Faithful to Believe

I’d been standing faithfully on God’s Word for seventeen years when I found myself a single mom with two young boys, four years old and nine months old. This was certainly not a situation I desired or ever envisioned for my life. With the help of wise counsel from my ministry leadership, I moved to a different area of the country to heal and start fresh. I chose the specific area I moved to so I could be close to a Way Corps couple who’d known me when I was a young believer in college. The wife and I were dear friends, and I knew they would believe with me during the challenges ahead.

I thought back to how God had cared for me in the past as I stood on His Word. This wasn’t the first time that I’d had to trust God to be my sufficiency in a challenging situation. I recalled when I had just taken the Foundational Class and decided to stand on the accuracy of the Word I was taught. This decision came with the need to become self-reliant; so at eighteen years old I moved out of my parents’ home and began living on my own, financially independent of them. God supplied my need again and again during that time, with believers to live with, jobs to work heartily at, college scholarships so I could complete my chemistry degree debt-free, and a great job in my profession after I graduated. I had proven the promises of God before and stood faithfully. Surely God would be with me again as I faced this upset in my life!

A family of faithful believers welcomed us into their home to stay until I was back on my feet. The mom even provided in-home day care for my boys. I’d been a stay-at-home mom for the past four years, but now needed to find full-time employment to support my family. I had a goal to secure a job within two weeks. Although I was diligent to take believing action to apply for jobs in my field as a chemist, no doors were opening. Because I was determined to secure a job by my two-week deadline, I applied for and got a job with a fast-food restaurant. When I got home from securing that job, I received a call from a temporary staffing agency that I’d previously contacted after seeing a job opening for a customer service representative for a scientific product distributor. They were specifically looking for people with degrees in chemistry or biology.

The temp agency scheduled me for an interview with the company on the day I was to start at the fast-food restaurant. I contacted the restaurant and received permission to start a day later. I went on the interview and got the job! (Needless to say, I called the fast-food restaurant and let them know I would need to decline their position.) I worked as a temp for three months, was then hired on full time, and still, over twenty years later, am with this same company and have worked my way up into management. As I’ve heard it said before, “God’s never late! He cuts corners pretty close sometimes, but He is never late!”

God supplied my need abundantly with housing, day care, and a job. I improved my mental tenacity to believe the promises of God, moment by moment, living one day at a time. I was determined to raise my boys in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, doing the best I could as a single mom. Today I can see how I lived this quote from the Give and Share Series booklet Refusing to Quit: Faithful to Believe: “Life can be, and is at times, filled with challenges that many times are beyond our control, but we can always decide to believe the Word of God that applies to our specific situation.” No matter the circumstance, no matter the situation, God is there and His Word is faithful to come to pass as we believe it. Because of the Word of God I’ve learned in The Way Ministry, I was able to overcome and be victorious.

I Believed and I Received

I was so blessed with the clarity and simplicity of the teachings that were given through the Power for Abundant Living foundational class and other programs and publications in The Way Ministry. After taking the class, I was deployed with the Special Land Forces Commandos (BIR) on the eastern border and then in the northern region of Cameroon: two very remote areas where my isolation from the household was complete. I had only two elements with which to stand, God in Christ in me, manifested by speaking in tongues abundantly, and the Bible. I had learned in the Bible that the Word of God is the will of God.

Thanks to the Word of God that had been taught to me, I knew how to receive anything from God. I had learned to believe rightly and had built up great experience in this field. Everything I asked God for in my personal life, I received.

Romans 10:10:
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

My need to be assigned to a place where I could have access to the resources of the ministry and to the fellowship of the saints was now clear. In July 2008, I began to be clear and concerned in my prayers. At the end of 2008, God answered my prayers with a promotion to the BIR command post in Yaoundé, the capital.

In 2009, I got married, and my wife and I fellowshipped with the household of believers. With great interest, I took the whole series on The Way of Abundance and Power. It allowed me to understand how God so wonderfully equipped us with His Word and His spirit so that we lack nothing.

