The Websters Dictionary defines potential as – ‘Existing in possibility: capable of development into actuality’
The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and called him a mighty man of valour. Gideon didn’t recognise or realise his potential in that moment, he didn’t see what God saw. He didn’t understand at that present moment what he would go on to do in the future. Greatness was within him but he just simply didn’t know it. God, right there in Ophrah, called out the potential that was within Gideon and likewise God calls out the potential in us.
We need to understand something today and that is that our potential is not dictated by our abilities, our strength, or our wisdom. Our potential is greater than we can ever imagine.
Gideon’s response to the call of God was to say that he was from a poor family and that he was the youngest. But God saw something inside of Gideon that he was unable to see himself. There are possibilities around us, things that we are capable of doing that we thought we could never do. The most wonderful and amazing thing is, is that God knows and sees our potential, he sees what we can do in him and through him. We just need to see what God sees. He saw in Gideon a mighty man of valour likewise he sees something in you. He is calling out the potential that is within you the same way he called it out of Gideon. You might see yourself differently from the way God does but God is still calling out.
Don’t let your potential be resigned to “if only” or “what if”. Your potential exists as a possibility. It is not bound by any limitation other than the limit of what you believe you are able to do. Remember the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Your potential will remain a possibility until you act and do something only then will it become an actuality.[spacer style=”1″]
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Victory Over Myself – A Guide to Putting Me in My Rightful Place.
Authored by Leighton Ainsworth
Have you ever found yourself struggling to come to grips with what it actually means to deny yourself? Have you ever found it hard to take up your cross? As you read the pages of Victory Over Myself and immerse yourself in the scriptures that are found throughout, Pastor Leighton Ainsworth will guide you to be able to find the answers you seek.
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