What a gift God has given us to be able to imagine and see into the realm of possibility.
As a young child, I was a dreamer—imagining far-away fantastical places where adventure awaited. I would look up at a rainbow that adorned the sky with its colour and light, and wonder what lay beyond it. I’m still a dreamer—imagining new adventures in God that project into my future.
ImaginationThe act or power of forming new ideas, images and concepts not yet present to the senses.
We wouldn’t be alive if we couldn’t think, dream and imagine! No other creature on earth has this ability: it is unique to mankind—because we have been created in the image of a creative God.
The Bible has a great deal to say about our imaginations—being either illuminated with God’s light—or darkened, confused and vain.
Did you know that your imagination is linked to the creative process of your faith?
When God Himself spoke creation into existence in Genesis 1, the words He spoke embodied His thoughts and imaginations. Before God said: “Let there be…” He had first seen (through the eyes of faith) the very image of what He was calling into being.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.John 1:1-3 (KJV)
The Greek word for “Word” in the above verse is “Logos” which is a word uttered by a living voice but it also embodies a concept or idea.
So before God ever called into being the beasts of the field or the birds of the air etc.—He had first seen and imagined those things. This is the exact same faith that “calls those things that be not, as though they were” and the exact same faith that “looks not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are NOT seen“ (Romans 4:17 and 2 Corinthians 4:18)
How do we look at things that are NOT SEEN?
When King David wanted to build God’s temple, David imagined it according to the design God gave him and he rolled it over and over in his mind, his thoughts and his imaginations:
Then he (David) called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel. And David said to Solomon: “My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house to the name of the LORD my God.1 Chronicles 22:6-10 (KJV)
And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. Take heed now; for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.1 Chronicles 28:9-10 (KJV)
Most of the battles we fight are in the arena of our thoughts. There is a very good reason we are instructed in God’s Word to: “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” and to “cast down imaginations… bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (Romans 12:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5). The reason is this:
What people continually think on and imagine will ultimately shape their destiny!
Have you ever noticed that when fear tries to creep in, pictures or images form in your mind? Fear wants us to “imagine the worst”. Remember the man Job in the Bible who, in all his troubles, said this:
What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.Job 3:25 (KJV)
I wonder how many times Job yielded his thoughts and imaginations to the things he dreaded?
The boundary of our lives is not on the outside, IT IS ON THE INSIDE! Pushing out the boundaries means removing the limitations on the inside of us—limitations in the way we think which determine how far we can see and how far we can run!
God wants us walking in the possibilities of the impossible… and all things are possible to the one who believes (Mark 9:23). Imagine that!
Abraham is a perfect example of limits on the inside that had to be removed! God called him to be the father of many nations… but there was a big problem (at least from Abraham’s perspective—well actually Abraham’s perspective was the problem). God had promised Abraham and Sarah a child, yet they were both old and Sarah was barren.
There were limitations on the inside of Abraham that had to go—boundaries that needed to be pushed out of the way so that Abraham could enter into his destiny in God! The imagination of Abraham’s heart needed to be renewed to a NEW IMAGE.
Abraham had to not consider the things he could see—his and Sarah’s old age and Sarah’s barrenness—and learn to consider what he could not see! God taught Abraham to fix the gaze of his inner eye (the imagination of his heart) on the picture God gave him:
God took him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then He said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”Genesis 15:5 (NIV)
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.Genesis 22:17 (NIV)
The image of offspring as countless as the stars and as the sand had to first develop on the inside of Abraham. Abraham had to take the limits off what he thought was possible with God!
Our born-again spirit is in constant communion with the Holy Spirit and believes, without question, everything God says! Our spirit man can soar to great heights and has never lost a battle! But it is the inward limitations of our thinking that is like a ball and chain that holds us back, when we were destined to soar. That ball and chain thinking says: You can’t… You will never be… You will never have…!
When we take the Word of God and meditate on it; picturing it, seeing it; IT CHANGES THE PICTURE ON THE INSIDE OF USANDIT IS OUT OF THAT PLACE THAT FAITH SPEAKS!
The Apostle Paul prayed for the saints at Ephesus concerning the removal of inward limitations and boundaries that kept them from clearly seeing and knowing all that God had for them:
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding [i.e. thoughts and imaginations] being enlightened [i.e. flooded with light and made to see]; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.Ephesians 1:17-18 (NKJV)
Let this be your prayer and declaration for your life. Let the image of what God has said expand your inward borders, leading you into a destiny well imagined!