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The Pathways to Glory Interactive Devotional will guide you according to the plan and process God designed to serve as a blueprint for interacting and relating with Him—the Feasts of the Lord.

 

 

Tapping into Your Capacity in God





by Harvey L. Diamond


 

God created man and woman in His image—a likeness representing forms of His identity and capacity. You have been created with certain God-given endowments and have the capacity to engage in real relationship with your Creator. Within that relationship, you have the capacity to bear fruits according to His likeness and righteousness.

God truly wants to reveal His purposes and plans for you. He desires that you know His love and grow into the fullness of the measure of your capacity in Him. This was the thrust of Paul’s message regarding coming “to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13) Paul recognized that Messiah—Christ in us through the Holy Spirit—is the true standard of measure.

We fall short of receiving the fullness of God's love and grace and developing the fullness of the measure of our capacity in God because we fall short of allowing God’s capacity to grow within us. Truly, God sees a greater capacity in you than you think. He has predestined you “to be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29) It takes participating with God, who is able to fill you and release within you greater measures of His likeness than you can imagine!

How? The degree of our fruit-bearing is directly related to the level of our engagement and compliance with God. The more we actively engage with God through prayer and devotion, and respond in faith to the promptings of His word and Holy Spirit, the more the life of God is stirred and stimulated within and around us. We all have such capacity. It is activated and enhanced as we come to know and experience the multi-faceted reality of God.

The Paradigm Shift Bringing Transformation

Paul understood the nature of transition and transformation. He understood is takes a process of progressively turning from our fleshly nature to our spiritual nature; from relying on the capacity of our carnal human nature to that of God’s spiritual nature in us. As Paul revealed, “to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)

Such transformation, therefore, begins with a shift in perspectives; from knowing about God through intellectual rational reasoning to knowing God through real and dynamic relational engagement empowered by His Spirit. Truly, God is relational, and seeks to relate with His creation in such a way.

It’s also about shifting our focus from doing what we want to do and what the world impresses us to do to becoming who God created us to be. When we choose to allow God to take control and conform us to the image of His Son He enlarges our capacity to receive the things of His Spirit.

Truly, it is His Spirit that carries His capacity to reveal truth, wisdom and instruction to our heart. It is His Spirit that connects with our spirit in our inner soul to illuminate our vision, comfort our heart, and empower us to grow and truly walk in His love. God wants such a connection with Him! It’s a matter of acknowledging and desiring His works to work within us; then asking for it. “LORD, how manifold are Your works!” (Psalm 104:24)

The Holy Spirit will nurture your heart, cultivate spiritual vision and grow measures of His capacity in you to fashion you according to His likeness—His way. He knows how we are wired. He wants us to connect with His capacity—the gift of access to His awesome and amazing grace. It comes by faith. It’s His promise. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)

Truly, God designed you to relate and enjoin with Him in such manner. In Christ, you are a new creation with a new identity in God! It is a matter of coming front and center before God and participating in His process of allowing His Holy Spirit to dominate your thoughts to reveal and manifest Christ’s nature in and through you.

Overcoming Barriers and Blockages

Believers are new creations in Christ and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in His capacity through various gifts and endowments. It takes, however, overcoming some natural barriers and blockages.

One is our self will and the desire to be self-sufficient. When we assert our self-will, we deny God the opportunity to work on our behalf; in essence restraining God’s capacity in us. God wants to be our source of strength. As we value God’s capacity and trust Him we receive His manifold grace manifesting His solutions. This puts God on the throne; not self.

Another blockage is fear, which is the opposite of faith. Fear works against faith. It stifles and restrains faith from being activated and the Holy Spirit from freely flowing in our midst. It acts as a barrier, limiting our capacity to trust; therefore limiting our ability to apprehend the knowledge of God and function in the ways of God. Faith comes from God. Fear doesn’t. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) God offers us the gift of faith and soundness of mind. We receive the gift when we receive His love and truth. Fear, on the other hand, comes from believing and following falsehoods.

Real transformation, therefore, occurs as we truly surrender aspects of our human nature to the nature of the life of the Holy Spirit. As we do this, we allow the power of the risen LORD to arise within, transforming the mind, bringing it into greater alignment with the mind of the LORD. This is how our capacity in Christ grows. This was one of Paul’s greatest messages. He had a passion to be found in the LORD, and to “know Him and the power of His resurrection.” (Philippians 3:8-11)

Yes, you will face trials of all sorts to test your faith. The world system opposes God in every way. It will confront God’s truths and take every opportunity to “cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) These things hold you in constraint, restraining the life of God from manifesting itself. It takes strong trusting faith in God’s word and active engagement with His Spirit to resist the opposing influences of the world and live in God’s liberty.

Being Who God Created You to Be

Since we were created in the image and likeness of God, we have been given a measure of God’s capacity. One way God sees us is in relation to how that measure has been developed.

Our tendency is to focus on our physical attributes, abilities and desires; not the things that God—who is Spirit—focuses on. God would have you focus on developing the spiritual endowments He deposited in you as well as His character and virtues so you can bear His fruits outwardly. Truly, He sees us in a different light, and desires to cultivate His nature and capacity in us. Will we allow God the opportunity?

One Bible character who tried to hide below the radar was Gideon. He came from a family that he considered to be amongst the weakest, and he considered himself to be the lowly one of the house. As soon as the Angel of the LORD found and approached Gideon, He exclaimed, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Gideon surely didn’t look like a mighty man of valor; quite the opposite. Gideon was a man of little hope. After he expressed his skepticism and doubt, however, the LORD responded with still more encouragement, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”

Go in this might of yours? Who was the Angel kidding? God disregarded Gideon’s fear, doubt, despair and insecurity. He gave Gideon a bold assignment because He knew Gideon could go in His capacity! All he had to do was trust God and follow instructions. That’s all God asks us to do. That was the key lesson Paul learned directly from the mouth of the LORD. "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

That’s our opportunity; to allow God to transform us so we can grow into the fullness of the measure of His capacity in us—so He may be glorified through us. It happens as we actively engage with Him. The PATHWAYS TO GLORY Relational Devotional is just one simple tool to help you along the journey. May the LORD bless you on the path.

 


 

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