This morning I arose with a nagging cloud of disturbance hanging over my heart. Then I remembered an incident from yesterday that really caused an agitation in my spirit. And that hampered the entering this morning into my usual close presence with the Lord. Distractions bombarded; the situation kept fighting to find its solution in my imagination; this ever happen to you? It was the enemy’s way of keeping me from meeting with my Lord. So I began perusing the subject of imagination.
Imagination is a gift of God; it helps our creative nature to build beautiful ideas and bring them to life. Authors use their’s as a canvas to paint vivid word pictures. Children create friends and imaginary situations for playing together; it can take you on journeys to distant places. Artists apply paint to build pictures that tell stories with colors. We can use it as a God given tool to picture goals and focus on them, thus using our imagination to help accomplish goals. The imagination is a truly amazing gift!
Imagination can also be a tool of the enemy; he can plant darkness and negatives in it. He can use it to create fear, hate and other ugliness. Sometimes he’ll use it to distract our focus, especially from things of Almighty God. False imaginings is another weapon of the enemy which can also cause tension between people and a rift between those who care about each other; these mind pictures see situations and then the enemy infuses evil interpretations on them. I went to the Old and New Testament to see what it says about the imagination, and I found that God recognizes these things:
Genesis 8:20-22 (AMP)
And Noah . . . offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21 When the Lord smelled the pleasing odor [a scent of satisfaction to His heart], the Lord said to Himself, I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination (the strong desire) of man’s heart is evil and wicked from his youth. . .
Isaiah 65:1-2 (NIV) . . . To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—
Ephesians 2:3-6 (Amp) Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind. . .
4 But God had so much loving-kindness. He loved us with such a great love. Even when we were dead because of our sins, He made us alive by what Christ did for us. . .
Knowing the imagination can cause good and evil in us, we look at our options. The closer we are to God, recognizing His immense love for us, the greater will be our ability to curve our imagination into the goodness of the gift. When our minds are transformed, we have a more substantial ability to fight the enemy’s invasion. The Word instructs us:
Romans 12:2 (AMP)
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude] . . .
Since the imagination is part of the mind function of our being, when we renew our mind, we gain insight into controlling our imagination. For me this morning it was difficult, but I finally put the destructive “pictures” under the blood of Jesus for a cleansing and erasing, and He was, as always, faithful. I could once again move in close to God’s presence and be blessed. If you have found another way to fight the enemy distractions, please let me know.
Have a day focused on the Lord, gaining new insights and wisdom. May His light of love guide you on your way.