Something very interesting happened today. I was sitting in my car praying and preparing for a bible study and when I opened my eyes I saw that my girlfriend was standing near the car looking confused like she wasn’t sure if she should walk away. It startled me a bit, and I said, “oh hi!” She said she was trying to figure out if I was praying and she was about to walk away. Then she asked me how did I know she was standing there, she jokingly said, “did you feel the devil near you?!”. I laughed and told her I just happened to open my eyes at that moment. I thought about what she said however, and it made me think about the power of God. My girlfriend jokingly said something that was very powerful, it implied that even with my eyes closed I can sense when the enemy is lurking. As I got out of my car to talk to here, I kept hearing “Devil, meet Influence.” What God placed in my heart was that in addition to being aware of when the devil is lurking, and using the word of God to fight satan, we must know that as children of God we ought to be the dominant influence in our environment. In Matthew 4:18-22 it is written,
“18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”
We are not Jesus, but we have the holy spirit that lives inside of us. The word of God says in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” We must know that the power that lives inside of us is what draws people to us, which really means draws people to God. We also have authority to tell satan to “Go” just as Jesus told the demons in Matthew 8:32. As children of God we set the trend because we are heirs to the ultimate trendsetter who created this world! Praise God!
We must walk in our God given authority and influence at all times!