UNDERSTANDING YOUR POTENTIAL 3

THE POTENTIAL PRINCIPLE
To simplify this concept let us look at one of the most powerful
elements in nature…the seed. If I held a seed in my hand and asked
you, “What do I have in my hand?” what would you say? Perhaps
you would answer what seems to be the obvious…a seed. However,
if you understand the nature of a seed, your answer would be fact but
not truth.
The truth is I hold a forest in my hand. Why? Because in every seed
there is a tree, and in every tree there is fruit or flowers with seeds in
them. And these seeds also have trees that have fruit that have
seeds…that have trees that have fruit that have seeds, etc. In essence,
what you see is not all there is. That is potential. Not what is, but what
could be.
God created everything with potential, including you. He placed the
seed of each thing within itself (Genesis 1:12), and planted within
each person or thing He created the ability to be much more than it is
at any one moment. Thus, everything in life has potential.

NOTHING IS INSTANT

Nothing in life is instant. People think miracles are instant, but they
really are not. They are just a process that has been sped up. Nothing God created is instant, because God does not operate in the instant. He is a God of the potential principle. Everything begins as potential. He did not create a ready-made human race—the earth was not given an instant population. God made one person—not a million people. He started with one seed. Then from that one He created another. Then He said to those seeds, “Bless you (that means, ‘You have My permission’). Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.” In Adam, God gave the earth a seed with the potential of one…one
hundred…one thousand…one million…. The five billion people on
the earth today were in that one man’s loins. God knew that in Adam and Eve there were enough people to fill the earth. That’s the way God works. He knows the potential principle because He introduced it. It is Him.

DON’T SETTLE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE
Potential is always present, waiting to be exposed. It demands that you never settle for what you have accomplished. One of the greatest
enemies of your potential is success. God wants you to maximize the potential He has given to you. You are not yet what you are supposed to be—though you may be pleased with what you now are. Don’t accept your present state in life as final, because it is just that, a state. Don’t be satisfied with your last accomplishment, because there are many accomplishments yet to be perfected. Since you are full of potential, you should not be the same person next year that you are this year. Never accept success as a lifestyle—it is but a phase. Never accept an accomplishment as the end—it is but a mark in the process. Because you are God’s offspring, there are many selves within you that lie dormant, untapped and unused. Your primary problem is that you do not think like God does.

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