Being Transformed by the Word
Church was a constant reminder to me of how I always fell short.
Born and raised as a Catholic in Ohio, I quit going to church by the age of sixteen because of the pressure.
This blog post was written by Charis Night School Coordinator, Mark Jones.
Fast-forward six years and I was married and starting a family—and I was drawn back into church for the sake of my wife and two children.
Again, I tried my best, but failed over and over at being “good enough.” I loved Jesus, but I wrongly believed I must perform well to receive His blessings.
Five years after my divorce, I was dating a girl who wanted me to take her to church. I did, but only to please her. I kept going, though, and after hearing the true Gospel spoken in love, I was set free! At fifty years old, I was born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit, with a hunger for God’s Word like never before. I was a new creation. God’s Word had changed me.
I started Charis Bible College Colorado that same year.
For four hours a day, I focused on His Word to get what He had for me. The first year at Charis, I got filled, filled, filled with teaching as wrong doctrine washed away.
I liked it so much that I came back for the next year. During my second year, I learned how to apply what I was learning to my everyday life. I discovered from the Bible who God really is and was blessed to meet and fellowship with like-minded believers.
In that second year, I clearly heard the Lord ask me if I would give up my business. When I asked Him why, He said that my identity was “Mark Jones, car dealer.”
I had been a car dealer for over thirty years, and it had become who I was instead of what I did. The Lord said that if I wanted what He had for my life, I had to give up what I had worked for in the flesh so that I could receive His new identity for me. When I gave up the car dealership, He called me into the ministry.
I graduated from Charis in three years. My new identity is in Him now—not in myself. My kids are both saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, and I currently have five grandchildren, two of whom are both saved and Spirit-filled as well.
God’s Word and His promises have transformed my family and me. We will never be the same.
Today I am the Night School coordinator at Charis. I love my job! Not only that, but I am also fulfilling God’s plan and destiny for my life.
I have been transformed by His Word and am in the center of His will.
You are invited to join us at Charis Night School's Open House on Tuesday, October 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Meet Andrew Wommack, Charis staff members and students at our Woodland Park, Colorado campus.