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A God idea February 8, 2009

Filed under: Deep thoughts — erikaivory @ 4:24 am
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I love me some Mark Batterson insight! So here you go again, see if this rings any internal bells with you…

Everything traces back to a single-cell idea or mustard-seed passion. Everything has a genesis moment when the God idea is conceived. ……

What I’m getting at is this: everything was once an idea. A bad idea. A good idea. A God idea. And it’s what we do with those ideas that determines our destiny. How many God ideas end up as a spiritual miscarriage because we don’t capture it? Or better stated, it doesn’t capture us. Like the parable of the sower and the seed, the God idea doesn’t take root. Listen, that is poor stewardship. When a God-idea is conceived you’ve got to identify it, protect it, fight for it, nurture it, cherish it, believe in it, pray about it, and sacrifice for it. I feel like I could blog about this all day. This is one of the soft skills of spiritual leadership that is tough to teach. But the art of capturing God ideas will make you or break you. …..

I could go on and on! But suffice to say, when God conceives something in your spirit, a God idea, you need to take it captive. You need to pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on you until the dream becomes reality!

Let me finish where I started. I would rather have one God idea than a thousand good ideas! And I believe there is a God idea in each of us that could change our lives and change our world. Some of them are small. Some of them are big. Some of them need to happen tomorrow. Some of them might not become reality for seventeen years! But one way or the other, you need to take it captive!

Okay, wow! “spiritual miscarriage” what a horrible, powerful term.  I love how he says we need to “fight to protect it…nurture it….take it captive.” So what God-idea did this bring to mind?


3 Responses to “A God idea”

  1. Cookie Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, my sweet friend, for sharing that!

    And you already know mine 🙂

  2. jenny Says:


  3. Lisa King Says:

    I appreciate you sharing this. I believe Jeff and I had a God-idea this week. 3 of Jeff’s students were taken away by DSS this week. It was really hard on him as he was there with them when it happened. That same night – both of us had this thought separatly – maybe we are to be foster parents and not missionaries. This is extremely scary to me. And timing isn’t the best – being 5 weeks away from having our first baby. Our house is small and its been tough making room for the baby, but to think about making room for another one is very overwhelming. But we are embracing this and starting the application process as we pray through each step. So as we wait for the mission board to tell us to start raising the funds to go on the mission field – we will pursue being foster parents.

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