Cleansing your imagination so that Holy Spirit can use it and you can trust what you see is extremely important.
I have led people into heavenly encounters many, many times only to have them pull back and disengage because of offense. When I asked Holy Spirit about it, he said that they had hit a wall and had to be willing to deal with their 'stuff'. So beware of taking offense. It usually is a symptom of a deeper issue that Holy Spirit is trying to shine the light on.
So this is what I started out doing many years ago. I had a very hard, seared heart before I got introduced to Jesus and it really grieved me so I asked Holy Spirit for a tender heart. (1Tim. 4:2, 2Kings 22:19, Psalm 51: 10-12)
Second whenever I quit hearing Holy Spirit I would humble myself and go apologize to whoever I needed to.... I kept repenting till his voice/presence was with me again. (Now I know it's my angels that were hanging around). You see words that are full of the fruit of Holy Spirit attract Angels (Gal. 5:22-25) while words that are full of self and the fruit of self attract demon spirits. (Gal. 5:19-21). I didn't care what other people thought of me, I needed Him! Desperation works!
Third, I worshiped a lot... I wanted to be like King David that sang to the Lord. I wanted to bless His heart because he had done so much for me. I never ever wanted to grieve Holy Spirit.
As I began to worship all these bad images would come to my thoughts and I tried to stuff them but it didn't help... Holy Spirit said I needed to acknowledge that they were apart of the old me. Then I would confess that they were not the new me and I would ask Jesus to wipe them away from me... If they wouldn't go away immediately I would ask the Lord what else I needed to do. Sometimes I had to go apologize to someone.. Sometimes I had to go make it right etc. Then I would ask Holy Spirit to help me hate the things that he hated.
You see we will never get rid of the sin we like. We have to get to the point where we hate the sin and the death it brings before we will ever give up the pleasure of it. All sin is pleasurable for an instant but the Bible says it leads to death and it sure does! (James 1:14-15)
So back to cleansing.... Holy Spirit helped me to fast track a lot of cleansing with the power of God's word. There is supernatural power in God's word to bring it to pass when you mix it with faith. And faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. So I would ask Holy Spirit for a promise and when I felt a line or two get highlighted in my Bible I would write it down and start to think about it and speak it over myself and even try to sing it over myself till I knew but I knew it was mine. Then I had power to fight off the things that led to bad images.
You know Holy Spirit had me read the Book of James over and over for a LONG time. (many months) I wasn't allowed to read much else in my Bible. Some lady gave me trouble because I wasn't reading the whole Bible every year. I recognized a religious spirit speaking through her.... You decide who you are going to listen to.
I won't say it's easy. I've taken lots of ridicule from family members because I won't watch a lot of the TV shows or movies out there. If Holy Spirit says no... that's good enough for me. He's more important. I don't make a big deal of it and I certainly don't have a 'holier than thou' attitude. I just quietly leave and go to the kitchen or my room and do something else. I want my imagination to be Holy Spirit's drawing board at any cost.
Is it worth it? Yes, yes, yes! We are spiritual beings! We are in a war and we win through HIM! If we won't quit we will never lose! How many Angels do you want waiting for you to wake up in the morning? How many people do you want to see saved, healed and delivered? How many Heavenly Creatures would you like to have as friends? I have a lion named Reign and a green-striped Tiger named Emerald that come and guard me while I sleep. There's nothing like it! If you'll keep on this journey the veil between Heaven and Earth will get so thin that you'll be learning how to function in both places at the same time. It's amazing! Our brains have the capacity for us to live in two dimensions at the same time.
Holy Spirit will make it worth your while! You can never, ever out give him! Whatever sacrifices you have to make he will compensate you for,,, over and over again.
So have fun! I decree that You are more than a conqueror through Him that loved you! Heaven is closer to you than your hand in front of you! I pray for Joy in your journey and sweet, sweet fellowship with Him and your angels and may you always be passionate for Holy Spirit, Jesus and the Father and their Kingdom! Amen!
Big hugs and blessings,
Brenda Gale Thompson
(Thanks to www.tonbridgesearch.com
for their carwash cartoon and to
http://www.tiger-pictures.net/ for their tiger picture.)