Activating Your Imagination

 “God desires to have intimate experiences with you and for you to have intimate experiences with Him. Since He cannot be here in the flesh for you to experience, He will at times show you a picture of your relationship with Him in your “mind’s eye.” Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.

Not everyone that awakens to the message of Jesus and the Father’s love does so experiencing dreams, seeing pictures, or hearing a voice telling them what to do or say, whether to go or stay. Most begin this new journey totally unaware that there is an entire language of the Kingdom of God that is made up completely of mental images, pictures, videos, dreams, impressions and open visions.

“Let me show you My pictures—for I want you to see how I see you, how I see our relationship.*

And if you are one of those who have not yet experienced this kind of phenomena but have heard stories from those who do, you may find yourself experiencing feelings of inadequacy or insignificance. As if those who hear this other language of the Kingdom do so because they are special or more favored by the Father than you are.

But the truth is, learning the pictorial language of heaven is very much like learning to speak another language, it simply takes time and practice. For some it comes quickly and easily, for others it may take a little longer. But be assured, just as the Father has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-5), so He has given you, through the ministry of Holy Spirit, everything you need to learn and operate in this new language of His kingdom.

Your ears will hear sweet words behind you: “Go this way. There is your path; this is how you should go” whenever you must decide whether to turn to the right or the left. Isaiah 30:21 (VOICE)

*Page 88; Excerpt taken from “Intimate Life Lessons: How to Develop the Intimacy with God You Already Have”; Linda Boone, Kindle; Morris Publishing; Edition 1 (March 2011) available @eBay

Activation:

Sometimes the first part of learning this language of the Kingdom of God is understanding that it is neither earned nor withheld. It is simply the heritage of every child of God. Whatever has been given to the Son has been given to you; and the Father has given Jesus everything, including the language of dreams, visions and images.

The second thing to understand is that this other language of the Kingdom can be different for every person. Some people get images, while others get complete video downloads. There are those who are frequent dreamers and others who may only dream occasionally. And then there are people who don’t get pictures, videos, or dreams but words; either scripture or phrases or complete paragraphs. None has more authority, power, or measure of favor than the other. It is simply the way Holy Spirit chooses to speak to that person in that moment.

The third thing to realize is that just like a well often has to be primed in order for it to begin bringing up water from within the earth, so your imagination may need priming to begin bringing up the language of the Kingdom as well.

Here are a few ways you can begin. Go to your God Place and put on your favorite soaking music. Once you feel yourself resting in Abba’s love ask Holy Spirit to activate your imagination, to either give you pictures, images, or videos, or help you to recognize the ones He already has.

Another way to prime the pump is to put together a group of random pictures. You can cut them out of magazines or find them on the internet. Try and look for things that are interesting, images that may not make sense or may even invoke certain longings in your heart. Now put them in a shoe box or paper sack, somewhere that you can’t see into. Now just as with the first exercise, after resting in Abba’s love, reach into the shoe box or paper sack and take out one picture. Once you have your picture spend a few minutes looking at it, then put it down and ask Holy Spirit to talk to you about it.

Be sure and journal what Holy Spirit tells or shows you.

Rules of Engagement

“A truly prophetic voice is very in tune with the heart of God. Our role in the earth is to proclaim His love, seeing people as God sees them – not how we see them in the natural.

“Prophets speak to the all-sufficiency of Christ for people. We represent who God is in word and deed. We are not subject to judgment because God has already judged Jesus. We are in a prophetic season of grace.”Graham Cooke*

Seeing something and knowing what to do with it are two very different things. You might have begun receiving pictures or prophetic imagery from Holy Spirit but understanding what it is you’re to do with them is even more important.

In times past Christians have used an Old Testament model of prophecy to tell them how to respond to something seen, heard or experienced spiritually and as a result may have incorrectly discerned the right way to convey what it was God either wanted to do or say. It hasn’t been until more recently that the revelation of the prophetic ministry of Jesus and the message of the Father heart of God have come together to give the Body of Christ a clearer picture of what it means to be a community of prophetic people sharing the ministry of God’s love.

