“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… God gave you an imagination so you could experience His love for you…You were created in God’s image and He gave you your imagination for a purpose.” Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.
While exploring the Kingdom language of pictures and images you might one day find yourself getting more than just an image, impression or word. You may actually discover that what you are seeing is a mini film. It could happen while praying for someone, during times of soaking, meditation, or even while driving down the road.
In some cases the film or mental video you see might be about a single event, series of events, or an entire lifetime. It could be as mundane as someone crossing the road or as intricate as an army of brides dressed in combat boots, flying giant eagles and welding swords of fire. But whether simple or complex the imagery is still moving rather than stationary.
More often than not this type of imagery is what is called an open vision’ and is usually seen with the eyes wide open (though some people do experience it with their eyes closed). Sometimes the information being shared is about yourself, at other times it’s about someone or something else. It can last as little as a few seconds or as long as several hours (occasionally more), it all depends on the type and quantity of information Holy Spirit wants to share.
“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.”*
But whether the experience is brief or lengthy, personal or informational, the purpose is still the same; to bring you into a deeper more intimate knowledge of the heart and mind of God. An invitation for you to become more than just a casual bystander, to be a partner with whatever it is that Abba is doing and saying.
“The Spirit of truth will come and guide you in all truth. He will not speak His own words to you; He will speak what He hears, revealing to you the things to come and bringing glory to Me. The Spirit has unlimited access to Me, to all that I possess and know, just as everything the Father has is Mine. That is the reason I am confident He will care for My own and reveal the path to you.” – John 16:13-15 (VOICE)
*Pg. 12; “Approaching the Heart of Prophecy”: Graham Cooke 2006; Punch Press; Winston-Salem, NC
In Paul’s letter to believing Jews he reminded them that mature believers need to exercise the gifts God has given them to become proficient at using them (Heb. 5:12-14), and learning to discern the pictorial language of the Kingdom of God is one of those gifts.
If you are already beginning to get pictures, images, and or impression during your soaking time take a step of faith and ask Holy Spirit if there is more. If you haven’t received any of these types of pictorial images or are not sure whether what you are seeing is from God, ask Holy Spirit to begin teaching you the pictographic language of the Kingdom.
For those who are already knowledgeable with this form of communication but have never experienced an open vision or even dreams, it may be time for you to go deeper, to have your personal intimacy of the Father’s heart enlarged. And for those who are already experiencing this depth of intimacy it might be time for you to have your gift broadened to include more than just yourself. It might be time to beginning sharing Abba’s heart for communities, cities and nations.
Remember, whether you’re just beginning the journey of understanding the pictorial language of the Kingdom or know its roads and byways intimately, the level of understanding you have with the Father has no destination or end. And because it has no destination or end it also has no limitations as to how high, wide, deep, or long it can grow. So never get discouraged that you don’t know very much, nor complacent that you do. The Father adores you exactly where you are but has plans for more.
Be sure to write down your experiences so that you can discuss them later with Abba.