Take the Lid off Your Potential!

October 31, 2016

I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.].”
Philippians 4:13 AMP

What if I told you that you already have everything you need to succeed?

Well, you do.

You have the intuitive smarts, the innate skills, the inherent strength, and the inner stamina required to do whatever it is you are able to imagine.

You are only limited by what you believe is possible.

As a follower of Christ, you “can do all things” (Phil. 4:13), because “with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

Too many of us underestimate the power of Christ residing on the inside of us.

We are asleep to the potential we carry to change this world for the glory of God.

“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Ephesians 5:14

If each one of you could awaken the giant sleeping within you, imagine what a different world this would be.

This is why I am so passionate about the empowerment message—why I am dedicated to building the capacity of every individual to maximize their potential to lead positive change.

And this is what the End Your Year Strong Empowerment Summit is all about! So, if you can’t join me in Atlanta, you can be there with us via Livestreaming!

You can be present in real-time and enter into a supercharged atmosphere of equipping and impartation from wherever you are!

Let’s join our hearts and minds from all around the world as we stir up heaven!

If everyone reading this today were fully present—either physically or virtually—we would create a tremendous shift in the spiritual, social, and political climate that affects us all.

Don’t underestimate the power you have, especially when that power is infused with the faith of believers coming together in agreement.

We read in the Psalms of David that where there is unity—where God’s people come together in agreement—there He commands His blessing. (See Psalm 133: 1-3.)

“There the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.”
Psalm 133:3

Imagine the potential of God’s people today, within whom Christ dwells—“the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27)—when they are united in the Spirit.

Take the lid off your own potential by tapping into the blessing God commands upon those who come together in faith!

 “The just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
Hebrews 10:38

Last week we began talking about our core values by exploring the first among our ten ministry valuesFaith.

This week, I want to build on that foundational value by introducing another of our key values: Potential.

“We believe that every individual has been given all they need to fulfill their purpose in the form of unrealized potential. We maximize potential by activating a person’s individual gifts and abilities through our Kingdom-based empowerment strategies. We celebrate each person’s significance.”

You are in possession of everything you need to fulfill your purpose.

Seeded within you are the gifts, talents, skills, abilities, aptitudes, and sensibilities that uniquely equip you to accomplish that extraordinary thing you were born to do.

“Do not neglect the gift that is in you!”
1 Timothy 4:14

There is a divine mandate on your life. You have been entrusted with something so precious, so unique, and so significant that you and only YOU have the potential to bring it to pass.

Nobody else on the planet at any time in history can accomplish what you have been given to do within your lifetime.

It is the result of a divine inheritance specially earmarked for you; it defines a brand that is uniquely your own; and it will determine a legacy that only you can leave. 

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God!”
2 Timothy 1:6

Don’t take your unique potential lightly. Don’t be complacent about what you are truly capable of. Be deliberate about pursuing and accomplishing all that God has for you. 

As Paul told the Ephesians, “Be circumspect…be wise…understand what the will of the Lord is.” (See Eph. 5:15.)

I often go back to that passage of Scripture to ground myself in what I need to do in each moment to stay at the ready and in position to make the most of every opportunity as it presents itself: 

“See that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence].”
Ephesians 5:15 AMP

I appreciate how the Amplified version highlights the values of “honor, purpose, and courage” as necessary components of living a lifestyle marked by God’s wisdom. 

The passage goes on…urging us not to be “foolish and thoughtless,” but firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is for our lives. 

And then offers a strategy for how:

“Be filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him.”
Ephesians 5:18 AMP

Earlier in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul talks about being filled with all the fullness of God. (See Eph. 3:19.) 

Why? Because all that God is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that [you] ask or imagine,” He does “according to the power that works in [you]” (Eph. 3:20 AMP).

What’s that gift in you that you shouldn’t be neglecting? What’s that gift you should be stirring up?

It’s the power of God.

Now what does that say about your potential?

“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon YOU!”
Isaiah 60:1

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