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Our guest Pastor Jerry was reading from 2 Corinthians chapter five. Our earthly tent is fading away but we have confidence in God, for we walk by faith, and not by sight.
As I took notes, I am gleaning from his message on Sunday.
Pastor illustrated that as a child, he would attend the cowboy movie on Saturday and when he arrived home, he would imagine that he was Tom Mix or Roy Rogers. A stick became his horse and his imagination would provide everything else.
Children today have many gadgets and toys, but if you leave them alone in the yard they will play for hours and enjoy where ever their imagination takes them...
Pastor ended his Bible reading with verse 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
We have not seen Jesus with our physical eyes, but we can imagine him on the cross, raised from the dead and ascended into heaven.
Many times we study the scriptures, and we imagine the scene that we are reading about. We enter into God’s Word and imagine the writer speaking to us.
Paul reassured us that although our experience has its limitations, but we have confidence and a hope as we serve our God who calls those things which be not as though they are.
We can envision what can be, even though we do not see it yet. We have one foot on the old and the other foot on the new, but we must use our spiritual imagination to step forward leaving the old behind and facing the new.
In reality the Assyrians may be coming after us, but even if we are captured, God is able to gather us together again and return us to our home
There is a spiritual truth in looking ahead and using our imagination for what we cannot see at this present time. It may appear as silliness, but that is okay for it is a mental and spiritual exercise of faith.
Many authors, who write books, imagine characters and plots that they have never known or participated in. They daydream a story into a reality.
The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote that there was nothing new under the sun, but that was not true. Had he used his imagination he would have gazed into the future at the marvelous manmade inventions and the many miracles of God today.
Paul was certain that we would be changed from an old person into a new creation by accepting Jesus.
Today we only have a glimpse as to what is involved in us becoming a new creature.
We may not understand all that is IN Christ for us, but we can use our spiritual eyes, ears and mind to imagine all the glories that God has for us now, and in the future.
Can you imagine that?
This post is Linked with Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays