Crumbs – Positive Faith Pursues Potential

                                                                     

“The price of excellence is discipline.  The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.”   William Arthur Ward

 “There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.”  Buck Rogers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

“It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.”              Isaac Disraeli

                                                                              

                                                               

There is greater potential in our weak areas than in our strengths. How can this bizarre concept possibly be true?  Because II Corinthians 12:9 promises us His power is made perfect, not in our strengths but in our weakness. E.L.W. 

 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will made your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”  Psalm 37:4-6

                                                                                                                                  

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”  Hebrews 11:61a 

Without positive faith, it’s impossible to fulfill our God-given potential. ELW

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10

Faith that isn’t positive isn’t faith at all; it’s merely a pipe dream, which holds no substance and clings hopelessly to an illusion.  ELW 

                                                                                                               

God’s way is perfect, and He will give us the strength to go above and beyond our capabilities.                                                                               See Psalm 18:32-33

                                                                           

My propensity to doubt and think negatively actually says to God exactly the opposite of what I claim to believe.  God, I don’t really believe you’re faithful, at least not in my life.  Lord, I don’t really believe you love me enough to make these things happen for me.  Jesus, I believe your promises are true, but just not for me.  ELW

                                                                                                                       

Truth:  God’s lavishes His love on His children. See I John 3:1 

 Truth:  God never fails to fulfill His promises.  See Joshua 23:14

It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to exercise faith and to pursue the potential God has for us.  In order to be filled and empowered by His Spirit, we must give the control of our lives over to Him so the Holy Spirit will have the freedom to work God’s will in and through us.     (See Romans 12:1-2)

                                                                                                                     

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