The imagination is not an evil thing God gave us imagination. Yes, it is true that due to man’s fallen nature his imagination through the enemy became evil. But when you have the Spirit of Christ living in you the imagination is no longer evil because we have the Spirit and mind of Christ. In fact, I believe God wants us to use our imagination to see or picture the things that He’s given to us. It’s through our imagination that we are able to see ourselves possessing the promises of God before they are manifested in the physical realm. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says, “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” The Holy Spirit reveals to us through our spirits things that God hath prepared for us. Now, these things that the Holy Spirit reveals come up from our spirits to our minds where we are able to understand and imagine or see them. If you never imagine yourself possessing the things God says is yours, you will never possess them. For example, before I ever preached a sermon or lead a worship service I saw myself doing so. If I never imagined myself doing it, it could never have become a reality. Therefore, our imagination is necessary to fulfilling our destinies.
In July of 2008 the Lord gave me this prophecy concerning 2009 and beyond, “Dream big, there is nothing I can’t and won’t do for you. Dream big for your future, 2009 will be a year of fulfillment of big dreams. I will give you the desire you must take that desire and expand upon it. Dare to dream big. I need your dreams to fulfill. Dream big, be extravagant and I will do it.” Wow! Want a word from God. This word is as relevant now as it was then. Notice God said, “I will give you the desire you must take that desire and expand upon it.” How do we expand upon the desires He gives us? We do it through the power of our imagination. When Abraham settled in the land of Canaan, God said to him, “…Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward; For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever” (Gen. 13:14-15). God was not only telling Abraham to imagine the land but to imagine his descendants living on the land. Abraham didn’t have an heir at that time. He further told him to “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee” (Gen. 13:17). Abraham was to walk through the entire land of Canaan the length of it and the breadth of it. Now that may not have been physically possible but it was certainly mentally possible. Abraham could imagine himself being in the entire length and breadth of Canaan with all his descendants and what he saw was what God gave to him.
Now, just as God told Abraham to look out from where he was God is telling us to look out from where we are and imagine where we want to be, where He has destined for us to be and He will give us what we see. God needs our dreams and visions to fulfill if you’re not seeing anything than you’re not giving Him anything to fulfill. I believe that many people are not using the power of imagination because they are still seeing it as something evil. Even when the Holy Spirit is prompting you and giving you visions in your mind you shut it down because you think that it’s something evil. Remember we have the Spirit and mind of Christ. We don’t have to fear being overtaken by an evil imagination. We have the Spirit of Christ to know the things that are given to us of God. 1 Corinthians 2:12, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” If Joseph had been concern about whether or not his dream was evil he would not have held on to it. Although his brothers tried to talk him out of it Joseph held on to his dreams. Don’t allow the enemy to stop you from envisioning yourself in something great due to feelings of guilt and condemnation, dream big. Don’t allow him to tell you your dream is a fancy and that what you see is impossible. There is nothing impossible with God. There is nothing that God can’t and won’t do for you. Allow yourself to imagine don’t be lazy in your mind. Arise; walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it, frequently, daily. See yourself doing the desires that God has place in your heart. What is your desire? Is it ministry, business, marriage, or is it a singing career? Get a picture in your mind imagine every detail spare no expense for the Spirit of Christ is in you to accomplish all that you see.
“And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little; thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beast of the field increase upon thee.”
Sometimes when God performs a miracle in our lives we can see the manifestation of that miracle all at once but other times there is a process before we can see full manifestation. The miracle is done but the manifestation is a process.
Some diet programs are based upon this very principle. Each week you go and get weighed in and you’re taught to celebrate every inch or every pound lost. While their process of losing weight may be slower, it results in the clients ability to maintain his or her goal weight but during the process they celebrate.
Likewise as believers we too must remember to celebrate through the process. The enemy will never let you see how far you’ve come but he’ll always let you see how far you have to go. Your situation is changing everyday, the miracle has already been done, it’s up to you to celebrate every sight of manifestation. The manifestations may be small at first but little by little you’ll see change until you have full manifestation.
Don’t let the enemy steal those little changes. If you can’t walk and you believe for full manifestation of your legs but all you are beginning to feel is some sensation in your right foot celebrate that manifestation. Maybe you’re believing God for restoration in your relationship, beforehand you couldn’t stand to hear one another voice but now you’re talking over the phone. Don’t let the enemy steal that change celebrate it. While the manifestation may be a process the miracle is done and as you celebrate what you will possess will be what no beast can devour.