Faith involves our broadening the vistas and boundaries of our imagination, and our being able to see things there that are not yet visible to our natural eye!
For truly, as we look at the definition of FAITH and we learn it is the substance of things hoped for; and the evidence of things not yet visible or felt in the natural; how else can we get there and see those things that are not as though they are except by way of a sanctified imagination?
As Jesus said:
“All things are possible if ONLY you can believe!”
Below is a devotional message on IMAGINATION, which I think you will like.
As we study the account given in Romans 4, where we are told of the encounter where Abraham, the father of FAITH, was informed by God that he and his descendants were to be given the entire earth as an inheritance; it is obvious that surely such a vision required Abraham to use his imagination to see it… especially since his wife, Sarah at age 90, was well beyond the age of child bearing.
Also we know from Scripture that most certainly this awesome gift was not being given to Abraham based on his obedience or his ability to keep the law; but rather the Bible says that it was based on Abraham having a right relationship with God, a relationship that can ONLY come by faith.
In James 2:23 we are told that, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and that Abraham was called a friend of God!“
Man, how cool is that, to be called a “Friend” of God? And yet does not Jesus say of us, in John 15:15, “I no longer call you servants, … instead, I have called you My friends!“
So the Bible tells us that this promise was received by faith; and that it was a free gift. And we are also informed that we may also receive this blessing, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses too, if we also have faith like Abraham had!
For Abraham as the Bible says, became the father of all who believe; and this is truly what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”
The reason why this happened was because Abraham, again as we learn from Scripture, he believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing!
Do you not see that? Again… how does a person do this without a sanctified imagination?
But the Bible doesn’t stop there, because it goes on to say of father Abraham that even though there was no reason for his hope (in the natural), Abraham nevertheless kept on hoping — and believing that he would truly become the father of many nations.
For God had already told him to look at the stars in heaven, because: “That’s how many descendants you will have!“
The Bible goes on to tell us that Abraham not being weak in faith; that he did not consider his own body, though in a sense it was already dead (since he was about a hundred years old); nor did he consider the deadness of Sarah’s womb (with her being 90 years old).
Instead we are told that in spite of all these things that Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief; but that he was strengthened in faith, and in so doing he was giving glory to God.
We are told that he (Abraham) was fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was also able to perform… and therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Likewise, if we can lay hold of God’s promises in that same way, by FAITH, then we too can experience the impossible; but this will require our doing exactly as Jesus said, when he told His disciples that unless they became as children, they could not experience the Kingdom of Heaven.
Children can do this quite naturally, and they have no problem whatsoever seeing things that are not… and so did each of us once upon a time!
Folks if we are to navigate through this life successfully, and if we are to experience all that God has intended for us, and also be empowered to fight the battles and appropriate our inheritance, it will necessitate our using our sanctified imagination, and our hanging the total of our life, and our circumstances on the promises of God’s Word.
Therein concludes today’s lesson… so live long and prosper, and go forth and do likewise! :-)
Have a blessed day!
On Behalf Of FullnessOnLine
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 4:06 AM
Subject: What The Lord Is Saying Today
June 28, 2010:
You do love Me, don’t you?
Then how good and expansive is your imagination?
Can you see what you cannot see yet?
Can you hear what you cannot hear yet?
I know you to have a very active imagination. You use it all the time.
Some of the things you see and hear in what you call your imagination are nowhere in the ballpark of what I want to show, speak and bring into your life.
The only hope you have of attaining to this level of revelation is to step aside, relax and pray.
Let your spirit be opened like the doors of a huge cattle barn. You must not interfere, especially by acting too quickly, until you have received what I am giving and also until you have received instructions on how I want you to use it.
You do love Me, don’t you?
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NLT)
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. Ras Robinson
June 28, 2010:
I have for you areas to explore that are way beyond your magination.
You will be amazed at what you see and hear.
I have been waiting on you, for you to come to where you are now.
You are ready to discover. You had no idea this adventure was available for you, because you thought it was beyond what your mind could conceive. But this find will open up vistas and ideas that have never entered your mind.
The provision is there so you will not have to worry about that. It will be available for you to explore the different paths you will take. You’re ready so let’s go.
“But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man's scrutiny].” Bev Robinson