Daily Archives: January 23, 2015

Four Positive Upgrades to Your Mental Diet

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 We’ve all heard the expression “you are what you eat”. What we’ve been discussing is the idea that “you are what you think” is also highly valid. The manner in which you think of yourself has huge implications, both on how you present yourself to others and what you achieve in this life. As my pastor likes to say, “we will never rise above the level of our thinking.” You must see yourself as you truly are in Christ.
So how exactly do we do this? First, I am going to share a few suggestions to build a strong mental diet. Then I’d recommend allowing the Holy Spirit to convict you of anything otherwise. To God be the glory!

1. Get to know the true and positive you.  It’s important to become familiar with the areas in which God has gifted you (and He may have gifted you at birth or over the course of other life experiences). Here are a few steps that I have personally taken through the years to gain insight about who I truly am in Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

A. Take a personality test. Tests like Myers Briggs or DISC can help you to identify your style of communicating with the world and your personal strong points. You can check out free examples of these tests at following links: Myers Briggs Test or DISC Test

B. Take a spiritual gifts test. This tool will help you to identify specific areas of ministry that you feel most drawn to and the ways in which God has equipped you for those specific works. You can take a free test here: Spiritual Gift Test

C. Read Strength Finder 2.0. This incredible book can help identify the natural talents and skills that (when combined) form your strengths. You can purchase it in our Resources section under ‘Leadership’.

D. Most importantly, read and meditate on Scriptures about who you are in Christ. This is your identity as a Christian. I strongly encourage you to really marinate on each verse and ask the Holy Spirit to transfer it from your head to your heart. You need to believe what the Word says about you.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

The understanding of (1) who Christ is, (2) who He makes you to be by living in you as your Savior, and (3) how God Himself designed you in the womb represents very valuable insight. Once you have an understanding of these truths, focus on them. Let these be what you feed your mind with.

While you can certainly grow by correcting areas of weakness, there is wisdom in intentionally focusing on further improving your God-given strengths. Focus on becoming a better YOU in Christ, rather than mentally rehearsing what you are not without Christ.

2.  Keep Your Brain Sharp. It’s smart to challenge yourself by reading, learning new materials, and keeping your mind active.  This is actually one of the greatest tools for prevention of Alzheimer’s (and even depression). Don’t waste your mental energy on worrisome thoughts; use that energy to learn something new. My first suggestion is to study the Word. For example, challenge yourself by reading a piece of scripture every day (maybe diving into a Life Application Bible). You can even learn the meaning of biblical text in the original Hebrew and Greek. Fill your mind with life-giving thoughts.

Additionally, you can invest in growing your knowledge by taking an online course, learning to play an instrument, learning a new language, reading thought-provoking material, or even doing math problems. Pursuing any activity that keeps your mind sharp while focusing on something positive is very smart.

3. Engage in positive, life-giving conversation. Whether you’re in a personal conversation or enjoying some form of entertainment (listening to the radio, watching a movie, etc.), pay close attention to the words that are being spoken and what you are allowing (with your free-will) to enter your mind. All behaviors, beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes start from your mind, and the enemy knows it. Guard yourself from gossip, slander, profanity, and anything else that may defile the spirit of God that is living within you.

May we all practice prudence by wisely stewarding this powerful asset (the mind) for His glory.

Application Questions

1. Upon reading this post, what specific areas have come to mind in your own life that are in need of a mental adjustment to bring God glory? Some examples may be specific conversations (which promote gossip, slander, cynicism, etc), specific television shows (that promote behaviors and lifestyles contrary to God’s word), or harboring a poor self-image (not living in truth by failing to see yourself in the way God made you).

2. As mentioned above, in order for us to truly know and believe who we are in Christ, we must know and believe what God says about us in His word. I would strongly encourage you (as I have also done) to take some time to meditate on the following scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to you:

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