THEME: Maximizing Your Potential
TEXT: Acts 17:28
For IN HIM we LIVE and MOVE and HAVE OUR BEING.
Most people including us, who are believers IN CHRIST, are failing when it comes to maximizing our potential.
We hear so much in Christian circles about fulfilling our purpose.
We can never really fulfill our purpose in life without maximizing our potential
God has equipped us to
I.) ACCORDING TO THE SENSES:
Living by our senses limits us.
Taste, Touch, Smell, Seeing, Hearing.
With these 5 senses, there are boundaries that restrict us.
You are never going far with these.
It is simply living in the NATURAL REALM.
Living by our senses alone is living in a RUT.
Example: Flying an airplane.
Flying by sight, versus’ “ instrument rated flying.”
Flying BY SIGHT is basic flying, you can only fly where you can see.
Instrument rated flying allows you to fly regardless of the weather.
II.) ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT:
Living by and from our spirit allows us to experience great things.
It is simply living in the SUPERNATURAL REALM.
Life IN THE SPIRIT is amazing.
Rom:8:11 If the same SPIRIT that raised Christ from the dead LIVES IN YOU, he that raised Christ up from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies.
This one verse of scripture is your TICKET to a better life.
It is a PROMISE of God that you won’t have to live by your own abilities.
The HOLY SPIRIT is the ENERGIZER of our lives.
When he QUICKENS us, we come to life.
He infuses us with something greater than ourselves.
III.) THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
John 16:13 When HE , the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth, for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak,, And He will show you things to come.
He shall glorify me, for He shall receive of mine and show it unto you.
All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore said I, that He shall take of mine and shall show it unto you.
What Jesus says here, Paul reminds us of in 1 Cor:2:9.
What eye hath not seen: What ear hath not heard:
What mind hath not conceived: The THINGS that God hath prepared.
Vs 10 But God hath revealed them unto us BY HIS SPIRIT. For the SPIRIT searcheth ALL THINGS, tea, the deep things of God.
Right here, right now, you ought to be shouting.
What this is right here is an ENTRY WAY into a far more effective way of living. ( The DEEP THINGS of God )
And I will ask the Father, and He shall give you ANOTHER Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.
Even the Spirit of truth, For He dwelleth WITH YOU and shall be IN YOU.
IN YOU is far greater than just WITH YOU.
There is a RESERVOIR of heavenly TREASURE IN US.
1 Cor:4:7 For we have THIS TREASURE in earthen vessels.
The TREASURE is the nature, and ability of God.
IV.) THE EVIDENCE OF SPIRIT LIVING.
A better life.
This I say then: Walk IN THE SPIRIT and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Vs 25 If we LIVE IN THE SPIRIT, let us also WALK IN THE SPIRIT.
Spiritual goose bumps and feel good isn’t what living in the Spirit is all about.
Spiritual living is about living daily from something deep within you.
It is pulling from that RESERVOIR that God has placed inside of you.
V.) THE BOTTON LINE:
In our present everyday world today we see technology at its best.
Missiles , drones, other aircraft are launched in one place and travel to destinations hundreds and thousands of miles away, GUIDED by an internal system that directs its course to its target.
Rom:8:14 speaks about those that are the SONS of God, being led by the SPIRIT of God.
SONS = Greek ( huios- HWEE-os )
Not merely a child, but an HEIR, one prepared to take charge, take ownership.
One of full stature, of age, ready and equipped to call the shots if necessary.