February 6th, '19
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
down imaginations..." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Imagination is good, a gift of God. Every
profitable invention is the product of imagination. Life is spiced by
creativity, in music, art, cooking, love, drama, sports, etc. But Paul speaks
here of "imaginations" in plural. That is the wandering and wondering mind,
trying to foretell outcomes, trying to figure out when and how and why and if.
Paul calls this "intruding into" the unknown (Colossians 2:18). God is not the
author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), so He doesn't make the head spin.
The enemy wars in the arena of thought. "If thou be the Son of God..." He
deludes, deceives, twists, wrangles, contorts, confuses. When someone says they
lied awake all night "thinking", they probably were allowing imaginations to
We are encouraged to be thinkers, but to "think
soberly" (Romans 12:3). We have been given a "sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). That
affords faculties of vision, insight, faith and healthy imagination.
Imaginations, however, the plural kind, wander off into fantasy, mysticism,
superstition and worry. Whenever Jesus addressed worry He said, "Take no
thought for..." (Matthew 6:25,31,34) He equated worry with thought. A favorite
verse for many says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto
thine own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5). You don't have to know how, you
just have to know Who. Faith leaves the outcome to the All-Wise. The
leaning comes from the learning; "I have learned in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be content". I don't have to lean on my own understanding,
reasoning, deduction, logic, when I know that God loves me and is working all
things together for my good. If "he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber
nor sleep" then it is vain for any of us "to sit up late, to eat the bread of
sorrows" (Psalm 127:2). Such imaginations only gray the scalp and wrinkle the
I too wonder why. I too am torn. These things
are matters for prayer. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God..."
(James 1:5) His revelations and our imaginations are not the same thing. No
amount of fretting or stewing will solve life's bigger riddles. "Lean not to
thine own understanding". If you lean too much some prankster might kick the
stool legs out from under you. In our text Paul says to be vigilant and violent
in this war, "casting down" imaginations. Negative attitudes are to be nipped
in the bud. These imaginations harden into opinions, prejudices,
attitudes and ultimately mental strongholds. Truth is the antidote. If you want
to know how someone else feels, ask them, don't wander off in imagination.
Remember that old flower petal picking method, "he loves me, he loves me not,
he..."? I know it is the not knowing that is killing you. Will the bank loan go
through? Am I going to get that job? Did I shut the coffee pot off? Are those
people in the corner booth staring at me? These are the peace robbers. Why not
take a deep breath instead and reach a hand up to the Lord? He has it all under
control. He knows the how, the where and the when, and we can leave it that. It
goes back to that word used so often in the Bible...trust.