We must learn to see the world with the eyes of our imagination. Books and movies transport us to places we imagine and dream about, but we have this seemingly subconscious block that prevents the dreams of imaginations from taking the steps that would embark it into reality. We must find a way past our own minds, a place where our dreams take shape, a place where we believe in our own dreams and destinies. This will set us free.
Heaven is limitless and infinite. We may often imagine all that heaven contains, but fail to have the faith to translate those visions into realities. Recently, in a dialog with a friend, I made the statement that “Christian theology often limits a limitless God.” His response was challenging: “Christian theology limiting a limitless God is what caused me to entirely reject Christian theology.” My friend is a dreamer. For him, it appears that he is ahead of his time in some areas and the “Christian Box” had no room for his considerations. (And, I can say that I was part of that, to a degree.) Thinking from the imagination of the Creator is awesome, however, I am not liberating all forms of thinking that may lead to misunderstandings, which may lead to a rejection of our Lord. I do not think my friend has rejected Jesus, quite the contrary, but I can see how it is hard to relate to a theology that says our God is not a Dreamer.
The Many Layers of God
This conversation stemmed from a comment I posted: “So often we see God as solo act when He is a symphony in and of Himself.” There are many layers to God, but so often we only peer at Him through one layer or the present layer. This is fine, but, as I am sure you have heard before; “The forest is not the tree, and the tree is not the forest.” Lifting our vision higher and seeing just how deep, awesome and big our God is will allow us to imaging and dream on new levels.
And to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 3:9-11 ESV
“The Manifold Wisdom of God” article examined the impact of this passage in relation to the church reveling this wisdom to the supernatural realm(s). Here I want to take a closer look atmanifold and its meaning. Let us look at the Strong’s for a Greek definition:
polypoíkilos (an adjective, derived from polýs, “much in number, many” and poikílos, “many diverse manifestations“) – properly, ultra-diverse, with multitudinous expressions (facets). [From numbers: 4182, 4164 and 4184].
Whoa! “Many diverse manifestations” of the wisdom of God. If you think understanding the human mind is complex, just fathom the mind of God. The secret though, is that “we have the mind of Christ.” Through the Spirit, we have access to the deepest parts of God. He has given us the keys to think like Him, imagine like Him, and dream like Him. (rf 1 Cor 2:10; 16; Mt 16:19)
Just a few passages later in Ephesians 3, Paul describes the comprehension of God’s love in this manner:
May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth. (v 18; NASB)
This may be stretch, but I feel like Paul uses four measurements to illustrate a four dimensional view of the love of God. I think the fourth dimension is the supernatural range. This is the range our imaginations and dreams must reach to see heaven coming to earth-as Jesus revealed us to be the basis for everything we pray-become realized!
See the Unseen World
Prophetic heavenly imagination will unlock our hearts and raise our visions. We will see the unseen, and when this happens, our faith manifest into reality (Heb 11:1).
Jesus gave us the freedom and the power to do things that could not be done. This defines us. This is supposed to be a part of our daily lives. Our minds must be transformed to do this. Liberate your mind to think according to heaven’s processes. Our minds have been loosed to think like Jesus, to think like heaven. Imagination sets you free and takes you to where you only dream to go.
Historically, the church has been the most oppressive towards imagination. The middle ages were, I feel, largely a result of that. This is a sad reality because She is the only entity on the earth who can unlock the true power of imagination. The world is way outdoing the church in this department. The church needs to dream again, the breathe supernatural life again, to be born again, again.
I have been listening to a compilation by AgonyPress, on the Holy Spirit. In it, evangelist Daniel Kolenda, expounds upon the need for the Holy Spirit to saturated everything we do in the church. And if we put the apostle Peter in one of our churches today he would probably nudge us during the service and ask us “what religion is this?” He went on to say; “Any version of Christianity that was not soaked and saturated in the power of the Holy Spirit would have been totally foreigin to those early believers.” Without the Holy Spirit our dreams will be entirely limited. He is the limitless one that makes our dreams come true!
A Supernatural Life is an Imaginative Life
Why are we so natural when we were created to be so supernatural? This is who we are. This is a revolution of the soul. No matter who you are or what you believe, what you see when your eyes closed is who you really are. We all dream and it is in this place that a relationship with Jesus will ignite your life. What is the cry of your imagination?
I think for most of us the stars are symbols of imagination. Abram had a dream of an heir. God took that dream and elevated it to the stars of heaven. This further unlocked the wonders of imagination that were brewing in him.
And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be. Gen 15:5 ESV
See what imagination can do. Imagination is not a bad word. We must unlock the eyes of our imagination to see on a prophetic plane.
For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken;
who can but prophesy?” Amos 3:7 ESV
Imagination is prophetic. Does this sound strange? Sure it does. The power and freedom to imagine will give us the power and freedom to prophesy. Even if you make up something, if you mind is transformed, can that not be inspired? Could not God breathe life on it regardless? Does not the Holy Spirit live within us? Now I am not saying that anything we say or imagine is prophecy. What I am saying is that it could be.
An imagination guided by Holy Spirit has the power to create the majesty of heaven in the earth in us. The fullness of Christ is the fullness of man. Our ultimate reality is the realization of the His fullness. This is the purpose for our creation and existence, to experience Him, as He is, in fullness and in power. He longs for us to use our imaginations for His kingdom, unlocking His power towards us who believe (Eph 1). Can you dream this way with me, even if for a moment?
What are Your Dreams?
God dares us to dream, to think this way. Through imagination and dreaming, impossible becomes possible.
Danny Silk of Bethel Redding was recently at our fellowship. He challenged us to think in a way that would see our dreams fulfilled. He wanted to know what it was, that we would not leave this planet, before we saw this dream reached. He then encouraged us to write down our dreams, both our spiritual dreams and our natural dreams. So I encourage you to do the same. I am going to share a few with you, and some of them may sound extreme, I am a dreamer. I just challenge you to out do my dreams.
Build an awesome library
Have a radio show
Own a shower with 10 shower heads
Have a nice truck, house, car…
Travel the world
Watch a live European Soccer match
Own a coffee plantation
Climb a tree in the rain forest
Own a beach house
See God’s eyes
Walk on water, through walls
Watch bones come to life like Ezekiel
Raise up prophetic prodigies
Preach and Teach thousands
Write best sellers and classics
Imagine what could happen if we believed in what we dreamed?
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