Is It Just Your Imagination?

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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The imagination is a faculty of the human spirit.  Together with the conscience and the intuition, it comprises the three parts of the human spirit just as the intellect, the emotions, and the will comprise the three parts of the human soul.

For too long, the imagination has been discounted, disrespected, and demeaned by a culture in which reason has been elevated to godhood. Yet, our Lord speaks to us through the imagination more than we realize.

The word “imagination” comes from the Latin word “imaginare” which means “to form an image of.”  When we imagine, we form images of things that do not yet exist in the physical realm or that exist only in potentiality (See Hebrews 11:1).  Everything we see around us was once an image in someone’s imagination. The imagination is essential to every creation, every invention.  Nothing exists without its first having been imagined. Every story I write is first a series of images or scenes in my mind. From this we can conclude that images or pictures are the language of the spirit.

Since we communicate with God spirit to Spirit (John 4:24), we communicate with Him in images. For example, when God speaks to us in dreams, He uses images (symbols) to get His message across.

So, what is my point? My point is that when an idea pops into your head that seems outlandish, don’t discard it as being “just your imagination.” Instead, treat that idea with the highest respect. Pay close attention to it. God may be speaking to you through your imagination.

When pictures form in your mind about what can be, don’t let anyone tell you you are only day-dreaming. Respect those day-dreams. They may be God’s answer to your heart’s deepest prayer.

When a little child says he is afraid because he has seen a monster in his room, don’t tell him it was only his imagination. A child’s imagination has not yet been stifled by rationalism. He may have truly seen a demon. So, don’t invalidate his experience. Teach him, instead, how to send demons packing in the Name of Jesus.

Much more can be said on this fascinating subject. For now, just remember to respect your imagination. It is a great gift for developing intimacy with God the Father through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Questions: 1) Do you respect your imagination?  2) If not, why not? 3) Have you had ideas that you considered foolish? 4) Could it be that God was speaking to you through those ideas? You may leave a comment by clicking here. To receive these blog posts in your emailbox, please click here.

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(Attitude) The Writer Visionary

What do you see in your writing future?  Your answer determines what you have been believing about your writing. 

Now, you may be thinking that I’m way off base. After all, how can you believe something until you see it?  Good question.  The answer lies in understanding the meaning of vision.

If you’re like me, you’ve often heard the phrase, “Seeing is believing.”  This is the world’s way of thinking.  The follower of Christ lives by Kingdom principles, and one such key principle is that “Believing is seeing.”

A visionary sees what does not yet exist.  It exists in his imagination, and he purposes to bring what is in his imagination into physical reality.  Everything you see around you was once a vision in someone’s imagination. The reason it became a physical object is that the person who imagined it first believe it could exist and then did something about creating it.

This is precisely what we do with our writing.  We envision a story and then we create it. Likewise, we envision a writing future, and then we create it.  All with God’s help, of course.

If you’ve been believing wrong things about your writing future, change your vision. Align it with what God says about you in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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