We live in a world where if we are not careful, we will start living like one another , speaking like others , and basing our lives off the opinions of people.
There is positive influence , negative influence and then there copy cat influence. What is copy cat influence? The type of influence that makes you do what someone else is doing just because someone else say to do it that way. We have to be careful not to latch onto someones dream ,idea , way of thinking ,or identity and completely lose ourselves in the mix.
I had to go completely left to get right.
Back in 2012 I joined the MLM world when everyone was like " Girl don't do that its a pyramid scheme". Them telling me from a perspective that wasn't factual. Simply because they themselves don't know what a pyramid scheme is.
Not only did I take a different route to freedom financially, but spiritually too. I didn't get caught up in different religions. I began believing in Jesus Christ because I sought him out for myself.
The point i'm making is do what works for YOU!
Too many people get caught up with trends not knowing if the trend is in fact for them. One major key to keeping yourself in your own lane is quieting the crowd ,and listening to God speak to you.
The quieter I became the more I could hear. Now I read books , I listen to pericopes , youtube video, etc. However I take whats for me ,and leave whats not! Just become you become emotionally charged when someone is talking doesn't mean its for you. It means they have connected with something that is pulling on your heart strings. Give yourself a moment to let you emotions quiet down your discernment to kick in.
So how do you process through the influence of people.
1. Makes sure you check in with God 1st. "Hey God is this for me?" and wait for confirmation.
2. Ask yourself why this opportunity , way of doing something , product, course , etc is going to add to your life.
3. Consult a mentor , Pastor or trusted WISE friend.
The point of this blog is to help you make decisions that fit your life. Sometimes you will literally just get inspired from someone to be the best you ,and not to duplicate their life. Its a blessing to be you. Theres something inside of you screaming to get out! Please dont get loss trying to be someone God never intended you to be simply because you took a dose of "influence".
Ask God let him confirm who or what is going to influence your character , behavior and development.
What If I told you that your breakthrough was just a response away? Just a shift in your perspective ,prayer life , and declaration will breed the results you are looking for. I remember days of doubting ,and believing the lies I would allow to cloud my thought process. I would agree with what seemed hard , impossible ,or unattainable.
Then one day I decided (key word) that my reality wasn't going to dictate what my faith could change. See the thing about faith ,and a negative reality is that they cannot co-exist. When my reality tells me no my faith tells me yes!
Now this doesn't mean you can believe things outside of Gods will ,and just expect them to appear. Not what I am saying. I am saying that when you come to agree with what God wants for you can change your reality.
" The first step in changing your future is changing your mind"
So lets visit a story in the word.(Mark 7) There was story where a woman asked Jesus to deliver he daughter, because she was possessed with a demon. she like everyone else heard of the miracles Jesus was performing ,and she wanted in. Now she technically wasn't "privileged" to receive this miracle because she was a gentile. Now even though she was a gentile she still was bold enough to fall at Jesus feet ,and present her request. Her desperation caught his attention. Moving forward in the story even after she requested deliverance for her daughter Jesus first response wast here you.
Often times we forget that God first response to us isn't always a yes. Sometimes he test our faith. In this case she was tested, but she didn't budge!
Jesus was please , He said her response was good ,and to go home to a delivered child. We can learn a lot from this woman she was expectant ,and hopeful even when she didn't get the response she wanted the firs time. She knew what she wanted/needed ,and KNEW Jesus could provide.
Today take a look how you are responding to the unanswered prayers you have before God. What does your posture look like? Are you waiting in faith or worry?
Worry is a blockage to Gods blessings. start praying , and speaking in faith for what you are waiting for.
P.S Perspective shifting isnt always easy and you probably need my help
Yea that was totally me. Thank God for this season of rest though(i need it). Im reading the story of Martha and Mary in the bible today and I am instantly reminded of the season God has me currently in. Im now Mary ( my heart yearns for even Jesus as I type this). I was used to serving , helping my pastors , helping a friend, writing my book, working on content, conferences ,making sure everything was taken care of but.... ME!
God is so gracious that he can see you doing " the most" ,and still love you, but at some point in all your doing you will come up empty. Mary wanted his presence ,and Martha wanted his affirmation. When you learn to rest in his presence his affirmation is already there .
Martha was too busy comparing what she was doing to Mary so she couldn't see how she was in error. How many times have you went off , and did something just for the sake of " seeming" like you are doing better than someone? or Maybe you did it just because it seem like "the right thing to do".
The comparison game is tricky ,and will walk you into a world of misery if you don't check it at the door. Mary was serving God in her worship to him by sitting at his feet, she took advantage of the " visitation" from Jesus.
How many times have you felt the presence of God trying to whisk you away in a moment of clarity , peace ,or instruction ,and you were " too busy". The kids needed this , your job needed this , emails were over flowing , phone blowing up with business/family/friends , I mean everything all at once. Even as I am writing this blog I am being distracted so trust me when I say "I get it ".
I want you to consider this. We serve A God that comes to see about all of us , all the time , day in and day out. How about being more intentional about making sure we aren't too busy to receive him. The last blog talked about making room for God to bless you. Lets make room for God to commune with us.
So for the next 7 days Friday-Friday challenge yourself to just sit ,and rest at the feet of our savior. Now I mean rest not try to impress him with what we can do. Give him an opportunity to show you how he loves you no matter what you do, and simply for who you are. You will kill the spirit of perfectionism Everything you decide to simply rest , and not strive for acceptance you've been given freely.
Luke 10:38-42New King James Version (NKJV)Mary and Martha Worship and Serve38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[a] feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
41 And Jesus[b] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Today while I was working, I received a call about a package I ordered (that was now late) and they asked could they bring it early (as in tomorrow early). When I tracked the shipping a few days ago It said it would be here next week. So I told the woman on the phone " Yes please bring it early".
As I got off the phone in excitement God Spoke to me. He said " Because you made room for it, its coming early". So I remembered just the day before I had clear the space out in my home so I didn't have to later.
God is asking you to make room for the blessings you've ordered through prayer. Make room for the money coming in , make room for the baby you desire , make room for the husband or wife you are praying for, make room for the promotion, make room for the healing.
Hear me clear MAKE ROOM!
Tis the season to declutter and make room for everything God promised you.
There are blessings coming this season before they were scheduled simply because you made room.
James 2:14-26New King James Version (NKJV)Faith Without Works Is Dead14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
be encouraged share with someone who needs encouragement while they receive what God is sending.
Jen M :)