well. Give her a stable, wonderful life.” After that I went into business in marine products, and even though I worked really hard, getting up early and working into the night every day, I felt it was all worth it as long as we had a happy family. A few years later we had bought a house and a car; our standard of living was getting better and better and our days were spent more and more harmoniously. Wanting our happy little family to continue on for a long time, I diligently managed our marriage, working hard on being a good husband. We did argue from time to time, but every time I was really forgiving and patient with her; I took on all of the housework and helping our child with homework and didn’t let her worry about anything. No matter what she wanted to buy, I’d indulge her. My wife and I became a loving couple that all of our friends and relatives admired. I thought to myself: I don’t need anything else in life. As long as we can always be there for each other and have a happy home, it’s enough.

My Wife’s Odd Change

    Seven years prior my wife had started to become obsessed with going out to bars and singing, and I figured as long as she was happy, let her go! At first she’d go once a week and would often want me to go with her. I felt that I wasn’t a very good singer and didn’t really like the chaotic atmosphere, so I always refused. Over the last three years she started going bars and karaoke venues more and more frequently—five or six times a week, and even the wind and rain wouldn’t stop her. She came back later and later. I started to notice that she was constantly staring at her cellphone and when I would walk over, she’d be panic-stricken, and sometimes she’d hide out in the bathroom to take a call in order to avoid me. Things became really tense between us; she would frequently start fights with me over some small thing. When I got sick or got home late, she wasn’t concerned for me as she had been in the past, but instead seemed indifferent. When she went out to a bar or to sing karaoke, she seemed really irritated when I urged her not to stay out too late. Seeing how she had changed, I became suspicious that she was no longer loyal to me, but then I’d think: “We have a foundation of over two decades of love, and I’m so good to her. She must treasure what we have and care about our family. She wouldn’t do anything to betray me.” So, my suspicions of her would just come and go and I never took them to heart. A few times she brought a man back to the house and said he was just a buddy she sang karaoke with, and even though I had a lot of questions in my heart, I was willing to believe my wife.

It Really Was an Affair

    Then one day I discovered a card—on it were two love handprints, one signed with my wife’s name, and one signed with another man’s name. There was also a small notebook with a sweet conversation between them. Seeing these nauseating things, I started shaking all over: “I’m so good to her, but she’s betrayed me!” In that moment I just felt like the world was spinning and I was about to stop breathing. I was in so much pain I couldn’t express it with words. After my wife came home, I pointed at her with a trembling hand and asked her: “I’ve always been single-mindedly devoted to you. Why would you betray me? We’ve been married for over 20 years, have I really not treated you well enough? Have I really not given enough for this family? Why would you treat me this way?” Even though she flatly denied it, her strange behavior and her conversation with that man proved that she really had stepped out.

    My wife’s betrayal left me absolutely grief-stricken, but considering that weathering the storms from our courtship into our marriage hadn’t been easy, I didn’t want to put an end to what we had just like that. Trying to salvage my family, I went to my wife’s family and had them advise her to stop and tried to get that man to break up with her, and I even sought out his wife to have her get a handle on her own husband, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my wife’s heart back. She didn’t care about my feelings and no longer had a moral compass—she would call him right in front of my face and even go out to meet him without a single qualm. I was so angry I couldn’t eat or sleep, and every day was bitterly painful. In just a few short months I lost over 20 kilograms, and had become haggard and aged a lot. I retired early because I didn’t have the heart to run the business anymore. My wife’s betrayal turned me into a silent person. I shut myself up at home and didn’t want to talk about the matter with anyone. During that time, pain and hatred had a stranglehold on my heart. I had thought of getting my revenge on him—if he wouldn’t allow me to have a good life, I wouldn’t allow him to have a good life, either. However, reason told me I shouldn’t do that. I was on an emotional see-saw, and was incredibly miserable. Over the following two years, my wife brought up the idea of divorce over and over again and every time she mentioned that it was painful for me. I thought of our wedding vows, that we would “grow old together, hand-in-hand,” and I felt even worse. I didn’t want to get divorced even though our marriage had become an empty shell. I didn’t want our once-happy home to fall apart that way. I really couldn’t figure it out: I had been completely devoted to my wife, so why would she want to betray me? And no matter what I tried to get her back, she wouldn’t turn back. Why was that, really?

