Looking For True Inspiration? Try God’s Plan…
We wrote this book to help Christians better understand how the 4 great pillars of Spirit-Led Success explain the Divine connections that give you earthly power over your circumstances and conditions.
One of those pillars is Divine Inspiration.
As you will see, Discovering God’s Plan is based both on the scripture and the science of outstanding personal performance.
Knowing God’s Plan for your life is one thing. Living it is quite another.
Yes, God’s Plan is the starting point for achieving Spirit-Led Success and living with Spiritual Integrity. It is about connecting your purpose with your performance to create a life truly worth living.
And always remember that, just below the surface of your thinking, Jesus is hard a work sparking all those Divine connections, leading the process with what we have dubbed Divine Inspiration.
Get good at this simple 4 step process and you will find yourself on the leading edge of success every day you are alive. Fail this process, or miss a step, and you will quickly sink back into a life of confusion, conflict, and drama. (Not what God wants for you!)
Divine Inspiration in 4 Simple Steps…
DIVINE INSPIRATION—Emboldens you to experience the Miracle of Creation… rather than just aimlessly plodding through life—never becoming the person you were actually meant to be.
The Promise: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ ” —Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
First, quiet all the chatter in your brain. Pray. Meditate. Clear your beautiful brain of all the negatives that might be bombarding you. Turn down your emotions… flip them off if you can. Relax. (With practice, this is easier than you might think.)
Focus inward. Ask Jesus to engulf you with His Divine Inspiration and spark the hidden powers of your imagination.
Many experts in the field of Creativity and Innovation have added a nice twist to the above and have enunciated the 3 B’s of Creativity: Bath, Bus, Bed. They have found that by reducing the stress level and all sources of negative energy, “things” start to pop into your head from well below your “conscious” level of thinking. You become inspired by allowing your spirit to run free! The point is to call upon your inner-child to come out to play… to ask Jesus to be your Creative Muse… and just let your brain function at the pure emotional/feeling level.
Free-form your thoughts — let them race through your brain without interference from or restricted by any form of logic. What you want to do is stream incoherent images, thoughts, flashes of words… and let your natural values start to drive your inner-emotions. What is starting to make you smile? What is making you sad… angry… upset… emotionally connected?
Pastor Bill Hybles calls this Holy Unrest… that feeling that comes upon you where you get an image of something you know is wrong, and want to make right. It starts to bubble up to your conscious brain as that Popeye effect: “It’s all I can stand and I can’t stands no more!” You have a strong feeling of calling.
Now, form a coherent thought. Explicitly state what you are experiencing on the inside in a way that you can start to see it in the outside world around you. Run this coherent thought through your mind for a few seconds. Does it stick? Does it make any sense? Focus even more and get the words in the right order so you can articulate them — especially to yourself. Do these words start to inspire other visions? Do you feel a strong calling to the vision?
With a little training, you can take Steps 1-2-3 in seconds — at any time — anyplace.
Jesus promised to “be with you always” and He is. Draw on His promise and engage in this process. (How else do you think you can become His hands, eyes, feet, heart, and body here on Earth?)
Write it down. This is the all-important first step at making your dreams real! Pick up a pen, a sheet of paper, and create a short “mind map” of the Inspired Thought you just had.
The pen is real. The paper is real. The ink on the paper is the first form of physically moving your ideas from thought into action. Again, from years of research, we find that people needlessly fail simply because they do not capture opportunity-creating thoughts and WRITE THEM DOWN. They believe they can keep everything in their head, and have no need to journal their thoughts.
Every performance expert will tell you that it is impossible to chase a fleeting dream. You MUST connect that dream with a point in time — and write it into your schedule.
What a pity it is for people to call on the power of Divine Inspiration — become inspired — and do nothing with it! Drives us crazy. Imagine how it must make Jesus feel?!
He inspires you… gives you some great ideas pointing you in the right direction… and you do nothing with it? Really?
Yes, Divine Inspiration is a huge pillar upon which Spirit-Led Success and a life of Spiritual Integrity sits. It is the basis of all creativity and innovation… the source of both spiritual and earthly riches.
But remember this, the secret to success is not in having Divine Thoughts…
It’s taking Divine Action on those thoughts!
James Allen probably said it best in his book, As a Man Thinketh, published way back in 1902, that your success is dependent on the thoughts you think. (The title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”)
“Cherish your visions.
Cherish your ideals.
Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts.
For out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.”
Do you now see how Divine Inspiration leads to clarity of values… which leads to clarity of vision… which leads to clarity of roles… which leads to the absolute conviction that what you are doing is the right thing to be doing… which leads to the unconditional commitment necessary to take courageous action?
And without Divine Inspiration, you remain stuck or worse… running in circles thinking that you are making great time!
Eric R. Haas, CEO