We live in a time where everyone is struggling with different diseases of the body and mind that are really taking people’s joy and shortening their lives. In my own family alone we are talking ADHD, severe autoimmune diseases, cancer, depression, anxiety (4 out of 6 siblings suffer from anxiety to the point of being medicated), severe food intolerances and intestinal problems, Alzheimer’s, and many more.
This past weekend the Lord has started speaking and confirming specific things to me so powerfully that I have to share them. Through a series of sessions of Dr Caroline Leaf (a renowned cognitive neuroscientist) that was done at the Hillsong church in Cape Town, South Africa, I learned that every one of my thoughts releases different chemicals in my brain that affects every cell in my body. And by consciously and intentionally taking my thoughts “captive”, I can change my brain and take it from a toxic state to a zone in line with what God intended, which is it’s more natural state which she calls the “LOVE zone”.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
What if that disease (be it in your body or a mental illness that you have struggled with for so long) can be healed with Jesus’s help, who can give you the strength to take captive the thoughts in our own minds that are making us ill? The secret to our healing lies in our own minds, and what thoughts we choose to give energy to or not.
Taking our thoughts captive will not only heal our body and our mind, but will also allow us to act in obedience to God, even when we “don’t feel like it”. We will be able to decide to do something, or believe something, because God says so in His Word, so we know that it is true.
I have listed the podcasts of Dr Leaf’s sessions at the end of this article. I really urge you to take a listen, as she has all the knowledge and knows how to explain it so much better than me. She has spent 30 years researching and doing clinical trials and one-on-one sessions with people, and now travels the world teaching people how to take charge of their thoughts one step at a time. You can read up more about her work here: www.drleaf.com
The enemy has held captive too many people (yes, Christians too) by keeping their mind, their thoughts and their brains busy and distracted, telling them lies which in the end is making even their bodies ill. You can change that today by watching the 2 videos below and listening to the podcasts at the end of this article.
1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (NLT)
But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
The interesting thing is, the same weekend that Dr Leaf was doing her sessions in South Africa, a friend of mine’s pastor in San Diego started his series ON EXACTLY THE SAME TOPIC AND CONTENT!
It is clear to me that God is through His Spirit starting to reveal to us and prompt us to be renewed by Him completely, but He gives us free will to choose what to do. Are you going to choose to watch the videos below, and listen to the podcasts, so that your thoughts can also be transformed by His Spirit?
Thank you Lord for giving us the wisdom to hear and see where you want us to improve and renew our lives to become more like Christ, so that we can walk everyday in Your Glory. Amen.
View the first 2 parts of Pastor Miles McPherson’s series, he is an inspiring speaker, and really puts it in plain language, easy to understand and digest. LOVED IT! Take a listen below.
Rock Church – Mind Your Business – Part 1, A Sound Mind
1 Corinthians 2:16
For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Rock Church – Mind Your Business – Part 2, Ant Killing Business
Dr Caroline Leaf – Think, Learn, Succeed
5 Sessions at the Hillsong Church, Cape Town, South Africa on 5 August.
Words: Mariana Engelbrecht, videos by Miles McPherson, Podcasts by Dr. Caroline Leaf.
Please share this today with someone you know that struggles with anxiety, depression, or any other disease so that we can break the chains that the enemy is keeping us bound with.