God Knew I Would Believe and Receive
It was 1974 and there I was—divorced and living with a health problem. I needed help to find the right answers. At this time in my life, I was sad and looking for answers and thinking that the world might have those answers I needed in my life. How wrong could I be? And how little did I know that something greater was missing. God was knocking at my door for a long time, but I wasn’t hearing the call. I tried to find those solutions in worldly ways but always ended up empty and not peaceful.
As I was making a new life, my brother in Ohio asked me to come and live with his family there and start over. I did this, which turned out to be the best decision I made for my young life. I didn’t know the Word of God yet, but each step I took was drawing me nearer to God. In my brother’s home was the first fellowship I attended. He was so excited about the answers he was finding. He started sharing this with all of us, and his wife took the class next. He was such a great example and helped me through my growing pains spiritually. After that, the more I attended those fellowships, the more I wanted to serve and make it my own to learn all God had for me.
I grew up with a Lutheran background and never really knew how to read the Bible, but I knew Jesus Christ and who he was. For a while, I was asked to take the Power for Abundant Living class (in those days the Foundational Class was known as this) many times, but I always believed I could fix things my own way. Well, one day my heart became meek while I attended those fellowships, and I said yes and signed on the line. God knew I would believe and receive what He had for me. It was amazing to me at a “big” twenty-two years old to be taught and to understand what I was reading, to apply it, and to have the desires of my heart. One of the most exciting things I was taught was how to pray and get results. I started practicing that with great zeal. Boy, that foundational principle has not stopped for over forty years because of my faithfulness and steadfastness to apply it. God hears us and is faithful to us to supply our needs.
The Word Taught Me How
By the age of thirty, my life was in darkness and ruin. I was utterly bankrupt physically, mentally, and spiritually. I was at the end of my rope and more than ready to end it all. When I failed at that, I cried out to God and asked Him to send someone to help me stop being a sorrow to my mother and live a life that was worth living. I wanted something real—something I could depend on and that would not fall apart just when I needed it like every other religious or philosophical trap I had placed all my confidence in.
Within two weeks, a young lady spoke to me words of truth and light, words of freedom and God’s absolute love for me.
Then I took a class—The Way Ministry’s class called Power for Abundant Living. In it I was introduced to God’s Word and His forgiveness. The Word taught me how to walk out of the darkness and ruin my life was engulfed in. It gave me the direction out of the bankruptcy of my life and gave me a set of guidelines I was able to follow into the realization that I am worth God’s love, grace, peace, mercy, and hope, because to God, I am worthwhile.
I learned that the Word of God is the will of God and that He sent His wonderful Son to make it available for me to have all the promises and privileges written therein.
I have been healed in every category of my life because God’s Word is faithful to show me how or because I can ask a fellow brother or sister in The Way Ministry to show me where in the Word to find the needed scripture and insight to overcome every obstacle.
I am free and have eternal life, and I’m waiting for the return of my lord and savior, Christ Jesus.