I continue to build spiritual maturity by keeping God first in my life, by reading and studying His Word daily, and by manifesting His gift. The heart and commitment of my family is to serve God and His people, not because necessity is imposed upon us, but out of love, in recognition of what He has manifested to us in Christ, making us His children.

I Thessalonians 2:8:
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

My appetite for the Word of God remains big. The more I know this Word, the easier I can give it to those who hunger and thirst for the truth.

May God continue to abundantly bless the ministry of The Way International which teaches us God’s rightly divided Word.

Work Hard and Believe Big

Does God care about your grades in school? If you do, then He does. As a student, time is crucial; but as a young, spiritually developing believer, time for God, His Word, and His people adds a whole new dimension to scheduling.

Many incidents come to mind of how God blessed me in making good grades, but one stands out from my first year in college. We had a large ministry meeting over the weekend. I had a big test the following Monday. After much studying and memorizing for a math test, there were a few formulas that were challenging to remember. I did my best to prepare. I remember having a thought to write down on my test paper as soon as I got it in my hands all the challenging formulas while they were fresh in my mind. That way I wouldn’t have to think about them anymore through the test.

Everything I wrote down on the test paper was needed to answer the questions! God worked in me for complete success. We aced it! That set a precedent for me to work hard and believe big. God always came through.

God Supplies ALL Our Needs

After almost two decades of running my own construction business, I decided I wanted to do something different for a living. For over a year, my wife and I prayed for this while still successfully running our company. A heart’s desire was to teach and train others using my experience and education in this field.

One day, I had the thought to call a local trade school near us and see if they had any positions available. I left a message with one of the school’s executives expressing my desire to teach and asking if they could use my help. Before the day ended, the president of the organization called to inform me that they just had a position open up and to invite me in for an interview the next day.

Not only did he say I was a perfect fit for the job, he offered me the position on the spot. I checked with my wife and we decided I would take the job, but we needed a higher salary than what was offered. When I informed him what I needed, he replied, “Yes. I can make that happen.” I would be teaching students from different high schools an introduction to the construction trades. Not only am I now on the same schedule as my wife, but I also have summers off. No one can deny that God worked mightily to get the perfect job for me. He supplies all our need, always!

Take Believing Action

It had become quite clear that I would no longer be able to pay for the upkeep on my vehicle. So, I prayed and lifted my concern for quite some time to our heavenly Father. I was fully persuaded that my prayers would be answered above and beyond the list I had compiled for my replacement vehicle, but as much as I prayed and lifted my situation, I wasn’t getting anywhere. That was until I went to fellowship and listened to a teaching on taking believing action.

At fellowship I was reminded of this aspect of the Word: believing equals receiving. I went home and got into action. I told myself, just start looking. With the Internet at my fingertips, I began to look at what was available on the market. I came across a vehicle that was at the local wrecking yard for sale. It said, “Runs and drives, $999.” After I gave much attention to the details of said vehicle, it was looking like it fit my requirements. I was pleased with the findings and turned in for the night.

The very next morning my dad was headed over to the same wrecking yard that had the vehicle for sale. Since he was going and I highly trust his opinion, I asked him kindly to look into the vehicle for me. Once he had gone, I went about my day. Later while I was outside doing some yard work, I heard a very loud, obnoxious noise coming down the dead-end road. I stopped what I was doing to take a look; what I saw was overwhelming and brought great relief and joy to me.

The vehicle that I had inquired about was headed my direction. The van only needed a weld on the exhaust to quiet it down. Everything that came original with the van was still in it, along with maintenance records. Not only did I receive above and beyond what I had wanted, but my dad negotiated $300 off the asking price. Therefore I spent a fraction of what I had saved up for a replacement vehicle.

To my relief, I didn’t have to keep up my search for a vehicle that would meet the needs of my family. Once I put my believing into action, I got results within eighteen hours; God is mighty and willing, and we just need to do our part. I am so thankful for the many truths that we as believers can stand upon, knowing the love that our heavenly Father has for us.