With God I Can Have Victory

I moved to a new area from out of state to take a new job. This job was an advancement in my career, which I had been working toward. Not long after I started my new job, two coworkers invited me to their household fellowship. I began to attend fellowship faithfully and not long after was able to take the Foundational Class two times in an eight-week period. I was so thrilled with this knowledge from God’s Word that I signed up for the Word Over the World Ambassador program. After learning how good God is, my only logical conclusion was to tell as many people as I could. Now, within six months of taking this job, I found myself leaving it for the advancement of God’s Word.

I was packing my car, preparing for our fellowship’s trip together to the Rock of Ages. On one of my trips carrying stuff to the car, a bee flew down from the rafters of the garage and stung me on the side of the face. I had not been stung since I was about eight years old. That time I was taken to the hospital because of swelling and because I passed out. This time, I went into the house, ran cold water on my face, and prayed. Then I kept packing my car, occasionally checking myself to find no swelling and no ill effect, except the tiny red hole where I had been stung.

As I was working, I realized it was getting very close to noon. I had to get to the bank to close my bank account. On my way to the bank, the clutch went out on my car. I recognized it immediately, jumped out, and hitchhiked the rest of the way to the bank and made it there before it closed. When I got back to my car, I headed south of town, limping my car to a local repair shop. It was a junkyard that did full restorations and repairs on the type of car I had. When I arrived, I rolled right into their service building.

I knew the two men that worked there. I had been there a couple of times before, looking for parts for my car. I told the owner I needed a clutch put in. He said, “We’re closed.” (His coworker was shuffling around the building, closing doors and turning off lights.) This car’s engine was located in the back of the car. We were each kneeling on one knee behind the car with the engine door up as I was explaining my situation to him. I explained to him that I was moving out of town at the end of the day, I had emptied my bank account, and all of my necessary worldly possessions were inside of my car. He said, “We’re closed.”

I then said, “Okay, this is what’s really happening….” I explained to him that I was leaving to go to Ohio to be trained and sent out to speak God’s Word. I do not recall all of the things I said to him about the goodness of God and my commissioning to stand and speak for Him, but I remember distinctly concluding my explanation saying, “And my adversary, the Devil, is trying to stop me.” He kept looking at me as he yelled to his coworker, “Hey, George, we’re putting a clutch in over here.”

I was on the road less than an hour later.

Throughout my life, I had always known that God loved me and cared about me, even though I recognized I didn’t always live a godly lifestyle. The Foundational Class showed me from God’s Word how much God loved me and how He is good always. For years I had heard people say that God did evil things to people to teach them lessons. This never seemed right to me. Now the ministry showed me from God’s own Word how good He is. So the attacks on my life that day were not “God testing me” to see if I would do His will or “signs from heaven” to stop me from making a commitment to the ministry. Instead, this experience confirmed what I had learned from God’s Word in the last few weeks—that with God I can have victory no matter the circumstances, and speaking the Word brings results!

Living with Peace

This Was My Answer to Prayer!

The Way Ministry was an answer to prayer for me. As a nineteen-year-old in 1975, I had a lot of unanswered questions about God. I was searching for those answers in my church and even traveled to Europe with a group to learn more about God, but came home disappointed. After that trip, I was staying at my parents’ farm for the summer between college years. One day, in frustration, I got on my bicycle and rode out on the country roads, pouring my heart out to God.

“There has got to be some way to get to know You and understand the Bible. There are so many churches with so many ideas, but only one You with one way of thinking. How do I find out what that is?” Then I was quiet, and I heard, “I will teach you My Word like you’ve never heard before.” A few days later, a believer with The Way Ministry came into my summer workplace with his Bible, and we got into a conversation about God.

Less than a month later, I was sitting through the Foundational Class, hearing the Word taught like I’d never heard before. I was thrilled—this was my answer to prayer. God and His Word were finally making sense to me—the law of believing, who Jesus Christ really is, what happens when people die, keys to the Word’s interpretation, and so much more!

And even after all these years, my heart still thrills when the accuracy of the Word is taught. What a joy to live life having answers and the peace that those answers bring. And what a privilege to bring those same answers to others, so they, too, can live this awesome, abundant life.

