Knowing God and His Word Brings Me Peace

Because of the Word I have learned in The Way Ministry, God has made known a peace in my heart that the world never gave. God has helped me to have peace in my heart in spite of living in a sometimes challenging five-senses world. Understanding the spiritual competition has enabled me to endure many things with a peaceful heart.

Before I learned the accuracy of God’s Word in The Way Ministry, I used to look for other ways to find peace. When I was twenty-three years old, I packed up my suitcases, quit my job, and moved away from the city where I had lived my whole life to a small town in the mountains. All this, so I could find peace. I was convinced that the city I was living in was the cause of all my distress. I didn’t like the traffic, the noise, the stress of my job, and all the many people crowded together in one place.

My first few months of living in my new environment in the mountains was very peaceful, and I thought I had found the solution to my anxiety. But as soon as I started meeting people, building relationships, and working different jobs, things became unpeaceful again. I was having the same problems I had when I lived in the city. It was all in the way I was thinking! I was basing my thoughts on worldly peace—the five senses—and I needed godly peace to reign in my heart.

After my brief stay in the mountains, I returned to my home state and started a small transportation business. As satisfying as it was to have my own business, often it was pressuresome. There was a payroll to meet, taxes to be paid, money to be billed and collected, sales calls to be made, and customers to keep happy. Sometimes I would lie awake at night wondering if the customers would send their payments owed to me on time, so that I could pay my employees.

Very soon after I started this business I was introduced to The Way Ministry, and I learned truths from God’s Word on how to claim His peace no matter what environment I was in. I learned in The Way Ministry that peace is part of the spiritual package we receive when we get born again of God’s spirit. I learned how to pray, I began to tithe, I learned how to operate the manifestations, and I started utilizing the spiritual resources I was given.

Then one day with no warning, one of my major customers filed bankruptcy and was not able to pay a substantial amount of money they owed me. The profit of my company depended much on this income. What was I to do? The Word I was learning in The Way Ministry helped me to stay calm and peaceful. I kept moving, kept tithing, controlled my expenses, prayed, and believed God.

And then one day, also without warning, I received a phone call from a salesman in Chicago who said the president of one of my smaller accounts gave him my name as a reference. He told me that his company had a new account in the town I operated and that they needed someone to deliver their merchandise. He said, “You’ve been highly recommended.” We started working together immediately. He gave me an order that day. This ended up being one of my largest and most reliable accounts. God provided for what I needed and more.

This incident encouraged me to stay peaceful in other situations that came up with the business, and this actually still continues to help me to remain peaceful in challenging times—knowing that God will always provide what I need. I’ve learned that God’s peace comes from a knowledge and application of His Word, not just from living in the mountains.

Because of the Word I have learned in The Way Ministry, God has made known a peace in my heart that the world never gave.

God Is Faithful

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

The truth of God’s rightly divided Word that I received and believed in The Way Ministry rescued me out of the darkness of this world bringing me back home to my heavenly Father’s arms of love. The Father that I learned about in the home Bible fellowships and then in the Foundational Class has been a Father who has been faithful and unchanging in showing me His love and compassion for over forty-two years.

How thankful I am for my parents who instilled in me a love for God. And how thankful I am for my brothers that introduced me to The Way Ministry and to the class on the Bible that unfolded to me a knowledge of the God I was taught to love.

Through the years He has never failed me. I can remember the summer after taking the class on the Bible when I first moved away from my Indiana home with a sibling to Washington state. This was significant because I saw how God was faithful to me as His child to always take care of me.

After settling into our new home and securing employment, life seemed to move along just as it did before without much concern even though I was quite a distance from my familiar upbringing. After a few months I began to feel lonely and lost. I realized the answers I was looking for I had already, but I couldn’t grow on my own—I needed other like-minded believers. Then I remembered that my brother who introduced me to the ministry had given me a phone number to contact the leadership in my new state to find the local fellowship closest to me. I remembered I could always go to my heavenly Father in prayer, and He would be faithful to help me. So I got on my bike that late afternoon, rode to a nearby phone booth, contacted the leadership, and was given a phone number and address of the closest fellowship.

