DETOXIFYING methods for our body are all the rage. Everywhere I look, I am seeing a new commercial for a new detox. We need to do a different kind of detox! Our minds are full of toxic thinking!!! We need a mind detox. OUR minds are out of alignment. The biggest problem we often have…. our own minds! Toxic Thinking!!! So encouraged (again) by Dr. Leaf and her teaching on Toxic Thinking…. Listen to some of this today and see what God may be saying to us: Our own negative thought patterns can make us actually sick, depressed, stuck. Our mind is designed so that we can zoom in on whatever thought we want… Despite our current circumstances, we choose the issue of the moment that we are going to think on….. we choose to grow thoughts and they turn into patterns that either lead to life or death for us. What you think matters!!!! Scientifically, Worship protects us against Worry! Prayer conquers powerlessness! The Word of God conquers Depression! Research shows that every 7 seconds we think on what we have in our world and in our heart… we meditate on it… WE must TAKE notice of what we are choosing to think/meditate on. Discipline yourself to be aware of what you are thinking on… and allowing in!!! Evil has NO control over you until you react to it, until you believe a lie.
Trust in the Lord, with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge God and He WILL direct your path… and your mind and your actions ALL DAY LONG!! Whatever you think about the most will GROW in and through you! Toxic thoughts lead to toxic actions… a stronghold of the enemy. Prov. 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. What you grow in your mind… you operate from. Our minds become a ‘Weed growth room” :o)
I have been caught many times as a mom, wife, friend and even pastor in Toxic Thoughts. a swimming mess of chaos in my head…. We are instructed by God to BRING our thoughts into captivity…Get our minds focused on God. Listening to the intuition of the Holy Spirit!!!! HOWEVER-We need to do this DAILY… not occasionally! We are lazy in our minds… WE LET our minds and our thoughts push us around. We must tune our ears.. and what we think on to be in alignment with what God’s word. WE need to look to the Word of God and choose to TAKE CAPTIVE every thought and MAKE it obedient to Jesus. THIS is how to detox!
1John 2:14 written to those who are young in Christ yet strong & mature in the faith because you know Christ- Why? God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have conquered your battle with the evil one. Ps. 119:33 Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil… too many times the mind is the stronghold of the enemy.
2 Cor. 10:4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We 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. 6And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
God CAN and WILL work MIRACLES in you and in your life… just by changing the way you think!!!! YOUR thoughts ARE decisions… your thought life matters!
This means to not let any thought go unchecked – filter your thoughts through the word of God…. and CHOOSE to discipline yourself to regulate your mind… choose to think on things that are good. CHANGE your brain.. your thought patterns!!! These things are not written on condition. They are for all of us despite our current circumstances.
HOW to change our thinking: Make a daily choice to follow these scriptures… do it 21 days in a row to make it a habit. “Change your thinking and change your life!” No thought is harmless. Where your thoughts go… there goes your life. Luke 6:45 Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Heb. 11:1 11 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Replace toxic thinking with faith.
New Living Translation (NLT)
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
1 Peter 5:7
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Ps. 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. —Deuteronomy 31:6 (MSG)
Most of this post was what I gleaned from these video teachings from Dr. Leaf…. they are some great teachings!! BUT none of it is actually new, It is clearly laid out in the Word of God…. Here is Dr. Leaf’s challenge: Learn to make healthy thoughts a habit by committing to healthy thinking according to the pattern in the word of God for 21days! Somebody needs to listen to these today… just like I did. Dr. Carolyn Leaf’s research is incredible. Proof that worship, the word of God and prayer are powerful for your everyday life and thinking. It’s not just a theory. PLEASE make this your next online bible study! Watch these videos! http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/lib/Networks/sublib/TBN/ec/RpNXJkbDo8TSHO8r0YWKOwujpJ0fs2P2