Cleaning up the use of one’s imagination is very much overlooked by Christians. This needs to be changed. We must realize that our imaginations can be used for good and evil. Embracing the good and getting rid of the evil takes wisdom, grace, truth, and prayer to God.
Before we come to God, we may likely have used our imaginations in many unhealthy ways. And if we don’t clean up the use of our imaginations, then each of our imaginations will continue to create and reinforce constructs in our beliefs to be used for evil, spreading emptiness, and putting one into bondages. This all can hurt something fierce. Whatever we imagine we give power to for good or evil. Our imaginations can take us to many different locations. But how do we clean up our imaginations when we have used them to sin?
Projecting Our Imaginations
Brad Jersak’s book called, Can You Hear Me? (Copyright Permissions granted) Gives a working model on how the imagination works and is very helpful in taking healthy control of it. He views the imagination as an interior screen that we use to project images on. We can project good images with the help of God. Or bad images with the help of the devil. On the contrary, we can conceive a mixture of the two when we have a divided hearts. Initially, we hold the power over what we project or imagine. But if we give ourselves over to darkness in an area, then what is imagined takes on bad energy and can hurt others, self, and be very unwelcome by God.
Believing Our Minds’ Constructs
The more we believe in the bad constructs of our imaginations, the more they will lock in our expectations, desires and judgments. They will create an unhealthy faulty reality in our interior lives. Once the structures are created via our imaginations they make their presence felt in our hearts and minds as powerful forces for good or evil. But we can sense the pursuit of the Good Shepherd and His call on our lives. We can begin to see some of the created structures as unwelcome and begin to petition God to dismantle them from within our lives. Because we often don’t know how to pray, repent, and renew our minds correctly we can feel stuck in this area. So how do we clean up our imaginations and what they make us do?
Imagination: Coming Clean
In conclusion, we in part get healthy imaginations through confessing to God the sins we create through them. Next, we repent in prayer from these sins with God’s help. Then we begin to renew our thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and attitudes in conversations with God, His Word, and close sisters and brothers in Jesus. When we imagine good stuff God joyfully enters into the process. When we imagine evil stuff the devil enters into the power of our imaginations. And he robs us of the joys the imagination was intended to be.
For more insight on how to confess, repent, renew and clean the inside of the cups in our lives see my book called: Dismantling The Tree of Knowledge Of Good And Evil Within So Love Can Thrive