I obtained financial blessings because of what God has done for me through the Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry.
“It was my money, and I wasn’t going to share or give it to anyone.” This was the basic attitude I had prior to the teachings I learned through The Way Ministry. When any type of expense was encountered while I was with a group, I insisted that all receipts were kept, and the cost be split up evenly to the penny or that each individual pay on his own with separate checks. When it came to the tithe or giving anything beyond the tithe, I refused to do it. I didn’t trust any organization and especially any church with my money. Even when it came to registering for the ministry’s Foundational Class I refused to give any more to the ministry than the $100 I paid for the class materials. I didn’t classify myself as greedy in that I wasn’t concerned about becoming very rich. In general, my financial needs were being met as I went through college, working part-time and without debt. However, I mistrusted all churches and all worldly good causes.
Although I’d heard teachings on the benefits of giving through The Way Ministry, I didn’t start doing it till I got married. Up until that time I’d believed the other principles taught from the Bible by The Way Ministry on keys to financial prosperity, which included living within my means and working heartily. I kept records of my income and expenses faithfully to the penny, balancing my accounts and budgeting. I enjoyed working my secular job and while on the job worked heartily. When I got married, my wife exhorted me to give of our abundance and said that we’d be richer for it. She encouraged me to renew my mind to giving as I’d renewed my mind to many other categories in the Bible.
We started giving 10 percent from the first day of our marriage. Since then we’ve never given any less and now give far more financially and in other ways. We’ve seen numerous blessings from God in the financial realm. This has included getting several jobs in miraculous ways, and seeing our money somehow get stretched so that all bills and expenses were covered when by our reasoning it didn’t seem possible. We got amazed when God helped us get out of a $56,000 mortgage debt in a few months, and since then we’ve been debt-free. We’ve helped five children through college without debt. We remembered when we first heard the teaching by the ministry on keys to financial liberty, laughing, thinking that we’d never be able to get there on my income, but here we are about fifteen years later able to retire any time we’d like. Our health has been amazingly good. We’ve owned several homes over the years and without debt. In addition, we’ve been able to take care of both our elderly mothers.
We’ve seen so many blessings as a result of our giving and trust in God that now we give far beyond the tithe. We can’t imagine living without giving. We are so thankful for what we’ve been taught from the Bible by The Way Ministry.
My family was introduced to The Way Ministry when I was six years old while we were living in the Philippines. Even though we were thousands of miles away from the ministry’s Headquarters, we received timely teachings in our household fellowship as well as through Biblical research classes, Sunday Teaching Service tapes, The Way Magazine, and the Word in music by the Way Productions songs. Growing up in the Word in The Way Ministry, I have learned and proved the simplicity and accuracy of God’s Word in every aspect of my life. With the abundance of God’s Word through our ministry resources, life in the midst of challenges and hardships can be lived with peace, joy, and victory. For that I am very grateful.
One of the many Biblical principles that my parents taught us from a young age was to put God first by tithing and abundantly sharing. Through different life situations, I have believed and received positive results claiming God’s promise in Malachi 3:10 and 11:
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
During my freshman year in college, I had an unexpected and urgent surgery on the final-examination week of the semester. At first, I was concerned that I might have to repeat the entire semester all over again because of this surgery. I asked my doctor if this surgery could be rescheduled after my final exams. He chuckled and informed me that my request was not possible as this situation was critical. My mom and I prayed and believed together about the situation. Remembering and believing this specific promise in Malachi throughout the situation also kept me peaceful and fearless. After the surgery, with some precautions, I was able to go back to school and took the necessary requirements to complete the semester. The financial obligations for the surgery were taken care of, and I successfully completed that semester. I was also able to finish my degree and graduate in a timely manner.
As believing believers, we can keep a peaceful, joyful, and victorious life in any situation as we put God first and magnify His Word in our hearts above the challenges. Our Almighty God sees and provides for our every need, and He will rebuke the devourer for our sakes.
When I first came to the ministry, I was not living an abundant life financially. I had just moved to a new area, and I desperately needed a job. I had been attending fellowship for a couple of weeks, and the believers expressed to me the importance of tithing and how God would supply my need in the physical category of life. Up until then I had never known that when an offering was made, there would be any benefit to me; only to the religious organization I was giving to.
