Good morning Friend.
There is a very important lesson the Lord would have us learn from the story of the Cross today. It is the power of our imagination. Many believers are quick to rebuff any concept around imagination as they believe it has some connections with metaphysics. How wrong they are! One of the most powerful God concepts ever known to man is the power of an active imagination. If Jesus didn’t have an active imagination, He would never have survived the ordeal of the Cross.
Imagination is the womb of reality. When a man has lost his imagination, we can safely say that the man has lost his hope. We could liken imagination to hope. It is what Faith must substantiate. Without hope, we can not have a channelled Faith. God had to have a picture of what Light looked like before He said “Let there be Light!”. Without a picture of light in His imagination, He couldn’t command anything to be… for what would the Faith manifest? Nothing! So we see a lot of believers who say they have Faith, but they have not used their Faith to manifest any tangible reality, because they have no imagination. If God ever asked them… What should I do for you specifically? They really cannot answer. Ever before Jesus died, He saw every son and daughter that will be brought into adoption and it satisfied Him. He engaged His imagination to create a resolve and a predetermined end.
Psalms 53:11a (KJV) He shall SEE of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:
Jesus saw the travail of His soul, how did He see that? In the womb of reality. If He hadn’t seen that, He wouldn’t have been satisfied and He may not have finished His course the way He did, and we definitely wouldn’t be here today as Christians. It is in your imagination, God would plant the seed of greatness and a lively hope. See the pictures God keeps painting when referring to the rapture. You see Him using images of Angels, clouds, trumpets, ascension, etc and describing in vivid terms how that glorious end will be. The Bible calls this the Blessed Hope. And He that hath this hope in himself purifieth himself even as He is pure.
If you have no picture of what your future looks like, you’d miss out on it. I’d rather have a picture of a future and nearly feature in it, than have no picture of the future and succeed at featuring in a non existent reality. God is able to do exceeding abundantly and far above what we could ask or think/imagine, according to the power that is at work within us. So our imagination limits the expression of God’s “More Than Enough” ability.
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that WAS SET before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Bible says here that a joy was set before Him. How did He connect with that joy? By His imagination. We must learn to become very delibrate with the use of our imagination. It isn’t meant to just fantasise or make wishes, it is meant to conceive God ideas that have capacity to change the world. Joseph’s imagination was so strong, that 13 years of adversity couldn’t erase such a picture, instead, it reinforced it.
This imagination/hope is an anchor to our soul, and it sure brings us to the reality of what it talks about. I have had God work out things in my life through this timeless eternal principle. The devil perverts imaginations of men, but God ordained the imagination of man to conceive God ideas. If Jesus couldn’t fulfil His greatest task without engaging His imagination, neither can you amount to much without it. You must see your future before you enter into it. Remember the conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus? Jesus prioritised SEEING the kingdom before ENTERING the kingdom and so it is with everything in this KINGDOM. Make your imaginations available to Him, and give Him an opportunity to exceed them.
God bless you.