Think you can’t change the way you think, learn and succeed? Think again! Science proves this Bible truth: You can rewire yourself for victory.
Happier, healthier, prosperous and more intelligent. Sounds amazing! And it’s not only possible, but it is God’s will for you. We’ve all heard it before—things like “you can’t change your DNA,” or “I guess I got the bad genes of the family,” or even “I have to take what fate has dealt me.” There’s just one problem with those statements—they don’t line up with the Word of God.
Among countless other verses that reveal God’s will for you is victory, 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Well, science has finally caught up with the Bible! We finally have evidence that you are not a victim of your DNA, and you can alter your genes, your health and your destiny—supernaturally.
Dr. Caroline Leaf recently shared these scientific breakthroughs found in her new book, Think, Learn, and Succeed: Understanding Your Mind to Thrive at School, the Workplace, and Life, on a special broadcast series with Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. By understanding how the brain, mind, spirit and body work together, she has uncovered the science behind what God has already revealed in His Word.
You have an extraordinary ability to determine, achieve and maintain optimal levels of intelligence, mental health, peace and happiness, as well as the prevention of disease in your body and mind. You can, through conscious effort, gain control of your thoughts and feelings, and in doing so, you can change the programming and chemistry of your brain.
How God Designed the Brain
Our awesome Creator has designed us to be powerful and victorious. Consider this: Your brain is about the size of your two fists and made up of about 100 billion neurons, which make up 20 percent of your brain tissue. Each neuron has the capacity to grow about 10 million branches per neuron to store more information. Just one of those branches is more powerful than any computer in the world!
That is the kind of power God has put in your mind! That is the magnificence of your design. This is so important because your mind influences the brain, and your mind and spirit work together.
Now, you can learn to optimize your brain to change your health, mind and body with these three steps to a victorious you!
1. Understand Your Unique Identity
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” –Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
You are unique. There is something you can do that no one else can do. Dr. Caroline Leaf has revealed that there is much science behind this. And she believes that unveiling your identity and activating it correctly is crucial to living a victorious life. In speaking about identity, Dr. Leaf says, “It is important to understand that you create your unique reality and shape your brain with your thoughts. You have a unique way of thinking, feeling and choosing—this is your blueprint for identity.”
Dr. Leaf offers these simple steps to discover who you are deep down inside:
- Stop comparing yourself to others. Your individual, unique responses come from your individual, unique design, which is found in your brain structure. You cannot be anyone other than who you are, and if you try force yourself to change, you will never be happy.
- Don’t let your past or present, bring you down. You are not defined by your circumstances or your past mistakes or traumas. You create your reality with your thoughts—you have control. It is a powerful journey if we choose the right attitude!
- Embrace the gift. The gift that God has given you is a unique way of thinking. It’s a reflection of Him—it springs from your identity and purpose. You can bring heaven to earth through your thoughts, words and actions. Step into who you truly are!
Finding your identity and your unique gifts will transform you from defeated and compensating to victorious and conquering! (To dive deeper into discovering your unique identity, see Dr. Caroline Leaf’s Gift Profile in her new book.
Why is identity so important?
Identity gives us purpose and hope. It reminds us who we are in Christ Jesus and that we are made in the image of God Himself. If you understand your unique identity—your unique way of thinking, feeling and choosing, you understand that you have the power to change your situation—the power to choose correctly despite your circumstances.
Breakthrough neuroscientific research confirms that what you are thinking, every moment of every day, becomes a physical reality in your brain and body. These thoughts collectively form your attitude, which is your state of mind, and it’s your attitude, not your DNA, that determines your quality of life—your victory.
2. Take the Position of Love
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” –2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
Second Timothy 1:7 tells us that we have been given a spirit of love. And science tells us that human beings—at our most fundamental level—break down from cells into waves of love. More importantly, this energy of love has the potential to transform our situations, our minds and our bodies. That’s powerful! In other words, our natural wiring is for love—fear is something we learn.
Dr. Leaf says, “Our spirit and mind make up 99 percent of our being, and every time we use our minds, we create something. So, a sound mind is one that takes a position of love. That’s why there is truth in the saying ‘mind over matter,’ because we really do have the power to influence our lives with our minds.”
Dr. Leaf explains that this is also the reason why you can sometimes feel negative energy coming from someone, even if they aren’t saying anything. It’s a toxic energy. You can’t pick up on toxic thoughts, but you can pick up on toxic energy because it is disturbing your natural love energy.
The same thing happens when someone says something sharp to you, and you respond with the same spirit. When you respond in kind to negativity from other people, you continue that toxicity and allow it to access your brain, mind, spirit and body. That’s why the Bible so clearly instructs us to “be imitators of God…. And walk in love” (Ephesians 5:1-2, NKJV). How should we respond? Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath” (NKJV). That’s the energy coming from love.
It’s not always easy take the position of love. It requires effort! But it is so critical because as long as you allow yourself to stay in a toxic cycle of receiving, absorbing and giving back toxicity, you increase your vulnerability for disease by 75 to 98 percent! Stepping out of love actually shortens one’s lifespan.
