To Influence = The power to change, encourage, or make a difference without force.
There are voices that are all around us everyday and everywhere. People’s voices, the enemy’s voice, God’s voice , but there is one voice that if we are not careful it will begin to trump all other voices in our lives. That voice is OUR OWN VOICE, and it can have a great deal of power and influence in our lives if we do not know how to steer it in the right direction.
In fact, you don’t have to wait for someone to walk up to you and tell you, that you have the power to influence others in the world in which you travel in every day. Or at least you shouldn’t have to have someone tell you. Truth be told, each of us carry something that is unique, and that is the power of our voices. We all have different ways we speak and communicate. Some of us talk high pitched, others of us with a deep voice, some are more direct when they speak, and some are shy and slower to speak. Nonetheless, we all have our OWN VOICE that God has given us.
Each of us have a voice that we carry wherever we go. Wherever we go we don’t go to those places alone. I mean most girls and women travel in packs, right? Like to the bathroom, if one goes, we all gotta go!
What I mean with that statement above, “wherever we go we don’t go to those places alone” is did you know that the voice of our mind goes with us everywhere?
Statistics on the internet say that the average person has more than sixty thousand thoughts per day, and over 80 percent of these thoughts are negative about themselves and situations we face. That is crazy when you think about it. Now we know that when it comes to us navigating decisions in our own lives no matter what age we are that we should want to make wise choices. But we don’t always do that, right?
The Bible (God’s word) reminds us that we have an enemy. That enemy is the evil one, the deceiver, the liar, the devil who has one mission in mind for our lives, and it is found in John 10:10 that he is a thief that comes to steal, to kill, and destroy us. In fact the word of God in John 8:44 goes on to say that the enemy is the father of lies, and when he speaks it is in a native tongue. The enemy gets into our minds and begins to voice loudly his opinions of us, which causes us to lean towards his direction and not God’s direction for our lives. It is easy for us to blame others, and even blame the devil when things don’t go our way in our lives or when we think wrongly. The real issue that needs to be confronted is the condition of our hearts and minds.
Here’s a quote, “When lies are not confronted, callings are not fulfilled.”
In Romans 7:23 the apostle Paul is expressing something that is at work within him, waging war against his mind (his own thoughts and voice) and making him a prisoner. In our lives we have to address the LIES that have us bound and begin to live and walk in the truth of who God has made us to be.
“You will know the Truth and it will set you free.” says John 8:32.
True freedom in our lives starts with God’s word filling our hearts which will carry over into our minds. But this is an ongoing DAILY process.That is why God’s word tells us to, “renew our minds with the Word of God.” in Romans 12:2.
I know I’m giving you a lot of scripture, but that is where freedom takes place in our minds and hearts!
So how do we do that? I am so glad you asked!
See I have found that TRUE FREEDOM in my mind requires ME TO DO TWO THINGS:
1. MAKE THE CHOICE
There is no question that God wants you and I to live a free life, but He respects our free will enough to allow us to choose that freedom for ourselves.
We shouldn’t answer a thought with another thought, but with our mouths using our voice!
2. MAKE THE CHANGE
QUOTE : “Making a change in one’s life is like having an INTERVENTION and that is when ACTION IS TAKEN TO IMPROVE A SITUATION.”
I love the quote by Steven Furtick : “The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.”
You got this!