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Who or What Influences You
By Victoria Osteen - Dec 20, 2015

God wants you and me to live blessed lives. He loves us so much, and He has given us the keys to access His blessing.  In Psalm chapter one, He tells us that it's important who we hang around and who we allow to speak into our lives. It's important who influences the decisions we make. It says, "Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord." In essence, God is saying, "Make My Word the standard for everything in your life because that's how you will live a blessed life!"

Now, you might be thinking, "I have decent friends. I don't take ungodly counsel." Think about this: What are you watching on TV? What are you listening to on the radio? What are you reading in the tabloids? Culture makes a spectacle of craziness, and people line up all day long to watch! You may not think you'll ever act like those people, but whatever you take into your heart through your eyes and ears affects you. It desensitizes you. It can water down what you believe. That's why the Scripture says to guard your heart because your heart and mind are connected. Your eyes and ears are the gateways to both. What you take in influences you whether you want it to or not.

Today, take inventory of what you are taking into your heart. Just because everyone else is doing something or watching something or acting a certain way doesn't mean you should. Don't look to the world for your answers. Be determined to let the Word of God be your standard so you can honor Him and live the blessed life He has prepared for you!
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