God Can Turn the Ship Around

It was in the spring of 1985, and the next start date for our area’s Intermediate Class had been set. My fellowship coordinator asked if I planned to be in the class. I affirmed that I would be fully registered that same evening. However, there was a small opportunity. At the time, I was serving in the United States Navy, and my ship, the USS John F. Kennedy, was scheduled to be out at sea during the class dates. I knew from a recent Foundational Class that James 5:16 promises “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” I let my fellowship coordinator know the need, and we agreed that our God is big—bigger than even a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier—and that I should attend the class.

On the day of the class, the ship put to sea as scheduled for a two-week deployment, but I kept confessing that I would be at the class on time. As the day wore on, the ship continued on its appointed course. Having recently graduated from the Foundational Class, I was reading records in the Old Testament that were written for our learning, especially as they related to believing God. One record that got my attention was Joshua 10:12, where it was recorded that Joshua said, “…Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” The next verse records the results: “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies….” I figured since God did that for Joshua in that battle and I was in a spiritual battle, He would do the same for me. After all, we had been taught in the Foundational Class from Acts 10 that “God is no respecter of persons.” I kept the mind picture that I would be at the class and continued to speak in tongues as I had been taught, believing that God would come through.

A few hours later after lunch, an announcement came over the public-address system: “Good afternoon, Kennedy men, this is the captain speaking. We have experienced a small issue and will need to make an unexpected return to port this afternoon. The remainder of the cruise has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. We expect to be back at the dock by 5:00 p.m.”

I never did find out exactly what happened, but I departed the ship as soon as we returned and was in my seat on time for the first session of the class!

There is a verse from the Military Outreach Retemories set that I have enjoyed over the years that I claimed that day and continue to hold close.

II Chronicles 20:15:
…Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

We serve a loving, powerful God Who never changes. What He did before, He can and will do again. We just have to believe Him and claim the promises we have been taught in His wonderful, matchless Word. I am so thankful for this ministry and how we have been taught to practically apply the Word and expect to see the results!

I Know God Is Always Near

I have been in this ministry for over thirty years. Do you want to know why? Well, the ministry of The Way International has turned my life upside down, in a positive way of course!

After taking the Foundational Class, I had the blessing and the privilege to benefit from the teachings of the Word, which allowed me to understand many things with a new light because with the Foundational Class:

  • I learned how to read the Bible by myself.
  • I have come to know God and how He works and what He wants for each of us.
  • I learned how to build my believing in God.
  • I learned how to renew my mind and how to believe His Word in order to receive concrete answers to my prayers.

Since then I walk in peace. I do not worry about anything, since I know that He is always near me and that He always answers my prayers as it says in Matthew 6:33 and 34 and Philippians 4:9.

Matthew 6:33,34:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Philippians 4:9:
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

This great ministry of The Way International has shown me that God, the Creator of all things and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is real, and His Word is living and energetic for all who believe it and put it into practice. We can trust God because He is faithful and just to take care of us in all situations.

That is why, for decades, I have continued to stand steadfastly in this ministry, continuing to grow through all the avenues that the ministry makes available for our personal growth, such as household fellowships, The Way Magazine, Sunday Teaching Services, etc.

With all these things, how can I not love the Word of God? How can I not fellowship with The Way International?

We Claimed What God Has Promised Us

My wife and I would like to testify of God’s glory, which was manifested in the face of a big challenge when we were expecting our baby girl. Around the twentieth week of pregnancy, due to a risk of early delivery, the doctor suggested a cervical placement for my wife. However, the amniotic sac was broken by mistake, which caused the amniotic fluid to leak.

Due to the seriousness of the situation, the doctors suggested that we abort the pregnancy. At that time, they told us that it was impossible for the sac to be restored, and that it is very rare for amniotic fluid to be replenished. We had a need! Our need was for the sac to be restored and the liquid to be reconstituted in the womb. So we prayed to God and claimed what God has promised us in III John 2. Then we asked the household to believe with us. We also built our believing on some other verses of the Bible such as:

Jeremiah 32:17:
there is nothing too hard for thee.