Whenever Holy Spirit shows you something about a person, place or event, it’s important to remember that you’ve been given an ‘invitation’ to participate in a discussion, usually involving something to do with the name of Jesus and the heart of the Father. Even if what you’ve seen, heard or felt seems to imply an event or behavior less than Christlike you still have only a piece of the puzzle, not the puzzle in its entirety, and any action you take prior to first seeking the heart of God could result in a misrepresentation of either the Father’s heart or the redemptive power of Christ.

*Pg. 12; “Approaching the Heart of Prophecy”: Graham Cooke 2006; Punch Press, Winston-Salem, NC

Activation:

Here a few simple rules of engagement to remember:

1.  Take everything to God in prayer. It doesn’t matter how big or small, how dark or how light, you and I only see in part and without Holy Spirit’s guidance anything we may or may not do is simply presumption on our part.

2.  Ask if what you’ve been shown is for you or the other person. There are times when Holy Spirit will show you something simply because Father wants you to be part of the dialog. And that dialog could be about you and not the person or thing He’s shown you. (For instance you may unknowingly be biased against women leaders and Holy Spirit has shown you something about a woman leader because He wants to talk to you about your issue, not theirs.)

3.  All sin was judged in Christ so instead of looking for sin we want to ask Abba what it is about the ministry of Jesus that is missing from the person’s life or situation, then ask how to speak or pray the heart of the Father and the ministry of Christ into that.

4.  Very seldom does Holy Spirit show us something that is ‘right now’. Meaning there is always time to go before Abba and let God speak to you about whatever it is He’s shown you. Remember, prophetic imagery is more than just knowing something. It is also one of the many ways Holy Spirit uses to grow you up in Christ and mature you in Abba’s love.

5.  Love wins – hands down. Holy Spirit will never invite you into anything that is not grounded and rooted in the love of God. So if you’ve completed the first 4 steps and you don’t sense the overwhelming love of the Father, go back and repeat them until you do. Only then will you be a true witness to the gospel of Jesus and the heart of the Father.

It’s All Shook Up

‎”Life in Christ has radiance so bright that all the dark shadows of negativity become sunspots of brilliance. Our ministry is to learn the beauty of exchange, firstly for ourselves, then to apply those truths to others so that they can be set free.” – Graham Cooke

Have you ever watched a documentary or a movie about making movies? The set or shoot is full of actors following a script written specifically for whatever it is the director wants to film for that day. But did you realize that movies are seldom if ever filmed in chronological order? Most are filmed in segments that are later pieced together in an editing room with the objective of creating a whole out of the parts.

That is often what it’s like when Holy Spirit invites you and I to ‘come up’ and see life or events from Heaven’s perspective. As creatures whose present existence lies within the confines of ‘Time’ we tend to think all of life, even that in the spirit, is acted out on a linear plane. As if everything sat on the back of an arrow and moves on a straight line.

But the realm of imagery, dreams, visions and impressions may or may not be that way. God, in whom all things exist simultaneously, including time, is not bound by those rules or that limitation of thought, action or deed. And because He’s not He sees both today, yesterday and the day after from any point of view He wants or needs to. This is yet another reason why it’s vital you and I understand that no matter how sensitive we may be to this language of the Kingdom we will only see in part. And even then what we’ve been shown could be anywhere within the limitless realm of Holy Spirit’s perspective.

Seeing through a lens or mirror darkly is not just about the glory of God in you and I as individuals, but it is also about how much of the picture Father wants Holy Spirit to show us at any given time. Sometimes it is our immaturity that limits our vision. At others it might be that He only wants to talk about one aspect of what’s going on so Holy Spirit may take you to the middle of the event rather than its beginning or end. Never assume that what you see is all there is to it. It is always better to err on the side of ignorance than arrogance.

But whatever it is you can rest assured that the Father of lights, in whom there is no darkness or turning away, has brought you to this place, time or event to reveal His love and light.

