Websters : i.mag.i.na.tion. 1. The power of the mind to form a mental image or concept of something that is unreal or not present. b. Such power of the mind used creatively. To see in the mind and bring it into present reality!
Websters: i.mag.ine. 1. To form a mental image or picture of 2. To think : suppose 3. To have a notion without "tangable" (touchable) foundation.
What we're going to be talking about in this segment is that God has created us to be thinking visionary, imaginative type people with the ability to be able to "call things that are not as though they are" through the means of something we call "SANCTIFIED IMAGINATION." As stated above, the word "IMAGINATION" according to Websters dictionary states "Imagination is the power of the mind to form a mental image or concept of something that is unreal or not yet present."
God has created us in His image according to Genesis so we could be like Him in the aspect of creating and bringing into existence like He does! God has given us the power to create. Not just through pro -creation in having children, but in many different ways artistically and visually. In order to bring something into being we must first see it visually from beginning to end and then bring it to pass. This imaginative process has been given to us by God to be used with faith in birthing His purposes. God has made man inventive and creative like Himself. Every physical item you see around you from a clock to a picture frame had to have a certain amount of imagination and creative ability to bring it about. The artist had "envision" his or her product to the end result by though and theory and bring it into present reality!
The Power to Envision
Many of us have been taught to believe that anything to do with the using of our imagination is "New Age" and that its something that the occult uses to advance the kingdom of darkness! I say the New Agers and the Occult stole something very precious from the Kingdom of God and the saints and have perverted it to the point that we are afraid to come near it. Its time we take the power to "ENVISION" back. Its time we start using what God has given us to reek havoc on the kingdom of darkness!
It is God (Romans 4:7) Who speaks of the nonexistent things as if they already existed! There is a direct correlation between what we think and calling things into being!
Prov 23:7-As a man thinks in his heart "so he is."
What's Your Vision?
Time and time again we'll hear Pastors and leaders say to one another, "What is your vision for your church or ministry! What they're saying is "What do you ENVISION, IMAGINE, SEE. What are you "CALLING INTO EXISTENCE". and believing God for that is not yet a present reality!
Its important that we see ourselves the way God see's us. We are citizens of Heaven. We must be transformed from natural thinking to heavenly thinking.
Genesis 2:7 God breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became the first living "Soul" .
God breathed the breath of Life and all of ETERNITY into Adam. Adam's destiny-Identity of citizenship or origin-Imagination-The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding all came out of the eternity of eternities. Directly out from God!
Psalm 139:13-17 says, You did form my inward parts You did knit me together in my mother's womb. 15. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret, in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in "Your Book" all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious are your thoughts to me, O God!
Because our citizenship is not this world, we do not have our origin here. We are the very offspring of God. Doesn't this tell us something of our ability to access the very home from where we came?!
Our imagination was given to us by God as a means to be able to creatively bring into existence from the Spirit to the natural, the will of God for our families, homes, ministries, businesses, cities, states, nations, etc.
Sealed and Ordered
We have a blue print or a destiny from God in us and on us that is unchangeable. Most often the very things we have strong Godly desires to see come about are the very things God has "sealed and ordered" in us by the Holy Spirit to be birthed. We bring about the birthing of the purposes of God because it's plain and simply impregnated in our spiritual DNA. If we cant bring it about we'll agonize over it until it happens!
Many of us wonder what the will of God is for our lives when its already written all over us!
As I get alone with the Lord and am in the Spirit, I find myself visualizing and screaming out for the things I dream about. Healing the masses in Africa. Casting out demons with a word. God backing up my words with powerful signs and wonders. Watching the Glory of God sweep over a football size amphitheater with Holy Spirit power and fire and wipe the whole place out! Watching the power of God converge on a whole city, and the city gets saved with miracles of healings and demonstrations of power in a day by His radiant glory!
Then listening as people come into the great congregation of the Lord and testify of what great things God has done for them. Person after person coming forward to testify. These things will happen in my lifetime because I can see them! I've already been to many of these events in the Spirit and I can tell you they are wonderful. God has put it in me to call these things forth. They will happen and I will be a part of facilitating these mighty acts of God!
The scripture says: "Where there is no vision (redemptive revelation of God) the people perish" (Pro 29:18) I''m going to go so far as to say that unless we visualize and give expression to these prophetic dreams and visions that come from the Holy One living inside us, we will begin to dry up on the vine and loose hope and courage and eventually will settle for far less than Gods most perfect will for ourselves!
How can we begin to believe that we can move in Third heaven revelations and visitations if we have been blocked in our believing that we can access these types of experiences by engaging our sanctified imagination!
Engaging in Revelation
If we're hungry about moving in the same kinds of experiences Ezekiel had or Isaiah had we need to read freshly about their third heaven experiences and start asking the Lord for our own. We need to be taking time to soak in the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit and use our imagination about heaven based on what John saw in Revelation. What Daniel and Ezekiel and Isaiah saw. When we engage ourselves in this manner its only a matter of time before we'll find ourselves before the very throne of God ourselves. Remember God is a rewarder of those who diligently "hotly pursue" Him! (Heb 11"6)
We need to get a hold of God as we know Him and His purposes for our life and shake heaven till we see the full fruit of our heart's desires come to pass.
Remember unless we exercise ourselves in using our imagination in a sanctified manner as God intended for us to use it and unless we take action to take back from the devil the sacred practice and understanding of moving in sanctified imagination we will be at a great disadvantage. God needs dreamers and those who aren't afraid to move in visions!
We also need to remember that "We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Holy Spirit who is from God, that we might realize and comprehend and appreciated the gifts of divine favor and blessing so freely given to us by God"! 1Cor 2:12