God Is with Me

I have learned that I can walk in this world with total peace of mind and a secure confidence that God is with me in any and every situation. God and I make a majority, and with His wisdom and guidance there is nothing I may encounter where I will not be victorious in my efforts.

God Was Answering My Cry for Help

One day in late September, I was in my pickup truck in the parking lot of my employment. I was so hopeless and desperate. I was crying out to God to please help me! I needed Him to show me where to go and what to do next in my life. At that moment, my phone rang. On the other end was a woman I had only met a few times in my life. She asked if I wanted to attend a home fellowship. My crying stopped. I felt better somehow. God was opening up a door for me. God was answering my cry for help. I said, “Yes! Yes! I would love to attend a home fellowship.”

I attended my first home fellowship and then my next one. By October/November I attended my first Foundational Class. God was talking to me and helping me along the way. By January, I was taking the Intermediate Class. By this time, I had learned that all Scripture is God-breathed, which means to be moved by the Holy Spirit, which is revelation. I also learned to pray with the spirit by speaking in tongues. I grew up tithing in my church, but in class I learned that you can NEVER outgive God.

By June, I was in my first Defeating the Adversary class. My knowledge of the adversary and how he operates was growing. We are in a spiritual competition every day: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). At that moment I was healed from forty years of pain and resentment that I carried with me. I felt a huge weight off my shoulders. I had a true sense of peace within me. The anger that I kept inside of me against the people that hurt me was gone. The adversary wasn’t going to take or steal from me anymore.

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue….” That scripture changed the way I choose to talk to people. I can open my mouth to hurt someone and make them feel like nothing, or I can choose to open my mouth to edify someone. I can witness to them about how The Way has shown me how to understand God’s Word by rightly dividing the Word, how to know that Christ is in me, and how to know that the Word of God is the will of God.

Reaping the Benefits of Knowing God and His Word

Psalms 34:8 reads, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” This verse aptly describes what the Word taught in The Way International has meant to me. I attended my first fellowship in high school, and from the moment I tasted God’s goodness, I just couldn’t imagine not standing and serving Him.

In high school I was a decent guy. I had pretty good grades, was fairly nice to people, and played sports. My family life was OK at best. We did the best we knew to do, but we knew something was missing. I remember I used to ask my parents questions such as Why are we here? Where did God come from? How do we know He’s real? They did their best to answer my questions, but we were all searching for understanding and searching to know God.

About the time it looked like our family was going to be broken up, I was witnessed to and attended my first fellowship. The Word taught in this ministry changed everything for me. I found purpose and meaning to life. I took this newfound understanding back to my family, and it gave them purpose and meaning as well. To this day, over twenty years later, we continue to reap the benefits of knowing God as His Word is taught accurately in this ministry. And we continue to reach out to our family and others, sharing His goodness. God’s goodness to me has resulted in

  • being physically healed on several occasions, including God saving my life;
  • my parents’ marriage being saved and restored;
  • my siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles taking the classes and getting to know God;
  • having a beautiful wife and two wonderful children;
  • having real best friends that love me;
  • having a place to serve Him and to live my dream job.

I am thankful to stand with this wonderful ministry that has taught me the greatness of God’s Word and has given me a place to serve the Word of Life to others.

We Knew God Would Have the Answer!

Where do I begin to share how thankful I am after fifty-eight years since I graduated from Power for Abundant Living (PFAL)? For years I wanted to have a greater understanding of how to know, Am I a Christian? How could Jesus Christ be God? How could I be good enough to be sanctified? The Word of God I learned has answered these questions completely.

Two months before we were married, my future husband and I took PFAL. One year later we took the Advanced Class, receiving more answers to add to our greater understanding of the more abundant life. All our children are now Advanced Class graduates and three of our grandchildren have gone out on The Way International’s outreach program. What can be a greater blessing from God than to know our grandchildren have knowledge of the greatness of God’s Word?

