How can you influence your family and friends?

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There is an amazing promise in the Bible that will encourage you to influence your friends, family, and coworkers. It’s found in Ephesians 1:19, and it says, “and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” (Ephesians 1:19, NKJV)

When we unwrap this verse, we discover that the word “power” is “kratos” in the original Greek language. “Kratos” means a type of power that establishes dominion. Dominion power from God can help you start a successful business, create music, or invent a new app. 

Would you like to influence society, your city, or your family? Would you like to start a new trend that changes lives for the good? My mentor, Dr. Dobbins, once told our graduate psychology class that we can only control three things: our thoughts, our feelings, and our actions. Then he warned us about three things we can’t control: the thoughts of others, the feelings of others, and the actions of others. 

This concept is so liberating. It frees us from things we can’t control and puts the focus on things that we should try to control. James warns us that this focus can be so hard: “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3:2, NKJV)

Isn’t this liberating but frustrating? We all want to make people happy. We don’t want anyone to be mad at us, so what can we do? We can influence others by God’s power, our attitudes, and our actions. We can inspire people.

In what ways do you want to influence others, industries, or society? Would you take a moment right now and ask God to fill you with “kratos”?

God’s question echoes through eternity with these words from Isaiah: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’” (Isaiah 6:8, NKJV) Would you say a big yes to God and leave the results to Him? 

The greatest power that anyone really has is influence. You are a miracle. 

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  1. Leah Adams on 25/09/2021 at 1:46 PM

    Thank you for this devo. I want that Kratos. Just tomorrow I will be joining a new church. I am SO EXCITED ABOUT IT! I pray God will use me and my gifts there for His glory. Thursday was the first step… Women’s Bible study called Women in the Word. About 150 women studying God’s Word together. Wow. A lot of power should be released from that for sure! Thanks again for the devo. Was great and timely!
    In Him,

  2. Kimberly Wright on 25/09/2021 at 2:43 PM

    Hi Paul Marc. Thank you for sharing these messages concerning GOD’S power! Please pray for me for GOD to bless me to have HIS mighty power to flow in my life. Thank YOU LORD GOD!!! And thank you Paul Marc and Eric and AMED ministers for you obedience to GOD and HIS WORD! I love you!😇♥️👏🏽👍🏾💪🏿keep up the good work! You’re in my prayers as well!

  3. Brenda Dove on 25/09/2021 at 4:53 PM

    My grandson is going through withdrawals right now. We need him to have that power to get throw this. He was in a bad motorcycle accident in 2005 and got hooked later. Thank you.

    • Hortensia Guillen on 25/09/2021 at 11:12 PM

      So sorry to hear that Brenda, we only can pray entrust them to Our Mighty God who knows all things and praying ceaseless and May God intervene give him strength to overcome his problem, come to know and accept Him as Lord and Savior, helping him send scriptures to his cell to praying to read it and to help him cope with it..God bless you and family🙏will be praying..✨💕

  4. Nikita on 25/09/2021 at 8:49 PM

    I have gotten better with sharing the gospel however being more influential is what I am striving for… praying that God will instill this in me.. Use me Lord I’ll go!! Thanks for sharing this devotional

  5. Mary on 27/09/2021 at 10:57 PM

    We are praying for our daughters and families to come back to Jesus! We have great relationships with them but would be so much richer and they could be much more joyful if they would only surrender control and remember their 1st love!

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