“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” – John 1:12
Natural birth makes one to be physically alive to the material world. New birth makes one to be alive to the spirit world. John 3:6. At new birth, the believer receives new life from God through faith, which changes him from the inside out.
For instance the power to become a mango tree (and probably a mango plantation) is hidden in a mango seed. However, the mango seed must be planted and go through the natural process of germination, growth, maturity and reproduction (pollination and fertilization) to fully manifest that hidden “…power to become…” The power to become a man or a woman is given at birth to any baby but he or she will have to go through the natural process of growing up to become one.
The “…power to become…” given to every believer at new birth will manifest as the believer is planted in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17) and goes through the process of “spiritual germination”, growth and maturity to become the potential loaded in him/her.
The process of natural planting (in most cases) demands that the seed is completely buried in the soil. In the same way, every believer that will manifest the “…power to become…” must be completely buried in Christ. Water is a critical factor in a natural germination process. In the same way, the Word of God is the water of life (Ephesians 5:26) that is a necessity for spiritual germination, growth and maturity.
The manifestation of the “…power to become…” in any believer is a function of two critical factors: word intake and word practice. Word intake supplies the needed spiritual nourishment while word practice provides the necessary spiritual exercise.
The combination of word intake and word practice leads to the development of “spiritual muscles” which is the “…power to become…” the true picture of what one is created to be.
A word lazy believer may never manifest his true potential just like believer that will not practice the word will continue to dwell in the realm of self- deceit. The “…power to become…” in any believer will remain latent and dormant until priority is given to word ingestion and practice.
Scriptures for meditation: I John 3:24
Jesus is Lord!