Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Study -Switch on Your Brain Ch1

The main scripture for Chapter 1 is
2 Timothy 1:7
"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind"
 The Scientific Concept:
Science shows we are wired for love with a natural optimism bias.  This means what the scripture above says.

I am reading this book for the 2nd time and have learned that we are capable of doing our own brain surgery and changing the way our brain is wired.  This can work for the negative or the positive.  God has already wired us towards certain things when He created us.  Good things.  That's why He says in Phillippians 4:8 to meditate on the following:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

I'm leaning that God does not just say these things because He wants us to exercise some type of willpower to do it.  He says it because it's what He has actually hard wired us to do it.  When we focus our mind on toxic thoughts it actually does "damage" to our brain because it changes the hard wiring of our brain.  Our thinking actually produces proteins and chemical reactions that produce genetic expression.  Remember that the brain controls the rest of our body, but the "mind" controls that brain.  Some quotes from chapter 1 below:

"Scientists are proving that the relationship between what you think and how you understand yourself--your beliefs, dreams, hopes, and thoughts-has a huge impact on how your brain works"

"Research shows that 75 to 98 percent of mental, physical, and behavioral illness comes from one's thought life.  This staggering and eye-opening statistic means only 2 to 25 percent of mental and physical illnesses come from the environment and genes.

Take away thought - Guard your thought life above everything. Guard against toxic thoughts that don't line up with God's word.  Doing this can change how your brain is wired for the better and change your life for the better.  

Proverbs 23:7 - For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

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