INFLUENCEWho are you? You are awesomely and wonderfully made to be who God designed you to be. You are made in the Image of God. Not looks mind you but Character, values, morals, etc. But who or what influences you in this your mortal life. Is it your parents, your friends, or some popular person who you do not really know even though you think you do? There is one who has influence and authority over you for all time. In fact, the influencer has known you while you were still developing inside your mother’s womb.  

For you fashioned my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I thank you because I am awesomely made, wonderfully; your works are wonders —I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes could see me as an embryo, but in your book all my days were already written; my days had been shaped before any of them existed.  Psalm 139:13-16

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You are nobody but who God made you to be. That is unless you let worldly influences take you away from God. Our thoughts are manipulated to live this life to the fullest and enjoy the ways of the world. To get our best life now. Herein lies the problem, how can we live our best life now when our lives are corrupted with things that man has taught and designed that are not of God. Our best life now is in the suffering and living for the Word of God that provides direction to live an eternity in the arms of God.

The section of Psalm 139 that is seen above should tell you one thing right off, we are His. We belong to God even before we are conceived. In fact, His signature is on our DNA. When we are an embryo God shapes and designs us to serve Him. When someone takes away this life that was not theirs to take, we are taking away part of God’s Plan and His purpose for our being.

We are influenced from the day our hearts begin beating in the womb. The music, nutrients, and the sound of the parent’s voices are telling us what we will have to face in the world into which we are born. God tells parent’s in Proverbs 22:6 to teach the children when they are young the way they should go. So why not start when the child is still in the womb to prepare them to face the influences of the world.

A child’s mind is a precious thing. It is easily influenced and soaks up more than some people think. If the child is surrounded by ungodly things, the child’s influences are right away pulled from God. Lifestyle choices of the parents, other family, and friends can be a blessing or a curse. Be aware of what they see.

God sometimes gives people over to their sinfulness to teach lessons. We understand this from Scripture  and we see it today. The lesson today is the same as back then. Believers must return to God and leave the worldliness behind. Do not give in to society and keep God’s Word on our hearts.

Television and other media have influenced the thoughts of many generations, where was God in the child’s young life? On Sunday at church only? Or was God in the home daily? To be honest, my upbringing in God’s Word was not perfect but it was there. My parents were not the perfect Cleaver’s or Ozzie and Harriet, but I had Cristian influences. At a young age I knew the difference between right and wrong sometimes traveling down paths I regret but I made it through because, God. I am still not a perfect son/husband/father/teacher but I have the fear God in me daily.

I gave that glimpse in my life for this understanding. God will test us and if we fall, He lifts. If we fight, He might let go again but still is there. He is always part of us no matter what we do but if we do not follow His Word and keep it, we will have to face the consequences on Judgement Day. If we let go completely and stay in the world, then we have chosen to see darkness instead of light. If we let the world influence us to the point that we forget God, we are lost.  

These influences today are poison to our soul. Children are being told that their biological body is not their gender. Sorry, not of God. They are told it is ok to have lustful feelings for the same gender, sorry again. They are told you can be anything you desire to be even if it means living an immoral or amoral life, sorry, wrong again. Parent’s change your lives and turn back to God. You are leading your own children into darkness. Love them but love them with the compassionate tough love of the Father, not the Jesus Loves you and go on living as you want love.

There is a reason that God gave us the Ten Commandments and Jesus reiterated all the Commandments down to two Great Commandments. They spoke them not only for their glory, but for our mental and physical health as well.

If we love (worship, respect, fear, trust, etc.) the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind, that means we put no other person or thing before Him. If we love our neighbor as ourselves then we will not have the problems we have today. If we pay attention to those in appointed authority (parents, godly teachers, other actual authority) over us instead of the outside influences, we will eventually be better off.

By the way, God’s Word, if you’re a Christian you know Him personally, that guy named Jesus, Yeshua, Yahushua, Eesha, Isa, and more is the right way of life. If Jesus is with you, He is your main authority and influence through the Holy Spirit leading you to God. Worship leads to God. His teachings are what we should be paying attention to and emulating. Jesus’ lessons and those who reiterated His Word is what keeps us together, not any other person/thing who demands our attention and loyalty except those appointed over us.

Jesus is Healer, Lord of Lords, Holy, Almighty, Wonderful Counselor, Savior, and Prince of Peace. His Blood saves. He is the Bread of Life that sustains us. Jesus.  



2 thoughts on “Who Is Your Influence

  1. My favorite line is in paragraph 3 when you said ”how can we live our best life now when our lives are corrupted with things that man has taught and designed that are not of God”.I like your style of writing.

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