"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~ Romans 12:2
Most people don't realize how faithful and perfect God's word is. Let me explain. Thoughts are chemical and electrical signatures in the brain. Neurons in your brain connect many thoughts and memories creating organized patterns, or networks, from which we draw our view of reality.
Additionally, researchers have discovered that the brain produces between 12,000 to as much as 70,000 subconscious thoughts per day, mostly without your knowledge. Much of your subconscious thought helps to regulate automatic" bodily functions like your heart rate, body temperature, etc.
But a lot of this background mental activity is about who you are and how you perceive the world around you. This undetected thought can affect how you consciously think, feel, and act. Since people are exposed to worldly concepts every day, most scientists have concluded that nearly 75% of subconscious thought can be negative. As opposed to messages that explicitly enhance human potential, worldly messages almost always focus on fear, doubt, vanity, danger, sickness, envy, gain, greed, pleasure, carnal self-improvement, and ego. In other words, most subconscious thought patterns will not develop our extraordinary potential as beings created in God's image.
Paul, the author of the book to the Romans who did not have a neuroscience degree, addressed the problem nearly 2000 years ago by stating that our mind should not conform to the pattern of this world, but instead he explained that we should take action and renew the pattern of our mind so we can live more perfectly with God.
Paul's advice in Romans 12:2 implies that our brain can be molded and shaped according to our will, scientists have a name for this, neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is our ability to form and reorganize neurological connections in the brain. Reorganization occurs in response to learning through, listening, reading, and thinking. Prior to the concept's adoption, the scientific community widely accepted the notion that the brain was a mass of gray matter without ability.
That changed in 1960 when Marian Diamond of the University of California, Berkeley, produced the first scientific anatomical evidence of brain plasticity. Science now concedes to Paul's concept in Romans 12:2 that the mind can renew at will and develop high potential.
As amazing as this is sounds, the Bible has more to say about the subject and scientists are again are at odds. This time with Jesus.
In John 14:23, Jesus states that anyone who loves Him will “keep” His word and by doing so God's presence will increase in them. This verse says that if we use our neuroplastic skill to conform our mind to God's word, rather than the world, it will draw more of God's presence into our lives. In other words, God's spiritual powers are delivered through brain changes.
The Old Testament backs the concept expounded by Jesus with a similar verse in Proverbs 4:22 which states that whoever keeps God's word will experience health in the body. As we've studied in the past, healthy changes in the body happen when genetic activity changes, something we've written about for many years.
So according to the Bible, anyone who changes the conscious and subconscious patterns of the mind according to God's word can genetically change with God's power.
Science is far behind on this one and very resistant. But we are not because we have understanding through the Holy Spirit which reveals many things. Romans 12:2 is a call to reform and reshape our brain according to God's word. This type of reorganization will not only dismantle worldly patterns but will enlighten us with more presence from God. (John 14:23)
Which brings us to our final point, scientists discovered that the best way to change the biochemical architecture of the brain is by reading, listening, and thinking. This process holistically transforms the brain according to an intentional focus.
What would happen if we were to follow the advice of Paul and Jesus? What if we were able to read, listen, and think about God's word as our own? Science has already proven that our brain will change, but God states that His power will enter our lives if we change our mind with His word. We can safely assume that if our genetic activity changes our health will change, how we think will change, our speech will change, and how we spend our time will change. In other words, our entire life will change. The bonus is that our life would fulfill God's will in real-time. We will become extraordinary human beings guided by love, humility, and wisdom from God our Father.
The surprising thing you need know about Biblical affirmations is that as more of God's power enters your life, your genetic activity will change. According to Proverbs 4:22 you will be a more extraordinary person. The kind of person you were designed to be.
I'm not here to tell you we have all the answers, or that any of this is true. But I can tell you that science is confirming God's word, and that God's word upholds incredible promises. For that reason we designed our programs around the latest scientific discoveries develop them around God's word. The secular world doesn't have much to offer, but God word does.
Our programs present the Word in the first person as affirmations. This method is by far the most digestible to the brain, so new thought patterns are easily and effectively formed.
Additionally, the PDF versions of the programs will allow you read the Biblical affirmations which reinforce Godly thought more powerfully.
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God bless you. See you in the kingdom.