Monday, March 19, 2012

Imagination, by Oswald Chambers

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose imagination is stayed on Thee.”
Isaiah 26:3 (RV m)
“Is your imagination stayed on God or is it starved? The starvation of imagination
is one of the most fruitful sources of exhaustion and sapping in a worker’s life.
If you have never used your imagination to put yourself before God, begin
to do it now. It is no use waiting for God to come; you must put your imagination
away from the face of idols and look unto Him and be saved. Imagination is 
the greatest gift God has given us and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him.
If you have been bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
it will be one of the greatest assets to faith when the time of trial comes, because
your faith and the Holy Spirit of God will work together. Learn to associate ideas
worthy of God with all that happens in Nature--the sunrises and the sunsets, the 
sun and the stars, the changing seasons, and your imagination will never be at the
mercy of your impulses, but will always be at the service of God."
‘We have sinned with our fathers;...and have forgotten’--then put a stiletto in
the place where you have gone to sleep. ‘God is not talking to me now,’ but
He ought to be. Remember Whose you are and Whom you serve. Provoke
yourself by recollection, and your affection for God will increase tenfold;
your imagination will not be starved any longer, but will be quick and
enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.”
My Utmost for His Highest, February 11.

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