By Linda Schupp, P.H.D./ Anita Mondragon
Last Monday, the W.O.W had a ladies Bible study with Dr. Linda Schupp, PHD. She brought out some very interesting facts that I would like to share with those of you that missed the meeting.

Did you know that our mind is the total of all the conscious and unconscious mental experiences we have ever had?  This holds true not only for humans, but also for animals. Satan represents the malevolent mind; meaning-the spiteful, ill-intentioned, malignant (death), surly (anger), ill-natured, revengeful, vicious, evil things that well up inside of us.  When we listen to his voice and do his bidding, these are the actions we will perpetuate as well. He is the opposite of Christ in every way! The mind of Christ is Holy! When we listen to HIS voice, we will be able to perceive and understand the invisible things in folks, for the Holy Spirit will reveal them to us.  We will be able to determine and judge justly through the discernment given us by Christ. This “judging” will be done in love and acceptance for we will be operating with the mind of Christ! He deals in mercy, forgiveness and love! The way we keep the thoughts of Satan from entering into our minds is to stay in the Word of God daily.  This transforms our minds and renews our thinking-aligning us with the mind of Christ Jesus, Himself! God is love and He said we should love one another as He has loved us.  When folks lack love in their lives, they become lonely and isolated. They become sick and develop illnesses and diseases.  Severe lack of love can even cause death!   Lack of love also causes addictive behaviors like overeating, taking drugs, alcoholism, excessive smoking and the like.  Aside from keeping us from experiencing the joys of everyday life, these things set you on a course of self-destructiveness and increase the likelihood of disease and premature death by 200-500 percent according to recent research! Yale scientist and researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland studied men and women with angina and coronary blockage.  They found that patients feeling love reported less blockage in their arteries. Research has also shown that love reduces anxiety, depression and blood pressure problems, improves the functioning of the immune system and improved the prognosis in Cancer patients. Oxytocin is a hormone released by touch.  This chemical reduces aches, pains, and provides energy.  It has been proven that ten hugs a day, give the gifts of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine-all needed for the well-being of a healthy body. Scientist have also discovered that the brains of people who spend time in prayer are different.  The more we focus on God, the more it is written into the neural connections of our brains. We can literally wire the Word of God into our DNA!  Only twelve minutes a day of focused prayer for an eight week period will sculpt the brain to such an extent it can be measured on a brain scan! Satan makes our life busy…especially now days!  We may be doing wonderful things with our time…BUT…if we are not spending time in God’s Word, and in prayer…we are just busy.  We must ask ourselves-“Is this a ‘God’ thing?  Or just a good thing?” 1 Corinthians 13 says this….  If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal…. 

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Do you have the love of Christ in your heart?  Do you share this love with others? Or, do you listen to the malevolent character of Satan and share that with others? The choice is yours! CHOOSE LOVE…CHOOSE LIFE! Anita Mondragon

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