“Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33, ESV).
Hanging out with the wrong kind of people can open us up to harmful peer pressure, and cause us to make the wrong decisions in life. The wise individual surrounds himself or herself with others who live according to the Scriptures.
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11, ESV).
As Christians, not only are we expected to exhibit exemplary behavior to set an example for others who are watching us, but we are to actively oppose evil. This may be an unpopular thing to do in some social circles, but the Scriptures are clear on what is right and what is wrong.
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10, ESV).
“There is a right time for everything. Everything on earth has its special season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ICB).
God has ordained a season for everything, and the Bible teaches us that there are appropriate times set aside for everything we can imagine.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Change is a normal part of the life cycle, and there is no reason to fear it. In nature, the seasonal changes are a part of God’s ordered plan for the earth. In our lives, we can embrace change as an opportunity to make a new beginning.
“But people who are trying to get rich fall into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful passions that plunge people into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9, CEB).
The world is full of “get rich quick” schemes, and if we aren’t careful to obey God’s Word concerning money, they can become a trap for us. Money is a tool for us to use to help others. We should not chase after it out of greed.
“So don’t be misled, dear brothers. But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow” (James 1:16, 17, TLB).
God is good all the time, and He is the One Who gives us the good things in life we ask for through prayer. God is love, and He does not change.
“Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart” (Psalm 119:2).
God knows what we need not just to survive but to thrive, and He wants to provide it to us because He loves us. When we follow His Word and seek Him first, He promises to bless us abundantly.