We Are What We Think
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Another way to say it is: we become what we believe. If you’re not comfortable with modern ways of discussing the “power of positive thinking,” that’s ok. This concept is entirely Biblical and there are ways to go about it that can increase your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing without feeling like you aren’t staying true to scripture.
There’s no doubt that scientific studies of the brain have shown how dwelling on positive images, thoughts, phrases and states of being result in neural pathways lighting up and rewarding the mind and body with positive chemical reactions. We won’t discuss science in this blog post, but you can read one of those studies from Johns Hopkins University here.
What Does the Bible Have to Say About Positive Thinking?
The answer is: “A LOT!” Here are just a few Bible verses that encourage us to dwell on things and actively choose positive states of mind that make us more whole and happy, which is how we are intended to be in the world.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ~ Phillipians 4:8
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:22
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. ~ Colossians 3:1-2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. ~ Proverbs 4:20-27
A Note About Your Thoughts
Just as positive thoughts are good for the soul and body, negative thoughts can be harmful. But as much as we’d like to be in control of every idea or conversation that plays out in our minds, we can’t. This is where mindfulness and taking our thoughts captive come into play. Choosing to believe the positive over the negative is a muscle that must be flexed in order to grow stronger.
If you are feeling weighed down by negative thinking, anxiety or depression, first know that you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans struggle with depression and anxiety. Counseling, medication and other forms of therapy are all good options for these issues. As a healing prayer ministry in Chandler, AZ, we have seen many people freed from negative thoughts and beliefs in just one session. If you are feeling stuck and in need of support, don’t hesitate to check out what our Sozo Ministry can do for you.