Beyond Ourselves

Wow! Can you believe how we have zipped through this week? I hope this week’s study has helped you start your new year off with a bang. Not just any bang, but a bang that leaves the air around you clear. Hopefully, you have found a new start through this passage and with Jesus. Things are hopefully looking brighter on your side of the computer screen. However, we are not finished with this passage quite yet. Let’s finish out the chapter by looking at Psalm 51: 18-19.

Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

We have to remember who David was at this time. He was the king. He had the most influence in the land. So, his decision to do wrong affected many people. He pleaded with God for his own self, but also for his nation. He prayed that God may bring restoration to the nation that he had influence on. How does that ring true in our lives? I do not have any influence over an entire country. Yet, I do know that my household is affected whenever I make bad decisions. My two little people are very influenced by things that occur in both mine and my husband’s life. Therefore, when we sin, they can be very much affected. Take this time now to think of those you have influence over. It may be your family, coworkers, or neighbors. Pray that if you have been a negative influence that your influence can now be set in a positive way for this year. Let’s start to look beyond ourselves.

I hope you have enjoyed this first week of my Bible study blog. I pray that God can use this time to show you hope to help you through each day. Join me next week as we begin a week study on how to handle Fear.

Action: Make a list of those you have any type of influence over. Brainstorm as to how to be a positive influence for them, such as doing an act of kindness or praying for them.

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