Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Pastor Jerry Sellers, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Let me start off tonight as I continue to unpack principles that accompany a Kingdom mindset. I’m going to talk about the Kingdom Principle of Vision. I want to start off with a broad subject matter. I’ll call it The Discovery of Vision. I want to make some statements to lay some groundwork to build upon, then narrow this broad subject and end with a narrow focus.
So the first statement I want to share is this…
The greatest tragedy in life is not death. It is trying to live life without a purpose.
It is more tragic to be alive and not know why, than to be dead and not know life. When you are alive, you have to give an account for what you do with your time, your talents, giftings–your treasure. You have to explain, “Why am I here?” and “What have I done with my life?”
Let’s take it a little deeper and explore 5 questions to help steer us to a greater understanding. Before I jump into the questions I want to share a thought I shared in our men’s Bible study a few weeks ago.
If someone asked you, “What do you believe is mankind’s greatest enemy,” you would probably hear something like this: “Satan, Sin, Flesh.” But honestly ponder this: our greatest enemy is our ignorance.
Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
John 8:32 – And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Let’s ask ourselves 5 quick questions
- Who am I?
Some of you think you have the answer, but honestly, it’s not an easy answer. Normally, when you ask people who they are, they tell you what they do. “Well, I’m a mechanic,” or a teacher, or a nurse. This question is not asking you what you do. It’s focusing on who you are. How do you identity yourself?
2. Where am I from?
I spoke a few weeks ago on the subject “Your Identity is Found in Your Origin.” Until you know where you are from, you cannot know who you are. What is your source? Where did you come from?
3. Why am I here?
Some never really ask this question because they are afraid of not finding the answer. We know when a man and woman are intimate, that a man releases 600 million seeds that rush toward the egg and only 1 makes it. You where 1 of 600 million. Why did you beat out the other 599,999,999. Was there a reason the divine creator choose you to win that race?
Why you? You didn’t just come here to make a living, pay bills, get a mortgage, buy a few cars, have some kids, retire and finally die. You didn’t come to do all that. You came to make a difference. You have something we need. You came because you have something the world needs. You’re not a mistake, so why are you here?
4. What can I do? What is my true ability?
Many in the church are living below their true potential. They don’t know what they are capable of. We have accepted other people’s opinions of what we can do. We have allowed people, culture and society to tell us what we can and cannot do. Some of us need to be delivered from the opinions of other people. “What can you do” is the question.
5. Where am I going?
This is much more than heaven, hell, or salvation. This has to do with destiny. Where are you going with your life? Where is the journey taking you the next 10, 15, 20 years? Is there a sense of destiny in your life–that there is something the world needs only you have? God wants you to know you are not just here as a passing fantasy. You came to this planet and you are still kicking up dust because there is something you still need to do. You are not finished.
Say with me, “I am loaded. I am loaded.”
You where created to live life with MEANING and PURPOSE
Until you discover the vision of your life and begin to see there is purpose attached to you, you will never be fulfilled. You were born to do something important in this world. You where designed for a destiny.
The Bible says in
Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, people perish…
I believe you are loaded with stuff that we have not seen yet. You were born to do something the world needs. That’s why, until you discover your purpose, you can never maximize your potential. When you find your purpose and discover your vision, you automatically discover your potential.
I heard a theologian ask a question during a lecture that really challenged me. I want to ask you the same question hoping it challenges you.
What is the wealthiest spot on planet earth?
Some would say New York City: 345,600 millionaires with $3 trillion in wealth.
Gold mines of South America; Diamond mines of South Africa; the oil wells of the Middle East, or oil and gas here in Texas.
Truth is, you can find it in almost every city. It looks like this… (I need a picture of a cemetery)
It’s the Cemetery. Why? Because buried in the cemetery are books that were never written; songs never recorded and no one has ever heard because these people died with the music still in their minds. The graveyard is full of ideas that were never invented, businesses that were never started, paintings that were never painted. Cures that never got developed. The graveyard is full of dreams and visions that never became a reality.
There is wealth, riches and powerful treasure in all of us that should be given to the earth that more than likely will stay inside of us. It will never be released and will be wasted.
This question rocked my world and I have been thinking about this for months. Many in this room will make the cemetery even more richer because trapped in you is untold and undiscovered potential that will never be released.
