09 Apr Testimonies out of the Abolition series
1. Taking up the promise Tithing activates
Thank you so much for the Abolition series. It has blessed my husband and me tremendously.
When we were both employed and we felt “safe” we were generous, and we were blessed. But, when our circumstances changed, we held on to every Rand. Even though we know about the value, importance, benefits, and reasons for tithing, it just doesn’t make sense to tithe and be generous when our income is only a portion of what we need to come out every month.
From your first Break-out message in January, both my husband and I grabbed onto the Word and the Promises. After a few tough years we were quite willing to allow God to help us break out!
Then came the Abolition series and I was reminded of the value of being generous and being a good steward of that which belongs to God.
After the first Sunday’s messages, I tithed on my salary (MY LAST SALARY MIND YOU – I AM OFFICIALLY SELF EMPLOYED NOW. I have NO idea what my income will be at the end of March).
I had two streams of income – one was my salary, the other is freelance work. After the second Sunday’s messages, I realised that ALL my money is God’s, even the money I felt I had worked SO hard for as a freelancer.
Monday morning, I sat in front of my computer, ready to tithe via EFT, and I prayed.
“Father God, all that I have is yours. You’re letting me keep 90%. I am not tithing because it’s a get rich quick scheme. I am not tithing because I expect you to bless me. I am tithing because you said I must.” All the while my brain is shouting – ‘you can’t afford this!’
But I just said; “Lord, I know that you will make this work.”
Straight after paying my tithe I opened my emails and saw I had no orders for work. I didn’t despair. I emailed one of my contacts to let him know I was freelancing. Not even 10 minutes later he replied. He has a client who needs urgent and ongoing work! When can I start? They accepted my proposal. He doesn’t know me, but he suggested paying me weekly!
The end of the month doesn’t seem that far away anymore.
2. God provides to pay off debt
After the first evening service of the “Abolition” series in February my husband and I came home and made a budget.
Our debts are not huge, but we can see how they definitely hold us back from experiencing freedom.
In our budget we could afford R2000 extra a month towards these debts. With this plan we will settle them by December.
That night we prayed and asked God to please help us and do some amazing things that this “plan” would go a lot faster and that we can settle them sooner.
We also decided to pay an extra amount into the building fund every week. This was not in our budget but we decided to trust God in this.
In our human ability we can afford R2000 and yes we had to take a look at future spending and be very strict on ourselves on what is important during this “get debt free” season. So we did that for the month of February and managed our money well.
At the end of March we were able to pay exactly double – R4000 – into these debts.
God had provided an extra R2000 that we didn’t budget on.
We believe that we honoured Him and our self control paid off.
God doubled our efforts.
The Lord honoured us and showed up, extravagantly, as He does.
We so look forward to seeing how He helps us make this happen even faster.
We just wanted to encourage the congregation that all you need to do is your best and God will take over.