Now we are up in years, and I strongly believed we needed to trust God to give us direction in making decisions regarding our future living location. When the need arrives, do we stay in our home and have someone move in to help us? Do we move closer to family? What preparations do we need to be making to make future transitions easier for ourselves and our family?

So often when we have had major decisions to make, the answers were suddenly there as we continued to move ahead. We knew God cared for us and would have the answer for us. When we were checking out some of the possibilities in this situation, we visited a possible living location, and God’s answer was crystal clear to us. This was the place to move to! It is closer to family, and we rejoice daily in our decision to move there. The preparations for the transition came together beautifully. Two months later we had moved. God has supplied our need as only He can, and we are so abundantly thankful. II Corinthians states the results most clearly:

II Corinthians 9:8-11:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

The results have been sufficiency in all things for us and others, multiplying seed sown, increasing fruits of righteousness, being enriched in everything, which causes daily thanksgiving to God. This was all made available because of the Word of God I learned in The Way Ministry!

Thankful to Know the Rightly Divided Word of God!

What God has done for me because of the Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry is a lot! Speaking in tongues is one of the foundational truths that I learned in the ministry that brought deliverance and continues to.

I was raised in a loving Christian family with a great dad and mom, older brother, older sister, and younger brother. We all faithfully attended a wonderful Christian church, which I am thankful for. I don’t know exactly when I got born again, but it was probably pretty early in life. Going to church was good—it was a positive group of people to be surrounded by—but it seemed like there should be more.

After high school, I remember talking with my brother and his sharing about speaking in tongues. I remember also saying to him, “That is for you; that is for you.” I had heard speaking in tongues somewhere before, but it seemed confusing and out of order. My brother and his wife shared with me about a Bible class, which sounded interesting, so I signed up for the foundational class on Power for Abundant Living. I loved how Dr. Wierwille taught with concreteness from the Bible regarding the goodness of God, salvation, believing, speaking in tongues, and many other life subjects, answering questions I had. I loved when he taught about Jesus Christ and what he accomplished for us, all the way through to Pentecost and the receiving of the holy spirit and speaking in tongues. I wasn’t just supposed to take it by faith like I had heard from others. I really enjoyed the class and how it built on God’s Word, dispelling darkness with the light.

Then, Dr. Wierwille got to those final sessions when speaking in tongues was coming up. The way he taught God’s Word on this subject like he had with others, once again very systematically with “what is available,” “how to receive,” and “what to do with it after we have received,” brought clarity and desire. I spoke in tongues for the first time in that eleventh session of the class, and how exhilarating it was, and still is, knowing that speaking in tongues is concrete proof in the natural realm that I am born again! I don’t have to go by feelings anymore, like, “Am I good enough to be born again?” which can sure come and go.

To be able to speak in tongues in my private prayer life and in a believers’ meeting with interpretation, and to know the benefits of it is awesome! I am very thankful to know the rightly divided Word of God regarding speaking in tongues and many other areas of life. Thank you to The Way Ministry for all the Word of God that has been taught and lived for over seventy-five years and onward!

God Wants the Best for Me Always

A great key in life is that God is always good. He wants the best for me, and He wants me to live without fear in the abundant life. These are all keys I learned from The Way Ministry.

Over thirty years ago, I was on our ministry’s outreach program. I enjoyed going to a certain college campus with my witnessing buddy. One day, a man whom I had witnessed to before, the man in charge of the campus lunchroom, approached me and told me he needed to talk to me. He asked me to be in his office the next day at 10:00 a.m. His voice seemed stern, with a sense of importance. That night, I was fearful of what he had to say. In the morning, I was still fearful. Was he going to kick me off the campus? However, just before the meeting, I got this thought: “God is with me; what can this man do to me?” My fear left.

I went to the meeting. All he wanted to do was witness to me. He had a self-help book that he wanted me to read. Had I not stepped out and gone to the meeting, I would have been living in fear. God showed me to keep moving and take action. I never forgot this lesson and benefitted from it in the years to come.

