You cannot sow a fleshly seed and reap a spiritual plant. You cannot plant a carnal act and grow spiritual fruit.
If you manipulate and connive and scheme and lie to get yourself to the top, don't thank God for the promotion! God knows, as you know, that you manoeuvred and pulled strings.
So when you get that bigger office and the key to the executive washroom, don't give Him the credit. He doesn't want it. Your fingerprints are all over that scheme, not His.
At times we say to the Lord, "Thanks for that, Father." And the Lord must answer back, "Who? Me? I didn't pull that off. That was your doing."
You fudge on your income tax, get a nice refund and thank Him for the extra cash you can give to the building fund.
It doesn't work that way, friend. He says to you, "This isn't My doing. This is your plan."
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.