Give specific examples of how some Christians try to use God for personal gains. What does your walk with the Lord reveal about your motivation in following Him? Think about how God has blessed your life. Would you still be following Him as faithfully as you do now if you weren’t as blessed as you are now?
What could cause some Christians to resort to scheming in order to gain an advantage over someone in their line of work/business (or school), instead of trusting the Lord for their needs? Why should any form of sin or unethical actions ought not to be used in gaining advantage in what you do? Is the reason, “everyone is doing it” a passable excuse to do something, even if it is a sin? Why?
“Doing whatever it takes to win” may sound as if one is very passionate and determined, but when does it become unethical and unfair? Does Christianity teach that you can do anything that’s needed to get your way? When you see a very unrighteous but prosperous person, would you credit what he got to God? What do you think is the difference between wealth gained by oneself and that which comes from God?
In what ways has God proven that He is sovereign, and that He cannot be controlled or manipulated? How do people try to manipulate God? Do people who are seemingly blessed always deserving of what they have? If that’s the case, what does it tell you of God and His sovereignty?
Why is it so important to continue to trust God even when someone has taken advantage of you? What character of God assures you that the unfairness done to you would be made right, if not in this life then in the next? What experience have you had that proved that God is indeed all-knowing and can correct what needs to be corrected without human manipulation?
Why does the truth that God is with you keep you from resorting to whatever-it-takes tactic mentality? What would be the result if you simply trusted the Lord and lived out the truth that He is with you, instead of doing everything in your own power when dealing with family or friendship issues? Think of a time when you were certain that God was indeed with you.