I love the concept of undiscovered potential: what you see now is not who I will be.
>I am currently just a clue to the ultimate mystery that is me.
>I am currently a mere preface to the biography of my life.
>I am momentarily a catipillar on my way to becoming a butterfly.
**Don’t let people or circumstances underestimate or undermine who God has created you to be.
>Where people saw an adopted failed Egyptian leader God saw a deliverer named Moses
>where people saw a mere shepherd boy God saw the greatest king in Israel’s history named David
>Where people saw defeated, captive, young men, God saw three bold Hebrews that would stand for their God and influence the nations
>where people saw an amalgam of young misfits from different ages, occupations and environments God saw the great apostles
***what you see now is not what you ultimately get. I’m a work in progress. Don’t count me out now or you will miss the miracle of what God is doing in my life. God has placed potential in us to become more than we are. He’s given us skills and talents, wisdom and insight to achieve what He created us for.
***It’s Gods approval and pleasure we are looking for not mans because men can’t see what God sees.
>Men see a baby in a manger/God sees the savior of the world
>Men saw a brash, impulsive, impetuous coward, God saw one of the greatest and boldest preaching apostles The problem is…
***Mankind has the propensity to place themselves as the key component to producing the potential that is within them. While men have innate gifts and abilities given to them by God they can not in and of themselves become what God originally intended for them to be outside of the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jeremiah God speaks to this young prophet who was underestimating himself and fearful of the response of a rebellious nation God says…
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 1:4-8 NKJV)
God created us with purpose and with destiney. We all whether saved or not carry the original intent of God in our being. So when we are redeemed he not only claims us and our soul but he redeems all those original intents and purposes of our creation. The gifts, talents, skills, and natural bents. and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. (Psalm 139:14 CEV)
>>>Because we are beautifully and wonderfully made we must be careful not to allow ourselves to presume we are somehow responsible for our own creation.
>>>I submit to you ours is not a problem of low self esteem but rather one of esteeming ourselves more highly than we ought to
***We need to be careful not to let a humanistic attitude or belief get in the church, because it’s next natural and logical step is a secularist attitude or belief.
***We could say that there are a lot of people who have done great things because of the human spirit, the will to live, the talent and skill of mankind. Yes it’s true, but where did it come from, and anytime you use a thing a part from its creator you lose it’s intended use.
***So there will be accomplishment but not fulfillment. There will be achievement but not contentment. What truly produces undiscovered potential is the power of God.
Take for example: The Apostle Peter. The coward Peter had the potential to be Peter the courageous!
What made the difference? The Power of the Holy Spirit!
1. Get over yourself
Know that God wants you, and wants to draw out your potential no matter what.
God has seen you at your worst but knows what your best looks like.
He wants to draw it out.
2. Get over the past and present.
I’m sure Peter thought more than once, why did I say that? Why can’t I keep my mouth shut? But God used some of the qualities that were considered by many to be weaknesses to end up being strengths.
See yourself with the eyes of potential. What looks dead to us looks asleep to God.
3. Get over People
Sometimes you need to tell people “You don’t me, You don’t know the me I’m gonna be.
4. Get the Holy Spirit
The Holy spirit brings clarity where there was confusion
The Holy Spirit brings power where there was weakness
The Holy Spirit brings development of raw purpose and giftings.
The same Peter that denied Jesus had the potential to make his name famous and ultimately did. The difference? THE HOLY SPIRIT!
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8 NKJV)
I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit-not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength – that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! (Ephesians 3:16-21 MSG)