173 My Resolve Is Strengthened Through Persecution
1 Satan holds power and opposes Heaven. It is perverse, lawless and godless. It hates Christ and condemns the truth; it bloodily suppresses the Christians and black clouds cover the land. Following Christ and pursuing life is a hard road, with many dangers and hardships. When will we be able to gather safely and fellowship God’s words, and live no longer in hiding? When will we be able to perform our duty without having to guard against spies and plainclothes policemen? When will we be able to preach the gospel and bear witness to God without facing arrest and imprisonment? When will the hunted brothers and sisters no longer have to live as fugitives? I’ve felt such resentment so many times that I can’t help but cry out: Why must it deprive us of our freedom to believe and exterminate all Christians? Why does it conceal the truth to deceive and trick the people of the world? In pain, I beseech God and look to Him, asking Him for faith and strength. No matter how great the persecution and adversity, I shall never surrender to Satan.
2 Imprisoned, tortured, and tormented, with God’s words guiding me, my heart no longer fears. I understand the truth and see through to the devil’s ugly face, and I hate the great red dragon even more. Though I suffer, my faith is strengthened. I know what to love and what to hate, and all the more do I feel that God is lovely. When I can no longer endure the torture and torment, God’s words bolster my faith. When my life is in danger, God secretly protects me from harm. When I am besieged by Satan’s temptations, God’s words give me courage and wisdom. With God beside me through the long, dark night, my heart is filled with warmth. With the protection and guidance of God’s words, I overcome the devil’s terrible abuse. I have experienced the great authority of God’s words and their supremacy over all. In adversity, I feel God’s presence. Though my flesh suffers, there is such sweetness in my heart. God’s words are with me and guide me. I pledge my life to fight the final battle against Satan till the end. I am resolved to bear resounding witness to glorify God.