So you're saved. You declared Jesus as the Lord of your life. You go to church, hang around people who have also declared themselves to be Christians, although you really don't know for sure.
You may even attend church functions and participate in church activities designed to help others and even improve the community. But something is wrong. When you show up to church your mind starts to wander. You think about the prior night's activities. Maybe it's a few shenanigans you an your buddy's were involved in. It may be you had a few drinks or possibly partook of substances, some legal, some not.
All these things play out in your mind as you try to concentrate on church service, but no avail. Although the praise and worship is your favorite part of the Sunday service your mind continually wanders into scenarios your ashamed of. Then the worst happens, you begin to lust. Your mind is like a hungry tiger ready to devour any image or thought it desires. It wants more and more. Finally it's let loose, and like a ravenous animal your mind indulges in everything you taught was wrong.
You gain your wits and feel horrible about the whole thing. Convicted in guilt your self esteem drops like a bowling ball. You hit rock bottom when these thoughts keep piling on. Even after leaving church they fester, agitate, and entice. Over and over you let go to temptation and you actually feel pleasure every time.
It a vicious cycle. You know it's wrong. You successfully stop the pattern, for a while. Then one little thing, one mention of a word, or maybe an image, sets off the chain reaction all over. The worst part about all this is that you enjoy it. That's why is so difficult to stop it. It feels so good.
Now here's the really shocking news.
According to The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and Jill C. Manning who testified and reported (full record here) before the United States Senate on November 9, 2005, 57% of all men who attend church are addicted pornography, 30% of all Christian marriages have issues with adultery, 34% of of women visit pornographic websites, while 60% of women struggle with lust, and 54% of pastors admit viewing pornography. (view summary here)
And we haven't even covered drug and alcohol use. The numbers are similar of the secular population where nearly half of the population over the age of 12 drink alcohol, 57% of them say they are regular drinkers. Smoking pot rose from 4.1% in 2001 to 13% in 2016. Alcohol use disorders are up (AUD), alcohol related deaths are up, and the economic burden is growing.
Now lets understand addition. Addiction is by nature an intense craving for something and the loss of control over its use, despite its adverse consequences.
In the brain something interesting happens. First the frontal lobes, the area of the brain that handles self-control and good judgement are subverting and without the protection of the frontal lobe a person lets loose. Once pleasure, a chemical release in the brain and associated to certain neurological thought patterns, the pleasure centers become very empowered which then corrupts the normal function of the frontal lobe.
This explains why you, or someone you love, has an extremely difficult time controlling themselves the region of brain that tempers your personality has been hijacked!
Don't lose hope. God designed a spectacular mechanism in your brain that makes superman look like a whip. Can you imagine having the power to physically controlling your brain, changing it's structure, and even making it grow in grey matter, the stuff that make you smarter? That would be incredible right? well its true. And even superman can't do that. You have super powers far beyond your wildest dreams. Think of the potential and what you could do with your life. The Bible truly right when it stated that all things are possible with God.
Did you really think life is all about doom and gloom. About dead ends and a long string of failures only to meet death in despair. No! Not even close. God is power. God is hope, joy, love, wisdom, and endless possibilities. God is about the natural and the supernatural. God is endless potential, victory, strength, spirit, and overcoming power... and you were created in His image.
It's all possible for you and you have the capability, the structure, the DNA, and a power so powerful behind you that not even all the army's of the world can stop. You have God. If you think I'm hyping our ability to physically change our brain into something extraordinary at will, guess again.
Dr. Sara Lazar, PhD led a Harvard Medical School team on an exploratory neuroscience
study about meditation. Lazar hypothesized that long-term meditation may change the brain’s physical structures. So the team of explorers carefully analyzed the brains of 20 people. Using the most sophisticated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology the human brain became an open book.
Many areas of the brain structurally changed, neurological connections were rewired, and grey matter increased. Of particular importance was the frontal lobe area. The team of maverick scientists discovered that the frontal area of the brain responsible for good judgement, behavior, self-control, creativity, abstract thought, and concentration were deeply activated allowing participants to feel better and experience more satisfying balanced lives. This area of the brain is also connected to the limbic system and pleasure centers of the brain. With enhanced frontal lobes messages are filtered first before entering the deeper recesses of the mind. With powerful frontal lobes very few things are allowed to pass and stimulate our inner regions.
Now look at God's word:
"Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." ~ Proverbs 4:22
The word "keep" literally means to guard or protect, and the word "heart" means inner being, or mind, or inner mind. The Bible explains that the many issues of life spring up, which could be good or bad, if we don't protect what thoughts enter the inner mind.
This is powerful stuff. Did you ever think you'd that Harvard Medical with their MRI technology could prove scripture. Well, they just did and it's to your benefit. And it doesn't stop there, nope.
In a similar study, Andrew Newberg, MD, conducted elaborate tests using single light photon emissions to compute precise brain tomography (SPECT) learned by analyzing the brains of Buddhist meditators that they too experience higher activity in the frontal lobe region during meditation.
Now look at the Bible one more time:
"How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night." ~ Psalm 1:1-2
Let me translate. The person who doesn't sin is blessed, and the person who is blessed meditates on God's word all the time. That means your mind must be so infused with God's word that it meditates on scripture even in with your subconscious mind.
Jesus in 14:23 states that any who "keeps" His word will be blessed with and increase of God's presence.
So scientists discovered God's amazing design and our ability to change the brain by simply sitting quietly for a few minutes, while God's word states that if we "keep" His word through concentration or meditation we will be blessed with power from above. It just gets better!
Do you need to change? Do you know someone who needs to change? If the answer is yes, then you need to share this article.
The solution is simple. There are dozens of studies converging on the same conclusion, meditation helps break additions, and scientists are testing many types of meditations, some stranger than others. You and I have instructions from God, not men, but God himself.
If you follow the words of Jesus and sit quietly and meditatively concentrate on God's word for 20, 30, or 60 minutes each day your brain will change. Even more impressive God's presence will increase in you. Yes, with God all things are possible and God designed and built you to overcome with His help.
All the mechanisms are there, the ability is there, and God is waiting to bless you. Let your brain experience God through His word and everything will change. Do it daily. Naturally we want to be of the greatest help so our advice has always been to seek the advice of others like counselors or doctors. With the advice of many experts you will win. (Proverbs 15:22)
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I pray for all our reader everyday and won't quit until the Lord calls me to the Kingdom. Even then I'll probably breakout deep meditative prayer for you. I got your back. God bless you. See you in the kingdom.