Watch Dr. Caroline Leaf on Believer’s Voice of Victory share more about how we are wired for love.
You can’t control the events and circumstances of life when they are the result of other people’s choices. But you can control your reaction. You can choose to respond in love, and love never fails—it ensures a victorious you.
3. Guard Against Toxicity
“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” –Romans 12:2
So many of us go to the store and scrutinize every label, every ingredient, to avoid putting toxic or harmful substances into our bodies. People use water purifiers, eat organic, check the dates on meat—all to protect their bodies from the slightest harm. Yet, what do we do to protect our brains—and therefore our minds and spirits—from toxicity that causes immeasurable harm? Most of the time, the answer is: nothing!
It’s time we start being good stewards of our minds to protect ourselves from spiritual, emotional and physical damage. How can we do that? By guarding against toxicity in our thought life.
The science of thought is called neuroplasticity. The brain has the ability to change and alter itself through the thoughts we think. Literally, what you choose to think about can actually switch your genes on or off. The Bible speaks about this often. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he” (NKJV). That’s not just a nice saying—it means your thoughts actually transform you as a person in tangible ways.
And according to scientific research, every thought produces chemicals in the human body—good or bad. When we feel happy, specific chemicals are released. And when we are sad or depressed, a host of other hormones and chemicals are released, and in most cases, they are detrimental to your body. The lesson? Your mind changes your brain!
Dr. Leaf explains it this way: “As we think, we change the physical nature of our brain. As we consciously direct our thinking, we can wire out toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts.”
We are designed brain and body to only think good thoughts and be in health (3 John 2).
Toxic thinking ravages the brain and body in the same way sickness ravages the brain and body. Below are four key areas of toxicity and how to guard against them according to Dr. Leaf:
- Fear. Victory and fear aren’t exactly synonymous. And according to 2 Timothy 1:7, if you’re operating in fear, you aren’t operating with a sound mind. That’s why we’re wired for love—not fear. We’re wired to conquer—not shrink back. Every emotion we have stems from either love or fear. So, when you are experiencing worry, stress, anxiety, sadness, anger—those are all coming from the root emotion of fear. The damage? Plenty. Did you know just worrying about something increases the chances of it happening by 63 percent? Stress that comes from fear is the root cause of the majority of diseases, as well. In fact, 98 percent of cancers are linked to our thought lives—which include the choices we make in caring for our bodies.
When the Bible warns us against fear, stress and worry, it’s because God wants to protect us from untold damage to our spirit, mind and body. Learn to resist fear, guard your heart, and keep your mind fixed on things above. “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18, ESV). Stay in a position of victory, and don’t move from your stand.
- Misuse of Technology. Technology gives us access to information, which is great, but the negative side is that there is a direct link between excessive use of technology and damage to the brain—which leads to depression and anxiety. And it isn’t just young people overusing technology—it’s adults, as well. The average person spends eight hours per day on technological devices. The problem lies in the way the brain processes information while on a device. Because it is a quick fix—instant gratification when seeking information—it doesn’t require deep thinking, and we’re designed for deep thinking. In turn, it creates toxic waste in the brain—proteins and chemicals that disturb the energy in the brain.
What is a healthy amount of time to spend on social media and the internet? The safe limit is two-and-a-half to three hours per day. In addition to limited technology use, Dr. Leaf encourages people to spend time daily growing their brains by studying and reading about something they enjoy. Thinking, meditating on and discussing topics you’re learning about causes your brain to grow, increases your intelligence and your success, and makes for a victorious you!
- Unforgiveness. When you choose not to forgive, you keep toxicity in your brain, and you keep yourself scientifically entangled with that person who has harmed you. When a person decides to hold onto unforgiveness, it significantly increases that person’s vulnerability to disease and has been found to shorten his or her lifespan.
- Traditional Mental Health Treatment. According to Dr. Leaf, the current mental health model is destroying people. She explains it this way: “There is no such thing as a “normal brain” because everyone is unique. There is a false idea that mental illness is a disease, and you’re stuck with it for the rest of your life. It treats you like a robot with a broken part with no free will, rather than a human being with a brilliant mind and a story. It is completely against the model of Christianity, which recognizes your brilliance, your humanity and your ability to choose. The current models says you’re only physical, and your spirit doesn’t count.
Dr. Leaf also shares research that proves that antidepressants and mind-altering drugs used for things like ADD actually cause damage to the brain. She has explained how depression is not a disease—it is a response to circumstances. That’s why she stresses the importance of learning how we uniquely think, feel and choose, so we can change our thought life for the better.
We are designed to be empowered to change things in our own lives. Jesus paid a high price to give us that authority—to give us victory!
Now that you know how to think, learn and succeed, you can put these three steps to work in your life and become a victorious you! God has declared you to be “above only, and not be beneath” (Deuteronomy 28:13, NKJV), and He’s given you everything you need inside your mind, spirit and brain to achieve it. Now, go after it!
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