Activation

A little exercise that sometimes helps people to feel comfortable with being given the whole picture is to take a picture (a large one works best) and cut it up into at least six different pieces. Now take all the pieces and put them in a paper bag or box where you can put your hand in without seeing what it is you’re grabbing hold of.

Take the box or bag with you to your God place and after you’ve spent some time soaking in Abba’s love reach in and take out just one piece of the picture you cut up. Now ask Holy Spirit to talk to you about just that piece. As He does, try to imagine that He’s talking to you about just one piece of an event or person’s life and that at that very moment it is the most important part of the story. Now do the same thing everyday until all the pieces are gone.

When you’ve finished dialoging with Holy Spirit about all the pieces of the picture realize that God will always talk to you about what is important, when it’s important. And sometimes what’s important may not have anything to do with the when or the what you think it does. In other words, there are times when the answer isn’t found in the beginning but rather in the middle.

Calibrating God’s Love

“What does it mean to see a picture in your “mind’s eye”? This is like a screen inside your head where you see pictures of things all the time. If I ask you what your house or your car looks like you will probably picture it in your mind’s eye. This is also called your imagination. God gave you an imagination so you could experience His love for you.” Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that God’s love is immeasurable, unfathomable, incomprehensible etc. Fact is, you might have even read in it in one of our blogs. But if God’s love was never measurable, fathomable or able to be comprehended then how can you or I, who live in a measurable, fathomable, comprehensible world, ever know or understand it? Where would be our sense of security or confidence? How could we ever know for certain that we haven’t done something or said something that didn’t cause Him to withhold it?

Interesting that the Father created every person to have a unique ‘love language’. A certain way of expressing or receiving love and affirmation that is entirely unique to them. For some it is words. For others it is acts of selfless service, while still others find love by giving and receiving gifts.

“Your heart is a giant canvas, God’s love for you is the paint; give the King of heaven permission to create a ‘masterpiece of love’ upon your heart. For we all want to love, but we can only truly do that when we let God fully love us first.” Mick Mooney

The same truth can be found in the language of imagery, impressions or visions. Often Holy Spirit will assure, confirm and affirm the Father’s love to you by giving you pictures, images, videos, words or acts that your heart recognizes as Abba’s demonstrations of love.

For example you may be struggling with an addiction of some sort and every time you give into its temptation you find yourself in the cycle of guilt, shame and condemnation. Which in turn often causes you to believe that the Father has withdrawn from you and is waiting for you to ‘fix’ yourself so that He can restore the fellowship. But the reality is, it was you, not the Father who withdrew and it will take the Father to restore you. And one of the ways He does this is by giving you words, pictures, images, videos or impressions of His love and what you mean to Him. In other words He gives you things that are measurable, calibrated and easily fathomed.

Now it is rare to find someone willing to die for an upright person, although it’s possible that someone may give up his life for one who is truly good. But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us.” Romans 5:7-8 (VOICE)

Activation:

Do you know what your love language is? The way you are best convinced that someone truly cares for you? One way to know is to think about how it is you yourself like to inspire, encourage and affirm others of your love and affection. Now take that same idea back to the Father and as you spend time in your God place, soaking in Abba’s love and affection, think about the time when you have felt the closest to Him, when you have known that you know that you are absolutely loved. Very often you’ll discover that it was when Abba spoke, acted or responded to you in the same way that you yourself love to relate and respond to others.

Be sure to journal what you discover so that in the days ahead when you’re struggling or not sure about where you are with Him, you can go back and read how He’s designed you to give and receive, and then meditate on all the ways He has been doing just that with you.

Prayer’s of the Heart

“Do you know the deepest cry of your heart for God? Do you know what you really want from Him?

“With this heart prayer you will discover the deep cry of your heart for Him and turn it into a prayer. It is uniquely your own for it is the cry of your heart.” – Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons

There is something about prayer’s of the heart that seem to connect us to God in a way nothing else does. It may be a prayer for healing, a prayer for deliverance, a prayer for the nations or a prayer for family members – it doesn’t really matter, when we believe its from the heart we also feel like heaven and earth have moved.

