Be careful not to think that your financial success comes from working hard.
God told Israel that He had given them manna to humble them and test them, “to do good for you in the end” (Deuteronomy 8:16). God was preparing Israel for great wealth in the Promised Land. But first, He gave them manna so that they would learn to be dependent on Him every single day for their basic sustenance. Whether you are just getting by on “manna” or managing great wealth, the principle is the same. Even your “ability” to attain whatever you have comes directly from God.
Otherwise, you may say in your heart, “My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.” —Deuteronomy 8:17
God was preparing Israel for great wealth in the Promised Land. But first, He gave them manna so that they would learn to be dependent on Him every single day for their basic sustenance.
Whether you are just getting by on “manna” or managing great wealth, the principle is the same. Even your “ability” to attain whatever you have comes directly from God.
I am a teenager in high school and I’m concerned about my parents. They have the TV on all the time, even if they are not watching it. They are Christians, go to church, and otherwise have a good testimony. They don’t think there is anything wrong with it being on. I think this might be a blind spot. I have tried to suggest keeping it off, but if I don’t turn it off, it’s on! We have a family Bible study once a week—can you point me to some verses to discuss?
There are benefits to television as a whole. The problem comes when ungodly programming is watched. If your parents are keeping the TV turned on to network prime time programs, there is almost a 100 percent chance they have ungodly attributes being proclaimed throughout the house. If so, try presenting these verses in your Bible study—in a way that is honoring to your parents:
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes. —Psalm 101:3a
The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. —Luke 11:34
. . . whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things. —Philippians 4:8
if your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell. —Mark 9:47
Also, you might ask your parents if they would have the television on if Jesus were coming over—and then remind them He is already there :-).
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