God talks with us through the Bible. We work out life’s tangles with him through prayer. The dialogue deepens.
My own rhythm- spending time with him- didn’t begin to emerge until my 40’s, when consistency began to hold hands with a pattern. “I should” began to fade, slowly replaced with “I get to.” And maybe it had something to do with my growing imagination- the ability to create scenarios in my mind as to what God was saying.
Satan’s deception is anchored in powerful, imaginative misrepresentations of reality, and until these lies are confronted with truth in ways that are at least as vivid and powerful as the misrepresentations, the lies will continue to dominate our lives. We are new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17), but if this truth is believed in the form of mere information while the old self is continually experienced in vivid, imaginative re-presentations, we will find it nearly impossible to display our new nature consistently. – Gregory Boyd
Take a 13-year-old boy whose curiosity with sex leads him to porn. Two months laters he’s obsessed. So we forward him a verse from the Bible, “…anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28, NIV). Does the truth cancel his lust? Does it even put a dent in his pattern?
Gregory Boyd lends a clue. The boy’s imagination is overrun with vivid misrepresentations of reality. His need is to begin to build out a powerful moral imagination. God’s story. This is where the power of God’s word begins and builds.
How about you? As your own rhythm begins to emerge and gain momentum, where is your place? Your pattern? Your niche? Identify your preference(s) from the following list:
- Memorizing scripture
- Reading scripture
- Word studies
- Small group Bible study
- Study Bibles
- Audio Bible
Our moral imagination is the ability to envision God’s story in the middle of situations that threaten to take our thinking captive