I know you think your idea is from God, but you might be wrong.

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Pastors are always getting inspiration. Sometimes these ‘eureka moments’ are from God and sometimes not. Just because an idea is not from God doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. People, without help from God, come up with good ideas all the time.

But the thing is, most pastors barely have enough time to do the things God has clearly asked them to do and they certainly don’t have time to do the things God hasn’t asked them to do. How then does one know if their ‘great idea’ is from God or not?

Ideas that have their origins from God tend to haunt us like Dickens’ three spirits. If you forget the idea there’s a good chance it was not God’s idea. Ideas that have their origins from our imagination tend to shrink over time. Ideas that have their origins from God tend to grow over time.

Since this is true we would do well to let our ideas sit for a while. Don’t rush implementation of inspiration. Put your idea on a shelf for a few days…or weeks. Most ideas can wait. If your idea whistles at you every time you walk past that shelf, it might be from God. But remember, that whistling sound might just be an inner-ear problem so get a second, or third, opinion.

Ask someone what they think of that light-bulb over your head without feeling any need to suggest that God put it there. When we say to people, “I think God is telling me…” we intimidate and close down feedback we might need to hear.

  • Sometimes ‘eureka moments’ are from God and sometimes not.
  • Pastors barely have enough time to do the things God has clearly asked them to do.
  • Ideas that have their origins from God tend to haunt us like Dickens’ three spirits.
  • Don’t rush implementation of inspiration.
  • I know you think your idea is from God, but you might be wrong.