You can imagine anything. Your gift to imagine is undeniable. What you imagine gives source to what you see. What do you look like, not on the outside but inside? What is your creative image? How do you see yourself? What do you imagine about yourself?
Imagination is a power gift. We can call imagination the eye of faith if we use it to look beyond what we see. If we use it to see outside the box, we as mankind have created.
Imagination defined, is the faculty or action of forming new ideas. It’s also defined as in the forming of images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses, and it means to have the ability of the mind to be creative and resourceful.
To Imagine is to have the ability to form a mental image or concept. It’s obvious that if you don’t see it within yourself, you won’t have it. Imagination and the forming of images by faith is a gift to us. It’s not only a gift to us, but it’s a gift that works through us.
We have the ability to imagine positively or negatively. What we think on, what we picture, what perspective we continue to move on, is key to how we see ourselves and how we see others. Look at what motivates. Look at what we are imagining or forming as a thought process. As children, we could have fun through imagination. This imagination play helps form ideas and concepts and create reactions. Imagination doesn’t just stop because you grow up. Imagination gives us the ability to be creative and resourceful as we are forming ideas, creative concepts, and insights through the gift of imagination; or in other words, through our eye of faith.
Faith comes by the word of God and our imaginations can be expressed and defined by His word. Here’s where we can imagine and believe and have thoughts of good, thoughts of life, of blessing, and expectancy and hope. We can see ourselves as God sees us.
Imagine the great things we can do. Imagine and dream of the blessing. Imagine expressing that blessing. When we express it with thanksgiving, it brings abounding wonders to our faith. Imagination with the desire to see ourselves in purpose brings joy, and can be an expression of love to others.
We also cannot allow imaginations to develop ideas and concepts that form against others, by thinking incorrectly and allowing thoughts against them. These are imaginations, thoughts, philosophies, and concepts that have come systematically and by judgement against others and have trained people to think one way, by creating imaginations against people.
Zachariah 8:17 gives us clear direction to not imagine evil against our neighbor. It says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 we are to be,
“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 have the ability to imagine good things. We have the ability to imagine good things about ourselves and our lives. We have the ability to cast down wrong imaginations and to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. The obedience of Jesus is our victory. His obedience was rooted and established in love and has refreshed and given new abilities to imagine the best things. It’s not based on your obedience and everything you’ve done right or how perfect you are. It is through and by the obedience of Jesus that gives us this power. Your imaginations are empowered by faith and are motivated by love.
It says in Zechariah 8:17,
“And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.”
Throughout the Word of God it regularly speaks of imaginations in connection with wrongful thinking, wrongful perspectives, and wrongful plots, and reasonings, especially against God and others.
Jesus has turned this around for us, as we by faith trust in His obedience and His accomplishment through the cross and the resurrection. Taking this perspective can bring you the perspective of imagining good, and using our imaginations for truthful and blessed thinking, imagining good perspectives, thinking on creative ideas, concepts, and insights that bless rather than tear down.
Our imaginations are a gift from God; especially as we are created in His image. Our imaginations can bring forth the goodness and the blessing of God’s word or become vain. It says in Romans 1:21, that there are those who have heard of God, have known about him, and knew of him but,
“Because that when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations…”
Your imaginations can be filled with honor or vanity; especially, if we feed our imaginations with wrong images. These imaginations start exalting themselves against the word of God. James chapter 3 says, this wisdom is not from above; its earthly, sensual, fleshly, and demonic. Yet, these imaginations can be cast down as it says in 2nd Corinthians 10:5, casting down imaginations and taking them captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.
The word there for “casting down” means you have the ability to call down and demolish and to refute and destroy them by the obedience of the Word, who is Jesus Christ. As you line up your imaginations with the truth of God’s word and apply that in your life; picturing and imagining and gaining the perspective of truth and the blessing, you will experience the goodness of God, the joy, and peace. Your thoughts will be refreshed .You will experience things that go beyond anything you could ask or imagine.
This word, “casting down”, also says in its definition, to be done with and by the use of force: to throw down, to cast down, to pull down. Defining that as it says, against the subtle reasonings (or as in opponents) likened to a fortress, to refute and to destroy them.
Your imaginations can be self-serving or Life giving. So let’s look at it from a Life giving perspective. Let’s look at it from the blessing side. Imagination is a powerful thing.
The Hebrew word for imagine is the word “chashab”. In Zachariah it is defined as imagining evil within the heart. Yet, this word can be flipped to define imaging good within the heart. We can imagine good towards our neighbor, ourselves, our lives, and our families.
This word means to think, to plan, to devise, calculate, charge, or invent. It means to make a judgment, impute, and count, and to reckon. It also means to actively be accounted, and to be esteemed, to be considered, and to be mindful of.
We can think on, devise things, and calculate the good, and esteem the blessing of God. We can imagine these for ourselves, for our family, and for others. To imagine these good things is life giving. To think on these things is life refreshing.