As I was riding my bike, I stopped a few blocks from my home. I couldn’t believe it, I moved thousands of miles from Indiana, and I found that the address I was given was only a few blocks from my home here in Washington state. I decided to knock on the door right then and there. A smiling face opened the door; I explained I was a believer from Indiana and was welcomed in with open arms. To my surprise, songbooks were neatly laid out on chairs because it was fellowship night! Well, that began my journey on proving the truth of God’s rightly divided Word in my own life and learning that great is God’s faithfulness.

Here I am forty-two years later, and His faithfulness to me as His child has been proven over and over again in every category of life because I had a hunger to know God and was taught to know Him through this ministry. Through every season of life He has supplied abundantly. In the calm and in the storm He has been unchanging, forever faithful with no shadow of turning. His compassions have failed not, and as He was in my youth, He forever will be now and through all eternity.

Countless Blessings

My growth in the Word is due to two important factors:

1. My family:

I am very grateful to God for being born into a family of believing parents who taught me that the first thing to consider in life is the Word of God; they showed me the path of truth from which I will never depart.

2. My environment:

After being convinced of this truth, I used all the ways that were available that could help me to grow in the Word of God. The peaceful environment of the household fellowship meetings I attend every week allowed me to gain spiritual growth. I am always seeking to enjoy the countless blessings that God always pours on during fellowship. Since our lord has not yet returned, we must stand steadfast in this household enjoying these wonders that God continues to make available.

I am very convinced of this true Word. Therefore, let’s stand on the Word of God, enjoying this healthy food that produces remarkable growth in the lives of those who apply the Word.

How Much More There Is to Life!

In 1981, I was working as the art director for one of the largest and most successful advertising agencies in Houston, Texas. Every day, I faced the challenge of generating original graphic concepts that could be produced within our clients’ budgets and time frames, concepts that would succeed in selling their products. I remember looking down at the blank sheet of white layout paper on my desk each day and feeling the constant pressure of quickly coming up with something from virtually nothing, and searching anxiously for the right inspiration.

At twenty-one years of age I had already reached my goal of becoming an art director, and was working successfully at my “dream job.” I thought I would have felt fulfilled once I reached my goals, but I still felt an emptiness in my life and that was puzzling. I traveled home to Pennsylvania to visit my family and to reconnect with my high school friends, thinking maybe that was what I was missing. But it didn’t take long to see that my old friends hadn’t matured at all beyond the games we used to play in high school, and I didn’t miss those.

On the trip back to Houston, I felt that empty feeling emerging even stronger than before. It didn’t seem logical to me that this could be all that life is about. With many thoughts swirling around in my mind, I suddenly blurted out, “God, I know there must be more to life than this! Please show me what it is!” Looking back, that was the first time I had ever prayed to God in that way, like I was speaking directly to Him. It was a short prayer, but it was sincere and from the heart—unlike the habitual repetition of the prayers I learned in the church I attended as a youth.

I purchased a Bible that looked easy to read, and began to read it. It provided some comfort, but I could not understand much of it. So I focused on the Gospels, because the message of Jesus Christ was pretty clear to me. The prayer I had uttered and my believing action to start reading the Bible must have been enough for God to open a door for me, because it wasn’t long before I was witnessed to by a Way Corps minister.

One weekend, I was out dancing at a local honky-tonk, country-western dance hall, when a waitress walked over to the table where I sat watching couples circling around the dance floor. I had noticed this particular waitress before, because she really stood out from the other waitresses. She had a bright, happy smile, she was a diligent worker, she was always so friendly and helpful to the customers she served, and she kept all of her tables clear and clean. As she approached, she put her hands on her hips and peered at me as if I was pitifully sad and abandoned. Shaking her head, she smiled and said the most amazing thing—“Don’t you know, there’s more to life than this?” Startled, I sat up in my chair and just stared at her. How did she…?—that was what I had just prayed about recently! Still confounded, I replied, “Yeah…what?” She laughed, waved her hand at me and said, “Oh, never mind, you wouldn’t understand,” and walked off.

