When I was very ill and barely able to get out of bed, I had to do things in small increments. I started with fifteen minutes of activity and learned how to listen to my body. At the same time, I had to renew my mind with the thought, I can do all things through Christ, I am self sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Whenever, I slipped back into a toxic stronghold, I began to think, I’m not going to make it. I can’t do it today.
Proverbs 23: 7 says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” My health begins in my heart. It begins in inner being and what I think about myself. That becomes my mindset.
The interesting thing is my body actually responded to my mindset. I’m not saying I thought myself well, but it is a big part of my health, even today. Whenever I had the thoughts, I can’t make it. I can’t do this today, I need to go back to bed and I did, my body was more likely the next day to give out on me at the same time and I would go back to the same mindset. I can’t do it. I’m too sick.
Years later when I was able to exercise regularly, I had the same thing happen in the opposite way. When I didn’t exercise at the same time every day, I would begin to feel anxious or jittery, as if my body cued up for a five mile walk and it wanted it.
Our mindset is so powerful. I often don’t realize it. That’s why the Bible says to take every thought captive. We can’t just accept automatic thoughts if we want to be well, physically, spiritually and emotionally. We need to take those thoughts captive and interrogate them. I imagine the thought sitting in metal chair with a bright light shining in its little face.
- Where did you come from?
- Who are you working for?
- Are you fear based or faith based?
- Are you logical?
- Will you produce good fruit in my life?
- Are you from an old trigger?
- Are you based on the world or the word?
Maybe it sounds a bit silly, but would you rather be a prisoner of your old mindsets or walk in the abundant life God has given you?