Relying on …
August 26th, 2019
When we get that sudden inspirational thought that propels an idea and eventually a working solution; we celebrate the event by sharing it with others.
If it is in the workplace, we typically share it with our boss or our co-workers. If we are at home, we might share it with our spouse or children. If we are at church, we feel compelled to share it with our study group or the pastor.
While these moments of brilliance are a gift and often extremely welcomed and appreciated, we shouldn’t grow dependent on them in our spiritual lives; else we risk the possibility of erecting false idols.
Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
Romans 1:22-23 (NLT)
Personal inspiration is no substitute for faith and trust in God. His providence surrounding our circumstance is infinitely superior to our ability to both see the situation for what it truly is and to access the best path forward.
Paul’s letter to the Romans speaks of idols made to look like people, birds, animals, and reptiles; but we can erect idols from so much less than these things. The most pervasive of those idols is the idol of self-worship. But it isn’t restricted to self. It can be related to our vocation, our past times, our children, their sporting activities, and the list goes on into infinity.
Idols are anything that takes the place of God or stands between us and the Lord. They can and are virtually anything. If we allow them to come between us and God; or they replace God as the supreme love and commitment of our lives; they have become idols! And oftentimes these idols are born out of our own bright ideas.
They can even be the result of what would otherwise be a good idea when tempered with moderation, but when taken to the point that it circumvents our dependence, interaction, or reverence toward God; that great idea becomes a lousy idol.
For the Christian, ‘personal insight’ is a bit of an oxymoron.
We don’t really think of insight as being something which is relative, but it is very relative when you introduce that intellect and power of God in contrast to our own version of insight. Therefore ‘personal insight’, while it may be personal, when contrasted to the wisdom and understanding of an almighty, infinite intelligence such as our Heavenly Father, is far from insightful. As a result, the term becomes an oxymoron because in comparison to God’s inspiration, our insight is ridiculously simple. It becomes its own contradiction on its face. Personal insight, isn’t!
Now we are talking about an entirely different animal here. When we reference the ‘inspired’ Word of God and rely on the Holy Spirit for our ‘inspiration’ into the truth of the Word, whatever revelation comes through the Word and conveyed by the Holy Spirit, is truly inspirational.
Divine inspiration is something that we should come to anticipate when we combine the study of God’s Word, conforming to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and prayer. We should expect that if we are walking in the Spirit that the Spirit will provide divine inspiration in accordance with the Word of God.
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
Galatians 5:25 (NLT)
The divine trifecta; the divine nature, divine inspiration, and divine appointments.
We haven’t talked much about the divine nature, but it is a part of what being a disciple of Jesus is all about. As we grow closer to Jesus and our efforts to disciple ourselves through his example, we grow more and more in His divine nature!
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
2 Peter 1:4 (NLT)
And of course, divine appointments. These are the encounters we have with people everywhere. The Holy Spirit opens an opportunity to share the Good News with them, share our testimony, or just talk about what God has done in our lives and can do in theirs.
These are not chance encounters, because the world is in a state of enmity with the Gospel of Jesus. Therefore, if there is going to be an opening made it isn’t going to be by chance, it will be because the Holy Spirit has prepared a way to facilitate it.
“Personal Insight” should never be confused as Divine Inspiration. We should never permit personal ideas, engineered outside of God’s Word or the Holy Spirits prompting, to become Spiritual precedence.
Pursuit of Divine Inspiration will lead to growing closer to the Lord and His Divine Nature, we’ll soon see an upswing in those Divine Appointments and the opportunities to share the marvelous things that Jesus has done for us.
In His Grace!