Do you realize how much potential you have there? Do you realize what you could accomplish? Do you realize what is available to you? Do you realize that you have a choice? Do you realize how much that choice could make a difference? Do you realize that a choice to start, to move, to begin, to answer, to listen, to understand, to obey could transform the world around you?
Potential is “the energy possessed by a body by virtue of its position relative to others, stresses within itself, electric charge, and other factors.”
Kinetic is “energy that a body possesses by virtue of being in motion.”
So will you get moving? Will you achieve your potential? Will you ask God for wisdom to help direct you? your steps? your words? your actions? Will you be obedient to His call and His instruction for your life?
Kinetic energy vs. Potential energy. Energy is the ability to do work. Objects can have stored, or potential, energy when work has been done (such as raising an object in the air) or by virtue of their position (such as sitting at the top of a hill).
We have all been created with the ability to do work. We all have potential. What good work has God prepared in advance for you to do? Will you listen to His call and accomplish it? He has created each of us on purpose, with purpose, for a purpose! How we choose to convert that potential into kinetic is based on a choice, we all have freewill and we all get to choose and make a choice! We need to choose wisely! We need to respond to God’s calling on our lives to accomplish the good work He has prepared in advance for us to accomplish! We need to respond to God’s calling on our lives and be good stewards of all He has stored up (our potential) in us and use it for the glory of His kingdom. We all get a choice to use it for good, use it for evil, or let it waste away. Let’s be good stewards and use the gifts and talents God has given us for good! How will you transform that potential you have?
Will you accomplish your full potential? Will you have any potential energy left in the tank at the end or will you have used it all for God’s glory? Will you have used your potential energy up for good so as the glorify God the most? Will you have wasted your potential energy by not walking in alignment with God and being obedient to His call on your life?
Each day is a gift from God! This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! How will you take the potential and opportunities of today and transform them?
Will you store up some additional potential in order to accomplish even greater things?
Today’s devotional speaks to fulfilling our potential. Day 17 – Bible In One Year 2017
Devotional, Psalm 10:1-11, Matthew 12:46-50, Matthew 13:1-17, Genesis 34, Genesis 35
Don’t get caught up in the daily routine and miss out the opportunity to transform that potential energy into kinetic energy in order to get even greater work done for the glory of God! We all have been given a purpose when God created us which keeps prodding us to become what God desires for us to become but we all have to choose how we will respond to the calling on our lives!
Are you living to your full potential or are you living a life where you feel “there has to be more than this”?
Consider God’s plan: Jesus says: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Consider God’s plan: Jeremiah tells us: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God’s plan isn’t just for when things are good, but also when we are facing troubles and trials. Consider God’s plan when we are facing trouble: Jesus says: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Consider God’s plan when we face trials of many kinds: Jesus says to consider it pure joy, let’s get the full context: “ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Some friends got together because we wanted to be able to share encouragement and one of our friends had received a message from God and so he kept prompting us till the point where we put together a devotional book called More than. I never thought I would write a blog never mind a book. I know have been blessed with blogging since 2005 and being a co-author to a book too. I never would have considered being president of an organization, but I was. I never would have expected to be a director of something, but I am now a director for a camp for foster teens as well as a director of product management at work. Who knows how great the potential is that God has set in motion, but I know that when I walk with Him and try to stay in alignment and walk it out in obedience, even greater things can happen.
God’s Word even tells us that “Greater things are yet to come.” Consider when Jesus tells us in John 14:12 – Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
So how can we multiply? When an object has potential and starts to move, depending on the resistance the final kinetic energy it has is a multiplication factor of where it had been. So with the potential God has given you, how will you multiply it? Will you increase by 30x? 60x? 100x? We read in today’s reading that when we are living in relationship with Jesus 30x is the minimum. So the key is to walk in relationship with Jesus! Your potential goes beyond your ambitions and your desires, as I mentioned before when speaking of some of my works, it was beyond my ambitions and desires and more about what I felt God calling me to step up and step into. God’s desire is for us to live the abundant life — lacking nothing!
It goes beyond God blessing us to God allowing us to be a blessing to others.
Today’s devotional (Day 17 – Bible In One Year 2017) wraps this into 5 points…
1. Promote humility
2. Pursue intimacy, 3. Put down roots, 4. Protect your heart
5. Purify yourself
1Why, Lord, do you stand far off?Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,who are caught in the schemes he devises. 3He boasts about the cravings of his heart;he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. 4In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 5His ways are always prosperous;your laws are rejected by him;he sneers at all his enemies. 6He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.” 7His mouth is full of lies and threats;trouble and evil are under his tongue. 8He lies in wait near the villages;from ambush he murders the innocent.His eyes watch in secret for his victims; 9like a lion in cover he lies in wait.He lies in wait to catch the helpless;he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. 10His victims are crushed, they collapse;they fall under his strength. 11He says to himself, “God will never notice;he covers his face and never sees.”
–from Psalm 10
Pursue Intimacy…(with God and with people)…all ministry flows out of relationship
46While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
–from Matthew 12
Put down roots…We need to go deeper if we want to be able to withstand the wind and the rain of life. We need to let our roots go deep.
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
–from Matthew 13
Protect your heart…There are many whose hearts are calloused and need God’s softening. There are many who will try to break your heart too. Invite Jesus into your heart that it can be transformed. Don’t allow the worries of life to wear on your heart! Don’t allow the deceitfulness of wealth rob you of joy!
10The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
–from Matthew 13
Purify yourself…Grab hold of a spirit of forgiveness and becoming an ambassador of peace rather than looking to retaliate or seeking revenge!
Dinah and the Shechemites
1Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. 3His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. 4And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”
5When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.
6Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. 7Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.
8But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 9Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves. 10You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it.”
11Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask. 12Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.”
13Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor. 14They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us. 15We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males. 16Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you. 17But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”
18Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem. 19The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. 20So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city. 21“These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours. 22But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are. 23Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.”
24All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.
25Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male. 26They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left. 27The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled. 28They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields. 29They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.
30Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”
31But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”
–from Genesis 34
Jacob Returns to Bethel
1Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”
2So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. 3Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. 5Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.
6Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. 7There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.
8Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth.
9After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel.
11And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 13Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.
14Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
16Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” 18As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.
19So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.
21Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 22While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it.
Jacob had twelve sons:
23The sons of Leah:
Reuben the firstborn of Jacob,
Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
24The sons of Rachel:
Joseph and Benjamin.
25The sons of Rachel’s servant Bilhah:
Dan and Naphtali.
26The sons of Leah’s servant Zilpah:
Gad and Asher.
These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.
27Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
–from Genesis 35
The potential is great and so we need to be prepared and aware of what the world may send our way. We need to resist the devil so that he will flee. We need to be well rooted and standing strong with the full armor of God in order to complete the work God has for us!
Will you achieve your full potential? Why not get started today!