Will You Realize Your Potential This Year?

Will You Realize Your Potential This Year?

 

Nehemiah 2:17-18 says, You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me.  They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

 

The story of Nehemiah returning to Jerusalem to rebuild and restore the City of Jerusalem gives us several principles for realizing our full potential. When it comes to people realizing their full potential, all people choose one of two things. Either they choose the pain of discipline and discipleship, which is a result of commitment, sacrifice and growth, or they choose to live with the pain of regret, which comes by taking the easy road and refusing the opportunities given to them.

 

There is a large difference between a person being interested in something and being committed to it. When most of us are only interested in something (such as prayer, Bible study or church attendance), we participate in the aspects of it only when we find it to be convenient. On the other hand, when we are committed to something, we accept no excuses whether they come from within or without. Why is that? Because everything worth having costs something and the first price is the price of commitment.

 

 

Several years ago I attended a leadership seminar led by John Maxwell. John is a very gifted and anointed leader. For hours that day he taught on the principles of leadership. But it was the first principle that truly impacted my life in a dynamic way. He said, “if you don’t know where you are going…any road will get you there.” In other words, if you can’t lead yourself, it is impossible to lead others. And, to lead oneself takes a commitment. It takes a commitment to the goal and the journey.

 

David said in Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” His son Solomon said, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)

 

 

Without commitment we are doomed to an aimless life. In the New Testament Paul said that the gospel had been “committed to him.” (1 Corinthians 9:17). In his statement Paul used the Greek word, pisteuo.  Pisteuo speak of something that one thinks to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in. In other words commitment takes belief, confidence and conviction.  In the moral or spiritual sense, the word speaks of the trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul.

 

When we are committed to reaching our potential, our inner man “aims” toward the fullness of that potential. By being committed to becoming all that we can be in Christ Jesus, our inner man “believes” that the Lord will help us and that the Holy Spirit will be our Guide. This “faith” pulls us toward our destiny. The destiny for each of us is to become all that we can become in Christ.

 

Pray this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, You were so committed to obeying the will of the Father and paying the full price for our salvation. You are committed to interceding for us at the right hand of the Father and sending the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us and encourage us along the way. Help me to be committed this year to Your will and Your way. I commit myself to you, to understanding Your will and realizing my full potential in You. (Ephesians 5:17-18)

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In 2017-Open Your Heart

I simply love the ministry of Craig Groeschel. One of his core values is to lead the way with irrational generosity because he truly believes it is more blessed to give than to receive.

If we are going to follow the pathway to irrational generosity we will need to turn a deaf ear to old voices and then, open our heart to new choices. We will need to begin with this praise and prayer…

Thank you Lord for renewing my mind today. Teach me your ways.”

The Bible says in 2 Samuel 5:6-9 NIV, “The king (David) and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, ‘You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.’ They thought, ‘David cannot get in here.’ Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.  On that day, David said, ‘Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.’ That is why they say, ‘The blind and lame will not enter the palace.’ David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David.'”

There are two types of thought that continually vie for our attention.  One says, “Yes I can.” The other says, “No, you can’t”.  One says “God will help you.” And the other, “God has left you.”  One speaks the language of faith and the other the language of fear.  One proclaims God’s strengths and the other lists your failures.  One longs to build you up and the other does its best to tear you down.

Here’s the great news…you get to choose. God wants all of us to follow David’s example. When everyone was focused on the obvious…David thought the unusual.  Following his example during the coming year will cause you to do what no one expects and achieve what no one imagines.

I encourage you to pray this prayer with me today. “Dear Lord Jesus, help me to open my heart and mind to new possibilities. Nothing is impossible to You and nothing is impossible to anyone who believes that nothing is impossible to You. You are a Great and Mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for you. Lord, I pray that over the coming year, you will help me to:

  • Keep Growing. “I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding.” Philippians 1:9
  • Continue to Rejoice. “…the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.” Philippians 1:18
  • Be Bold. “And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ.”  Philippians 1:14
  • Be Humble. “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.”  Philippians 2:3
  • Be Generous. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:10-11

I love you!

Robert


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