JOHN 1:35-42 says John and two of his disciples stood and looking upon JESUS said, behold the LAMB OF GOD! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed JESUS. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, what seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peters brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. Look at the MAGNITUDE OF INFLUENCE. Jesus was wanting people to follow him. They were interested in Jesus and what he taught. Aroused interest in something that is easily INFLUENCED. Children with their keen INTEREST is the best time to be INFLUENCED to learn and apply knowledge to every day life and godliness. An example would be GENESIS 1:1 it says in the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth. How many people today pick up a book and read the first sentence and says that is not true. All men in the world are being INFLUENCED by reading and studying BOOKS. Every body in the entire world is being INFLUENCED by the BIBLE. CHARLES DARWIN was INFLUENCED by the BIBLE. There are several ways the BIBLE INFLUENCES MAN today. (1) Do not read the BIBLE. (2) Read the BIBLE and reject all of it and never do anything the BIBLE SAYS. (3) Read the BIBLE and pick and choose what parts to obey. (4) Do not read the BIBLE and let some religious leader tell you what to do. ACTS 17:11,12 says these (Bereans) were MORE NOBLE than those in Thessalonica in that they received the word (INFLUENCED BY THE WORD) with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures DAILY, whether those things were so. WHY? Because there were many FALSE TEACHERS. Therefore, MANY OF THEM BELIEVED. BELIEVED WHAT? BELIEVED THE BIBLE. (GOD`S WORD). Also, of honorable GREEK WOMEN AND MEN, and not just a few but MANY. (5) Read and study the BIBLE only in time of sorrow, pain, and trouble, (6) Read and study and mediate on the BIBLE every day and several times a day. PSALMS 1:1-3 says BLESSED IS THE MAN that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the ways of SINNERS or follow after sinners, nor sitteth in the seats of the scornful (those who have no use for GOD). But his DELIGHT (AND JOY) IS IN THE LAW OF THE LORD; and in GOD`S law doth he MEDIATE (AND STUDY) DAY AND NIGHT. And he is like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf will not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The proper INFLUENCE of the studied WORD OF GOD IS TRUE PROSPERITY IN ALL WE DO, because we are doing the will of GOD. MATTHEW 6:33 says seek ye first the kingdom(church) of GOD AND CHRIST) AND HIS righteousness and all these things (necessities of life) will be added unto you. Every PROMISE that GOD has made in the BIBLE will be given when man faithfully follows what GOD says. For example, ACTS 2:38 says repent AND BE BAPTIZED EVERY ONE! IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR REMISSION OF SINS, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST. ACTS 22:16 says why tarriest thou? arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (or praying to GOD since your sins are now washed away). So, man has been INFLUENCED by the word of GOD every time they read and study the BIBLE and when they decide NOT to read THE BIBLE. But the ONLY way man can and will be blessed by GOD is to read, study, mediate, and OBEY the words of the BIBLE. Faith cometh by HEARING the word of GOD. We access GOD`S GRACE BY FAITH AND WHATSOEVER IS NOT OF FAITH (not commanded in the BIBLE) IS SIN (LAWLESSNESS) AND WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD) and man as far as that goes. What is our INFLUENCE to others when we are not in worship on Sunday? HEBREWS 10:25 says not forsaking the assembling of ourselves TOGETHER as the manner of some is but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the day approaching. Do not give up the command to assemble on SUNDAY as some are doing but exhort everybody to be in worship on SUNDAY as told in ACTS 20:7 says upon the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK (SUNDAY) WHEN THE DISCIPLES (CHRISTIANS) CAME TOGETHER TO BREAK BREAD (LORD`S SUPPER) PAUL PREACHED. What better INFLUENCE can there than for man to gather together and remember the LORD`S DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION IN COMMUNION OF THE LORD`S SUPPER AND GOD`S WORD PREACHED IN TRUTH AND LOVE.
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