Creating Beauty While Living In A World of Chaos

I live in the world, but as a Christian, I am not of the world. My identity is formed in Christ in me. I am seated in heavenly places. I am a new creation in Christ. There are many verses to substantiate these claims in previous blogs. So let’s rest on this sure foundation – we are in Christ in the world.

Walking towards the lightThis world thrives in the midst of tension and chaos. Unsettling on every front, current events drive us either into a sense a fear or subtle escapism. In Christ, I choose to bow my knee to neither.

Perfect love casts out fear. As the love of Christ flows into my life, fear evaporates in the glory of His presence.

Escapism is also not an option. I am a creative realist – taking what life seemingly throws at me, I keep on moving. Life is too precious in Christ to admit defeat AND if there are days that get me down, I rise up and stay strong as soon as possible.

So many of my thoughts are flowing from an excellent article written by NT Wright, The Bible and Christian Imagination.

Here we have the world at large – both beautiful and ugly.

“Seeing one does not defy the existence of the other.” NT Wright

PaintbrushSo, it seemingly depends upon my spiritual vision more than my natural vision to live creativity, manifesting beauty through my life. If I gaze upon the reality of ugliness, which abounds on every side, beauty is hidden from me. Beauty does exist and it is beauty that I must gaze upon. It is beauty and truth that capture writers. It is beauty and wonder that excites the artist. We live by gazing upon the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ and reflecting His glory through our life and our creativity. I move in an opposing spirit to that which tries to weigh me down in chaos, death and destruction. It is beauty that astonishes the eye. Beauty grabs the heart to dream. Eternity calls us to come into its reality, here and now.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV)

I struggle. I suffer. Yet all things are working in Christ to display an exceeding weight of glory in my life, now and forever. I choose to look at the reality of eternity to interject beauty and truth into people that are downcast, distraught, abandoned or feeling insignificant and small. In Christ, I am light in the midst of darkness. Eternity is my reality. I am passing through all of this as a Christian. I keep my eyes focused on Christ and keep walking, being sure that I am called and chosen for such a time as this. Of that I am quite sure.

Imagination flows through an informed study and meditation of Scripture. That brings eternity right into the midst. It does not yet take me out of the world but opens my eyes to see by faith. I walk in my sanctified imagination to bring creativity into the earth.

While ministering in the poor areas of Eldoret, Kenya many years ago, the Lord specifically told me to preach on beauty. This astounded me and left me somewhat bewildered. As I looked around, I saw only poverty and lack. Many people living there hardly thought about beauty. Their concentration was on daily subsistence and living one day at a time. At least that is what I thought.

Deep inside I realized how wrong I actually was. Despite poverty and lack, people hold dreams and visions within their hearts. They often don’t realize it. They don’t feel the freedom to even accept the fact that they can dream in the midst of life’s trials. To preach on beauty seemed irrelevant and superfluous. Yet God kept telling me to preach on beauty so I did, off the cuff, which means flowing in Holy Spirit. I preached on gazing on His beauty. I preached on ascending in worship. I preached on displaying His glory right where they lived.

We are called to co-create with God and in God through revelation, ideas, and directions given to us in Holy Spirit.

To create beauty in the midst of tension, poverty, or lack.

To dream in the midst of encroaching darkness.

To engage with reality right where we are, living, moving and having our being in Christ.

To take our little corner of the world and to manifest heaven on earth, stirring up hope and possibility everywhere we are.

No one is beyond manifesting beauty and truth right now. No one. No matter how deep the inner and outer poverty we live in, we are called to gaze upon His beauty and reflect His glory. To show forth His beauty through the creative expression of Christ in us, the hope of glory.

Rise up today from fear! Creativity takes courage to rise up and to actually create! Start right where you are in Christ. One idea may challenge us to move out in a Holy Spirit faith direction. Lacking money or time does not divert our sense of purpose. Rejection does not hinder us. We live by faith in the Son of God who consistently tells us to dream big. He whispers that nothing is impossible in Him.

I write to inspire today. This subject is part of my DNA in Christ so I can’t shut it off or turn it down. Each time I write, I give small pieces and ask you to run with it. To finish this story within yourself through your own life. I always desire closure when I get close to the end of a blog post. I almost never get it for it is bigger than me right now. Creativity is my passion, my life. Enjoy! Think. Meditate. Dream.

