Some people have the innate ability to inspire themselves, or even find inspiration in the smallest things. Other people find inspiration in sadness or heartache, where others still find inspiration in beauty and joy.
We can find some of the most inspirational stories in the library of Scripture. From Abraham and Sarah conceiving even while Sarah was barren to Samson having a final glorious moment standing for God, even though he is blind. The boy David, facing and conquering a 9-foot giant in no protective gear and armed with only 5 stones and a sling shot. Esther, saving the nation of Israel through her influence with the king. Jesus, living a pure and blameless life, inspiring us to seek the Kingdom, telling us that we will do greater things than he did.
Apart from all of these stories, the Holy Spirit is our ultimate inspiration. All wisdom and understanding we have regarding God and his Kingdom are the result of the Spirit’s teaching and inspiration (Job 32:8). This is further confirmed with the truth that we cannot save ourselves, but it is by the Spirit of God we come to the understanding of His salvation in Jesus Christ.
One of the ways the Holy Spirit inspires us is through reading the Scriptures:
1. 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2. 2 Peter 1:21 ESV
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
3. John 16:13 ESV
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
4. 1 John 4:1 ESV
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
5. John 17:17 ESV
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
6. Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
7. Hebrews 13:5-7 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
8. 2 Timothy 3:17 ESV
That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
9. John 14:26 ESV
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
10. Job 32:8 ESV
But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
Warm your heart by the fire of inspiration that can be found within the scriptures, that are Spirit breathed. Inspiration is fleeting; however, and therefore you should surround yourself with like-minded people. People who are also seeking after the heart of God, people who are also needing the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
We can draw inspiration from each other, from speak words of encouragement and prophecy to each other. Remembering to weigh these words with Scripture as Paul advises in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” Prophecy is a powerful gift for the saints that uplift and build up the faith of others. Paul says that we should eagerly pursue the gift of prophecy for the body of Christ.
If prophecy is a gift of the Spirit and the Holy Spirit is our ultimate inspiration, surely then we can inspire others by way of prophecy. Remember to give all prophecy in love, to make sure that the heart of the Father shines through and that his name is glorified in all situations. Prophecy is definitely inspirational, but we should partner with the Holy Spirit so as to ensure that we are not hurting our brothers or sisters in Christ.
Together we are the bride of Christ, lets inspire one another.