THE Power of Imagination

I’ve met many Christians who want to see more of God in their lives. What they often don’t realize is that their experience of His power and presence is tied to their imagination. Now, when I say “imagination,” most Christians think I’m talking about make-believe or mind over matter. I’m not talking about either one. Did you know that Scripture has a lot to say about the imagination? When it’s used in a positive sense, Scripture calls it hope!

The part of you that hopes is a result of the part of you that imagines. How? Because when you hope, you’re creating a mental picture of what you’d like to see happen. There are many scriptures on this topic. Let’s start with a verse in Hebrews.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1
You could say it this way: Faith is the substance of your positive imagination, the evidence of things not seen. According to this verse, faith brings into reality the things that you positively imagine. It’s like your spiritual womb. Your imagination will conceive what God’s Word says, and then faith brings to birth the things that you’ve conceived. I don’t know if that helps you, but it blesses me! This is so important, because there are a lot of people who look at hope as a non-issue. As a matter of fact, many faith people have downplayed the role of hope. It says in
1 Corinthians 13:13,

Now abideth faith, hope, [love], these three; but the greatest of these is [love].
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People in the faith crowd, of course, will emphasize faith. And they understand the importance of love and how it’s the greatest of all. But did you know that hope should be right up there as one of the greatest forces, with faith and love?

When I’ve heard people use the word hope when talking about receiving from God, I’ve heard others criticize them, saying, “You don’t need to hope; you need to believe!” They don’t realize that without hope - without a positive imagination - you can’t believe! If there’s nothing hoped for, faith doesn’t have anything to give substance to.

It’s not just believe and receive. You have to conceive the Word, then you believe what it says, and then you receive what it promises. You might ask, “How do you conceive the Word of God?” Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

What you think or meditate on is how you conceive things, whether good or bad. If you meditate on your circumstances, that’s what you’ll conceive. It’ll be a self-fulfilling prophecy! But if you meditate on what God’s Word has to say, you’ll conceive what God’s Word says. It’ll change everything about you, how you see yourself, your circumstances - everything. That’s powerful! I hope you are getting this.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalm 1: 1-3
Notice it says that whatever you do shall prosper. That’s a big promise! But it’s true. This is how it works: your heart is like soil that’ll grow whatever thoughts are sown into it (Mark 4:26-28). What goes into your heart is what you imagine happening. Your imagination will go in the direction of your dominant thoughts. That’s why you have to make sure that you guard your heart (Prov. 4:23).

Some of the things I’m saying are hard to put into words because I’m talking about things you can’t see. But this is the way I live! My ministry and my relationship with God would not be where they are today without putting these things into practice. There are a lot of goals that I’ve set that I believe are from the Lord. The only way that I know I’ll get there is if I imagine the things God has put on my heart and meditate on them. They’ll paint a picture on the inside of me that I’ll be able to see manifest through faith. They’re going to come to pass. Sometimes it may not look like it, but you watch: whether it’s finances or healing or whatever, I am going to have everything I need to accomplish everything that God has told me to accomplish. Whatever I do shall prosper!

I really believe that the things I’m sharing with you will change your life. If you want to experience more of the supernatural power of God, if you want to see more of His provision, if you want to see more healing, this is the way to do it. I encourage you to get my new package called The Power of Imagination. It comes in CD or DVD and includes the book. You can also get the live DVD album if you prefer. These materials cover everything that I’ve said in this letter but with much more detail. You will be blessed. To order, go to awme.net/imagination, or call our Helpline at +44 (0)1922 473300.

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