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The Enduring Faithfulness of God

You have probably heard the saying, “You cannot out give God.”

And it is absolutely true – there is no way possible for you to ever be a bigger “giver” than the Lord is.

Giving your time? He can take what you give, multiply it, stretch it, make the sun stand still in the sky, even…can’t out give God with your time.

Giving your talent? He can take your talents & gifts & abilities (which were all granted to you to steward for His glory & His purposes, after all) and maximize them in ways you will never understand. Can’t out give God with your talents.

Giving your money or possessions? Well, since He created it all (and all really does mean ALL) and owns it all…yeah, you can’t out give God with your money.

Giving your life in service to others? He will take what you offer and use it in ways that will have far-reaching, long-lasting, eternal impact. So that’s not an area where you can out give the Lord.

He is so utterly & absolutely generous, it is beyond our understanding. Combine that with His faithfulness, which literally endures forever (as in it is NEVER-ENDING)…well, this is an awesome God we serve.

In light of these truths, what ought you give to God today?

Whatever it is that your are grabbing hold of, gripping too tightly, clawing to obtain, reaching for with incessant determination ~ give that to Him. Hand it over. Leave it with Him where it’s safe & sound. Let it go. Lay it down.

Because so long as you are holding on to it, it is holding on to you. Probably with a death grip.

Whatever you are most afraid of ~ Whatever you fear God is not trustworthy enough to have ~ Give it to Him now.

And just see how God gives back to you something beyond your wildest imaginations. (The least of which is freedom from the thing you’ve been hanging on to.)

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Talking About the Bible w/ Facebook Lives…

Facebook Live videos are kind of a thing right now. So are podcasts. And live videos on Instagram and YouTube.

It seems as if people like having the option of listening (which can be done via any of the aforementioned) or watching rather than reading.

Maybe this is a sign of the times in which we live; people are so busy and so slammed with non-stop social media stuff that we need to be able to just listen to something rather than read and read and read.

I love reading and am a book-a-holic, so I won’t pick a video or podcast over a book pretty much ever. But I do have a few podcasts that I listen to on the regular and I watch Facebook lives at least 3 times a week.

And I was challenged to do a Facebook Live a couple of weeks ago – to find out if I enjoyed it, to see what kind of response it generated, and to expand my reach as I work to share more about the Word of God and the love of Jesus to as many people as possible.

And guess what? It wasn’t so bad…I mean, it was bad because I had no idea what i was doing and it was not at all professional. But the reaction was surprisingly positive. And the reach went far beyond what I had guessed it might be.

So I am going to be adding videos to more things….like my Titus 2 Discipleship membership site. And I may even start a podcast. Actually, I am going to start a podcast in the very near future.

Because if I could encourage one more person, why wouldn’t I? I am so crazy encouraged & blessed by the videos and lives and podcasts I’m partaking of each week and I am so thankful each of those women decided to give it a try one day and has kept at it.

I am even going to be so brave as to share one of my Facebook live videos in this post…GULP.

Do you have any podcasts you absolutely love and find super encouraging in your Christian walk?

What about people you follow on social media whose live videos make an impact on your life?

Will you share those in the comments so we can all be blessed? Thanks so very much!

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Proverbs 21:13

Proverbs 21:13 – If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered

There is an old saying: “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” I’m sure you’ve heard it said on more than one occasion. However, it begs the question: Where is this found in the Word of God? Turns out it’s difficult to locate because it simply is not there! But what is there, oft repeated though phrased in a myriad of ways, is this: The Lord helps those who help others! It’s an all-American, John Wayne, hard-working, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, one-woman show that embraces an ideology of self-help. Yet as Christians, are we safe to simply accept such ideas and ideals as God’s own? Or do we need to, in prayer, check our beliefs per the Word of God? If the Lord says that I best help myself by helping others, then I need to be all about helping as many as I can as often as I can. The thought of the Lord’s ears being shut to my cries in the way I have so often shut my eyes and ears to the needs of others is both frightening and convicting. And may the Lord, in His infinite mercy, bring me to a point of such great love for my fellow man that I help always and in all ways as an outflow of a grateful heart…giving no thought to what I may receive as a result.

Lord bless you!

~ Jan L. Burt

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