The importance of what we chose to think and behave has been an area that has peaked my interest for many years. Growing up, I struggled with knowing who I really was by allowing any voice to tell me what and who I was. The issue with this is that we allow the good and the bad in. Who was I to know at the time, as a young kid what was good and what was bad? For this reason, it is so important that we discuss the power of our thoughts and behaviors. Then we lead our kids, friends, family and co-workers to the truth that sets us free and living a life of life-giving thoughts and behaviors.
As I have been studying scripture and listening to those who have studied the mind, it has occurred to me even more, how powerful the mind really is.
Our mind is a spiritual, non-physical part.
Research shows that the mind is apart of us that thinks, feels and chooses. For some of you, I know what I’m writing in my article isn’t new information but when we think about the power of our mind…how it’s been created and how it works- it’s fascinating. The way in which you see something,- your perspective is determined by your mindset by which you chose, think and feel. This has so much power in how you live your life.
Science and the word of God go together
Everything that God created- science backs it up to prove. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV says “For God has not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” What does a “sound mind” look like? The Greek word for “sound mind” is sophronismos, which means “saving the mind.” If you believe the Bible to be accurate than what Paul shares here in 2 Timothy 1:7, tells us that our thinking, reasoning and understanding has always been there.
God has made us healthy and whole
No circumstance can hold us back in having a mind that can be made completely whole by God. So why do we have people with brain damage still and why wont God heal? Do we limit what God has made? I don’t have all the answers. However I do believe in a good God that does bringing healing to every part of the body.
One of my favorite speakers to listen to, Dr. Caroline Leaf who is a Cognitive Neuroscientist has been studying the mind for many years. She says that “every toxic thought you indulge is causing brain damage.” Just think about that. When we allow bad thoughts to form, we give room for damage. So what do we do with that?
Gods truth is essential in everyday healthy living
The Bible in 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” When we accept Christ into our lives, we take on a new nature. We discover who we were created to be and really how much power we have over what we think and how we live. As a result, we live different. We surrender, confess, forgive and lay down our selfish agendas to pick up a life with meaning with God. When we have a bad thought we turn against it and we combat that lie with the truth of what God says about us.
For example- as a Christ follower, if you have a thought of “I’m not good enough.” Speak out loud “I am the righteousness of God.” In that moment your “I’m not good enough” thought ceases and the true words you speak of yourself bring forth positivity and life. Whether or not you recognize it or not, a change has shifted. Your focus has changed on what God has spoken about you. Also don’t forget, we have the Holy Spirit who guides us to the truth. Remember whose voice matters most and which one brings love, hope and freedom.
Going on to experience life and freedom in the mind, Dr. Caroline Leaf says that “the first 21 days that we think and chose to build our thoughts is the time in which our thoughts and memories build and the time of breakdown of toxic thoughts.” She goes on in her research to share how “after an additional of 21 days it takes to stabilize and build a habit and 21 more for it to be complete.” Crazy how that works right? To realize that we are capable and it truly is possible for us to think positive and life giving thoughts and do it consistently is encouraging. We can be living our best life- it’s up to us.