Soon after I learned this principle of giving and receiving, I came to fellowship ready to give and see this principle work for me. I had eleven dollars and planned to give a dollar of it when the basket was passed at fellowship. When the time came to make available the abundant sharing, I quickly went to my coat that was in the closet to get my dollar. I got it and when the basket came to me, I excitedly tossed my dollar into the basket. But, it wasn’t the dollar, it was the ten-dollar bill!
I wasn’t about to ask for them to bring the basket back so that I could take out the ten-dollar bill and put in the one-dollar bill. Instead, I quietly said to myself, “Well God, You said that You will supply my need, let’s see this work!”
The next morning I received a call from a restaurant that needed a fast-order cook. Even though I had never done this job, they said they would train me! Soon after that, I received another job offer in a field that I desired to work in. Soon after that, I was offered another job that I had applied for when I first moved to the area. God not only supplied one job, but three, and each one better than the other.
I certainly learned the principle of giving and receiving, and I faithfully apply this principle today. God has been, and continues to be, faithful to supply my need beyond my expectations.
A few years ago, my brother lost his job. He is a very successful businessman, and this was a real blow to him. The economy was not doing well, and his company was downsizing. They made the decision to eliminate a whole section of management to save money—the section where my beloved brother worked.
After about a month and a half of looking for a job, my brother texted me and told me what had happened. He asked for prayers from my husband and me. I went to my husband, and we talked about this situation. Not only would we pray for my brother to find a new and better job, but we wanted to show him how to protect himself from this ever happening again. We talked about teaching him how to tithe. We knew he and his wife and family faithfully attended church and that they would probably be familiar with the tithe.
I called my brother and asked him, “Do you tithe?” He replied, “No. Tell me what I need to do.” This opened the door for me to teach him about the tithe and also about abundantly sharing. He then asked me very specific questions such as, “Who do I give the tithe to?” and, “Should I tithe from all my money in our savings account or just what we are taking in right now?” These questions were good ones, and we could see that he was serious. After this conversation, we sent him a copy of the booklet Christians Should Be Prosperous. Then for the days following, we prayed and believed with him. We texted encouraging verses to him and kept in touch.
Within a week and a half we heard from my brother, and he had great cheerfulness in his voice. He told us that he was offered a job! A good job in the same type of business he had before. He would be doing the same type of work, which he is very qualified to do. Not only that, but God’s abundance really was great because he told us that he would be receiving 20 percent more pay and there would be significantly less travel involved with this new job. He and his wife were absolutely thrilled and so were we. Something interesting also happened the same day that my brother was offered this new and improved job. The state he lived in declared bankruptcy! Now this is certainly not a good situation for the state, but it did prove to my brother that God will take care of His kids when they do the Word no matter what is going on around them.
God is great and He takes care of us! The Word of God is the will of God! I believe it with my whole heart. I am thankful for how our ministry teaches God’s Word so clearly so that we can live it and win in life, and so that we can show others the way also.
I have been so blessed to learn about tithing and abundantly sharing. Many churches I have gone to asked for a tithe but never really explained the significance. They never taught me why, how, or what the blessing would be to me and my family. Several years ago, my father began regularly teaching about tithing, and more importantly, abundantly sharing. My wife and I have struggled with finances, and at the time, we were trying to pay off college debts. I always thought, “How can I tithe if I can’t pay my bills? Can’t this money be of better use going toward my loans or putting food in my mouth?” How blessed I was to learn the truth.
Malachi 3:10 reads, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” This is a challenge from God! He says to “prove me now herewith,” so I took Him up on the challenge. I abundantly shared, that is, I gave more than 10 percent of every single penny that came into my possession. If I got a $100 blessing, $11 went into the horn of plenty.
As I got paid each week, I would set aside my abundant sharing, then I paid my bills. And how those loans began to disappear! Doctors I hadn’t seen in a year sent me checks for $50, $100, even one for $350 because their “Internal audit” determined I had been overcharged. Financially I was being blessed abundantly, but Malachi 3:10 doesn’t just refer to finances. Physically, mentally, and spiritually I began to prosper in ways I never imagined.
To this day my wife and I ALWAYS abundantly share, and we have never regretted it. We do it with excitement and glee because we know the return is exponential. We just don’t have room enough to receive it! So, we get to give more!