Devotional: ‘The Power of Influence’

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Whenever God does something amazing among His people, it is for a variety of reasons.  Obviously it is the movement of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says – “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” [1] It is the Spirit whom God was sent to empower us to do God’s will.

In addition to the work of the Holy Spirit, I also believe that it involves the truth found in God’s Word. The Bible says of itself – “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” [2] The Bible is not some dead history book that should be shelved. It is God’s scalpel which He uses to perform spiritual surgery. Concerning the importance of the Bible the Apostle Paul wrote – “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” [3]

There is something else that I believe God uses when He accomplishes great things. God uses faithful Christians. Consider this word of encouragement from the Bible –

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)

There may be times when a faithful Christian begins to wonder if all their effort is worth it and if they are really making a difference. Sometimes they see things getting worse instead of better. Yet the Bible promises us that if we will remain faithful in doing the right thing, one day there will be fruit from our labors.

Paul refers to this fruit coming in its ‘due season.’ The due season is the time appointed by God for something amazing to happen. The due season may be during our lifetime, or it may be after we are gone and at home with the Lord; yet regardless of when it comes – it will come if we remain faithful.

A friend of mine pastors a thriving church in Indiana. As the story goes, many years ago this church was dying. There was no life there and some thought that they should close the doors. But a few godly women began praying that the Lord would once again fill their church and use it for His glory. Guess what! The Lord heard and answered that prayer and today this church is alive and thriving!

I pray that today’s devotional will encourage you to not give up. God has promised us that in His appointed time there will be a harvest.

[1] Acts 4:31

[2] Hebrews 4:12

[3] 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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