Training Your Brain

31 Mar

Greetings,

This phrase of “training your brain” has really helped me to understand that we are not controlled by our thoughts, but we can control them.  It is amazingly liberating.  I know many people believe that are stuck in worry, or anxiety, or anger; but really all of that can be changed by letting God rule your mind.  I think this has helped me more in my life than any other lesson.

If you take seriously the words of Paul in Philippians, then you can choose to think of all the kinds of things he mentions rather than our usual mental loop.

Tuesday,  What to study          

Philippians 4:8-9   Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

I believe it is worth the energy to memorize this or other verses that take our minds away from the negative, useless train it often runs on and put it on a new track.

Colossians 3:1-17 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication,  impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On   account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are     disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the   Image of its creator. 11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

If you think about the people you like to be around, my guess is you like to be around those who are clothe in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.  It sounds like a great combination to me.  And it is a choice we make every day in how we act and react in our lives.

So, if we truly believe that we have been raised into new life in Christ, then we can let the Christ life grow in us.  If the resurrection power of Christ doesn’t have the power to train our brain, then what are we talking about as people of faith.

I pray that you and I can be present and aware of the moments in our life that God wants to use for training us deeper in our faith.  So that we can be open and willing to change is not God-like in ourselves and be ready to rejoice when we feel God’s grace flowing freely through us.

What an adventure.  Peace,

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2 Responses to “Training Your Brain”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger March 31, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    Controlling my thoughts are a constant daily struggle for me. Thanks for taking your time to share your thoughts; they are inspiring and thought provoking.

  2. Lauri Capwell April 1, 2015 at 1:56 am #

    Amen!

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