About ten years ago, I was on a job. I was a customer service agent for a flooring company. I was sent on a complaint, so I went to rectify an issue. However, I did not help the situation. After a heated discussion, I was told, “Leave my house now!” I left and told my boss what had happened. The next day, my boss told me to go back and take care of the issue. I reminded him that the man didn’t like me, and I suggested that he send someone else. He said, “No, you go.” I remember being so afraid. This man was big and very bold. When I drove up to the house, I thought, “Wait! God is with me.” I remembered the lesson from years ago. I stood on the doorstep and said, “Let’s do this, You and me, God.” The man opened the door. He said, “I’m so glad it’s you! I’m so sorry! Come in, have you eaten breakfast? Sit down, please.”

I was in shock, but had I let fear control my life, I would not have seen God work in this situation. My thanks to the ministry that teaches us to get rid of the fear in all categories of life by trusting God and believing that He will come through for us in any situation.

Victorious Living with God!

An Amazing Journey with My Heavenly Father

When I was a young adult, I had so many questions about life and the direction I needed to go as an adult. One evening I was working at my part-time job, and a young man came in and said to me, “How would you like a purpose for doing the things you do and to have direction in life?” He had me hooked. I took The Way Ministry’s Foundational Class almost forty-five years ago, and that was the beginning of an amazing journey with my heavenly Father. I had clear direction for my life, and I knew my purpose in life.

Since that time, I have had many victories because of the Word of God I have been taught. I learned to believe and trust God and have no fear, no doubt, no worry. When I was faced with a serious health situation that could have potentially been fatal, I steeled my mind and claimed that by the stripes of Jesus Christ I was healed. My healing was so rapid that even family had no idea how sick I really was. That’s victorious living. Before I took the Foundational Class, I had no idea that God’s desire was health and prosperity.

I can truly say that each day I have so many blessings to be thankful for. To know that I can have a true and vital relationship with the Author of all life is awe inspiring. To enjoy God’s peace, His mercy, and His grace on a daily basis is beyond words. I walk down the street each day with my head held high because I know who I am in Christ and that I am a son of God with all power. What a victory!

I Looked to God’s Word for Strength

I am a French-speaking college student originally from Africa. My goal is to become a nurse. In order to achieve this goal, it is required that I take several very difficult biology courses. After passing the first biology course, I was enrolled in Biology II. I faithfully attended lectures, but I really struggled. First of all, I really couldn’t understand what the teacher was saying. No matter how hard I tried to learn, I could not focus, and I became more and more distracted. I was very discouraged, and I felt like my brain was frozen. As a result, I was failing the class. At first, I panicked, but then I chose to do what I had learned as a follower of The Way: claim a promise found in God’s wonderful Word that would bring victory. As I looked to God’s Word for strength, it was Psalms 147:5 that really hit home for me. It states, “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” I told myself this verse over and over. In this very challenging situation, God’s Word warmed my heart and melted my frozen brain! I did pass the class, and I know it was not by my own doing, but by God Who brought me a sweet victory.

God’s Will for His Children

God Forgives

I had always known as a child that God did exist, but I did not know that He could and would forgive and that Jesus Christ was the way, the truth, and the life. Then someone took the time to lovingly show me the truth from God’s Word.

This is the truth: God forgives and forgets.

I John 1:9:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalms 103:12:
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

I never knew these scriptures or even where they were in the Bible. I was taught as a child to obey and that God punishes those who do not obey. I was taught that only by begging God for forgiveness could I be forgiven. A footnote to that teaching was that God never forgets my disobedience.

Being shown from God’s Word the truth that He is love and there is no darkness in Him at all, I was able to let go of past sins, failures, condemnation, and feelings of inadequacy. And most of all, I was shown that God only wanted me to live a life that was more than abundant.

I Finally Accepted the Word

The most significant event that I am grateful for is, literally, getting born again.

Growing up, my parents never attempted to influence their children’s views concerning God. I was an agnostic through much of my childhood, and I had participated in church on occasion, but I didn’t get much out of it. During my years in college, I received an education in “religion,” including a variety of Christian faiths: Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Calvinism, among others. I also received an education in some Eastern philosophies, including Buddhism and Daoism. By the time I completed this “education,” I determined that as messed up as the world was, if there was a God, He would have straightened it out long before now. I decided at that time that I was an atheist and remained so for the following three years. At that time some followers of The Way witnessed to me and began instilling in me an understanding of the Word and (more importantly) the integrity of it. Through some longsuffering on their part, I finally accepted the Word for what it is: revelation of God’s will for us. I was not just told why the world was the way it was, but I was shown in the Word the reasons why. I was also shown many other things that established my new Biblical convictions and beliefs.