Understanding the Real Reason Behind Her Affair

    Just as I was totally mired in pain and had nowhere to turn, one day, I met a Christian on Facebook, and while chatting I learned that that brother had had the same experience as me, but through reading God’s words he gradually came out from his pain, understood the truth of man’s corruption by Satan, and also experienced God’s love and compassion for mankind. Hearing about his experience was very moving, and I thought: There really are a lot of people who have been betrayed by their spouse, but how many of them have been able to come back out from that haze of pain? It seemed I had found a potential lifeline through that brother’s experience, so I often chatted with him, hoping that I could also find a way to leave behind the pain of marital betrayal.

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    Several days later, that brother fellowshiped with me that we humans were created by God and He knows that we live in suffering. In order to save us, He has appeared and worked in the last days, expressing millions of words based on what we as corrupt humans need. These allow us to understand the truth, see through Satan’s trickery, and find the right direction and goal in life. Only by reading God’s words, having fellowship with brothers and sisters, and seeking and pondering the truth can we see the essence of the problem and find the path to breaking free from pain. He then shared a passage of God’s words with me: “One after another, all these trends carry an evil influence that continually degenerates man, causing them to continually lose conscience, humanity and reason, and that lowers their morals and their quality of character more and more, to the extent that we can even say the majority of people now have no integrity, no humanity, neither do they have any conscience, much less any reason. … When the wind of a trend blows through, perhaps only a small number of people will become the trendsetters. They start off doing this kind of thing, accepting this kind of idea or this kind of perspective. The majority of people, however, in the midst of their unawareness, will still be continually infected, assimilated and attracted by this kind of trend, until they all unknowingly and involuntarily accept it, and are all submerged in and controlled by it. For man who is not of sound body and mind, who never knows what is truth, who cannot tell the difference between positive and negative things, these kinds of trends one after another make them all willingly accept these trends, the life view and values that come from Satan. They accept what Satan tells them on how to approach life and the way to live that Satan ‘bestows’ on them. They have not the strength, neither do they have the ability, much less the awareness to resist” (“God Himself, the Unique VI”).

    He fellowshiped with me: “Why is the world so dark and evil now? Why are people becoming more and more filthy, corrupt, and depraved, and suffering endlessly? The root of the problem is explained very clearly in God’s words. In the beginning, God created man with proper humanity with conscience, reason, integrity, and dignity. There were true feelings and true love between people and they were able to live in harmony together. Later, man was tempted into corruption by Satan and became distant from God; they no longer knew to worship God and they lacked even the slightest bit of reverence for Him. Satan also used all sorts of movies about extramarital affairs and romance novels to inculcate people with evil thoughts such as: ‘Seize the day for pleasure, for life is short,’ ‘Don’t ask for eternity, be happy with now,’ ‘The red flag at home does not fall, the colored flags outside flutter in the breeze,’ ‘Only with something on the side does a man keep his drive; if she keeps her vow, a woman just lives like a sow.’ Gradually, people come to accept these evil behaviors, and treat things like finding a mistress, having an affair, or a one-night stand as symbols of being fashionable and capable, and think that otherwise life is as bland as a cup of plain water. This is how more and more people’s thinking has become twisted and they’ve begun following these evil trends to find a mistress or have an affair. Living steeped in evil, they have become more and more corrupt. And at this point, the evil and darkness in the world have reached a peak; there are entertainment venues everywhere like bars, karaoke parlors, nightclubs, foot-washing and massage parlors. People are all living within licentiousness and corruption and reveling in sin, indulging the flesh, and toying with passions. They’ve given up their ethics, their sense of shame, character, and dignity and have lost the root of being a human. They’ve become more and more filthy, corrupt, and evil in the abyss of sin and don’t even feel shame. Many people’s unscrupulous dealings with the opposite sex not only harm them physically and emotionally, but also cause their families great suffering. By selling their flesh and living in licentiousness and corruption, some get all sorts of diseases. Some people end up aimless and at loose ends from becoming obsessed with entertainment venues like bars and karaoke parlors, following evil trends, and constantly engaging in debauchery; this causes families to split up and children to lose an intact home, leading to physical and emotional damage. In order to satisfy their own fleshly desires, some stop at nothing and stoop to conducting multiple affairs, leading to emotional entanglements and ultimately resulting in tragedy. All of this happens and more. All of these serious consequences are brought about by the evil societal trends sprung from Satan.”

