10 October 2013 ~

OUR IMAGINATION IS A POWERFUL FORCE! It Can Work For or Against Us

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#1. IMAGINATION IS AN EXTREMELY POWERFUL FORCE!

If you can imagine it, you can do it!  There is a story in the Bible about the Tower of Babel.  Back in the Tower of Babel days, the entire world had one language and one speech.  The people said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.  Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” God came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.  Now for the rest of the story:

Genesis 11:6 Amplified Version

6 And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.

7 Come, let Us go down and there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

In God’s infinite wisdom, He knew without the people’s imaginations being set apart for God, that all manner of evil could and would be conceived.  Using your imagination to accomplish the will of God is a wonderful thing.  Using your imagination for evil is an awful thing!  I know that I have said to my husband on many occasions, “Where in the world did that person even come up with such atrocities?”, followed by, “I am grateful I don’t understand, because that would require my mind ‘thinking’ like the evil person’s mind!” People such as Hitler who treated Jewish human beings as lab rats and worse.  Hitler tried to wipe out an entire race.  Serial killers and rapist would fall into the list of people using their God given imagination for evil. Many of us would say that what they do or have done is “unimaginable”!

 

Thankfully, God frustrated the Tower of Babel’s people’s plans and He scattered the people of the city all over the face of the earth. Thank God He mixed up our languages to protect us from ourselves!  No pun intended, but I cannot “imagine” what our world would be like today…if our world even still existed had God not intervened!

 

I believe we need to be more determined about what we allow into our eye gate, ear gate and our mind.  What types of imaginations are we allowing into our lives via the television, social media, and relationships, to name a few?  Just remember it is not a sin to have a thought.  Even people who love God passionately can have a horrible thought.  The sin is continuing to think on that evil thought.  All you have to do is to say, “That’s not my thought!”.  I can’t remember where I heard this, but I want to share it:  “You cannot stop a bird from sitting on your head, but you can stop it from nesting in your hair!”.  The same thing is true about thoughts that pop in our heads.

 

#2 WHAT IS IMAGINATION?

 

We have established that Imagination is an extremely powerful thing! Now for a look at the more positive side of “imagination”.

 

Isaiah 26:3 New International Version

You will keep in perfect peace

him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.

The Hebrew word “mind” in Isaiah 26:3 (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)  OT:3336  =  is yetser (yay’-tser); from OT:3335; a form; figuratively, conception (i.e. purpose):  KJV – frame, thing framed, imagination, mind, work.

The definition of imagination from WEBSTER:   imag·i·na·tion noun \i-ˌma-jə-ˈnā-shən\

1:  the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality

2a :  creative ability

b :  ability to confront and deal with a problem :  resourcefulness <use your imagination and get us out of here>

c :  the thinking or active mind :  interest <stories that fired the imagination>

3a :  a creation of the mind; especially :  an idealized or poetic creation

b :  fanciful or empty assumption

Isaiah 26:3 New International Version

You will keep in perfect peace

him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You

Other words for steadfast includes unwavering, resolute, firm, committed, and persistent.  We can say according to Isaiah 26:3, God will keep me in perfect peace, because my  mind/imagination is steadfast/unwavering , resolute, firm, committed and persistent, because I trust in You, Daddy God!  Therefore as we put our trust in God, our minds/imaginations are firmly in God and with God nothing is impossible!  If God says you can do something, you can do it!

 

IMAGINATION can work for or against us.  IT IS A POWERFUL FORCE!

In Part 2 we will discuss how to get your imagination to work FOR you and not AGAINST you!

In His Presence,

Becky Cain : )

Co-Pastor Trans4mation Church

www.Trans4mationChurch.com

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