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Monday, November 21, 2016

Your Imagination Is a Tool From God. Use it Right

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I want to talk with you about your imagination. You imagine things all day and every day. Words you hear paint pictures in your imagination. Thoughts you think come to you because you've summoned them, or they've just randomly come to your mind. Either way, they paint pictures in your imagination. Unfortunately and contrary to God’s Word, most people spend far too much of their time imagining the things they fear, or are concerned will go wrong in their life. The newspapers and the media only add to the problem and fears by spewing bad news which fuel negative imaginations.

When people imagine and think about fearful and negative things, they eventually speak about them. No one is excluded!People repeat the doom and gloom they imagine and spend time thinking about.

They then speak things that are contrary and often the opposite of what they are hoping and praying for from God. This results in the undermining of one's own faith and peace. Christians, of all people, should realize that words are the very vehicle that God used to create and bring life to this world. They're also containers that bring unbelief and death. Proverbs 18:21 NLT says, "The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences."

What you imagine, stimulates and launches words that are containers of power that affect everything including your faith and peace. Isaiah 26:3 NLT tells us to think on the opposite of the bad news the world tries to get us to focus on. It says,“Lord, you will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts (imaginations) are fixed on you!"

Is there really power in thoughts and words? The experts will tell you that consumer confidence (what consumers think—good or bad) absolutely affects our spending habits and thus affecting the economy in a powerful way. If people think our economy is in a bad state, they then talk about it, and talk themselves into not spending money. When people stop spending money, the economy gets worse. That is the power and effect of the imagination and the words that follow, at work.

When imaginations come that are negative, contrary to God's word, produce fear, and so on, we should swat them like mosquitoes. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every thought that elevates itself over or contrary to the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” This is saying that wrong imaginations aren’t cool. We have to cast them down!

Personally, I think on the promises God speaks to us and imagine them overtaking my life. I think on His love, His protection, His provision, His healing, His wisdom—all His blessings overtaking my life. Why? Because Deuteronomy 28:2 says, “And all these blessings shall come upon you AND OVERTAKE YOU because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” I frequently read the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 imagining them, praying them, and thanking God that they are overtaking my life. I imagine doing changing areas of my life to please Him. I imagine someone needing me to encourage or pray for them. I imagine the grace of God helping me in everything I struggle to do in my own strength. That imagination is power to me. I think it. I say it with thanksgiving. And I pray it! It fills my thoughts and mouth with good things rather than the doom and gloom everyone else talks about. It reminds me of

God's promises and helps my thought-life stay in faith and in peace.This is how God intended your imagination to be used so that you'd be encouraged and be a vessel of encouragement to those around you!

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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