Being An Influencer

If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan? For even your brothers, the house of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you; Yes, they have called a multitude after you. Do not believe them, Even though they speak smooth words to you.
— Jeremiah 12:5-7 NKJV

There are two types of people on earth: those who are soul-led and those who are Spirit-led. Soul-led people live by the standards of the first man, Adam, and produce the works of the flesh. Spirit-led people have shifted their allegiance to the last “Adam,” Jesus Christ, and live according to the standards of their heavenly Father, walking in a posture of total obedience to Him, thus producing in their lives the works or fruit of the Spirit. Those who live by the Spirit have no desire to overcome or witness the demise of those who live by the standards of the first Adam but, rather, with sincerity of heart and deep compassion, long to see them too transition from darkness into the light and life of Christ.

Those who have made the Lord their ultimate Leader face a constant struggle to minimize the influence of earthly standards on their lives. The price they pay is intense. Many people in the world seem to achieve great success despite all the wrong they do, and the more they follow that worldly course, the more benefits they seem to have. But while they may have more riches and enjoy more fun and pleasure, they are careless about how far they have strayed from the Father. They boast within themselves that they don’t need the Father because they can succeed—and thus are better off—without Him.

Quite often, when those who love the Father and are paying a price for their life of faithful obedience see those who don’t know the Father reveling in their own success, they ask, “Father, why do they succeed so well living apart from you?” These are the very ones whom the Father desires return to their identity in him. The Father has a deep, deep patience, and He shapes those who are in Him to become His voice, declaring to those in the world, “Return to the Father.”

It’s not the world that the Father has a problem with, but those who are outwardly religious and carry within themselves a self-righteous spirit. They may say all the right words, and be able to quote Scripture extensively, but internally they do not carry the Father. Instead, they are led astray by their own desires and imaginations. They are more intentional about their traditions than about seeking the Father’s purpose. They speak nice words, smooth words, even believable words, but their words have no Father-led foundation. Nonreligious people who don’t know the Father, and those who lack discernment and thus are easily swayed, can easily be misled by those fakers who pose as the real thing.

Those who possess the Father should never be carried away by what they see happening in the natural to those who don’t have Him. Natural standards of success have no bearing on the weight or language of the Holy Spirit. It’s easy to become disheartened when we struggle even as we watch those who do not know the Father achieve success after success. However, our possessing the internal framework of the Father far outweighs all natural things. We steer away from every spirit of religion and self-righteousness, choosing instead, with great compassion, to manifest our Father. Rather than becoming tired, aggravated, or dismayed, we cling tightly, with resilience of heart, to the Father’s words and promises.