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"Becoming a Woman of Positive Influence" by Evang. Gbenga Aluko

Evang. Gbenga Aluko



TEXT: ACTS 9:36-39


The study will be done with the following sub headings
❖ Introduction
❖ Meanings
❖ Foreword
❖ Agents of influence
❖ Conclusion


INTRODUCTION
Many are full of good words, who are empty and barren in good works, but Tabitha was a great doer, not a great talker, unlike many of us who are like the priest in Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan Luke 10:30-34. Those that are certainly best praised are those whose own works praise them, whether the words of others do so or not.

Such characters as Dorcas, Dorcas whose name in (Greek: Δορκάς, Dorkás; Aramaic: טביתא‎ Ṭabītā),and means Gazelle, Deer or Buck was a disciple who lived in Joppa, was a great giver as recorded, who affected her sphere of influence. How mean then the cares of the numerous females who seek no distinction but outward decoration, and who waste their lives in the trifling pursuits of dress and vanity!



   MEANINGS
Woman:  according to advance Learner’s dictionary international student’s edition eight edition is an Adult female.


Influence: according to advance Learner’s dictionary international student’s edition eight edition has some definitions but let’s take two from it: (a) the effect that somebody/something has on the way a person thinks or behaves or the way that something works or develops (b) The power that somebody or something has to make someone or something behave in a particular way.
We can them define woman of positive influence as a woman who in spite of her gender and the attending responsibilities (a good wife, a great mother among others) has developed herself and is helping in developing others.



FOREWARD
❖ God gives every human a seed that has a potential of a tree. Matt 25:14-30,Jer 1:5,Judges 13:5
❖ It is the duty of everyone to prayerfully and carefully discover it, systematically develop it and spiritually but strategically deploy it.2 Timothy 1:14-16, 1 Tim 4:14-16, Proverbs 13:4.


AGENTS OF INFLUENCE

Our life/attitude                                           Matt 5:16
Dressing and adornment                             1 Pt. 3:4-6
Giving                                                          Acts 9:36-37
The way we talk                                          Col 4:6, 2 Tim.2:16
The grace of God                                         1 Sam 10:11
God given positions                                     Esther 4:16         



CONCLUSION
God assisted some women like Dorcas, along with Lydia of Thyatira and Phoebe, to live a life of positive influence that till today they are still honoured with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of some churches although on different dates : January 27 & October 25, that is asides the fact that she(Dorcas) got an elongated life due to her influence, BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE.

…………..for we know in parts

Shalom.

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