One evening at fellowship, I was asked to pray during directed prayer (until that moment I had refused to pray because I was coming to fellowship for purely academic reasons), and I had to make a decision. So I decided that the Word has integrity and that I could place my trust in it and God. At that moment, I was born again. I became a child of God with the promise of eternal life, and I looked forward to seeing what other treasures awaited me in my new station of life. One of my earliest lessons was in the joy of giving, and I have continued to give as much as I can ever since.

Service to God and His People Is So Satisfying

My parents did a wonderful job bringing me up. They raised me as a Christian in a denomination as they had been. They taught me to work hard and they taught me how to be detail minded, honest, fair, and good to all, with a willingness to take care of others. I will be ever grateful for that. However, as a teenager, I began to sense some uncertainty in my faith and in who I was as a Christian. I began to question the denomination I was a part of. I was at a crossroads, wanted answers to life, and began to search for ways to curb my hunger and to put into practice the Biblical principles that my parents taught me. I had a strong desire to make a difference in life, but did not know where to start. What I was craving was an avenue to serve in and to serve with purpose and meaning. Little did I know that my lifelong dream would be serving God for a lifetime! After I completed college, the search for answers continued until one day someone handed me a small green enrollment card for The Way Ministry’s Foundational Class. Of the many one-liners about the class teachings printed on the front side, two that stood out for me were “Makes life meaningful” and “Disciplines the mind by believing.” The back side of the card was an agreement that read, “I am enrolling in this class because I am searching for an accurate knowledge of the Word of God and desire to increase the power of God in my life.” To say the least, I was searching, and I indeed had a desire to increase the power of God in my life!

Well, over thirty-five years later, I can confidently and thankfully say, “The rest is history!” Like for so many, the class was life changing. As I was taught and began applying truths from the Bible, my life began to have meaning. I learned how to develop a personal relationship with God, and I learned how to pray. As I proved the Word in my life, I started sharing it with others. I learned that I was important to God. With God as my sufficiency, I started a new life filled with believing opportunities at every turn! I grew in my confidence that He is not slack in what He promises and that His power is available to me. Major deliverance followed as I decided to put myself in a position to grow. I began to give back by serving, and that was so instrumental to making my life meaningful. As my priorities changed, I found I had more time to give. Things that once were so important to me now paled in significance compared to living a life filled with God’s Word and making it available to others.

Shortly after completing the ministry’s Advanced Class, the door opened wide for me to serve as a fellowship coordinator. A year later, I went out Word Over the World (WOW) Ambassador, where I was assigned to coordinate our family. What an awesome responsibility that was! Helping people and finding the hungry hearted was so fulfilling, and we met our goal of running a Foundational Class that year! And as if God had not blessed me big enough, I was asked to manifest on the main stage at the opening night of the Rock of Ages, when the WOW Ambassadors were pinned for their year of service. (As a side note, my parents were in attendance, and they got to hear the worship manifestations for the first time! When I was reunited with them later that evening, the first thing my mom asked was, “Where did you learn how to do that?” Oh, what a witness that was!) After my WOW year, I came on Staff at The Way International Headquarters, and that same year I met my wife. A year later, I entered The Way Corps program, where I received training to be a Christian minister. Since graduating into The Way Corps, I have served on Staff. Needless to say, God has blessed my life abundantly!

As a Christian minister for almost twenty-five years, life is still becoming more meaningful, and I continue to see great benefit as I discipline my mind by believing! Service to God and His people is so satisfying, and opportunities personalized for my season of life continue to open. As I put God first, He continues to prosper me physically, mentally, and spiritually. I look forward, with great enthusiasm and thankfulness to The Way Ministry, to what God has in store for me next!