Imagination is the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful by forming ideas and images. It allows you to do more than just daydream.
Imagination ignites new ideas and helps you visualize yourself achieving that next great goal in life. You depend on it every day, whether you are faced with an issue at work, making the next move in your life or deciding what ingredients to put together for dinner.
When you use your imagination, you’re really firing up a lot of brainpower. Everything we see around us was imagined by someone and dreamed its reality. Imagination, like faith is something you have not seen but pictures it outcome, Hebrews 11:1.
Hence, your thoughts should be in alignment with the truth of God’s word, and any thoughts that deny or rejects the knowledge of God must be brought down. Be it worrying, anxiety, suicidal thoughts etc is an imagination that is destructive and will not bring glory to God.
Christians must be sure that their reasoning stick for all truth claims is the surety of divine revelation rather than the false security of human reason.
Thoughts are like planting a seed, you harvest exactly what you plant, nothing more nothing less. The question is what do you predominantly think about? Whatever you think about continuously controls your life and will either lead you to your destiny.
The mind is a battle field where good and evil are constantly trying to win it. We serve God with our mind; the same as the devil and the things of this world.
The part of the brain involved in understanding the world around us are involved in creating mental pictures of that world, meaning that what we imagine is shaped by what we see all the time. These three factors guide how we imagine; our environment, our memories, and the inborn rules we know about life.
Being in control
It is important to cast out any imagination that originates from Satan from the mind. You have the ability and control over the thoughts you want to stay in your mind, this is a decision you make daily. God has given you the will and 100% control over your mind. Picturing your past knowledge and experience is what allows you to find new solutions to problems you face every day. How you come up with new ideas, visualize great things to do and generally create. Imagination enables you to solve problems and come up with new ideas.
As you imagine, filter it through the lenses of the Holy Spirit to bring out the right results. The difficulty sometimes is how to differentiate or discern which thoughts are from God or forces of darkness. This has been a big problem for most believers and unbelievers alike.
Every good thought comes from God and bad thoughts are from the devil. So whenever you have any thought compare it with God’s word whether that thought is in accordance with it, if not replace it with the good thought. Some of the thoughts are not sinful, but you need to make a decision on a particular direction to take in a phase of your life. So many ideas come to mind but you have to discern which way God is leading. You will most times get your answers from the Bible and other ways that God speaks to us individually e.g. in dreams, visions, audible voice etc.
There was a time in David’s life when the Amalekites invaded the land and attacked Ziklag and burnt it with fire and took everyone captive including David’s two wives. This was a major decision he had to take whether to pursue the captures or not.
“So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all (1Samuel 30:3-8).”
This is a desperate situation, and it is during these times and seasons that you need to listen patiently to the Lord and where He is directing. If not, out of anxiety, you may not inquire from the Lord and make the wrong decisions and make the wrong move.
How to know the right thought
When a thought is from God, you sense some peace in your spirit. You sometimes also get a confirmation from the word of God.
As the Bible says in Philippians 4:8, “finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate/think on these things.” This means that you have to ask yourself, is this consistent with the word of God? Is it true, noble, just, lovely? Will it bring out something good? If it is not, then cast it out immediately.
Keeping watch over your minds continuously, what to allow in and out will either make you win or lose the battle of life. Whilst you are still in this fallen world, you are in constant battle with over what dominant your mind.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2Corinthians 10:3-5).”
God has given you the power and authority to change in accordance with His word and His will by imagining yourself from your current place of suffering into the abundant life He promises.
Benefit of Imagination
- It can allow you to visualize where you want to be in the future as you set out to achieve goals in life.
- You can’t create a plan of action or set a goal without being able to picture yourself achieving it.
- A study showed that being able to imagine a scene helps you plan the steps you need to take to reach a goal.
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