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healing for your mind and soul Melody Kipp, PhD, LMHC My Thorny Brain: I Have the Mind of Christ
God spoke In God’s Image "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.“ God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God's nature. He created them male and female.
God blessed In God’s Image "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth." Genesis 1:26-27 (The Message)
God blessed In God’s Image • Our Mind is (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc. • The totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities.
the mind of CHRIST In God’s Image “Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?’ But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 (NLT)
we have Christ’s Spirit In God’s Image The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can't receive the gifts of God's Spirit. There's no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God's Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God's Spirit is doing, and can't be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah's question, "Is there anyone around who knows God's Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?" has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ's Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:15-16(The Message)
biology of the brain brain biology 101 Everything psychological is simultaneously biological • The brain is just less than 3 pounds, like firm Jell-O. • 100 Trillion cells – ( neurons and glial cells) each is capable of growing up to 70,000 branches. • 400 billion actions at any one moment. We are conscious of about 2000. • The new research shows that 87 to 95% of all illnesses can be contributed to a person’s toxic thought life.
biology of the brain neurons and glial cells
biology of the brain building blocks of the brain Neurons are the basic building blocks of the brain. • Cell body • Dendrites • Axon • Myelin sheath • Action potential – travels up to 200 mph • Signals to turn off or on • Synapse • Neurotransmitters
toxic thoughts = thorns brain biology 101 • Toxic thoughts show up as “thorns” on the dendrites. • A healthy thought life produces well formed dendrites. • Thorns distort our thoughts and memories.
toxic thoughts = thorns brain biology 101 Toxic thoughts change the shape of the receptor sites so neurotransmitters do not work properly. • Toxic Thoughts are related to sin based in fear, anger, and depression
toxic thoughts = thorns brain biology 101 • Toxic Emotions • unforgiveness, resentment • anger, rage, frustration • depression, excessive grief • worry, anxiety, fear • guilt, shame
toxic thoughts = thorns brain biology 101 • The research shows that 87 to 95% of all illnesses can be contributed to a person’s toxic thought life • 75%-90% of all doctor’s visits are from stress-related illnesses • Toxic Emotions can cause migraines, hypertension, strokes, cancer, skin problems, diabetes, infections and allergies
toxic thoughts = thorns Jesus was fully God and fully man • I believe that Jesus could not have had any toxic thoughts, thus no thorns, and his brain would have been perfect. God placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head. I think it was God’s way of making him fully man.
thorns in our hearts • 40,000 neurons in the heart. We have thorns in our heart. “Create in me a clean heart, O Lord.” • Has your heart ever hurt? • There are 40,000 neurons in our hearts • We also have “thorns” in our heart
thorns in our hearts Psalm 51:10-12 responds to that well “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
healthy thoughts removing thorns • A healthy thought life produces well formed dendrites • Healthy positive thoughts and emotions remove the thorns • Healthy Thoughts are those based on our faith, our relationship with God, and God’s word • “The Lord knows people’s thoughts; he knows they are worthless!” Psalm 94:11 (NLT)
healthy emotions the Holy Spirit enables us “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22
love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control your Thoughts the Issue JESUS CHRIST your Feelings your History your Actions your Future
unhealthy thoughts change your thoughts What Thoughts Do You Usually Have? • I’m no good. • Nothing ever works out. • I am so stupid. • No one likes me. • I cannot be forgiven. • I’ve done too many bad things.
unhealthy thoughts change your thoughts • Who could ever love me? • Why is this happening to me? • Why does everything always go wrong? • Why God why? • I always get things wrong. • I’ll never amount to anything. • What will people think?
unhealthy emotions change your emotions What Emotions Do You Usually Feel? • Sadness. • Fear. • Envy. • Depression. • Anger. • Frustration.
unhealthy emotions change your emotions • Jealousy. • Irritation. • Rage. • Worry. • Despair. • Dread. • Ticked off.
unhealthy behaviors change your actions What Type of Behaviors Do You Do? • Yell. • Throw things. • Slam doors. • Cry. • Give the silent treatment.
unhealthy behaviors change your actions • Be sarcastic or insulting. • Hide and isolate from others. • Put up a “good front.” • Be aggressive. • Do nothing.
healthy emotions choose life When Jesus is the center of our life, we can maintain healthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When we choose to believe in Jesusas our savior, God gives us the Fruit of the Spirit
healthy emotions “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)
The Utmost High God “Do not change yourselves to be like people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking.” Romans 12:2 (NCV)