Except from book: Hardwired for Change: Healing Encounter Workbook: Creating Active & Eternal Change by Jana Rawling
When it comes to imagination, a lot of people have a seemingly impenetrable wall up. Religion or the church has taken verses in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and used them for the brick and mortar.
Here’s an example: [God speaking] “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: Hear the word of the Lord!” — Ezekiel 13:2.
Taking this verse at face value, we must hear the word of the Lord to prophesy from. Scripture says the Word is Jesus, the sword of the Spirit and the foundation for our faith. We also see that some of the prophets were not speaking from a scriptural perspective and Ezekiel was admonishing them.
Imagination is just another tool for use to use to create from. When prophesying it’s critical to only speak what the Word or the Lord says, but as perfectly imperfect humans today we mix ourselves and our imaginations into our prophecies.
Look at this: [Apostle Paul speaking] “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” — 1 Corinthians 13:9. Paul is talking about love in this part of the Book. He is saying that love is perfect and eternal and that all other things of the world will pass away. The part of speaking words to someone from our fallen position, or the “knowing” part, will fall away as imperfect. The prophesying part comes directly from Holy Spirit and is perfect.
It’s important that we use our imagination righteously, or in-other-words, from a holy Kingdom perspective; Otherwise, we are going to hurt ourselves and others.
Made in God’s Spirit
God, Jesus and Holy Spirit made us in their image according to Genesis 1:26–27. God is the Creator; therefore, we also create which separates man from angels and other spiritual and physical beings. The devil can only steal and use our ideas and power to create if we allow him to.
“So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” — 2 Corinthians 4:18
We need our imagination to create and every human being is hardwired with this potential. Dictionary.com defines Imagination as a noun as “the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.”
Concepts Not Present to the Senses
To develop a concept, we must think, process, analyze and organize the thoughts. People often stop thinking before solutions are found, which turns into worry and halts the Imagination and creative process.
There are two types of imagination as defined in psychology: 1) Reproductive Imagination is the ability to reproduce images stored in our memory when reminded through similar imagery, and 2) Creative Imagination as the capability to take prior experiences and composite something new to support a specific goal or solve a problem.
Good & Evil
The Imagination, like everything else, can be used for good or evil. Scripture is very black and white about this subject. We are either for or against Jesus. The gray areas are here on earth and are where love can be inserted to ensure the good rises to the top.
Another way to ensure we are acting and reacting in godly ways is to repent and renounce ungodly, unrighteous behavior.
We can then choose to sanctify our righteous Imagination for God’s Kingdom on earth. Holy Spirit is more than happy to fill me with new and improved godly behaviors and attitudes.
We must position our heart in Christ Jesus toward right motives in our attitudes and emotions. Emotions are not who we are, they are mere tools for understanding where we are at in our life or in that moment. Emotions surface from the subconscious mind and rule our beliefs and motives.
It is important for me to maintain right motives every day. When we do, we can more easily walk in God’s Spirit.
Holy Imagination Prayer
Here’s a simple prayer for our imaginations to work from a Kingdom point-of-view:
Holy, Holy, Holy!
Father God in Heaven, I thank You for my imagination. I thank You for creating me with an imagination to be capable of co-creating with You in my life and in the lives of others. Thank You for giving me a greater capacity to imagine greater things. I ask forgiveness for using my imagination in ungodly ways. Please, heal myself and others where my unholy use of my imagination was destructive.
I bind the ungodly part of my imagination to never be used again as it is already bound in Heaven, and I loose creativity in my newly sanctified imagination to reflect the love and goodness of God.
I decree my imagination is purified, cleansed and covered with Your blood Jesus, to be sanctified and made most Holy unto You. I decree my imagination is righteous and blameless serving only Your Kingdom. I thank you for reminding me when needed to place my imagination and the things I use it for at Your feet.
Thank You Lord for Your immense love, Amen. ♥