In discussing spiritual senses we established that we have what Paul calls the eyes of our understanding (dianoia), which I called the inner eye. And we will continue from there today. In using expressions like “the inner eye” I realise that although these are widely accepted in the vocabulary of the Christian prophetic community, some will take a bit of time to be comfortable with this kind of vocabulary. I would like to appeal to those who are a bit uncomfortable to not let the letters kill what the spirit is communicating to you through the use of such vocabulary. Instead, subject everything I write about to the scrutiny and authority of the written word of God.
Remember, God does not speak English, He speaks spirit. So whether we call something dunamis, energy, power, or anointing you have to be able to read beyond the words and the letters and tap into the spirit of what is being said. The bible says “for the letter kills but the spirit gives life” 2 Corinthians 3:6. In this new covenant we are in, we should not be consumed by the theology to a point where we are not able to walk in the revelation that the spirit of God avails to us.
In looking at the eyes of our understanding the Greek language tends to have many words that describe different kinds of thoughts. Some words distinguish between analytical thought, pictorial thought, and imaginative thought. We rely on the analytical thought which resides in our soul, to understand the word of God, how it applies to our lives, and how to present the gospel to others. And the dianoia is this part where creativity and imaginative thought are developed. In actual fact, the word also means to behold or to see and it takes us back to the imagination, which is characterised by seeing pictures. The point here is that God wants to use the imaginative part of our being.
Yesterday I asked you to count and tell me how many windows your house or apartment has. To do this, you do not just use the analytical thoughts to do the 1, 2, and 3 counting. You also use the imaginative part of your mind to formulate visuals of the whole house. So the eye of your spirit is working, what you need is to allow the Holy Spirit to use this part of your being to start hearing God. If you try to venture into this realm of imagination without the spirit of God, this is where you will start bumping into the area of psychics, of which God is clearly against.
In Leviticus 18:10-13 the bible says “For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the LORD your God.” So everything you do, even using your imagination should be empowered by the Holy Spirit, otherwise, it becomes perverted.
Daniel was a Chief Magician, meaning that he was able to do everything a magician or a fortune-teller could do and even more, to a point where he was their overseer. But he was different because everything he did was empowered by the spirit of God. And wherever those who ventured into these terrains without God had limitations, Daniel was able to demonstrate the unlimited ability of God. Listen to what the King says to Daniel (whom he called Belteshazzar) “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficult for you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation.” Daniel 4:9
So we can all imagine as human beings, but when God begins to touch your imagination something supernatural begins to happen. Information, images, and ideas that are inaccessible with our human will, begin to flow from the spiritual realm into our soul and then our brains. You will realise as we go along that God uses the medium of visuals a lot to speak to us.
Daniel said to the king, when the magicians and diviners could not tell him what he had dreamt “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these” This can be found in Daniel 2:27-28.
Please read the whole of Chapter 2 to enjoy the full story of how Daniel was able to tell the King exactly what he dreamt and its interpretation. What a mighty God we serve! Not only was Daniel able to interpret dreams, but he was also able to have access to the same dream and visions of the king’s mind, by the spirit of God! If you study that text well, you will see that Daniel dreamt the same dream and had the same vision the King had, in order to interpret it. Where psychics and astrology could not have access, Daniel’s mind could have access. This God is still the same today. Our minds (dianoia) can still be used by God to reveal mysteries by the spirit of God! And hidden information and mysteries of the Kingdom of God can be made known to us.
And if you think this is something that was in the Old Testament, 1 Corinthians 2:16 says “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ” Imagine the implications of this scripture in your daily walk with God! You have the mind of Christ! Surrender your thoughts, imagination, and ideas to God and allow Him to use them!
I pray that you experience a shift in the way your imagination works. May God begin to touch the faculties of your mind and let new dreams, visions and ideas begin to flow into your life!
I feel like Day 7 has definitely started to shift us into the unfamiliar. But on this 7th Day of the 7th Month, God saw it fit for us to talk about perfecting our imagination! Let us see where the spirit leads us to on Day 8!