The thing that I am most thankful for in my life is my gift of holy spirit from Father. I know it is there every time I speak in tongues. I have a personal connection to the Father Who is always willing and able to communicate with me when needed because He created my gift especially for me. God in Christ in me is incorruptible seed and can’t be taken or given away, and that makes me God’s son. I am thankful to have such a loving Father and to be a part of His family. I am thankful for the life of Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille and for the ministry he started and for how those who followed have continued to build on the foundation he started. My life would be worthless to me without God’s gift to me and the ministry that taught me what it means to have that gift.
Speaking in tongues was not something I had heard of until coming to this ministry. When it came up the first time, I was uncomfortable with it. Even though I could read in the Bible that it was something God addressed and made available, because I had never heard of it before, I was stopped in my mental tracks. Finally I realized that I really did not understand it enough. There is no way to remember how many times I read the chapters in The New, Dynamic Church on speaking in tongues. Having very little knowledge to make a decision is not a good place to stay. It can lead to being afraid, which stymies thoughts and understanding and growth.
Right across the hall where I lived in the dormitory, there was an ironing room not often visited, especially by freshmen. I found a spot to talk to God and share my thoughts and hesitations. That room offered a place for me to spend time thinking and reasoning and building believing from His Word. In the ironing room of my dorm is where I finally spoke the wonderful works of God for the first time.
Truth is not determined by feelings. This ministry gave me the tools to understand the Scriptures for myself. The Bible is God’s will and heart to us. We can learn about His gift, holy spirit, and how He designed that gift to work. I am thankful I pursued rather than shying away from something I didn’t understand. This has led to over fifty years of many victories and more to follow!
I am so thankful for The Way Ministry that has taught me the truths of positive believing and the power we have when we speak in tongues. Because of this knowledge I now have peace in my life.
Before I took the Foundational Class, I was very fearful driving and riding on the expressway. Now when I get tense or anxious, I just speak in tongues and I get peaceful.
God always protects us. Whenever an opportunity presents itself in my daily life, I know that if I go to God by speaking in tongues, He will take care of it. He always does.
I have been blessed multiple times over the years since I attended my first fellowship in 1984. That was also the year I took the ministry’s Foundational Class. The thing that I have utilized the most since learning truths from God’s Word is speaking in tongues. One of the benefits taught is that it is rest to the soul. The ability to speak in tongues has brought deliverance to me a number of times.
One example was during a plane flight for a business trip. I had left home not feeling my best, and the pressurized cabin, along with the seating position I was in on the plane, was making me feel both claustrophobic and anxious. Then I remembered that speaking in tongues would bring rest to my soul. I began speaking in tongues and focused on the peace of God. Thankfully, soon afterwards I began to physically feel much better. I no longer had the anxious and claustrophobic feeling that I’d experienced earlier, and I completed the flight and the rest of my business week in prevailing health.
This power of God energized in my life was the result of being taught by my brothers and sisters in Christ in this ministry, who had the care, love, commitment, and desire to teach me, along with others, how to understand and remember truths from God. The example above is only one of the countless times that I have spoken in tongues to bring personal peace to a situation, and I am so thankful to have that power available to me.
I know that no matter what challenges arise in my life, God has my back. He honors His promises, and when I fall short in my believing, there is a loving household that shares with me what the Word says to help me get my actions back on the right path.
I had been singing in the church choir since the second grade. My greatest joy as I sang was to focus on the words of the song. One day as I looked up at the church ceiling, I expressed a yearning to God that had filled my heart for years. As the words of the song came out of my mouth, I yearned for an answer to my thoughts of “There’s got to be more than this! There’s got to be more than this!” There had to be more than just going to church once a week. I needed answers to my “why and wherefore” questions about my life.
Years later, when I was dating my now husband, he invited me to a Way Ministry household fellowship. We both signed up for the Foundational Class. As I spoke in tongues for the first time, my heavenly Father’s still, small voice revealed to me, “You’re going to heaven.” My eyes became flooded with tears—tears of joy and relief! No one in the class understood why I was crying so much until I shared what God revealed to me.
Because of the Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry, God has given me deliverance from the fear I had, since childhood, of going to hell. As a child growing up, I never felt good enough or worthy enough to go to heaven. Now I no longer wonder and think, “There’s got to be more than this!” I can clearly and excitedly say, “There IS more than this—the rightly divided Word of God—and the deliverance others receive as I speak God’s Word to them.”
Before taking the Foundational Class, my wife and I attended a church where the minister preached the love of God and eternal life. When he retired, a new minister came to our church; and he taught you could get saved, but if you sinned after you got saved, you could get unsaved, lose your eternal life, and have to get saved again.
We were invited to go hear Dr. Wierwille and to take his Foundational Class. My wife and I decided to take Dr. Wierwille’s class, as did the other three people that went with us to hear him speak. At that time, I wondered if I was born again or not. Sometimes I thought I was, and other times I doubted that I was. I just did not know.
During the last night of the class when Dr. Wierwille was leading us into speaking in tongues, it was like the adversary was sitting on my shoulder telling me I could not speak in tongues and that I was not even born again. In my mind, I said to the Devil, “Get out!” Then Dr. Wierwille said to all of us, “Speak in tongues!” I was the first to do so. I spoke in tongues. That was almost sixty-two years ago, and I have never doubted again that I am born again of God’s spirit. I know I am.
God has blessed me abundantly as I’ve believed His Word, and I am thankful for the ministry where my wife and I learned God’s Word and will for our lives. I will continue to stay faithful to God and His Word, and to The Way Ministry.