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“The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.”  — Francis Chan
The big idea today is that the depth of your character will determine the vertical depth and horizontal reach of your influence.
The further and faster your influence extends, the deeper your foundation of character and conviction must be.
Public service requires private submission.
Build who you are off the stage and behind the stage and beside the stage way before you start thinking about getting on the stage.
Have you ever met someone and they talked a good talk but didnt walk the walk?  How did you feel? Disappointed?  Let down?  As a youth pastor and as a person I am always thinking what is it like to live on the other side of me?  What do people see when they see my life?  Am I living in such a way that those who see me will want to know God more?
We all are growing credibility accounts with people – and our character will either make deposits or withdrawls in that account.
Spiritual maturity isn’t based on how much truth you know, but on how much truth you live.
Jesus is interested in our heart and our behaviour.  His mission is to transform us  The good news is we dont have to clean ourselves up ever to come to Him but that He is at work in us to make us willing to be transformed.  Christianity isnt a bunch of rules but about a relationship but the way we live our lives does matter and make a difference, first with our vertical relationship with God, and secondly in the horizontal relationships with the people in our world.
 

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Harry Allen Overstreet says, “The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate.”

Harry S. Truman says “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

As christians I believe we are meant to be the influencers.  We are called to make our mark on history – we are called to know God and make Him known.

Kim Walker-Smith, worship leader of Jesus Culture had a revelation while watching Lady Gaga on tv: “We as Christians, are not the only ones looking for ways to influence society…” Read the rest of this entry »

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Kim Walker-Smith, worship leader of Jesus Culture had a revelation while watching Lady Gaga on tv: “We as Christians, are not the only ones looking for ways to influence society…”

Isn’t that so the truth.  The world out there is promoting its message and having its say.  It holds up its ideal and preaches its own gospel of self.

But we are called to counter that with the truth and reality of God.

Kim Walker-Smith goes on to say: “But if we could deepen our intimacy with Jesus, if we could move with Him and learn His heart for this world, we could be unstoppable!  To love with His love and to see with His eyes, to walk within the parameters of His divine Word…..that leads us into a freedom like no other. He alone can answer that cry in our hearts for freedom and He wants to do it in every heart. We weren’t designed to do it alone. God not only promises to be with us always, but also refers to us as one body-the Body of Christ. Part of His excellent plan is for us to be partnered with each other.  The condition of this world should only inspire us to get our game face on! We must understand that we are not the only ones out there who want to influence hearts and minds. We must “seek first His Kingdom… and everything else will be added” unto us (Matthew 6:33). He has a plan.”

how would you define influence?

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jonah ran from God.  yes we know that.

but the main thing is he turned back towards God.

the message of jonah is that God is full of grace, full of mercy.

there is always an infinity + one chance with God.

no matter how far we run, God pursues us.

 

there were steps that jonah took to return to God including making a choice what voices to listen to.

jonah had to make a choice to listen to what he knew to be right vs listening to the sailors.

who are the sailors in your life?

telling you to stay put?  to not be so radical?  that God cant help you?  that there are other ways to solve the problem?  that we’ll work it out together?

who are steering you in the wrong direction?

who are you giving a voice to?

who is influencing your life?

even though there was no boat to take him back to land jonah knew what direction he should have been going… back towards ninevah.  he stepped out of the boat and into the water – just as peter did.  and God provided a whale.

step out and let God step in.

 

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