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Divine Bread/Living Water: Promise and Possibility

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Devotional Scripture

Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

G od's Divine Vision allows Him to see the promise and potential in every person He creates. Down through the ages, God has been about the business of selecting people with promise and potential based on the knowledge that He has the power to work in them and through them to bring out hidden qualities.

Joseph was the youngest of his siblings, and we have reason to suspect that he had an arrogant streak that did not set well with his brothers. God saw the potential in Joseph that his jealous brothers never realized. He rose to be, arguably, the most powerful instrument of promise in the known world.

God told Samuel to journey far from Saul's inner circle of power and visit Jesse to look for a successor King. After inspecting all of Jesse's older sons, Samual had them call the runt, David, in from the pasture to find God's choice for Israel"s king. Jehovah saw promise and possibility in David no one thought existed.

Jesus saw the gift of evangelism in the woman He met at the well in Samaria. He looked through her shame and her sadness that others saw in her and knew she was searching for truth written in hearts rather than scrolls in the temple. Immediately after her first taste of living water, she ran and brought the entire town to meet the living, breathing instrument of change in the earth.

How do we best bring others to Jesus so He can change them like He changed us? We need to have His vision of promise, possibility and potential when we view others. It is easy to see the warts, the flaws, the unseemly elements that plague the children of the flesh. We stereotype with judgements that they are too dirty, they are too sinful, they are too different. We discount the miracle-working power that has changed us, refusing to believe it is equally sufficient to change others: ignoring the truth that "to as many as receive Him, He gives the power to be the children of God."

What if we could fight through our carnal mind's eyes and see with the eyes of our Creator? Wouldn't it be exhilarating to see the promise, possibility and potential in everyone we live with and live around every day? The wisdom of the world says, "Everyone for themselves," or "Invest in the ones most like me," and the spirit of destruction seeks to divide and conquer. The wisdom of our Father and our Lord says, "Whoever wants a drink of real life, drink freely," and "If I be lifted up, I will draw everyone to me." The Spirit of Heaven works through men to gather a family for the King of Heaven. His vision sees the promise, possibility and potential in every person because the good news (gospel) of Jesus is the power of God to save the best and the worst among us.

Here's looking at you! Here's to seeing the promise, possibilities and potential in everyone of you. You are special; you are the chosen! Let's go out and find some more special folks; they surround us.


Prayer for the Day

Thank You Father that You looked beyond my faults and not only saw my needs, but saw my potential. Thanks that You looked through my weaknesses, through my fears, through my self-centeredness and recognized the promise and potential gathered for Your purposes and Your Kingdom's cause. Help me set aside my carnal eyes and choose to look at everyone around me with Your vision that recognizes promise, possibility and potential so that I can be a living, breathing instrument of positive change in the earth. For Jesus' sake, Amen.

Ken Dickerson
Ken Dickerson
Ken Dickerson is the son of a Baptist Minister and the former President of an Industry Leading Facilities Performance Services Provider. Brought up in church, taught God’s word, baptized at an early age, he realized at the age of nineteen that forgiveness only worked for a repentant heart and he gave his life to the Jesus he had learned so much about from a young age. Now, at over sixty years old, he writes to use his gift of encouragement to bring his family, friends and employees into a passionate, personal relationship with the One who loves with an everlasting Divine affection. He is the husband of his soulmate and best friend, Jeanenne, who he confesses to be the greatest proof of God’s Divine affection in his life. He is the father of three children, Candace (and her husband Chris), Scott (and his wife Jamie) and Philip. He has five grandchildren: Blake, Christopher, Micah, Madison, and Esli Grace.