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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…

Strength Through Softness

Romans 15:1 – Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Sometimes it doesn’t massively please us to have to put up with other people’s weaknesses!  We’d rather they just sort it out, or we don’t have to deal with them. 

But I prove myself as a mature believer, and display the strength that I claim to have, by loving others and helping them in their weakness. Not by cutting and running, but by helping and building.  While it may be easier to do what pleases me – it’s not helpful for the building up of the body. 

So if we claim to be strong, mature believers – this will be tested and evidenced by how we deal with the weaknesses of other people.  It takes huge commitment and strength to continue to show mercy and love when it’s taking a toll on us. 

But this is what Jesus demonstrated and continues to demonstrate to us!

While We Were Still Sinners

Romans 5:8 – But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

I can scarcely believe the goodness of God toward me.  That while I was a sinner, deserving nothing but His wrath and anger for the sin in my life – instead of condemning me, He saved me.  He reached out and opened my eyes to His greatness. 

If we had been a righteous when God found us then it could be perhaps seen that God owed us something, but the truth is that He owed us nothing.  He believed in us when we didn’t believe in Him.  He loved us when we didn’t love Him.  He drew us when we were pushing Him away. 

What’s more, this great love that began the good work in our lives is surely going to finish it!  Thank God for His incredible mercy and grace towards us.  It’s so much more than we deserve!

I Was Adopted

Romans 8:15 – For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, "Abba! Father!”

I apologise if the title made you think that there was something I’d been hiding from everyone!  But the deal is this – by giving us the Holy Spirit, God shows that he has adopted us and we now belong to Him.  And the evidence that we have received this spirit is that we cry ‘Abba! Father!’.  It’s the spirit of God that draws us back to the Father. 

When a baby is first born, it cries out to its parents – looking for nurture, warmth and food.  When we are born again, it’s like our spirit comes to life, and just like a newborn baby, we begin to cry out for the one who is bigger than us!  We say ‘Abba! Father!’ – the very first, simple words a child says to it’s parent.  The fact that we are crying out this way is evidence that we have had a spiritual awakening. 

Those who have received the spirit of adoption will never be satisfied with earthly things, because the Spirit of God inside them continues to cry out for more of God.  They are searching for that which feeds not the flesh, but the new nature that has just come to life. 

If you find yourself longing for a world to come, looking for a city that has not been made by human hands – be encouraged!  It’s the spirit of adoption working in you – the one that’s crying ‘Abba! Father!’. 

The Chosen Ones

Romans 8:30 – Whom he foreordained, them he also called. Whom he called, them he also justified. Whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Many Christians struggle with the idea of predestination or election, because it seems to fly in the face of what they believe to be free will that has been given to the human race.  But those who set their fear aside, and actually delve into what the Scripture says about God choosing people for Himself – they discover that the fact God really has chosen us is the most exciting, faith-building, foundational thing we could ever hear from Him. 

This verse in Romans shows the progression a person takes on the path of salvation.  Although the call of God goes out to all humans, those who God has foreordained will definitely answer the call.  This should give immense hope to you today – because if you have answered the call of God and the Spirit of God lives in your heart – then you are most certainly one who has been foreordained by God. 

But it doesn’t just stop there.  Those who have been called have been justified. God looks at them and says ‘I see no sin’.  And these same ones have also been glorified.  Ephesians tells us that we have been raised from the dead with Christ and seated in heavenly places.

The passage in Romans goes on to say ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’.   This is an often quoted Scripture, but in it’s context what it’s really saying is this: if God has chosen you before the foundation of the world, and called you, and justified you and glorified you, and will return to deliver you from your body of death and take you to Himself – then what on earth can really stand against you?!!

Although our decisions are very important, when it comes to our salvation, it is God who starts it, God who sustains it, and it’s God who finishes it.  We will eventually see that it all really was His work!  This should give us complete confidence and trust in Him that ‘He who began the good work in you, will surely bring it to completion on the day of Christ Jesus’