    After hearing my brother’s fellowship I understood that the world’s darkness and evil came about from the evil trends that sprung from Satan. Without the truth, we as humans cannot discern Satan’s schemes, and when it gives rise to all sorts of evil trends to tempt us, lacking discernment, we’ll be unable to resist them. We’ll be assimilated by Satan, then live in licentiousness and corruption, becoming more and more evil and depraved. I thought of how my wife was a good wife and mother at first, how she was diligent and responsible at home, but after she became obsessed with bars and karaoke venues, she followed the evil trends of the world, indulged her carnal desires and no longer cared about the home or her loved ones’ feelings, instead doing unethical, immoral things. She started seeing a man with his own family, and no matter how I tried to salvage the situation but she was unwilling to turn back; things went from bad to worse. I finally understood that in fact, those people who betray their marriages and families are all under the influence of corruption and the evil trends of society. Otherwise, they wouldn’t do such unethical, immoral, and unreasonable things. They are victims too—it is Satan who is the main culprit causing the destruction of marriages. After realizing all of that my hatred toward my wife and that man faded a bit.

    After a period of time of seeking and investigation, I accepted God’s work of the last days. I frequently attended gatherings with my brothers and sisters, had fellowship on God’s words, sang hymns and praised God. I gradually came to understand some truths. I gained a little understanding of how Satan corrupts mankind and how God saves people step by step. I experienced that the entire world is within Satan’s grasp, and how utterly evil and corrupt it is, that only God can save human beings, and only by having faith and pursuing the truth can people be freed from Satan’s corruption. When I understood these things, a smile came back to my face. I once again developed hope in life and the future. I give thanks to God—if it hadn’t been for Him during my most painful time, taking me into the house of God, I really can’t dare imagine how I would have gone on living.

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There’s No True Love Between People After All

    The Chinese New Year came up in the blink of an eye, and homes everywhere were brimming with a celebratory atmosphere, but mine was exceptionally cold and bleak. My wife once again brought up divorce and started a huge argument with me. I felt both angry and helpless, and in the end agreed to it. The moment I walked out of the Household Registration Office with my divorce certificate in hand, my heart ached dully, I was hurt by my wife’s heartlessness, and I also felt lost, not knowing how to face the rest of my life. Lost in pain, I shared my wounds and suffering after the divorce with my brothers and sisters. They read a passage of God’s words for me: “Why does a husband love his wife? And why does a wife love her husband? Why are children dutiful to their parents? And why do parents dote on their children? What kinds of intentions do people really harbor? Is it not in order to satisfy one’s own plans and selfish desires?” (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together”). Through God’s words and fellowship from my brothers and sisters, I came to understand that humans became extremely selfish and despicable after being corrupted by Satan, and they do everything based on their interests, using each other, demanding things from each other, constantly battling for their own interests, and ingratiating themselves and flattering others when they stand to gain something. When someone doesn’t have any value for their uses they cast them aside; there is no true love at all between people, and there are very few homes and marriages that are truly happy. In their lives, either the wife is betraying the husband or the husband is betraying the wife, or they are strangers in the same bed who are forcing themselves to stay together for the children, but they are both living in pain. Some couples seem happy on the outside, but as soon as the other does something they don’t like or they find someone they like more than their spouse, they just cast their partner aside and start something new. I thought of me and my wife—I gave everything to give my wife a happy life because I saw that she took care of everything in the home meticulously and I never needed to worry about it. My wife betrayed me and decided to be with another man because she felt like he wooed her with sweet words, making her happy. Overall, each of us is acting for ourselves, everyone has their own motives and adulterations. They don’t have true love at all, and it isn’t possible for people to have a truly happy marriage. But since I couldn’t see the essence of Satan’s corruption of mankind, I made a happy marriage my lifelong pursuit and goal. As a result, after divorcing my wife I was living in pain and confusion, and didn’t know what to do. At this time I finally saw that without the truth, I couldn’t see the reality of things, and in fact the happy marriage I had worked so hard to pursue was empty and completely lacking value. It could only make me suffer more and more and live fooled and harmed by Satan. After I realized all of this, my heart suddenly felt very freed, and I was no longer suffering over the failure of my marriage.

