My Friend Dawn wrote an excellent post this week, that I hope you will pop over and read. Here are a few excerpts from: What Does Your Inner Circle Whisper in Your Ear?
"those in your inner circle play a BIG ROLE in WHO you are. Not that they define you specifically- you still have a choice, but really what they "whisper into your ears and heart" really do define who you are."
(Her pastor shared this Declaration.) "I am filled with seeds of greatness because I possess the seeds of Christ. God is connecting me with people of faith who will inspire me, challenge me and help me to grow. If there are any unhealthy relationships in my life, I refuse to let them pull me down any longer. I am moving forward with those who believe the promises of God and are determined to realize them."
"Those in your inner circle NEED TO BE ON YOUR SIDE!!! That is not to say we shouldn't speak hard things to friends who need to hear them, but when we do it has to be in a way of cheering them on and from a total Biblical perspective."
(after a very difficult discussion with close friends this week) "Unfortunately......it ended in a break in the relationships. I am not saying they will not one day be restored because people WE SERVE A MIGHTY GOD!! I pray they will. We DO NOT HATE THEM. We just can't have them whisper in our ears anymore.....'you can't change, you are in the wrong, I can't believe you anymore, you are crazy, you won't succeed', and on and on."
"What God hears us speak over a situation matters. If you have friends or family or neighbors that speak ill of your family. People who tell you your hubby is not worthy. Your children will never change. Your .........?? Then they need to stop (preferably) or you need to get them out of your inner circle."
"We want people who speak LIFE OVER US! Who believe that JESUS IS REAL AND CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH US AND FOR US! People who say.....I am so sorry to hear about your trials, but I believe that GOD WILL MOVE MOUNTAINS! I know it must be rough, can I pray with you? I know you have slipped into this "sin" and I want to see you set free. How can I encourage a friend today to help them get out? "
"When we STAND WITH our inner circle friends WE BECOME AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE FOR CHRIST!!! We become His hands and feet.
Soooo........Who is in your inner circle, and do there need to be some changes? How can you do that in the best way?"