Re: Research Initiative of the Week: The Effect of Self Efficacy and Verbal Persuasion on Performance
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Ah, we are taking about imagery, now, in the form of motivational general-mastery imagery, among other types that you were discussing.
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We walk by faith, not by sight.
The key is how to obtain that faith and direct and focus it toward a goal that is not currently manifested.
The answer is first we need a vision, which is spawned by our imagination! Godís gift of imagination is very powerful stuff. Itís the direct reflection of whatís in our heart!
<font color="red"> 6And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.
Our imagination is the tool God gave us to reveal what is in our heart. If our heart is pure, we will work to glorify God, and put our imagination to righteous use and God can use it to plant visions in our heart. If we are corrupt, well Christ said it best:
<font color="red"> 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
<font color="blue">18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
This is so powerful, Christ said we will be judged on our imagination (a reflection of our heart) and whether we are using this gift for God's glory or to sin!
<font color="red"> 27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart
Here Christ says using your God given imagination to lust is as wicked to God as actually committing the act! It is supposed to be used to sow faith in your heart, not wicked intents.
Why? Because the person is using their imagination, which reflects from the intent of their heart.
Of course, man used his imagination foolishly at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11) and did not obey God to multiply the face of the earth, but instead began to get into idolatry.
But it is clear that God gave us an imagination so we could plant a vision in our heart, then use the word of God to water that vision. The water is faith.
<font color="blue"> Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. </font>
We believe what God said, like we believe the protein shake is doing its job even though we just take the manufaturer's word for it that the ingredients listed are what is in the product.
Same with God's Word.
We believe we are healed, just like we believe a serving of Champion Nutrition whey has 2.86 grams of L-Lecine in it. We believe that because its written on the label, not because we personally went to the lab and understand the entire process of creating whey and measured everything ourselves, just because we trust the manufacturer and take him at his written word the package is true.
That written label on the bucket is the source of our faith in the protein powder.
We ingest that protein to water a vision of being huge, muscular bodybuilders.
Itís sad because we believe a bucket of protein with no question, but doubt Godís Word all the time and murmur against Him. Pretty funny and yet sad. Godís mercy is huge to overlook that kind of stuff.
The thing is we arenít left in the dark about whether our vision is being realized. We see the results the protein is having on us, so itís not a blind faith. Same with faith in God, the results are manifested constantly, to reaffirm Godís work.
A way to see our faith progressing is to write down our vision and the steps to achieving the vision, we call this a goal sheet. Which can be divided up into short and long term. You did an awesome job of this in your split. We can track the progress of the vision, to strengthen our belief in the vision more and more, and it also helps our mind not be able to play tricks on us and start doubting.
That is one of the main reasons God created memory, is so we could recall all the times He has delivered us so the next time we are tested, so we can continue to go from glory to glory instead of going around the same mountain like Israel did for 40 years.
Its main function is to memorize Godís word and to recall the times God has delivered us in the past, that is a very powerful tool to laying up treasure in heaven. But again, many instead chose to fill their mind with junk and corrupt it. It can get so corrupted that God doesnít strive with these folks anymore and gives them over to a reprobate mind, to work that which is unseemly.
For example stuffing your mind with corrupt music, like secular rap stars whom glorify their lives of fornication, rape, drugs, pillage and murder.
Just like Romans 1 says though that people know corrupt individuals like that are guilty unto death, yet they not only support it (to the point they actually pay to listen to it) they take pleasure and glory with them in their sin. They become reprobate.
We can do either or, fill it with words of faith and the mind of Christ, or lusts of this world and lusts of our flesh.
God's Word tells us how to do everything, from laying up eternal treasure, to living free from sin's curse and having eternal life, to building freaky muscles. God's forumals for success are universal, science just backs it up.
God's faith formulas can be used for evil or good. But as Solomon said,
<font color="red"> Proverbs 10:2
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. </font>
We can have faith in being negative and we can live a defeated sin filled life. We can use our imagination to stay injured or sick and defeated. We can even use it to fulfill wicked intents, like we see happen daily in the newsÖWicked men using their imagination to fulfill evil deeds of murder, terrorism, and rape.
We can believe in that and walk in that life by faith in a negative mindset and lay up treasures of wrath for the day of wrath as Paul preached.
Itís our choice, that is the key factor. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
Ok, Iím done preaching. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]