January 2012 Newsletter

The Power of Imagination

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The Power of Imagination

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Without Godly imagination, we would have no dreams, no hope.

We use it every day, but yet when we talk about imagination in a biblical perspective, we often dismiss it as the devil’s playground. The devil can only take what God creates and pervert it because he is not a creator nor is he omnipotent. When I was growing up, I was told that I had a vivid imagination. Later in life I would hear about people who had a vain imagination. Certainly there are extremes to any truth that comes our way. If there is an evil imagination it must have started after the fall of Adam. Before that time God said His creation was good except for man being alone. Adam must have had an imagination that was God-like. When God created Adam, He said “Let Us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26). The word for “image” here (stehlem) means the resemblance or the shadow of something. We could even say we’re part of God’s imagination or foreshadow of what He was expecting us to become. Jesus said in John 5:19 that He was not able to do anything unless He saw His Father doing it. This tells me Jesus was in view of what God the Father was doing. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, the veil has been removed so that we are also able to envision the calling of God for our life.

As a young child, I remember coming up with ways to entertain myself while my siblings were away at school. I would gather all of my sisters’ dolls and stuffed animals that I could find and line them up on the bed as my “congregation.” Though I couldn’t read, I held a huge Webster’s Dictionary in both hands and imagined myself preaching to the dolls and other assorted critters. I made the same gestures I had watched my pastor use when he was intent on making his point stick. I would pretend I was speaking to large crowds and I could even feel the passion for what I was doing. Though I had not told anyone, I knew I wanted to be a preacher. The teddy bear in my estimation was the most rebellious of my congregation so I would always get the bear saved at the end of the meeting. That really doesn’t seem strange for a five or six year old, but I know it planted a seed of faith inside me so that when I started teaching, it wasn’t a large leap for me. From those abstract beginnings I have not had trouble believing God for the supernatural in my life.

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Imagination is powerful. Genesis 11 gives the account of when the whole world spoke one language. The Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men had built. Due to the unity of language, the Lord said there was nothing impossible that they could imagine. In this case, imagination was used for self-centered purposes — for the sons of men to make a name for themselves. The power to imagine and the unity of language would enable them to achieve their vision.

Just think how powerful it would be for someone who is Messiah-centered in his or her imagination. In Ephesians 1:18, Paul prayed the following Apostolic prayer: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (NASB). The word Paul used for “enlightened” is key to understanding imagination. Enlighten is translated photizo, from which we get the word “photograph.” We could read this passage as saying, “The eyes of your heart will take a picture so you can understand the hope of His calling.”

The addictive nature of pornography works in the same way. The picture of the perversion is a direct opposite of the image of God’s nature. The pornographic image fastens itself to a person like a billboard. The image keeps replaying in the mind and for most it brings with it a sense of condemnation and shame — a type of entrapment. In Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” If lusting or using imagination in one’s heart becomes reality in the eyes of God, then we should also be able to fix our heart upon the goodness of God and His beauty. We should be able to consider the Word of God as a book of reality. The more we think on what He has in store for us, the more it can become a reality.

Job said, “The thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me” (Job 3:25). There are people who dwell on doctors’ reports and all day long think about how bad their life has become. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as one “thinks [ponders] in his heart, so is he.” If one could turn the fallen nature of imagination around and consider what the Lord wants to do and agree with the Word and meditate on what will happen to those who are faithful in blessing and honoring the Word above their own opinion, there is no end to the miracles he or she could receive.

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The eyes of your heart, or imagination, have the potential for an eternal perspective. That's why Satan strives to corrupt it or divert it from trust into fear.

The Lord wants us to have an eternal perspective that trumps the temporal world. When God wanted Abraham to wrap his thoughts around how big the promise was going to be to his descendants, He said, “Look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them….So shall your descendants be” (Genesis 15:5 NASB). God was inviting him to imagine that his generations could be as many as he dared to look at. There are times when words won’t calculate the enormity of what our Father wants to do so He lets us see what He wants, because a “picture is worth a thousand words.” Words will paint pictures and pictures lead to destinies.

There are some who have received words that have given the wrong picture or image of what God intends for those who set their heart on Him. Some of you may have grown up in an environment where you were devalued and heard demeaning things such as “You are stupid,” and “You are never going to amount to much.” Those words can create an imagination that is not true.

The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth. Jesus said that when the Spirit of Truth would come after He ascended, the Spirit would take those things that belong to Jesus and give them to us. Jesus wants us — His Bride — to see the truth about ourselves and the way He sees us through His eyes. He sees us not through the eyes of vain imagination, but through what He has already imagined for us. May you be filled with the same imagination as Jesus “who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).

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Kerry Kirkwood is the founding pastor of Trinity Fellowship in Tyler, Texas, founded in 1987. He carries a strong prophetic anointing and speaks into the lives of individuals,churches, and regions. He and his wife, Diane, have four children and two grandchildren.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright ©1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Dear Mishpochah

God has given me a vision that He will use our Equipping and Mentoring Center to thrust millions of Christians into His harvest.

The power of imagination has been stolen from the church. I first started thinking about the power of imagination when I interviewed Mel Bond. He told me that he would meditate on the miracles of Jesus, and then he would visualize himself doing the same miracles. When he went to Africa, he saw blind eyes open and other Messianic miracles for the first time in his life.

We all use our imagination all the time. However, it is usually based on circumstances of life rather than the Word of God. When Kerry Kirkwood told me of a study that said 50% of medical students displayed symptoms of the very disease they were studying, the magnitude of his teaching exploded within me. If worldly imagination can produce the negative, what can imagination based on the Word accomplish? Most Christians do not evangelize Jews because they believe the Jews have spiritual scales on their eyes. But this is not my experience. It’s too late to tell me Jewish people are not open to the gospel! I have a picture in my imagination that Jewish people are wide open to the gospel. This is why we are in process of mailing two million Jewish evangelistic books to two million Jewish households in North America. This is why I have Jewish evangelistic outreaches and see hundreds of Jewish people receive the Lord at our meetings. This is why we have launched an evangelistic website and advertise to attract unsaved Jewish people to it. Many say they are praying and waiting for a revival. I say, revival is here! The picture in my imagination is based on God’s Word: The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).

This is why we have started an Equipping and Mentoring Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to equip you to enter God’s wide-open harvest. He MVI-Studio-Retouched2.jpgsays the only thing missing are the workers. God’s way to evangelize has never changed. Demonstrate His Kingdom through the supernatural, and then earn the right to proclaim the King!

Most Christians and Messianic Jews who witness to Jewish people have meager results. Why? Because they witness from the Bible without a demonstration of the supernatural. This is not how Jesus, Paul and the apostles witnessed. Thousands of people came to hear Jesus because of the miracles.

God’s strategy has never changed. God has given me a vision that He will use our Equipping and Mentoring Center to thrust millions of Christians into His harvest. I see us forming an “It’s Supernatural!” television network. Our programs will not be the fumes of the prior move of God’s Spirit. Instead we will help usher in the next move of God’s Spirit.

As a new believer, I had the privilege of being a guest on The 700 Club and PTL Club. The presence of God was so thick, it was tangible. Why? Because God wanted to use those networks to spread the move of His Spirit. I have people on staff who worked for these organizations in the early years. They tell me the same favor they witnessed is on our ministry now. Dream with me. Partner with me. Who knows if you have not been called to the Kingdom for such a time as this?

 

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