“Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.” — 1 John 4:4 (AMP)
Because you are God’s offspring, there are many selves within you that lie dormant, untapped and unused. Your primary problem is that you do not think like God does. He is always looking for what is not yet visible. He expects to find inside each person and thing He created more than is evident on the outside.
On the other hand, man is often satisfied with what he has. Or, if he is at least not satisfied, he thinks there is nothing better to live for. Thus he settles for what he has. Therein lies the tragedy of life. The minute we begin to settle down and be satisfied with what we have, we lose the possibility of revealing what is really inside us.
Too often we die without exploring the gifts, abilities and successes that lay hidden within us. Our thoughts, ideas and possibilities are not used. We fail to realize the vast potential that is stored within us. We are like batteries in a radio that is never played — our potential is wasted.
Since you are full of potential, you should not be the same person next year that you are this year.
God’s potential is far greater than anything we can ask Him to do. Everything that is visible came out of God. Everything that we yet will see is still within Him. Because we came out of God, that same potential is available to us.
Are you connecting?
Is the Holy Spirit present in your life? Are you flowing in a consistent, empowering relationship that undergirds your every thought, dream, and plan? Or are you trying to do great things without the power of the Spirit? We may see a skyscraper or a space shuttle or a fancy computer and say, “That’s something else. Man is really working here.” But the Spirit says, “That’s nothing compared to what man could do. That’s what man is doing without Me. I want you to do something people cannot do unless they have Me. I want you to build people. I have the stuff to empower you to help people build new foundations and open new windows through which to see life. I want to give you a view from the top of life so you can see the way God sees.”
Wow! What power! The power’s there. It’s up to you whether you make the connection that releases the power.
— Ted Winsley, Philadelphia Eagles chaplain
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