There was no doubt in my mind that God had sent her to help me, so I tapped her on the shoulder several times that evening to ask her what she was talking about. The first couple of times, she reacted much like she did to my dazed reply, “Yeah…what?” Eventually, she must have perceived some sincerity in my tone of voice, because she turned around, looked me in the eye and said, “It’s God!

Wow! I was electrified! That was another validation of the godliness of this woman and God’s involvement in this situation. I replied, “I’ve been reading my Bible lately.” To that, she laughed in disbelief and challenged me by asking, “OK, which one?” as if perhaps I would not have a clue on what to answer. I replied, “Good News for Modern Man.” That got her attention. She seemed impressed that I was actually reading a Bible, but unimpressed with my choice, and with all confidence and boldness she said, “Oh, come to my fellowship, I’ll teach you the Bible!”

It took a few weeks due to my busy work schedule, but I did make it to her household fellowship, where I met her husband and children. Soon the room was overflowing with excited, smiling people. When the fellowship began, I was immediately impressed with the way this group of people prayed with their understanding, from the heart. It was the first time I ever heard the manifestations of speaking in tongues, interpretation, and prophecy operated. I remember that the messages were so comforting, edifying, and inspiring. They were amazing!

Later, she taught about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the Book of Daniel, chapter 3. She taught like she knew the record by heart, with boldness, confidence, and authority. The teaching was in-depth and penetrated my heart. I learned vividly that day about the law of believing and what an impact we can have when we believe God. I saw how deeply those three men loved God and were so committed to keeping Him and His Word first, and how God protected and delivered them. I wanted to be like them and to have a relationship with God like they did.

After the fellowship, I told her that I had some questions about God and the Bible, so she led me out to their patio, where we sat down in lounge chairs that she positioned face-to-face. She opened her Bible evenly in her lap, folded her hands on top of it, and said, “Okay, what are your questions?” I thought, “Is she really able to answer my questions right out of the Bible?” As I posed my questions, she efficiently turned from scripture to scripture and gave me answers by reading verse after verse after verse and letting the Word speak. I was amazed that she knew where all of those truths were and at how clearly and simply she was able to explain spiritual truths I had wondered about all of my life. I felt as if I drove home on a cushion of air that night and never missed another fellowship.

That night I had met a group of people who really understood and lived the Word of God and walked in the love of God. It was clear to me that they had tapped into something special. It was also clear to me that they were all as committed to God as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and they were as bold in their witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. The Word of God was living and real in them, and I could see that the spirit of God worked in them mightily.

It wasn’t long before I was sitting in the Foundational Class, where the Word of God set me free in so many ways. By the end of the class, it dawned on me that the heavy weight of past hurts, bitterness, resentments, condemnation, and many other negatives that had weighed me down for many years had all been lifted and were gone! My heart felt so light! I felt so liberated and free! It was like a new beginning! I recall how exciting it was to begin learning to walk by believing, to walk in God’s love, to walk with no fear—to walk with my mind renewed to God’s Word, and to be at peace.

No longer did I have anxiety and fear when I faced those blank white sheets of paper on my desk at work. Now the inspiration flowed easily and effortlessly. I could see that God was prospering my work as I applied His Word on the job. I grew from just trying to survive day to day on the job to having full confidence and the ability to reach out to help support others.

That was thirty-five years ago. During the last thirty-five years I have even had the joy and privilege to serve God and His household as a Way Corps minister on Staff at The Way International Headquarters. I have a beautiful wife and wonderful children who all stand with us in the ministry. I have indeed discovered from this ministry that taught me God’s Word just how much more there is to life—the more abundant life that Jesus Christ came to make available, and I’m enjoying that every day!

My Brother Was Healed Completely

When I was a child, I used to ask many questions about God, and every night I would remind my mom that when she tucked me in, it was time to pray. As I grew older, my heart for God did not change, but my actions certainly did. My parents were very strict with us when we were younger, but as my parents divorced and separated, our household got to a point where we no longer had any rules.

As we grew older, our decisions became very irresponsible, and as a family, our unity was no longer there. Eventually, because of lifestyle decisions and continual bad habits, one of my brothers became very ill. I did not know what to do, so I did what I used to do when I was younger, and I poured my heart out and prayed to God. I did not receive an instant answer, but over time, I saw that God certainly was leading me down the path that I needed to go.

I went to many different churches with my friends and cousins. However, as my actions improved, my household got worse and worse. So a neighbor opened up her house to me, and as I would stay at her house, she would share God’s Word with me and listen to me patiently as I would talk for hours. On Sunday mornings, I would race over to her house to go with her to Sunday morning fellowship—she was a Way believer. It took me only a few weeks before I signed up for the Foundational Class. From there, I continued on to take each class as it became available. In a few short years, my mind was no longer full of the world’s negatives, but was flooded by God’s joy and peace.

The Word says in Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” For me, it wasn’t enough that I was healed and believing God’s Word. For my more abundant life, I needed my family to believe God’s Word and be healed. So as I progressed in my understanding, I always made a point to share with members of my family what I was learning that week.

My brother that fell ill became worse over time and at one point was hospitalized. My oldest sibling and I were both taking ministry classes and were searching for answers and ways to get him healed. We prayed and continually spoke the Word to our brother that was ill, but it got to a point where he no longer desired to live. At what felt like the lowest point, my older brother and I went to our first Advanced Class where we were greatly energized and enlightened to come back with God’s delivering love and power. Again, it was not an immediate healing, but things did improve greatly as the weeks progressed.

Being in the Word has not only saved my life, but it has done so much for my family as well. Each member in my immediate family is now standing in the ministry and thriving in their believing. My brother that fell ill was healed completely—unrecognizable! He loves God’s Word and has graduated from The Way of Abundance and Power class series and is living a victorious life.

Thankful for All of God’s Blessings

I give thanks to God for all His blessings that are so numerous that sometimes I cannot count them, but the important thing is to be grateful and to not forget the benefits that God has given us.

God has done great things in my life. I will never stop thanking Him again and again because since I confessed Jesus Christ as my lord and savior and believed that God raised him from the dead, I became a daughter of God, born again of His seed.

I have been in this ministry for over twenty-five years. After being witnessed to by a relative of the family, I took the Foundational Class in 1993, and immediately, I was won over by the simplicity and accuracy of the Word of God taught in this class. I humbly received this Word of God rightly divided, and I firmly believed this Word and the promises contained in this Word. The Foundational Class, which is a how-to class, taught me how to read God’s Word, how to believe to receive in manifestation the promises of God, and how to pray. Putting the Word into practice, along with prayer, has a great impact in a Christian’s life.

In my life, I had to face a lot of pressure, but with God as well as with His Word, we are always “more than conquerors”! I have many things to say about this, but I am only going to share with you two great events that happened in my life and from which God delivered me.

A few years ago, when I was still in Africa, I boarded a makeshift boat with my goods as part of my work. The boat was small, but the boatman loaded it beyond its capacity to make more money! Around 5:00 a.m. on the high sea (Atlantic Ocean), the boat capsized, and seventy-eight people died, drowned! Only four people survived this sinking, including me. God heard my prayer and preserved me because while the ship was breaking, I kept speaking in tongues, and I came out more than a conqueror.

The second event happened in 2015. I had a hard time because I was diagnosed with an incurable disease. The doctors told me that the healing was difficult and that I had to make a decision to follow a very heavy treatment and live, or do nothing and die. I talked about it with my family. I agreed to start the treatment, but I told the doctor that I was going to heal in the name of Jesus Christ. They started my treatment, and I stayed in the hospital for seven weeks. Then I went back home, and life went on, and today I’m healed. God healed me through Jesus Christ, who took away all our diseases.

