Influence – Matthew 10:35

influenceThursday morning March 5, 2009, when in quite time, I heard the Father say one word to me, “Influence” and then He gave me the scripture Matthew 10:35. He was teaching that His influence must be preeminent in our lives over that of a father, mother, mother in law. All acquaintances must take a back seat to Him. The entire verse speaks of influence. Since the beginning, God used His spoken word to influence matter and create the heavens and the world. This word is a vital key for the preparation of the Bride of Christ! When you think about it…It’s all about influence and Jesus wants to have influence with His children, His Bride.
Jesus Came to Be Our Source of Influence:

Jesus was talking and teaching about influence in Matthew 10:35, “For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.

 He came to inject His influence more than even the most important people or relationship in our lives. Today Jesus wants to teach us about influence.  

Influence means: 

  1. The act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command. b. corrupt interference with authority for personal gain. c. the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. To sway means use a controlling influence. Merriam – Webster Dictionary

So many times in the gospels of Matthew through John the phrase, “and He began to teach” is used. Jesus began to exert His influence to the His disciples and all who would come to listen to Him. Jesus came to show us the Father and by teaching the word of God and by His life the world was never the same since. It’s been almost two-thousands years since Jesus was crucified and His influence changed the world forever.

 Acquaintances

If you want to go on with God and follow Him then you will eventually have to end some acquaintances which have influenced your life in worldly, ungodly ways or have the potential to influence your life instead of Christ.

You will have to end your connections with old familiar things such as houses, occupation, cities, identities and most people your formerly knew.

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. Mat. 10: 33-39

peopleJesus is teaching that His ways, wisdom, purpose and direction for our lives must have preeminence over man’s influence. His influence must take preeminence over any outside influence or interference. Most often family, friends, society, media, governments and the like will influence you in their ways, their tradition, their understanding instead of allowing you to be totally influenced by God’s ways.

An example of influence is how children’s political beliefs usually align with their parents political beliefs. If your parents were democrats, it is more than likely you will align your beliefs to that particular party. If your parents were republicans, you’ll most likely lean to the Republican Party.  This holds true to religious beliefs as well. If you were raised Roman Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, Church of Christ or some other religion you are most likely to follow their doctrines instead of the full gospel message as taught to by Holy Spirit. In other words let Holy Spirit influence you instead of the doctrines of man’s theology. If you do you will soon discover new truths that you never saw before and the walk in Christ becomes even more real, exciting and fun.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. JN. 14:26

Opinions or the Word:

When someone asks you what your opinion is about a matter it is vital that you point them to what the word of God says and not your own opinion. Many believers will and can only discuss a matter through their theological understanding or their church doctrine. When I asked the Father what theology meant to Him He responded with, “Its man’s attempt to explain what he doesn’t understand.”

Often when a person has a, “renewing of faith” experience more times than not they will go back to the same religious affiliation in which they were raised up in. In some cases what God has ignited in their hearts begins to fade due to the teaching, doctrines and understanding of man and Christ influence dwindles.

Jesus told the Pharisees when they applied their influence upon a person (proselyte) that they would make them twice the child of hell as they were.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. Mat. 23:15

Jesus’ Yoke of Influence Brings Rest:

 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mat. 11:28-30

Satan’s Influence:

antichristAfter Jesus told the disciples that he would suffer, be rejected by the elders, and be killed and rise again then Peter took him aside to rebuke him.  

And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and *said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross (and begin dying to self) and follow Me. Mat. 8:31-34

 It is a safe saying that wherever there is sin in our life there is an evil influence working against us.

 “for our struggle isn’t against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual (forces) of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph. 6:12

 Anti-Christ:

“And through his shrewdness He will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; And he will magnify {himself} in his heart, And he will destroy many while {they are} at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken without human agency. Dan. 8:25

Deluding Influence:
To those who will not (refuse) receive the love of the truth at some point God will send upon them a deluding influence and they will believe the lie of the Satan and his antichrist and false prophet. This spirit is at work already in the world today. It is a strong spirit and will over power all who don’t know the truth of God’s word and walk in a personal relationship with Him.

{that is,} the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,  and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 2 Th. 2:9-11

Religious Influence:

Christian influence is a good thing. With few exceptions nations that are not founded on Christian beliefs fall behind in education at all levels, science, quality of life and religious freedom is suppressed and democracy is non-existent.

As Christian we are to be doing our best to influence the people and the world around us with the example of our life, our faith, our joy and love.

We have allot of competition for souls today, perhaps more than ever before in the history of man. If the church doesn’t wake up soon and let Christ once again influence it, it will become more irrelevant than it already is.  Christ warns us to come out of the worlds influence.

babylon”I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues” Rev. 18:4

By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone. Prov. 25:15

But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death. Mat. 27:20

“And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel {them} to come in, so that my house may be filled. Lk. 14:23

And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women. Acts 17:4

“You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods {at all.} Acts 19:26

But the centurion was more persuaded by the pilot and the captain of the ship than by what was being said by Paul. Acts 27:11

Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe. Acts 28:24

But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how {is it that} you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews? Gal. 2:14

Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Gal. 6:12

World Influence:

God clearly tells us in the bible not to allow the things of the world to shape our beliefs and stain us. The word conformed means to “conform one’s self to another’s pattern.” This is done by allowing the other pattern to influence our mind and character instead of God.

The world influence blinds a person from seeing the light of the gospel and making friendship with the world is an act of hostility toward God.

media“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Rom. 12:2

“in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Cor. 4:4

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.” Eph. 2:1-3

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

Influence to Cause to Stumble:

 “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Mat. 18:6

Self-Influence:

There’s no healing for bad behavior nor is there a prayer line in which you can get in that would possibly every remove bad behavior from you. It doesn’t exist.

Jesus taught cut it out of your life! Paul said, “Stop sinning!” A good example of bad behavior is critical words, judgmental attitudes, combativeness, lying, coarse jesting, jealousy, hatred, anger, strife, dissensions, envying, carousing and all manner of works of the flesh. These are all choices we make each day.

Renew your mind to what the word of God says and cut off all bad behavior.

“If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, Mar. 9:43

Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak {this} to your shame. 1 Cur. 15:34

Social Influences:

Social influence occurs when an individual’s thoughts or actions are affected by other people. Social influence takes many forms and can be seen in conformity, socialization, peer pressure, obedience, leadership, persuasion, sales, and marketing. Traits such as charisma, reputation(credibility), beauty, wealth, peer pressure, position such as a good job, a platform such as politician, movie star, star athlete, celebrities, status as well fame all can be used to exert social influence.



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