Several months ago I went to a different chiropractor who has challenged my mind while helping my back problems. Dr. Luckey has stimulated me both physically and spiritually. I would like to share some of my new insights. Since I do not have a medical background, I admit that my physical explanation lacks professionalism, but I hope it is accurate enough to provide a credible comparison for my spiritual application.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14 NIV
Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.
Psalm 139:14 NLT
This verse of the Psalms has become one of my favorite scriptures. I appreciate both the New International Version and the New Living Translation. I like the words describing our bodies as being “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Each of us is truly a marvelous complex workmanship of God!
I want to begin sharing about the complexities of our bodies from a physical perspective. I am fascinated by how my doctor explained to me that all of our muscles are controlled by our brain. When there is an injury to the body, such as a broken bone, the brain stimulates certain muscles to respond in a way that promotes healing in the weakened area. Although this is a natural response of the body at the moment of injury, the problem is that the brain remembers this “out of balance” function and the muscles may not go back to their normal function. To promote healing, Dr. Luckey works to identify the neural impairment and then balances the system to proper brain activity that affects muscle activity. My lower back problem was the result of previous minimal injuries and normal wear and tear of life on my body. For recovery, my brain needed to be retrained and my muscles stimulated to return to proper function. I was out of balance – and I needed to be put back into balance! There were muscles that needed to be stimulated to function as originally intended when God fearfully and wonderfully made me.
But we have the mind of Christ.
I Corinthians 2:16
If my brain controls my physical muscles, then my spiritual mind controls my spiritual strength. According to I Corinthians 2:16, there is the potential for me to have the mind of Christ.
Within my brain both good and bad thoughts are formulated. I can allow the mind of Christ to be broken down by such thoughts as fear, worry and anger. These emotions cause injuries. The longer I focus on negative thoughts, the stronger they become within my mind. I can get out of balance and not allow the mind of Christ to function within me. I need to identify my spiritual neural impairment of fear, worry or anger and then balance my system to proper brain activity with faith, peace or love. I can bring my mind back into alignment with Christ by confessing my sin and accepting God’s forgiveness. By searching and studying scripture, I can promote healthy spiritual muscles according to God’s design. I want to allow the Holy Spirit to stimulate my spiritual strength and commitment. I have the potential to develop the mind of Christ and think His thoughts. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I will be able to stop thinking so many human thoughts and begin thinking more God thoughts.
My Reader, do you comprehend how fearfully and wonderfully made you are? Can you wrap your head around the fact that your brain can function as the mind of Christ? We are each a complex workmanship of God!