Martin Luther Had Pamphlets, You Have Manifestos

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Over the past few months, I’ve been studying reformation. The historical figures Martin Luther and John Knox. The not-so-distant Nazi opposers, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and those involved in the White Rose Movement. They had one main thing in common: their reformation came through information. And that information was printed on pamphlets.

When the rebellious Benedictine monk acted on his righteous indignation over the travesties enacted by the Catholic Church, he nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door.

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They were soon printed—along with many other works—on pamphlets distributed far in wide to the German masses.

The young people who headed up the White Rose Movement made their non-violent protests against the inhumane acts of the Nazi-powered Third Reich distributed their righteous beliefs in the form of leaflets.

These were short works, manifestos, expressing their beliefs, values, and guiding principles. When a reformation occurs, it often comes with manifestos that outline its belief system.

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Some not-so great examples are The Communist Manifesto, The Homosexual Manifesto, The Humanist Manifesto, and a worldwide “favourite,” Mein Kampf.

However, there are some other excellent, godly manifestos as well such as A Christian Manifesto  by the late Dr. Francis Schaffer as well as The Reformation Manifesto by Prophet Cindy Jacobs. (I own both of these and they are EXCELLENT, RIVETING reads!)

We may not all be reformers in the areas of religion and government, but maybe you are a thought leader in another area. Business, writing, dancing, whatever! God gives us all ideas for our spheres of influence. It’s our job to share those ideas and belief systems with the world.

With the advent of eBooks in iPad, Kindle, Nook, and PDF formats, it is now easier than ever to express these ideas through eBooks and manifestos.

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I won’t pretend to be Luther, Bonhoeffer, or Jacobs, but I do have the mind of Christ!

Write your manifesto today! Nail your theses to your walls on Facebook, tweet them on Twitter, pin them on Pinterest, and share them on Tumblr!

You have no excuse.

Get to writing!

P.S. Check out this Google Image search on manifestos and find what piques your manifesto-writing interest!

 

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Make God Your Writing Partner

PartnershipWithGodYou are not in this alone.

Oh sure, you have your own brains, your own intellect, your own ideas and inspirations. But at some point, not to be a Negative Nelly, those will come to an end. And not even a permanent end necessarily, but a temporary end, a seasonal end.

And you know what? That’s okay.

God’s Word says that His strength is made perfect in our weakness (II Corinthians 12:9). Therefore, that means that weakness is required for that perfect strength to make an appearance in our lives.

Lucky thing we have loads of weakness for Him to play with.

Sometimes, people ask me, “What do you do when you get writer’s block?” And much to their surprise, I tell them, “I don’t get writer’s block.” Seriously! I haven’t gotten it in years! Granted, I’m not in school or anything, but I am constantly writing. I’m never short on things to say, lol. But more importantly, when I do feel short on things to say, God isn’t. (Where do you think I get my long-windedness from? *smile*)

So when you’re lost and struggling, when you feel like you’re up against a brick wall or trapped beneath a glass ceiling, make God your Writing Partner.

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Some will encourage you to let your spirit guides lead you or let some ancestor, animal, or other otherworldly being give you inspiration. I say heeeeeeeeeeeeeck naw!!! I’m not about to sit here and lie to you and worse, encourage you to come into bondage to a demonic entity pretending to be your furry little familiar. We ain’t about that life, excuse the slang but not the sentiment.

Whether you believe in God, His Son, and His Holy Spirit is entirely up to you.

But if you’re looking for an AMAZING Writing Partner, One who will give you all the words and let you take all the credit (or at least 90% of the paycheck), then pick God. He’s the best possible choice you could make!

Check out the Bethel Media Film Workshop!

Divine Inspiration

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I once partook in a discussion in a LinkedIn writers’ group that referenced that statement of a man who refused to let God tell him what to write. The absolute arrogance! The utter ignorance!  *breathe Desiree* As I am sure you can tell, this declaration angers me to my core. As an author and entrepreneur, I have learned the immeasurable value of allowing God to inspire and direct my decisions.

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Godly Literary Inspiration

The first and foremost example of divine—godly—literary inspiration and also the most trustworthy inspiration is The Holy Bible. This book which has been around for thousands of years and was translated into English most popularly in 1611 (thanks King James), is the most solid example we have of the legendary and proven inspiration of the Most High throughout the ages. Regardless of what some nay-sayers and learned individuals who are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of truth” (II Timothy 3:7) may say, the Word was, is, and ever will be true. And not only true, but relevant.

The Bible told us that the world was round before the “church” and many scientists accepted it as truth. Isaiah prophesied that God “sits on the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). Empires that would rule the Ancient World and even Alexander the Great were prophesied in the Book of Daniel. Both the Gospels and Revelation speak of events that we see in our daily local and global news. These are just a few examples that prove the validity of the Bible. You cannot tell me that the Bible was not inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16).

Many other books besides the Bible have been written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Whether by ministers, businessmen, historians, or others, books are written every day by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and we know this because not only do they line up with the Word of God, but God speaks to us through them as we read them. The result is confirmation, affirmation, encouragement, and growth for the readers in the arenas that the books cover. My Kingdom Mandates is one such book. The over 300 pages that form its contents were composed in two days shy of one month. How’s that for divine inspiration?

