A Woman of Influence

Read:

1 Kings 11-12:20, Esther 2:15 – 7:10, Acts 13:13-52


Devotional:

Today we are going to study our power of influence as women.

“God entrusted to womankind a most wonderful and terrible gift: the power of influence.” Beth Moore Living Beyond Yourself 

The sense of smell triggers emotion and memory. I can remember the smell of my mom when I was growing up. I can’t recall the name of the perfume she wore, but she had a sweet, comforting fragrance that made me feel safe and loved. On nights when my brother and I would stay at my grandmas while my parents went out to dinner I would get so excited for her to return just to smell her. It was H.O.M.E. to me. She was my world and I adored her– still do.

My mother had an enormous influence over me. She was my first teacher and guide. She nurtured me, helped me grow and develop, taught me right from wrong and encouraged me in the right direction.

As women, we have this amazing, powerful and frightening gift of influence over our children and families. We have to choose to use that power for good and not evil. There’s a fine line between influence and manipulation. We want to raise godly children not brainwashed children. We want honest and loving marriages not stepford husbands.

Eve was the woman behind the fall of man. Satan knew of Eve’s influence and tricked Adam by persuading Eve first. Adam was influenced by Eve to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. Just as Eve was targeted by Satan in the garden of Eden we can become targets if we aren’t Prepared, Patient and Poised.

King Solomon was greater in ______________ and _______________ than all the other kings of the earth (1 Kings 10:23 NIV). With everything King Solomon had he still fell under the influence of his wives. He had many many wives from all over. Each wife brought a different religion into the marriage. Solomon eventually allowed his wives to  turn his _____________ after __________

_______, and his heart was not ________  _________ to God (1 Kings 11:4 NIV). The wisest king in the entire earth still fell pray to the influence of women. What a gift was possess. I believe God has called us daughters to action and intentional living in order to be gentle and peaceful instead of anxious or stressed.

Preparation + Patience + Poise = a Women of Good Influence

Preparation: Get ready by reading God’s Word, praying and spending time with Him; letting Him influence your personality, behavior and character. (Luke 6:45)

Patience: (this is my area of internal struggle— I always want to do things on my time instead of waiting for the right time.) Seek God’s purpose and plans for your life. Let him tell you “when”. Be patient as you wait in His Presence.

Poised: Well-Mannered, Balanced, Nobel Character: We are dispensers of God’s grace. He uses us, ladies, to nurture, encourage, love, teach and so much more. When we find our confidence in God’s competence we are able to live balanced, composed and courageous lives.

“Confidence allows us to face life with boldness, opens and honesty. It enables us to live without worry and to feel safe. It enables us to live authentically.” Joyce Meyer The Confident Women

In closing, let’s take a look at the influence of Queen Esther and the way she prepared, was patient and poised. From the moment she entered the palace she found favor with the king and all those in authority. She was given special food and beauty treatments immediately. Having favor allowed Esther to gain confidence that allowed her to be used by God in a mighty way.

Finding favor gives you influence.

Preparation: Esther prayed, fasted and prepared for her meeting with the king. (Esther 4:16)

Patience: Esther was patient when making her request to the king on behalf of the Jews. She didn’t panic and rush into the throne room. She didn’t even make her concerns known until the second dinner. (Esther 5:7-8)

Poise: Esther was controlled and well mannered in her actions during a difficult and frightening situation. I Believe that’s because she took the time to prepare and was filled with peace and faith that only God could’ve provided. She knew the God she served was a powerful God. He was in control no matter the outcome. (Esther 4:16)


Research and Define

Blue Letter Bible

Influence:

Favor:

Power:

Manipulate:

 


Questions and Reflections:

  1. How do you receive favor from people?
  2. How do you influence people the most?
  3. What about Esther’s story of influence seems most remarkable?
  4. When you think of influence, what/who do you think about? Why?
  5. Do you influence or manipulate more?
  6. Take a moment and list your strengths.

Memorize and Meditate

Proverbs 31:26

We have a choice to use our influence for encouragement or discouragement. Choose to speak life today.


