The magnificent Creator Himself lives inside you waiting to be called upon, and invited to partner in your creative projects.
Welcome to another week, here we are, venturing into another seven days of surprises, and I want to talk today about inviting the Holy Spirit into your creative projects, because the truth is, God is interested in what you are doing. God wants to be involved through his Holy Spirit and really make a difference. You know, he wants to take that blank sheet and produce a masterpiece. He’s working on you as a person. The Bible speaks in the book of Ephesians Chapter two about how we are God’s workmanship.
One version I believe it’s the New Living Testament actually translates that as you are his masterpiece. And here we have this like really beyond any comprehension or some spirit who was able to take the swirling darkness and transform it into this magnificent universe that we now inhabit. You know, it’s the gentle petal from the rose. Yeah. And at the same time, plough the earth and created the mountains, the hills. He populated the oceans. And this same creative spirit lives inside of you and is waiting for you to call upon him and to invite him as a partner into your projects.
And, you know, wherever you are, whatever you’re up to as a Christian, as a child of God, you need the Holy Ghost. I mean, even Jesus said without him I can do nothing. Without him, I’m really powerless to act beyond the very limited strength I have in my human nature. I need the Holy Ghost. That’s how Jesus spoke when he walked the planet. How much more for you and I? Do we need him to step in when we step up.
And, you know, all too often, I think and I’m not pointing any fingers here because seven would point back at me, it’s so easy to just ignore the Holy Spirit or to bypass our need for him and lean very much on our own strength and our own understanding. You know what? It’s for too many. And the Holy Spirit is consigned to kind of this enclave of religious activity and like it. And then we get on with the rest of our life outside of that.
But, you know, God is not a sun saviour. Yeah, he is the he is not religious in that sense. He fills and inhabits eternity and time is utterly taken up in eternity. You know, the beginning and the end is one and the same thing to him. He is present. Yeah. In his presence at every single moment, ready for us to call upon him. You know, when Moses asked him, what’s your name, he simply said, I am at any given second.
He is. I am. Yeah he’s there ready even. And then that that kind of concept, that idea that truth is picked up again in the book of Hebrews. And it says that those who believe in God, those who follow God, those who would walk the life of faith, must first believe that God is. And I believe that that is not just referring to the fact of his existence, but also the reality of his presence. God is right now not was 2000 years ago, not will be, but is in this very moment ready for you to call upon him.
He has something to bring to the table for all of your creative projects, whatever they may be. And sometimes I think the challenge is for us to stop long enough from our own activity to tune our ear and lean our heart in to hear him. Now, there are a few ways that I tend to do this myself, and I’m sure that you yourself have ways in which you connect with God and his thoughts and his counsel. And I would love to hear those, you know, over on the blog.
DavidLeeMartin.com, you’ll be able to find this this particular article inviting the Holy Spirit into your creative projects. I would love to hear how you personally connect with. I mean, one of the ways that Larna and I have engaged with God and drawn his wisdom up from inside of us over the years has been you can look at it and and find it in Proverbs 20:5, it says, Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out elsewhere in the New Testament.
John Chapter seven Jesus says that the Holy Spirit is like rivers of living water that flow up from our heart. So again, this picture of deep water and drawing it out is very much connected to the Holy Spirit. Mark Chapter four. I believe it is, although I may have that wrong. Somewhere in my memory speaks of how we have everlasting life springing up like a fountain within us. Again, this idea of the Holy Spirit, the end dwelling place of God, the wisdom of God within us being like water that we draw out.
And one of the ways in which certainly we have done this and continue to do so is through exercising the power of praying in tongues. Now that the scriptures are really clear about the promise of this spirit, that these signs will follow those that believe they will pray in other tongues, amongst other things. And so this wonderful gift of prayer, language and an ability to communicate beyond the limits of your own knowledge and your own insight and your own means of expression is for each one of us to all who believe, yeah.
And when we pray in tongues, it kind of helps us to move beyond our natural thinking and begin to tap their thinking and the thoughts of the mind of Christ in a greater way. And of course, you know, he might speak to us in words. He may speak to us just in an unction, a sense or a feeling. He may speak to us in pictures. But tongues is a way to engage our spirit with his spirit and become aware of that invisible realm, the realm of ideas, the realm of inspiration, the realm of the spirit, and then draw ideas down from that place or up from within us.
