This morning’s message is a continuation of the previous message entitled “You Get What You See”.
We previously studied the Hebrew word YETSER used in the Old Testament scriptures to describe the English word “Imagination”.
Today we examine the equivalent of YETSER in the Greek word in the New Testament to describe the same word “Imagination“.
This Word is DIANOIA and can be found in Strong Concordance Dictionary.
In Strong’s Concordance it is in No 1271
Pronoun as “dee-an’-oy-ah” from (1223) and (3563)
from and ; deep thought, properly, the faculty (mind or its disposition), by implication, its exercise:– imagination, mind, understanding.
You see that it is translated interchangeably for “imagination, understanding or mind” used in New Testament scriptures.
Here are some verses using the Greek word DIANOIA.
“Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding (DIANOIA) being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints”
Here Paul prayed for the eyes of our “understanding, or imagination or mind” to be enlightened.
So in effect, he is saying that whether in prayers or in meditation of the word, we should make it our priority to see with the “Eyes” of our mind. We should be, as we make powerful declaration of the “promises” of God’s word, be seeing clear image of whatever we want it to come to pass.
In this manner, we are using them as faith building exercises actually “calling forth” answers to our prayers! When we decree and declare the promises, we ought also to assert them firmly, not timidly! We must “violently” seek them, in other word. In critical situation, we ought to be desperate enough to desire the answers to our prayers. And we have to demonstrate that to God. I strongly believe that weak prayers will not please God!
This is what is meant when Paul wrote Romans 4:17.
“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and “calleth those things which be not as though they were”.
Another translation reads as:-
“as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee before him whom he believed, even God, who giveth life to the dead, and “calleth the things that are not, as though they were.“
Yes prayer in faith (not in unbelief) is to “call forth the things that are not, as though they were!“
So next time when you pray, decree and declare strongly and confidently. Better still start making it a habit of practicing the “Seeing” part! See them, paint them, colour them beautifully in the “Canvas” of your imagination or mind.
The word DIANOIA is also used in
“1 John 5: 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding (DIANOIA) that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”
Here we are asked to see Jesus in our mind or imagination that we may know him better. Yes knowing what He did for us. See Him on Calvary and His work for our sake. See your sickness and disease on Him! Did He not bear our sins and stripes on His body?
In the verse below it is used for the word “mind”
“Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (DIANOIA).”
We are to love God with our imagination, forming images of Him in our mind. See His inheritance given to us as beneficiaries. See too how He suffered for us. This is the correct way to love Him, to make Him real to you!
Can you say a big big Amen to all that!
Can you now see all your sickness and disease, fear, poverty, lack, discontentment, distress, sadness and sorrow taken away by Him on Himself. He bore, yes past tense, all that on Himself!
He did not have to do it again for you. We must not crucify Him a second time.
He said on the mighty Cross “It Is Finished”!
If you believe, you must see Him clearly with the “Eyes of your understanding, imagination or mind”.
In Part 3, I will share with you “THE JACOB’S PRINCIPLE” in which you be surprised how simple it is to carry out this exercise of appropriating the promises of God!