Inside of you is an idea you still haven’t pursued; poetry you haven’t written; a song that hasn’t been put on paper.
Your goal as a Kingdom believer is to die empty–to rob the grave of any riches. You came to earth to go back to God empty. The only thing the cemetery should get is an empty shell.
On the cross, right before our King died, He said, “It is finished.” He died empty. He reached and gave His full potential. Paul said, “I have finished my course; my race.”
You shouldn’t die because of your age or sickness, but because you have nothing left to do.
You can’t finish if you don’t know where to start
This wealth in the cemetery is called potential. This word carries great importance in Kingdom understanding and functionality.
What is Potential?
Potential is all you can do but haven’t done yet. Potential is all you can become but you haven’t become it yet. Potential is who you really are but no one knows it yet.
Now, chew on this…
Whatever you have done is no longer your potential.
Potential is always what you haven’t done yet but you still have the ability to do. Potential is the you that nobody knows yet. We already know the one that you showed us. Potential is the greatness you have yet to achieve. Potential is never what you have done because once you have done something, it ceases to be your potential.
Potential is always what’s left that you haven’t done yet. God is a God of potential. He always goes after what you haven’t done yet. God is motivated by potential because He knows what He put inside you.
For many, potential gets put on pause because of past success. Let me put it this way: the greatest enemy of progress is your last success. Nothing can stop growth and progress like our last success. We become proud of what we have done and stop doing what we could do.
Potential demands that you never settle on what you have accomplished. When you have experienced potential released–when you experience success–celebrate it, then ask God, “What’s next?”
When pursuing your potential
Don’t ever get caught where God used to be
Far too many Sons and Daughters are living off past testimonies instead of going after a new one.
Isaiah 43:18-19 – “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?”
Here is a thought: God is too creative to repeat Himself. Look at all the miracles He performed. He never duplicated a miracle. He’s a God of potential.
Potential in never finished. Look at what we have accomplished. There’s more to do: Miracles & healings (2 reports this weekend of folks who are now cancer free), salvations, rescues, deliverances, marriages to save, children and youth to reach, addictions to be broken, freedom to be experienced, forgiveness to be given, buildings to be built, homes to be filled, vehicles to be given away.
Say, “Potential; I’m loaded!”
Now let’s look at the word itself.
Omni: It means “All, Entire, Always Full, Complete or Total.” Everybody say Omni
Potent: The word potent means “Power, Might, Energy, Strength, Force.” Everybody say potent.
Put them together you have “omnipotent.” There is only one person who is described as Jehovah Jirah, Raphah Yaweh. God Himself. He is Omnipotent. Omnipotent means “All Potential.” God is not only the God of potential, He literally is potential. He is all power!
He is always full of potential. You can take a lifetime and try to digest all God has created. All the galaxies, stars–even our own solar system. Our planet, all of the different forms of life. Wow that’s so amazing and still come to the conclusion that we ain’t see nothing yet because He is still full of potential.
Omnipotent means He is still loaded. He hasn’t shown us everything that is still on the inside of Him. Before anything was, God is. Everything that is was inside of God. There was a time when there was nothing but God. Everything was made by Him. That means before anything was made, it was already inside of Him.
Potential is always hidden on the inside. That’s why you need to be very careful how you treat people. You don’t know what they are carrying. Tell your neighbor, “Be nice to me. You don’t know what I am carrying.”
That’s why you should never judge a person by looking at them. He is Omnipotent, all powerful, all mighty, all strength. God never panics. If He can’t find something, He will go inside and bring it out.
God has never stopped creating. Whatever He needs, if He doesn’t have it, He will produce it. That’s why you should go to sleep tonight and not worry about tomorrow. He has everything covered. Whatever you need, He will make it if He has to.
Say with me, “He is Omnipotent.” That word means He is able to do more than He has already done.
Ephesians 3:20 – Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us
In Genesis 17, God appeared to Abraham when he was 90 and introduces Himself with a words “I am Almighty.” God knows this dude is 90 and his wife is barren and can’t have children. God already knows what you think you cannot do. God said to Abraham, “Before you say anything, let Me tell you who I Am. I Am God of all potential. Before we go any further, let Me tell you who I Am. I can do anything I say you should do.” Did you catch that? God said, “I can do anything I say you should do.”
Let me tell you who I Am…I Am God Almighty!
Here is the Kingdom truth concerning potential:
God will never tell you to do anything that He hasn’t already done
He is Alpha and Omega. He is the finisher. The beginning and the End. He is looking for someone people who will start things that are already finished. “I am Almighty, Abraham. I am all potential. Now let’s talk.”
Where does potential come from?
- God is Potential
- God is the source of Potential
- God is a God of Potential (that means He does nothing without potential)
- Everything was created with Potential Principle
- Everything possesses Potential
- Potential is a product of Purpose
Purpose is why a thing exists. Potential is the ability to perform it. When God makes a thing for a purpose, He puts in it’s own potential.
7. Potential precedes Purpose
God will never demand from something what He did not put into it. So, when God tells something to do something, it’s because He put the “do” in it.
I am beginning to understand that God does nothing without the Kingdom Principle of Potential. That means whatever God created, He built it with Potential in it. Hang on because the light is fixing to get turned on in your understanding.
Look at Genesis 1. God has already created the earth and now He is starting to put stuff on it.
Genesis 1:12 – And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
In Hebrew, this is what it is saying: “And the Lord God made the trees and the plants and He hid in them their own seed. And God placed the seed of everything in itself.” God placed the seed of everything inside itself. The context is whatever God wants a thing to become; He hides it in the thing.
In other words, God takes everything a thing is supposed to become and puts it inside the thing. He gives you the thing with everything in it. God, therefore, finishes everything first. God finishes everything first, then He takes the finished thing and puts it in at the start.
He calls it seed. He puts everything in the seed. God does not gives trees He gives the seed. God doesn’t give adults He hides them in children.
On November 15, 2022, the United Nations said there were 8 billion people alive on earth. God only made one. God went to the soil and made one. Remember, God don’t start until He is already finished.
He made everybody first, then took everybody and put them in one body. So, Adam was everybody in one body. That’s the seed. In the garden when God was talking to Adam, He was actually talking to everybody in that one body.
God told everybody in one body, “Don’t touch the tree.” Whatever that one body does, everybody does. That’s why the Bible says, “By one man sin entered the whole world” and was passed to all men because everybody was in the one body. Potential Adam was loaded.
When God wanted to create a woman, He didn’t go outside to find a female. He went inside Adam’s body because she was already in there.
This is why Jesus Christ didn’t need a million bodies to die and become the sacrifice for sin. When He came, He came as the last Adam. He had Adam inside of Him. He had everybody inside His body. By one man, sin entered and by one man all can be saved. Potential.
Are you starting to see the big picture? Are you beginning to get a Kingdom Vision?
God says, “I put the seed of everything inside the seed. It’s called Potential. So you have a seed.” (I need a pic of a Pecan seed)
I have here a Pecan seed. What do you see? You say, “I see a Pecan seed.” That’s a fact, but it’s not the truth because what I have in my hand is not a Pecan seed. I have a Pecan tree. But that’s not the truth either because in that tree are pecans that have more pecan seeds that have a bunch of Pecan trees that have Pecans that have Pecan seeds that have Pecan trees, that have seeds that have trees that have fruit. In my hand is a seed, but the truth is in that seed you actually have a whole entire pecan orchard; a forest of Pecan trees. It’s not just a seed.
Fact is, you may be broke but the truth is you are loaded. Fact is, Your son may be a prodigal and addicted; the truth is He is a mighty man of God that will reach nations. Only God can look at a murderer and see inside the murderer–the fact he is a murderer–but the truth is, inside him is a deliverer who would lead the Israeli people out of Egyptian bondage, write the first five books of the Bible and give us the law.
Fact is, Saul was a murdering terrorist; a serial killer. But the truth inside him was he was one of the greatest missionaries who wrote more books in the New Testament than anyone.
Only God could look at a shepherd boy and see a king–see a leader of a nation on the inside. Only God can look at a prostitute named Rahab and see the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Son of God.
I wonder what He is seeing here tonight. He sees what you are carrying.
Let’s make this declaration together:
I am who He says I am.
I can do what He says I can do.
If I see it, it’s already done.
I am going to my destiny.
I am full of potential.