The Divine Nature and Creativity - No 2

Series : Towards the Full Corporate Stature; Creativity
Sun am 13 September 2009 – Kobus and Hazel Swart

Hazel: John 12:24-25 (Message); (1 John 4: 18); (Gen. 1:2)
Kobus: (Gen. 3:17-19); (2 Peter 1:12); Eph. 4:7 (Ampl); Eph. 4:11(NASB);
Eph. 4:12-16 (Ampl); 2 Peter 1:2-4 Message); (Matt. 6:18)

Hazel: We serve a creative God and the gifts He has given us are to be given back to Him to glorify Him. To live the creative life, we have to lose the fear of being wrong. The Scripture says that perfect love casts out all fear. God will catch you, there’s a net for you, don’t be afraid to take that step of faith and let your imagination go. Use that imagination, that’s why God gave it to you.

In every word there is a balance. We can ask what we wish but the key is to be abiding in Him. Creativity never ever grows in strife. Creativity is birthed in mystery, it is like giving birth to something, a baby is formed in the womb; a seed grows and is born almost in darkness.

When we live recklessly for God, give ourselves over to Him, we surrender and lay everything at His feet. In the universe there is an order, a balance, everything hangs together. God has His structure and in the church God has His structure; He has His order. We are creating the atmosphere for creativity and therefore the attitude of our heart is a humble one. When you’re walking in the gifting God has given you, it humbles you, because you know you’re serving someone greater. This creativity comes from God, not from ourselves. It’s an atmosphere of dying to yourself.

Kobus: Creativity is not some mystical theory that hangs in the air; it is something visible you create. There must be a way to break the formula that says that your wage will depend on the hours you put in. It is a limiting formula and does not allow for any supernatural intervention and is a result of the curse(Gen 3:17-19). We have been conditioned by this and we must believe that the curse has been broken. We are not functioning in a fraction of our abilities and have become slaves of ‘input equals output’.

This Word on creativity has to be cast within a Word foundation. We must engage this Divine Nature within. Yes, creativity will come from it, but something must direct our every step which is that we are moving towards the corporate expression of the divine nature within. God’s grace carriers(The Five-fold ministries. Eph. 4:7-11) have been given as craftsmen to work alongside Jesus, who is building His Church. We must have the vision of the corporate structure in our mind and spirit. If we are saying that we are going for the full corporate structure, we are actually saying, “Let the Divine Nature within, which is the creative nature of God; come to full stature in each one of us.”

The whole Christian life is about faith. The materialistic man wants to feel and see everything before he believes. Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed” (John 20:29). We have been given rich promises, by which we become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust (2 Pet. 1:4-9). What is lust? It’s a selfish obsession to get something to satisfy you. Everyone would love to have the Divine Nature, the creativity, but don’t let it become an obsessive thing called lust. The way creativity comes to us is to die to self. The burning passion in my life is to escape the lust that is in the world and reach for the divine nature. The way we get it is to not give up on the promises of God. Satan is does not want you to believe the promises of God.

Salvation is the beginning, but now growth must follow. “… complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books (2 Pet. 1:4–9). We have been given these promises by which we become partakers of the Divine Nature and unless we add these qualities, we will not come to the wonderful realization that my old sinful nature has actually been taken off the books!

Why is there so much creativity demonstrated outside the Church? Creativity will not grow in a religious environment where there is insistence on conformity. Each one of us is an original.