Creativity

brolga-433644_640Revelation 4:11: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, because you have created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created.”

From the very first verse of the bible God is revealed as the creator. So there is no confusion in the minds of humanity about our origin. But layers and layers of deception have served to cover that basic understating. And it is the devil’s vested interest to have that as the state of affairs and has worked towards it.

He knows that if they did not recognise the truth of God as creator, they will easily fall down and worship him, because he wants what only God the creator deserve, which is worship.

The devil does not have any creative strain in his twisted essence, but he can pervert things, corrupt what is good, but the end of him is destruction. An end is coming to his rule and reign in the life of men while Jesus will reign forever and ever.

Jesus did not fear the devil so we should not. He said that he has given us authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the powers of the enemy (Luke 10:19).

To demystify the devil he told the disciples: I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven, so that we would not be hoodwinked into worshipping him (Luke 10:18).

The devil is a fallen foe and we have been raised up on high to be with Jesus, seated with him in the heavenly places far above principalities and powers (Ephesians 2:5-6).

What gives the devil the right to rule men was sin, which made man less than he was at creation.

What God created as man was someone in his own image. And the changes that came as a result of sin are most devastating. Sin destroyed the very fabric of the human persona, things fell apart. His body started falling apart in sickness and even cessation of breath and brain activity but not cessation of existence. The minds begins to fall apart and got darkened, with less and less light of God entering, and the spirit shut down in spiritual death.

But when we come to God, we are recreated by the creator anew. We have the possibility of a new undying body through the resurrection of Jesus, and a renewal of the body now, through the activation of the Holy Spirit in us.

We have the possibility of a new mind, because we now have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16). We have new spirit (John 3:1-10) with the introduction of the life of God in us. We are new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17), and out of our bellies comes rivers of living water as we are a source of life for people around us (John 7:37-39).

We are in the order of the second man, the last Adam (1Corinthians 15:45-49), who is now called a life-giving spirit, because of that we are human who can impact life, release life to things around us as we share his creative essence, the Holy Spirit. With our mouth we minister life helping others to experience salvation.

In the temptation of Jesus, the devil was very bold to say he should bow to him so that he will hand over the reins of the kingdom of this world to him (Luke 4:5-8). The devil’s tactics has not changed. He wants you to bow to him as a way to get something. That was the devil told Eve: do my will and get wisdom like God (Genesis 3).

The creator made man to be creative, imaginative. But with sin that imagination became evil (Genesis 6:5), but there is restoration in Jesus.

Your call is to express divine creativity in your sphere of influence. The gifts of the Spirit are dimensions of God’s creativity (1Corinthians 12:1-13) manifesting through us.

If anything, God would not be kept in a box, though under the Old Testament, his presence was specially marked by the ark (Number 7:89). But that was to prepare us to receive his presence in human beings. And the ultimate expression of who God is Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3), who is God the Word (John 1:1-5).

So if God can be identified with a wooden box, how much more with a moving man? And by the Holy Spirit coming into us we become walking arks of God, God-carriers if you like. And that is not just a fancy phrase. Paul wrote that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 3:16). Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit will be in us (John 14:17), which marks us as holy acceptable to God as his house.

But the operation of the Holy Spirit in us is to the limit that we allow him, because we see Jesus in the last book of the bible saying to a church that he stands at the door knocking and if anyone hears his voice they should he should open and he will come it, and rub off, on the receptive individual, his nature of creativity (Revelation 3:20).

Jesus is the creator. The world was made through him, by him and for him. The worlds were framed by the word of God, and Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-5). The word is the divine concept, divine thought process.  The word is the raw material for the formation of all things (Hebrews 11:3), the expression of divine creativity. That is why we should use the words of our mouth carefully, because life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

The naming of the animals which was the first assignment that man carried out after he was created, was an expression of creativity (Genesis 2). He named thousands and thousands of animal and that was an expression of his dominion. He was made to dominate with that creative power, expressing his divine possibility.

But because of sin, man’s creativity nose-dived, but since the coming of Jesus on the earth, we not only experienced God’s physical but also spiritual creativity. We receive the helper, the Holy Spirit to help us in the creative process with divine ability, to enhance our outflow of God, in a restoration work of God in us.

God spoke about a man he specially appointed and anointed for the work of constructing the components of the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 31:1-5). He enabled him for creativity in all artistic expressions. He was up to the task because God equipped him with the ability.

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