Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:28
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Cor. 5:17
Phil. 4:8 teaches us a powerful lesson about visualization. It is a simple and valuable tool that believers can use to bring heaven to earth. It involves painting a picture in your mind of the outcome you wish to achieve. This is a great tool to use in conjunction with your prayers to help you develop a clearer picture of how God is calling us to live.
Many of us spend a lot of time replaying a negative situation over and over in our minds. We picture the worse case scenario, we waste a lot of time thinking about how we will not be successful and we fear ending back up at the same place. Well, that proves that we already know how to visualize, but instead of visualizing the negative, from now on, choose to focus on the positive outcome you want to achieve.
Take some time today and visualize the following for 1 minute, ideally, before you start your day.
- Like in the video, when you wake up in the morning, visualize what you’re going to eat for the day. Visualize all of your meals, visualize yourself chewing, enjoying your meals and feeling content when you’re finished. Visualize how great you feel at the end of the day because you ate within your boundaries.
- Reread your vision that you created back in week two. Think about how it will feel when you achieve your goal. Remember to experience it with all of your senses.
- Lastly, visualize yourself feeling motivated and inspired to exercise. Feel how strong and accomplished you feel when you’re finished. Think of your individual muscles getting stronger and think of the sweat as fat melting off of your body. Formulate only positive feelings about your activities and most importantly, feel God’s pleasure as you strengthen his temple.
Try to incorporate all three of these visualization exercises and do them with a smile on your face so that you can create positive endorphins every time you think of these three activities. It will take some time to be able to focus and keep these pictures in your mind for an entire minute. Whenever your mind wanders, gently bring it back. I suggest you set a timer for 1 minute.
Share your experience with the group:
In the Facebook group (for Haven small group members only)- Visualization
In the forum (for e-course members only) – Visualization
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