Genesis 2: 18: And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone, I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
And so ladies, that’s how we came to be. We were created to help and for completing such a task, we’ve been gifted with the ability to have great influence over people. Not all people most likely, but those in our sphere of living, or our section of society.
Women are natural gatherers. We can get a group of gals together for lunch or coffee in the blink of an eye. We like to hang out together. Men like to hang out together too, but their time together seldom hits on the nitty gritty of their lives. They discuss fishing, hunting, sports, cars, vacations they’ve taken, but it stays pretty general for the most part.
We gals however, discuss our kids and their issues, the weight we’ve gained, or lost. We talk about our innermost feelings about any number of subjects, such as, raising the kids, fighting with our man, sex, yep, we cover that one too. The new curtains, or his old girlfriend and at times we go even deeper and discuss our fears, anxieties, and deepest desires.
Eve was the one the devil approached in the garden. He didn’t go to giraffe, and he didn’t go to Adam. Adam wouldn’t have gotten into that conversation. He knew Eve could influence Adam.
Genesis 3:1: Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God really said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Yes, that sly old dog knew where to go. Our gifting can get us into trouble, unless we learn the proper way to handle it. Think of all the rock stars who have died of drug overdoses simply because their gift was misused, or became too much for them.
Eve has taken a bad rap for this, but Adam wasn’t guiltless, but that’s for another time. It was the woman’s ability to influence that she was, and still is chosen many times to turn the tide on some situation.
So how can your influence go awry? If you walk into your ladies Bible study full of anger at someone, or if you’ve just been hurt and are either ready to spew or pout, it affects everyone in the room.
Your influence can change the atmosphere of your surroundings. And we must be very careful how we are changing things, is it for the goodwill of everyone, or is it a downer? Jesus in control is what keeps us on track. We must learn to walk in the Spirit.
At a conference once, I was talking about how we as women gather together. We even go to the restroom together. When I asked my husband to prayer over lunch after that session, as soon as he said Amen, he grabbed the hand of our male song - leader and said, “Hey want to go to the restroom?” Who promptly answered,” Yes, let’s hurry.” And they skipped off stage holding hands. I know that’s a silly story, and it wasn’t rehearsed. It just shows how little men really understand us at times, and even when they think we’re funny, they are under our influence.
Please keep in mind this week, you have the power of influence over everyone you are around. Make sure it’s a positive influence and not a negative one. Join us at New Season next Sunday for a message on influence. Check our Facebook page for times and info. Until next time!