It is important that we always have a healthy self image of ourselves. We can’t expect to walk in victory when all we have are thoughts of defeat running through our mind. We have to imagine through our minds eye how we want our life to turn out. We have to see ourselves blessed, lifted up, encouraged, inspired and filled with faith, hope and love. Our inner imagining’s will take root deep in our hearts and we will manifest outwardly all that we have imagined and believed for inwardly. In the Old Testament when the people all spoke one language they gathered together and imagined building a tower so high that it would reach into the heavens. They imagined a great and mighty tower and soon made a plan, gathered the necessary components and equipment needed and started to build. God saw their plan taking effect and in Genesis 11:6 the Lord said “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Of course God did not want them to be successful so He confounded their language so that one person could not understand the other which in effect stopped the people from building the tower. (Proverbs 23:7) (Proverbs 4:23)
That is how powerful our imagination is. When we have a vision of fulfilling a certain goal, dream or aspiration and we imagine over and over how we can be successful, I believe that is the stepping stone to reaching what was once only an image in our minds. We should always ask ourselves what we are imagining for our life. Are we having a vision of victory over our life? Are we seeing ourselves healthy and whole? Are we declaring that we will be blessed going out and blessed coming in? Are we thinking good, positive, affirming thoughts over our life or are we wasting that precious time worried about a bad report, an obstacle in our path or a storm that is raging around us? My mindset has always been to focus on the good, to be thankful for all that I have been blessed with and to believe that greater days are ahead of me no matter what has happened in my past before. The power that we possess with our imagination is incomprehensible to our finite minds because I believe if we were to truly grasp the power of our imagination, our life would never be bogged down by thoughts of discouragement or defeat. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) (Psalm 19:14)
Be encouraged to start imagining a better future for your life. Think of what you are lacking and start believing to receive what you don’t have right now. Remember what God says in Genesis 11:6 “Nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” As long as God is part of the plan nothing shall be impossible to you. Believe for greatness, reach for greatness, stand in greatness and in doing so use your platform to glorify God and be a vessel in which He can work through to make this world a better place. (Ephesians 1:17-18)
I hope this message speaks to your heart to always be one who imagines greatness over your life. Seeing yourself blessed, prosperous, healthy and whole is the beginning of the seed being planted within your heart that will take root and bring forth a wonderful harvest.
One of your greatest powers is...your imagination.
Let me explain. William James was a philosopher and one of the leading thinkers a century ago. He said this about the power of the mind: “Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.” He believed there was tremendous power in imagination and wrote in length about how humans can bring about significant positive changes in their attitudes, behaviors and relationships by first holding a vivid image of their best selves, or the person they want to become, in their imagination.
In his book The Winner’s Edge, writer Denis Waitley tells of high school basketball players who learned the power of holding something firmly in their imaginations. The students were divided into three groups. Group One was told not to practice shooting free throws for one month. Group Two was told to practice shooting free throws in the gym every afternoon for a month. Group Three was told to IMAGINE shooting free throws every afternoon for one hour for a month. (Frankly, I can hardly “imagine” a group of athletes, after sitting in class all day, dressing out, going to the gym, sitting in the bleachers and just thinking about shooting free throws for an hour every day. I suppose it's all in the name of research.)
But look at these results. Group One, the no-practice group, slipped slightly in their percentage free-throw average. Group Two, the students that practiced, increased their accuracy by about two percentage points. Group Three, the ones who imagined shooting, also increased about two percentage points – the same as the group that practiced.
Neuroscience is just now discovering that there are biological reasons for this phenomenon William James talked about so long ago. But here is the point. Do you want to excel at some endeavor? Do you want to improve your outlook? Is there a skill you'd like to perfect? Do you want better relationships? Or would you like to replace your fear of something, such as speaking in public or heading up a project, with more confidence and courage? If so, then mental practice, holding a vivid image of what you what in your mind, is as important as physical practice. The time you spend “seeing” in your mind what you are trying to accomplish actually helps to bring it to pass.
I don't mean we have to sit down and imagine something for an hour every day. It's as simple as holding a vivid mental picture of what you truly desire and returning to it as often as possible.
Imagine your success. Visualize doing that thing you fear. Get it in your mind. Then imagine your success in that area again and again, like free throws going into the basket. What does it look like to be confident? How does it look to be actually doing the thing you're afraid to do? How does it feel? Can you imagine it in detail? In a short time, you will discover that things really are changing for you.
And after that, well, just imagine what else you can do.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 20:6-9 “Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; He will hear him from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 23:1-4 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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