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Which Bill to Pay First?

Dan Reany - 700 Club Producer

Brian was making a good living as a chef at a little Italian restaurant in Killeen, Texas. But no matter how many hours he worked, the bills didn’t get paid because Brian’s top priorities were alcohol and drugs.

“I was a slave to my addictions,” Brian recalls. “They were in control and not me.”

So he started borrowing from his boss against his paycheck.

“Well, once I borrowed a little money from that check, I ended up with less money on the next one. It just kind of snowballed. I kept having to borrow and having to borrow,” says Brian. “It got to the point where I was deciding which of the utilities, which ones were going to get cut off….Water was getting shut off on a regular basis.”

One night, when he felt like he couldn’t take anymore, Brian broke down, and prayed.

“I cried out to God to kill me. I asked Him to take me home because if this was my life, I didn’t want to be here,” says Brian. “And as I was crying out to Him, that’s when I felt His arms wrap me up and lift me up saying, ‘You’re my son.  I’ll never let you go’.  He had been right there with me the whole time. And I just had failed to see Him.”

Suddenly, all of Brian’s addictions were gone.

“He healed me in a second,” Brian recalls. “It was like being alive for the first time.”

Without his expensive habits, he was paying down his debts.  He even started giving money away.

“I was down to my last five bucks and I basically said ‘Lord, this is for you’.  I actually mailed that one into CBN,” says Brian.  

While Brian was paying off all his debts, he started going to church and tithing, and continued to give to The 700 Club.

“I just loved a lot of the ministries that I saw about wells being dug for people in third world countries who had nothing, seeing the work that Operation Blessing is doing across the world and right here at home,” says Brian.  “It made me feel like I could be a part of that.”

Brian says as he gave, he received.  

“As one of the members of my congregation decided that she was going to move and out of nowhere, she gave me new furniture.  She saw me in need,” Brian recalls.  “I was paying for a taxi to go to and from work.  Over 300 bucks a month and instead of selling her car, she decided just to give it to me.”

Brian still works as a chef, and he’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in ministry. 

“I would love to specialize in addiction ministry. Not a lot of people get the same chances that I got,” says Brian.

He says he’s seen firsthand what trusting God can do for your life.

“When he says tithe to me, it means give Him the first fruit, make your offerings to Him. He deserves the best. He gave me His best,” says Brian.  “He didn’t send one of his servants to us; He sent His Son. He sent the firstborn. He sent us His first fruits. Why shouldn’t we give it to Him?”

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