Wednesday, May 6, 2015

God's Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Read this recently and was thrilled to see that neuroscience has proven what the Bible has told us from the beginning, God's perfect love casts out fear(1John 4:18), and it explains how meditating/praying Scriptures to God stopped my panic attacks back in 2005 and why meditation and prayer still calms the anxiety I feel any time I'm stressed.  "Research has shown that meditation and prayer can offer effective treatments for anxiety (Lee, Zaharlick, & Akers, Families in Society, 2011). Furthermore, recent advances in neuroscience have confirmed the biblical wisdom that love eradicates fear. The part of the brain in which fear is generated is called the amygdala, whereas the part of the brain in which we experience altruistic love, compassion, empathy, and sympathy is called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). Dr. Newberg at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that when individuals aged 60 to 65 meditated 12 minutes a day for 30 days on a God of love, they experience growth in the ACC as measured by MRI brain scans, reductions in heart rate and blood pressure, and improvement in memory testing.This means that growth in the ACC from meditating on a God of love calms and reduces the firing of the brain's fear center (the amygdala). (Newberg, A. & Weldman, M. R. How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist. 2009)"   P.S.: I was 51 in 2005, so you don't have to be 60-65 for God's Word to change your brain. :) Isn't that exciting? And I shared this with my Bible study girls yesterday because Priscilla Shirer talked about using "specific" weapons for "specific" battles. The article I quoted also said that when these individuals meditated on Scriptures other than God's love, there was no positive outcome. So it took "specific" Scriptures that spoke against fear/anxiety to cause the change. Again, proving that "perfect love (God's love) casts out fear"! Hallelujah! God has given us "specific" Scriptures for our "specific" battles. What battle are you facing? Go to www.blueletterbible.org, type it in, and copy those Scriptures into a Word document. Print them out and start meditating on them and praying them to God. Better yet copy them down. I recently recopied my Scriptures into a small notebook and I can't tell you what a faith-building exercise that was! "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corin. 10:4 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6:12-17)

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