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FOCUS: An Indoctrinated Imagination

The word of God is designed to impact the life of a Christ-follower, by means of the indwelling Spirit of Christ, in several ways.  One of its most important functions is to be the tool of the Holy Spirit to bring about transformation by renewing our minds, according to the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:2.

What does it mean to renew our minds?  Well, first, it definitely means changing our perception of truth and reality.  And that leads to redirecting our beliefs: the things we bet our life on.  It means opening the eyes of our heart (Ephesians 1:18) so that spiritual reality, which is mostly hidden from our senses, becomes real to us.

This opening of the eyes of our heart will certainly include teaching us to think God’s thoughts after Him: reading and meditating on the word of God.  It will also mean the discipline of the Holy Spirit in calling us to become a thoughtful believer; serious about the importance of truth and serious about engaging it properly, so that it brings the freedom that Jesus promised and which we so desperately need.

However, we often forget one of the most important functions of our mind and the image of God given to us: imagination.  Unfortunately too many modern Christians mistakenly think that God only gave us imagination so someone could entertain us with fictional stories and movies.  Yet, nothing could be further from the truth...

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