I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.Psalm 119:59
Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.Eph. 4:22-24
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. Rom 12:2
I’ve talked a lot about making choices on this blog – choosing joy, choosing our attitudes…
Well, here’s what it all boils down to – choosing our thoughts.
To be honest, I never seriously thought that we could really control what we think and how we act until I watched an interview that Joyce Meyers did with the author of Who Switched Off My Brain? – Dr. Caroline Leaf – titled Your Brain and You, Part One and Two.
I was blown away by the scientific research that Dr. Caroline Leaf has done showing that it is physically possible to “take every thought captive” and “renew your mind”. And, did you know thoughts can make you ill?
“A thought may seem harmless but if it becomes toxic, even just a thought can become physically, emotionally or spiritually dangerous. Thoughts are measurable and occupy mental ‘real estate.’ Thoughts are active; they grow and change.Thoughts influence every decision, word action and physical reaction we make. Every time you have a thought, it is actively changing your brain and your body – for better or for worse.”- Who Switched Off My Brain
“87% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. It’s an epidemic of toxic emotions.
The average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day. Through an uncontrolled thought life, we create the conditions for illness; we make ourselves sick! Research shows that fear, all on its own, triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than 30 different hormones. There are INTELLECTUAL and MEDICAL reasons to FORGIVE! Toxic waste generated by toxic thoughts causes the following illnesses: diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin problems and allergies to name just a few. Consciously control your thought life and start to detox your brain!” – http;//drleaf.net
“God has given us a design of hope; we can switch on our brains, renew our minds, change and heal.” – Dr. Caroline Leaf
I’m amazed by how powerful our minds are! We can use them for evil or allow God to use them for good. The real battle is all in our mind.
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. 2 cor 10:4-6
Since the beginning of time, walking in our own ways or thoughts has only caused us trouble.
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. rom 1:28 nlt
Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. is 59:7
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; is 65:2
Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. jer 6:19
I believe that one of the best ways to renew our minds is to read the Holy Bible because the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb 4:12) Proverbs 23:7 says, we are what we think. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7) Therefore, we must prepare our minds for action; be self-controlled; and set our hope fully on the grace to be given us when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Pet 1:13) We have the mind of Christ! 1 cor 2:16 We should take that to heart and do as the Thessalonians did – receive the word with all readiness of mind, and search the scriptures daily. Acts 17:11
Take no thought…
…of one’s self more highly than one should. Rom 12:3
…of high things, but conform to the lowly. Rom 12:16
….foolishness Pro 24:9
…for the flesh. Rom 8:5
…for earthly things Php 3:19
…about carnality. Rom. 8:7
…about evil Mk 7:21
…for your life. Matt 6:25
…about what you will eat and drink.Matt 6:28
…what you will wear
…for tomorrow. Matt 6:34
…for what you will speak. mk 13:11
Think on these things –
This verse sums it up beautifully –
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. Php 4:8
The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. Pro 12:5
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. Is. 26:3