LIVING BY INSPIRATION – Timi Ologunoye

“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the almighty giveth them understanding.”- Job 32: 8
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”- 2 Tim. 3:16

Is being inspired, something temporary? Like a stream you dip your toe in and out of? Or is inspiration a way of life? What inspires you? What is your soul’s vocation? Do you follow God’s inspiration in taking actions daily or you worry about what others think about you and focus your actions on gaining their approval?

The wisdom of God packaged in the Bible was delivered through inspiration, not intellectualism.”Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”-2Pet.1:20-21.Inspiration is the connection between you and your source; cultivating that connection and preserving it is the key to living an inspired life. The source I talk about here is the divine wisdom that opens up the mental faculties of men. When the wisdom of God is triggered, His creative abilities go into action bringing about the creation of the desirable. “And the earth was without form, and void; … And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”And what was the end result of the Spirit’s movement? The beauty of creation we see today! May divine inspiration bring about your long awaited positive recreation this season. Amen.

Inspiration is the purest and most powerful source of human motivation. It is the fuel for persisting and the power to face down the fear of failure. It calls us to challenge conventions and act outside of the norm by an influence that is beyond and greater than us; the power of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, with inspiration come all kinds of resistance; external resistance from friends and family about our choices, external pressures from peers who are ready to ridicule us at the slightest opportunity. This resistance sets us up to give up when we experience the unavoidable disagreement between what we hoped for and the hard process of making it happen. But when we become inspired, our ability to tap into that energy that freely flows from the Spirit of God enables us to face down any kind of resistance. At the end, acting on our inspiration challenges people in our life who know that a similar choice would be good for them, but the fear of failure and resistance stops them.

The inspiration that the Holy Spirit gives empowers you to perform supernatural exploits by granting you insights into supernatural depths. By divine inspiration, Isaac knew how to get bountiful harvest in famine; Jacob knew how to rear the particular colour of cattle he desired without learning from a research institute and Joseph knew how to preserve food for 14years in Egypt without the use of any chemical preservatives. Every true discovery comes from inspiration! May the covenant catalyst (inspiration) produce a reaction inside of you that will take you to the next level this season! Amen.

We find the freedom to participate in the mystery that we are, when we choose to do what inspiration calls us to do. We have to decide to act out our inspiration and move outside our comfort zone that allows others to imprison us in theirs. One wise man said, “I refuse to die in someone else’s comfort zone.”. It does not matter whether potential failure, resistance, lack of assurance of success, honour or validation is present. When you finally breakthrough, people will begin to hail you, calling you a genius, whereas in actual fact, it was a genius Spirit moving in the mental faculty of an ordinary man who is willing to dare to act that produced the result.

HOW TO GENERATE INSPIRATION
You don’t always have to wait for inspiration to come by itself; it can be generated and some of the mechanisms for generating inspiration are:

1. MEDITATION: is a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to get in touch with and deliberately reflect upon the revelations of God. The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditari which means to concentrate. It is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God. You can consciously generate inspiration by taking a walk in the evening or the cool of the day according to the tradition of our General Overseer. Identify seasons of calmness, coolness and serenity, for they are great resources for generating inspiration. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”-2Cor. 3:18. As you engage in a mental focus on the word of God, you become changed for better by the Spirit of God.

2. PRAYER- Prayer is the tradition of communicating with God as the ultimate recipient. When faced with the threat of death, Daniel and his compatriots received inspiration to tell the King’s dream after they had prayed(Dan.2;16-20). The result made a great difference in their lives and in the entire province!

3. SINGING: Whether in the bathroom, on the steering, or while trekking, inspiration can be generated. The Bile says “God inhabits the praises of His people.”-Ps. 22: 3. Anytime Elisha needed to hear the voice of the Lord, he called for a minstrel to play (2Kgs.3:13-15). And as the minstrel began to play, the hand of the Lord came upon him and gave him supernatural insight into the issues of the nation. Have you seen Pastor Kunle Ajayi playing the Saxophone before Pastor Adeboye ministers at the redemption Camp? So, as you sing, you provoke the Spirit of God to produce inspiration within you.

4. GRATITUDE: is a feeling, emotion or attitude of thankfulness, gratefulness or appreciation of a benefit that one has received or will receive. Meister Ekhert Said “If the only prayer you said in your life was ‘thank you’ that would suffice”. When gratitude becomes your way of life, inspiration cannot stop. It will continually flow for you. Gratitude is a wise way of recharging your life. As you show gratitude to God, he will exalt your horn and you shall be anointed with fresh oil (Ps. 92:1-3, 10-11).

Divine Inspiration becomes more and more obvious, as we study the Bible, the Word of God. Each verse backs up another verse; each truth is further explained by another truth. It is the vital ingredient of creativity. Good inspiration draws things to our attention. It is a kind of God-term that refers to something we think of as essential but that we can’t, or may not want to, understand. Like God’s grace, inspiration doesn’t respond to our need or our greed for it. It is not a resource we can exploit; and it doesn’t look as if, at least as yet, science or technology can help us get more of it. Inspiration may not belong to us but God, but it is only we who can be inspired as we make up our mind to live by it.

If INSPIRATION then belongs to and comes from God, you will need to also belong to God to enjoy it. Are you willing to rethink things and change your perspective now? Go to God in prayers now and tell Him you want Him and His inspiration.

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