September 12, 2018
By Steve King
Did you know your brain has 100 billion neurons and daily emits electrical charges equal to all the cell phones on the planet? Are you aware that you can literally change your mind for the better? Did you know that an attitude of gratitude, seeing life as a gift, helps rewire your brain for the better?
The human brain has been on my mind a lot recently (did you catch the pun?). I recently reviewed Curt Thompson’s book, Anatomy of the Soul, which deals extensively with the brain. That reminded me of the lunch Curt and I had years ago, when he shared fascinating insights from his years of brain study. I’ve also recently read several articles and a listened to a TED talk on the brain.
Conclusion: our Creator is amazing and the brains He has given us truly reflect His majesty!
Did you know that the Bible uses “mind” over 100 times? We are to love God with our mind (Matthew 22:37), renew our minds with God’s Word (Romans 12:2), set our mind “on God’s interests” (Matt 16:23), “set your mind on the things above” (Colossians 3:2), and remember “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
The Scripture warns us that our minds can be “haughty” (Rom 12:16), futile (Ephesians 4:17), “hostile” (Col 1:21), deceived (Jeremiah 14:14), “depraved” (Rom 1:28), “hardened” (2 Cor 3:14), “blinded” (2 Cor 4:4), “led astray” (2 Cor 11:3), and “set on the flesh” (Rom 8:6-7). All of these descriptors are a by-product of neglecting God’s Word and fellowship with His people.
The old axiom is true: you are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are. You are called to bring “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:3-5) and “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom 12:1-2). We do this by applying God’s Word to specific areas of our lives, in the power of the Holy Spirit, in the context of fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10:19-25).
Please join me in applying insights you gain from the book of Ecclesiastes, and share them with friends! Our new series has just begun, and if we wisely apply God’s Truth to our thinking, we will be transformed together.