Debra

In Christ, Debra

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Creativity – Taking It Back? Or Just Moving Out?

Creativity calls us to stretch. Break out. Move past any limiting restrictions that we place upon the identity, character and nature of Jesus Christ,

As we move, a pervasive question still sounds forth from eternity. This question is not so much to challenge us as to change us by our answer.

“Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15) That question resounds today, loud and clear. Our answer should flow not from our own head knowledge but from being in sync with heaven’s revelation of the Son, imparted to us. Revelation flows. It hits our heart and our mind. We speak in clear and beautiful ways to reveal who Christ is.

Peter said it this way – “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. (Matthew 16:16-17 Message)

Who do you say that He is?

Jesus is……………….

There are any number of ways to express the glory of the Son. Words, of course. And dance. And song. And ideas abounding in Christ. And wisdom. And. And And…. so much more.

The Father longs to amaze us; astound us with an unfolding revelation of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Who (Jesus) being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power. (Hebrews 1:3 NKJVS)

We gaze in wonder at His beauty and reflect His glory so that the world will see our Lord. Our expression flows from revelation. This creative expression is then infused through our actions into the atmosphere in the Holy Spirit. Let creativity abound in the Body of Christ!

In HimOf course there is a flip side to this. As I observe culture, I see something else happening. It didn’t just start yesterday. As the church has been robotically cloned in the image of man’s wisdom over the years the devil has been hacking into creative minds right and left. While the church has followed man’s programs and agendas, lacking imagination and true creativity in Holy Spirit, the devil holds captive creative people to fear, greed, narcissism, spirituality without Christ, and perversion.

Creativity is his playground where he captures the hearts and minds of people who giving glory to him through their own pride in creating and its process and promotions. He uses creativity to beckon many to walk in a spirituality without Christ. Calling forth muses, or spirit guides, many attribute their success or acclaim to the occult realm. Others live in fear, rejection, and even contemplate suicide as the devil perverts the creative gifting in people. From movies, TV, books, video games and more, creative expression is sourced in the demonic and flows out in lust on many levels. This is not creativity in its purest form.

Father God expresses His glory through His Son. The Father and the Son are one. Christ is in us, the hope of glory. The Spirit is given to us to access heavenly realms. As Christians, we abound in creativity in our salvation. Creativity is in Christ and we are the creative expressions of His glory in the earth. Christ in us.

This is a good thought to ponder and a good place to start this week. Imagine in Holy Spirit a creative life and its flowing expression. Creativity is our inheritance in Christ – ideas, revelation, imagination, art, music, business…..

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It is not so much that we are to take it back. It is not the enemy’s to possess in the first place. In essence, we simply move out in the creativity that is ours in Christ Jesus. Already happening through movies such as Holy Ghost or War Room, we are harnessing our creativity in Christ and telling His story to the world in unique and diverse ways. The well is deep. His love is wide. Each of us plays a part with a unique script and story. It’s time.

Each blog post is just a part of what is going on in my own mind and heart. I am trying to put this all in some sort of order but I find that it is impossible to do. Creative ideas and revelation are hitting me from all sides so I pray you are reading it all and taking what is yours and moving out, stretching in creativity in your own life.

Tentatively, I am going back to Kenya in December for the next phase in Rivers of Eden. Taking creative discipleship classes into churches where I am teaching on living, moving and having your being in Christ – identity. Then we move into prophetic meetings where we let Holy Spirit in creativity flow. Step by step in this journey.

Debra

In Christ, Debra

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Worship – Deconstructed and Pure

Wide open deconstructed moments of pure worship that flow into purity of expression as we gaze upon the beauty of Christ. Worship in spirit and truth.

Sunset in the reedsBut the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24 NKJV)

Fires ignited within us that burn while gazing upon Christ Jesus.

Lord, tear apart the formalities of our earthly understanding and let us ascend to worship on high…..in glory!

Set us in the midst of that broad place of freedom…..to live and move and have our being.

Places of opposition in our own lives that thrive on structural narratives of order that prohibit movement, freedom of movement in Holy Spirit…..tear them down through a revelation of manifested majesty.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra