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From Potential to Actualization

When we are willing to be moved where God deems best and when we are willing to LookingForwardbe modified even though it means we must change our mind about some inaccurate views we were formerly willing to die for, then the promise begins to come into place. It is then that the position of the promise changes from potential to actualization (cf.Lev.26:3-13; Deut.28:1-14;Rom. 12:1-2;Js.1:3-4,12;4:7-10;Phil.1:6).


Starting on Our Shoulders

There is a statue in the Woodlands area just north of Houston. A child is standing on the shoulders of a man. The plaque at the base of the statue is a quote attributed to Sir Isaac Newton. It reads something like this: “The reason the present generation can see so far is because it is standing on the shoulders of the former generation.” Is the generation coming after us presently standing on their fathers’ shoulders? Does that generation even know that those shoulders are available? Have we taken that generation and lifted them, no matter what the cost, up and onto our shoulders? Are we expecting them to simply stand alongside us and inherit the same inadequacies and shortcomings we have been willing to live with? Some people rehearse to their children the failures and injustices and less-than-desirable qualities of their heritage. While some boldly abort the coming generation while they are still in the womb, some abort them in a more socially acceptable manner once they are out of the womb. In either case, the future has been robbed of their God-ordained potential. Perhaps it is the job of the mothers to push until they are born and then perhaps it is the job of the fathers to push up until they are securely standing on our shoulders. 

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2017 Declaration #2

seepotentialothersIn 2017 you will be reminded of potential in people.  Kid’s Declaration: 2. People are awesome and God will help us see that. Looking beyond their faults, our eyes will be opened to their potential. We will be enabled to do that by Holy Spirit, by compassion of Christ; that means we will have to lean on Him for that. We will become aware of potential in them that we were not previously aware of. We will speak to that potential, we will have words of wisdom for them, words of release that will propel them into potential. ”Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”(Eph.4:2, Living Bible) 
(Declaration #2 from the 2017 Declarations. The Kid’s version was written by Brian and Hannah Sherman.)


 


Fathers Put Their Children on Their Shoulders

There is a statue in the Woodlands area just north of Houston. A child is standing on the shoulders of a man. The plaque at the base of the FatherChildShouldersstatue is a quote attributed to Sir Isaac Newton. It reads something like this: “The reason the present generation can see so far is because it is standing on the shoulders of the former generation.” Is the generation coming after us presently standing on their fathers’ shoulders? Does that generation even know that those shoulders are available? Have we taken that generation and lifted them, no matter what the cost, up and onto our shoulders? Are we expecting them to simply stand alongside us and inherit the same inadequacies and shortcomings we have been willing to live with? Some people rehearse to their children the failures and injustices and less-than-desirable qualities of their heritage. While some boldly abort the coming generation while they are still in the womb, some abort them in a more socially acceptable manner once they are out of the womb. In either case, the future has been robbed of their God-ordained potential. Perhaps it is the job of the mothers to push until they are born and then perhaps it is the job of the fathers to push up until they are securely standing on our shoulders. 


 


Expectancy

atticExpectancy can raise our heads and cause us to look beyond the now.  A whiff of expectancy changes the atmosphere.  The zeal of expectancy searches the horizon of today and stretches toward tomorrow’s.  Actually, expectancy can even draw inspiration by scavenging through yesterday.   The light of expectancy chases away shadows in your attic.  Suddenly, forgotten Potential coughs and breathes again, treasures stand up like dusty “maybes or what if’s.”  The whole landscape dances with the winds of expectancy.

(This is the first excerpt from Kathy’s article “Expectancy.”  SEEC Magazine Volume 17 Issue 5)

 

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In this 2 min. audio encouragement Kathy
declares: “Your Redeemer lives and He is
able to buy back time that the locusts have eaten.”
CLICK ON THIS LINK to listen: http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-14T04_56_06-07_00