The imagination is the eye of the supernatural so it is important to understand how it functions if you are going to live from the inside out. Everything we can want or desire God has placed in the spirit realm – the unseen realm – the supernatural realm. Your imagination allows you to look in that realm and ultimately bring it into the natural realm. Understanding some basic principles of the imagination not only allows you to see beyond the here and now, it stimulates your mind and stirs your spirit man.
Here are a few principles about your imagination that will help strengthen the supernatural you.
Your imagination must be used or it will grow dull.
A friend of mine attended a seminar years ago. The instructor told everyone, without thinking about barriers or limitations, to write a list of everything they wanted in life. Amazingly most people had less than a dozen things on their list. They lost the ability to dream.
As a child it is natural to dream. The imagination is in its purest form and nothing is unimaginable. When they become adults, life’s circumstances and situations forces them to reckon with reality. You don’t have time to dream. If you do use your imagination usually it’s in the form of worrying, occasionally it’s used to solve a problem or advance, but most often it’s used to be entertained through some form of media. So as a result the imagination becomes dull and most likely programmed.
Stimulate your imagination by taking time each day to dream. Be intentional about it. Speak aloud the promises in God’s Word, or anything else you desire, then just see yourself living with it. Use associations to increase the intensity. Get pictures, read books, watch videos, and listen to others who have what you’re dreaming about. Imagine and dream big!
You can create anything you can imagine.
Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich said that there are two levels of the imagination: the synthetic and creative. The synthetic imagination is basically the recombination of known concepts. It occurs when your mind is so familiar with an already established concept that it can breakdown the major aspects of it and rearrange it to something different. The source of this level of imagination comes from man’s wisdom.
The creative imagination is different. It normally comes from the unseen realm. For Christians it can come as a revelation from God in the form of a hunch or a gut feeling. It can also come through the power of focus.
The Word of God tells us “…if the eye be single, the whole body shall be full of light.” Matthew 6:22 KJV. This means whatever we focus on, we receive revelation knowledge about that thing. In other words, through focus we draw insight and even energy from the supernatural realm concerning the thing we are focused upon.
George Washington Carver was a great scientist who is credited with over 300 inventions concerning the peanut among other things. His testimony was that God was his source of wisdom for the peanut. Before each invention he would ask God for wisdom, as the wisdom came to him he would see it with his imagination, then produce it.
The famous artist Michael Angelou would stare at a stone for hours and even days before he began to sculpt. Once he saw the end product with his imagination, he would then go to work to draw it out. Both these men produced what their imagination saw in the supernatural realm.
Not everything you can imagine comes from God.
I think it goes without saying that not everything imaginable is from God. God placed everything you need in the spirit realm, but everything in the spirit realm He didn’t place there, especially things that lead you into bondage or will harm others.
There are some imaginations that go directly against the knowledge of Christ and the scriptures are clear that they need to be cast down (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV). So you should not let your imagination run wild. Like everything else, it should be submitted to the Word of God. I suggest using Philippians 4:7 as your imagination boundaries: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer In Christ.