We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)
InspireGod.com is designed to inspire our readers to walk with God. We want to encourage the passionate pursuit of God, and purposeful engagement with the world it produces. Those who possess this passion and sense of purpose develop a dynamic relationship with God.
A dynamic relationship with God is not limited to the scheduled appointment some call a quiet time or morning devotional. When we place God in a schedule box our relationship with him will grow stagnant, boring, and unattractive.
The person who builds a dynamic relationship with God weaves him into every aspect of their lives. They never leave him and he never leaves them. Their awareness and experience of God’s presence and power allow them to navigate life securely, faithfully, and confidently. This type of relationship with God allows us to successfully conquer and overcome the stress filled world we live.
When our relationship with God is dynamic stress makes us grow. This is the equivalent of what Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls Antifragil:
“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
A dynamic relationship with God is made up of the five fundamental qualities:
When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
1 Corinthians 2:13–15 (NLT)
Walking with God requires spirituality. Spirituality is the perception of and engagement with the unseen world. Spirituality can be difficult for those of us who are dominated by our physical or human senses (fleshliness). A great deal of the effort necessary to build a dynamic relationship with God involves the transition from fleshliness to spirituality. In fact, when we become spiritual we become antifragile. The articles in this section will seek to inspire and guide us in this effort.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:2–4 (NLT)
Spirituality leads to adaptability. When we become adaptable we turn obstacles into opportunities. We grow rather than give up. For instance, when faced with relationship difficulty, we rely on God to change, rather than insisting others change while we remain the same. We become what others need us to be, not because they are in control, but because we believe God has given us an opportunity to grow. This adaptability, born from the spirituality of a powerful walk with God, turns every obstacle into an opportunity. Articles in this section will help us develop spiritual adaptability.
He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; 71 from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. 72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Psalm 78:70-72 (NIV)
David was a shepherd of sheep until God disrupted his life to make him king. His path from pasture to palace was filled with victory and success, persecution and intimidation, as well as uncertainty and delay. God used these circumstances of life to shape his heart, so he could shepherd the people with “integrity” and “skill”. What can we learn from David’s relationship with God? Flexibility is how spiritual people turn disruption into destiny! The articles in this section will help us embrace a life of flexibility, so God can fulfill his destiny for our lives.
“Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
Acts 7:9-10 (NIV)
Few words describe the spirituality of Joseph better than agility. His journey from irrelevant to influential reflects an uncommon spirituality or agility, through which God worked to turn his setbacks into breakthroughs. A relationship with God must be agile, possessing a willingness to trust God when nothing adds up, and every plan or dream is frustrated. This means traveling a path like Joseph, who was enslaved; promoted to administrator; demoted and imprisoned; and ultimately made ruler of Egypt, so God could use him to save lives. This section of articles will focus on developing our spiritual agility, so we can turn setbacks into breakthroughs, and fulfill the destiny to which God has called us.
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13 (NIV)
Audacity is the willingness to take bold risks that goes beyond human confidence – a confidence shaped by a dynamic and agile relationship with God. Peter suffered a setback when he fearfully denied Jesus,
RUSS EWELL, EDITOR