Financial Breakthrough That Began With A Giver That Had Little To Give

By: Sonia Eizenhoefer 0 Comments   8/6/2012

Do you struggle to make ends meet? Do you need victory with your finances? Well I did and this past year I asked a friend to pray with me for a breakthrough in the financial area.  

We have struggled financially for years and this burden has caused other problems and I found myself turning to food to cope. Over eating is not the answer. God is!

I have asked for others to pray with me and have tried financial counseling and even went to financial classes. A few different times we were out of debt. But for reasons unknown we ended up back in debt.  

My friend and I went on location to pray for the areas that caused me great stress. Later, she felt led to give to me financially in order to help me get out of debt. It was humbling, but I accepted her help.

This person is not rich and her willingness to give was a surprise because of her own situation, you see she is a single mother. The areas she helped me pay off were student loans and a car loan.

Once the debt was paid off that money went into savings. I am now debt free personally and have learned how to save. During the eight months it took to pay off these debts. I was held accountable for what was going on with my finances.

This helped me to not add other debt which did come up in other areas of need. I also had to agree to help others financially once I was debt free. Isn’t this the way the body of Christ should be operating?

We should share our burdens with one another and be there to pray with them. Together we can believe God for a miracle.

I know some of you are doing this already and my hat is off to you. My prayer for those who have already discovered this is to model it for others. So many people do not know how to manage their money and just need your help in practical ways.

It says in God’s word in 2 Corinthians 8:15 He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack (NKJ). We need to look around and see how our friends and family are doing. Are they in need?

We need to be like Jesus and love them where they are at, not judge them or ignore the problem. I know we can’t give to everyone in need, but we do need to be more open to the Holy Spirit’s leading and allow His guidance for who He would have us help. I think if all of us would give to others in addition to our tithing it would cause the love of God to flow like a river and bring the body of Christ into more unity. I needed more than just prayer, counseling, a class, or a handout. I needed someone to come alongside in love and that’s what my friend did.

Also during this time I heard a teaching from Kim Clement that helped to restore my faith in giving tithes and offerings. He shared the passage about the story of Eli and his sons. He taught that they corrupted the sacrifice of the Lord because Eli’s sons wanted the meat from the sacrifice before it was even finished being sacrificed.

This caused the people to despise giving to the Lord. Clement prayed for the people to be healed from this attitude toward giving and I could finally start giving with a cheerful heart instead of just out of obedience.

I received a word of the Lord a few years ago stating that “It’s time to be grown up in the area of finances.” Most of our dilemma comes from not being trained with how to use money properly. Both of our parents didn’t teach us to be wise stewards of our finances. So we had to learn the hard way which results in having bad credit.

There are many verses in the bible about finances and being good stewards. If we are responsible with the money God entrusts to us He will give us more. A good example of this is taught by the Lord Jesus Christ in the parable of the talents. In Mathew 25: 29 it says:

For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away (NKJ).

This is hard to understand. The world has this backwards, because they are rewarding those who do not have and would rather redistribute the money. It’s good to give to the poor, but we shouldn’t enable them.

Responsibility needs to be rewarded and that’s what Jesus was teaching here. The mistake made by the one who lost his talent was because he operated in fear instead of faith. He buried his talent instead of investing it.

Mathew 25:25: ‘And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours’ (NKJ).

Now that I’m on the right track with money I want to give to others. It’s becoming a joy to give and I finally believe what God says in His word, that it is better to give than to receive. Also my husband Tom and I are in agreement with who we should give to and that brings much unity.

Mathew 18:19 Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. This verse is powerful and has a wonderful promise for those who are in unity.

Tom and I worked hard adding to our savings. We also had something to save for, our daughter was pregnant with our first grandchild and because she lived so far away we needed to save in order to go and see them.

They live in Germany, so we saved as much as we could and prayed about going. I felt like God would bless us with a trip to Germany if I would trust Him to provide. I love to travel and know that as we delight in the Lord He does give us the desires of our heart. It says so in the book of Psalms:

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart (NKJ).

Tom found a great deal on round trip tickets from Chicago to London and we had just enough money saved for that. So we had to figure out transportation from Minneapolis to Chicago and London to Frankfurt.

Each step of the way was a faith walk and miraculously God provided. God is faithful and can be trusted. The money came through on time for everything. It says in His word that if you are faithful with little you will be faithful with much. So it is important to be responsible with what you have.

Luke 16:11 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

I’m a teacher and so my goal was to leave for Germany in June once school was out. Our granddaughter, Sophia was born on March 15th. It was hard to wait an additional three months to see her because I longed to hold her and be there for our daughter.

Finally the moment came to meet Sophia. I was overjoyed to hold her and almost cried. I’m so grateful to God for His blessings and giving Him all of the glory for providing a way for both of us to go on this trip.

Our daughter Heather needed us too and her and her husband Adam enjoyed showing us around Germany. We were in Europe for almost a month and had time to stay in London and Paris as well.

It was like a second honeymoon. The blessings of God are indescribable! You can’t out give God!

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