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Friday, June 16, 2023

God’s Word Will Unlock My Potential

In John 8:31-32 I read, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (NLT)

I cannot possibly fathom my full potentialonly my Creator can. Only God, the one who made me, knows all I’m capable of being. My parents, spouse, friends, and boss only get a glimpse of my potential.

Only God knows what I’m truly capable of. 

Most people, including myself, live for the approval of others. We spend all of our time worrying about what others think of us. My life has been limited by replaying tapes in my head of people who have lied to meeven if they didn’t mean to. They’ve told me that I can’t do something or that I’m not good enough

I’ve played these tapes over and over in my mind. But they’re lies! The people who made those statements about me have no idea about my potential

To know my real potential, I need to talk to my Creator. Only he knows what he can do through my life. And only he can unlock that potential. How does he do it?

Jesus says in John 8:31-32, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (NLT).

God’s Word will unlock all I’ve been made to do and be. Through it, I’ll be able to do things I never thought possible

How do I do that?

First, learn God’s Word. God won’t unlock my potential until I actually open the Bible and learn it. I won’t unlock potential by osmosis. I’ll start to do it by learning what the Bible says.

Second, accept God’s Word. The Bible has to be the authority in my life. I may not like what I’m reading, but—if I want God’s best for my life—I need to accept what it says as the final authority for how I live.

Third, obey God’s Word. I can’t just learn God’s Word and accept God’s Word. I have to do what the Bible teaches. I won’t get blessed for the parts of the Bible I know. I’ll get blessed for the parts of the Bible I do

I was made for much more than I ever imagined. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!” (CEV)

So, I need to continue to open up God’s Word, and get ready to do what only God can imagine.

Jesus himself is the truth that sets me free. He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. He frees me from continued slavery to sin, from self-deception, and from deception by Satan. He shows me clearly the way to eternal life with God. Thus, Jesus does not give me freedom to do what I want, but freedom to follow God. As I seek to serve God, Jesus' perfect truth frees me to be all that God meant me to be.

When I believe in Him, he will reveal the truth and the truth will set me free. Jesus is the source of truth. His truth will free me from slavery to sin, self-deception and deception from Satan. 

My sinful nature caused me to make wrong choices. I think there is a payoff. The secret to change is something I know, the truth. When I change the way I think, it will change the way I feel and my actions.