• Vanessa Clark

The Audacity of Potential

Picture God stepping out into the nothing there was before He spoke it into existence. Inky darkness and absolute silence was what met Him on that fateful day He began to create. Why was there nothing? The answer to that mystery is that God carried EVERYTHING within Himself and had yet to unleash it. This is what He has placed inside of us; His power of “everything” because He is in everything. John 1:3 says “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” As believers, God now lives in us and so does the purpose and potential to create, to open our mouths, use our brain, tap into our gifts, power to change the world for the better. Here are 3 ways to make the invisible visible through the power of God.

1. Define the “nothing

As God stepped out on nothing it made room for what was inside of Him to come out. We go through wondering about our purpose but the truth is what’s in us will always fill a void, answer a prayer, and solve a problem. When we can define the “nothing” around us it’ll ignite our purpose. Deep questions that beg for answers like why are their hungry babies in our cities, where are the resources for people in domestic violence situations, or if church has gone digital how can we further our reach? Wherever there is an empty space it calls for us to unleash our potential.

2. Learn from your Father

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:1-3 In these verses we can see the divine process of God. He saw something without form, He moved over it to assess, then He opened His mouth and created the heavens and the earth. We also must learn from our heavenly Father, to take notice of the despair, hurt, and injustice in the world, we have to look around and see where we’re needed the most. Then, through prayer and fasting learn the answers on how to tap into our purpose and answer the call over our lives. Finally, we have to speak up, we hold so much authority, created a little lower than the angels, we are vessels of God endowed with His love and power. Declaring God’s Word over situations in our lives creates room for His will to be done.

3. Surrender to patience

We can find the story of creation within a defined timeline by an infinite God and for our benefit, He labeled them days. What we don’t know is the moment God decided to change the nothing into something. He is called the Ancient of Days because time does not limit Him, only we are bound to it, and when the book of Proverbs declares we are but vapors, it is an eye opener to our limits. We are encouraged to let patience have its perfect work in us (James 1:3) as God grows us up in His word, power, and presence so that when we do unleash our potential we are prepared, seasoned, and useful. We must surrender to the process, when we see the intricacies of God’s creation, how impossibly beautiful and functional it is, we know God is about teaching us patience so that our purpose can also be that glorious. Our purpose is to show the audaciousness of God’s unlimited potential!

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