The Degree Of Influence We Have
Seasonally, individuals and entities must re-evaluate the type and degree of influence we have upon culture and adjust for the coming season (Gen 13:14-17; Acts 9:1-6; 10:11-15). Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; (Isa 54:2 KJV) It is obvious (by consideration of God’s nature [creative, growth, maturity, increase] and by Scriptural principle) that God desires each of our spheres of influence to increase. It is also obvious that some degree of effort and participation on our part is expected by the terms used in v.2: enlarge, stretch, spare not, lengthen, strengthen. While I do realize that this portion of Scripture was written to Israel concerning the building up of Jerusalem, I do not discount it because it was also written and preserved for us today; and the nature and principles of our Lord are timeless (Rom 15:4; 1Co 10:11).
“And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.” (Gen.13:14-15,NKJV)
(This is the second in a series by Marty entitled “Your Sphere of Influence,” an article taken from SEEC Magazine.)
Marty will be speaking at the 6th Annual Concerning The Kingdom Conference March 6-8. For more info: martygabler.com/ctk-conference. To see a short video about CTK2013 go to the YouTube link: http://youtu.be/EH1cGlijfF8
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