Many people don’t always realize how important the imagination is to our Christian faith and walk. How can we bring the possible out of the impossible (Luke 18.27) and speak what is not there into existence (Romans 4.17) as our Father did and commands us because we were created in His image without the imagination? Click To Tweet The imagination is not just for writers and artists. It’s for business owners, ministers, office people, teachers, laborers, etc. who want to envision God’s best life for themselves and others. The Bible is filled with so many metaphors that cannot be comprehended without the imagination. The metaphors give us anchors to understand the amazing wonders and truths of God. I pray in Jesus’ name that Christians ignite their imagination, envision something beyond what they see and work towards goals that seem impossible!
I read the Bible, and I use my mind’s eye to see, feel and touch the God-created images. The stories woven in God’s Word are filled with the promises of God. I find these promises and claim victory with them. They help me to fulfill my highest calling — to love God and to love others.
I hide out in caves with David and whisper psalms of praise to God.
I cry out with Jeremiah about chosen people who have forsaken their true love.
I run from the empty tomb with Mary and wonder what will happen next.
I proclaim the Gospel with Paul and feel the power of God rising in my weary bones.
The imagination is a gift from God. It enables us to take knowledge from our minds and pour it into our hearts. The imagination is our creative license from the Creator. He has designed our path, but He wants us to paint the colors along the way.
“Imagination must constantly run on a new track or it becomes lifeless. A living imagination is essential to prayer.” – Calvin Miller: The Table of Inwardness
“Reading and writing literature depend on a respect for the ability of the imagination to embody truth.” – Leland Ryken: The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing
“One of the reasons of stultification in prayer is that there is no imagination, no power of putting ourselves deliberately before God. We have to learn how to be broken bread and poured out wine on the line of intercession more than on the line of personal contact. Imagination is the power God gives a saint to posit himself out of himself into relationships he never was in.” – Oswald Chambers: My Utmost for His Highest
“Our words can be controlled by our imagination. Whatever we dwell upon, we will speak.” – Dr. David Young-Gi Cho: The Fourth Dimension Volume 2
“Most of us don’t use our imaginations because we don’t know God has given it to us; nor have we been taught how to use it.” – Cheryl Forbes: Imagination
“My imagination flows through God’s eyes.” – Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limits
“Imagination is the road less taken, but it is the pathway of prayer. Prayer and imagination are directly proportional: the more you pray the bigger your imagination becomes because the Holy Spirit supersizes it with God-sized dreams.” – Mark Batterson: The Circle Maker
“The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” – Francis A. Schaeffer
“Dare to give it a go and to soar as high as your imagination will take you.” – Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limits
“If God has revealed His purpose for your life and you feel that it is more than you can achieve, consider the power and gift of your God-given imagination. Through it, God can make your purpose happen!” – Shana Schutte: “The Power of God-Given Imagination”
“We need to quit praying out of memory and start praying out of imagination.” – Mark Batterson: Wild Goose Chase
“One door opens to the world of the spirit: imagination.” – Calvin Miller: The Table of Inwardness
“The power of imagination is what God gives a saint so that he can go beyond himself and be firmly placed into relationships he never before experienced.” – Oswald Chambers
“Rather than ignore our imagination, I believe we should fuel it with Scripture, allowing it to step through the doors that Scripture opens.” – Randy Alcorn: Heaven
“One of the great duties of the Christian mind is imagination.” – John Piper: Life as a Vapor
“His mind, imagination, feelings, ideas, love, and opinion have all been renewed and cleansed by the Holy Spirit.” – Watchman Nee: The Spiritual Man
“My own imagination ever sees new visualizations of God, high and lifted up, stooping to my needs, giving me the Christ for whom I hunger.” Calvin Miller: The Table of Inwardness
“The imagination can express truth in its own unique way for the glory of God and the edification of people.” – Leland Ryken
“The arts and the imagination are essentially right-brain media. We need to express and receive God’s truth with the right brain as well as the left.” – Leland Ryken
“Imagination may be the hardest work of the human mind. And perhaps the most God-like.” – John Piper: Life as a Vapor
“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” – C.S. Lewis
“In accord with his original intent, the heavenly Father has in fact prepared an individualized kingdom for every person, from the outset of creation. That may seem impossible for us. But we do have a very weak imagination toward God, and we are confused by our own desires and fears, as well as by gross misinformation. It is a small thing for him.” – Dallas Willard: The Divine Conspiracy
“Animals can never have an imagination in the way we do, because imagination is the work of the spirit.” – Dr. David Yonggi Cho: The Fourth Dimension
“Above all he wants to keep us out of that Promised Land of blessing beyond imagination that is the province of the spiritually mature believer.” – Karen Hancock: The Angelic Conflict
“The value of the cleansed imagination in the sphere of religion lies in its power to perceive in natural things shadows of things spiritual.” – A.W. Tozer
“I’m out to activate your faith and inspire your imagination.” – Steven Furtick: Sun Stand Still
“We cannot have faith (belief in that which is unseen) unless we have imagination; imagination is the vehicle through which faith is expressed.” – Cheryl Forbes: Imagination
“The imagination of man is made in the image of the imagination of God. Everything of man must have been of God first; and it will help much towards our understanding of the imagination and its functions in man if we first succeed in regarding aright the imagination of God, in which the imagination of man lives and moves and has its being.” – George MacDonald: “The Imagination: Its Function and its Culture“