Faith and Imagination
When Abraham complained to God, saying: “Eternal and Sovereign Lord, what can You give me, seeing that I go childless?,” immediately God removed him from the tent and told him to look toward heaven and count the stars. Genesis 15
Abraham reacted immediately. He had faith in God. He proved this by being obedient for nearly 25 years. He believed in His infinite power.
He had trouble seeing the invisible and believing in the impossible. But, after having this vision, “the penny dropped” and he realized the Greatness of the Almighty Lord. In other words, Abraham believed in God, but he couldn’t imagine the extent of His Power to Create, His Greatness…
You cannot separate faith from imagination. Those who believe need to imagine what they want to achieve. The numerous testimonies we’ve seen in the UCKG are proof of this.
By faith, many poor people have conquered a life of wealth. Though, this does not happen in everyone’s life. Why is this? Because some people are brought up subject to a life of poverty. Twenty, thirty, fifty years of living in poverty, has caused these people to put a limit on themselves and God, because they think it’s a sin to have an abundant life.
On the other hand, those who once had the best of this Earth and fell from grace, losing everything, including their dignity and come to know God’s Promises, immediately put their faith into practice through sacrifice and redeem everything they lost, and much more. This happens because they once had access to riches. This is, even in poverty, they kept their dream of an abundant life. This visualization is what makes a difference.
Abraham must have seen those same stars numerous times, but he never imagined that his descendants would be as innumerable as them.
In other words, it is not enough to just believe in God Almighty. You need to imagine Him doing impossible and powerful things in your life.
To materialize our faith, we have to imagine what we want.
The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand”. Isaiah 14.24
As I have thought; this is, how I imagined, so it will HAPPEN;
As I have purposed; this is, how I believed (faith), so it will BE REALIZED.
To imagine is to dream, to project, to draw up in our mind what we want to accomplish. This faith is associated with imagination.
Those who believe imagine, dream, project and draw up in their mind what they want. And they never lose this dream!
Shortly after my conversion, my dream was to visit Jerusalem. I wanted to see the Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Solomon. Their biblical descriptions further enticed my dream.
I did not know. I had no idea. It never crossed my mind that I would have the privilege to oversee their construction…
The photo below simply confirms the Word of God Almighty, the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel that He is Powerful to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us… Ephesians 3.20
We will be victorious!
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