“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
This message is inspired by Andrew Wommack’s teaching, “The Power of Imagination.”
Andrew says, “Having a positive imagination is what the Bible calls hope! And hope is what faith is based upon. You can’t rise above the way you see yourself!!”
WOW!! That’s POWERFUL!! We MUST change our image on the inside, if we expect to see what we are praying for on the outside!! I heard someone say, we can make all the plans we want consciously, verbally, but we will never succeed as far as our subconscious mind allows us!! Because the subconscious mind remembers EVERYTHING that happens from the conscience mind – EVERY traumatic, or good thing that happens in our lives, is stored in our subconscious minds.
To help you understand the heart, how to live from the heart for God, and see with the eyes of your heart, here is the link to Pastor Clint Byars’ website for these great teachings and more: “The Heart and the Inner Man.”
I found an article titled, “The Role Your Subconscious Mind Plays in Your Everyday Life” by Brian Tracy, about the subconscious mind – here are some quotes (click the title to read complete article):
“Your subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank. Its capacity is virtually unlimited. It permanently stores everything that ever happens to you. The function of your subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. Its job is to ensure that you respond exactly the way you are programmed. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept. This is your “Master Program.” Your subconscious mind is subjective. It does not think or reason independently. It merely obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind. Your conscious mind can be thought of as the gardener, planting seeds. Your subconscious mind can be thought of as the garden, or fertile soil, in which the seeds germinate and grow. Your conscious mind commands and your subconscious mind obeys. Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant. It works day and night to make your behavior fits a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. Your subconscious mind grows either flowers or weeds in the garden of your life. Whichever you plant is based on the mental equivalents you create.”
WOW!! The subconscious mind is something serious!! We must make sure we are planting the right thing in our conscious minds, so the subconscious mind can be reset – renewed!! The ONLY way it’s going to be renewed is with the Word of God!! We plant the seeds of the Word, into the garden of the subconscious mind, so the Word can germinate and grow, and change the way WE think, to the way GOD thinks – God’s Word will wash out ALL lies, and ideologies, we have planted in our subconscious minds, through wrong doctrines, and wrong thinking! Once the Word has washed us, THEN we WILL see our healing and anything else we are believing God for, manifest – it’s ours already through Jesus, but we won’t see it manifest in the natural, until we break up the fallow ground of our hearts, so the Word can be planted on good ground, in good soil! Then our imaginations will be able to work for our good, and not against us.
I have heard Andrew Wommack say, that we must see ourselves healed inside first before we will see it in the natural. Therefore, if we are looking for our healing to manifest, it will not come until we see ourselves healed on the inside - I say in our hearts, subconscious mind!! And we can’t see ourselves healed on the inside, until we replace the old data in our subconscious minds, with God’s truths in His Word – the Word is what going to jumpstart our imagination.
I am reminded of what happened to me years ago when I was an alcoholic. I was living in Germany, and going to Church, was saved, but I still was drinking. My husband at the time was not saved, he didn’t even go to Church. I would drink with him, and without him - it was my routine to drink every day. I would cry as I drank, asking God to deliver me - but in my heart, I didn’t want to be delivered because I loved drinking. But I felt like a hypocrite - I was confessing Christ but was a drunker. One day when I went to Church, I told one of the brothers, I was not coming back to Church, because I drank. I thank God for him, Brother Johnson, he didn’t condemn me, but in love he told me, “No Sister, you keep coming to Church, and keep praying!” - and I did!! And one day, I got tied, and angry, I didn’t pray the way I usually prayed, I said, “God if you’re up there (I know He was but that’s the way it came out), deliver me from drinking!!” And I didn’t think any more about it!! But I noticed days later that I had not drank any alcohol for days!! PRAISE GOD, I was delivered!!
I believe that my heart and mouth lined up (it had not before – remember, I was praying to be delivered but didn’t want to be in my heart) and that’s what brought my faith in God’s Power to deliver me alive!! Thank God for delivering me from drugs and alcohol!! Through my experience, I concluded, it does not matter what you pray with your mouth, believing is in your heart, you believe with your heart, and your imagination is in your heart (Genesis 8:21). And I believe, once you imagine something, and believe it, it will come to pass!
A good example is on January 5, 2022, I went to the Chiropractor for a massage. I was scheduled for a 15-minute massage but in my heart, I REALLY wanted a 30 minute one. I told the massage Lady, jokingly, that the Receptionist had me down for a 30 minute one, or something like that. And the Receptionist told her not to believe me and we all laughed. And I think I even told the Dr. I wanted a 30-minute massage. And I kept talking about that 30-minute massage and each time, I felt it in my heart. I was in the chair for my 15-minute massage, and there was a knock on the door. It was the Receptionist, telling the Lady, she could do a 30-minute massage on me because the other patient could not come. PRAISE GOD, HE gave me the desires of my heart when my mouth and heart lined up!! Look at that!! I REALLY wanted that massage and I kept speaking it into existence – at the time I didn’t know it, but I was. I jokingly said it, but it came to pass!! This shows too, we must watch our words; watch what we say – jokingly, or seriously!! We have what we say – good or bad!! Remember, Proverbs 18:21 AMP, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”
In order for us to have what we say, as the Bible says, we must see what we want in our imagination, in our hearts. And in order for that to happen, we must renew our minds with God’s Word, so the Word can wash away ALL the negative images in our imagination; so, our imaginations will be untainted!!
God does not lie; His Word is true!! We are trying to do God’s business, be disciples, and followers of Christ, with old mindsets, old ideologies, and imaginations full of junk!! It’s NOT going to work – we will continue to go around, and around in the wilderness caused by our old way of thinking and doing, and not fulfill the destiny God has called us to!!
Just like the children of Israel – God brought them out of Egypt, but Egypt was not out of them! And their old bondage mindset, kept them from enjoying the freedom God had given them – it kept them from fulfilling their God given destiny – seeing and being a partaker of the land, God promised their ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Exodus 6:8). The promised land was a land flowing with milk, and honey (Exodus 3:17) but most of the Israelites ended up dying in the wilderness and not seeing the promised land, God had called them to.
Let’s not be like the children of Israel; Let us come OUT the wilderness!! But again, to get rid of the old mindset, all the old junk in our subconscious minds, we MUST plant the Word in our hearts. But we can’t plant the Word in our hearts, until we ALLOW God’s Word to uproot the old stuff. As we read and study the Word of God, it will break up every lie that has been planted in our heart and replace it with the truth so we can fulfill God’s destiny for us!
God is waiting on us to say, “Here I am LORD, Your servant is listening! What would You have me to do?”
I don’t know about you all, but I say right now, “Speak LORD, Your servant listens!!”
What about you?
God’s BLESSINGS to you all, and your families!!
In Father’s service,
Rev. Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks