Imagine you received a text message from Jesus telling you that He was coming over. How would you react? Perhaps, you’d pull out the Target dishes, start the BBQ grill, and prepare an Israeli recipe you found on Pinterest.
Instead, most of us would stress about the lack of time, the dog hair on the couch, a recipe we’ve never tried, and the screaming kids running around the house. A glorious invitation has turned into devastation.
No, this is not a Martha and Mary story. It’s a call to war against the enemy of our soul who attempts to steal spiritual and tangible blessings that God provided through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Don’t be Blind to the Power of the Mind
Our thought life is a powerful influence on our spiritual, emotional and physical health, yet we let it run wild. Our thoughts influence our emotions, our emotions influence our choices, and choices result in our actions, but there’s more.
According to Dr. Carolyn Leaf, a Christian Cognitive Neuroscientist, “75% to 95% of illnesses […] are a direct result of our thought life.” Our thoughts and imaginations can “change the structure and function of our brains.”
In Doctor Leaf’s book, “Switch on Your Brain,” she states, “Matter does not control us; we control matter through our thinking and choosing.” She’s not talking about circumstances. Dr. Leaf recognizes God’s divine provision for man’s physical, spiritual and emotional health using science.
[shareable]And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God, (King James Version, Romans 12:2).[/shareable]
Our thoughts have substance because thoughts create proteins that “take up real estate” in our brains. Whether it’s a negative or positive thought, it takes up space in our brains. We can live with a healthy brain or a toxic brain, and that affects the rest of our bodies.
That’s why Scripture reminds us:
[shareable]Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things, (KJV, Philippians 4:8)[/shareable]
Here’s the good news, we can restructure our brains with thought choices. We can melt the toxic physical substances and replace them with healthy proteins that look like trees. Dr. Leaf calls them, “healthy trees.”
Peace is not beyond our reach. We can renew our minds and begin to respond instead of react because the Spirit of God lives within us to help us take captive toxic thoughts so we can have an unfettered mind for Christ.
[shareable]For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, (KJV, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5). [/shareable]
Need More Information?
For more information, I recommend Dr. Carolyn Leaf’s book, “Switch on your Brain” that features the 21-Day Brain Detox Plan. I am praising God that science has finally caught up with Scripture.
Have a blessed weekend.