Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Often when we think of our imagination, we don’t realise the important place it has in God’s design. Many think of imagination as a childish thing and of those that make use of it as dreamers who are not grounded in reality. The truth is that your imagination is an integral part of walking a life of faith in God!
Our imaginations are where we are able to visualise the promises of God. The promises of God are true, but God is Spirit and His promises are in the Spirit. We are required to use our faith as a bridge to bring the promises of God into our lives. Without the ability to see ourselves walking in these promises, we will never have the godly hope (joyful expectation) that then enables us to use faith to appropriate them.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith gives substance (gives physical form) to what we are hoping for. You can’t hope for what you can’t see in your mind’s eye (your imagination). Faith authenticates and confirms what we have in our imagination, the place where we see without our physical eyes.
Actions have to be thought of before they can be performed. How we think and the images we see in our imagination guide everything we do (Proverbs 23:7a – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.). It is important that we train our imaginations by thinking on the good things of God. We need to sanctify (set aside for a purpose) our imagination/thoughts unto God. We do this by renewing our minds to the truth of God’s Word, choosing to think of good things and ruthlessly rejecting any thoughts that are against God’s truth.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Our imaginations are a powerful tool, let’s use them to glorify God in our lives and to exercise our faith more effectively.