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The Bible says that without a vision the people perish. And Philippians 4:8 talks about what we should think on. We also know from neuroscience that visualization can be a powerful tool. And for those who know, imagery must be positive since that's how the brain stores information. For example, one cannot have an image of NOT being something or NOT doing something. When I say "don't visualize a brick", you naturally visualize a brick. So negative visualization does not work. I've suffered from some major health issues for a long time , and it's been difficult to 'see' myself as healed. So, I want to practice visualization to change my self-image so that I can believe I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. I am asking for visualization ideas from others. As background, I have been a Christian (Pentecostal) for 40 years and I've studied the Bible the whole time. I am a committed Christian and take God's Word as fact. 1) In my mind's eye, how can I visualize myself as healed? In particular, I suffer from PTSD (amongst other conditions). How can I visualize myself as healed and not affected by the triggers? I am not able to visualize the triggers, because they trigger me and reinforce the trauma! 2) How can I visualize God's Word as truth? I need to get it from my head to my heart. I want to increase my faith and believe in my heart of hearts all things written in God's word. I want to ensure I have faith when I pray that my prayers will be answered because God has given me His infallible promise, and I want to visualize this truth. 3) How can I visualize God answering prayer? All these things I want to visualize are designed to increase my faith and trust God despite all I've endured. I trust God with my head and I'm good at apologetics, but I need that faith that I know that I know that I know. Thank you for the ideas!
2 Corinthians 4:13 - "We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak." OBSERVATION: Sometimes I have to speak the Word to myself until I believe it -- then I can use that word to speak to my situation. The abiding word produces the spirit of faith within me; so I spend time with God and permit that word to abide in me. I confess that word and meditate in that word and abide in Jesus. Then the spirit of faith is produced in me. Romans 10:17 - "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing, by the word of God." Romans 6:4,5 - "Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection." The cross of Golgotha utterly crucified us. Our natural being no longer has a place in God's thoughts. The death of Jesus on the cross put an irrevocable end to what we are by nature and what we could ever be. What we are in Christ has nothing more to do with what we were before we were crucified. InChrist we find ourselves in the province of resurrection, and resurrection is only possible if there is first a death. In the resurrection there is only one reality -- Christ all and in all! l Corinthians 3:18,19 - "Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God....God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise." On our own we cannot comprehend how to grow and live in oneness with God. Live every day in the knowledge that every bit of spiritual insight is a pure gift from God. The only way to receive wisdom from God is to come before Him (SUBMITTING YOUR SPIRIT TO HIM), pushing away every bit of understanding you think you have gained, and each day, offer yourself as a servant who is willing to do the lowest job. As long as you allow the spirit of "superior knowledge" to secretly overtake you -- that is, to be master of you of your own soul -- you will be as powerless in spirit as a slave -- always subject to your lower nature. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
Christ in me is the hope of glory. - Col. 1:27 Christ in me gives me the power to labor for the spiritual lives of others. - Col. 1:28,29 I have received and walk in Christ Jesus. - Col. 2:6 In Christ Jesus dwells all the fullnesss of the Godhead bodily. Since I am in Christ Jesus that fullness of the Godhead dwells in me. - Col 2:9 I am complete in Christ Jesus who is the head of all principality and power. - Col 2:10 Since I have been raised up with Christ. I set my mind on the things above, not the things that are on the earth. - Col. 3:12 My former lfe is dead and my reborn life today is hid with Christ in God. - Col. 3:3 I lay aside the old self with its evil practices, and put on the new self who is been renewed in the image of Jesus. -Col. 3:9,10 Since Christ is in every believer then Christ is in me. Christ is all and in all. -Col 3:11 I attend to and fullfill my calling in Christ. - Col. 4:17 ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
2 Corinthians 10:4 - "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." A STRONGHOLD IS A SATANIC FORCE THAT STARTS AS A THOUGHT, THEN LAYS ITS FOUNDATION IN A PERSON'S MIND, BUILDS ITSELF UP AND MAKES ITS ABODE THERE. YOU CAN'T SIMPLY CAST DOWN A STRONGHOLD AS YOU WOULD CAST DOWN AN EVIL THOUGHT OR IMAGINATION. YOU NEED THE WORD OF GOD TO BECOME LIKE A HAMMER IN YOUR LIFE IN ORDER TO TEAR DOWN THAT STRONGHOLD AND GET IT OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM. HOW CAN YOU GET RID OF A STRONGHOLD? BY HAVING A STRONG TOWER! Psalm 61:3 - "For thou has been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy." Proverbs 18:10 - "The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Affirmations: THE WORD OF GOD CAN BECOME THE STRONG TOWER IN MY LIFE THAT CAN DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS. THE LORD THROUGH HIS WORD CAN PUSH OUT THAT SATANIC FORCE THAT'S BEEN HOLDING ME CAPTIVE. GOD'S WORD IS STRONGER THAN ANY STRONGHOLD! I FIND THE WORD OF GOD THAT APPLIES TO MY STRONGHOLD AND SATURATE MYSELF IN IT BY: AFFIRMING IT FREQUENTLY, MEDITATING ON IT AND SEEING MYSELF COMPLETE IN THE WORD AS I GO THROUGHOUT THE DAY. I THANK GOD THAT THE STRONGHOLD HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED AND I CAST DOWN ANY WRONG THOUGHTS. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY