Replacing Toxic Thoughts
Science has shown that bad thoughts are toxic to our brains and to our health. We can replace toxic thoughts with good thoughts but it takes time which requires our perseverance to get the job done.
The Battle is in The Mind
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10:5 ESV)
Dr Caroline Leaf Ties Neuroscience to Scripture
Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology gives compelling evidence that what scientists are discovering about how our brain works ties closely with God's word. It only makes sense that the designer of our brains designed them in such a way that they must conform to what scripture tells us about how we should use our minds and how we should deal with our thoughts.
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As you are listening to me now, at 400 billion actions per second, you are building thoughts inside your brain. Real physical substance inside of your brain of the information that I am sharing with you and of the information you learned last night, this morning and during the day and tomorrow. But if you don’t take this stuff and think about it you’ll lose it because the little protein structures that you’re going to learn about this evening will denature, which means they will become hot air – literally heat energy after 24 to 48 hours if you don’t stabilize [the thoughts and short term memories]. So I will teach you tonight that in order to really make a change in your life and really in your mind it takes a full 63 days. It takes three cycles of 21 days minimum to change a thought pattern – to renew a thought – and that’s one [thought] and you are supposed to be doing that for the rest of your life [in Christ].
Dr. Caroline Leaf, "Bring Toxic Thoughts into Captivity", https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZczIP_79jXs?start=254&end=301&rel=0 [emphasis and comments added by webmaster]
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life [and thoughts that bring life], so that you and your children may live. (Deut 30:19 ESV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil 4:8 ESV)