Proverbs 10:22:
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 3:8:
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

We endured one day at a time, a wonderful principle that we learned in the Foundational Class. Around the twenty-fourth week of pregnancy during an ultrasound, the doctor noticed that the amniotic fluid was replenished and in a loud voice said that it was in abundance. At some point she thought it was even too much and needed to make sure that everything was normal. God also restored the sac. No amniotic fluid escaped from the womb until the delivery.

Today, as we are writing this sharing, our daughter is eight months old, and she continues to grow. God’s Word is the will of God and it works!

We Knew that God Would Help Us

I have enjoyed the privilege of growing up in The Way Ministry. From a very early age, I was taught how God cared for me and desired prosperity for me in every category of life. I have enjoyed getting to freely give to God by way of abundantly sharing and claiming His abundance in life through all sorts of circumstances.

III John 2:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

One example that was very important to my wife and me occurred after we had been married for a few years. One day my wife misplaced her wedding ring. We knew that it was God’s desire for us to find this ring and that He would help us. The night we realized the ring was missing, we prayed and then we looked all around our home, but we did not find the ring. Even though we did not find the ring that night, I remember going to sleep peacefully, trusting that God would take care of our concern.

The next morning I was getting ready to go to work and preparing to take our trash out to the street for pickup. As I started to pick up the bag of trash, God put it on my heart to not take out the trash that day. I immediately stopped and told my wife that we should leave the trash bag in the house because her ring might be in the trash. At first, this sounded quite odd to my wife, as she would never intentionally throw the ring in the trash can; but we agreed to wait on taking out the trash.

Throughout the day, I reminded myself of how God desires for us to have an abundant life, and for my wife and me, that included finding this ring. After we put our kids to bed that night, I started going through the trash piece by piece. It was clear to me to do this task slowly and to make sure I saw each item of trash. As I went through the bag, I found a small can that was stuffed with food peels. I was sure that I needed to go through this can too, and at the bottom of it, I found the ring! It was still in the great condition it always was.

We realized that while preparing for supper the night before, the ring had gotten knocked off into some food peels that we eventually threw into the trash; however, this mistake was one that was easy to overcome with God. He made sure that even this small item continued to be a part of our abundant life.

This is just one example of how I have enjoyed victory by claiming the Word I have been taught in The Way Ministry.

I Saw Immediate Deliverance

Over the PA system, I heard my name being called to please report to the guidance counselor. It was my senior year in high school. Although I was a good student, involved in many activities, and had many friends, I had one great area of lack in my life. I was a teenage alcoholic.

My guidance counselor, who was known as the “coolest” counselor, kindly told me that he had great concern about my life because of reports that he was hearing of my dangerous behavior when I was intoxicated. Every cell in my body seemed to tingle as he laid my addiction bare before me. I realized that I had a problem and that my life was out of control.

For the next three years I tried to stop drinking. The more I focused on my need to quit, the more I turned to alcohol to help me handle the stress that imagining coping with life without alcohol produced. I was caught up in a vicious cycle and didn’t have the strength to hop off. Although I was attending college and appeared to have a fulfilled life, on the inside I was miserable and defeated.

One day my college dorm mate witnessed to me and told me about our ministry’s Foundational Class. It took me a year to finally decide to take the class, but the believers never quit on me, and neither did God.

I became born again in the class, and the craving for alcohol was gone. I was made whole spiritually, mentally, and physically, and saw immediate deliverance, much like what is recorded in the Book of Acts. My new, wonderful believing friends taught me principles from God’s Word to help me continue to enjoy my life without alcohol. One of God’s promises that means so much to me is II Timothy 1:7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” I have a sound mind! I have the ability to hold God’s Word in mind and act on it. I am in control of this awesomely and wonderfully made body and mind that God has given me.

It has been forty years since I took the class and I have enjoyed forty years of sobriety. When life is challenging, I run to God’s Word instead of running towards a bottle. When life is victorious, I enjoy a party in my heart between my God and I, and I celebrate with thanksgiving with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

What has God done for me because of the Word of God that I learned in The Way Ministry? He took me out of the pit, His love lifted me, He touched me, and, oh, the joy that fills my soul. I will be forever grateful to my God and to my wonderful ministry that taught me His delivering Word.