Devotional 6/18

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:21

God has planted greatness in you. Let today be the beginning of a great adventure as you step into the gifts He’s given you.
Joyce Meyer

God has positioned us in different platforms, because we are people of influence. Of course there are different levels and types of influence, but wherever we are God has put us there. I remember Joseph was a man of influence, in the prison as well as in the palace. He was a leader wherever God put him, and if you observe your life I believe you are leading someone in some way. God expects us to be good stewards of that influence for His kingdom, not for selfish purposes: get rich, travel, be famous, etc. He gives us influence to help others!

We are all called to influence, to be world changers, disciple makers. When we become Christians, by accepting with our hearts and confessing with our mouths the Jesus as Lord and Savior, God’s light begins to glow in us. And the closer our relationship with God, the stronger our light shines. And the world who walks in darkness is able to see this light: we are a peculiar people. What is the vision, mission and ministry God has given you? This is how you will spread what God gave you to share. See the source image

The Lord is who gives promotions and therefore gives us platforms. We can force it and find ourselves overworked, desiring God’s hand instead of His heart and even produce carnality on top of carnality. When God puts us on a platform, He has been watching what we have done with the little… have we been faithful?

You may have received a word or two, on how God called you to be a great evangelist or pastor. But what have you been doing with the influence you have over your family, church, neighbors, coworkers, or social media, etc. Make sure you know why you want a platform… or to be a person of influence.

When God gives you a platform, take care to use it for His glory. We will all be held accountable for the platforms God has given us. In order to bring God glory, we need to live a Godly life: in obedience to God’s word and develop Christ- like character. We would need to sustain this appointed place that God has placed us in, and not compromise it. God will use people to help us build and the devil will use people to destroy our platform: we MUST be in serious prayer and warfare, to protect the influence God has given us. It is not always about getting, but about maintaining what we have received from God: new relationships, new employment, education, etc.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, I know you have handpicked many of us to be people of influence in different platforms like the music industry, social media, religious organizations and professional sectors. We receive your grace Lord, to serve in the areas you have predestined for us to walk in. May we also walk in wisdom and discernment to not bring shame to your name. I pray for each of us to be courageous and strategic when going through the narrow paths, and the perseverance to keep going, the endurance to go through the obstacles and overcome setbacks. In Jesus name, Amen.

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