Written by Dallas Pepper on March 28th, 2016.
While struggling with some things I got the image that I was fighting a bear. This bear was on it's back legs ready to strike and I had a spear. I assumed the bear was my sin or the enemy and I was fighting against it.
Then I had another image of the bear. It was tame and I was leading it by a loose rope. Another image of the bear, this time I was on its back riding it through the forest. Things aren't always what they seem at first glance.
The bear didn't represent sin or the enemy. It was my own imagination. I've always had a powerful imagination and the enemy has certainly taken advantage of that at times. A mind is a powerful thing so one running wild and rampant is very dangerous. But the flip side is true. Oh the power of the mind that has been sanctified. Just like our dreams and passion, imagination isn't necessarily bad. The solution wasn't killing the bear it was taking it captive in the name of Jesus Christ, then learning to use it. It my my imagination that led to me being stricken by night terrors and sleep paralysis and led me into sin. It is also my imagination, when powered by the Holy Spirit allows me to prophesy, to have discernment of spirits, and, (my favorite of my spiritual gifts) to have faith.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. - 2 Corinthians 10:5