by Dr. Charles Stanley
Requirements of a Godly Influence
Being a godly influence means helping others comprehend who Jesus is, grow in their understanding of the Word, and make God-honoring choices. To be such a person, we must have strong conviction, solid commitment, and steady courage.
In order to have a godly impact on others, we must first be convinced that Scripture is true. The Israelite Daniel knew the biblical prohibition against eating meat offered to idols. As a captive in a pagan country, he faced a dilemma. Since his meals were offered first to idols, he had to decide whether to obey the law and risk punishment from men, or adopt Babylonian ways and displease the Lord.
What convictions do you have? Do you believe the following?
1. The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. There are no mistakes in it; "discrepancies" are just things we do not understand yet (2 Timothy 3:16).
2. God is Three-in-One: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each member is fully divine (Matthew 28:19).
Daniel believed what the Scriptures said, and God granted him favor. Our Father is also pleased with us when we trust in His Word. How firm are your convictions?