I continue to stand firm on the Word of God taught by the ministry of The Way International, continuing to move forward to the return of Christ.

Filled with Joy and Thankfulness

Learning the Word was the delivering factor this ministry brought to my life.

I am filled with such joy and thankfulness when I reflect on that day, almost thirty-five years ago, when a believer spoke the Word to me, and I was introduced to The Way Ministry and invited to come to a home fellowship. That was my first victorious answer to prayer shortly after pouring out my heart to God to “show me the way”—the way of truth. This victorious answer to prayer has reverberated through my life with an impact. Since then, there was no looking back for me!

Standing over the years has taught me how effective prayer is in my personal life, and I learned the benefits of speaking in tongues. I was fully persuaded that what was taught was the truth of God’s Word rightly divided. That gave me great confidence—in overcoming fears and challenges in day-by-day living, knowing that I now have all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that has called me to glory and virtue.

Knowing that I have something so meaningful to give to others has also been my joy. I have been able to teach my children as I learned and marveled at the greatness of God’s Word and His love, and I have seen them grow to stand faithfully and to teach the Word to their children. They have the truth of God’s will to sustain and nourish them for the rest of their lives. As a mother, this brings me great rest.

Being able to help others through the power of prayer and believing to see answers come to pass has been a wonderful avenue for ministering to people I meet. It brings to mind one occasion of witnessing while on vacation. I received a prayer request while casually chatting and sharing the love of God’s Word. I did pray boldly with this person, who then in her joy went and called her friends to come to meet the “prayer warrior,” as they referred to me, to pray with them also. They sure bubbled with joy.

Receiving the Word and learning it has been the highlight of my life. Knowing God is my sufficiency in all of life’s situations, I continue to learn and live His Word more and more, seeing myself the way God sees me. I stay thankful to God through our Lord Jesus Christ, for His love, care, and protection I’ve seen over the years, and for learning how to apply His Word in day-by-day living. He has truly called us to the way of abundance and power.

I Learned How the Gift from God Works

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!

Speaking in Tongues Brings Peace

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.

God’s Word Applied Brings Victory Always!

There I was, twenty-two years old, freshly graduated from college, and very far away from home, family, and friends. In the car with me were four young men, all talking at once in a language, which, of course, I neither spoke nor understood. Thoughts ran through my mind at breakneck speed: “What should I do?” “What were they going to do?” “How in the world did I get in this situation anyway?” “Where was the other believer I had come there with?”

Just a few months before this, I had taken a class on the Bible offered by The Way Ministry. In the very first session, the teacher grabbed my attention with “FEAR…is SAND…in the MACHINERY of LIFE!” In spite of being fatigued, I had sat up straight and listened attentively as I was taught how to deal with and eliminate fear. It seemed to me that fear had followed me all my life, and I knew I needed deliverance. Once I learned that there were specific promises in God’s Word that could help me get rid of fear, I began to claim the freedom that God makes available to those who believe.

So, there I was, in a car with a bunch of total strangers in a packed parking lot, and I was definitely tempted to be afraid! BUT instead of cowering in fear, I began to speak in tongues silently to my God, and then I remembered a verse from the Bible: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). Over and over I repeated that verse to myself. After a few minutes, I turned around to the men in the car with me. “Do you believe in God?” I had to practically shout over the noise of their talking! “I’m here to teach people about God.” Suddenly, all of the men stopped talking. Again I asked, “Do you believe in God?” Total silence. Then, as if in a rehearsed scenario, they opened the car doors, jumped out, and walked quickly away, disappearing into the crowd of cars and people, leaving me sitting there alone.

Well, I knew that God had intervened for me in a big way that evening. What I learned in the Foundational Class offered by The Way Ministry helped me overcome the fear of what any man could do to harm me. God’s Word applied brings victory always!