Renew Your Mind
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 is a part of Scripture that discusses human powerlessness. In our culture today, there is little room for powerlessness or weakness of any kind. With the majority of clients I work with, they consider emotion to be a weakness let alone being powerless. It is; however, beneficial for us as believers, to recognize and quit fighting against our powerlessness.
Through abuse–physical, emotional, or sexual–we learn that powerlessness is a horrible thing. Our view is skewed of what it means to be humble, meek, trusting, or kind and gentle. Unfortunately, the world shapes us in a way that leads to a calloused heart and dysfunctional ways of relating in relationships. The truth is that we can admit we are powerless and yet find the power to overcome our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. The way to this renewed sense of self is through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul writes, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (NIV). Paul’s writing is specifically highlighting humans’ helplessness contrasted with divine enablement. Jesus Himself stated that in this world we would have trouble; therefore, we can expect to have a level of pain, heartache, and uncomfortableness here on earth. There is, thankfully, our helper, the Holy Spirit, who will comfort us in these times of trouble. That is not the extent of being enabled, though. A truth that many forget is that God has equipped us to be our own helper. We are His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good work… (Ephesians 2:10). The good work I speak of is RENEWING OUR MINDS.
Science calls it neuroplasticity; the Bible calls it renewing the mind. Either way, this is the concept that the brain can change; it is plastic. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, to meditate on God’s Word, to think about the things that are good and pure. God’s Word instructs these disciplines because when we do them, they create healthy neurological pathways that have us thinking in a Godly way by second nature. If meditating on past abuse creates fear-based thinking, that is our evidence and our brains change in this negative way.
By admitting I am powerless, I am able to surrender to God and rely on His power to change me. It does not mean I sit on the couch and wait for God to do His thing; it means I use the tools He has equipped me with to regain power over my own cognitive process. It is with His power that this is accomplished. Usually this process comes to completion more firmly when assisted by another; whether the help comes through a friend, someone you trust, or a professional. Do not stunt your own growth by expecting you can do it alone. At Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy and Counseling, we encourage our clients to understand the power that comes through accepting our powerlessness. We encourage our clients to look to Christ for the power needed while accepting the responsibility of doing the work to see that vulnerability is actually a place of strength.
Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy & Counseling is located in Loveland, Colorado. We specialize in counseling, LENS treatments & helping you feel like yourself again. We hope you enjoyed our blog post above and welcome you to reach out with any questions or to see how we can help you.