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The Power of a Godly Imagination

I have just been pondering again lately on the power of a godly imagination. There are over 400
scriptures referring to imaginations, dreams and visions, yet it remains so sadly neglected by the modern
church.

We possess both physical eyes to see into the natural world as well spiritual eyes which can enable us to
see into the future and spirit realm. In fact I believe that our imagination is the language of the heart or
spirit realm. Not "phantasma" Greekthe Mickey Mouse stuff, but the "yetser"(Hebrew)
or "dianoia" (Greek) the part of the mind that thinks in images and pictures.

First Peter 1:13 tells us; Gird up the loins of your mind. If the loins are the reproductive part of the
body; what are the loins of the mind (the reproductive part of our minds)? Its the Greek word "dianoia" or
imagination. In other words, what you focus (meditate) powerful determines what will develop in your life.

The Bible speaks a lot about this type of thing. Proverbs 23:7 tells us, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so
is he." In his heart, not his head or brain. So how do you think with the heart? When we were saved it was
a process of believing in the heart and confessing with the mouth. The language of the heart is not words,
it's pictures and images.

When God speaks it's often through dreams and visions - pictures! If I say the word "dog," what image
does that convey? But
if I am more specific and describe my dog Molly, a tan boxer, immediately you see that picture of my dog.
We also see this in Numbers 13:33 when the spies returned from the Promised Land. After seeing the
giants the spies said, "and we were as grasshoppers in our own sight and so we were in their sight." Well
obviously that was not a physical thing, it was the way they saw themselves inside - in their hearts!

Whoever controls your imagination controls you.

Thats why it is so vitally important to meditate upon the Word of God and the promises of God every day.
How vitally important must it be that the Lord told Joshua and David to do this if they wanted to prosper
and succeed. Paul talks about it also in the New Testament.

Some years ago we experienced a dramatic healing. A pastor's wife came into our service in a wheel
chair. I believe it was the Lord Who prompted me to ask her if she had ever "seen" herself walking. She
was shocked, "what do you mean?" she replied. "Well, close your eyes and start to see yourself getting
out of your wheelchair and walking!" She looked at me as if I was stupid. "You have to see yourself out of
that wheelchair before you will ever experience it!" I told her. "In fact, if you start seeing yourself walking I
believe it could happen quickly, as quickly as next Sunday!"

Next Sunday came around and I watched her get out of the car and roll up in her wheelchair. As she
approached me she started to cry and and I wondered what was wrong. "You told me if I started seeing
myself walking I could get out of this wheelchair by Sunday!" she said.

"Yes, I remember telling you that" I replied, still puzzled.

"Well," she said, "I got out on Wednesday...look at this!" And with that she stepped out of the wheelchair
and started to walk, leaving us all gobsmacked!

Whoever controls your imagination controls you!