A New Pursuit, A New Home

    Afterward, I read another passage of God’s words: “As a created being, you should of course worship God and pursue a meaningful life. If you don’t worship God and live in the filthy flesh, then aren’t you just a beast in human attire? As a human being, you should expend for God and endure all suffering. You should gladly and assuredly accept the little suffering you are subjected to today and live a meaningful life, like Job, like Peter. … You are people who pursue the right path, those who seek improvement. You are people who rise up in the nation of the great red dragon, those whom God calls righteous. Isn’t that the most meaningful life?” (“Practice (2)”). God’s words provided me with a way forward. Only following God, pursuing the truth, performing the duty of a created being, and living to satisfy God is the most valuable, meaningful kind of life, and it is what we as created beings should pursue. I thought of the past, of my grief after learning of my wife’s betrayal. I lacked the drive to go on living and was just like the walking dead; it was God’s grace that gave me the good fortune of coming into the house of God. By reading God’s words I gained some discernment on the evil trends brought about by Satan and came to understand the root of my own pain. I clearly saw the essence and truth of how deeply mankind has been corrupted by Satan and let go of my hatred for my wife and that man. My heart was so much easier and freer. I have enjoyed so much of God’s love, and I should seek the truth, expend myself for God, fulfill the duty of a creature, live to seek to love and satisfy God, and fully cast off the empty, depraved life of the flesh, live out a life with true meaning and value.

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    “Gong …” The sound of the wall clock pulled me back from my reverie. I took a look at the clock and saw that it was almost time for a gathering, so I rushed to get my bag and leave. Tilting my head up toward the sun as I walked, I couldn’t help but offer up my thanks and praise to God: God! Now I have found a truly happy harbor for my soul and I have found a true home. I thank You for loving and saving me.

Source: God Led Me Out of the Pain of a Failed Marriage After My Wife’s Affair

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The Secret to Saving a Marriage (Part 2) —Almighty God Saved My Marriage

Li Quan

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    However, when I shared the gospel with my wife, she would not accept it. Then, I asked the brothers and sisters from the church to come and share the gospel with my wife, but she still wasn’t willing to listen and she didn’t want to have them as guests. In light of these circumstances, I could only entrust my eager hopes for my wife to God. Continue reading “The Secret to Saving a Marriage (Part 2) —Almighty God Saved My Marriage”

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With the Grace of God I Found a True Home

By Xiaolin, United States

I Hate Dad—He Ruined Our Family

    Crash … Bang …

    “Dammit, say that one more time and I’ll make you sorry! …”

    The clamor of fighting broke through the peaceful silence of the night, startling my sister and I awake. We realized our parents were fighting again. Since our mom found out that our dad was seeing another woman, she smiled less, and at any mention of him her eyes filled with discontent and sorrow. From then on they never stopped fighting—I couldn’t even remember how many times they had argued. When my sister and I ran into their room crying, we just saw dad reaching out to hit mom. Crying, I dragged at dad’s arm as hard as I could, but he was too strong and I couldn’t hold him back. That night, he broke two of her ribs. She couldn’t withstand such a life of suffering any longer, so after she healed she left home and got a job in another area. Continue reading “With the Grace of God I Found a True Home”

The Word Appears in the Flesh

The Word of God in the Last Days | “Only Those Who Know the Work of God Today Can Serve God”

Almighty God says, “In your belief in God, how should you know God? You should come to know God based on the words and work of God today, without deviation or fallacy, and before all else you should know the work of God. This is the foundation of knowing God. All those various fallacies that lack a pure acceptance of the words of God are religious conceptions, they are an acceptance that is deviant and erroneous. The greatest skill of religious figures is taking the words of God that were accepted in the past and checking the words of God today against them. If, when serving the God of today, you cling to the things enlightened by the Holy Spirit in the past, then your service will cause an interruption, and your practice will be outdated and nothing more than religious ceremony. … God feels no nostalgia for what He spoke and did in the past; if it is obsolete, then He eliminates it. Surely you are able to let go of your conceptions? If you cling to the words that God spoke in the past, does this prove that you know the work of God? If you are unable to accept the light of the Holy Spirit today, and instead cling to the light of the past, can this prove that you follow the footsteps of God? Are you still unable to let go of religious conceptions? If that is the case, then you will become someone who opposes God.”

Eastern LightningThe Church of Almighty God was created because of the appearance and work of Almighty God, the second coming of the Lord Jesus, Christ of the last days. It is made up of all those who accept Almighty God’s work in the last days and are conquered and saved by His words. It was entirely founded by Almighty God personally and is led by Him as the Shepherd. It was definitely not created by a person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. God’s sheep hear God’s voice. As long as you read the words of Almighty God, you will see God has appeared.

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2019 Praise and Worship song | “All Things Live in the Rules and Laws Set Down by God”

2019 Praise and Worship song | “All Things Live in the Rules and Laws Set Down by God”

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It’s been several thousand years,

and mankind still enjoys the light,

and he still enjoys the air bestowed by God.

Mankind still breathes in the breath

that was exhaled by God Himself. Continue reading “2019 Praise and Worship song | “All Things Live in the Rules and Laws Set Down by God””