In the list of on-ramps into Heavenly realms, #4 was “going into the Word” (see March 6 and Feb.11 postings). The Word of God is so alive that we may enter into its experiences and receive the revelation He intends to give us. On the other hand – if we don’t read it, we will forfeit that on-ramp.
It is also important to know the Word and have a solid foundation there. Any experiences we have must be founded in scripture. There may be many prophetic experiences you have which cannot be found “specifically” in scripture, but they must fit into the themes of scripture … the character of God and of His angels … the foundational truths of the Word. There must be no conflict between the Word of God and your dreams and visions. For example – Jesus will never tell you to do anything that violates His Word.
#5 on the list of on-ramps into Heavenly Realms was a “Godly imagination.” (see March 18 and April 1 postings) Reading these once again will be very helpful to see our imagination in a positive light. On the other hand, entertaining a carnal imagination will empower negative things. If focusing our thoughts and imaginations on God and His plans for us empowers those plans, then allowing our imagination to be used in negative ways will empower things like fear and anxiety. It can also empower those fears to become reality, like prophesying over yourself for good or for evil. We do have that power. Our imaginations must be guarded and practiced. Heb. 5:14 tells us that “solid food is for those who are full grown, who by reason of use or practice have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
In the posting of March 19, I said that “our creative nature (we were made in the image of God who created all there is), when coupled with our imagination, can jump-start us into a place where all things are possible.” Conversely, our creative nature and imagination can be used for great evil. Just before the flood in Gen. 6:5 God declared that every imagination of the thoughts of mans heart was only evil continually. Man, apart from God, has always chosen to use his God given imagination for evil. When this happens, great evil is loosed in the earth.
Since man was given stewardship over this earth (Gen.1:28,29, Psa. 115:16) we have the authority to cooperate with God and see great blessing here – or to submit to the enemy and see destruction and evil overtake us. This is why our intercession is important. We still have the ability to change the balance here. Even the earth itself is crying out with us (Rom.8:19,22) for the sons of God to come into their full authority so that we may participate with the Lord in His restoration process. Practice speaking restoration and blessing into the atmosphere when you are out in nature. You can speak to your own land and garden or to places that need restoring. Lay your hands on news articles and photos of places where storms have done great destruction. Speak blessing and restoration to the land, the water, the animals and the people. Pray for His Kingdom to come … as it is in Heaven, as He taught us. (Matt.6:10)
Ask the Lord to give you creative ideas and inventions. There is a great release of this among God’s people now. I recently read of some young men with a dream and an idea for water purification systems. Now they travel into war torn areas to provide clean water in conflict zones and for those in refugee camps (http://ilovearc.org/) God has no shortage of ideas and answers and He loves to use His people to implement them and bring hope. That’s why we are here.
If you realize you have been using your imagination in a wrong way, if it has been compromised to the enemy in any way, simply repent and return to the Lord. Ask Him to sanctify your imagination, to set it apart as holy unto Him. Then guard your heart and mind. Do not entertain the enemy’s thoughts but fill your mind with God’s word and His thoughts about you. Ask Him to dream with you and show you what He imagines for your life. It will change everything and jump-start your creativity once again.