"That you put off, your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24
One of the discoveries that made history and startled everyone is that men and women who hold in their mind an image of themselves grow into the image they hold.
Scientists often cast doubt over scriptural instruction but Ephesians 4:22-24 confirms our ability to change according to how we think just as it's written in the Bible.
In an astounding article published in October 2009 by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health states:
"Fortunately for us, receptors on the cell membranes are flexible, which can alter in sensitivity and conformation. In other words, even when we feel stuck ‘emotionally’, there is always a biochemical potential for change and possible growth. When we choose to change our thoughts (bursts of neurochemicals!), we become open and receptive to other pieces of sensory information hitherto blocked by our beliefs! When we change our thinking, we change our beliefs. When we change our beliefs, we change our behavior."
In other words, world renown scientific authorities are discovering that your entire body is composed of cells designed to not only to receive signals from your changing thoughts but to chemically change with each passing thought. Once you permanently change how you think you change your belief and when you change your belief you change how you behave at a cellular level.
Now pay close attention to Ephesians 4:22-24.
"That you put off, your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness."
The most overt instruction in this verse is that you, and only you, are the one in charge of creating change in the bio-atmosphere of your mind and body.
God gave you power, control, and complete dominion over the universe of your body, and designed your body to effectively react to your free will.
So you are in charge of "putting off" or getting rid of the old self-reflected in thought which can corrupt wholeness. Old thoughts that cause fear, worry, doubt, low self-esteem, and anxiety must fade away and be left behind.
Instead, you have the ability to renew your thought-life with positive imagery which you can exercise continually.
Now I need to highlight the most extraordinary phrase of this verse, "That you put off, your former conduct". This part of the verse refers to how thought affects our conduct. Later it's revealed that when you renew your mental atmosphere you become equal to the thoughts you hold.
So if you habitually hold a perfect image yourself, a Christ-like being that lives and breathes in God's presence you become the embodiment of that image. Your cells will behave accordingly and so will you in mind, body, and personality.
Although science caught up to the biblical concept mind.body transformation and proved it on a molecular level I believe they missed the most important part of the equation, to what standard do we hold our thoughts?
A simple reflection of the highest personal qualities anyone can cultivate dictates that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are among at the top of the list.
This points right back to the Bible, a treasure house benevolent principles embodied by Christ.
The analysis published by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provides one more link in the chain of evidence that the ancient wisdom of the Bible presents information beyond the depth and scope of current science. I believe the trend will continue.
Unearthing the fact that your body is a biochemical atmosphere under the direction of your thought-life confirms that you must take time every day to cultivate your best self in God's presence.
Discoveries like these go to show that you have the power to change, and change in a big way. Nothing is impossible for you, nothing. Interpretations may differ but to the broad-minded student, there is a common understanding that we are unlimited beings created by an unlimited God.
Nowhere is this understanding better brought out than with how we cultivate our mind. But a concept remains a concept until you take action and start developing a new thought-life about yourself and your future outcome.
No one but you can create such a fascinating story about your progress and the new you. It's not a dull, dry, boring history, but a vivid synopsis of your best self, the self that lives in Christ and empowered by God in love, peace, healing, and understanding.
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