Many Christians question visualization techniques taught by secularists and with good reason. Secular principles mainly involve the obtaining of an object like a car or money, while its spiritual powers are loosely known as "the universe."
Without God, the concept of imaging is void of a creator who loves us. It may surprise you, but the idea of visualizing originates from the Bible and is most clearly explained in Hebrews 11:1.
The paramount difference between the secular version and the biblical view is that one distills the principle to a simple mental exercise while the other is part of a faith building life with God. Take a look at the verse for yourself.
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not see."
The passage explains that faith is the substance of things hoped for, in other words, faith deals with things in the invisible realm of the mind.
A closer look at the keywords, "faith" and "substance" shed lots of light on the meaning of the verse. In the original Greek language, the word faith means to adopt a conviction of something true. The word substance means, "a setting, structure, foundation, the quality or nature of something."
The first part of the sentence communicates to us that faith is our ability to mentally form a picture of something and hold true in our mind. The second part of the phrase requires little interpretation. It confirms that faith is something that exists in thought as true.
The idea presented by the Bible is that God gave us the power to visualize things into being. Furthermore, as we glean through to the third verse in Hebrews eleven, we are told that God created the universe in the same manner and by the power of His word.
The message summarizes the idea that you are God's image manifest in the flesh endowed with the same power. Your mind and your words have power beyond understanding, albeit limited to an extent.
There are two keys to unlocking the awesome power within you.
The first is that it must serve God, and the second it must serve others. We can never use God's power for greed, selfish gain, or harm. If we dare test God, it will not go well.
Can we use it to help ourselves? Of course. The joy and love of God are eternal and effects us in the physical realm if it doesn't the barrier can be removed. Pain and suffering can teach valuable lessons about humility and can change us from the inside. Once the lesson is learned, we can proceed like the woman who bled for many years and who saw herself healed by touching Jesus' garment.
Christian visualization is how we are supposed to live. By loving others through verbalized and visualized prayer, we serve others and God while using our gift, a gift so vast and complete that it's outside the realm of human thinking.
How do we maximize our life with creative Christian visualization? First, pick all your favorite scriptures that speak to you about anything you're going through life. Then, powerfully visualize God's promises coming to pass for you, or someone else. Make sure verbally recite your prayer since there is power in your words.
Once you've completed your practice, thank God. You must thank God for the object of your prayer as if it has come to pass. (Mark 11:24)
This method is a form of Christian meditation and should take at least 15 to 20 minutes each day. If you can go longer, that's better. To solidify the practice and ramp up the spiritual powers that are supporting you (Romans 8:31) discipline yourself to perform the process several times a day.
God bless you. It's a pleasure serving you. We're praying for you. See you in the kingdom.