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.