Exhortations

Intelligence And Imagination

Intelligence – Capacity of Imagination.

When we lose the capacity to use our intelligence, we lose the capacity of our imagination.

And when we lose them both, we lose a significant part of living a happy, purposeful life. The ability to imagine things infuses our entire existence. Our hopes, dreams, and aspirations are all part of how people can move forward. It’s all part of imagination, and the acquired intelligence is only part of the gift of imagination, which comes naturally. When we go deeper, it originated from a spiritual gift from God. God gave us minds, including thoughts and imaginations, for His purposes.

Since intelligence is measured by how big our imaginations are, use it for God’s glory, and in return, God will bless us so we can be blessings to others. God speaks to us in many ways, not only through reading and studying the Bible, what we hear and feel, but also believing and believing, and we are doers of His truth through signs, vision, and what we see in imaginative prayer. It might take several practices and a little knowledge of meditation before we can properly execute an imaginative prayer. Remember, it is all focused on quietness. When you pray, go to your private room where there is no distraction-(Matthew 6:6-7).

Before the Deluge, “The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, man, and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Genesis 6:5-7. Imagine God gave 120 years of grace to repent before the destruction, and they ignored it and continually sinned. That is patience!   

If we can’t imagine how good God is, how His grace works, how to be closer to Him and know more about Him, we limit our imagination. We must expand our interest with sincerity and try to make our Hearts pure –”Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8), and do not be afraid to explore more of Him and spend more time with Him. We must guard our tongue because we can be judged according to what comes out. In other words, be aware of what’s in your head because God sees it. 1 Chronicles 28:9. In addition, Let us keep hearts pure. “God looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7.

Oh, LORD, Thank you for being a watchful Father; thank you for the love and care that helps us make it through the day. Thank you for the spirit of life and the gift of imagination that gives us hope and inspiration. Amen

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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