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INFLUENCE

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” - Ken Blanchard

Galatians 5:7-9 (NIV) -You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!

Influence is sometimes defined as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. I thought today, what are somethings or people that influence you? Are these positive or negative influencers? Do I even pause to think about how I am being influenced or how I influence others?

To have influence is a powerful trait. Think about it, some people don’t have to say a word and their presence influence your actions, thoughts, and behavior. I wonder if all of us allowed God and his words to be the sole influencer of our thoughts, actions, and words what a different world this would be. However, this is not the case.

Today’s verse serves as a reminder to pause and think... you were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I encourage you to reflect today on this verse and write down the things that are influencing you today. Are these taking you in the right or wrong direction? You decide and don’t forget to check-in with God’s word. The truth!

Dear God,

Thank you for the reminder that there is so much surrounding me to influence what I say, do, and think. That unless I learn and memorize your truth, I can be swayed to follow wrong teachings. I pray that all your children seek you to influence their thoughts, words, and actions. I ask this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen!

Ilka V. Chavez

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