Comprehending and Visualizing


“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”   Ephesians 1:18.

There is an interesting concept that I understood during my teaching years.  

When children and young adults are learning something that pertains to a certain subject or content area, they have to see it, to understand it.

Our minds form a picture of something, and when we see it, then we can formulate what it is that we are trying to retain in our minds.  This is true when we look at a tree, a flower, or anything we come into contact with upon this earth.

When someone is giving us directions to get to a certain place in the country, they may tell us to take I-70 going east through Kansas, and immediately we may know what they’re talking about because we have been on that road before, and we can “visualize” it.

We may be able to remember and “see” certain landmarks, silos, windmills, and the like, because of our previous travels.  Since I’ve made this travel over a hundred times, I remember every little village, old farm house, sign post, and hill.

We all can probably remember certain things from our childhood and even now, we are still learning things as we adapt to new situations, and embrace certain skills and the knowledge of them.

It doesn’t matter if its book learning or real-life situations, both of these involve the need for retaining the information that is being gathered from them, and what is being gathered involves “visualizing” what is taking place in the learning process.

The same is true in the spiritual, for even Jesus himself used parables and stories as we know, in his many teachings.  When He spoke of the seed that fell upon the ground, He used pictures of how the weeds and thorns of this life can choke out the seed that was planted.

We can “see” in our minds and spirits, what it would look like for that to happen.  When He mentioned about the seed not taking root in the ground because it was planted too shallow, we can “see” how the seed itself would need to sink further down into the soil to take root.

Some of what is written down in the Bible can be understood by prayer and allowing the Holy Spirit to open our eyes of understanding so that we can fully comprehend it.

Our spiritual eyes are the gateways to understanding and “seeing” what the Lord Himself is trying to tell us.

Just like visualizing the myriad of different types of things and situations that we come into contact with in this life, our understanding of God’s word involves a visual interpretation.

And yet even more profound perhaps is the act of how the rhema word is instilled in our spirits, and then how we can retain that within.

The rhema word, as many know, is the spoken word that emanates spontaneously from the Holy Spirit, during our times of prayer, praise, meditation, or fellowship.

That word sinks down into our spirits and through the years we can draw it up, consider it, and hopefully apply and learn from it.

Learn to not only meditate upon God’s word, but to see it with the eyes of your own understanding, and to retain it in your spirits.


~ Stephen Hanson

Prophet Stephen HansonStephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since.  In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God.  Will we be prepared and ready?

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