The Power Of Influence

November 13, 2012

The Power Of Influence

            The direction of our life is determined by the influences that formulate our way of thinking.  If we fully understood that fact we would be much more careful about the influences to which we expose ourselves.  In this article I want to help you comprehend the powerful impact that influences have upon us and how we can influence others.

When we were children we were first influenced by those around us, especially our parents.  We responded to their love and attention.  We learned to trust them.  As time went on, we learned more and more from the influences of our parents and others around us.

Children are not at liberty to control who has the power to influence them.  When they start to school they can’t choose their teachers, but they can and do choose their friends.  Parents who love their children are concerned about who their friends are because they know that they can be a good or bad influence on them.  Teachers in primary and secondary education have a tremendous influence on the minds of their students.  Children look up to their teachers; and they should.  That’s why teachers should be careful about the influence they have on their students. That’s also reason why parents should be concerned about who their children’s teachers are.  Children’s minds are also being molded by what they are taught in school.  We expect them to be taught the basic sciences of reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Unfortunately our schools today are also teaching philosophies that sometimes are anti-God and that contribute to immoral behavior.

Young people need to be extremely careful in choosing the college they will attend.  The teachers they sit under will have a powerful impact on their way of thinking.  Unfortunately, many colleges today are infested by faculty members who are anti God.  For many people, whether or not you believe in God is a mater of choice that is of minor importance.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. If you leave out God you leave out moral absolutes.  If there is no divine law giver, men are free to make their own laws.   If you aren’t convinced that God is the divine law giver you are in danger of being influenced the wrong way.

How we think governs what we do.  What we do determines the measure of success we have in life.  How we think is determined by the way our minds have been influenced.  We are influenced by the people we spend time with, what we read, and radio and television.  We are constantly learning.  At the same time, our way of thinking can be altered.  For that reason, we should use caution in regard to the influences to which we expose our mind.  Proverbs 13:20 says “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”  If we continually expose our minds to immoral behavior our inhibitions to it will be lowered.  If we continually listen to news castors who are biased toward a particular moral ideology, we will be inclined to think like they do.

In addition to having good Christian friends, we can mold our minds by reading good Christian books.  By this means we learn how others were guided by God and how they applied divine truth to their lives.  Our minds are delicate.  They can easily be influenced the wrong way.  Be careful about the influences your mind is exposed to.

To expose ourselves to the teaching of God’s Word is the ideal way to be rightly influenced.    We can’t go wrong if we think like God wants us to think.  Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” That means that we let God have the final word about what we should or shouldn’t do.  We won’t always find the answers in the Bible, but if we are surrendered to God he will guide us by his Spirit.  “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:13-14).

It’s to our advantage to be a good influence over those around us.  If not, their faulty thinking will be a detriment to us.  We see that happen in political elections when misinformed voters elect corrupt politicians.

We need to look for ways of being a good influence.  Here are some suggestions:

  • We can do it with      our money.  If possible, we need to      support movements that are working to influence people in the right      way.  It takes money to print      literature, produce DVD’s and put on seminars and maintain camps and      schools.
  • Be identified      with people who are a good influence.       That includes your church, your friends and organizations.
  • Invite your      neighbors and friends over some evening for an informal social time and      show a good Christian DVD.

Sometimes we meet with opposition, even hostility, in being a good influence.  Some people try to change the culture by force and not by passive persuasion.

It’s interesting that the word “influence” isn’t found in the Bible, but the truth of it is certainly there.  Think seriously about the ways in which you are being influenced. You also need to ask yourself “Am I being the kind of influence I should be over others, and are there ways I could have more influence over them?”


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