Where does it come from? Where does it go to?
First of all, I will say up front that some of the material I am about to share came from Chris Carter’s conference “Age to Age.” Chris does a fantastic job of sharing the journey of words and how they came to mean what they mean today. At some point in the future, I will get a video clip from that conference and I will post it. We love Chris and his humble yet entertaining delivery. If you ever get a chance to see him at a conference I highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity. Many people, myself included, felt it was one of the best conferences we had ever attended.
Now, on to the meat.
The word “imagination” did not exist in its present form around the time Yeshua walked the Earth. What did exist was the word “inspiration.” This word carried, and still does carry to some extent, the connotation that an outside source, a spirit of some sort, came into a person and gave them ideas or thoughts… “in” “spiritization.” In other words, if a person came up with a new idea or a revolutionary thought it was due to a spirit from the outside coming into a person and “possessing” them with a thought or idea.
However, after Yeshua ascended into the heavens, He sent Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit came into those who invited him, BUT, did not leave. Holy Spirit inspirited people by permission only and stayed.
I hope you can begin to see this shift with me. Before, the idea was that a thought or idea, if or when it came, would come from the outside to the inside of a person and possess them with an idea or thought. Now, after Yeshua ascends and Holy Spirit comes, all of a sudden men and women begin having new ideas and thoughts (imaginations) that come from within them from the Holy Spirit.
Keep this in mind, your body is a temple. You get to choose what spirit you allow inside. Holy Spirit dwells in us permanently if we invite him in. However, we know from experience that we can still allow other spirits in that contaminate our temple. (That is a whole other article about how to get them out and close the door for good!) Holy Spirit will humbly take a back seat if you choose to ruin your life, by voluntarily opening the door to other spirits. God will not violate your free will.
So, now we have the Holy Spirit living within us and if we choose we can open ourselves up to more and more of the leading of the Holy Spirit. As we do so, you might notice that your level of wisdom begins to increase dramatically when you begin to live from the inside out. It is God (Yeshua/Holy Spirit) in you!
When you begin to engage with your sanctified imagination/spirit man you will begin to move and operate in new ways.
Some of you may be painfully aware of your unsanctified imagination and need to go through some exercises with Jesus’ blood to cleanse those unsanctified imaginations and get rid of them. However, when you begin stepping into the awareness of your existence in the Heavens and operating in conjunction with Holy Spirit led imagination, you will begin to see a whole new world and level of the Kingdom.
I guarantee you imagination is NOT a toy. God takes it very seriously.
In Genesis 11 when Nimrod and his people are building the tower of Babel. God comes down. Notice this, before they were finished, He says, “But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.” [Gen 11:5 NKJV]. Now some translations will end that verse with the words “sons of men were building.” However, that is not the correct translation of the “Qual perfect” form of the Hebrew word. Qual Perfect is a completed act.
You have to understand, that when you imagine it, you’ve done it! That is why it is so important that we take every thought captive. It does not say every word or action. (“…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, [2Co 10:5 NKJV]). Our imagination is a very powerful tool that once we imagine it, it is done. “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” [Mat 5:28 NKJV] NOW, we know Holy Spirit resides in us. When we begin to engage with Holy Spirit to step into and engage with our existence in the Heavens we are working in conjunction with the Holy Spirit to see or perceive the Heavens. If you feel like you’re making it up, YOU ARE! With the help of Holy Spirit, you are engaging your imagination to interact with Heaven! I know this is a paradigm shift for many of you. But work with it. It is the truth. Ask anyone who is engaging in the Heavens and they will most likely tell you they are engaging their sanctified imagination to do so.
There are certain hurdles that tend to keep us from engaging the imagination because we think it is untrustworthy. One is the fact that we see children using their imagination all the time, and we don’t want to be thought of as childish. But remember what Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” [Mat 18:3 NKJV] Wow! Let’s unpack that. First of all, He starts off with a strong “Listen up… Take this seriously! It is true and faithful!” That is what “Assuredly” means. He says unless you are converted… born again of the Spirit… and become as a little child, you will not be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Here’s my interpretation. If you are not willing or able to be born of the Spirit so your spirit (sanctified imagination) can come to life, you will not be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Because it is only in the spirit that you can enter into the heavens! Let this sink in, your imagination and spirit man are one in the same. You can choose which spirits you want to allow in your temple. But if you choose Holy Spirit, then when you engage your spirit with Holy spirit you will see things and go places in the Heavens. If you choose to engage with the demonic, then you will see things and go places that the demonic wants to take you in your imagination/spirit. That is what witches, warlocks, new agers, etc. are doing.
Had Paul had the word imagination to work with when he was writing his letters, I believe they may have read more like this, “I pray that your imagination may be enlightened…” Instead of, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened… [Eph 1:18 NIV] I challenge you. Ask Holy Spirit. Ask Jesus. Ask Father. What is imagination? Why do I have it? What purpose does it serve? Why did you give it to me? What am I suppose to do with it?
If you can shake off religious spirits and preconceived ideas and just for a few moments give God the opportunity to show you something new and fantastic, you may find a tool that He has given you to engage with Him has been there all along.
The enemy, again, has temporarily won a battle over imagination by convincing us that, as Chris Carter said it something like this, imagination is ok for children under 5 and adults over 70, but the rest us need to stay grounded and logical. Therefore, the enemy has effectively taught us to disengage from our spirit and put soul and body above it. Spirit is just an impractical thing that is in the way.
I have been a logical, western thinking, skeptic most of my life. I began to see through the deception that the enemy has fed us, thinking that logic and reason are king, rather than spirit, I made choices to put aside my skepticism (always trying to find reasons why NOT to believe) and began to reason within my spirit to see how things actually might fit together. My life has become so full of God encounters that I will never go back. The experiences I am having are phenomenal! My intimacy with God has grown exponentially in this season! I know Him better than I ever have! My love for Him is greater than it has ever been. If using my imagination and believing and understanding it to be my spirit does only that! I’ll sign up every time!
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” [Mat 7:22-23 NIV] You can have your prophecies, miracles, and casting out of demons! I’ll take my intimacy with Yeshua. I don’t want to chase after those things, I want to chase after Him. When I have Him, those things will follow.