Sun, 2018-01-28 11:58
2. Plan towards your God-given Potential
It’s the beginning of a new year. Many people make New Year’s resolutions towards a better life and a brighter future. In our planning for our future, we should always be mindful of the potential that God has placed within us.
The word “Potential” means:
- Unrealised possibilities
- Dormant qualities or abilities that could be developed to lead to future success and fruitfulness
- Capable of being or becoming but not yet in existence
Ephesians 2:10 (AMPC)
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
There is a certain sequence to fulfilling our God-given potential:
- Begin to follow Jesus and become born again (or born anew)
- Begin to do those good works which God has planned beforehand
- Begin to take the paths which He has prepared ahead of time
- Live the good life which He has prearranged and made ready for us
When planning for our future we should not limit ourselves (or God) with small thinking – let’s allow God to expand our vision and our dreams.
Psalm 115:12–15 (NKJV) The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. 13 He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. 14 May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children. 15 May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
God is constantly thinking of us. He is constantly endeavouring to bring increase to us.
Psalm 115:14 (KJV) The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
We might be thinking “more”, but God is thinking “more and more’.
Some might me thinking “enough”, but God is still thinking “more and more”.
Ephesians 4:28 (NKJV) Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
When people think “enough”, they usually think only of themselves.
When God is thinking “more and more”, He is thinking of us and of others.
Somehow the devil has managed to hoodwink large parts of the church world into accepting a “Poverty Gospel” (barely enough).
However, God has always had a “Prosperity Gospel” in mind (more and more).
“Greed” and “a desire for more and more” are not necessarily the same!
Greed only thinks about its own self.
Many of those with a desire for more and more think about helping others.
John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus came to give us life and abundance.
EL SHADDAI – THE GOD OF MORE THAN ENOUGH
Exodus 6:3 (AMP) I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty [El-Shaddai], but by My name the Lord [Yahweh—the redemptive name of God] I did not make Myself known to them [in acts and great miracles].
El Shaddai – God Almighty = a title for the true God, often with a focus on the power to complete promises of blessing and prosperity (DBL).
God’s character and His willingness and ability to redeem, to bless and to prosper us is revealed in His various names.
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV) And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
God made a covenant with Abraham and with His descendants to, among other things, bring great prosperity into their lives.
Galatians 3:13–14 (NKJV) Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus,that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The blessing (singular) of God on our lives produces many blessings (plural).
Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV) The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
We don’t make ourselves rich – it’s the blessing of the Lord that causes us to prosper. It’s by God’s grace, not by sheer effort on our part.
Isaiah 48:17–18 (NET) This is what the Lord, your protector, says, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you how to succeed, who leads you in the way you should go. 18 If only you had obeyed my commandments,prosperity would have flowed to you like a river, deliverance would have come to you like the waves of the sea.
Isaiah (NKJV) I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit …
God has given us natural gifts, talents and abilities. When we begin to follow Jesus and begin to live by God’s Word, the “Super” comes on the “Natural” to produce supernatural results.
- Develop your gifts
- Sharpen our abilities
- Maximise your earning capability
- Seek God for His wisdom in your life
- Be faithful in honouring God with your tithe and offerings
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.