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Your Brain on Faith

eggRemember the old commercial warning us of the dangers of drug use? A guy stands with an egg looking over a frying pan. He holds up the egg and says, “this is your brain.”

He cracks the egg in the pan, “This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?”

God’s been dealing with and speaking to me a lot about thoughts, how we think, what we think, etc. I realize that if I were to tell some Christians that your brain aids your faith, they would most likely shut me down.

“I don’t believe out of my head. I believe out of my heart,” they might say.

I’d like to propose the opposite scenario of that old commercial. Imagine the egg in the frying pan and the voice saying, “this is your brain.” Now see the cracked egg reverse from the pan and back into its shell.

“This is your brain on faith. Any questions?”

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. –Romans 10:17

When your brain thinks there are actual reactions taking place. Pathways are formed that can propel you forward or stop you dead in your tracks. I believe we need to have genuine experiences with God and not simply know about Him, but at the same time, you can have experience after experience and never get any further in maturing. Why?

Every experience with God is an invitation to a process.

Many like the emotional feeling of God’s presence, but later when that emotional high isn’t there, the word God wanted to deposit is forfeited and abandoned.

Faith comes by hearing. That’s not just a mystical, one-time thing. It’s over and over. We hear the word of Christ, thinking and meditating on it, until that very word is formed inside us. The more you think on who He is, who He’s made you to be, and what He’s doing, a system of belief is formed.

Everyone knows this happens in a negative sense when we dwell on fears, hurts, frustrations, disappointments, anger, etc. Our system of belief governs our interactions, our coming and going, and rules our lives.

That’s the fried brain that God is enabling by His grace to bring into wholeness. You weren’t made for anxieties to weigh you down. You weren’t supposed to fall victim to the cynicism of this world. You’ve been made new and He redeemed every part of you.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. –Romans 12:1-2

Present your bodies. Your brain is part of your body. If you struggle with your thoughts, maybe you can specifically pray to God and present your brain to Him as a living sacrifice.

We aren’t to be conformed to the world, but transformed as our minds are renewed. Your thoughts are important! The amazing thing to me is that faith can be promoted inside you as you think on His grace, the testimonies in your life or from others, and meditate on His word.

Time to put that brain to work and think some godly thoughts.

What do you think about this? Have you ever struggled between experiences and trying to maintain it or do you know others like this?

 

10 Comments

  1. Too many people think becoming a follower of Christ means checking our brains at the door.
    Bill (cycleguy) recently posted..FlawedMy Profile

    • God gave us a brain for a reason! Thanks Bill. 🙂

  2. May I never stop hearing God’s invitation and the truth he shares with me. It is timely and appropriate for where I am. In this life, I will know all He has to teach.

    • Amen. This is my prayer too, Dusty. Thank you!

  3. Wow… Now that is using your God given brain to think and use the wisdom that comes to us when we’re seeking Him. True enlightenment comes from God… not memorizing man made theories. Sad how the “willfully ignorant” seem to miss the concept all together.
    floyd recently posted..THE LAST CHAPTERMy Profile

    • So right! Ignorance isn’t bliss. It’s painful and costs us dearly. We get to know something and Someone greater and higher and He invites us into a newness of life! Thanks so much, Floyd.

  4. I recall a promotion in the Episcopal church back in the ’70s. It was a picture of Jesus and the caption read: He came to take away your sins, not your mind. That has stuck with me ever since. Thanks for the reminder today, Jason, that God values every part of us that He made.
    Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Our Father is at the HelmMy Profile

    • It’s both the mystical and the practical. We need both! It can’t solely be contained in our minds, but it certainly won’t be contained by our emotions either. Thank you, Martha! Blessings to you too. 🙂

  5. My brain gets me into trouble, for I think way too much! And, I tend toward negativity and fearfulness. I am definitely that cracked-yolk-in-the-pan. God promises to renew our minds. And this is my heartfelt prayer. To replace my thinking with His Truth, and for it to permeate my thoughts so much that I actually experience them in my emotions.

    I am Humpty Dumpty -- and only God can put me back together again. (Please do that, Lord!!)

    GOD BLESS!
    Sharon recently posted..DEJA VU -- ALL OVER AGAIN!My Profile

    • Yeah, I love the picture you presented! Only our God. He does the impossible. What a privilege to submit to His heart and His thoughts! Thank you, Sharon.

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