The two most powerful shaping influences in your life are the things you allow into your mind and the people in your life.
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You are a composite of the media you love and your friends. If your social media content and close network of friends keep you detached from biblical thinking and living, you need to change your media and peer group.
Media choices include things like television, internet, music, and books. It also includes the devices and platforms that bring your favorite content to you.
There is a battle for your mind, and if the enemy can capture your thoughts, he will catch you (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Even if negativity and horribleness have shaped your story thus far, you can flip the narrative into something positive (Genesis 50:20; Philippians 4:8).
After the Lord regenerated me, I decided to be brainwashed by the Bible. It was a deliberate choice to put all my eggs in one basket. I knew I could not separate myself from the world, but I could control how the world influenced me. My primary influencers are God’s Word and Christian friends who want Jesus more than anything else.
You’re not an independent, isolated dirt clod (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 103:14) floating through an orbit of nothingness. Each day brings new shaping opportunities. You are being influenced, and you are impacting others.
Time to Reflect
- To what degree do God’s Word and His community influence your life?
- How do you make the Bible practically relevant to your unique life? Be specific.
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