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Increasing Creative Capacity

Dan McCollam

0:56:37 · Lifestyle

Dan McCollam teaches on expanding our capacity to create by making creativity a priority, redeeming time, communing with God, and finishing well. 

Your Creative Capacity

  • “There is a way to accelerate your creativity and capacity. One of our fears in creativity is running out of great ideas. You have an endless supply and source.”
  • 1 Kings 4:29-34
    “Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish. Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.”
  • Creativity is the divine manifestation of God’s divine nature in 3 components: wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. 
  • Solomon’s kingdom was the greatest of his time, but he found time to write 3,000 proverbs 1,005 songs, studied plant life, and taught on the animal kingdom. He prioritized creativity.
  • Jesus demonstrated mastering time. John 21:25 “Jesus did many other things as well, if every one of them were written down, I supposed that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” 
  • Your own physiology is a testimony of your capacity. If you were to take your lungs and stretch them out and lay them out flat, your lungs would cover an area the size of a tennis court. You’re bigger on the inside than you are on the outside. 
  • Romans 1:19-20
    “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
  • “The world around you is defining the kingdom within you. Your physiology is a prophecy of your capacity.” 
  • “Creativity is a prophetic act where you take something from the unseen realm and make that unseen thing manifest in this realm.” 
  • “What is your creation telling you about God and telling you about you?” 
  • “You are bigger on the inside than you are on the outside, and that’s why man can create things that are so much bigger than himself.” 
  • 2 Corinthians 3:5
  • “You are a figment of His imagination. Imagination is the strongest nation in the world because it can do anything.”

Creative Initiative

  • You have to prioritize creativity. 
  • Dan decided to write for 20 minutes a day. He either writes from inspiration or revises something he already wrote. 
  • “Creativity should be a priority because it is shining our light for God.”
  • Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
  • The word “works” is not talking about your righteous deeds, but about your art and industry. So when people see your art they will know there is a light shining behind it.
  • “When we understand the value of our creativity then we live as wise and make time for it.”
  • Ephesians 5:8-13
  • Start something. King Solomon had time to write songs and poetry and study nature, he prioritized his creativity. Jesus had time for prayer and relationships.

Redeeming Time

  • “We’ve been bound by time management instead of time redemption. Scripture doesn’t tell us to manage time, it tells us to redeem time. Time was ransomed for us by Jesus.”
  • “Time is a created thing, it was made to serve you not to rule you. When you say you don’t have enough time you make time your master.”  
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
  • Time is a perception of duration. When you’re enjoying yourself time goes by really quickly. When you’re bored time slows down. 
  • There is time for everything in your heart.
  • When you do things that you’re supposed to do, you will accelerate time. 
  • “No one in eternity is bound by time, and you are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.”
  • Creativity is like prayer, it has an exponential impact on time. Martin Luther said “I have so much to do today, I can’t possibly get it done unless I spend the first three hours in prayer.”
  • Matthew chapter 6 
  • “When you work from a reality of eternity you can do more in minutes than in hours.”
  • “When you say you don’t have the time to do something creative, you’re closing the door to creativity itself, so then you not operating in your creative nature.”

Creative Communion

  • “Part of the creative process is increasing your awareness of connecting with God. Creating is communing.” 
  • We practice the mechanics of our creativity without the fellowship of our creativity. 
  • “When you create you’re connecting with the eternal. That’s why you can create things that haven’t been seen before.”
  • 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 
    “But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”
  • Albert Einstein said “A problem cannot be solved with the same mindset that created it.” “To get a solution to a problem, you have to get out of your mind and into your spirit to find a solution.”
  • God created with Adam in divine union. He said “Let us make man in our image,” (Genesis 1:26). God communed with the other members of the Trinity before He created.” 
  • “Abiding in God is the key to accessing the Genius in heaven.”
  • Colossians 2:2-3, 6
    “That their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
    verse 6 “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
  • Communion is key to bearing much fruit.
  • John 15:7,9
  • “How do you abide in one who never leaves you? How do we get closer to someone who is inside of you? Through awareness, sensitivity, and revelation. We can become aware of what is available to us in Christ Jesus.” 

Creative Flow

  • Go where the grace is. Grace gives you power to do things you couldn’t do before.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:10
  • “Grace is the power to work and accomplish more than what others can do. It includes favor to open doors into situations that you’re not qualified for.”
  • Grace is the power to work harder, better, faster and get more done with less effort. Ecclesiastes 10:10 says “Where the axe is dull the work is harder.” But grace makes axe sharper.
  • Creativity is not always linear. It’s dimensional. You can’t always write a book starting from chapter one. Writing a book is like having a baby. When you birth something it doesn’t always look like what you intended. 
  • The analytical, critical side of your mind is easier to access than the creative side. 
  • “The treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ Jesus are not hidden from you but for you.”
  • You might have to put your procedural manual down to go where the grace is. 

Creative Closure

  • Finishing something enlarges you. That’s why there’s more warfare on finishing something than creating something. 
  • Finishing takes humility and gentleness. 
  • God says “Create from a journey, not from destination.” You don’t finish something because you’ve arrived and you’re an expert, but as one who is on a journey and saying “This is where im at so far.”
  • Lewis and Clark were not the first to explore, they were just the first things to write it down.
  • Just capture where you’re at on the creative journey, and write what you’re learning now in the next project.
  • Warfare over finishing has to do with the authority influence and favor over a creative act. 
  • Genesis 1:27 “And let them rule over the birds of the air and the fish of the sea.” 
  • “God made man to have favor, authority, and influence over specific spheres. But it comes through finishing something.”
  • “Finishing a project has an exponential impact on your creative destiny.”
  • “Finishing something opens up more room than it occupies because you’ve grown in the act of creating.”
  • “You can draw upon His divine nature because scripture says He’s the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Sometimes we don’t finish things because we forget that God is not only the Author but the finisher.”