Becoming an Influencer

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  1. Hello Everyone,

    In Pastor Sheela’s message How to become a person of influence, she focused on three women (mothers) in the Bible: Jochebed, the mother of Moses; Hannah, the mother of Samuel, and Mary, the mother of Jesus.

    So what does these women all have in common? They all displayed great faith and trust in the Lord. God, in turn, rewarded them for their confidence in him.

    v Jochebed placed Moses in the Nile River, she had faith God would protect him. By letting Moses go and trusting God, what seemed lost to her was transformed into a glorious gain. Like Jochebed, we won’t always foresee God’s purpose in letting go, but can trust that He does have a plan and a purpose which is even greater than that which was lost. Exodus Ch. 1&2.

    v The whole nation was blessed because Hannah had a problem and persevered in prayer. Everyone benefited from Samuel’s ministry. After giving Samuel’s to God, God blessed Hannah with five more children. We can never give more to God than He gives back to us. Hannah teaches us to never give up, to honor our promises to God, and to praise Him for his wisdom and goodness. 1 Sam. Ch. 1&2 . Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” 1 Thes. 5:17. That’s exactly what Hannah did.

    v Mary also trusted God and obeyed His call to be the mother of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Although she had found great favor with God, her calling required great suffering as well. Through the difficulty and problems, Mary willingly submitted to God’s plan and released her son to God. Acts Ch. 1&2. Can we willingly accept God’s plan or even better yet rejoice in God’s plan, like Mary did, when we know that it will cost us dearly?

    These mothers lived in an age when women were not regarded with high esteem, yet God appreciated their true worth. One trait stands out amongst them all and that is their trust in God despite the cost. The fact is, when God calls there is always a cost. Paul said “I count it all but loss,” and the Lord said “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We find in Christianity, there is this duality or contradiction that we have to wrestle with constantly. There are the promises of God, but also there are the persecutions of the evil one. God speaks blessings, yet we suffer pain as a direct result of what God has promised — but we don’t give up, for God provides, He preserves and He rewards.

    Grace and Peace,


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