What Are You Seeing?
Imagination is a powerful faculty. It enables us to give visual forms to ideas, concepts and thoughts. We can see things not yet existing, as though it exists.
It is the seat on which visions are built and helps us achieve great things. However, if we choose to visualize the wrong words, ideas or thoughts and imagine them, we can unknowingly put ourselves on a path to failure. The enemy fights for our mind, to get us to imagine the wrong thoughts so that we do not succeed in fulfilling God's will.
Elijah was one of the most prominent and powerful of God's prophets that lived. God used him to publicly destroy 450 prophets of the pagan god Baal by raining down fire from heaven and afterwards single handedly executing them. (1 Kings 18: 38-40). He was a man who proclaimed a drought on the land of Israel and it did not rain until he prayed for it to rain again. He brought a dead boy back to life. There was no doubt that Elijah was an anointed man of God.
Yet we see this powerful man of God overcome by fear and running for his life when a threat was made against him. In fact he wanted to end his life (1 Kings 19: 3-4)
What happened to Elijah? The answer is in 1 Kings 19:3 . It says that "when Elijah saw that, he arose and ran for his life..." What did Elijah see?
He 'saw' Jezebel's threat.
In the preceding verse it says 'Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."
In other words, he heard the messenger's words and visualized or imagined her threat. She stated she will do the exact same thing to Elijah what he did to the 450 prophets.
He gave a form to Jezebel's words by visualizing it in his mind and choosing to see it.
This vision became reality for him; and knowing Jezebel had the capability to execute her words because of her position as queen, he concluded the threat to be real when in fact nothing had happened yet. He became afraid of the non-existent scenario he built up and ran for his life.
We need to be careful of what we choose to imagine and see in our minds. It always starts with thoughts or words/ideas that come our way - it could be our own thoughts, ideas the enemy suggests or words spoken by others. If we are not careful in discerning these and stopping it from entering our minds, we will imagine and build a non-existent reality in our minds and believe it to be true. We will then unknowingly align our life with this reality, which is in fact a lie.
This is why it is important to yield to the Holy Spirit and pray for the ability to take every thought captive to Jesus. Let His Word become the filter through which anything enters our soul. Then what enters our mind will be pure and worthy to be considered & imagined.
Next time when you feel tempted, anxious, afraid or discouraged, take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the source of your condition i.e., what train of thought led you to be anxious, afraid or discouraged. When He reveals it, counter those negative thoughts or words by declaring the promises of God out loud. This way you are effectively rebuking (which means to correct) the works of the enemy or your own wrong thoughts and letting God's Word to take control and set you free.
Have you struggled with such imaginations of the mind?