Summary: Some biblical principles to help us come closer to being all that God has created us to be.
Secrets To Fulfilling Your Potential
1 Sam 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
What did God see when He looked at David’s heart? What does He see when He looks at yours? How can my potential be realized? What attracts God to me?
Secret 1: Actions are prescribed by _faith_ and not by _sight_
"Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God." Moreover David said, "The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you!" 1 Samuel 17:36-37
Secret 2: Growth is _chosen_ during distress.
To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of David when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, and said to him, "David has gone to the house of Ahimelech....But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good. Psalm 52:8-9
To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Contemplation of David when the Ziphites went and said to to Saul, "Is David not hiding with us?" Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your strength. Psalm 54:1
A Michtam of David when the Philistines captured him in Gath.
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me. Psalm 56:8-9
Secret 3: Prosperity does not deaden _sensitivity_.
"For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them. There-fore You are great, O Lord GOD. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Secret 4: Failure pushes _toward_ Him, not _away_.
A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2
Secret 5: Unashamed to _publicly adore God_
A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth -- Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3