Tag Archives: Proverbs

Sickness, Healing, And Your Thought Life

I’ve been reading a great book recently called ‘The Essential Guide to Healing’, and in a chapter called ‘Healing And A Prosperous Soul’, the co-author Bill Johnson in passing mentions a mind-blowing statistic:

“We have heard for years that 85 percent of all sickness originates in the mind – not that it is imagined, just that it has its roots in an unhealthy thought life” – Bill Johnson

Could it really be that the state of our thought life is having a much greater effect on our bodies that what we ever realised?

Because Bill prefaced this incredible statistic with the phrase ‘we have heard for years’, I assumed that there would be other easily accessible articles and studies written about it.  So I went to have a look.

Dr Caroline Leaf

6943978_300x300It didn’t take me long to come across Dr Caroline Leaf, who has a PhD in Communication Pathology with a Neuropsychology speciality, and who has spent over 30 years studying the mind-brain connection.  So she’s clearly got some game.

In her post ‘You are What you Think: 75-98% of Mental and Physical Illnesses Come from our Thought Life!‘, Dr Leaf says

“research shows that DNA actually changes shape according to our thoughts” – Dr Caroline Leaf

and she gives a link to an Institute of HeartMath study which in essence tests the effect on DNA of different emotional states.  Their findings were that they saw the DNA change dramatically depending on what the person was thinking and feeling.

This is what the annotation prefacing the research says:

1. When the researchers FELT gratitude, love and appreciation, the DNA responded by RELAXING and the strands unwound. The length of the DNA became longer.

2. When the researchers FELT anger, fear, frustration, or stress, the DNA responded by TIGHTENING UP. It became shorter and SWITCHED OFF many of our DNA codes. The shut down of the DNA codes was reversed and the codes were switched back on again when feelings of love, joy, gratitude and appreciation were felt by the researchers.

(Emphasis mine)

What The Bible Says

Naturally, none of this is a surprise to the One who created our bodies in the first place.  The Bible has a lot to say about the link between what we think and our state of wellbeing.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” – Romans 12:2

“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he” – Proverbs 23:7

“Guard your heart [your inward way of thinking and processing] above all else, for it is the source of life” – Proverbs 4:23

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” – Proverbs 14:30

According to the Scriptures, what goes on in our mind has a profound effect on our physical bodies.

Something To Think About!

So if the findings of this research are correct – then our DNA literally ‘relaxes’ when we feel positive emotions and ‘tightens up’ and ‘switches off’ when we feel negative ones.  This would mean that effective functionality of every cell in our body is partly reliant on the regular emotions that we think and feel.

Thus – by changing the way that we think and feel – we can literally enliven or slowly wreck our own bodies.

So… what do you think?! 🙂  Haha…

Advertisements

Finding What You’re Looking For

So I read this verse this morning:

He who seeks good find goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it – Proverbs 11:27

It shows us that if we spend our lives looking for good things, we’ll find them.  But if we’re intent on finding that which is evil, or wrong – that’s what’s going to come to us.

I meet people all the time who have devoted their lives to uncovering evil.  In their relationships, in their jobs, throughout their life – they’re always looking for what’s wrong.  And you know what?  They find it… every time!  We live in an imperfect world, and if you examine anything hard enough for long enough, you’re going to start to find it’s flaws.

But there’s also those who give themselves to searching for the good.  Even in situations that are far less than perfect, they find what’s good.

What you focus on, you empower – Ps Phil Pringle

So the question really is – what kind of life do we want?  Do we want goodwill or evil continually knocking at our door?  Whatever we spend our time looking for – is what we’ll find.

A Heart After God!

Proverbs 3:1 – My son, don`t forget my teaching; But let your heart keep my commandments:

It takes time for God’s commandments to make their way from our head down to our heart. The way that we get our heart to keep God’s commandments is to not let our head forget God’s teachings!  When we continually remind ourselves of God’s word and turn it over in our heads, it will eventually reach our hearts, and we will find that we are changed from the inside out. 

Casting Off Restraint

Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but one who keeps the law is blessed.

This verse is also translated ‘where there is no vision, the people perish’. 

Revelation & vision ‘restrain’ us.  They hold us on track.  When we get revelation on what God is saying – it brings blessing into our lives – hence ‘the one who keeps the law is blessed’. 

Without revelation, many of the parts of the Christian faith could seem like overkill.  When we can’t see or understand why we do particular things as Christians, then we are in danger of shedding vital parts of the faith because we can’t see the use for them.  We break restraints. 

This is what happened to Israel when Moses was delayed coming back and Aaron was left in charge.  He lacked the revelation that was required to keep God’s people together, so let them run loose. 

But when we ‘keep the law’ because we start getting revelation about God’s commandments – then we’re blessed.  The man of God is one who willingly takes on restraints because he understands that those restraints lead to a blessing. 

Bring It Down!

Proverbs 21:22 – A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the strength of its confidence.

If you’re going to take out a city, you have to take out the strong thing that they trust in.  For Jericho, it was their walls.  For the Philistines, it was Goliath.  Once the ‘strength of their confidence’ falls, then they will flee.

For those who oppose the Christian faith, there is usually something which is the ‘strength of their confidence’.  A theology, worldview or a belief which they cling to.  If that tower is brought down, the person can become open to the things of God. 

This works in reverse for us – the Lord is the strength of our confidence.  He will never be shaken or brought down, but the devil will work overtime to prevent us from staying IN him. 

Getting A Bad Reputation

Proverbs 25:9-10 – Debate your case with your neighbor, and don’t betray the confidence of another; lest one who hears it put you to shame, and your bad reputation never depart.

We are instructed in this verse to debate our case with our neighbour – to take up issues we have with others directly. 

It can be tempting to moan about the issues we have with someone to a third party.  But the Bible tells us ‘Don’t betray their confidence’.   Don’t talk about a person’s issues with other people. 

Why? 

If we talk widely about problems we have with a person – then someone who hears it might put to us to shame.  We will become known as a gossip – and that reputation will be difficult to break. 

Keep it simple.  Deal directly with people causing you problems – don’t spread it around. 

Diligence Rules

Proverbs 12:24 – The hands of the diligent ones shall rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.

Some proverbs are just so straightforward they barely need any further explanation.  This is one of them!

The hands of the diligent shall rule – the ones who are diligent with what God has given them will be leaders and rulers.  But those who are lazy will end up in slave labour. 

This is often seen with debt – many times laziness is a key reason that people live beyond their means and end up owing large amounts of money.  When this happens, they can wind up on the treadmill of debt-repayment, essentially becoming slaves to those whom they’ve borrowed from. 

Conversely, those who are diligent with their money and possessions may have a harder time at the start, but will end up ruling and in a position of power.