The power of the mind is beyond the knowledge of most individuals. No doubt you’ve heard of the power of positive thinking. What you tell yourself IS important. But to be of benefit it is not enough to just think positive thoughts. They must be grounded in TRUTH, specifically, the truth of God’s Word. Your own thinking has the power to change your day-to-day reality, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Cor. 10:4-5).

Did you know that what you choose to think about alters the physical landscape of your brain which in turn affects every cell in your body? When you rehearse negative thoughts, memories, and experiences over and over, you reinforce negativity, contract your cellular DNA, and set up tension throughout the body. Stress is a leading cause of all sorts of degenerative diseases. The very real effect is that you make yourself sick.

But when you choose to mindfully reject the thoughts that make you feel a host of negative emotions and replace these thoughts with purposeful, helpful thoughts that place life in perspective, and when you choose an attitude of thankfulness, you begin to erase the actual negative landscape in your brain, your DNA relaxes, and the body responds by building physical and mental health.

The two key principles that make all this possible are:

1) You must make your mind conform to the truth that God offers.

2) You must choose life.

Key Word: Choose. Your free will means you can choose every moment what your life will be.

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days” (Deut. 30:19-20).

Dr. Susan A. Haberkorn is an Ordained Minister of Pastoral Care and NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor.