Dare 2B Daring - July 17, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.” – Edmund Burke
Have you ever wondered what the future holds for you, your family, your business, or your church? Is the sky the limit or is there a “ceiling” above which you can never aspire to, let alone attain?
Being an eternal optimist, I am a big believer in potential. I truly believe that our Creator wants us to fulfill our God-given potential as individuals and the same goes for our families, our businesses, and our ministries. However, that belief comes with a couple of HUGE caveats.
First, God is not a fairy godfather who grants our every wish. Nor does He promise us a trouble-free life, contrary to the prosperity gospel being peddled by scores of false teachers. In fact, maximizing our God-given potential may involve persecution and even martyrdom. It certainly did for Peter, Paul and many other church fathers… and it still does today for countless sincere Christ-followers around the world.
Second, trying to reach our full potential in our own strength – and by tapping our own resources – is a surefire recipe for disaster. Eventually, our internal gas tank will exhaust itself and we will be operating on nothing but fumes. Unless we are plugged into the Holy Spirit, we can count on having to repeatedly call AAA from the side of life’s rocky road.
I guess it all boils down to this: you and I will only achieve our full potential if we stop relying on our feelings and start resting on God’s promises. Simply put, our human emotions are about as reliable as next week’s weather report. One minute, our disposition is sunny and the forecast calls for nothing but clear skies. The very next, our outlook darkens and storm clouds suddenly appear overhead.
Feelings are fickle, but God’s Word is flawless. Read it, study it and apply it if you truly want to be – in the words of the U.S. Army recruiting ad – “all that you can be.”
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast of restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President