Christian experience is a spiritual sense, taste, or relish of the goodness, sweetness, and excellence of the truths of the gospel. And no tongue can express the satisfaction, which the soul receives, from a sense of Divine goodness, grace, and love to it in Christ. Matthew Henry Commentary
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV)
If we truly want to step into creativity, then we must go beyond the confines of religious exercise, which lacks the essence of Holy Spirit direction. Creativity conveys Kingdom reality, focusing on Christ alone. Holy Spirit manifests flow and direction. Christianity moves within spiritual senses – tasting to see God is good, engaging with Scripture visually and even at times smelling the very fragrance of Christ as we encounter His glory.
In my own life, through prayer, fasting, study of the Word, and worship, I exercise my senses to discern good or evil. Discernment is key to know the difference. Maturity brings discernment. And in discernment, I walk in a broad place of freedom and expression, led in Christ through Holy Spirit. Visions, revelation, prophetic dance and song are interpreted in the Spirit through those trained in the experiences.
Yes, to engage in imagination or creativity, many will fall prey to error and practices that do not focus on Christ. But, that does not mean that we stay in a narrow place of fear, unable to walk in a broad place in Christ Jesus. It is discernment that has been tempered through use, that give us the knowing between that which is of God and Holy Spirit and that which is of the flesh. Without creativity, Christianity becomes a static one-dimensional reality that flows through the mind alone. Without creativity and maturity, Christianity is chaotic and off-center, resting in emotions and feelings. With both the mind and the heart engaged and informed, Christianity is alive and organic, ever flowing in new fresh ways in Christ.
I choose to walk in that broad place, trusting Christ in me, not of myself, to lead and guide me in creative ways, innovation, and informed imagination. To usher in Kingdom creativity, flowing through people, we step out in faith, one step at a time.
In Christ, Debra