Believe in Your Potential

by | Mar 22, 2021 | 6 comments

Believe in Your Potential

As vaccinations for Covid become increasingly available and case numbers begin to fall, the many impacts of this virus linger on—the loss of work, the loss of human contact, and, most devastating, the loss of life. With new variants of the virus seemingly hitting the news on a weekly basis, the loss of a predictable future looms large. When will life truly return to normal?

Will life ever return to normal? The uncertainty can be debilitating.

I wonder, though, if this loss of certainty, of predictability, is what Jesus felt as he set his face toward Jerusalem. If so, your Lenten journey is likely more closely aligned with his than ever before.

Jesus had to deepen his faith to make it through an uncertain future. The same is true for you. I want to tell you how Jesus did it, and how you can too.

Believe in your potential

During this 40-day journey, we have been exploring how to expand our faith from simply believing in Jesus to believing like Jesus. This expansion accompanies the move from discipleship to apostleship. Are you ready to take the next step?

Jesus Believed in His Potential

Because Jesus believed that he and the Father were one and that he did nothing apart from the Father, he could maintain an abiding belief in his own potential. In other words, Jesus trusted that with God, he was capable of accomplishing what he had been sent to accomplish. That he could be all he was meant to be. Even on the way to the cross—in the midst of great suffering and uncertainty—Jesus leans into this belief. Listen in as Jesus talks with God: “Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17: 1, 4). You can hear the trust and confidence in Jesus’ prayer.

But what does this prayer actually mean? I had to look up glory and glorify to be sure myself. The glory of God refers to the radiant presence of God. To glorify, then, means to confer this quality on another. It’s done as a sign of divine approval. Jesus, through the quiet confidence of his belief, is asking to share in the glorious presence of God as a sign of God’s divine approval.

Soulful Step 

When you are facing extreme uncertainty, belief in your own potential is essential. It is one thing to know that God fully approves of Jesus, and that the Divine presence and radiance is with him. It is another to know that Jesus and God fully approve of you. And that the radiant presence of God dwells within you. Yes, it truly does.

Check this out. After Jesus prays for himself, he reveals his desire for every believer to be welcomed into divine unity. “I have given [all believers] the glory that you have given, that they may be one as we are one.  I in them and you in me.” (John 17:22-23a)

Embrace the Belief

Do you believe that you can fulfill your potential? Or do you wrestle with the 7 fears of highly effective leaders? If fear gets the best of you in uncertain times, you are not alone. So, let me ask you this: Would it make a difference to know that you bear the radiant glory of Christ within you? Not as an afterthought or an earned reward, but simply by virtue of your connection with him? Most of us yearn for God’s “attagirl” or “attaboy.” The scriptures say you have it.

As you embrace this belief, it becomes easier to believe in your own potential. Your ability to do what is in front of you.

Forty Days of Apostleship: Six Soulful Steps to Believe Like Jesus - Rebekah Simon-Peter

Perhaps you have heard of the “human potential movement.” It’s the idea that even ordinary people have extraordinary untapped capacity. While it’s a movement that gained footing in the 70s, it’s actually a biblical concept. If mere fishermen could be trained into apostleship, then you can rise to COVID-19 and the leadership challenges it presents.

The truth is, you not only have untapped human potential, you have untapped spiritual potential. Click To Tweet

Believing like Jesus means that you have divine partnership, your prayers have power, you have superpowers, and a purposeful life. The more you believe like Jesus, the more your spiritual potential begins to take shape.

Apostolic Action: It’s time to let the glory of God shine through you. Co-create a positive future with God, by rising to the challenges that are before you now. Join me on my free online seminar, “How to Create a Culture of Renewal” to reconnect your pandemic-weary congregation to the spiritual values of the gospel.

Finally, practice seeing the glory of God in yourself, and in the people around you.

© Copyright 2021 Rebekah Simon-Peter.  Adapted from the upcoming volume, Believe Like Jesus.

6 Comments

  1. RJ Davis

    Rebekah, I have just finished my last discussion group on the Forty Days of Apostleship journey we have been sharing. The challenges that have brought positive growth, the affirmations of the direction they were headed before this journey, and the stories of opportunities to be apostles that have been shared have been amazing. I have encourage our folks to share with you that you might be as encouraged as I have been and that you might see the kingdom work being accomplished through what you do. Thank you for your leadership. The consensus of our group is that this has been the most powerful and life changing Lenten material that we have ever engaged. Thank you for using the blessing God has bestowed on you to bless so many other.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter

      RJ, I’m honored that this has been such a positive experience for you and your people! That’s really great. I can’t wait to hear more about the miracles you folks co-create in your community and around the world. Once you open yourself up to divine partnership in this way, the journey is limitless! Thank you for being a YES to God. 🙂

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  2. BOBBY WOODWARD

    Rebekah, I’ve been part of RJ’s discussion group on the Forty Days of Apostleship. The words and phrases used in each session were new to me, but the concepts felt strangely comfortable and frequently brought up thoughts and feelings from the recovery work I did some 35 years ago. Today I heard Allan Bevere interviewing you for his blog. When you mentioned that you had done recovery work, it was my moment of clarity for the day. Before recovery, I was an intellectual Christian. Recovery is where I learned to connect with the heart of God via the Holy Spirit. I think we need both intellectual and spiritual connections to be able to fully partner with God. I love the way you bridge the gap between recovery and religion as it is something I have not been able to do in a way that other people could understand. My recovery message to you: I see you! I hear you! You are not invisible to me!

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter

      You found me out, Bobby! 🙂 Thank you for seeing me and hearing me. And, in the process seeing and hearing your own life experiences in a new way! That’s the best part of it all for me, Bobby. Indeed, there can be a beautiful resonance between the work of recovery and of religion. I pray the experience deepens and grows for you. Thank you for participating so fully in the 40 Days of Apostleship.

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  3. Jewell DeBord

    I have been in RJ Davis’ Lenten study, probably in age, the senior member. It has been a powerful study for me and other class members. I hadn’t thought of my self as being in a divine partnership with God, or moving from discipline to apostle. The Soul Work, moving from words to works, 5 steps had the biggest impact of all for me. There really has been a genuine partnership with God! Not me, but God working through me. That exercise gave me confidence that I might already be an apostle. My life stage and current situation leaves me less active, but i learned my “super powers are still there. Thank you for a Lenten journey that has had a lasting impact. I will try to believe like Jesus!

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter

      Jewell, I love what you shared! So powerful and beautiful. My passion in life is to help people discover their inner divinity…that place where the soul meets and greets God. Here’s to you exercising your superpowers in partnership with God! May you have a blessed Holy Week and a very Happy Easter!

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