I have an active imagination. It has been a real plus to me as a writer.
However it is difficult to turn off my imagination. I frequently rewrite stories on tv.
It drives my husband crazy that I comment on the story lines. I recognize stories that are “going nowhere,” are “not believable,” “repetitious,” “disjointed,” etc.
I always have ideas about what would make a more interesting story.
Unfortunately my out of control imagination extends to life. When God writes the story, I know I should recognize He is The Master Writer. However, there are times when I would like to re-write what He seems to have written.
However, there is one who is worse than me in imaging a different ending from what God has written. Satan.
And he can’t keep his mouth shut about it. He constantly intrudes into our thoughts and whispers, “You know this isn’t the way it should be. You can do better than God. Let me show you how it’s done.”
He tempts us into his world of imagination. We may be temporarily exhilarated by the climb upwards before we realize we are on a roller coaster ride.
The drop downward will be terrifying. Someone said it all when they said “worry is imagination gone wrong.”
Worry turns into anxiety and nightmares that last all day. We imagine gloom and doom and stories that end with “and then they crashed and burned.”
What can we do? Paul told us.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exults itself against The Knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
We have flesh and bones, but victory and defeat are carried out in our minds.
Satan gets to us through strongholds. He knows our weak spots and he will hit us there again and again.
We need to be smarter than he is and know where our weak spots are. We need to meet him at the door, where he will try to come in.
We need to know in advance what God says. We need to have Knowledge of God. If the thought we have does not line up with God’s Word, we need to capture that thought and eliminate it.
How do we eliminate it? Reject it. But never leave a vacuum for satan to try to fill with something else. Fill that space with The Word of God.
Quote His Word again and again. Say it out loud. Be prepared for the next battle.
Use your imagination to reflect on what God is preparing for you. But remember that whatever you imagine, God is going to top it!
“Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His Power that is at work within us, to Him be Glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”