Health and Toxic Thinking
|In Who Switched Off My
Brain? Dr. Caroline Leaf claims that we're
experiencing an epidemic of toxic emotions. Leaf’s
best-selling book is based on research showing "that as
much as 87% to 95% of mental and physical illnesses are a
direct result of toxic thinking—proof that our thoughts
affect us physically and emotionally."
A neuroscientist and a Christian, Dr. Leaf writes:
"Science and scripture show how we are wired for love
and optimism and so when we react by thinking negatively and
making negative choices, the quality of our thinking
suffers, which means the quality of our brain-architecture
suffers and in turn, so does our health."
place to start is with our thoughts
So it’s not only true that "what we say is
what we get" (as I’ve argued elsewhere) but that
"what we think is what we are." We need to be in
agreement with the Lord in order to enjoy heaven’s
blessings, and the place to start is with our thoughts.
How to go about it? Here’s a personal illustration. In
Minnesota’s current "epidemic" of ice and slush,
I’ve been walking very gently on our
driveway and in parking lots. At some point my cautious
step-by-step movement turned into anxiety about slipping and
about anything is bad for me
Now, I know full well that anxiety about anything
is bad for me, and the Lord called my attention to a couple
of scriptures assuring me that I would remain upright on the
driveway. Psalm 121:3 says that "He will not allow your
foot to slip or to be moved." Psalm 18:36 affirms that
"You have given plenty of room for my steps under me,
that my feet would not slip." So whenever the fear of
falling rears its ugly head, I get rid of it by speaking
these scriptures aloud.
Clearly, though, anxiety isn’t the worst of our
problems. Negative thoughts and emotions of varying
intensity—from persistent worries to outright
anguish—seem to shape the lives of the majority of people
around us. Secular life in general, for all its bragging
about freedom from old-fashioned superstition, seems to be
lived under a cloud of fear and stress.
and speak the truth
Dear ones, you and I don’t have to go there.
Philippians 4:8 gets it just right: "Finally, brothers,
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable
. . . think about such things." If we’ll just decide
on a daily basis to think and speak
the truth of God’s Word about our health, our future, our
relationships, our safety, and so on, we will be
focused on whatever is right, pure, lovely, admirable,
excellent, and praiseworthy.
And we have the assurance of II Timothy 1:7, that
"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and love and of a sound mind." Let’s say that aloud
as often as necessary! If we'll make a quality decision to
live out the truth of that verse, we’ll walk all day,
every day, in the peace that the world is desperate to know.
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here