As I was looking out my bedroom window one morning, following the stay-at-home order set by the governor of my home state, Delaware and mayor in my city of Wilmington, I began to look up at the sky and suddenly had a vision. I saw the word "creativity" in front of my eyes, imprinted in my vision. I was instantly taken to Genesis 1:1 where it says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." We can see that God is the Creator of creativity. He is the originator of creativity.
Furthermore, we can also see in Genesis 1:26-28 it says, "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.' So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that crawls upon the earth.'"
The Lord created a special species called "mankind" and gave them delegated authority and power over the works of His hands. As Believers, we possess a delegated measure of authority that enables us to operate in what God desire us to do. This authority is a shared authority from the Lord Jesus, because we, as Christians, are His commissioned representatives here on Earth; acting as His mouth, hands and feet.
Created to Create
I love what Psalm 8:5-6 declares about God's people: "For You made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him ruler of the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet..." Creativity is a part of the life of the Believer, and we were created to create and procreate. Creativity, one of the core characteristics of God (Romans 1:20), has been given unto us, so we may go and be creative in the image of Him (Exodus 35:31). Creativity is so powerful that by just taking the first 11 chapters in the Bible, we see creativity as a major theme throughout.
God was speaking to me that in this time of being quarantined, greater levels of creativity, innovation and inventive ideas will begin to come forth out of God's people. This is not the season to allow fear, panic, anxiety, laziness, doubt, unbelief and stagnation to set into our hearts.
The spirit of creativity from the Holy Spirit will be activated and stirred up like never before. There will be new ideas, dreams, concepts and visions from God that will emerge in this down-time, isolation and quarantine season. God says, "Don't allow the pandemic, created by the coronavirus, and limitation, to restrict and hinder your ability to flow with creativity and a cutting-edge nature by the Spirit of God." (Photo via Piqsels)
What is the definition of creativity, and what does the Bible say about it? According to Wikipedia, the word "creativity" means "A phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible...or a physical object." Another definition in the Lexico UK Dictionary says it means, "The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work."
We know that man has been created in the image of God. In other words, man has been created in God's imagination to reflect His nature and characteristics through the fruit of the Spirit. In addition, we must understand that we are God's idea. We are God's masterpiece and prized possession. He wants an offspring of people who will rule like Him in the earth realm. God desires that we take full advantage of this quarantine time that we are in by tapping into the Holy Spirit's creativity for ourselves.
Creativity creates productivity. Productivity brings prosperity and prosperity preserves your posterity. There is going to be, in the days, months, years and decades to come, prophetic creativity that will bless a generation. God wants His people to break out of the mundane and mediocrity of life and to unleash the creativity within.
As I was looking out of the window, a light bulb came on that there is more within God's people than what meets the eye. In other words, God is saying that there is more within you that you have not seen before. The Lord desires for you to break free and release into the realm of productivity. No more boredom or stagnation in this next season. God is going to give you the cutting edge anointing and prophetic advantage to seize the opportunity that this season permits.
We must understand that the Lord is the One who releases the gifts of creativity to men and women. We can see in the life of Solomon that he didn't ask the Lord for wealth but for wisdom, and God gave it to Him. We need the wisdom of God to be creative to bring in the wealth for Kingdom purposes. Each one of us is blessed with divine, innate abilities and certain gifts of creativity that must be used here and now on Earth, not in Heaven. We must discover them and then utilize them for God's glory.
Keep in mind, the Lord doesn't give us gifts of creativity that He hasn't graced and anointed us for. It is my heartfelt desire that these verses below would reveal to you that we all have the ability to create in areas that God has granted to us, all for particular purposes, and as always, they are intended to bring Him glory.
The Craftsmanship of Bezalel
Exodus 35:30-33, "Then Moses said to the people of Israel, 'See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.'" (Photo via Piqsels)
I am reminded of Bezalel who was given special, supernatural abilities and talents to work in a creative way as it pertains to the construction of the tabernacle of God. It was the Lord that gave Bezalel these creative gifts, and God expected him to teach these skills to others (Exodus 35:34-35). Bezalel's creative abilities included knowledge, intelligence, wisdom and divine skill in his artistic craftsmanship. It was the desire of God that Bezalel would be able to impart, teach, train and pass along these abilities. And so He "...inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver – by any sort of workman or skilled designer" (Exodus 35:34-35).
Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
The anointing of Bezalel is being released for creativity because, like him, we are God's workmanship, and we were created for the purposes to bring God glory in our good works. These works were "prepared beforehand" for us so that we would "walk in them" and do great things for Christ in that work.
As the Church, we are called the "Body" of Christ for a reason; we become God's mouth, hands, feet, voice and eyes. To be His Body is to physically do what Christ would do if He was physically here on the earth today. He is the Head of His Body – the Church – and we are to be His Body – the extension – doing what He has sovereignly appointed all of us to do daily.
We were created as His workmanship to operate not only in our own lives, but in the lives of others. This quarantine time should not be viewed as a set-back but a divine set-up for perpetual "breakthrough success" in God. What the enemy meant for bad in this pandemic, God turned for our good with power.
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Dr. Hakeem Collins¬†is a part of a new generation of world changers. Gifted with a unique dual apostolic and prophetic call, he is a sought-after conference, church and ministry speaker who has traveled extensively throughout the United States preaching the message of the Kingdom. He is the author of: 101 Prophetic Ways God Speaks, Heaven Declares: Prophetic Decrees To Start Your Day, Prophetic Breakthrough: Decrees That Break Curses & Release Blessings, and Command Your Healing: Prophetic Declarations to Receive and Release Healing Power.
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