Thank God for His Protection!

Power to Claim God’s Deliverance

When our firstborn was a few months old, I was home alone with him on a hot summer day. The weather forecast predicted a strong line of thunderstorms heading our way. The power to our apartment suddenly went out, and in the heat of summer, I knew I had to get myself and the baby to a safe location. I packed up our things, and we headed to my mother-in-law’s house in the next town over. As I was driving, lightning flashed, thunder clapped, and sheets of rain poured down on us to the point where I could barely see the road or the other vehicles around me. I knew from the Advanced Class that I had the power to claim God’s immediate, miraculous deliverance. So I shouted out loud in the car, “Father, I need to get this baby safely to our destination! In the name of Jesus Christ, I claim that this rain STOPS!” And it was as if we passed through an invisible wall. The rain stopped, and the road on the other side was bone-dry. We made it safely to my mother-in-law’s home, where we were able to sleep soundly through the night and return home (power restored) the next day.

God Kept Us Safe

My husband, daughter, and I lived in a house that had a garage attached to the side of the house. We usually parked the car and came into the house through the door that went from the garage to the house. The door was wrought iron. One day my husband left to do some errands, and my daughter and I stayed home. About fifteen minutes after my husband left, I saw four police cars parked in front of my house, and I heard them say, “The thief jumped over the fence and went into that garage.” They were pointing at my house and at my garage.

I moved toward the garage door and saw that the thief was standing at the door. He looked at me and told me to open the door. I told him, “NO!” He started twisting and turning the doorknob to open the door. I prayed and thanked God for His protection. The door did not open, and I was so relieved that my husband had locked the door when he left to run his errands. The thief kept turning the doorknob and banging on the door to open it, but it didn’t open. After a few minutes, he gave up and ran out, jumping over a fence and out to the street. The police followed after him, and I took a deep breath and thanked God for His protection. Once I was sure he was gone, I went to the garage door and tried it. It opened easily. It had not been locked. All the time the thief was trying to get in, it was open. But God kept it locked and secure so that my daughter and I would be safe.

This ministry has taught me to believe in God’s love, care, and protection. As I prayed and believed, He took care of me and my daughter, keeping us safe from all harm. What a great God and Father we have!

We Rejoiced to See How God Answers Prayer!

I am thankful to God for The Way Ministry and for the rightly divided Word that I have been taught. Because of the keys to the Word’s interpretation and the principles from God’s Word that I have been taught, have believed, and have applied, I have had the joy of seeing God bring about great victories in my life.

One such victory came when our daughter was eight months old. One morning while I was waiting for her to wake up, I heard her crying and went to check on her. I found her on the floor; she had fallen out of her crib. I picked her up and tried to calm her and prayed for her, but she continued to cry. I noticed that she had a large bump on her head, so I decided to drive to my husband’s work to have him look at her. He said we should take her to the military hospital. (My husband was in the military at the time.) During the ride to the hospital, our daughter began falling asleep, and it was difficult to keep her awake. At one point her body went limp, and she was not responding. I began to be afraid, but then I turned to God. I remembered the Word that I had been taught, and I reminded myself of the promises of God. I believed that God would keep His promises, and I once again became calm. I knew she would be all right.

We arrived at the military hospital, and they found that she had a crack in her skull. She was awake and seemed fine, but they kept her overnight for observation. That evening our household fellowship coordinator came to the hospital and prayed with us. We were thankful for the mutual believing of the household.

The next day, the military doctor suspected that our daughter had blood collecting on her brain. With the prayers of the household and by holding the Word in my mind, I remained confident that God would heal her. How thankful I was for the principles from God’s Word that I had been taught on how to believe and receive! The doctor decided to fly our daughter and me by helicopter to a civilian hospital in the next city that was specifically for children. The doctor also requested that the best child neurosurgeon meet us at the hospital. This was unusual because normally military doctors handle all medical needs within the military hospitals. My husband and I could see how God was providing the best to bring about our daughter’s deliverance.

At the children’s hospital, it was confirmed that she had blood collecting on her brain. The neurosurgeon gave us two choices on what we could do. One was to have him perform surgery and the second was to just “wait and see” if the blood would dissipate. He also stressed that we needed to make a decision soon because of the pressure on her brain. We asked to be left alone so we could pray. After praying, my husband and I both believed that the best decision was to have the doctor operate.

During the operation, my husband went for a walk outside of the hospital. While outside, he heard the pay phone ringing (this was before cell phones!) and he decided to answer it. When he did, he was amazed to hear that it was our State coordinator calling to see how our daughter was doing! God’s timing was perfect! The State coordinator told my husband that our daughter would be fine, which really blessed and comforted him.

The next morning after the operation, when we went to see our daughter we were told that they had to move her out of the ICU and to her own room because she was so active! She was healed! God is GREAT! The doctor said she was completely well and in record time. We took her home, thankful and rejoicing, and the believers in our household fellowship rejoiced with us to see how God answers prayer!

This is just one example of the victories that I have seen in my life. I have so many things to be thankful for because of this ministry and the Word that someone took the time to teach me—things like fellowship with my heavenly Father, understanding and application of God’s Word, deliverance from fear in my life, my wonderful marriage with a believing man of God, our children that are born again, healing, the joy of serving in this household, and so much more. I am very thankful for our Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry that has taught me the greatness of God’s Word, the Bible, and the “how” of living it.

Staying Our Minds on the Word Taught by Choosing to Pray

God So Lovingly Led Me to the Solution

I am a blessed daughter of God and remain thankful to Him for the accuracy and integrity of His Word that I have learned, utilizing our ministry’s resources for forty plus years. I have seen and continue to see the Scriptures come alive as I apply them in my daily routine. One of my favorite verses, which encourages me to be still and rely upon my heavenly Father, is Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

I will share a powerful incident that occurred as I applied this verse in my home. I was by myself, washing dishes in the kitchen, and I placed my diamond wedding ring on the windowsill then stepped away. After a few chores, I returned and my ring was gone! I then realized that the only possibility was that our pet cat must have seen the glistening stone and batted it somewhere near the sink. I prayed that God would protect my ring and that I would find it in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. My husband and I checked all over the kitchen and other rooms to no avail. I admit I allowed frustration and discouragement to tempt me over several weeks; and I had turned over furniture and looked everywhere EXCEPT the one place God wanted me to check. One morning I was praying perfectly—which is speaking in tongues—in my home, then had a thought to read the chapter called “How to Avoid Being a Failure” from our Volume I collateral, The Bible Tells Me So, where it depicts the woman in Luke 15 who had lost one piece of precious silver that was a gift from her husband and “doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?” So I was reading aloud and got my broom and began to sweep, as God directed me, to the dining room area, where I stopped sweeping right near an air vent. I gently pulled off the top of this vent, and my diamond wedding ring was right there on the inside edge. Praise and glory be to God that He had reserved it there for me! Once I decided to pray perfectly and stay my mind on Him without distraction, God so lovingly led me to the solution. How wonderful it is to trust and obey our heavenly Father, taking one day at a time!

God’s Deliverance in Action

I was helping a Way Ministry class graduate who needed to move her furniture across town. We had the moving trailer out in front of the house, but big black clouds were on the horizon, and it looked like a big rainstorm would be coming our way very soon.

It was shortly after I had taken the Advanced Class, so I was inspired to act on what had been taught. I got our group together, who were helping with the move, and prayed to God for the clouds to part so the Way believer’s furniture would not be ruined by rain.

The clouds parted and went by the area where we were, so there was no rain during the move and we were all blessed! It was a huge blessing to her and us to see God’s deliverance in action.

Prayer Brought Sunny Skies

The week of my wedding day, I was checking on the weather. The weatherman on the news was saying it was going to be cold and wet all weekend. I was getting concerned that the boat we were to get married on would not be able to be on the river because of the weather and that they would not open the dam for the boat, but my future husband and I continued with our plan. We got to the hotel and it was cold, windy, with no sun in sight. This was on a Thursday. Friday came and it was still cold as ever, windy, and still raining. So my fiancé and I prayed for sunny skies with no wind or rain. We also prayed for the dam to be opened up so that we could get married on a running boat. We claimed God’s promise in Matthew 21:22—that with believing all things are possible. The next morning, I opened the curtains from our hotel room and I could not believe it. It was so awesome—God had answered our prayer! There was no rain, no wind, no cloudy skies. And it was not even cold. The next news was that the boat was going to be running on the river because they had opened up the dam. Now, on the day following our wedding, the cold weather came back, cold and raining just like before. Because we had been taught how to believe God and trust His Word, our day was awesome!

I’d Never Been Healed Quite Like That

The clarity of God’s Word that The Way International teaches concerning raising children has blessed many parents, including my husband and me. Our two children, who are adults now, are aware of the profit of their upbringing. They have, at one time or another, in a card to us or in a paper they wrote, quoted Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” On a certain day when our children were somewhere between the ages of five and seven, I benefited greatly from what we had taught them about our wonderful God.

On that day, I became quite ill. I grew nauseous, and then became increasingly dizzy. I went to our bathroom and was on the floor ready to throw up and was very concerned that I would pass out. I was especially concerned for our children, as there was no adult with me, and the kids were outside playing. What would they do if I passed out? I remember thinking that one of the children would need to come in and pray for me. It seemed like I was about to pass out and throw up at the same time when I noticed that one of the kids had come inside and was standing outside the bathroom door looking at me. I said, “I’m about to throw up. Pray for me.” I was thinking that he would somehow pray that I would survive the experience, for I was surely going to vomit. I could already feel it bubbling up from my stomach. He prayed, “Thank you, God, that Mom doesn’t throw up.” He then turned right around and went back outside to play. I had never been healed quite like that before. As soon as he finished the prayer, the stuff inside of me immediately reversed course and settled back to my stomach. Then, one at a time, every negative symptom peeled off me in such a distinct manner, and I was better, as if it had never happened.

I don’t think our son was standing there for more than fifteen seconds, and I never talked with him about the incident. More than twenty years later, I was recounting the incident with a few people, including our son. He looked at me after I was done, and to my surprise said, “I remember that.”

When I Could Not See a Way, God Made a Way

I have learned the power of prayer and believing during my time in the ministry, and on various occasions seen the impact that they can have. One such occasion involved an event at my job.

After serving as a career officer in my country’s defense force for a number of years and reaching a senior level in the organization, I was approaching the age of retirement at that rank. I was looking forward to starting a new career as a civilian in the maritime sector, but I would have really liked to continue in the career that I had so much enjoyed over the years. My continuing, however, could occur only if I was elevated in rank; but this was not possible since there were no vacant positions in the organizational structure.

Although I had the desire to continue in my career, I could only see this occurring if a position became vacant at a higher level within the organization. This certainly was not my desire since the people occupying those positions were not yet at the point of their retirement and were not interested in leaving the organization. I had no intention of continuing at someone’s expense. In fact, I had a very close relationship with the people who occupied those positions, so this was certainly out of the question.

After some consideration, my wife and I decided to take believing action by daily going to God in prayer and asking that He make a way for me to continue. Within weeks of our taking this action, I was called to the office of the head of the defense force and informed of a decision that our government had made to establish a new aviation organization for the defense force. This organization would have the same status as the other three organizations that comprised the defense force at that time. I was also informed that even though I had no aviation experience, I had been chosen to plan, develop, establish, and head this new organization because of other skills that were identified as essential to the success of this project. Furthermore, being selected for this position meant that I would be promoted to a higher rank, giving me the opportunity to continue in my career.

I was surprised by this development. God answered my prayer in a way that I never even envisioned. When I could not see a way, God made a way. Today the organization is well established and is the preferred choice of many who wish to serve our country. God answers prayer in ways that we often cannot begin to contemplate when we go to Him with believing.

The Power of Praying in the Name of Jesus Christ

My brother, another believer, and I were in a car together on an overpass sitting at a stoplight. The rain was pouring down so hard, we could not see anything. We even sat through a light because we could not see. I looked at my brother and said, “This rain is not of God. In the name of Jesus Christ, I command this rain to stop!” The very instant I said stop, the rain ceased completely. The look in my brother’s eyes was unmistakable amazement, and he said, “HOW DID YOU DO THAT?” I began witnessing about the name of Jesus Christ and the power we have when we pray.

The believer, in the backseat of the car, had come over earlier that evening before my brother met us. She had a broken pinkie finger that she accidently slammed in the car door. That finger was definitely not straight. I prayed for her in the name of Jesus Christ. She showed my brother that her pinkie finger was totally straight and healed because we prayed for healing in the name of Jesus Christ. This open door of deliverance led to our helping my brother get born again and leading him into speaking in tongues later that evening.

“God Can Heal It!”

I had been waiting six weeks to get the cast off. My two oldest sons were a few steps up on the stairs looking at me earnestly.

“Can we play with you now, Dad?”

“OK, I guess, but we need to take it easy.”

When the cast was cut off, the doctor had said it wasn’t quite healed and that I should not be horsing around. But my kids loved to play bull riding. I had bucked my oldest off my back six weeks earlier and he had landed heavily on my hand, making a break on my left thumb above the upper knuckle. I even got a cool glow-in-the-dark cast so I could thrill my kids after the lights went out at bedtime. Now it was off and my oldest perched gleefully on my back, ready to get bucked off as usual. A few bucks and a turn move, and yep, he came right off…onto my same thumb! I felt it crack; I had broken the bone once again.

I was on all fours on the floor with my head tucked down, holding my left hand underneath me, when my children chirped in.

“Dad! God can heal it!”

They looked at me with those beautiful faces full of believing.

“Well, why not?” I thought. I had ministered healing to many folks over the years and seen a few miraculous, instantaneous healings. But for myself? Not yet.

“OK, I’ll pray,” I said.

They closed their eyes, whispering in tongues with their lips moving like kids do at that age. Wow, pure-hearted believing. Still bundled up on all fours on the floor, I tucked my head back down and began to pray out loud.

“Father, thank you in the name of Jesus Christ….”

The bones went back together before I finished the first sentence; I was instantly healed.

In this ministry of The Way, I learned the foundation of my power of attorney using the name of Jesus Christ. And, I have been able to experience the pure-hearted believing of children.

God Shall Supply

I’ve had countless victories thanks to the truth of God’s Word I have learned in The Way Ministry. One such victory occurred on the Way Disciple field. We were working locally during our tenure, and due to various circumstances, we were going to have a deficit in our budget for the upcoming month. We were practicing the principles from the Word that we were taught. For example, we were working heartily at our jobs, faithfully abundantly sharing, and staying on the give.

One night, the members of my household and I sat down to look at our budget in order to get clear and concerned on how much exactly we would need the upcoming month. We ran the numbers and figured out that we needed an additional four hundred dollars in our bank account to cover our needs for the next month. We then prayed together as a household for this need to be met, and we claimed Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We didn’t know how God would supply our need, but prayed claiming the promise that He would.

That same night we got a knock on our door. It was someone we witnessed to who had attended a few fellowships. Usually we would have had fellowship that night, but we needed to cancel due to a snowstorm in the area. This certain believer didn’t get the message since his phone died earlier that day. We welcomed him in and had a prayer and believers’ meeting.

Before he left, he told us that God was working in his heart all day to bring us something. He doubted it at first because he didn’t think we had any lack, but by the end of the day he was convinced of what God was showing him. He was thankful for the work we were doing as Way Disciples in his town. He handed us four hundred dollars in cash. We thanked him and praised God that night!

I have seen over the years that as we faithfully believe, God always comes through on His Word. I trust and believe, then rest assured that my heavenly Father will come through as He always has before.

This ministry has taught me how to know God’s will for my life. I have learned how to pray according to the promises of God and believe to live a life of abundance and power.