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School of the Seers by Jonathon Welton

The Imagination is the Meditation Organ of Your Spirit; “I pray also that the eyes of your hear bay be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:18)

If Paul is going to tell the Ephesians that he is praying for them, don’t you think he would choose his words carefully? This shows the value that Paul put on receiving enlightenment for the spiritual eyes. The eyes of the heart refer to the human imagination. Clearly this was understood as important in the first century, whereas in the modern Church the imagination has been made a low priority and moved to the fringes of Christendom. In fact, people commonly invalidate anything that comes from the imagination which statements like, “Oh that is just my imagination.” This is unfortunate and we need to stop stifling what God is trying to say to us through our imagination. Adam and Eve had an imagination before the fall of mankind. Therefore, the imagination is not inherently evil. Now that we are believers, we need to take back the realm of the imagination and stop invalidating everything that comes form it. Even Jesus validated the power of the human imagination. “You have heard that it was said, “Do not commit adultery.” But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt 5:27-28)

Jesus said that simply using the imagination is as valid as having done it in real life. Understand that if a person sins in the imagination realm, when they step back into the natural realm, they bring back with them the stain of the sin they just committed. The imagination realm releases actual realities in the physical. It is clear that Jesus is speaking of this in a negative context, but in general this validates the power and legitimacy of the imagination. When He says that adultery is committed in the heart, He is referring to the human imagination. This would be an example of using the imagination in meditation in the negative sense. Yet it validates the power of reality of the imagination.

The imagination is the creative organ of your spirit. For example, all inventions in the earth have come form someone’s imagination. It has been said that “everything that now exists was once imagined”. Even when God determined to create the earth and each person on the earth, he would have imagined first what he was creating. God has quite an imagination. The imagination is the creative organ of your spirit.

If you are constantly invalidating your imagination while you are awake, then many times, God will begin to open your spiritual eyes while you are asleep and dreaming. When the senses of your physical body and soul are at rest, then God is able to bypass any resistance and speak directly to your spirit. “For God may speak in one way or in another, yet man does not perceive it, in a dream, in a vision of the night, When sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” (Job 33:14-16)

Another great author made a great point about invalidating the imagination of children. “What child has not heart something in their room during the night? What youngster has not seen something in the closet? Desiring to comfort their children but without an appreciation for spiritual encounters, parents inadvertently taught their children that their perceptions were irrational. They turned on the lights to “prove” that nothing was there or opened the closet door and demonstrated that it was just their imagination.

This is often the beginning of our schooling in Western rationalism, which trains us to doubt our experiences, attributing them to the mere antics of a hyperactive imagination.

It is time to retrain ourselves int eh innocent belief of early childhood. When young Samuel heard a voice calling his name in the Temple, Eli did not respond. “You’re just hearing things. Look, I will light this oil lamp and prove no one is there. Your imagination is getting the best of you?” Thankfully, Samuel did not have to “undo” bad teach based on Eli’s lack of understanding of the supernatural. This was a great advantage to him on his journey to becoming one of Israel’s great prophets. (See 1 Sam 3:1-10)

Use your imagination: which is similar to a television set; it is not essentially good or evil. As with a television, evil can be projected on the imagination, but this does not make the imagination evil. Conversely, Christian and educational programming can be projected on the television, but this doesn’t make the television righteous. The television and the imagination are always just conduits.

The imagination is like the television screen, and there is the opportunity to project the things of the flesh or the things of the spirit upon it. The goal is to project on the imagination the righteous things of the spirit. This is done by biblical meditation.

God put an imagination inside every person; it is not a byproduct of the fall of Adam. Adam’s imagination is evidenced by his naming all the animals before the fall into sin. We need to be careful that we don’t invalidate the voice of our discernment if it comes by way of the imagination. God put your imagination in you, and He is trying to talk to you through it.

EXPERIENCE THE WORD: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)

If I have a statue of a dog, then I do have a dog, but it is not living and active. This is similar to how many people approach the Word. In reality, the Word Is like having a living puppy; it is alive and active, and when you draw near to God, He draws near to you (James 4:8) When I open the Word and am ready to experience, the Word greets me like a puppy welcoming home his owner. This life and activity that the puppy exhibits give us. Picture of how the Word “jumps” on us and wants us to interact with it.

Jesus stated that “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life”. (John 6:63) The Word is alive, and it dwells in the spirit because it is spirit. We cannot read the Word only with our fleshly mind; we must engage it in our spirit for it to be properly read. It must be meditated on in our spirit and our imagination. (on all things of heavenly insight)

In John 17:17, Jesus prayed for His disciples: “sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” An interesting insight about this verse is that the root word for “Truth” can also mean “reality” (Greek: Aletheia). Vine’s Expository Dictionary definition of truth is “the reality lying at the basis of an appearance; the manifested, veritable, essence of a matter.”

Therefore, the Word of God has a reality or realm inside it, and we can enter into the reality of each verse. The Word was given to us so that we can enter into this reality regularly. The Word and the Holy Spirit are our guides in this realm; Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. (School of the Seers by Jonathan Welton, pg. 126-129)

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