UNDERSTANDING THE POTENTIAL OF A MAN
A Message by Pastor Hyacinth Aneke at the Sunshine Service on Sunday, October 8, 2017
Bible Text: Genesis 1:26-28 [KJV]
In all of God's creation, there is no nonentity, everyone was created to be a sign and a wonder. At creation, there was a power of God planted in every man (Genesis 1:27). It is only by the intelligent use and direction of the power of God in a man that man can fulfil purpose. Man was given the ability to develop his own capacity and mental faculties. Hence, man can develop his capacity and mental faculties as he pleases, because the power was placed during creation. Man has inherent power built in him at creation by which he may grow in whatever direction he pleases. There is no limit to the possibility of the growth of man. As seen in Genesis 1:28, there is no limit placed on any man.
We don't know if there is any boundary to the mental power of any man. Ephesians 3:20 says "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,". God can do above anything you can think of or imagine. There is a seed of God in you that can make you surpass your dreams. There is no man on earth that has become so great in any faculty that it is impossible for someone else to be greater. There is a power in you to surpass every form of greatness that you have seen. As a child of God, what you have seen now, is nothing compared to what is ahead of you. It doesn't matter what men say about you today, what is ahead of you is unimaginable.
Man was created a genius. A genius is someone who is in union with God. Anytime you come in unity with God, God appears in that situation. A genius can been described as one who Omniscience is flowing through him. Every man is created to be a genius. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 [KJV] says "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Great men and women are people who have maximized their potential with the power of God in them. How connected are you to the power of God in you? The power of conscious growth and intentional growth was given to every man. You are completely responsible for how far you are willing to maximize your potential.
When God blessed man and told man to multiply (Genesis 1:28), the power of conscious growth was given to man. This power is not given to lower animals, it is given to man who is able to develop and increase by it. The purpose of life is to maximize the ability given to man including animals. Anyone that ceases to grow, turns out to be stagnant or imbalanced. You need to have a balanced growth in every area of your life. Someone who has ill-health or imbalanced cannot maximize potential.
There is nothing impossible in the spirit that is not possible in the flesh (Zechariah 4:6). A man can achieve anything he conceives in his heart (Philippians 4:13). Are you limited by your thoughts? What do you think about (Proverbs 23:7a)? Your potential can be measured by your level of thinking. There is no good thing a man can imagine that is impossible to realize (Genesis 11:6). If you can agree with God, your potential will be realized, powerful and maximized.
Man was formed for growth and is under necessity to grow. Growing is essential to man's happiness. However, if two people are allowed to grow naturally, they won't grow the same way, because God created everyone differently. Everyone is created differently, so you need to follow your life's path. Be amazing at what you are already good at. Find your own path, follow it because that is the only way you can maximize potential.
After the fall of man, man became completely carnal and was separated from God. Jesus came to give man everlasting life and if you don't have everlasting life, you are missing God's plan for your life (John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17). After the fall of man, the first requirement for man to maximize potential, is to have the born-again experience. You can't have an encounter with God and your life remains the same, because there is a circumcision that comes with the salvation experience. The salvation experience is like rising from death back to life (John 3:15, John 11:23-24, John 11:27). The salvation experience is also when the power of God is awakened in a man. Man then becomes the son of the Most High, and all power in Heaven and on Earth is given to him (Matthew 28:18, Acts 1:8). When God wants to maximize your potential, He wants to set you free from every limitation. After the salvation experience, you must understand that your potential is in your spirit and not in your flesh. The flesh profits no man (1 Corinthians 2:14, James 2:26a). Your potential cannot be carnally discerned (Matthew 9:16-21). What do you have priority for, your spirit or your flesh? To maximize potential, the spirit must take its rightful place.
You need to act on the Word of the LORD given to you (Exodus 14:15). Man in his lower state is a child of chance and circumstances, and a slave to fear. However, no matter how low you find yourself, there is a power within you that is sufficient to master all the fears, and learn to be self-active and act in faith.
In conclusion, you are 100% responsible for what happens to you; choose life that you may live (John 3:16, Deuteronomy 30:19). Choose to respond to events in your life God's way (Romans 8:28). Are you living your life the way God expects you to? If you have never surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, do so today and embrace the call of God, so that you can maximize potential.
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