by David Edwards
The “good life” is killing us! A significant amount of deaths related to affluence occur each year with some people drinking themselves into an early grave while others achieve the same result with a lavish intake of potatoes and gravy. We suffer from a case of generous self-helpings of cake and ice cream. After all, it would be a shame to let all that tasty food go to waste—instead it goes to our waist.
While many try to manage their appetites, struggles and temptations are always at our doorstep. When at the movie theater, what once was a meager box of popcorn now is jumbo sized with a generous portion of melted butter topped off with a diet coke. We choose a box of candy instead of a regular package. A slice of pizza is often the size of a plate! Out of control portions compound our effort to maintain a healthy weight and healthy body.
I admit I love food; I am the first to reach for the hot, gooey chocolate chip cookie. Temptation for me comes in the form of food. We misuse food for a lot of non-food problems like loneliness, boredom, frustration, anger, etc. What is the root of this lack of self-control leading us into poor health, diseased conditioned and shortened life span? Our thought life. Someone once said where the mind goes, the heart and body will follow. Our thoughts are powerful, they decide our attitude and productivity and the emotional, spiritual and physical health of our life.
The connection between our thoughts and the overall state of our life is undeniable in scripture. Proverbs 23:7 warns us that “for as he thinks in his heart so he is.” Simply put, we become what we think.
Not every thought is a healthy thought. We need the right kind of thoughts. The sources of life-giving thoughts are found in scripture. The prophet Isaiah declares “His thoughts are above our thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 explains that a positive faith comes from learning the thoughts of God. If you want to change your life, you have to change your thinking.
The apostle Paul described the process each of us must go through to experience God’s thoughts when he wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Our thought life plays a critical role in the outward expression of our being. Our thoughts and our bodies are connected. When we give attention to a negative thought, everything is affected—our conversation, countenance, and even our bodies respond by slumped shoulders and dropping our heads. Our bodies respond are also affected by the quality of our thoughts; not a new discovery. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
In recent years, cognitive neuroscience research has identified that a healthy thought life, aligned with the words of scripture have beneficial effects on overall health and physiology.
Researchers found people who read the Bible and prayed regularly had lower blood pressure, fewer ulcers and migraine headaches, decreased stress and anxiety.
Persons who had a positive faith, informed by scripture had a greater resistance to the common cold, a greater sense of well-being, and healthy body functions. Positive faith also contributed to improved coping skills when facing hardships and crisis and it lengthened their life-span.
Thousands of years ago the writer of Proverbs wrote about the positive affect scripture has on our living. “Give attention to my words, for they are life to those who find them and health to all their body.” Proverbs 4:21-22. There is a direct correlation between the eternal words of scripture and our personal health. The key is to train our brain to think new thoughts through a steady diet of God’s thoughts. Believing God’s thoughts help us to be positive about the future, to pray big prayers and to take on challenges with the expectation of a great outcome!
This article is personal for me. In the past three years, I have lost a total of 70 pounds by down loading God’s words into my daily thoughts. Here are the steps I followed along with verses that made a difference for me personally.
- Get honest with myself. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
- Admit I could not control my health with will power alone. “As I live by the spirit, I am putting to death the deeds of the body.” Romans 8:13
- Believe. “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
- Determine to do whatever it takes. “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” Matthew 12:24
- Stay connected to God’s ways. “But let your heart keep my commandments for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” Proverbs 3:1.2.
- Keep a good attitude. “Do just as he purposed in his heart, not grudgingly.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
- Believe in God’s power. “Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
What I have learned from my journey with the scriptures is as I constantly thought about those verses every day, the contents of my thoughts began to change. I had first a new attitude then a renewed energy, my prayers were more positive and the weight changed effortlessly.
Learning to think as God thinks brings us into partnerships with God to live in good health and accomplish whatever we set forth to change and improve in our lives.
David Edwards is a highly sought after speaker for motivational conferences, churches and schools. He has authored 23 books and his newest release is Life Verse available in all book stores. He resides in Oklahoma City, OK you may contact him at davetown.com
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