Neuroplasticity means the brain is adaptable and changing. The bad news is that the brain can be harmed and physiologically impacted by our toxic thinking, particularly by thoughts of a repetitive nature. The good news is that the brain can heal as a result of consistently healthy and truthful thinking, suggesting that we have some power in changing our brains. Neuroplasticity takes our discussion regarding our negative thoughts to a new level of importance. If we want to be whole, we must be conscious and disciplined in our thought life. We must submit not only our lives to Christ but also our thoughts about ourselves, allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our ideas and choices. This submission results in the rewiring of our brains and the renewal of our minds.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says to demolish anything that sets itself against the knowledge of God. I know you are thinking, I am weak. How can I demolish anything? Remember, God desires your freedom, and He will supply you with the power and discernment to demolish a false belief. God knows you. He knows your true identity. He knows who you really are. So, with His help, prepare to destroy anything that is contrary to His knowledge of you. How do you do this?
First, you aggressively reject the identified lie. This rejection is often a concrete and repetitive exercise. For example, imagine putting your destructive thoughts in a prison cell, never to be released or heard from again. Or perhaps imagine them being erased from a chalkboard and replaced with a word of truth about yourself. Use any and every image that works for you, and allow God to aggressively eliminate the repetitious cycle of negative thinking. It is never too late to become whole.
Take back the identity that never should have been stolen from you and gain the “sound mind” that comes with the mind of Christ (2 Timothy 1:7). He can revive your identity and make you secure, but it must be on His terms. Terms of truth. You can think differently.
What are your familiar, destructive thoughts (your negative thoughts and ruminations)? How does the knowledge that your brain is made to be adaptable and changing encourage you? How does God nudge you concerning the toxicity or health of your thoughts and mind?