The Law of Reciprocity
From Worried and Sleepless to Financially Free
By Zsa Zsa Palagyi
The 700 Club
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CBN.com - Ernest Session is a successful insurance broker. He helps people manage their money and their assets. But in the early years of his marriage, he needed some financial help himself.
Ernest remembers, “I felt like I had holes in my pocket, quite frankly. It seemed like I couldn’t hold onto money and something would always come up. There were many nights when I woke up and my wife was still asleep and I would worry about how am I going to pay the bills.”
Marva suggested that tithing was the answer to the couple’s problems, but Ernest didn’t agree. “We were already having a tough time. We struggled. One of our big treats was once a month to go to McDonald’s and that was just a struggle for us to do things like that, so it’ didn’t make sense for me to give away 10% of my income.”
Marva prayed that Ernest would change his mind. After hearing many messages from his pastor on money, he finally did. “I said well, I’ve been trying it my way, and it doesn’t work, so let me try it God’s way and see if it works.”
When the Sessions started consistently tithing on their income, they saw an immediate change in their finances.
Marva says, “Some money came that we were not expecting. I really just believe that was like a confirmation from God that ‘See, I am watching and I do care and I will bless you.’”
The couple kept tithing, even when Marva left her job to stay at home with the kids. And God continued to exceed the Session’s needs.
“The next year after she quit working, I actually made up her salary,” reports Ernest. “I made my salary plus her salary, plus just several thousand dollars more and so that to me was amazing that God had provided in such a way because I had such a fear that I would not be able to do it. And I know it wasn’t me doing it on my own, but it was God showing me that I could really rely upon Him.”
Now that the home finances were in order, Ernest had to tackle over 100,000 dollars of business debt. He was surprised at what God directed him to do. “I just felt like the Lord began to lead to me and speaking to me. He told me that the business was His, the entire business belonged to Him and I needed to begin to tithe off the entire business.”
Ernest knew it would be a challenge, but he said yes to God and went from tithing on what he was making after taxes to tithing on his pre-tax profit. In the following years, his company grew 150% and he was able to pay down his debt.
The Sessions also became CBN partners.
“It’s our responsibility to do that, to help support ministries, get the word out about the Lord,” Marva says. “If we as Christians don’t give, who will?”
Ernest and Marva have helped put two sons through college and now have a life they only dreamed of.
“I was a kid who grew up in Brooklyn, New York in an apartment. I’d never flown on an airplane before in my life. I’ve flown on so many airplanes now that I can’t even keep track of them. Been on so many trips I can hardly keep track and God just continues to do wonderful amazing things,” Ernest smiles. “He keeps me from having those holes in my pocket anymore. And nights of not sleeping well, no more. I just believe the most important thing is to give to God. You can’t rob God and expect to prosper. The Bible teaches that wherever our treasure is, that’s where our heart is. And I believe God’s looking for men, women, boys and girls He can trust, who He knows that He has their heart.”
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