Posts Tagged ‘influence’

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Who brought you here, and what are you doing in this place? Why are you here?” (Judges‬ ‭18‬:‭3‬ NLT)

On June 5, 1989, a single man impacted a world. As a column of tanks drove down Chang’an Avenue to put down a protest at Tiananmen Square in China, an unknown man came out from a crowd and blocked their path, positioning himself to prevent the tanks from maneuvering around him. Eventually he was pulled back into the crowd, but not before his stand was immortalized for the world to see, even being listed by Time Magazine as one of the Top 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

The “Why” questions of our text are questions we ask ourselves all through our life. To find the answer, we must live it out before God. Our life may be to spend years helping others, like Mother Teresa. It may be to empower people, like Martin Luther King, Jr. Or it might be that for one brief but influential moment, we take our stand for what is right.

We are that Unknown Rebel, standing our ground for what is right in God’s eyes before a world bent on not seeing Him. Let God help you answer the “Whys” of your life by letting Him use you to impact others. A life spent helping is a life spent living! You are loved today!

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For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John‬ ‭8‬:‭44‬ NLT)

Last night, my sons played football against a neighboring town whose mascot is the Red Devils. It has always mystified me as to how a town down here in the Bible Belt of the South would choose such a negative character to represent their community! My wife and I agreed that it was probably used to intimidate and strike fear in the hearts of their competitive rivals.

The problem is that we become what we tend to identity with. This includes clubs, groups, and even political affiliations. As the old saying goes, “If you lay down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas.” This is very true, especially spiritually. As Christ Life ambassadors, we must be careful that we are influencing, not being influenced.

As you go about your weekend, gauge what makes you more or less passionate for God. To me, the haunts of Halloween are mild compared to the horrors of the daily doors we leave upon for dark influences. Live to be true children of your Heavenly Father! You are loved today!

The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give.” (Proverbs 15:7 NLT)

Last night, our church heard the powerful testimony of a young man named Justin, who shared how God lead him out of drug addiction into freedom. He spoke of a lasting regret he has, that there are those who are now addicts because he introduced them to drugs. The hope for the future is that they can see his new life and desire it as well.

We are all agents of influence. Our desire, I’m sure, is to spread around good things. But our visible negatives are also on display for others to see, especially in our own homes. How we influence others, good or bad, will be something we will give an account for one day before God! So it really does matter how we influence others!

As you start your week, take a good inventory about how you act and react publicly. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you areas of opportunity that need to change. Then live desiring to impact others for the good! You are loved today! Make a difference!
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‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You teach the way of God truthfully.'” (Luke 20:21 NLT)

One of the first self-help books to become a best-seller was Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends & Influence People. In this treasure trove of dealing with people, he makes this quote relative to our scripture today:

The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.

In our text, these men are speaking true words about Jesus, but without sincerity in their hearts. While Jesus did not allow Himself to be influenced in a wrong manner, these men were; they were acting out of the influence of other, lesser men. In this one statement, they have condemned their own character while trying to appeal to the pride of another.

Pride is how you see yourself, Character is how others see you. Let your character in Christ keep you from being influenced for the negative & help you to influence others for the positive! Be true! You are loved today! Have a great weekend!

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