Influence others to hope or be influenced by them toward despair

Seek out people who will influence you to aspire & work to be the best you can. Saturate yourself with positive, upbeat, encouraging, wholesome, & hopeful influences.

Negative influences are bold, seductive, and pushy. It takes great courage & effort not to get entangled by them! Here’s the recipe for misery: Jump into a sea of negative influences and go with the flow

Influence others toward hope, serenity, & happiness. Don’t let others influence you toward chaos & confusion. If something’s not a good influence on your life; ignore it, avoid it, & resist it! Care enough about yourself to stay away from self-destructive influences!

Life’s an influence tug-o-war! If you’re not pulling towards God, you’re being pulled away from Him.

The influences you have followed have led you to where you are. If you’re not happy with where you are, change your influences. If you don’t like the influences you are surrounded by; change your surroundings!

Here are the influences I embrace: Jesus, the Bible, my conscience, and passionate, faithful Christ-followers (both present & past).

To walk in the Spirit is to let yourself be continually influenced by God.  Every moment we can choose to be influenced by God or to ignore Him. What percentage of your time do you spend ignoring God and His influence?

Whatever you allow to influence you will begin to shape you into its image. To follow negative influences is to be slowly dragged toward hopelessness.

There’s a self-inflicted drag on the human spirit, weighing it down–personal rebellion against God. To rebel against God is to bite the hand that feeds you. However, to stop doing your thing & start doing God’s thing is to begin to experience life at its fullest.

Self-Inflicted Negativity (SIN) is rampant among human beings. Saying that something isn’t a sin doesn’t suddenly make it innocent or harmless. “Go and sin no more.”

If everybody was influenced to think and act like you, what would the world be like? All the explanations and/or excuses in the world don’t make a wrong behavior right.

People need more than reason. They need Christ’s hope! If reason is followed to its logical conclusion; it leads to meaninglessness. It takes faith to produce hope & purpose.

The footprints of grace are humility & holiness.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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