Switch On Your Brain - Sunday Service
Switch On Your Brain
Guest Speaker – Dr Caroline Leaf
God is all over science. God made everything and given it all to us – so science is all about the things that God has made.
2 Tim 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV)
There are 2 zones in which we, as people, operate – the love zone and the fear zone.
We have been given a spirit of power, love and sound mind; but we have also been given a free will. So we can choose at any time out of which zone we will operate. We need to be connected to the Holy Spirit – in continual dialogue with Him – so we are continually renewing our mind and therefore always living in the love zone.
I pray because I cannot help myself. I pray because I am helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time – waking and sleeping. It does not change God; it changes me. C.S. Lewis
Are we living a life of ceaseless prayer, in constant dialogue with God and using this amazing intellect that He has given us to commune with Him? When we use our intellect, we are being so spiritual; because, when we use our intellect, we are tuning in to the spiritual nature of who we are. When we are in this state of ceaseless prayer, our brains move into a higher level of consciousness – and, as a result, the more we increase our brain intelligence and brain health.
We are spirit, soul and body. Our soul is our will, our mind and our emotions. God, through the Holy Spirit, communicates with our spirit which, in turn, communicates to our mind; and our mind communicates to our bodies (Holy Spirit -> spirit -> soul -> body). We are to let the Holy Spirit guide our thinking.
The deeper levels of thinking (mathematics and quantum physics) point directly to God. Remember: we are not our brains. We are not automatons; we have a free will. We are able to choose and have the ability to think. Materialistic thinking says that we are only a result of neurons firing in our brain and that we are, always and only, subject to these physical impulses. Materialism is an insult to our Creator. Our minds make our brains work. We have POWERFUL minds. Our brains fire up in response to our thinking. Our lives are formed by our thinking. When we think healthy thoughts, we are building an environment around our bodies that brings health to our bodies.
Our bodies are wired for love; our brains are wired for love. Thoughts are real things; they occupy mental real estate.
Rom 1:25 “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen” (NLT)
If we trade the truth about God for the lies of the world, then that is the environment that we will build in our minds and therefore our brains and our bodies and we will reap the consequences.
Deut 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (NKJV)
What are we listening to? Whatever we are listening to, thinking about and choosing to focus upon will create memories that are implanted into the depths of our brain – which will then impact how we live our lives. Whatever we listen to is going to grow.
Top 2 Addictions
We are designed to be consumed by God’s love and to have a constant internal dialogue with Him. This is to be normal in our lives; and it elevates our brain function to its highest level. When we don’t have our thinking focused on God, we will shift our focus onto something else – because we are wired to love … something. We will make an idol of something; then love becomes toxic. Whatever we focus our thinking on becomes a habit that then consumes us.
BUT whatever we have wired in, we can wire out.
Addiction to food is more addictive that heroin or cocaine.
The Healing of the Woman
Mark 5:28-34 “For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’ Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My clothes?’ … the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction’” (NKJV)
This woman persevered for 12 years. Perseverance is a decision – a strong intellectual and spiritual decision. This woman grew up being taught in the Word of God. She fed herself on the nature of God and who she was in God. She knew the love of God because she spent time listening and meditating on the love of God. When this season of her life hit her, she persevered. When we choose and put our minds to it and persevere, we can overcome all circumstances with the power of God. When this woman heard that Jesus was in the town, she had already built thoughts of the goodness of God.
Where are we putting our thoughts when the circumstances are bad? Yes, cry our tears; but don’t stop focusing on the truths of God’s Word and His promises. What ceaseless prayer are we offering up – one of praise to our faithful God or one of woe to the circumstances? Are we persevering?
The Parable of the Sower and the Seed
1. Listener Type 1
Seed 1 – Alongside the road
Words are spoken but we choose not to listen or we get distracted. We do nothing with the words that have been spoken and these words will, literally, disappear out of our brain. We can sit in church and have good worship, where the presence of God is strong, where we create a healthy environment to receive. Our thoughts in this environment build healthy memories which are stored in a temporary state. If we do nothing with these memories, with 24-48 hours they will de-nature (die) just leaving a residual of heat energy.
The brain in this listener does not change significantly because nothing has been thought upon and, therefore, nothing is allowed to grow.
2. Listener Type 2
Seed 2 – Among the gravel
With this listener there is no substance of character. When the emotions settle down – approx. day 3 or 4 – faith needs to step in. Long term memories are not built yet. Emotions are necessary in helping to build long term memories, but emotions subside and it is necessary that we have enough strength of character to continue to trust that God will do what He said He would do.
The brain does change initially with this listener and changes start to occur. However, before long term memories can form, the listener stops acting on what they have heard and the processes initiated in the brain stop and long term memories do not form.
3. Listener Type 3
Seed 3 – Among the weeds
This listener hears the Kingdom news, but the weeds of worry and envy choke it out and ceaseless prayer is stopped. These people walk in the truth for approx. 7-8 days before they give up because of the worries and cares of this world.
The brain has begun to form long term memories; however, just as these memories start to become established, the listener stops walking in the truth they have heard and the processes in the brain stop and the memory dies.
4. Listener Type 4
Seed 4 – In good soil
The listener who hears, accepts and continues to walk in the truth. They receive the harvest beyond their wildest dreams. This person is continually learning, leaning into God, not judging or criticising. The brain has been able to establish long term memories and these memories are continually fed as the person continues to walk in the truth and continues learning. They hear the good thoughts; they meditate upon these good thoughts and they apply them to their lives.
The Bible says the righteous praise the Lord seven times a day. Science has shown that our brains need to practise thinking on new types of thinking for 7 times each day for 21 days in order for the long term memories to be established; and a further 42 days (ie 2 x 21-day cycle) for the thinking to become a habit. We need 3 cycles of 21 days in order for our brains to establish any new thinking as a habit.
1st cycle – the thinking builds the long term memory
2nd cycle – the thinking becomes self-sustaining
3rd cycle – establishes the thinking as a habit
We intentionally think thoughts to bring about a desired change