We have two weeks, former procrastinators, when I’ll share a couple of “one offs,” making July a mixed bag. Yet we’ll see a connection with freedom. This first is on inspiration and our response to that.
To inspire is to provoke and urge, to move to action. (Merriam Webster online)
Although they’re not the same, I think of inspiration along with ideas. To me, ideas are thoughts with possibilities. One can inspire another. If we join our ideas with those of other people, it can be hugely powerful. Some ideas flit through our minds; some roost; some keep reoccurring. We can also shrug off an idea and never bring it to fruition.
Why do we have ideas we don’t act on? How often are you inspired, but never get off the couch? We can have so many ideas we fail to act on any of them. We can be fearful, discount our abilities or situation, and decide, “I’m not able.” “Not in this season.” “I don’t know how.”
Sometimes ideas are inspired by God. We need to discern which are of Him so we know what to pursue.
Since all scripture is inspired by God, breathed out by Him (2 Timothy 3:16), an idea that doesn’t line up with scripture would not be from Him. One that does, could well be His prompting for you. If we listen and obey, we act as the new man, without delay. He’s bought freedom for us to do His will. By grace He equips those He calls and makes His power perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
An idea from God is like a ball in His hands. He sets it down, pushes it in your direction, and watches to see what you will do. Do you let it roll past until it slows and stops? Do you let somebody else kick it away? Do you see the ball coming and cry “Yes!”? Do you reach down, grab that ball and run with it? Is the Lord shouting “Go! Go!” as you run?
What idea will you run with this week?