By Oke Chinye
Read: Joshua 13-16
“In blessing I will bless you, in multiplying, I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore, and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies” (Genesis 22:17).
n today’s reading, we see how the conquered territories were divided amongst the tribes of Israel. Each tribe had its own inheritance allotted to it. I had wondered at some point whilst reading that portion of the bible, why it was so important to dedicate several chapters of the book of Joshua to documenting how the lands were allotted to the different tribes of Israel. Then, I came to an understanding that God was a God of Inheritance. He was very interested in each tribe acquiring and taking possession of what He had given to them. He is still a God of inheritance because He does not change. In these times however, He has not allotted territories of land to us. Our inheritance is the sphere of influence which He has assigned to us to operate in and impact society.
Several characteristics define and delineate your area of influence: I. Ownership, authority, and identity. With ownership and authority comes influence and impact. Within the boundaries of your sphere of influence, you are an authority, a force to reckon with. It is where you have been called to subdue and dominate. Which area of human endeavor do you wield the most authority and influence? Where do you exert maximum influence?
II. Your allotted sphere delineates responsibilities and privileges such as recognition, power, and honor. You are mostly celebrated there because it is where you are making the most impact. Which area of endeavor are you often called upon to serve in
III. Your sphere of influence provides an avenue for you to multiply your resources and be blessed. It is a fulfilment of God’s promises in your life. It is an avenue for God to release His blessings on you. Where in your life do you see much growth and fruitfulness?
IV. Your sphere of influence is your Rehoboth which is a place of ‘reduced conflict’ (Genesis 26.22). Since it is your inheritance, God will fight for you, against any contender. Certain people are frustrated by lack of progress because they are operating in other people’s territories. They are trying to claim an inheritance that God has not allotted to them. Where do you exert the least effort, yet reap the most gain?
V. Lastly, your sphere of influence is your ‘point of reference’. It is the place where you will become known for something. In Numbers, chapter 22, Balak the king wanted Balaam to curse the people of Israel because he was afraid of their prosperity. He sent messengers to Balaam saying “for I know that he whom you bless is blessed. On which soil are you leaving the most footprints? Where are your leaving a legacy? Identify your sphere of influence and contribute to God’s reformation agenda.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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