We are daughters of the King, we are world changers, we are a gift. God works in us and through us, we were fearfully and wonderfully made, we were knit together with perfection and love, we are chosen to raise the next generation, we are made in the image of God, and we are more than conquerors.
Every single one of us has more power to change our world in our pinky than the enemy has in his armies because we are the daughters of the king of kings; we are the daughters of God. He is for us and not against us, and He has called us to change the world for HIM.
Sometimes, just sometimes, we lose sight of who we are in Christ and how we are supposed to use our influence. This is normal, we are sinners, born and raised with sin in us and all around us. It makes sense that we would struggle with using our influence to bring the Savior into our world and instead it is oh so easy to bring sin into our world.
The good news is; struggle doesn’t have to mean failure.
Here are three pitfalls to avoid when using your influence:
1. Influence is not to be used to manipulate.
Manipulate: control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously
2. Influence is not to be used to control.
Control: the power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events
3. Influence is not to be used to dictate.
Dictate: an order or principle that must be obeyed.
Eve’s first sin was disobedience to God, but she immediately followed that first sin with a second sin; she had a selfish desire to have her husband disobey as well. She may have had good intentions, she may have wanted for Adam all that she thought she was going to gain, but INSTEAD, she brought sin into her world, his world and our world. That very first sin has rippled through time and every generation to date.
Our influence carries the very same weight. Our influence has the very same longevity and impact. It will ripple through the lives of the people we influence, and it won’t stop there, it will continue on through their influence.
Influence is not to be used to manipulate, control or dictate. It is to be used to lead people to healing, forgiveness, trust, hope, restoration, joy, peace, Heaven and most importantly Jesus.
You were created on purpose and with a purpose. You were created to use your influence to change the world for Jesus.