But what about personal prayers? Prayer’s for growing in intimacy, to hear God’s voice better, to connect to Him on a deeper level, to draw closer or feel His presence more? Are these as legitimate as the prayers you pray for other people, or are they too selfish, too about ‘you’ to be valid, heard and answered?

When Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus he said that one of the prayers he had been praying for them was that they would not only be established by faith in Christ, but that they would come to know the height, depth, width and length of the love He had for them so that…they would know the fullness of the love God (Father and Holy Spirit) had for them as well. (Eph. 3:14-19)

So if Paul prayed those kinds of prayers for other people, what makes you think he wasn’t praying them for himself as well? If he knew how important it was for the believers in Ephesus to know how much they were loved, don’t you think he thought the same about himself?

Prayers of the heart for others is good, prayers of the heart for yourself are good as well, maybe even better. How can I say that? Well, if you knew how incredible the love of God was towards you, wouldn’t you think God loved others the same way as well?

The reason Jesus was so very good at demonstrating the heart and mind of His Father, was because He knew how much He Himself was/is loved….

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love…Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Jn. 15:9,13

Activation:

As important as it is to demonstrate the kingdom of God and to love your neighbor as yourself, it is as equally important that you make time for you and the cry of your own heart – whatever that cry might be. And one of the best places to do that is setting aside time to soak/rest/abide with your Abba – to spend ‘me’ time with Him. Time that’s all about you and all about Him, so you too will know the height, breadth, depth and width of the love of Jesus Christ.

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Know My Heart Oh Lord

“Do you know the deepest cry of your heart for God? Do you know what you really want from Him?”Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons

King David, who made a habit out of journaling his life in song, many of which are recorded in the Book of Psalms, understood that no one was ever going to know him the way Abba did. Matter of fact, Psalm 139 is all about God searching and knowing our hearts – something none of us can really do.

Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth said something very similar; 2 Cor. 5:16-17 (NLV) “So from now on, we do not think about what people are like by looking at them. We even thought about Christ that way one time. But we do not think of Him that way anymore. For if a man belongs to Christ, he is a new person. The old life is gone. New life has begun.”

 “Your heart is a giant canvas, God’s love for you is the paint; give the King of heaven permission to create a ‘masterpiece of love’ upon your heart. For we all want to love, but we can only truly do that when we let God fully love us first.” Mick Mooney

When you became ‘born-again’, you became a brand new person, not just a upgraded one. You went from the ‘old you’ to the ‘new you’ in Christ Jesus. But sometimes it feels like the ‘old you’ is still hanging around, doing the same oh, same oh, and so you or someone else judges your heart as not being changed.

But Paul, who had done some pretty horrible things before his conversion to ‘Christianity’, learned that regardless of what he’d done before or even after, he could no longer judge himself by the ‘old’ Paul. He had to judge himself by the ‘new’ Paul. The Paul that was in ‘Christ’ Jesus, not the Paul that had been in ‘Adam’. And to do that was going to take Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Abba who alone knows the secrets of the heart.

Activation:

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” ― Brennan Manning; Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate

The Apostle Paul said that we look in a mirror as if on a foggy day, every thing we see but a blur. But when we see Jesus, we discover the us he already knows. (1 Cor. 13:12)

Begin making part of your soaking/resting/abiding time with Abba a time of discovery – who He is and who you are ‘in’ Christ. There is nothing holy or humbling in thinking less of yourself than Abba does, and Abba thinks so highly of you, that He was willing to send His only Son to prove it.

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The Cry of ‘You’

” Do you know the deepest cry of your heart for God? Do you know what you really want from Him?

“With this heart prayer you will discover the deep cry of your heart for Him and turn it into a prayer. It is uniquely your own for it is the cry of your heart.” – Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons

Many Christian’s talk about how being a ‘Christian’ is not about religion, but about relationship – and they’re right. But how many of us really believe that to be true? How many of us think that our relationship has to look like someone else’s?

