| And he brought him forth abroad, and said, look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, so shall thy seed be.
Genesis 15: 5
It is quite clear that God made a strong impression in the mind of Abraham on how numerous his children would be when He told him to look at the stars.
God uses words or images to create a picture of what He says He will do in the mind of the- would be recipient before He does it. He does this because He wants the person to agree and co-operate with Him in making their expectation become a tangible reality. God knows if a man is able to capture the future in the form of a picture that his conviction and faith will increase thus, making the spiritual tangible a physical reality. Are you seeing beyond the physical?
And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward. For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
Genesis 13: 14, 15
I attended a conference some years back in Cameroon. The preacher shared the story of a boy who was born crippled, but later walked. This boy’s story has inspired me so much and I have used it to teach on faith. It is a classic story that shows that you can have what you see.
Though this boy was crippled, he was loved by his parents and siblings. As the boy was growing up, his parents did not want him to feel abandoned as an invalid in the house. His parents thought that despite the fact that he could not walk, he could still join his brothers and sisters to play in the neighbourhood. His parents decided to get a small wooden box with four wheels for him. A rope was tied to the box; his brothers would put him in the box, and with the rope pulled him round the neighbourhood.
One day, he was left alone at home. While at home, he rolled to the mirror in their bedroom. He saw himself standing in the mirror, but when he looked at himself, he was still in the box. He said to himself; “if I can stand in the mirror then I can equally stand in reality”. He tried to get out of the box by holding the edges of the bed but he fell.
He did not share this revelation with anybody. Whenever he was left alone in the house, he would roll to the mirror. He began to visualise himself standing and walking. He started speaking to himself that if he could stand in the mirror, he could stand in the physical. He kept trying to become the person he saw in the mirror by always trying to get out of the box.
On this fateful day, he was alone in the house. As usual, he rolled to the mirror and saw himself standing. Again he started his normal exercise to come out of the box and it worked for him that day because he came out of the box and walked. His parents came back home, expecting him to roll to the door and greet them as was the custom, but to their utmost surprise they saw him standing before them.
Imagine is a verb, an action word. It means to form a picture or an idea in your mind of something that is not present.
Principle: Visual thinking is a principle God uses to produce faith necessary to birth an idea, a miracle and expectations.
Ruminate: Just as the soil in a garden has the power to germinate seeds, so your mind has creative power to “produce” whatever picture or image planted in it.