Theory of Sub-Creation     

If you know anything about me personally, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy author, J.R.R. Tolkien. I am also equally obsessed with his theory of sub-creation and as such often see its effect in the world. It most certainly adds a different, equally wonderful aspect to our discussion of Godly inspiration. Tolkien’s theory summed up simply states that “[Tolkien] could view sub-creation as a form of worship, a way for creatures to express the divine image in them by becoming creators” (“Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theory”).

Tolkien was a Christian, as am I, and saw sub-creation as an opportunity to exercise our God-like characteristics endowed in Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” God created, therefore, we in His image, have the ability to create as well. This is especially true for [fiction] authors who have the ability to create a world of their own with its own laws and beings in their literature. Yet we can also adopt this theory as entrepreneurs.

Your ability to create a business of your own should come from the inspiration above and allow you to sub-create in your own right. And although it is not the same as creating a story or movie, you can most certainly create a new niche in the world or re-create/re-define one that is already created.

What can you create this is uniquely your own? For DA Weddings, not only do I create fresh wedding-related content, but I revel in creating fantastically-fabulous wedding themes and inspirations and for this blog I seek to create equally fresh content that will motivate and inspire you to do what you were meant to. For my business, I assist others in their own sub-created literary pieces.

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How Does Inspiration Come?

In my experience, the best inspiration comes directly from God. Whether He “downloads” or “drops” it directly in my spirit such as in a picture or word image across my mind, or a direction to a particular item or subject. Oftentimes, I will sit in front of a blank piece of paper, ask God to speak, and start writing. He always comes through.

You can also be inspired by something you read, see, or hear. Oftentimes when you are inspired by God via literature, it can be described as illumination (light shed upon a thing) or revelation (a direct message or “lesson” from God). You are also able to see or hear something—whatever the source of it may be—and it can be harnessed as an inspiration for an idea.

The last way you can be inspired to write or build a business is to observe and be burdened by a need. Plato said “necessity is the mother of invention.” What needs in the world do you see that you believe you are meant to fill? What problems or dilemmas—whether they affect the quality or convenience of life—are you drawn to fulfill? Many of the greatest inventors were those who invented by inspiration of God.

The word tells us that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning,” (James 1:17). This tells us that God, who changes not, can inspire us to create just as easily as He inspired the prophets and apostles of old to write the Bible; every good idea, no matter what it is, is absolutely from God.

The word also tells us that “…you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth…” (Deuteronomy 8:18). This verse shows us that not only does God care about our financial stability, but that He gave us—past tense—the power or ability to get the wealth that we desire. The ideas, inventions, and concepts He longs to give us are oftentimes the vehicles He uses to bless us financially. What an awesome encouragement and promise to us!

You were created in the image of God, and whether or not you serve Him—which I pray you do—you were endowed from before the foundations of time with the abilities of your Creator to sub-create in your own right. Allow God to inspire and direct your creations and you will be sure to build unique, relevant, and long-lasting businesses, literary empires, and the like if you simply trust God to guide you.

See also: “Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theology: Tolkien Contra Lewis on Christian Fantasy

Plagiarise for Jesus!

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Yes you heard me correctly and yes I spelled it with an “s” instead of a “z”. [As a rule, I generally lean towards British spelling when I have the liberty.] I was wondering what I should write about today and then it hit me—plagiarising for Jesus! This may sound irresponsible and potentially illegal, but hear me out. When I think of literature such as the Bible as well as other books with sound doctrine written by other men and women of God, I think of literature that is not “come up with” but rather, “downloaded” from another source.

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Permission Granted

The word plagiarise means to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own; to use another’s production without crediting the source (Merriam-Webster). As Christians and thus, as sub-creators, we possess the ability to receive divine downloads from heaven to be recorded for the inspiration, encouragement, and edification of mankind (see “Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theology”). The Apostle Paul said this to his spiritual son Timothy:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Those of us with the ability to write were created to do so with the blessing of God as well as the ability to receive recognition and monetary compensation for it; His only request is that we give Him the glory for the ability to write it. He is the Creator of everything after all.

The Best Inspiration

The leading of God is the best and surest way to write, or for that matter create, anything worth writing or creating. If one attempts to write on their own—which is not wrong in any way—if innate ability is there, great work can indeed be done. But with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which is possible with or without being a Christian although it is much easier to come by as well as much more frequent, is the best way to avoid mediocre work and especially writer’s block. In fact, every single time I have written under the leading of the Holy Spirit, I have never suffered a bought of writer’s block; not once.

Writing with God’s leading is a gift. It is not like plagiarising a paper of someone else’s with or without their knowledge. Instead, it would be as if I wrote a song and gave you the full permission to copyright and record it. It is a privilege to be considered worthy of such a gift from such a God. If you want to write that popular blog, winning article, or New York Times’ Bestseller, then trust God to give you the divine download you need to achieve what you must.