God’s Word Applied Brings Victory Always!

There I was, twenty-two years old, freshly graduated from college, and very far away from home, family, and friends. In the car with me were four young men, all talking at once in a language, which, of course, I neither spoke nor understood. Thoughts ran through my mind at breakneck speed: “What should I do?” “What were they going to do?” “How in the world did I get in this situation anyway?” “Where was the other believer I had come there with?”

Just a few months before this, I had taken a class on the Bible offered by The Way Ministry. In the very first session, the teacher grabbed my attention with “FEAR…is SAND…in the MACHINERY of LIFE!” In spite of being fatigued, I had sat up straight and listened attentively as I was taught how to deal with and eliminate fear. It seemed to me that fear had followed me all my life, and I knew I needed deliverance. Once I learned that there were specific promises in God’s Word that could help me get rid of fear, I began to claim the freedom that God makes available to those who believe.

So, there I was, in a car with a bunch of total strangers in a packed parking lot, and I was definitely tempted to be afraid! BUT instead of cowering in fear, I began to speak in tongues silently to my God, and then I remembered a verse from the Bible: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). Over and over I repeated that verse to myself. After a few minutes, I turned around to the men in the car with me. “Do you believe in God?” I had to practically shout over the noise of their talking! “I’m here to teach people about God.” Suddenly, all of the men stopped talking. Again I asked, “Do you believe in God?” Total silence. Then, as if in a rehearsed scenario, they opened the car doors, jumped out, and walked quickly away, disappearing into the crowd of cars and people, leaving me sitting there alone.

Well, I knew that God had intervened for me in a big way that evening. What I learned in the Foundational Class offered by The Way Ministry helped me overcome the fear of what any man could do to harm me. God’s Word applied brings victory always!

Enjoying a “Fear Not” Lifestyle

Months of training as a letter carrier for the postal service had instilled in me more than a healthy respect for dogs along my route. All the stories of carriers being mauled caused me fear about becoming a statistic. Dogs are protective by nature, and we were taught that our uniforms increased their defensiveness. I was equipped with pepper spray and a fluorescent warning card for each dog on the route to alert me to its presence.

One day as I approached the driveway to a house with a handful of mail, a pit bull rounded a parked vehicle. In my mind’s eye, I saw myself being chewed up and spit out by this ferocious animal. With no time to grab my pepper spray, I screamed, threw the mail in my hands at the dog, turned, and ran back to my vehicle. I was so shaken that when I locked my keys in the vehicle at the next stop, I knew I needed to ask for a replacement carrier to finish my deliveries that day.

Some months later I was invited to a home fellowship, and when I was told of a class to help me understand the Bible and how to apply it in my life, I eagerly signed up. At that time the class was called PFAL (Power for Abundant Living). What I learned in that class changed my life and thinking. I discovered I had allowed fear to control many aspects of life, including my work and how I was raising my child.

Shortly after taking the class, while on the job, I saw a female pit bull running towards me from the other end of the block. I knew she had recently had pups and was therefore especially protective. I had plenty of time to run away, but I had recently learned of the power that I had in Christ as a born-again believer. Instead of running away from the dog, I ran toward the dog, commanding it to “Go home.” She stopped in the road, looked at me with her head cocked to one side as though perplexed, then turned and ran home. I followed and shut the gate behind her.

We learn from studying the Word of God that situations will arise, and we will be tempted to freeze in fear. But we do not need to allow circumstances to control our actions because we believe God.

Proverbs 3:25,26:
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

I am continuing to enjoy a “Fear not” lifestyle for thirty years by God’s grace and mercy.

God Will Make a Way

I was nineteen years old, and I found myself with one very pressing need in my life. Worry and fear had taken control, causing me to lose jobs, to lose friends, and even a fiancé. I knew I needed answers. I remember asking God to literally show me the way out. Not long after, I was sitting in the home of four wonderful people and listening to God’s Word. They pulled out a Foundational Class registration card and handed it to me. One line jumped off that card, which was “Overcomes worry and fear.”

One truth in the ministry’s Foundational Class that brought me deliverance was the teaching on the law of believing. No one had ever taught me that I had the ability to control my thinking—that was a revolutionary concept to me. I learned that God’s Word contains promises that I can claim—over nine hundred of them. I was also introduced to a powerful book—The Bible Tells Me So. The first five chapters of this book showed me how I could take control of my thinking and believe the positive truths of God’s Word. I read this book over and over. One particular chapter called “The Synchronized Life” has a scripture that continues to live for me today, which is Psalms 18:33: “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.” The Word says that God makes my feet like hinds’ feet, meaning, He makes it so that I may learn to walk by the Word so that my hind feet—my thoughts and actions—track with my front feet (representing the Word). So, where the Word tells me to set my feet, or my thoughts, that is where I place them. I learned that I could trust God’s direction because He is all-knowing.

