Surface Appearances Decieve

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Daily Reading: Joshua 13:1-14:15, Luke 18:1-17, Psalm 85:1-13, Proverbs 13:7-8

Daily Verse: “One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;  another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” Prov. 13:7

Surface appearances deceive.

When my mom went furniture shopping, she always dressed down. She reasoned that the salesperson wouldn’t try to upsell her because they assumed from her appearance that she had no money. Mom had a simple philosophy; no one needs to know what she had or didn’t have.

People’s appearance doesn’t indicate their financial standing. According to Ramsey Statistics, more than 1 in 3 people making over $100,000 a year live paycheck to paycheck. 34% of Americans have no savings at all, and 40% of Americans say they use credit cards more than any other form of payment.

Don’t believe everything you see. Just because someone acts like they have money doesn’t mean they do. And often, the people who look penniless have wealth. Surface appearances deceive.

Apply Biblical principles to your finances, and you will find financial freedom. Putting God first and tithing 10% will show you the truth. God can do more with 90% than you can do with 100%. God’s our provider; in Him, you can trust.

Lord, forgive us for putting our trust in money. Please give us the wisdom to manage our finances according to Your principles. Help us steward well what You give us. In all things, let us honor and serve You.  IJNIP. Amen

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