Many circumstances and people try to influence us, positive or negative. When the wrong spirits get involved, the battles can be challenging. To guard ourselves from coming under the wrong control, we seek the leading of the Lord before anyone or anything else. We are to be led by the Spirit of God under His influence, to influence others in His name. 

It’s a question of authority. The wrong influences affect our Christlike character and try to move us away from our submission to God. It also comes through things that are right in appearance but are not of God. This happens when people follow others who say God told them they should do this or that without checking with God themselves. Appearances can be deceiving.   

We can trust the Lord to reveal what is not of Him when we go to Him and ask Him to lead and protect us. We learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, His fruits above any gifts; His presence above sizeable crowds; the name of Jesus being lifted above any other name. God’s glory above man’s glory, always. We can influence others to follow Jesus Christ our Lord, above all, from glory to glory! 

Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”