Do you recognize the power of influence? Who you read, watch, talk to, and listen to is influencing you each day – whether you realize it or not. Each person we hang around, we’re opening ourselves up to their personality, character, morals, actions and thought patterns. If we continue to hang out with the people we have been hanging around, we will continue to be molded by them – for better or for worse!
Stewardship is a common topic of biblical discussion. Whether or not we are effective with what God entrusts us with will determine a lot – about ourselves, our futures, and even His blessings. If we are intentional in following His guidance in diligence, He will be faithful to bless and entrust us with more.
Our society is widely focused on their personal wealth and how to increase their possessions, prestige, or even power. As believers, God has called us to be different from those around us. Many times, people put their finances first. In a world and culture where this is a reality, let’s strive to operate in love according to God’s guidance. Let’s strive to labor in love to effectively display the grace Christ already showed us when He sacrificed Himself on the cross.
Oftentimes, people start strong in their walk with the Lord, then gradually decline in the coming days, months, years. Some fail to invest time in prayer, others in God’s Word. Usually, this is not intentional, but instead is the result of life’s distractions piling up and making us lose our focus on the bigger picture. We must be intentional to stay focused on what truly matters and not let the little difficulties of life distract us!
Prayer is an essential spiritual discipline we each must come to practice regularly. It’s a powerful tool that we have access to through Christ’s sacrifice. Oftentimes, we pursue God’s plan for our lives and start out with a strong prayer life, but the enemy sabotages us and we fall victim to his plans to stop us from reaching God’s full potential in our lives.