Most of my worry at that time in my life stemmed from fear of the future or the unknown. But now I knew that I had a personal guide in life that would go ahead of me on the trail and make my way perfect.

In 2010, I again experienced this truth. My family and I were living in Canada in a location that we had just moved to only eight months previously, and we received a phone call asking if we would consider moving to another city because there was a great need for leadership there. My response was, “Can I take a few days and get back to you?” This would be a big, sudden move. I knew that I would need to find work in the new city. Most of the time in a move like this, people would get housing, a new job, and a school for their kids beforehand. But one thing that I had learned by this point is that if something is God’s will, then He will make a way, and all I need to do is trust Him and follow Him up the proverbial mountain because He will go ahead of me.

I remember hearing from all sorts of people, “There are no jobs there!” “You better prepare to submit thousands of resumes!” “Don’t you know that all the good jobs are leaving?” But I had no worry over the future because I knew I just needed to make my thoughts track with God’s perfect promises. Despite all the negative voices, I only had to submit one resume to a company that did not exist until we moved to our new city. I was the first applicant and first hire. Eight years later I am a director on the board of this company and vice president of Business Development.

The Word of God I learned in The Way Ministry continues to work for me and inspires me to reach new heights. As one version of the Bible reads in II Samuel 22:33 and 34:

God is my strong fortress. He clears the path I need to take.
He makes my feet as steady as those of a deer. Even on steep mountains he keeps me from falling.

No Fear

I grew up in a Christian home being taught to love God and keep Him at the center of my life. However, it wasn’t until I got involved with The Way International that I learned God had exceeding great and precious promises that I could claim and that He was trustworthy and true to His Word. It was here that I learned I could live with no fear because my loving heavenly Father would protect me and my family and meet our every need.

These truths had extra meaning to me after the atrocities of September 11, 2001. As my husband and I watched the Twin Towers go down, we knew this would be a defining time. That evening we went out in our neighborhood, knocking on doors to bring comfort and dispel fear through the accuracy of God’s Word. This ministry taught us that when the adversary strikes, rather than cowering in fear, we boldly speak the Word.

At the time, both our sons were serving together in the Army Reserves. Within three weeks, they were both activated and were preparing to be sent to Afghanistan, which was a war zone. As Advanced Class graduates, true to their upbringing, our sons looked at the situation spiritually and went with no fear—ready, willing, and able to defend our country’s freedom. They believed to be able to serve together (the two-by-two principle), and they kept each other on track spiritually. They were able to witness to their buddies, and one took The Way of Abundance and Power series when their tour was up. God mightily protected them and their unit as only He can do!

As a mother, I am so very thankful for the Word I was taught, including the power of the renewed mind, the importance of leading my thoughts captive, and most importantly that I could ABSOLUTELY trust my heavenly Father to protect my sons. He would keep them out of harm’s way as they diligently handled their responsibility of protecting our troops from any biological attack. I can honestly say that I had no doubt, worry, or fear for them. That, in and of itself, opened many doors for me to share God’s Word with others.

God Has Not Given Me the Spirit of Fear

The Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry has provided me with keys and tools to gain release from my prisons. These keys and tools are as effective today as they were over forty years ago when I learned them in my first Foundational Class.

Overcoming fear and worry was the primary reason why I registered for the Foundational Class. There I learned that God did not want me to be full of doubt, worry, or fear. God wanted me to have power, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). Further, I learned that believing is a law that I need to apply positively to overcome worry and fear. Believing required me to take positive action on the promises of God that applied to my situation.

I had great fear of sleeping in a moving vehicle. This fear entered my life when I was sixteen years old because of a near tragedy that occurred while traveling with my family. After that incident, I decided that if I slept in a moving vehicle something bad would happen. This decision grew into a huge fear that I carried inside for eight years until I learned the Word about believing positively to overcome fear.

Shortly after completing the Foundational Class, my wife and I were traveling to see a baseball game a few hours from our home. I was tired from a long day at work. My wife was driving, and we were talking. I shut my eyes and began drifting off to sleep. My eyes popped open and I thought, “I can’t go to sleep. Something bad will happen.” My next thought was, “Wait a minute. God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” I thanked God for being able to sleep in the car. I shut my eyes and continued to repeat II Timothy 1:7. I spoke in tongues and repeated the verse again. I continued this pattern. My eyes popped open again, and my wife told me that I had been asleep for about forty-five minutes. Tears rolled down my face as I realized that I had overcome my fear of sleeping in a moving vehicle. I was released from that prison.

I utilize the same keys and principles today whenever doubt, worry, or fear try to tempt me. I share with others how they can overcome doubt, worry, and fear and get release from the prisons in their lives also. The Word I have learned in The Way Ministry has taught me how God delivers me from the prisons of life into His joy and peace.