Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.
If we wish for something better in our life: a new home, a new job/career, a baby, a new car, marriage, a vacation, or financial wealth— yet it is a wish, strong desire, or a prayer not based in faith— but rather chance or luck, or that we alone can make it work, then we have sinned.
If we manipulate situations and people to gain what we desire, this is not faith. But according to this Bible passage, it is a sin. Your plotting and scheming is not favored in God’s eyes.
What we gain through manipulation is like the styrofoam cup and plastic chair that can’t be broken down and recycled. It instead clogs and contaminates waterways, pollutes the air, kills off precious life, and becomes an eyesore. It comes back to take away the things that matter most. It doesn’t happen quickly and it doesn’t just impact you. It creates a domino effect. Just like blessings create a ripple effect, transgressions do too. Be mindful of that. Be mindful and intentional with your speech and actions.
Father, of the verses I just read I took from this that anything that does not come from faith is a sin. Whatever done, said, consumed, or thought, which is not derived from faith is deemed a sin in Your eyes. So I pray that my thoughts, actions, deeds, and words are produced through faith not fear; faith not anger; faith not arrogance; faith not envy; faith not greed.
I pray that whatever food or drink that I consume that I show genuine thanks for the blessing, having faith that You will always provide sustenance for me each and every day. I pray this as a follower and lover of Christ, in Your name Father. Amen.