What We Know About the Brain
Science has revealed a lot of new insights about the brain, and research continues to teach us what the bible already says about the human mind. Romans 12:2 tells us “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Science has found that the brain has renewable characteristics. Neuroplasticity means the brain is malleable and adaptable, changing moment by moment by how we direct our thinking. Every morning when we wake up, we have new “baby” nerve cells which have been born while we were sleeping that are there at our disposal to be used in tearing down toxic thoughts and rebuilding healthy thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 tells us “As a man thinks, so is he”. Science is showing us that when we think, we do build thoughts in our brains and these become an actual physical substance in our brain. With these substantive thoughts in our brain we can then direct our bodies.
Scientists have found that the proteins in our brain will look and act differently depending on if you are having a positive or a negative thought. This tells us we are designed to stand outside ourselves and observe our thinking and change it if necessary. ”Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
If we as individuals can spend 5-16 minutes a day on focused positive meditative thinking, this can help our brain stay positive, disciplined and powerful to do all that we are called to do that day with excellence.
If you interested in this topic, I encourage you to read the book “Switch on Your Brain” By Dr. Caroline Leaf. Dr. Leaf is a Christian and Cognitive Neuroscientist. Her book brings great insight into how the Lord has created our brain to do exactly what God has asked us to do with it in His Word. We have the power to choose “life or death, blessing or curses”, His desire as well as ours at Desert Streams is ..choose blessing and life.
Pam Stinchcomb, LMSW
Desert Streams Christian Counseling
2019 Rambling Road
Kalamazoo MI 49008
-This article is reposted by permission from the Desert Streams Monthly E-Newsletter.