Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” By now I think most of us know this. We have been focusing on who we are in Christ and the fact that our identity begins in the spirit realm and carries over onto the physical. However, with that said, there are some physical issues I think we need to consider.
In the last ten years or so science has made great strides in understanding how the human brain operates. They now confirm that 87% to 95% of all illness comes from our thoughts. For example we hear the news anchor telling us that it’s flu season and all of a sudden we start noticing every time someone sneezes. We begin using those anticeptic wipes on the carts at the grocery store, and our focus is on not getting sick. It’s generally not long before symptoms set in and sure enough, we now have the flu.
So how does that work? How can we actually “think” ourselves into being sick? This is going to get interesting so bear with me.
The brain is made up of nerve cells called neurons. These nerve cells actually have the appearance of trees with branches reaching out in all directions. If you do a search online for images of neurons you can see what I’m talking about. In some circles these structures of neurons are referred to as the “Magic Trees of the Mind.”
The mind processes over 400 billion actions per second. There are over 100 billion nerve cells in your brain, each having 200,000 branches or 300 million plus years of storage space to build memories.
Everything that comes into our brain through our five senses converts into neurons and builds one of these tree like structures. In other words, we have scientific proof that thoughts are real, tangible, physical properties in our brain.
Now consider Genesis 1:27. Here it says that God made man in His own image. So it should come as no surprise that the process we go through to build thoughts is wired in a positive direction. That is, our brains are designed to respond to thoughts with a chemical reaction that produces excitement, passion, happiness, fulfillment, and so on. Every positive thought builds a healthy network of neurons which causes us to develop in a positive manner as God intended.
However, God’s intent was thwarted in the garden when Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God and listen to the lies of the serpent. Their sin produced death resulting in a distortion or corruption of what God had once called good. Now rather than building just positive trees, our bad choices and negative thinking builds negative or toxic trees in our brains.
What is interesting is that there is no chemical for negative thoughts. Remember, we were designed to create positive neural trees by the release of positive chemicals into our brains. The fall of man did not give satan the ability to create negative chemicals, however, by distorting what God had created the effect is the same.
When we have negative thoughts our brain draws the nearest positive chemical and secretes more, and more, and more, and throws the brain into disorder, creating a chemical imbalance which causes a negative, toxic tree to grow throwing the entire body out of order and causing stress and inflammation in the brain. This inflammation causes the immune system to send out all kinds of cells to try and sort out the disorder which can result in illness and disease.
Now here is where it gets interesting. Science has discovered a process that they call Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity says that the brain is “plastic” and “malleable”. It refers to the ability of the human brain to change by modifying the strength of the connections, by adding or removing connections, and by the formation of new cells. In other words, we can rewire our thoughts, melt down the toxic neurons and replace them with positive thoughts creating positive nerve cells.
I know, it’s a lot to take in. Let’s look at a few scriptures in light of all this. Proverbs 23:7a (KJV) “…as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Now that’s quite a statement in light of our discussion. My brain is wired to operate the way I see myself. My neural network is the sum of my thoughts and experiences and I can change it by how I think in my heart.
I am sure Paul had know idea of the extent of what he was saying when he wrote in Philippians 4:8 (NKJV), “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” If we meditate on these things we are in effect rewiring our thoughts.
For years we have listened as the medical community told us that certain people could not overcome their problems due to a chemical imbalance and medication was prescribed. We now know scientifically that chemical imbalances can be corrected by changing our thoughts.
So here’s my disclaimer. I am not saying we can rid ourselves of the affects of sin simply by thinking it. What I am trying to do is show the physical process that occurs in our brain when we stop focusing on our problems and begin focusing on His Word and His promises.
God has wired us in His image and yet most of us go through life thinking this is just the way it is because we live in a fallen world. We accept everything the devil throws at us and other than waving our fist at him every now and then, we generally live in defeat waiting for Jesus to come and take us home.
As a believer, the same power that raised Christ from the dead resides on the inside of you. You have been given freedom over every bondage in Him. You can begin today to tear down the neural network that is the physical manifestation of the choices you have made in your past and allow the Word of God to heal you from the inside out. Let us show you how. Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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