IsPleasing to the Lord?
The descent of the Lord Jesus brought the gospel ofof heaven to . For the sake of redeeming mankind, the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross. Man all experienced His love and salvation for them, and enjoyed His bountiful grace as well. Therefore, man established some festivals in commemoration of the Lord Jesus. But are these festivals pleasing to God or not? No one knows. I had pondered in my heart what God’s emotions of pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness are. But I found no answer, so I was in a great confusion.
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Every tree was decorated with twinkling illuminations; the adults were busy preparing for Christmas party; children happily exchanged Christmas gifts with each other…. The whole city is rife with Christmas atmosphere, and all people are enjoying the happiness brought by Christmas. The cheerful atmosphere also makes me feel better. And at the same time, I feel a little curious: Where does Christmas come from?
One of my good friends is a . While we were chatting, I asked her about the origin of Christmas, and she told me, “Christmas is celebrated in memory of the birth of Jesus Christ who became the Son of man on earth and redeemed all . At the beginning, Jehovah God set forth laws and commandments in the Age of Law. Then as man was corrupted by Satan and became eviler, they could not keep the laws and would be condemned to death at any time because of offending the laws. God couldn’t bear seeing the mankind He personally created perish this way. Therefore, in order to enable man to live on, God became flesh, did His work on earth, and finally accomplished the work of crucifixion and redeemed all mankind. As a result, those who believe in Him received the sin offering andwere forgiven of their sins as long as they pray to God. Just as the Bible says, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting .’ (John 3:16)” Hearing her words, I couldn’t help sighing with emotion, “So there is such a great story behind Christmas!”
Eastern Lightning | The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the work of the returned Lord Jesus—the end-time Christ, “Almighty God”—in China, and it isn’t established by any person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. After reading God’s word, you will see that God has appeared.
“You love me, Almighty God! It is your love that has led me until today. Your love has accompanied me through so many sufferings and hardships, and through so many dangers and temptations. It is you who lead me by the hand, caring for and keeping me. … I love you, Almighty God! It is your love that arouses me. Your love gives me enjoyment; your love gives me strength. My heart loves you forever. I don’t care about adversity or blessing, but only seek to satisfy your heart.” (from “God’s Love Is as Deep as the Sea” in Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs) Whenever I sing this hymn, I will be overwhelmed with all sorts of feelings and full of thanks and love for God in my heart. I’ve followed Almighty God for over ten years. Along the hard and rugged way, I deeply feel that it is really because God’s great love has cared for and kept me that I’ve walked until today.
I was once a leader in the True Jesus Church. At that time, I was very zealous. In order to guard well the Lord’s sheep, I was busy like a top every day. Whenever a brother or sister was passive and weak, I went to visit; when someone had difficulty, I tried my best to help; I also went everywhere to preach. However, the brothers and sisters were still weak, and their love gradually grew cold. Some returned to the world to work and some did business. The church became more and more desolate…. One day, a sister and I went to preach the gospel to her auntie. It happened that two relatives came to her auntie’s home. After learning that they were also believers of the Lord, I chatted with them. Unknowingly I was deeply attracted by their preaching. I had never heard such good preaching. Like a dry seedling receiving rain, my thirsty heart was watered. I also knew the reason why the church became desolate was that we didn’t keep up with the working of the Holy Spirit. But when I heard them say that God was incarnated again and did a new work, I began to doubt, fearing that I might take the wrong way, and even more fearing that I might lead the brothers and sisters astray and couldn’t give an account to the Lord. So I shut the door of my heart tightly. No matter how they fellowshipped, I wouldn’t seek or investigate, and I also insisted on leaving. They pled me to stay again and again, prayed for me in tears many times, advised me to investigate carefully, and fellowshipped with me for ten whole days with great love and patience. Though I was tough in the mouth, I admired them secretly in my heart. I had never seen that any brother or sister in our denomination had such love and such living out. I simply couldn’t do it. After that, they read many words of God to me. The more I listened, the more I felt that those words were good and couldn’t be spoken by man. The Holy Spirit also doubly moved me within: This is God’s word, and I should seek and investigate! Later, through fellowshipping with the brothers and sisters again, I firmly believed that these words were the personal utterance of the Creator, and was certain that Almighty God is the returned Jesus. In the church life that followed, the brothers and sisters loved each other and were frank with each other. We enjoyed God’s word together, and our joy couldn’t be expressed in words. I was full of gratitude to God in my heart. To repay God’s grace of salvation, I began to perform duty in the church. Just when I pursued the truth with full confidence and performed duty zealously, I was arrested and persecuted by the CCP government. When I recall that painful experience, it seems as if it happened yesterday and every bit of it is still fresh in my mind. Facing the ferocious devils, I was once timid and weak. It was God’s word that comforted my sorrowful heart time and again, gave me faith and strength, became the pillar of my life, and led me to overcome the siege of satan….