I have always wondered who said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Then I found out that Frederick R. Barnard, in the early part of the 20th century, published a piece commending the effectiveness of graphics in advertising with the title “One look is worth a thousand words”. Even though the introduction of that phrase is widely attributed to him, Barnard claimed the source to be oriental. While we’re on the subject, here is a Chinese proverb, “One picture is worth ten thousand words.”
Pictures always seem to have a longer lasting impression. When Jesus taught, he did so with parables. I always think of parables as stories that draw a picture. With pictures, it’s easier to remember stuff. Think about it this way: A crime is committed and the perpetrator is not found at the scene but there is a witness. The police or detectives will ask the witness questions and these questions will draw them a picture. In some instances a sketch artist will be provided and they will put the descriptions that the witness gives into a drawing that will help solve the case.
With that in mind, I thought it is interesting that the soul of man comprises of the following:
• Conscious mind – the part of the soul that is aware of what is happening at present
• Pre-conscious mind – the part of the soul that is aware of the surrounding conditions (smell, touch hearing etc). Memory has to do with this. It’s like an in-built computer; the storage tank.
• Sub- conscious mind – this is the basis of our life; the heart. It collects info from the pre-conscious in pictures. This is where miracles are worked out.
Take a look at Joshua 1:8, there the secret to the miracle of prosperity and success (that so many are struggling to find) is revealed. For our benefit, we must turn scriptures into pictures. We must turn the pre-conscious into the sub-conscious. What you imagine has to lie in line with whatever miracle you desire.
Do you have a case you need solved? I like to define a case as any issue, situation or circumstance that needs answers, a breakthrough or miracle. The woman with the issue of blood had a case.
25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” (Mark 5:25-35)
In verse 28, this woman drew a faith picture of herself and in this picture she saw herself free of the affliction! Oh, praise the Lord, it indeed came to pass! If there is a picture in your sub-conscious that you do not like, you must erase it by studying the Book of Instruction continually, meditating on it day and night and fulfilling your part in obeying what is written in it. In so doing, you will be drawing the right picture which will replace the wrong one. Hallelujah! Let’s draw a picture!