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Imagination (1 of 4)

Mike Connell

You're called to do it - but you've got to get a hold of your imagination, so man's imagination of course is a battlefield. That's the thing you'll have to understand and we'll get to that. I want to show you some strategies how to deal with it. Your imagination is the place where the war is fought, the war for your destiny. In 2 Corinthians 10, you'll know the verses very well. Let's just see them there and pick them up again, 2 Corinthians 10:3; Now though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Now notice there it talks about a war, a warfare. That word warfare is a campaign, a military campaign or an apostolic advance. It has to do with the idea of a battlefield, so it says our warfare. Now notice 'our'. He's talking to Christians here. Every one of us sitting here today is involved in a warfare. There's no saying no to it; you're in it. You can't just say well I'll stop coming to church, I'll quit. No, that means you got shot and got defeated and the rest of your life is going to be falling short of what God intended for you. There is a battle for the control of our mind and what is going on. Therefore the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, so we're not just facing people. We've not just got problems with people and problems in life. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through God, so we need to discover what the warfare is, how the enemy uses it, works to get us in bondage, and what do we do to get it out of the bondage. You need to be able to get out of the bondage yourself, and I would imagine there's many people here in bondage.

Tell the person next to you, it's you he's talking about, listen up. I'm sure it is, in bondage, weapons of our warfare. Okay then, notice there - so that word warfare is literally our apostolic commission or our apostolic calling. It's a campaign, so imaginations - notice it said imaginations exalt themselves against knowing God. Now how many people here really want to walk and know God? [Unclear 00.20.18] know God and walk [unclear 00.20.19]. Man, I'm hungry to do that. Okay, one of the things you have to face is a key thing that'll face your walking with God and knowing Him is what gets into your mind and imagination. It says imaginations, particularly vain or empty or idle imaginations get into your mind. They will hinder you knowing God and walking with God and fulfilling your destiny. That's real clear. If you can't recognise a vain imagination and its work in your life it will actually pull you away from God and stop you walking into your destiny because you just didn't know what it was and recognise it. You would just carry on being you, not realising that you being you is living the life of bondage, not in the freedom in this area that God wants us to be involved in.

And so dealing with imaginations, even recognising them is a crucial thing. You've got to know the enemy. So we want to now look at and understanding your imagination, understanding your imagination. So the first thing we saw is God created us; He has designed us to be creative. He's designed us to be creative. The second thing we're going to look at now is understanding our imagination, so first of all let's go and have a look at the imagination. I want you to have a look in Genesis 6:5. So imaginations clearly are just mental pictures. They're images. God says don't make an image that exalts itself against Me. Genesis 6:5, so I just begin to think - imagination - I'm trying to get - I find it's helpful if you get definitions for things. It's really helpful to get clear what something means, because we're going to look at imaginations today. We'll look at another time at fantasy, what fantasy is, and men's fantasies are different to women's fantasies. They're quite different fantasies, but at the end of the day they have the same effect.