Posted: 11/11/2009 at 12:21pm
By Ron McGatlin
There is an immense chasm of difference between believe and make-believe. A major amusement corporation marketing fantasy make-belief refers to itself as the Magic Kingdom. There is also a big difference between supernatural spiritual kingdom of God reality and the unreality of fantasy make-believe of religion. Fantasy and make-believe function in the creative production processes of the human mind.
God’s Production Center on Earth
The creative imagination of man is designed by God to be a working part of the interface between Spirit God and His created natural world through the heart of mankind. God created mankind a spirit being in an earthly body with the capacity to commune with God as spirit and project God’s will into the natural world. Only mankind has the capacity to relate to and interact with God in the spiritual realm as spirit and relate to the natural world by his natural mind and body. Man is the interface between the spiritual and the natural realms between heaven and earth.
Scripture refers to the human heart as a soil in which seeds are planted (Matt 13) (Mark 4:26-29). The “soil” of the heart of mankind can grow a seed into created reality in the world. A word carries a DNA picture, life-pattern, thought, vision, or idea that when planted in the fertile soil of the heart of human beings has the potential to grow into the reality of existence in the natural world. To be planted in the human heart, it must be believed or accepted in the mind. What the human mind hears repeatedly will eventually be accepted as true and planted in the heart soil. Whether it is really truth or not it will eventually be perceived as truth by the believer. That which is heard from a respected source will usually be quickly received and planted.
Faith or belief is a major part of the process of projecting the creative power of God into the world to bring forth the plan of God from heaven into the natural world. Faith in God or believing, in its simplest form, is agreeing with what we see or hear God saying and doing. Jesus clearly demonstrated this as He saw and heard the Father in the spiritual realm and then only did what He saw and heard the Father doing or saying.
Seeing this principle brings life to the understanding that the kingdom of God is within and that all things are possible to those who believe. It also adds light to the understanding that the kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit. The pure unmixed supernatural Holy Spirit flow of life from God is the kingdom of God, New Jerusalem lifestyle descending from heaven to earth. Though this process is supernatural and spiritual, there is nothing make-believe or fantasy about it. (For more understanding on these principles see Kingdom Growth Guides #027 and #028.)
Fantasy Kingdom Building
Until human beings are reborn spiritually through Christ and walking in the Spirit, the only thing they will probably hear from God is their need to repent – to turn to God with their whole heart and draw near to Him. The natural man without the indwelling fullness of the Holy Spirit is not intimately connected with God and therefore cannot hear and see what God is saying or doing. Therefore, the same creative imagination provision intended to be God’s production center on earth can only receive and project input generated from sources other than God. The creative production center in man intended to bring God’s will on earth as it is in heaven becomes a tool that the enemy can use to bring his evil will into the natural world.
Fantasy or make-believe produced by a person not connected to God is derived from the process of the unsaved imagination and heart soil being used to receive and project the will of self or of other spirits from the realm of spiritual darkness into the world. This misuse of the creative process in mankind is what has generated the world of evil desires and confusing unbelief in God and spawned a belief in the power of man’s intellect and human strengths as god in the world today.
All types of witchcraft, sorcery, black magic, and ungodly paranormal / supernatural activities come from this process. Many people without God in their lives are seeking after the supernatural causing these kinds of activities and beliefs to become more acceptable among ordinary people. Godly people should perceive and know by the Spirit that these are works of darkness and are often carried out by evil spirits.
However, many Christians who may recognize these works of darkness do not recognize these same things working in less obvious forms in their daily lives. Much of the extreme human achievements in the fallen world come from this same process. Human beings can learn to use their God-given mind, imagination, and heart soil to manipulate, control, and create from their selfish desires. By planting a vision or thoughts in their hearts (production centers), a belief can grow and take form. Thus, they have made a belief (make-believe) apart from the will of God that can be projected into the world.
Human good without God may seem very noble to fallen mankind who do not know God by the Spirit. Fantasy and make-believe seem harmless entertainment occupying the creative imagination systems of people from childhood throughout their lives. If God is the source of the creative imagination inputs, they can be productive play and entertainment for people of all ages. If indeed the inputs are from God, they will move us toward the attributes and ways of the kingdom of God from heaven. However, if God is not the source, then the only other source is the misguided minds of fallen mankind inspired or planted by ungodly spirit sources.
The word make-believe implies a mentally generated fantasy belief. If the origin is not of God, there may be a colorful carnival-like façade behind which is the influence of demonic enticing spirits seeking to divert people from the godly spiritual realm into another realm – the realm of lost-world human pleasure, psychic power, and knowledge of dark mysteries to subversively control others for personal gain.
Boiled down to the most condensed form of understanding, there are only two kingdoms seeking to rule in the world. Whichever one gains the hearts of mankind rules in the world. The two kingdoms are the kingdom of God (light) and the kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of darkness is the defeated realm of the devil, his principalities and powers.
The only power the kingdom of darkness can have now since his defeat at the cross is that which is allowed or given him by mankind allowing him use of the production center within us by his subversively planting his seeds in our hearts soil. It was man (Adam) who released the power of the darkness into the world. It is mankind who has given the enemy power to grow from the lowly serpent in the garden to the ferocious fiery red dragon of Revelation 12.
The enemy working through the creative imagination of man has created fantasy make-believe kingdoms in this world. These kingdoms were planted by other spirits in the hearts of human beings and projected through people into the world and now rule much of the natural and religious world. These are inverted kingdoms. They are upside down and backwards from the kingdom of God. Yet, they are firmly planted in the self-realization concepts of mankind.
To those who do not know God, the fantasy kingdoms can be very alluring and enticing. The colorful carnival façade promises to fulfill all their self-focused desires and needs. Unbridled sensual pleasure, fame, and riches are some of the lures used to entice people to yield the use of their inner production center to receive seed from spiritual darkness and produce fantasy inverted kingdoms into the world.
The evil inspired kingdoms ruling in the world may seem very powerful and frightening to some who believe in God but are not fully walking in the Spirit. The roar of demonic kingdoms is tremendous as they spread the terror of disorder, death, pain, and destruction across the world threatening anything that resembles the kingdom of God.
In reality Satan and all of his demons and their principalities and powers were completely defeated at the cross of Christ Jesus. The kingdom of God and every person fully walking in the kingdom of God lifestyle has authority over the powers of darkness.
With much covert subversive-style intelligence, massive schemes have been employed by the powers of darkness to pervert the minds of people with inverted false concepts. Religions of the world are perhaps the most powerful tool used in the enemy’s schemes to prevent people from walking in the kingdom of God.
A myriad of fantasy religious kingdom teachings derived from the creative imagination of men inspired by spirits other than the Holy Spirit are showered toward kingdom seekers. Many of these will have a measure of truth and claim biblical credence. Spiritual discernment derived from walking with God in His kingdom lifestyle is required to know the true from the fantasy.
There is so much more to understanding all this but this article is already long. The Kingdom Growth Guides and other resources available for Free Download and the Kingdom Library are useful sources for help in preparing us to walk into Kingdom of God / New Jerusalem lifestyle.
Edited by Ron McGatlin on 11/13/2009 at 4:26pm