Whole Brain God/Whole Brain Believers

     Many humans act as if, and even believe, that they are ruled by their feelings or desires. This belief becomes the basis of their reality. However, in God’s reality a thought always precedes a feeling or desire. Our thoughts are a function of our mind. Every feeling we have, every desire we experience, every choice we make, is preceded by a thought or brain command. Whether conscious or beyond conscious awareness, the thought always comes first. This is why we must input new biblical data into the mind which will enable it to give us godly commands. Because God’s reality is that our thoughts have the power to dictate what we perceive as reality.
     A review of basic brain function will reinforce our understanding of the importance of our brain as we walk out our life as a believer. The human brain has two hemispheres; the left brain and the right brain. The left brain is the rational side of the brain; the right brain is the intuitive side. Our left brain is task oriented, concrete, and factual. It is concerned with rational thought, scientific data and logic. Our right brain is relationship oriented, visual and abstract. It is concerned with feelings, experiences, and creativity. There are two general ways that humans think about or view the world they live in.
     One way is known as left-brain thinking or rationalism. This is the scientific method of investigating the world using factual data and controlled experimentation to provide the information necessary to make assessments. The limitation to this way of thinking when it comes to spiritual things is that the scientific method is incomplete and insufficient to explain such things as God, grace or faith.
     The second way of thinking is called right brain thinking or intuitive. The intuitive method of thinking defines the rational or logical mind as the problem and the goal is to find a way to bypass rationality and logic. This method of thinking focuses on feelings and using experiential and creative data to assess the world. It believes that we can, by the way we think and feel, bring about whatever we desire in our life experience. While this is true to some extent, it has natural human limitations, and there is little room for God as a separate supreme supernatural deity.
     As we assess our thinking style we will probably discover that we are more inclined toward one of these ways of thinking than the other. Whichever side of the spectrum we fall on, God’s reality encompasses the entire spectrum. He is a whole brain God and intends for us to be whole brain believers. And, as believers, He expects us to surrender our whole brain to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit no amount of rational thought will bring us to an understanding and knowledge of the truth. Nor will any amount of intuitive experience bring us to a complete revelation of the truth.  
     John 6:44 says “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 8:28 says “Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.”
(This an excerpt from our book "Come Into His Fullness ")

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