These days, I was a little ill, and in my work, I met with many difficulties and was greatly pressured; I felt very weak and helpless. One day, the sister coordinating with me was out for some business and the sister of the host family was also busy. Lying on the bed alone, I could not but recall that in past times when I fell sick my family took the utmost care of me. A sense of desolation instantly welled up in my heart. Insensibly, tears trickled down my cheeks. And along with that my state worsened. At this time, God inspired me: Give satan no chance to work. I realized it was God’s reminding. So, I immediately rose and knelt down before God and confided my true state to God.
After prayer, I felt much calmer and had the strength to cooperate with God. Then I opened the book of God’s word and read these words: “If you want to fight the good fight for the truth, you should first give satan no chance to work. …” “If one falls under the power of satan, he has no love for God within, and his past vision, love, and resolution all disappear. … This is satan’s work and is the manifestation of his falling under satan’s authority. When you encounter such a situation, you should immediately pray and turn it around. In this way you will be kept when satan attacks you. In painful refining, one will most easily fall under satan’s power. … At such times, the more inactive you are, the more easily you will become passive and the more easily you will backslide.”
Reading this, I was seized by these two words “first” and “immediately.” Why does God repeatedly use such words? As I was pondering God’s words, God inspired me: Now is the end time; God’s work has reached its climax and satan’s disturbance has also reached its peak. Satan is putting up its final deathbed struggle and is at all times seeking a chance to afflict man. Especially when we encounter difficulties or become passive and weak in refining, satan will most easily take advantage, and we will most easily be attacked by satan. At such times, the more inactive we are, the more easily we will become passive and backslide, following our fleshly desires and thus falling under satan’s power. Consequently, our entering will be hindered and our life will suffer loss. Therefore, God reminds us that when encountering something, we “should first give satan no chance to work,” “immediately pray,” and “immediately turn around” our wrong state.
Then, I recalled how I usually behaved. Whenever I had difficulty in my work, I easily judged myself, thinking that I had done my best to cooperate, I just had this little ability, and I seemed to be incompetent for the work. Thus, I had no will to make progress. When my partner disagreed with me in our coordination, I always felt that she was arrogant and self-right, did not drop herself, and did not accept my opinions, so I always fixed my eyes on her and felt myself greatly wronged. When I was exposed by God in my work and saw I had gained little transformation, I judged that I could not be transformed and surely could not be saved by God, and I even wanted to give myself up as hopeless…. When I encountered such matters, I always followed the thoughts from satan and became passive and inactive, and never immediately went before God to look to and rely on God and sought the relevant truths to resolve my states; thus, I gave satan plenty of chances to work. Although the Holy Spirit inspired and guided me within, I always followed satan’s thoughts and sank deeper and deeper into them, and I did not come before God until I was tormented half dead by satan and could no longer bear it. As a result, my life suffered many losses. In retrospect, I was really too foolish. Today, I have tasted the good of coming before God and pray immediately when something happens, without giving satan a chance to work. I have also realized that in the years of my following God, many of the sufferings I underwent were caused because I did not rely on God in time. If God had not inspired me today, I don’t know how much more I would suffer from being fooled by satan.
O God, thank you for inspiring me so that I have seen my deficiency. I have also known that when encountering something, I should immediately come before you, follow no thoughts from satan, and give satan no chance to work. Only in this way can I be kept by you from being afflicted by satan, so that my life will not suffer loss. From now on, I will try my best to cooperate with you, follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, see through satan’s schemes, and stand for your testimony to satisfy you.
Yantai City, Shandong Province