Imagination – Part 5

What is your mental image of yourself? How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself sick, weak, broke, poor, old with wrinkles? “Well, yea… that’s what I see in the mirror.” But that is not the real you (your spirit), it’s only a reflection. You have never seen your own face with your own eyes; you’ve only seen a reflection or image. You cannot go by the physical (the 5 senses) to evaluate the spiritual. You’re looking into the wrong mirror. Look into the mirror of God’s Word.

James 1:22-25 But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (NKJ)

2 Corinthians 3:7-17 Now if the ministry of death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at the face of Moses because of its fleeting glory, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry of righteousness! 10 Indeed, what was once glorious has no glory now in comparison to the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which endures! 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at the end of what was fading away. 14 But their minds were closed. For to this day the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed. 15 And even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NKJ)

Colossians 3:9-10 … since you have taken off the old self with its practices, 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Berean)

Ephesians 4:22-23 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like Godtruly righteous and holy. (NLT)

Romans 8:28-39 And we know that God works together all things for good to those loving God, to those being called according to His purpose, 29 because those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom He predestined, these also He called; and whom He called, these also He justified; and whom He justified, these also He glorified. 31 What then will we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 For He who spared not the own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, with Him, grant us all things? 33 Who will bring an accusation against the elect of God? God is the One justifying. 34 Who is the one condemning? For it is Christ Jesus, the one having died, now rather having been raised up, who is also at the right hand of God, and who is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Berean)

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (NKJ)

Job 33:23-26 Yet if there is a messenger on his side, one mediator in a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him, 24 to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the Pit; I have found his ransom,’ 25 then his flesh is refreshed like a child’s; he returns to the days of his youth. 26 He prays to God and finds favor; he sees God’s face and shouts for joy, and God restores His righteousness to that man. (Berean)

Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (NKJ)

Dare to believe. Don’t limit God. Have the courage to see yourself as God’s Word describes you. Look through your spiritual eyes. See with your spirit using your imagination to receive what God has already provided for you.


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Imagination – Part 4

We’ve discovered our imagination is the home of our dreams; the place where we create our destiny.  Right there in the pictures of your mind.  The Spirit guides us to think like God and the imagination brings the pictures to life. That’s why it’s very important we use our imagination with the mind of our spirit, not the mind of our flesh. Today we will practice this principle.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 26:  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”NIV image: resemblance; representative figure; likeness: like mannered; similitude

Genesis 1:28a:  God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it;  Berean   subdue-kabash-bring into subjection; govern

John 15:8:   This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples.  Berean Study

 

Matthew 11:12:   And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  NKJ

Matthew 11:12: and the violent lay claim to it.  Berean

Luke 16: 16:  “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.  NKJ

Luke 16:16:   everyone is forcing his way into it.   NAS

James 1: 2-42 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4  Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.     Berean Study

John 10:10:  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantlyKJ

John 10:10:  and have it in all its fullness.   Berean

1 John 5:4:  For everyone having been born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory having overcome the world: our faith.  Berean Literal

1 John 5:4:    For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.   NLT

Romans 4:17:  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet existBerean Study

Romans 4: 18-21:   18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. NIV hope-anticipate with pleasure; expectation   unbelief – disbelief;  without faith; heathen

EXERCISE #1:  Using your imagination with faith focused on the Spirit not flesh.  We will imagine our bodies healed.

Like Abraham at age 100 imagining he had a child, let’s imagine we are healed. Follow the principle. Do not waver in your faith by focusing on how you feel, or what you have been told.  Instead, decide to be fully persuaded to believe God, who is Scripture.  Jesus is the Word, so Scripture is Jesus and Jesus is Scripture.  Let’s practice by imagining ourselves completely well as I read Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24.   Instead of focusing on the flesh, focus on the spirit.  Close your eyes, and form the image of you healed with your spiritual mind.

 

Isaiah 53:5:   But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.   NKJ  

1 Peter 2:24:  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.”  Berean Study

1 Peter 2: 24:  By his wounds you are healed.  NLT

Exercise #2:   The Father told us to bring our tithes into the storehouse so there is meat in His house.  He said we should prove Him to pour blessings on us we could not receive.  Jesus told us to give, and it would be given to us, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Jesus fed 5000.  He lifted the seed up before God and asked Him to bless it.  God created His disciples to be fruitful and bear fruit. Close your eyes.  As I read Malachi 3, Luke 6 and Mark 6.           Imagine yourself fruitful and multiplying, as God multiplies your seed.  Imagine being His disciple bearing much fruit. See yourself this way always.  (Ref:  Gen. 1:28; John 15:8)

Malachi 3:10:   Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure.  Berean Study

Luke 6:38:   Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”  Berean Study

Mark 6: 41-44:  41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus spoke a blessing and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And He divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 And there were five thousand men who had eaten the loaves.    Berean


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Imagination – Part 3

Most people see the imagination as a negative thing such as make-believe or fantasy. We have discovered using our imagination is a good thing when used properly based on God’s Word. Today we will look at some Biblical examples of how people used their imaginations to receive from God.

Mark 5:21-34 When Jesus had again crossed by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him beside the sea. 22 A synagogue leader named Jairus arrived, and seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet 23 and pleaded with Him urgently, “My little daughter is near death. Please come and place Your hands on her, so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around Him.

