Have you ever been accused of daydreaming or letting your imagination run away with you? If you have, you may have been on the right track all along.
God used His imagination when He created this beautiful earth we live on today. And when it comes right down to it, that’s one of the ways we are “like” God. Anything that has been created since the beginning of time first had to come from someone’s imagination or the unseen realm.
In Genesis 11:6, people were actually trying to build a tower that would reach to heaven. But what’s amazing about this passage is this. God noticed that they were unified with one language and that they were using their imagination for something that was wrong. He actually said in verse six that “…nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” Verse 7 says that God confounded their language and the project stopped.
This shows how powerful our imaginations are and that God created us with the ability to use them, and that we can accomplish great things with them, even if it’s wrong.
A Wicked Imagination
I’ve heard teaching or comments in the past from well-meaning people warning others not to use their imaginations. They said it is dangerous to use our imaginations because that is from the New Age or Eastern Mystics and you can get into trouble doing that.
We must always remember an important truth. The devil, your enemy, has never created anything…period! Anything that is being used by him was taken from God and then perverted and twisted for his own purposes. The devil, his kingdom, and his representatives can only “counterfeit the original” which only comes from God our Father.
If the devil and his cohorts and can get us to agree with his lies to keep us from using of our God-given imaginations, he will be able to keep us from dreaming and fulfilling our destinies which will ultimately harm his kingdom of darkness,
A Sanctified Imagination
A sanctified imagination is one that is connected to and influenced by a pure heart which is controlled by the Holy Spirit.
As I have been reading and studying about the imagination lately, I find that there are many words in the bible that refer to our imaginations being used in the literal and figurative sense. It actually means to literally and figuratively see what is not seen with the naked eye.
There are approximately a dozen references in the Old Testament referring to the use our imagination to bring about Godly results. One my favorites is Joshua 1:8, he was getting ready to step into the shoes of Moses and God told him to meditate on the word day and night that he may make his way prosperous. Mediate in this verse is actually the Hebrew word: hagah, and it means to imagine by muttering and talking to oneself. God actually told him to imagine success in his ventures.
There are several other scriptures in the Old Testament using the original Hebrew word, yetser, which means to “frame something in the imagination” or to press an image.
God was into imagining things long before anyone else came up with the idea.
Imagination is Reality
I’m going to make a bold statement that you may debate, but I believe scripture will back it up. I believe that Jesus considered what goes on in our imaginations as the “superior reality” for which we are responsible.
In Matthew 5:28 (NKJV) Jesus said “That whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart”. He said that the act of lusting in the heart (which involves the imagination) is no different that carrying out the physical act. And we will be just as accountable.
Matthew 5:21-22 implies that harboring hatred in our hearts toward someone is equal to wanting to murder them. I know this is strong, but Jesus is the one who is saying this.
We need to be very careful how we allow our imaginations to be used. Reason being, what we focus on consistently we will eventually produce (see Prov. 23:7). God made us that way and we can either invite blessing or cursing into our lives by the images we allow in our minds and hearts.
In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, the apostle Paul clearly describes the importance of guarding our thoughts as well as mentioning that we are in a war and we need to take authority over what comes in. Verse 5 in the KJV even uses the word imagination which is defined as reckoning and computation which is hostile to the Christian faith. The apostle Paul who wrote 1 and 2 Corinthians also wrote the book of Ephesians. In Eph. 4:27 it says, “Neither give place to the devil.” One way we can do this is allow our imaginations to go unchecked and unguarded. When we do this we can unknowingly invite the enemy of our souls to enter and defile our minds and ultimately our souls and bodies.
We are eternal spirit beings having a physical and mental experience and what we choose to focus on repeatedly…we will eventually produce.
There are many other references in the new testament regarding our imaginations and how we can mature and develop their use to such a degree that we can literally see into the spirit realm like Jesus did in John 5:19-21.
In these last days, it’s vitally important that we believe we can encounter Jesus in ways that we never thought were possible before or were not taught. If we are going to walk in the level of victory and influence that Jesus expects us to, and that He paid for on the Cross, we must have experience! Doctrine and theology alone are not going to get the job done.
It’s no longer “business as usual”.
God bless you,