Philippians 4:8 says,
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Imagine these things. Imagine the good. Imagine yourself with the blessing and imagine your dreams and you doing them. You can see with the eye of faith. You can develop your faith by the word of God and you can use it.
As we understand that we can imagine and have been given our imagination, there’s something to embrace of the greatness of God. He has revealed His glory through the Son, Jesus, and His endless, limitless love. His glory and His limitlessness is unimaginable, because He is relational. We don’t have to imagine them because it is His desire to reveal them. The word tells us the amazing thing about the Lord is that we can’t even imagine His greatness. Our imagination has limits when it comes to the limitless God, but our imagination becomes limitless when it is connected to His limitless word.
Job 37:5 says,
‘God’s voice is glorious in the thunder.
We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.”
Eph 3:20 says,
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Act 17:29 says,
“Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.”
The reason we can’t imagine Him, is that He has chosen to reveal Himself to our hearts and He is the One who authors our imagination and the thoughts of our hearts. He is the author and finisher of our faith and has given us the mind of Christ. This gives new definition of the scripture that says His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He directs and reveals Himself. It says in, 1Chronicles 29:18,
“Jehovah, God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and direct their hearts to thee!”
1Chronicles 28:9 says,
“And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee;… “
He sees our imaginations. He searches our hearts. He sees our thoughts and He gives us that perfect heart and that willing mind. He has done it through Jesus Christ. He gives us the ability to have creative insight and imaginations.
The Bible says He is Christ in you, who is the Hope of glory. His glory is the image we carry and creatively we reflect Him. In 1 Corinthians 1:6, the word of God tells us that
“…the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you…”
This means it is His image, His word, His testimony, and His creativity that is within us. His thoughts and His imaginations. His image is exactly how He imagined us to be. His creative power designed us by His faith. His faith is still at work in us and His faith has been given to us.
I refer to this scripture a lot because it is so meaningful to our creativity, and it also applies to our imaginations. Genesis 1:26 says,
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
From the beginning of God’s creation of man, the testimony of Christ has and always will be confirmed in you. Colossians 1:16 says,
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible…”
God so loved each individual, revealing through John 3:16, that our Creator is a personal God; embracing all of mankind, expressing and giving expression to creativity. He is also embracing and giving expression to our imaginations. The word tells us that grace is given to us by Jesus Christ and we have been enriched by Him in all utterance, from the beginning. Even the utterance found in Genesis Chapter 1, revealing again that He says, “Let there be.” He imagined, He spoke, and He created.
You can find a creative image as you recognize creativity is either used for His message or for a world view. What we think and we imagine comes from what we are focused on. As individuals, we create movies to create images for people, about people. Bringing imaginations and creativity to life on screen. We create stories using our imaginations and are always creating images to represent something specific, either to Truth, or things contrary to His Truth.
An actor’s part in every role is threaded within the fabric of the fingerprint of the story, that is creating an image. Their character is embraced with a message that creates an image in the mind and lives of others.
Movies embrace creative images for people filled with philosophies, man’s ideals, or faith-based inspiration. Imaginations come to life. They are creative images of people, imagined places, historical places, stories, ideals, and characters with creative images, messages, and standards.
The fashion world have models that create images. They create clothing images with accessories that create image. We are wearing someone’s creative design. Someone had an imagination and created an image.
We create stories, books, magazines, photographs, architecture, and building plans. We create music and the instruments we play it on. We create and design the cars we drive, the tractors that plant and harvest, the games we play, and the competitive races we challenge. We create home fashion and design, the couches we sit on, and the yards we landscape. We have always been creative from the beginning.
As creative people, our creativity is always creating images. Our imaginations bringing creative ideas concepts and insights. These are inspired from somewhere and they are inspired from within. Man is creative. Man creates images worldwide. Our creative abilities are creatively creating everything from the highest skyscrapers, to the town in which you live, to the bridges you cross, and the roads you drive on. We live in a creative world; in a created universe, that goes beyond what we can ask or imagine.
We are all influenced by the creative design and images of culture, within societies, nations, and ethnicities. We are a unique design, a kaleidoscope of color, and as a whole, we define a creative world designed by our Creator. We will either use that for good or for self gain. We well either express his love or be bound up in the indifference we’ve created. We will either allow wrongful imaginations against our neighbor or rise in the Truth with rightful thoughts, that are built and established in the love of God.
We will either build our imaginations and use faith or we will imagine the worst. How do you see yourself? Are you really seeing others through the eyes of faith? Are you really living out the enriched fulfillment of Truth which is love? Let Him reveal Himself to you. He is above anything you could ask or imagine. Whatever you are thinking right now, whatever you are imagining right now, He is exceedingly abundantly above that. He is exceedingly and abundantly for you. He is exceedingly and abundantly blessing you with an unlimited expression that cannot be imagined and it’s been given freely. Just imagine yourself receiving it.
Check out “Imagine” with Pastor Kim Robinson’s Refresh Podcast on Anchor,https://anchor.fm/kim-robinson
If you would like to read more on creativity by Pastor Kim, check out her book on Amazon, “Discover Your Creative Potential”