Yearn to Seek Him for His Ideas | Lifestyles


What is the difference between a “good idea” and a “god idea”? On the one hand, an idea of ​​God comes from him. It is inspired by Him and has the potential to take you to a different place than where you are now. We’ve all had good ideas that, after putting them into practice and thinking about them, realize that maybe they weren’t so good after all.

I’m tired of making decisions based on something an idea that I haven’t even asked the Lord. I need to see if he may have inspired my thoughts or if it was because of my own spiritual desires which may have impure motives or an inappropriate perspective.

I think an idea of ​​God is not only to bless you but also others. I listened to a few people who understood that they had been given an idea of ​​God. It wasn’t necessarily easy to see this idea come to fruition and didn’t come to fruition without them hanging on to it. But the results were tangible and, in some cases, deeply impactful for the direction of their future as well as the opportunity to be a blessing to many others. These ideas come from heaven! From our loving Heavenly Father who wants to bless us and mankind.

“My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And my ways go far beyond anything you could imagine. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

God’s thoughts or ideas will line up with God’s Word. They will reflect the nature and character of God. As you continue to renew your mind to think as the Lord thinks, He will begin to deposit ideas of God into your mind. They can be very simple ideas or seeds that will one day become something that could be a blessing for many people. Witty inventions, new business concepts, humanitarian endeavors – I think “the sky’s the limit”!

I must say that I think I had more good ideas than divine ideas. Some of the good ideas were okay, but several of them really set me on the path to regret. Once you set out on a path that is not God’s idea, you may need to go back (repent) and even undo the damage caused by (in my case) being cocky. Thank God he is merciful and kind and in my case he helped me get back on the right path he had led me down. It cost me dearly but I learned good lessons which I hope have instructed and enlightened me so that I don’t make these mistakes again. My “higher education” did not all come from the university I attended!

I was thinking of some of the examples I used in last week’s column regarding the different types of warfare the Lord used with the children of Israel that were very unconventional. I applied this to our ideas of spiritual warfare that the Lord gives us in our moments of prayer and intercession. Most of us pray from our intellect and understanding most of the time. We have learned that praying and declaring scripture about our situations can add an extra dynamic of spiritual authority. Praying “in the Spirit” or of our spiritual man, where the Holy Spirit resides, can also add power to our prayers. Praying from the perspectives of heaven gives us divine results.

The same can be true when He gives us an idea of ​​God. I think we could apply these tools mentioned above to direct our thoughts for any endeavor in which we might seek the Lord. If you seek the Lord’s direction in any area, God’s ideas are so much better than any of our good ideas ever could be!

There are ideas from God and there are also instructions from God. Someone once said “you are currently moving at the speed of your obedience”. Obedience is a choice, and when the Lord gives you His instructions, obeying Him is the only option to be blessed. God’s instructions are certainly an invitation from him to move to a higher or better place. Sometimes a simple (or not so simple) act of obedience can change everything. Some of his instructions are actually conditional – if you do that, then he will do what he promised. Thank God for his unconditional promises to us. We are a blessed people because of what He has already provided for us.

A few years ago, I was returning from a one-day conference with a good friend. One of the speakers was an author who shared his most recent project, which was a novel about spiritual warfare. I went to see him to ask him a few questions and he gave me a copy of the book. On the way back we were discussing his focus on dealing with our enemy which I think always gets too much attention. I said “someone needs to write a book on spiritual warfare from the place of intimacy with the Lord”. The Holy Spirit flooded the car, testifying with both of us that it was “God’s idea” – an idea He loved and wanted to see happen. My friend and I looked at each other and she said, “I think you’re supposed to write this book.”

I had no experience or desire to write a novel and certainly didn’t think it was a “good” idea at all. However, after I got home and prayed about it, the Lord made it very clear to me that He wanted me to do just that. It was an idea of ​​”God” and he gave me the ability to write it where the Lord was definitely the focus and intimacy was the weapon of war he used to exemplify a type different from prayer and intercession. It was originally published by a national publishing house and I am about to do a second edition, self-publishing it this time.

I don’t know about you, but it is my desire to please the Lord in any way He wants to manifest itself both in me and through me. Waiting on him, seeking him out for his insights and instructions should be something each of us yearns to do.


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