But it doesn’t, shouldn’t, can’t.

Why? Because one of the most wonderful things about being a son or daughter of God, is that your relationship to Him is unique. There is no other one like it. Which means it can’t be duplicated, repeated or copied – simply you, Jesus, Abba and Holy Spirit living in a community of love and intimacy that can be shared, but never reproduced in quite the same way twice.

It is the ‘cry of you'; your heart, your thoughts, your life.

Francois Du Toit

“Every human life is an individual masterpiece; a self-portrait of God, hidden in the very DNA of their design! This is what Jesus came to reveal and redeem; the image of God in “you” man form, not as in a display window, but as in a mirror!”

Not mine, the pastors, your friends, your parents or neighbors. Just you.

Which also means, whatever it is that makes up the deepest part of you, that thing that is uniquely you, will always be special – something just between you and God.

Sometimes it will be the way you worship or the way you like to spend your quiet/soaking/resting time. It may be the style of music you like, the authors you read, or the translation of Scripture that rings truest to the way you hear Holy Spirit.

Whatever it is, it was never meant to be a formula, a packaged deal, a two-for-one-special or a ‘Twelve Steps To A Better You’. Short, tall, fast, slow, deep or wide, the deepest cry of your heart of God is uniquely and truly your very own.

Activations:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. SeussHappy Birthday to You!

Part of growing up in Christ is becoming so convinced of your own Belovedness that your stop trying to be someone else, and start enjoying the simple pleasure of being ‘Uniquely You’. Begin making part of the time you spend soaking/resting/abiding in Abba’s love a time of asking Him to reveal the real ‘you’. The one that is like no one else – the ‘you’ that is ‘you’.

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With The Heart We Believe

“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” - Romans 10:10 (AMP)

“It is the goodness and the kindness of God that empowers all of us to repent. So when you are having a bad day with God, He is never having a bad day with you! He can bring His goodness and His kindness into your life in such a powerful way it makes you have another thought about yourself. It makes you think differently, see differently, and respond differently. That is what the prophetic is all about.”Graham Cooke; Seeing in the Spirit

The distance between your head and your heart is approximately 18″. But if the image you carry in your heart of the Father is different than the one in your head, it might as well be a hundred miles.

Why? Because no matter what your head or mind may know, it is what your heart believes that will influence and determine how you interact with God and life.

The heart, not your head, determines your worldview.

What do I mean by worldview? A worldview is how you interpret your situation, your circumstances, your relationships, the relationships of others, events, history and even the future. It’s like a pair of glasses that causes you to see everything around you through whatever prism the glasses are made of.

In other words, if your view of Abba is that of an angry, vengeful, dictator who is looking to punish people rather than save and deliver them, your worldview will be filtered through that image: God is angry whenever I make mistakes or am intentionally disobedient.

Which also means, that no matter what happens in your life or the lives of others, you will only see God’s part in it as angry, vengeful and demanding – rather than loving, kind and merciful.

‘With the heart we believe…with our mouths we confess what we believe.”

Activation:

Part of Holy Spirit’s job description is “…and when Holy Spirit comes, He will take that things given to me and explain them to you….He will lead you into all truth.” Jn. 16:12-15

Jesus’ incarnation was two-fold: to reveal the true nature of the Father and, to be the “Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.” And in the middle of all that He asks the most important question ever asked in all of creation; “But who do you say I am?” (Matt. 16: 18-20)

As part of your ‘God time’, after you’ve spent time soaking in Abba’s presence, receiving His love and goodness, ask Holy Spirit “Who does my heart believe Abba is?”. Then ask, “And is this true?” You might be surprised what He reveals.

Be sure and journal what you hear, see or are impressed with, because sometimes the journey to discovering the truth of what your heart really believes about Abba, takes time. Just as an old building is torn down one brick at a time, so old beliefs are deconstructed one lie at a time. And sometimes even the lie takes time to uncover.

