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Session 17

Potential

Read: Colossians 1, Psalm 17

“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” (Colossians 1:21, NIV)

Before Christ set us free from sin and death, we were alienated and apart from Him—on the other side of the chasm. This hopelessness and estrangement, whether realized or not, resides in the deepest part of every person who hasn't yet come to know Christ. It is why nothing within this world satisfies those who are “searching.” People look for meaning to life…and there is none but in Christ and what He did for us. 

Yet what happens when we ask Him into our hearts? Jesus comes in and renews us…He reconciles us to God! He alone can bring us into fellowship with our Creator. At that moment of salvation, it is this realization that sends our hearts soaring and puts a smile on our faces. For the very first time we realize our worth! 

What happens, oftentimes, though…sometimes daily…is we forget that mending. We tend to focus on our shortcomings and mistakes. We dwell on our sordid past as well as our daily pitfalls. 

Becoming a Christian doesn't mean we'll never mess up again. A changed mindset, a welcome reminder, is what we need to embrace. Following verse 21 is verse 22, which says this: “But now He has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” 

Without blemish means without fault! When Jesus looks at us, His children, He sees brilliance. He sees holiness. He sees blamelessness. 

Living in the mindset and the shadow of our old, dead flesh renders us useless for His work; but choosing to see ourselves as Christ does allows us to reach our fullest potential in Him.


1

Sent Not from Men

Sent Not from Men

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2

Crucified Life

Crucified Life

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3

You Are All One

You Are All One

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4

Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters

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5

Keep in Step

Keep in Step

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6

Weary

Weary

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7

For this Reason

For this Reason

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8

Making Payments

Making Payments

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9

Rooted and Established

Rooted and Established

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10

Member

Member

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11

Forgive

Forgive

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12

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

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13

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

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14

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

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15

Perseverance

Perseverance

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16

Joy

Joy

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17

Potential

Potential

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18

Rooted

Rooted

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19

Make the Most

Make the Most

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20

Well-Seasoned

Well-Seasoned

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21

Packed with Purpose

Packed with Purpose

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22

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

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23

Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

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24

Living on a Prayer

Living on a Prayer

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25

Training for Battle

Training for Battle

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26

Out of This World!

Out of This World!

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27

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

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28

Livin’ by the Good Book

Livin’ by the Good Book

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29

Soundness or Sickness?

Soundness or Sickness?

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30

Useless Without the Gospel

Useless Without the Gospel

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