Proverbs 23:7 – “For as he thinks within himself, so he is…” NASB
Let’s continue considering the Gift of Imagination and learn to use it God’s way for good. I refuse to allow the devil to steal a Gift of God from me because it is abused and misused by other religions or Christians. He promised to ‘guide us into all truth’ and that is my objective and desire.
I ask you to consider the statement of Jesus in John 5:19 when He said that He never did anything that He did not first see the Father doing. Then think about the situation where Peter’s mouth was about to get him in trouble regarding taxes and obedience to civil law. Jesus ‘saw’ the fish with a coin in its mouth and when Peter caught the fish it was exactly as Jesus had seen and declared it. Jesus ‘saw‘ the pots of water becoming wine at the wedding feast and when the attendants followed his directive, the water became wine. He ‘saw’ the loaves and fish being multiplied to feed the multitude and when the disciples served the people there was enough and abundance leftover just as Jesus had seen and said.
Some will contend that I’m pressing that beyond measure, but I believe Jesus saw it done and it was done. Katherine Kuhlman would often declare that she ‘saw’ something, then describe it, and people were healed. How did she see it? I believe it was through the Holy Spirit.
I believe that as our ability to SEE becomes linked with God’s power to CREATE that we experience miracles. We ‘see’ what God is doing and as we embrace what we ‘see’ He moves through the Power of the Holy Spirit and creates it or brings it into our reality.
The Bible reveals God’s attitude regarding imagination. It is God’s expressed desire that every believer is free of thoughts that bring harm and hurt sin and corruption. He wants us to be able to bring every thought captive and into obedience to Jesus Christ. If a thought produces anxiety, distress, or depression it is not a wholesome thought and needs to be rejected.
It would be easy to allow our imaginations to become rogue and trust them more than God’s Spirit or Word. That would be a terrible error. Our imagination must always be closely guarded by the Holy Spirit. It is important that we continually submit and subject our imaginations to Him and allow the Word of God to guide us in all things. Imagination is never to be for manipulation.
An Old Testament passage that is powerfully revealing is Genesis 6:5, “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and every Imagination of the Thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” The corrupted imagination caused the destruction of the race in the Flood of Noah. In Genesis 8:21 we read, “The Imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” Unregenerate imaginations are destructive and lead us away from God and His purposes. Call to mind the Tower of Babel and the confusion of the languages of man. God said in Genesis 11:6, “Now nothing will be restrained from them which they have Imagined to do.” Then in Deuteronomy 31:21, we discover, “Many evils and thoughts have befallen them…for I know their Imagination.”
Imagination is God’s Gift, but as in all the gifts, it can be abused and misused. God has not been silent on the misuse of this gift. He said in Proverbs 6:16 that there are six things God hates and seven that are an abomination to Him. What are those? In verse 18 one of the chief things is “a heart that devises wicked Imaginations.” In Jeremiah 23:17 God declared through the prophet, “They say unto every one that walks after the Imagination of his own heart: no evil shall come upon you.” Imagination can lead you into error and cause you to suffer the judgment of God. It is a Gift to be used for God’s purposes and good not to satisfy the flesh.
The prophet Jeremiah warned in Jeremiah 23:24, “Can any hide himself in the secret places that I shall not see him? Saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth.” We must never forget the Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence of God. He knows all, sees all, and is in all places.
I do not want you to fear using your Imagination, but I want us to always be conscious of the need to keep it under the guidance and directive of the Holy Spirit and in harmony with the Word of God.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!