Pray

Heavenly Father I come to you in the Name of Jesus. Thank you so much for loving me. Lord, influence my personality, alter me from the inside out to reflect Your glory. You are my rock and foundation. I will choose to be an influence for good. All I do I do for You, to honor and glory Your name. Help me to encourage and uplift, be patient and poised and prepared for all that comes my way.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen


Related Scriptures

Proverbs 31:26-27

1 Kings 10:23

1 Kings 11:4-6

Romans 1:12

2 Corinthians 2:14

1 Peter 3:4

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The Divine Potter

Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:1-10 and 29:11-14, Isaiah 30:21, and Romans 9:21

Have you ever felt like you’ve missed the mark one too many times or missed the path that God has laid out for you to take?

I know I have. I question my decisions all the time and wonder if I made the wrong choice or missed an opportunity God set up for me.

I find myself wondering how God can use me when I keep messing up. How can I be in His perfect will if I cannot figure out what it is? Well, Jeremiah had some words of wisdom for me today. In Jeremiah 18:4, he describes a scene that he witnessed in which a potter is shaping and creating a pot. But, the pot he is making is marred (damaged, flawed, spoiled, blemished). Instead of throwing it out and getting a new piece of unmarred clay, the potter takes the same piece and begins to rework, reshape, and recreate another pot… one that is the best.

 I am that marred clay; blemished, flawed, and spoiled because I’m human. But, God doesn’t throw me out and get someone different to fulfill the plans He has for me. He takes the same ole’ me.

I don’t know about you, but that’s a huge relief. Phew.

Even in my “marred” state, God sees my potential and He sees the “pot” I can be. He continues to use me.

So, when I wonder if I’ve missed hearing His voice, missed an opportunity to witness to someone, missed the path He laid out for me… He doesn’t give up on me. He never leaves me behind, He’s always walking along this journey with me.

I hope this helps someone today that way it helped me. He’ll never give up on you. Let Him reshape, rework, recreate you into the person He’s called you to be. He loves you so much and just wants the very best for you. 

have a wonderful day. xo

Faith is a Choice

Have you ever found yourself doubting what you always thought was true? Have you ever questioned your faith? I have. I heard it once said to “lead through your weaknesses” so that your humanity will show. My weakness is my mind and the thoughts that I let invade. God’s been teaching me through His word about doubt and faith. I grew up going to church, became a Christian at the age of four, attended a Christian school, had a pastor for a dad, a missionary for a grandmother…etc (you get the picture). I was imbedded in my faith. I loved that about my childhood. But, as an adult I’ve found my own relationship with Jesus outside of my family and “upbringing”. I had to discover Him for myself. I did. However, over the course of my adulthood, I’ve had bouts of doubt. Doubt in everything. I would let my mind run away with thoughts about my purpose on the earth and the reality of Jesus. While worshipping and praising Him with song at the begging of a church service my thoughts would shift from Jesus’ face to “wow, I look to ridiculous, raising my hands to an invisible ‘God’.” At that moment, I would stop and repent. Making know to God my doubt, my hesitation, my weaknesses. The funny thing is, no one would’ve ever known this about me. I never talked about it with anyone, never let it show in my actions, never spoke it out loud in a private prayer. It was a hidden hiccup, a hidden doubt. I felt so ashamed. How could I doubt Jesus and His love for me. Then I’m reminded of doubting Thomas in the Bible. Thomas was a disciple who couldn’t just believe that Jesus had risen from the grave, he had to see it for himself. But, that’s not faith. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1I was letting my focus slip away from Jesus and drift towards doubt. I needed a serious intervention from God. So, I dove into His word.  I will be talking more about doubt in upcoming posts. God’s working this out through me and by His grace I’m conquering doubt by building my faith. Faith is an action. Faith is a choice. Act.

I choose to believe in Jesus. I choose to trust in Him. I’m dropping my doubt and picking up my Bible. I’m acting to believe.

Read more about how to lead through your weaknesses here.