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August 23, 2016 at 12:21
Good question,Wally. If we’re living in the Lord’s abundance, than we know He is infinite, that He blesses us with overflow and that the more we give, the more we receive. In the world however, we teach the precise opposite and operate on a principle of scarcity.
It’s a real art form to become generous stewards of what we have been given. I’ll let you know if I ever figure it out 🙂
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August 23, 2016 at 12:28
Hey, IB,that was a a question! You can’t just come here with some random comment and no answer LOL.
Perhaps I might hazard an answer. Perhaps the biggest reason that we are so scared to give, whether it me time or money, or whatever…is that we don’t actually trust and believe that it came from Him in the first place. We think we earned it, and therefore we don’t want to give it up.
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August 23, 2016 at 16:39
And I really like the thought that generosity is more than a spiritual discipline, but an “art form”! That puts a whole new element of the beauty into it! I’m putting your sentence into my “quotable quotes” pile!
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August 23, 2016 at 12:49
Ooooo Wally, there you go with your thought provoking questions. We as humans are such a greedy lot. I find (with myself only because I cannot speak from the heart for anyone who is not me) that even though I say “I believe” deep down I really don’t. If I did, it would not phase me one bit to give it all back. I hold on out of doubt.
Lord, rid my heart of all doubt. Let it be you and only you. Consume all the parts I withhold…
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August 23, 2016 at 12:53
LOL, yeah I like those.
I agree that you nailed this issue right on the head. As you said, we can only speak for ourselves, but I think it is a lack of trust and belief that holds us back.
I certainly and not a proponent of any prosperity Gospel but a long shot; but I can vouch based on personal experience, that if I am liberal and free with my giving, that I have never done without.
August 23, 2016 at 12:56
God is faithful, God is true!
August 23, 2016 at 13:15
Posted this on Facebook with a comment and one of my photos that is directly related to what you refer to, here is the link:
I just posted it so you should see it 🙂
August 23, 2016 at 13:46
The Lord gave me a nice motor home and it was my way of escape and freedom to be able to camp by a lake. I had it about five years and absolutely loved it. Then He took it away and said I didn’t need it any more. It took me 2 years to get over losing my “freedom!” A couple years after my “mad,” He gave me the whole lake! ha ha Gotta trust Him.
August 23, 2016 at 14:21
Now, that’s a great testimony, Sue…thanks for that.
August 23, 2016 at 14:16
That is us by nature, eh? Take, take, take. We want all for ourselves and once we’re content, we tend not to give. Definitely something to strive for – giving back to the Lord for He gave it all.
August 23, 2016 at 14:22
Amen to that, thanks for reading and commenting
August 23, 2016 at 17:36
Hmmm… Maybe we are asking the wrong question here… Maybe the problem is that it ALL belongs to God. Many of Jesus’ parables certainly point us to this reality. The mistake is to think that any of it is truly our own.
August 23, 2016 at 17:45
I think we have a winner here! Great point, Kristen. If we actually considered that it is all His, and us just the keepers of it, our perspective might change. Thanks for that
August 24, 2016 at 17:25
That’s a great motivation to give
August 24, 2016 at 17:33
Thanks, brother Jim
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