Tuesday, March 19, 2013
TELLING THE FINANCIAL TRUTH
During income tax season it's easy to fudge a little in order to get more back from Uncle Sam. It's tempting to add a little here and there because we feel we deserve it. When we find money that isn't really ours, we may think that it is a blessing and keep it but it is best to find out who should receive it and give it to them. However, if we do these things and don't get caught we still have to live with ourselves and answer to God. We have to be honest with our finances before we can expect God to help us with them.
Romans 13:6 “Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us today to be honest in the money we owe the government. We want to believe that the money we earn should all be ours but we have to understand that the money we earn is all Yours. You want us to give you back a portion and You want us to pay our taxes to support out government. Forgive us for when we have not been honest in paying taxes and we pray for those in the government that they use what we give to them wisely. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
It is God’s money that we are dealing with every day so let’s be sure we are being honest with it when it comes time to pay our taxes.
If we don’t want the government to cheat us, then we need to be sure we aren’t cheating the government.
How can we honestly pray for our government to do right when we aren’t willing to do the right thing for our government.
Knowing God's judgment will be worse than any income tax audit is motivation enough to keep better records and be more aware of what we do.
Amos 5:11 “You trample the poor, stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent. Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses, you will never live in them. Though you plant lush vineyards, you will never drink wine from them.” (NLT)
Proverbs 16:8 “Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.” (NLT)