25 And a woman was there who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had borne much agony under the care of many physicians and had spent all she had, but to no avail. Instead, her condition had only grown worse. 27 When the woman heard about Jesus, she came up through the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28 For she kept saying, “If only I touch His garments, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped, and she sensed in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 At once Jesus was aware that power had gone out from Him. Turning to the crowd, He asked, “Who touched My garments?” 31 His disciples answered, “You can see the crowd pressing in on You, and yet You ask, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32 But He kept looking around to see who had done this. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him trembling in fear, and she told Him the whole truth. 34  “Daughter,” Jesus said, “your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be free of your affliction.” (Berean)

Mark 5:35-43 While He was still speaking, messengers from the house of Jairus arrived and said, “Your daughter is dead; why bother the Teacher anymore?” 36 But Jesus overheard their conversation and said to Jairus, “Do not be afraid; just believe.” 37 And He did not allow anyone to accompany Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 When they arrived at the house of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw the commotion and the people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead, but asleep.” 40 And they laughed at Him. After He had put them all out, He took the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and went in to see the child. 41 Taking her by the hand, Jesus said, “Talitha koum!” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” 42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk around. She was twelve years old, and at once they were utterly astounded. 43 Then Jesus gave strict orders that no one should know about this, and He told them to give her something to eat. (Berean)

How did they receive from God? They stopped seeing their circumstances through physical limitations. They were hoping (expecting) things to change.

Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see? (Berean) Greek = elpis = to anticipate, welcome; expectation, trust, confidence.

Romans 15:3 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

How do we put hope into action?

Lamentations 3:21-24 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope. 22Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” (NKJ)

Abraham put this into practice by not looking at the physical.

Romans 4:18-24 Abraham, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And thereforeit was accounted to him for righteousness.” 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. (NKJ)

Abraham was impregnated with the Word before Sarah was impregnated with a child. If he had not acted on hope, birth would not had happened. God told Abraham to use his imagination.

Genesis 15:5 Then the Lord God brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (NKJ)


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Imagination – Part 2

We have discovered using our imagination is a good thing when used properly based on God’s Word.  It was given to us by God; the ability to dream the desires of our heart.  So we will look at how to use our imagination and how not to use it.   Today we’re going to learn how to train our thoughts with pictures in our imagination to line up with God’s Word, not with our flesh, and not with how the world thinks.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 26:  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”NIV image: resemblance; representative figure; likeness: like mannered; similitude

Romans 4:17:  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet existBerean Study

Romans 4: 18-21:   18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. NIV

Proverbs 23:7:  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.     NKJ

Job 3: 25:  For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.  NKJ

Philippians 4:8:  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,  whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.    KJ

James 4: 1-4:   1 What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from the passions at war within you? 2 You crave what you do not have; you kill and covet, but are unable to obtain it. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures. 4 You adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God.    Berean Study

Philippians 2:12:  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and tremblingNKJ

Hebrews 10:14:   For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.  ESV

1 John 5: 1-5:  1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, 4 because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.  5 Who then overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God       Berean Study

Psalm 37: 4:   Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart Berean Study  heart – labe – mind, will, emotions

Romans 12:2:   Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.   NIV

 1 John 5: 9-12; 19:   9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.   19  We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. NKJ    life  zoe– literally to live and breathe; vitality

Acts 17: 28a:  For in him we live, and move, and have our being KJ   live- comes out of zoe life, to live life

Proverbs 4: 23:   Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  NIV   heart – labe -mind, will, emotions

2 Corinthians 10: 5:  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; KJ

Joel 2: 28:   “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.   NKJ

Proverbs 29: 18:   Where there is no vision, the people perish NKJ

Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint   Berean Study

 

Prov. 15:26:   Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.  NAS


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Imagination – The Womb of your Mind

Most people see the imagination as a negative thing such as make-believe or fantasy. The Bible has a lot to say about the imagination – the image you have on the inside.

Proverbs 23:7a  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (NKJ)

1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searchs all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever. (NKJ) yetser – a form; figuratively, conception (i.e. Purpose) — frame, thing framed, imagination, mind, work.

1 Chronicles 29:18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee: (KJV)

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (NKJ)

Psalm 103:13-14 As a father has compassion for his children, So the Lord has compassion for those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. (NKJ)

Our memories are in pictures. Our dreams are in pictures. Our thoughts are in pictures. We use our imagination to see with our mind.

1 Kings 19:1-3 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And when he saw thathe arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. (NKJ)

How do you see yourself when you get a negative report? The diagnosis is terminal. Do you see yourself dying or maybe even see your funeral? Worry is a negative imagination. Faith is imagining what God’s Word says.

Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (KJV)

Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. 2 For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval. 3 By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom, and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (AMP)

Most people are seeking a change on the outside – in the physical realm first. You must have a positive imagination (the way you see yourself) on the inside before change will come on the outside.

Stop seeing yourself as sick, poor, or broke. Imagine, what would it look like if you were rich, healthy, prosperous? It is not enough to strongly desire something. You must see yourself (have a mental picture) the way God sees you. How? By seeing yourself in the mirror of God’s Word.

James 1:22-25 But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (NKJ)

Psalm 107:20 He sent His Word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. (NKJ)

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he. (NKJ)

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers. (KJV)

Psalm 103:2-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (NKJ)

1 Peter 2:24 Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. (NKJ)

Psalm 119:15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (ESV)
It is not enough to simply think of God’s Word as fact. You must see it with your mind working in and through you.


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