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by Dudley Anderson  
5/02/2014 / Devotionals

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02 May 2014

Dear God-tracker


I once listened to a talk by the cognitive neuroscientist, Dr Caroline Leaf who said, "Thoughts have substance. Thoughts occupy mental real estate. Your thoughts produce proteins, the bodies building blocks, which form real structures that change the landscape of your brain!" She then described how we all have basically two types of thoughts and memories in our minds: healthy thoughts and toxic thoughts. She described how each brain neuron can be affected by proteins produced by stimuli that can result in either one or the other type of thought. Dr Leaf said that our brains have plasticity, that is, our thoughts can be shaped or changed at will. In a nutshell, she was implying that each one of us can harbor toxic thoughts or allow ourselves to remodel our toxic thoughts into good thoughts. We can change our behavior and find relief from our fears and anxieties by renewing our thinking. But isn't this what was written about almost 2000 years ago in the Bible, when it says, "be transformed by the renewing of your mind"?

So many of suffer from depression and anxious thoughts these days that we're told that in Britain, for example, the prescription of anti-depressants has risen by 25% over the last 3 years. However, the Bible is clear that if we repent of sin then God, who is faithful and just, because of the cross of Jesus, will forgive us and remove our sins from us. In other words the Lord gives our spirits new life at the point of salvation. This is the spiritual act of being born again. You see, the Lord God loved you enough that, even before you knew him, he sent Jesus to die for your toxic thoughts. When you asked Jesus into your life he saved you through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. In Christ you are a new creation. However, your mind is still susceptible to toxic thoughts.

Therefore, on a daily bases you and I need to renew our minds by God's word and through the power of the Holy Spirit. If what Dr Caroline Leaf says is true then science has proven that we are able to change our way of thinking. It could be that, for too long, you have allowed those toxic thoughts of guilt, sorrow, hurt or unforgiveness to cloud your mind. It may be that for years your thinking has been clogged by worries, loneliness or low esteem. If so then today is the day to begin that process of renewal. Firstly, pray and seek the power and grace of the Lord to help you overcome your problems. Then turn to his word and allow it to stimulate new and healthy thoughts in your mind. Do this by loudly confessing his truths over your life on a daily basis. Gradually, with persistence and perseverance, God's thoughts about you will become your thoughts about you.

God-tracking is daily transforming your toxic thoughts into good thoughts by his word

Keep your eyes on Jesus.


It's all in the Book
Romans 12:1-2
Titus 3:1-7
2 Corinthians 5:15-21

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Verse of the Week

Psalm 25:8-9
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Quote of the Week A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes "God does not patch up the old life, or make certain repairs on the old life; He gives a new life, through the new birth." --- Kathryn Kuhlman

Don't Give Up, Look Up! Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus! I begin today by confessing that in Christ I am a new creation
"Ah Sovereign Lord, you have made the earth and the stars by you word and the power of the Holy Spirit. Today I turn to you for the power to renew my thinking by your word. I confess that I have sinned recently, even in my thought life, and seek your forgiveness. I want to hold nothing as a blockage to the transformation of my old toxic thoughts into new healthy ones. Help me to discover scriptures that will re-stimulate my thoughts and change depression into exaltation, for your glory. I begin today by confessing that in Christ I am a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come. Praise you for your love and goodness, O Lord. Amen."

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What is trACker?
GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.

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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.

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