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Faith Requires Imagination

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Faith Requires Imagination
BY RICK WARREN — JANUARY 7, 2016



“We fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT, second edition)

When you can’t see something physically, you have to imagine it in your mind. Imagination is essential to living by faith.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” (NLT, second edition).

Faith is when we hope for something, and we know it’s going to happen. In order to hope for something, you have to picture it in your mind.

Hebrews 11 is God’s Hall of Fame. When you read through the heroes of faith, you realize that every one of them became heroes of faith because they used their imagination.

For instance, God said to Abraham, “You’re 90 years old, and you have no kids. But I’m going to change your name from Abram to Abraham, which means ‘father of a great nation.’”

He told Abraham to go outside at night and count the stars — that’s how many grandchildren and great grandchildren he would have in his family tree — the nation of Israel! What is God doing when he tells Abraham to go count stars? He is activating his imagination. He’s saying, “I want you to visualize what I’m going to do in your life.”

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “We fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

You can’t see the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but they’re going to last for eternity. You can’t see your own soul, but it’s going to last for eternity.

The Bible says you need to focus on the things that will last — the things you can’t actually see with your eyes. So how do you focus on things you can’t see? You use your imagination.

Imagination shapes your life because it is essential to living by faith.
Talk It Over

How does your imagination help you understand and remember Scripture?
Is it difficult for you to use your imagination when it comes to faith? Why do you think this is so?
Describe some of the pictures in your mind of elements of your faith, like the Holy Spirit, Heaven, or God’s will. What shapes the pictures we create?
Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.
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  • ICECUB
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  • LOULOUWLG403
    GOD IS GOOD! Have a Fantastic & Blessed Friday! LYL!
    1993 days ago
  • TREKPURRSON
    We walk by faith and not by sight .. emoticon emoticon
    1994 days ago
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    I do not have to talk it over. I do not have to imagine to have my faith. I can SEE the works of God all around me every day. I do not have to imagine that my Savior died on that cross, I KNOW IT. Yes there are things we can not see but we have a history book which spells out everything I need to know. We have the evidence of everything we need to have faith. Sorry but I don't agree that faith is based on imagination. It is simply believing in what our God has said without physical things that we can touch or see. You have true faith.....you don't have to have the tangible. Sorry, I can not agree with this blog. FAITH IS NOT IMAGINATION BASED. IT IS FACT BASED.
    1994 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/7/2016 7:32:21 PM
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