I’ve met many Christians who want to see more of God in their lives. What they often don’t realize is that their experience of His power and presence is tied to their imagination. Now, when I say “imagination,” most Christians think I’m talking about make-believe or mind over matter. I’m not talking about either one.
Did you know that Scripture has a lot to say about the imagination?
When it’s used in a positive sense, Scripture calls it hope!
The part of you that hopes is a result of the part of you that imagines. How? Because when you hope, you’re creating a mental picture of what you’d like to see happen. There are many scriptures on this topic. Let’s start with a verse in Hebrews:
You could say it this way: faith is the substance of your positive imagination, the evidence of things not seen. According to this verse, faith brings into reality the things that you positively imagine. Your imagination is like your spiritual womb. It will conceive what God’s Word says, and then faith brings to birth the things that you’ve conceived.
I don’t know if that helps you, but it blesses me! This is so important, because there are a lot of people who look at hope as a non-issue. As a matter of fact, many faith people have downplayed the role of hope. It says this in 1 Corinthians 13:13:
People in the faith crowd, of course, will emphasize faith. And they understand the importance of love and how it’s the greatest of all. But did you know that hope should be right up there as one of the greatest forces, with faith and love?
When I’ve heard people use the word hope when talking about receiving from God, I’ve heard others criticize them, saying, “You don’t need to hope; you need to believe!” They don’t realize that without hope—without a positive imagination—a person can’t believe!
If there’s nothing hoped for, faith doesn’t have anything to give substance to.
It’s not just believe and receive. You have to conceive the Word, then you believe what it says, and then you receive what it promises. You might ask, “How do you conceive the Word of God?” Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
What you think or meditate on is how you conceive things, whether good or bad. If you meditate on your circumstances, that’s what you’ll conceive. It’ll be a self-fulfilling prophecy! But if you meditate on what God’s Word has to say, you’ll conceive what God’s Word says. It’ll change everything about you—how you see yourself, your circumstances, everything. That’s powerful! I hope you are getting this.
Notice it says that whatever you do shall prosper. That’s a big promise! But it’s true. This is how it works: Your heart is like soil that’ll grow whatever thoughts are sown into it (Mark 4:26–28). What goes into your heart is what you imagine happening.
Your imagination will go in the direction of your dominant thoughts. That’s why you must guard your heart (Prov. 4:23).
Did you know that if you want to get from Texas to New York but don’t have any idea of how to get there, then any old road will do. You could just take any road and head in any direction. But if you have a specific destination—New York City–and you’re trying to get there from Dallas, you have to picture where New York City is and know the direction you’re going. Whether you look at a map or use a GPS, you have to move in a certain direction. You have to have the end goal in sight. And if you’re traveling a long distance and it’s going to take you more than one day to get to a certain place, you know what? You have to have some idea that you’re going to spend the night somewhere along the way. You have to think about these things. Did you know all of that is your imagination?
Some of the things I’m saying are hard to put into words because I’m talking about things you can’t see. But this is the way I live! My ministry and my relationship with God would not be where they are today without putting these things into practice. There are a lot of goals that I’ve set that I believe are from the Lord. The only way that I know I’ll get there is if I imagine the things God has put on my heart and meditate on them. When I do, they’ll paint a picture on the inside of me that I’ll be able to see manifest through faith. They are going to come to pass. Sometimes it may not look like it, but you watch. Whether it’s finances or healing or whatever, I am going to have all that I need to accomplish everything that God has told me to accomplish.
Whatever I do shall prosper!
I really believe that the things I’m sharing with you will change your life. If you want to experience more of the supernatural power of God, if you want to see more of His provision, if you want to see more healing, this is the way to do it. I encourage you to get my teaching titled The Power of Imagination. It’s available in CD and DVD formats and as a book. These materials cover everything that I’ve said here and much more. You will be blessed. Call our Helpline at 719-635-1111 or click below to order online.
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