December 21, 2018
“What God Says about your Potential”
With Bishop Ronald K. Powell
“The world may not recognize your potential, but the Lord does. He loves you unconditionally and wants you to discover His unique purpose for your life.”
1 -Holy Spirits Guidance
If you are a believer, you now have the spirit of God living inside of you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” After accepting Christ, you become a new creation in Him.
This means you have a new start, a new beginning; the things of your past are no more.
Psalm 103:12 New Living Translation 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
It is such a blessing that God doesn’t keep any record of our past mistakes.
However, this isn’t even the best part. The Spirit inside of you holds great potential, greater than anything you ever possessed before coming to know Jesus.
2-The Grace Direction
But after a person becomes a Christian and starts growing in faith and knowledge of the Word, God applies the law to his heart. The Holy Spirit will call to remembrance what the Bible says,
John 14:25-27 New Living Translation 25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
He will send people to teach or bring God’s commandments to mind. He also helps the believer understand scriptural principles and reveals the Father’s purpose and desires. You will never outgrow your need for the Spirit.
3- The Law of Obedience
The law tells you that you must obey. And the Holy Spirit gives you the desire to do so. He works in your life continually to nudge you in the right direction. And like any good educator, He will test you to reveal areas of weakness and growth. The Spirit already knows your heart and how you will respond. The test is for your sake. God wants you to know yourself better.
Another way God leads us to our full potential is through failures and struggles. In allowing free will, the Lord gave you the freedom to fall short of His purpose for your life—to fail, make mistakes, or sin. But through these shortcomings, the Holy Spirit can mold you into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
Many people set unrealistic goals and, when they fall short, have a sense of worthlessness. Others decide on objectives but then never put them into a workable plan. When their goals aren’t met, they can feel frustration and self-doubt. God, however, has no responsibility to help people reach man-made targets. If you and I don’t allow Him to help us set goals, the Holy Spirit may rebuke us so that we choose to be guided by His will rather than our own.
Falling short of our potential means missing God’s unique destiny for our lives. Perhaps we don’t recognize what the Lord has created us to be, or maybe we resist cooperating with His plan—through neglect, lack of effort, or outright rebellion. The Holy Spirit is never satisfied with human preference for the status quo. He draws us to the full perfection of Jesus Christ and the hope of a bright tomorrow.
5- Your True Destiny
So, how do you reach your full potential? The answer is simple—it must begin with handing your life over to Christ. Through teaching and discipline, the Lord molds and perfects us for His purposes. The Holy Spirit works in our lives, changing us so we will accept and follow God’s will.
When you truly grasp the Lord’s commitment to helping you fulfill your destiny, hope is inevitable.
Rekindle your passion today by regaining sight of your God-given capacities, as well as His promise to develop them. Our heavenly Father is in charge of fulfilling the potential He has given you—trust Him to do exactly that.
Our potential is God’s gift to us; what we do with that potential is our gift to God.
In Ephesians 2:10 the bible says “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
And in Colossians 3:14 “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
Each of us has God given potential; but it is up to us to develop, grow and use that potential to impact the world around us through our works and our love. Here are some questions to ask yourself in order to better discover your God given potential:
Do I understand where this God given potential comes from?
2.How well am I using this God given potential right now?
3. What are some immediate things that I could do in order to walk more in this potential?