Brain Washed – Part 4

Wikipedia defines Brainwashing (we are using it in the positive sense) as mind control, thought control, and thought reform.

Romans 12:2 | ERV (2) Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.

Romans 12:2 | NLT (2) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

  • Being a Christian is not about behavior modification! It is a transformation!

The word “transformed” is the Greek word that we get the English word “metamorphosis”.

Metamorphosis – a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.

  • God is interested in something supernatural happening on the inside of us that changes us on the inside.
  • The supernatural power of God in you can never rise above the ceiling to which your mind comes in agreement with your spirit.
  • We have no limitation in this life except what our mind sells us based on how we see our lives.
  • Your mind is the check valve to the power of God that we are filled with and to the degree that our mind comes into agreement with our spirits, will release that power out of you to affect your life and reality.

How do you renew your mind?

It is a process of taking out and putting in. (Housecleaning and refurnishing)

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 | KJV (3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Four Levels of Mental Activity:
  1. Thoughts
  2. Imaginations
  3. Reasonings that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God
  4. Strongholds

Imagination – (Dictionary) the forming of mental images of what is not actually present to the senses.

In other words, our imagination was given to us by God so that we could “see” things that have not yet happened in our lives.

  • Your imagination is your ability to see with your heart what you can’t see with your eyes. 
  • Whether you know it or not, your imagination is dictating how your life goes.

Genesis 11:6 | AMPC (6) And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.

How Do I Change the Picture?

There is no quick fix for your imagination. Changing the way you think and see is a process that takes time and consistency.

Joshua 1:8 | NKJV (8) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The way that you change your imagination is to meditate on or imagine God’s Word.

Imagine your life being lived out as God’s Word states it.

Andrew Wommack in his book, The Power of Imagination says,

“Let the Word of God paint a picture of what is possible, of what can be accomplished, and let that picture become so clear and so strong that you can no longer live outside of it.

Faith and imagination work hand – in hand. You can get so focused on Scripture that you can’t see anything contrary to it.

One of the main reasons people don’t see the Word work in their lives is because they just read it. You can’t just read the Word and expect it to produce change. You have to allow that Word to quicken your imagination until you “see” what you’re reading.

Even if you spend hours every week reading the Bible or quoting healing Scriptures, you won’t see the fullness of those words come to pass in your life until you imagine yourself healed. You’d actually be better off reading one verse on healing and letting the truth within it paint a picture of who you are than reading five chapters in your “Read the Bible in a Year” plan and not even remember what book of the Bible you read.

Imagination comes before manifestation. If you can’t imagine yourself doing what God called you to do or experiencing His promises, you’ll never see those things come to pass with your physical eyes. You have to see them on the inside before you can see them on the outside.

Your imagination is your spiritual womb. The Word of God is a seed (1 Pet. 1:23). It’s like a sperm that when planted in your heart—your imagination—will begin the process of conception. Most Christians don’t understand this. When they have a problem, they go to God begging and pleading for Him to move. They tell others of their desperation and pray for a miracle, but they’re praying in unbelief. And while God certainly works miracles, miracles don’t come from the outside in. They come from the inside out.

God created us to conceive miracles in our imaginations. When we take the seed of God’s Word and plant it in our spiritual wombs, conception occurs. But there is a waiting period involved before manifestation, in the same way that a pregnant woman has to nurture a child for nine months before she can give birth.

The woman may not even realize she’s pregnant in the beginning of the process, but her child is no less real. She is no less pregnant. In the spiritual realm, it may take a period of time after you conceive before you feel like anything is happening. That’s okay. Continue to nurture that seed. Before long, you’ll start noticing change, and if you keep at it, so will everyone else! They’ll start encouraging you, believing with you. And when you give birth to your miracle, they’ll say, “Praise God! That was quick!” But like a woman giving birth to a child, you’ll know you incubated that miracle for nine months. You conceived it long before.

Likewise, you can meditate on the positive all day long. It just takes practice. Take a Scripture from God’s Word and just keep your mind focused on it. Picture what that Scripture would look like in your own life. Think of others who’ve seen the truth of that word work. Ponder what the author of that Scripture was thinking when they wrote it. Ask questions about it. That’s how the Word comes alive.”