Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Even To Your Imagination's Deepest Depths?

Dear women of truth, I know from inquisition and conversation that I am not the only woman who gets distracted from the here-and-now by my imagination or fantasy. I would like to take a moment or two to address my perspective of this part of our lives as women.

Very obviously, men have the ability to imagine, dream and fantasize, however, I believe women are given a heaping helping of this ability that is sometimes so powerful it clouds our reality.  Maybe I think this because God gave me a great ability to imagine and day-dream. I'm not bragging, I'm just saying. I find my mind wonders into imaginary places and situations many times throughout each day  It has been a strength AND a weakness throughout my life.  We as women of truth need to assess this particular level of our thoughts and break it down so as to know what should stay and what should go.

Women of truth have control on their minds' wanderings and explorations and expeditions.  Women of truth know when they have taken a wrong and dangerous turn in their imaginations and or thinking.  Women of truth know Who can give guidance out of the wrong way we might find ourselves sometimes. Women of truth still need a Savior.....still need holy counsel from Christ on a daily and momentary basis. Women of truth still need to acknowledge a great need of a captian for their vessel in their journey through life even as they are responsible for the turns and choices of routes in life's journeys. Women of truth are to hold the gift of their imagination and the gift of fantasy in a high regard. 

Imagination is a great way for our LORD to speak clearly to us. It is a great way to bring refreshment and rest to our weary minds.  However, without our LORD JESUS being captian of our vessel, and without the acknowledgement of His HOLY presence in our little lives as believers in Him as the Savior, our imaginations are powerful enough to drag us into dark places and lead us into places of torment, despair, confusion, evil and un-godly decisions.  An un-godly decision is any decision that is not fully honoring the Christ who altogether gave us minds to be able to make any notion. Women of truth should be women who can see potential in situations and hope in circumstances because of the LORD's power that resides in each one who is a believer.  Women of truth, see truth everywhere they go and they see the potential for truth to come alive in others. 

Questions for me and you. Are you living like this?  Are you asking Christ to help you learn more about His gradueur and majesty through your imagination?  Are you asking Christ to help you see your friends through His lense of holiness and steadfast sacrificial love?  Are you asking Christ each day to help you conquer your selfish desires of getting things done your way and to help you be victorious in looking for ways to praise Christ in your life's decision and actions?   

Our great God has given us imagination and creativity to help us see Him while we stay in this world of dark thinking and dark living.  Our imagination should be offered up to Christ as an offering.  It is not something we should keep for ourselves.  When we believe in Christ, we go "all in".  To honor the KING of kings, we should lay this great gift of the imagination at the majestic and holy feet of Christ Jesus our King. 

Ephesians 1:15-23
"15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way."

Ephesians 2:1-

"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Dear friends, can you see these words come alive in your minds?  It's a history of what has happened in our hearts.  It's a news report of what is happening in our hearts and lives today. It is GOOD news! 

WOMEN OF TRUTH, I encourage you to... Think in love-- for Christ's praise, Respond in love-- for Christ's glory to be seen in you, Encourage and not discourage because of the love Christ has shown you, Bless because Christ blesses you with the rights to be a member of his holy family, Admonish in love--- for Christ's fame and renown.  And I will resolve to do this too.  BLESSINGS!