And, you know, asking him questions and then maybe speaking in tongues to draw up the answers is a really powerful way to do it. One Corinthians to verse 16 talks about how we have the mind of Christ. And another way to do this is just to simply worship. Worship is another way that we connect with something greater and beyond ourselves. And what I found is sometimes, particularly if the kind of prayer or worship muscle has not been exercised well, is it’s very easy to just pray for a few minutes and then kind of tail off.
But really, you need to give yourself a minimum of 15 or 20 minutes to very fervently press in and gauge that man on the inside, that woman on the inside, and intentionally draw up counsel from your inner man. I found it’s it’s like kind of if you have one of those old fashioned pumps where you have to pull the pump in order to draw the water up, initially, it can feel very difficult that there’s some resistance. The resistance really is in our flesh.
And outwardly, Jetman of the devil certainly hates us when we speak in tongues. He does not like that one one bit. You know, he’ll do everything to try and close us down. But as you as the water comes up and you keep pumping, you know, it begins to flow and the vacuum is filled and it just flows quite freely, you know. So don’t stop too soon. Once the flow begins, even if it’s just a trickle, just stay focussed with your prayer or your worship and allow that flow to come up.
And with that flow, I found it. It comes up and bubbles up with ideas, with images, with pictures, with a sense of, yes, do this or do that. You know that just a sense of guidance, whether it’s kind of implied or whether it’s overt, but just that confidence to step forward. Sometimes it literally is. As the Book of Philippians talks about how the Holy Spirit becomes an umpire. Yeah. And it’s like we are that we bring things to his umpire ship.
We. Hearing our thoughts, our ideas, our projects to him, and he puts his stamp of peace upon them and gives us confidence, great confidence to move forward. And of course, the most obvious thing that we need to do in these situations where we want to invite God into our creative projects is literally to ask him, you know, there are so many instances through the New Testament and old, but Jesus himself, you know, if we if we’re going to trust someone, there’s someone to trust again and again and again.
He makes it clear that we have freedom to come boldly and ask, you know, in Matthew 21, verse 22. This is definitely one worth committing to memory. All things whatsoever. You ask in prayer believing you shall receive how powerful and how full and how broad is that magnificent promise. Ask him. You know, I remember like a number of years ago asking my asking the Lord about our virtual assistant. I was to hire and I had a few options.
And I asked, you know, which which of these people should I choose? In fact, one of them looked very suitable for the role. Another may be was more potentially could have required more training, had maybe less experience in what I was seeking for them to do. And the Holy Spirit spoke so clearly about that second candidate and explained that, you know, if I were to invest time to work with and train her, that she would become such a tremendous asset to our business.
And that has been so true. Well, you know, we’ve been working together now for a good number of years. And my my assistant in the Philippines, Christina, is an absolute blessing. She is just such a golden addition to my team. And I’m thankful to her, but also thankful to God for really clearly pointing out and speaking to me about her suitability for the role. And thirdly and lastly, I think it’s important that you remain open to spontaneity.
God, as I said earlier, is not religious and can use so many different ways to communicate his will. I mean, one of the most profound messages that ever dropped into my spirit was come to when I came when I was watching a completely silly movie like decades ago called Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure with Keanu Reeves playing this geeky teen. Yeah. And and it really would be the last place you would expect to hear the voice of God speak.
And so God can speak from so many different places. Let’s remain open to him. You know, don’t be discouraged if the answers don’t come straight away. You know, sometimes we just need to the Holy Ghost may need to work a few adjustments in our heart, our perspective, our perception in order to really hear what he has to say. But honestly, if we will walk with him and we will lean not on our own understanding, but trust him with all our heart, the Holy Spirit wants to and will be and is the key partner in all of your creative projects.
If there are partners, he would be the senior partner because every good thing and every perfect gift comes down from the father of lights. All of your gifts, all of your skills, all of your experience, all of the wisdom that resides within you was first planted by him. And so, you know, let’s not box God up. Let’s be ready for him to communicate whenever, wherever, and however he wants to. And as I say, feel free to jump over to the blog,
DavidLeemartin.com look at that. Look for the title of the post, you know, inviting the Holy Spirit, inviting the Holy Spirit into your creative projects and let me know how you connect with him. It would be great to just hear that. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at DavidLeemartin.com.
Have a great day.