Creativity and Conquerors

Don’t think your world can’t be changed. Everything necessary for your revolution is in your hands. Utilize creativity in the most boring class and watch the world light up around you. Convince yourself that there is a solution to the mess your in and when you walk clean again, you’ll be amazed to find out that the transformation didn’t just happen to you. Humans who think and act like they were created for a reason infect the people around them with life. Some will allow life to pass them by, but it’s a lot more fun to be a part of the crowd that takes every opportunity to face the world with a determined smile.

God formed the world with intent and he created humanity with specific desire. Believing that you are worthless or ugly breaks his heart. This denies God’s ability to create something good. Humanity was called to tame the earth and make sure it grows into the beauty that God designed for it. We’re not just talking about plants and animals though. He’s given you gifts, talents and an attractive nature that goes beyond your body. If you can’t see it, ask God how he sees you. Even though your flaws are evident (all of ours are), he isn’t measuring them against you. Flaws don’t break his heart. Believing your flaws are who you are breaks his heart.

Living out God’s dreams for you is so powerful that it not only effects the people around you, but also the Earth itself. Jesus isn’t just a name to be worshipped. He is the perfect example of life as a child of God. Man’s original sin forced the rest of humanity to choose like Adam and Eve did; to believe God or believe our own logic. Jesus chose to believe God in every moment of his life and we are still talking about him 2000 years later. Granted, he had a specific purpose in the destiny of the world, being the first born son of God. You will never be the saviour of the world, but you still have an essential place in the course of history.

Creativity chooses to find solutions instead of focusing on the problems. When the Spirit of God resides in you, the same power that defeated death is working in you. There is no limit to the possibilities. You tap into the abundant life that Jesus promised and each stress is another chance to overcome. We are more than conquerors, according to God’s opinion of us. What more could you hope to do than conquer your life? How about creating a new one? Ancient emperors became great, not only for devastating whole lands, but also for building new civilizations that stood for centuries. It’s one thing to lay waste to a city, it’s another matter to rebuild it.

You are a re-builder, working with the Holy Spirit to create a new life out of the tattered remains of abuse, depression, anger, or simply boredom. How can you continually nurture a damaging self image when the creator of the universe has taken up residence in you? Let him move in deeper. Let the Father of Lights furnish your heart and soul with the treasures of Heaven! Know that whatever you’re walking into (school, work, a cruddy home…) is not the reality you have to accept. Deny despair, get creative, and watch that spark of freedom change your world.

 

*Scriptures reference in the order they appear: Genesis 1:28, Romans 8:11, Romans 8:37, James 1:17, Matthew 6:20-21.

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Naked Hearts and Your Self Image

Don’t you hate it when your plans get shattered? When what you’re expecting and wanting just doesn’t materialize. Have you ever had your plans spoiled by someone else? Like when you’re planning a surprise party and your kid sister ruins the surprise. Imagine mapping out an entire universe. While carefully crafting the cosmic bodies for the people you love the most, right in the middle of their awe and wonder, some punk with an attitude throws doubt in the mix and completely soils your loved ones’ perspective of you and your work. This is a fluffy representation of the fall of mankind, when Adam and Eve chose to disregard God and follow their own logic.

Why would we ever agree with this punk? (I mean Satan, just to be clear.) He exists, believe it. But so does God. One of the best truths in this universe is that God is bigger than Satan. When Eve caved in and agreed with Satan, it caused a rift between people and God. Why? Because we became self-conscious. Take a look at Genesis chapter three. Adam and Eve run and hide from God because they are naked. Shame enters the world for the first time. The idea of covering their bodies becomes an instinct. They no longer believed that what God had created was good enough.

Why would we continue to agree with that?

I’m not saying, “Get naked, because that’s how God made you.” Nudity is not the answer! Your body isn’t the issue. It’s your heart. Nothing about you scares God. Why hide your heart from him? Or maybe it’s what angers him that you’re afraid of. Well sorry to say, your cover is blown! He knows everything. And THANK GOD he does! Hiding is exhausting. The more you believe lies, the more you lie. The more you lie, the more you have to cover up for those lies. Understand me, I’m not talking about verbal lies now. I’m talking about internal lies, what you believe with your head and your heart.

Does any of your thinking sound like this:

Some of this might sound outrageous, but that’s only because you still believe some of the lies that tell you differently. Satan is called “the deceiver” for a reason. Don’t give him room to work his little tricks. Remember, God is bigger. When we are struggling, he can step up to the plate for us. Keep Jesus in sight, read about him, talk to him, listen to him.

Let your heart get naked and expose any garbage that might still be dangling from your emotions. Let go and choose to believe what God believes about you. If you’re struggling with body image, confused about your purpose, think you’re worthless, or can’t break free of the sadness, please know that it’s a tactic to keep you down. When you live in God’s design, the good you do in this world will last for generations. God’s plans may have originally been ruined, but he was never caught off guard. Jesus is right there to help you into the light. Always.

[Scriptures references in order of their appearance: Ephesians 1:4-5, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 12:5-6, Psalm 139:13-14, Romans 5:7-8, John 15:14, Romans 8:14-17, Ephesians 1.18, Revelation 12:9, John 16.33, 2 Corinthians 12:9.]