By Ben Norrod
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: (I Peter, Chapter 4, Verses 1-3)
Did you ever consider one person's influence upon another. The will of one individual upon another imposes ideas, behaviors, and attitudes of either a destructive end or a beneficial end. Depending upon the individual's moral compass and attitude one's will determines what an person thinks about certain matters or how a person behaves and responds to certain situations.
The prophet taught us: ….And what about a brother that has made a mistake? Though I say he's wrong. Sometimes he's accused wrong when he's not wrong. But if he is wrong, well, if we will take him to the throne of God, stand there shoulder-to-shoulder with our brother, knowing he's a mortal, and maybe his destination rests upon our attitude towards him, when we come back from the throne of God, we'll realize that we're every one guilty, and we all need help one from the other. And the best way to do is pray. (Branham, W., The Great Commission).
If you think about what Peter said in the opening Scripture we were influenced to do the will of others (Gentiles). The will of the business world. The will of society. The will of a church. The will of our families.
However, Scripture teaches us that God's Will superseded the will of others. As a matter of fact, the very reason we gave our hearts to the Lord initially is because we surrendered our will and the will imposed by others upon us to God's Will. Consider the reason a man or woman smokes. Perhaps he or she saw a commercial years past or had a friend who imposed their will upon them and they became habitual smokers, but when Christ was introduced the individual left those things because they simply yielded their own will to the Will of God. The interesting fact is our will is intermingled with the will of others imposed upon us through association and media influences.
We can understand now why James said: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (Chapter 4, Verse 4)
The sacredness of a minister's influence upon people is expressed in this statement: …Thou has given with Adam's fallen race. And we are here this morning, Father, gathered for no other purpose but to know and to–to study to know, rather, the will of God and what we must do to make Christ real to the people of this generation. Knowing surely that in the day of the judgment we will be brought face to face with this generation. And, being ministers, we will be judges. And the people to which we have spoken to, and their attitude towards the Word that we bring them, will determine their eternal destination. Therefore, Lord, in that day we would be a judge for or against the generation that we preached to. (Branham, W., Discernment Of Spirit).
Again Brother Branham Says: …You must make a choice. Your choice will determine what your eternal destination will be… (Leadership).
Bro Ben has been a minister for the past twenty years. Bro Ben is married to Samantha and together they have two girls. The Norrod’s music website and newsletter is an extension of the ministry given to Bro Ben by our Lord Jesus. You can visit them at thenorrodsmusic.com