INFLUENCE AND THE GOSPEL III

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“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Human beings are impressionable and easily swayed by things that can take a hold of their minds. This could be in arts and media, by the films we watch, music we listen to, books we read or the things we see on social media.

This is why we must first guard our heart against being influenced by the world.

The media of our generation is saturated with ideas and images that are aimed at choking our moral excellence. Hence, Proverbs 4:19-23 enjoins us to guard our hearts from being infiltrated by anything contrary to God’s word.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)

Secondly, we must shine as lights for the gospel. Not only should we not be influenced by the culture of this world and its satanic agenda, but we must also aim to change the narrative and fill the media and arts space with things that edify and not things that pollute.

In Matthew 5:14-16, we see two functions of light. First, it is to eradicate darkness then it gives light to men. This is our function as believers in a crooked and perverse world.

There are cultures and practices that have been established in our day that are not for us. We must intentionally remove satanic ideas and expressions from our culture, arts and media spaces and aim to fill the space with ideas and expressions that edify.

Creativity has been perverted but we must remember that God is the creator of all, and He gave wisdom and skills to men.

Like Moses and the Magicians of Egypt, we can be rest assured that those strategies and tactics that the devil has perverted for his purpose can be swallowed up by the strategies and tactics used by believers through the Spirit of God.

To influence culture, we need to create platforms and structures to infiltrate culture.

What is in your hand? Use it for the propagation of the gospel.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 22:47-53, Hebrews 7:1-10, Proverbs 23:19-35, Isaiah 29-30

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