Putting on the New Self

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Putting on the New Self

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self…to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.  Ephesians 4:22-24

Every time we have a thought, our brains release chemicals. When we have a sad, angry, anxious, hopeless, or helpless thought, our brains release chemicals that make us feel awful. Dr. Daniel Amen says negative thoughts make our hands colder, our muscles more tense, our breathing shallower, and our brainwaves disorganized.

     When we have a happy, hopeful, encouraging, loving, or connected thought, our brains release a completely different set of chemicals. Our hands get warmer and drier, our muscles become more relaxed, and our breathing becomes slower and deeper.

     Suppressing automatic negative thoughts doesn’t work. Instead, we need to notice them, put words to them, and replace them with God’s truth, such as a verse like

Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you…I will strengthen you and help you.”

     Pay attention to the thoughts that go through your mind. Are negative or positive ones common? How do they affect you?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Refocusing your thoughts with truth will refresh your body and your soul.

Taken from The Daniel Plan 365 Day 

Rachel’s thoughts: This devotion today is one of my favorites....so fitting for what FAITH5 is trying to encourage...letting go of old thoughts and behaviors that keep us stuck in a cycle of returning to unhealthy choices when our thoughts misdirect us. MINDSET is such a major player in our seeking to improve our health.  Our actions follow our thoughts.  This week in our meetings members are sharing how tough it is to stay steady and focused during the cold winter months, and especially tough through this ongoing season of Covid19.  It’s always good to be with a group of people willing you help us “check our thoughts for truth”.   The feedback I’m getting from the meetings is that the simple act of gathering together once a week has been a gift. Sharing with other like-minded people help us to redirect our thoughts to the positive. Being inspired by those who share their successes as well as being an encourager to those who are struggling is allowing all of us to do what we were always meant to do….walk out this life together, being the physical presence of Jesus working through us. “Better together” is not an empty phrase. If you have not been able to attend our meetings in Cozad or Lexington yet, I hope one day soon you will be able to.  The door is open to all. 

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