Thoughts Take Up Real Estate in the Brain
NOTE: My goal in these blogs is to present a very simplistic overview of principles and understanding I have gleaned from years of study from God’s Word on the topic of “Renewing the Mind”, and months of study of the books, television broadcasts, and online course, 21day braindetox of Dr. Caroline Leaf, (one of the foremost brain neuroscientists in the world).
I do hope these blogs, (although just touching the surface of this understanding), will motivate you look more into Dr. Leaf’s material and to diligently begin this amazing process of “Renewing Your Mind”. Please refer to Part one of this series: Basic Priniciples.
In May, I will begin a teleconference course called Renewing Your Mind. This course, with Powerpoint and personal telephone guidance, will walk you through specific strategies and understanding. It is a free course to all members of Team Fabulous. Archives are posted for review or makeup for all members.
- To begin the process of renewing our minds, we need to develop a strong awareness that every single thought, good or bad, takes up real estate.
- Dr. Caroline Leaf, foremost neuroscientist, tells us that according to science and God’s word, thoughts are not harmless little whisps of wind. Thoughts are powerful.
- “Every thought impacts every cell of our body,” says Dr. Leaf
- Toxic thoughts are like poison. However, once we discover and begin to break this cycle of toxic thought patterns, we will improve every area of our life.
As we step into this mind renewing journey, we will begin becoming aware of every single thought that crosses our mind. Our goal is to learn how to discipline our mind so that we never let one thought go by unchecked. We do this one baby step at a time.
A Gift God has Given to Us
God has given us many gifts: The first gift is salvation (salvation is translated “sozos”, which means saved, healed, delivered, preserved and made whole). He has also given us the wonderful gift of the ability to “renew our mind” one day, one thought, at a time.
And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God. ~Romans 12:2
If He tells us to renew our minds, it must be possible. He will give us the strength and ability to do so. Our part is to ask in faith, believing He will do this. Trust Him to direct our steps.
He also tells us to bring every thought captive. “Make it give up to the obedience of Christ”, says one translation of II Cor 10:4,5
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God
to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 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; …
It will require discipline. It will be worth it. The pain of discipline weighs ounces, compared to the pain of regret.