I have been seeking the Lord as to why it is so hard to believe for miracles in the midst of the storms of life. I felt His answer was quite interesting He said “It lies in your imagination.” What did I just write? Lies….in our imagination. The enemy has infiltrated what was once holy ground so full of hopes and dreams with LIES!!!
When we are children our imaginations are so full of heaven and it’s possibilities. We dream about being princesses or presidents and the future is FULL of endless possibilities and adventure. As we age our experiences and what we are exposed to through tv, movies and stories have an effect on our imaginations and will either nurture them in creating the impossible or in making us fearful and bringing paralysis. Through discouraging situations happening that we feel powerless over, hope deferred, skepticism, and cynicism get littered over that which was once holy. Slowly our experiences and knowledge push out the hopes and dreams to make way for logic and reasoning until we dream no more. In the enemy’s hands our imagination is now used to create worst case scenarios based on our painful experiences instead of co creating with God to bring heaven on earth. We exchange imagining the impossible for only what we have known and experienced. We can only picture and create those things we have experienced. These are the LIES!
I believe God is determined to regain and restore the ground of your imagination. It was always meant to be a place of dreaming His dreams for our lives. He wants that ground back. I believe He is desiring to return you to a childlike wonder, faith, and trust so you can create with Him. It starts with asking Him to breath on your imagination and to remove any debris that is not of Him. Ask Him to remove all hope deferred, worry, horror, fear, discouragement and disappointment from that creative space. Ask Him to alert you when you are putting things in your imagination that are not true, lovely, pure, full of love, full of hope, and full of Him. Ask Him to restore the dreams He has for you, your family, your workplace, your church, your region, etc. Imagine it differently!
A redeemed imagination…what does it look like? The truth is that we are royal sons and daughters and we are mean to rule and reign so our childlike idea of who we were was in some ways more accurate than how we see ourselves as adults. We believe we can do anything when we are little and we are told I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME (Phil 4:13). We believed anything was possible when we were kids and we are told WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE (Matt 19:26).
Imagine your family full of love and laughter, your friends and family in love with Jesus, your workplace being a place of joy! What does it feel like? What does it look like? What does it sound like? Imagine it! Imagine that desolate area of your life full of life and love!!! He is removing the limits life has put on you.
I’m reminded of the blind man name Bartimaeus in the bible who pursued Jesus to get healed in Mark 10: 49-52
And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.”THROWING ASIDE HIS CLOAK, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.
The key thing I see here is that HE THREW ASIDE HIS CLOAK. This was NOT just a coat. This was something issued by the government that gave him the right to collect alms from people. It designated him as handicapped. This act of throwing aside his cloak was him imagining a different future. One in which he could SEE! One in which he was NOT handicapped! It was an act of faith!
God is calling for you today! He wants to heal your blind imagination! Drop the cloak that designates you as imagination handicapped and let Him give you your sight back, your dreams back, your life back!