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What Most People Don't Know

       There is something you probably don't know about your income. If there is anything people are jealous of, it is the money they earn. They usually work hard for it. And they want full freedom in deciding for themselves what they do with it.
       People say: "What I earn is MINE — I can do what I please with it!"
       But is the money you earn really your own? Don't be too sure. Notice these
FACTS about your income you probably haven't known!
       What you earn is not yours!
       The man who says, "What I do with the money I earn with my own labor is nobody's business — I produced it — it belongs to me," is mistaken.
       What you earn by work performed or investments made is not yours — not any of it — that is, not
UNTIL . . . !
       And here is what most people don't know about their income!
       There are two prior claims on your income. One, of course, is taxes.
       Human governments, by virtue of
MAN-made laws, are able forcibly to extract from your incomes not one tenth, but an average of over ONE QUARTER, a vast amount of which is mis-spent. Jesus said we are to pay taxes — render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's — be subject to the powers that be. Governments, therefore, have exercised a PRIOR right to one quarter of your income — and in the case of salary or wages, governments take it out BEFORE you get your pay.
       But the first claim is G
OD'S claim. You probably never realized this fact before — but it is a fact. God Almighty the living CREATOR-RULER of the universe claims it all — every dollar — every pound — every franc — every mark. Your Maker who gives you the very air you breathe tells you it all belongs to Him, not to you!
       But didn't you earn it? Didn't
YOU produce it?
       Not exactly! Everything produced — money, and all that money can buy — comes out of the earth. You didn't produce that! God created that. You merely applied certain energy in physical action and in thinking to what God had created and owned. And God created even that energy you expended — He created your thinking processes. He not only created, originally, but He sustains what He created, including all force and energy.
       So, after all, it was
GOD'S LABOR of creating and sustaining that really produced all. God's claim to its ownership of all you have THOUGHT you produced is valid. It is prior to yours.
       God Almighty says, in His written Word: "The earth is the Eternal's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods" (Psalm 24:1-2). These inspired words are repeated in I Corinthians 10:26.
       "Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is
MINE," claims God (Job 41:11).
       "Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the E
TERNAL'S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is" (Deut. 10:14). "All the earth is MINE" (Ex. 19:5).
       "If I were hungry," says God (Psalm 50:12), "I would not tell thee; for the world is M
INE, and the fulness thereof." "For every beast of the forest is MINE, and the cattle upon a thousand hills" (verse 10).
       Yes, even the money — even the gold and silver: "The silver is M
INE, and the gold is MINE, saith the ETERNAL of hosts" (Hag. 2:8).
ARE any man deny this claim of God? These same words of God are the words by which every man shall be JUDGED at the last. If any man deny God's claim, the decision will be rendered against him, in the judgment! God's claim STANDS! Admit, then, your income BELONGS TO GOD! It's HIS to do with as HE wills.

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