Have you ever stopped to examine your thoughts and evaluate if they are leading you to a path of success or failure? Often times I believe that we start thinking a certain way without even realizing it, and before you know it our entire day is hijacked by one negative thought. Sometimes those negative thoughts can come from the enemy himself!
Satan just loves to take advantage of our thoughts through our senses. It is through our senses that we receive Satan’s lies, but we don’t have to believe those lies. We are made in God’s image with the mind of Christ, and Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 28:18 that all power had been given to him. So, if all power was given to Jesus, how much power does Satan really have? NONE!
“research shows that DNA actually changes shape according to your thoughts.” from “Switch On Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf.
With my struggles from this past year and also my anxiety, I have learned so much about our thoughts and how they can affect us in many different ways. Just one negative thought can send your mind into a tailspin and cause you to just obsess over that one thought and allow you it to consume you. Are You Feeding Your Mind Junk Food?
I have always found our mind and our thoughts to be fascinating. Over the past several months I have had to work hard to transform my thoughts. But just by reading Switch On Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf, Battlefield Of The Mind & The Mind Connection by Joyce Meyer, I have learned so much about how our thoughts can impact us now and in the future.
According to Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book “Switch On Your Brain,” “research shows that 75 to 98 percent of mental, physical and behavioral illness comes from one’s thought life. This staggering and eye opening statistic means only 2 to 25 percent of mental and physical illnesses come from the environment and genes.”
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 23:7 that our thoughts can go beyond impacting just one day. This scripture reveals that our thought life can impact and shape what we become.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)
How is it that one thought can shape who you are and what you think about yourself? If you think about it, so much of where you are today ultimately began with a thought. Just that one thought can lead you to mediate on it, which eventually becomes a thought pattern, and ultimately establishes a stronghold in your mind. When a thought process becomes your stronghold, it is then that your future is shaped by that one single thought.
Our thoughts can be negatively impacted by many different influences if we are not careful in guarding our minds. Something as innocent as a TV show/movie or magazine we see can get our thoughts going in a negative direction. Or it may be something more apparent such as negative words from someone can produce a pattern of wrong thinking.
So, the big question here is if our lives can be shaped by our thinking, shouldn’t we be evaluating what it is that we are thinking about on a daily basis?
The Bible tells us that we can and should take inventory of our thoughts and that we can make the choice to change our negative thought patterns by taking every single thought captive.
We 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. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
“You are able to stand outside of yourself, observe your own thinking, consult with God, and change the negative, toxic thought or grow the healthy, positive thought.” from “Switch On Your Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf
When we take every thought captive and replace those negative thoughts with the truth of God’s word, we can ultimately change the direction of our future. God has given us a command to take inventory of our thoughts on a regular basis, and to make a choice to line them up with scripture.
“We can observe our thoughts and actions and make decisions about them. Suddenly, biblical principles such as “bringing thoughts into captivity,” “renewing your mind,” “casting all your cares,” and “being anxious for nothing” become less difficult when we realize God has given us the equipment to do these things.” from “Switch On Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf.
Personally, I have decided not to allow any negative thought to affect the destiny that God has planned for me. What about you? The first step here is to ask the Lord to help put a guard over our minds. But we must also do our part by taking regular inventory of our thoughts. If you find that your thoughts are heading in a negative direction, then make the choice to catch those thoughts, take them captive, and replace them with the truth of God’s word.
“Research has shown that five to sixteen minutes a day of focused, meditative capturing of thoughts shifts frontal brain states so that they are more likely to engage with the world and increase the chances of a happier outlook on life. from “Switch On Your Brain” by Dr. Carolin Leaf.
I know that I am referencing Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book a lot here. But there are so many very good nuggets of information in her book that really helped me to transform my thoughts. I highly encourage anyone to read this book. In “Switch On Your Brain,” by Dr. Caroline Leaf, she has a 5 step 21 Day Brain Detox Plan. This detox plan is designed to break down those toxic thoughts and build up healthy thoughts so that you can change your brain in a positive direction. She states in her book that it takes about 21 days of cycling for all of the necessary protein changes to happen in order to create a long term integrated memory. That is why her brain detox plan is for 21 days because you can’t just apply a thought once and think that change has taken place. It takes repetition for this process to take effect. We need to wire in those positive thoughts so that we can be filled with the power to get us back on track.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
When I did the 21 Day Brain Detox Plan it really helped me to get started with moving my thoughts into a more positive direction. It was through the 21 Day Brain Detox Plan that I decided that I needed to use these principles for more than just 21 days, and apply it to my everyday life. Which is how I came up with my 52 week thought revival challenge.
Do you struggle with your thoughts and what you think about yourself? Then perhaps you should give my 52 week #thoughtrevival challenge a try! My 52 week #thoughtrevival challenge uses almost the same principles from Dr. Caroline Leaf’s 21 Day Brain Detox Plan. But instead of using a 5 step process, mine is more simple and you just focus and meditate on one scripture each week. Every time a negative thought starts to raid your mind, you will counteract the thought with the scripture for that week by speaking or saying the verse aloud. Since this has helped me tremendously, I decided to share this life changing printable with you! You can either click on the link above or the picture below to download this FREE printable. I hope you find this 52 week #thoughtrevival challenge to be helpful!