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When I Rise Up

“When discovered, this heart prayer becomes a one-line prayer that best expresses the desire of your heart for Him. It is meant to be expressed to Him over and over again, all throughout the day, anytime you think of it.”  Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons

Psalm 139:1-2 (VOICE)

“O Eternal One, You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am; You even know the small details like when I take a seat and when I stand up again. Even when I am far away, You know what I’m thinking.”

When you first came to know Christ as your personal savior you were full of joy to discover that someone loved you that much. To know that Someone who had never even known sinned, had been willing to become sin itself, just so you could be reconciled back to the loving embrace of Abba. (1 Cor. 5:18-21) And the joy you experienced may have sustained you for weeks, months, even a couple of years.

But then there came a time, a day, a week, a month, a year, a situation, a relationship or just…something – anything, that suddenly made you think that God had changed. That He was no longer cognizant of whatever it was you were going through. As if He no longer thought about you. As though He had Alzheimer’s or Dementia…that He either forgot something very important about you, or maybe stopped noticing you altogether.

Like a father who has become too busy to see or notice their children anymore, and without realizing it, no longer knows them or knows what’s important to them.

Unintentional neglect…but neglect all the same.

King David must have had times like that too because in one of his songs he makes a point of declaring that God never stops thinking about us, no matter what is going on, or what it is we may or may not have done. And it was that awareness of how many times a day God thought about David, that inspired an awareness within David to think about God.

Activation

The above video on Youtube asks the question: Does God Know What It’s Like To Be You? As you spend time soaking/resting/abiding in Abba’s love ask Him if knows what it’s like to be you? If He thinks about you during the day when you’re at work or school or when you’re hanging out with friends, kicking back with a book or working around the house.

Ask Him if He thinks about you when you’re not thinking about Him? And if so, what kind of thoughts is He thinking?

Be sure to journal what your see/hear/feel – you might  be surprised by the answers.

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When I Sit Down

stock-photo-beautiful-girl-freezing-outdoor-autumn-cold-blue-114780409“When discovered, this heart prayer becomes a one-line prayer that best expresses the desire of your heart for Him. It is meant to be expressed to Him over and over again, all throughout the day, anytime you think of it.”  Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons

Psalm 139:1-2 (VOICE)

“O Eternal One, You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am; You even know the small details like when I take a seat and when I stand up again. Even when I am far away, You know what I’m thinking.”

Becoming more and more aware of God’s presence throughout the day is actually one of the fruits of  the intimacy we have with Him. It’s a by-product of spending time together, getting to know the deeper things on His heart as well as our own. It’s growing in the reality that, no matter where we are or what we are doing, He is always there, always ready to share, always ready to whisper words of love, affection, and affirmation.

“We should fix ourselves firmly in the presence of God by conversing all the time with Him…we should feed our soul with a lofty conception of God and from that derive great joy in being his. We should put life in our faith. We should give ourselves utterly to God in pure abandonment, in temporal and spiritual matters alike, and find contentment in the doing of His will, whether he takes us through sufferings or consolations.” – Brother Lawrence

Scripture says, “The Lord will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6) That’s a promise for continual, one on one fellowship that starts with God, not you. In other words, He made the first move to be near you, so that you could make the second move and be near Him.

Just as it is His love that empowers us to love Him (1 Jn. 4:19), so it is His presence that draws us to want to spend time in His presence (Hos. 2:14-23). \

It’s a win win for God and it’s a win win for us.

Activation

Practicing being aware of God’s continual presence is something that takes time and, it takes disciple. And sometimes it helps to have something to remind us of it, like a timer.

Throughout the next couple of days, try setting ‘awareness’ goals. Times where you take a moment to simply stop and touch base with Abba, which can either be  through worship, thankfulness or a passionate idea in your heart (such growing in greater sensitivity to His presence). Set them at doable intervals, say every 30 minutes or so. As you become more aware of it, try shorter times, like every 20 or 15 minutes.

Be sure and journal the experience.

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