November 1, 2015 by maryruwe
Have you ever heard it said of someone, “they have great potential”? Do you know that all of us have great potential? Just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Having great potential doesn’t even guarantee that we will experience the benefits of it. God has placed within each of us great potential but it is up to us as to how much and to what degree we actually accomplish in our lives.
Praise, power and potentiality are forces in our lives that bring us into the abundant life that Jesus said He came to give us (John 10:10). The three work together, and in both directions. Our praises to God brings His power into our lives which then results in us living out that full potential that God Himself placed in us. Coming from the opposite direction we see that God has placed within each of us gifts and potential that will only come to fullest fruition when we seek His will and purpose in our life. Then His power is released in our lives to complete those plans He has for us, which in turn brings Him praise and glory.
Praising God brings the power of God into our lives because as the Bible teaches us, “God inhabits the praises of His people” (Psalm 22:3). I like the way the New King James says it, “But you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel”. Enthroned means exalted. Our praises exalt God, and brings us into the position of receiving power from Him to live according to His Word to the utmost potential His has placed in us.
The power of God brings the potentiality of miracles of God to work through us and for us. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 that all authority (power) had been given to Him in heaven and earth. As Christians He resides in us and therefore that same power is available to (in) us to live out His marvelous plans for our lives. His Power (a form of energy) is available for us to do the good works that He created us to do (Philippians 2:13). It’s God’s power that enables us to walk in love, to have mercy, to receive His strength, and even His wisdom. As I mentioned above, His power is available to (in) us but we control of “how much and to what degree” that power flows in us and through us. The power of God IS suppose be reigning in us so His goodness is visible to those around us, drawing them to Him.
It is the same with the potentiality, talents and capabilities. They are within us even if not yet developed or visible to the natural eye. As we grow closer to Him, these potentialities, capabilities, talents, and abilities come into view and as we walk in His fullness (power), we bring Him glory.
How do we do this? We are to diligently seek to walk upright before Him. We are to stir up the gift(s) in us (2 Timothy 1:6) to walk in the power and potential He has placed in us. We are to praise God for helping us be who He wants us to be, and for helping us do what He has called us to do. We must walk in submission to His will and His direction for our lives. All of this is accomplished when we take time to be in fellowship with Him, be in His Word, in prayer, and allowing Him to change us more and more into His Image.
My prayer this week is that we will spend more time with our Heavenly Father; praising Him for His goodness, exalting Him for all He has done for us, allowing His power to change us and revealing to us the potential He has placed within us, that we might complete all He has created to be and do, to His glory.