Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Should Christians Use Their Imagination?
2 CORINTHIANS 4:18 NKJ 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Many Christians are afraid of using their imagination, equating it with evil. But God surely had a reason to make mankind with an imagination. Once, as I was thinking about this, the question came to me, "Why did God create man with an imagination?" I do believe He is the Creator, don't you? And God did make man with an imagination.
When I asked God if there was any scriptural support for using our imagination, it occurred to me to look in Hebrews 11. As I began reading the chapter I was shocked at what I found, even though I had read it many times before!
Right in verse 1, faith is defined as ". . .evidence of things not seen." I thought, "If it is something you can't see, then it has to deal with the realm of the imagination." People would say we were believing something that is just imaginary if it couldn't be seen. In fact the dictionary says imagine means: to form a mental image of (something not present). What could more closely describe the Bible definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1!
By this time I was excited, but the chapter was just beginning. Time and again, I saw that people in this chapter had used their imagination; that they had "seen" what was not visible to others. I began to realize that faith is linked with imagination like wet is linked with water. The two are inseparable.
Then I began to understand why the devil had stirred up such a fuss over this subject. No doubt one main reason the devil inspired eastern religions to utilize the imagination was to muddy the waters and make Christians afraid it might be wrong.
As I read of Abraham I thought of Genesis 15:5 where God told him to "count the stars. . . So shall your descendants be." If God wasn't telling Abraham to use his imagination, I don't know what He was telling Him to do!
So be Biblical without fear. Take what God has said in His Word, and imagine it that way in your life!
2 CORINTHIANS 10:5 KJV 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
We must cast down imaginations that do not agree with God's Word, and keep and nurture the ones that do.
SAY THIS: Imagination is part of faith, so I will imagine in agreement with God's Word.
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