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Guest Post – Training our Brains to Focus on God

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

Roman 12:2 (NKJV)

 You only use ten percent of your brain. Myths like these we’ve heard since we were old enough to understand we weren’t as smart as others. The implication being we could be a lot smarter if we’d only dig deeper into our brain cells. Well, science destroys this concept by its use of scans to show virtually every part of the brain functions most of the time, except when you sleep.

Understanding the Brain Signals

If you learn how the brain sends signals to wiggle your toes, change the direction of your steps, or re-wire itself when you suffer a brain injury, you’ll find out there is no hard wiring. The nerves transmitting the signals are not one continuous strand, like what we think of as wire. Nerves are short sections of cells with gaps called synapses. These contain neurotransmitters, which are the real reason neurons communicate brain instructions to our body parts. Picture a video of it. See? What you’ve done is read this. Your brain gathered the info, and then sent a bunch of signals traversing through your mind, all without a single solid nerve “wire”. You might picture it as a series of radio towers bouncing info across the land.

A Christian Mind

Paul writes Romans to encourage Christians to refresh their minds continually. They should do so by reviewing and living the instructions given to them. He knows there’s a gap between God in Heaven and the saints on the earth. That gap can short-circuit and cause them to return to their old ways. Yet there’s a connection impossible to understand until one accepts the miracle of the Creator. God not only established their physical brain and nervous system but also the spiritual design of the Holy Spirit, our helper.

Connecting Our Brain and God

Take heart, friend. Like the synapses with their neurotransmitters, the Holy Spirit lives within you to make the connection to God. We simply must follow the edification by Paul to renew our minds by reading the scripture and letting God into the very depths of our brains. He’s already established the higher order of humans in the world’s realm of intelligence. He’s waiting for us to believe it, and Him.

Warren Johnson

Warren A Johnson

Warren enjoys the challenges of writing devotions and hopes published novels are in his future. He lives with his wife of fifty-two years, Barbara, in northwestern South Carolina. He fathered three kids and loves the many descendants they bring to the table. Motorcycling and radio control airplanes use up some retirement time.

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Warren A Johnson

Grace and Peace to you,

Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian #author, #blogger, and #speaker. #BibleGatewayPartner

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This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Warren Johnson

    Thank you so much for inviting me to guest on your blog today. Carry on!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you for the great words of wisdom. Blessings

  2. Melissa G Henderson

    Great message from Warren Johnson. Yes, we must feed our spiritual bodies as well as our physical bodies. Daily reading of His Word is truly great for nourishment.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Yes, we need daily spiritual food for our bodies. Thank you Melissa and blessings

  3. Elizabeth Seckman

    That ‘s great to hear…another reason to read my Bible!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It is important to read it daily for many reasons. Thanks Elizabeth and blessings to you

  4. JD Wininger

    So enjoyed Mr. Warren. Reminded me of an after dinner discussion last year my friend. How important it is that we feed our souls the right things, much in the same way our body’s need to be fed the right things to work optimally. Always enjoy your thoughts sir. Thank you for hosting our friend this week Ms. Yvonne.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      He really shared some deep and profound thoughts about feeding our minds. Thank you JD. Blessings

    2. Warren

      Mr JD, I’m excited you enjoyed it. After your busy time, you may see another take in your email box. Greetings to Ms. Diane. (Barb loves her cards)

  5. Melissa McLaughlin

    Thank you, Warren. We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made by our awesome God. Loved the analogy of the workings of the brain to the Holy Spirit. Lord, have your way in our thoughts, emotions and actions.

  6. Warren Johnson

    I appreciate your comments, Melissa. Thank you for the encouragement.

  7. Vera Day

    Excellent encouragement from Johnson. The Bible is our lifeline.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It truly is life giving. Thank you Vera. God bless

  8. Katherine Pasour

    Warren! So good to see you on Yvonne’s blog. I enjoyed your informative and inspiring message and appreciate the reminder to keep “renewing our minds” through study of God’s Word. Thank you for hosting, Yvonne.

  9. Warren Johnson

    Yvonne’s a blessing, Ms Katherine!

      1. Yvonne Morgan

        Thanks Nancy. Blessings

  10. Jessica Brodie

    I love this so much! And I love that we don’t have to worry about synapses or anything else because we have the Holy Spirit within us. As Warren says, “The Holy Spirit lives within you to make the connection to God.” AMEN!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It is a beautiful connection. Thanks Jessica and blessings

  11. Warren Johnson

    Best blessings, @JessicaBrodie. Thanks.

  12. Candyce Carden

    What a simple, yet powerful post. I love it. Thanks to both of you!

  13. Annie Yorty

    Warren, great explanation and encouragement. Thank you.

  14. Warren Johnson

    I’m encouraged by all the responses to this post. Thank you so much. I shall write some more!


  15. Terri Miller

    Such a great message. With all the assault on our minds from TV and internet, knowing how to train our brains to focus on God is more vital than ever.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Terri. That is so true. Blessings

  16. Warren Johnson

    Thank you, Ms Terri. You speak truth!

  17. Martin Johnson

    As a brain injury survivor I can really connect to this post, good job.

    1. Warren Johnson

      Thank you, Martin. Experience counts!!


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