MGHM Healing Brief, 3/13

Good 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."

The 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 falling.

Anxiety 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.

Think 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.

                                                                                     Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first 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 wayspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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