MARCH 2013 NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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Stinkin’ Thinkin’

 

Most of us have heard of this term. In all probability, we just let it roll right off our thinking.


How important are our thoughts?  My friend, the answer is: What we think is very critical to our well being. 

 

You have heard me quote “Science is catching up with the Bible.”  Scientists who study the brain tell us that every thought and feeling we experience is an electro-chemical event in the brain and nervous system, and it will have a physiological consequence.  If it is negative, it will bring bio-chemical changes in the body.

 

Negative thoughts create negative imaginations and emotions. Negative thinking triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than thirty different hormones and neurotransmitters that spill harmful toxins into your body, bringing about destruction.

 

Negative thoughts are the enemy’s kind of thoughts.  He whispers temptation and deception.  Negative thoughts include fear, pride, stress, worry, anxiety, doubt, unbelief, hurts, contention, unforgiveness, resentfulness, anger, rage, jealousy, evil thinking, negative self-talk and so much more.  Science calls these Fear Thoughts.

 

Negative emotions that are released from the thoughts (above) cause a flood of destructive chemicals into the body (also above) causing such diseases as hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, migraine headaches, cancer, skin disease, allergies, infections, diabetes, fibromyalgia, asthma, digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, and much more. Every organ and cell, including the nervous and digestive systems, will be affected by negative emotions.

 

We need to think what we are thinking!

 

Memories both good and bad are stored in the brain. There are times when the bad memories surface and we are prone to react without realizing that we are doing, so our emotions are set off.  A sound, a voice, or a specific person can set off these memories. Dr. Aiko Hormann refers to these as “trigger mechanisms.”  For instance, we can become victim to traumas such as the horrors of war, a terrible accident, abuse of a physical, verbal or sexual nature, word curses, a difficult relationship, witnessing a frightening event, a terrifying incident, and so on, and later in life certain thoughts, words, expressions, sounds, or events can trigger this incident in our mind and bring it back to the surface of our conscious memory, thus creating more toxic chemicals to be released.

 

We can add the following to the list of negative emotions that can have this sort of involuntary trigger effect: rejection, abandonment, feelings of being lost, darkness, financial problems, the lack of success and prosperity, false spirituality, revulsion, rage, betrayal, hopelessness, despair, shame, humiliation—and this is to name just a few. The destructive power of what is within us will fly out of our mouths in anger, thereby compounding the problem.

 

In her teachings, Dr. Aiko Hormann has shared that at least 80 percent of our actions are motivated by unconscious inner needs and drives. We all have the basic human needs to be accepted, to feel worthwhile, and to feel capable at what we choose to do in our life’s work. When these needs are unfulfilled, we tend to substitute them with something else. We need to recognize these problems within ourselves.

 

You might say, “I am going to work on the power of positive thinking” or “enroll in a self-motivation class.”  You could probably learn something but it won’t last.  Because ONLY Jesus can change your heart which will result in a change in how you think and what you say.  He is a loving, Holy and gentle Savior, and His Word has the answers.  However, dear friend, you must have a personal relationship with Him to become transformed.

The good news is that we can be set free from hurtful memories through prayer and meditating on the Word of God.  Then we can begin building good memories in their place so that when bad memories come up, they will not carry the former negative knee-jerk reactions that hurt us mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.  The same is true of those damaging thoughts and words.  (References: 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Romans 12:1-3; Mark 11:22-26; Psalms 19:14, Book of Ephesians.)

 

Ask God to reveal to you the deeply buried root causes of your inner needs and drives. The more we are consciously aware of what we are thinking, the easier it is to capture those thoughts and be in command of them. We must lean on the Holy Spirit. Ask for His help in this discipline. He will accomplish it within us

If we focus our thinking on the things of God and His word, plus wholesome, happy thoughts that are honest, true, just pure and lovely, we will receive the results of healthy, life-giving chemicals flowing through our being giving us life. We call these Faith Thoughts.

 

Isn’t it interesting that the Bible tells us "that as a man thinks, so is he," from Proverbs 23:7.  Also, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" Matthew 12:34. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue Proverbs 18:21. Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth Proverbs 6:2.

Believing (God’s Word) is establishing and committing ourselves, in faith, to the promises of God.  It is not a work of our emotions, but rather trusting in the unseen promises of God to become real. It is our faith in action. We have God, the Holy Spirit, to guide us.

If you can’t seem to control what you say or do, perhaps you do not have the assurance that you have been truly born again and transformed by Jesus.  Stop this very moment and make your confession before Him and invite Jesus into your life.  What a difference it will make!  Our transformed way of living brings victory in this life and we receive Heaven too.

I would be delighted to send you Scriptures. Just write me at janlowens@verizon.net

With blessings,

Jan


Ephesians 3:20