as believers. I mean, how much potential is actually there that we don't use? That line of thought made me wonder about how much brain potential we have that we don't use. I had heard that we only use 10% of our brain so I did some research on the Internet. 'Turns out that's a myth! We use 100% of our brain. I read that even in the pouring of coffee in the morning, we use our brains to calculate how much room we need in our mug for creamer - on 'auto pilot' is what I'm thinking. One article stated, "Ultimately, it's not that we use 10 percent of our brains, merely that we only understand about 10 percent of how it functions."
The thought came to me that while we use our salvation 100% of the time - meaning, we can never lose it, Christ is always with us- we may only live in Christ or use our power in Christ 10% because merely, it's that we only understand about 10% of how it functions. Interesting. I then get out the Thesaurus.
Live (existing at the present time): current, existent, prevailing
Alive (being animately existent): awake, cognizant, growing, knowing, operative
dead, apathetic, dispirited, lethargic
So when I am not prevailing, when I am not growing in Christ, when I do not operate as having the power of Christ, I live apathetic and dispirited. I become passive. I have some evaluating to do. Why is it that I really only understand about 10% of how to live in the power of Christ?
Today's reading in Galatians 2:18, 20 "For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor...I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." For if I build again the things I thought I destroyed - pride, self-will, selfishness, discontentment, ungratefulness, ..I have disregarded -in a way- what Christ did for me. But, that's not the end of the story...The only way to live is to live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me... day by day - sometimes hour by hour or minute by minute - making one right choice at a time. Constantly renewing the mind. We increase our brain power by doing more. We can increase our 'living in Christ' power by doing more. Doing more what? Some of the things we can do to increase brain power can be used to increase our 'living in Christ' power. I found a list of things that will help increase brain power and I adapted it to fit this post. (Link to original article is at the end.)
1. Do something new - We can do something new for someone else. As the saying goes, "Love isn't love until you give it away". Ideas: a card, a letter/e-mail to let someone know you're thinking of them, flowers, a phone call..Or we can do something new for ourselves - for example: I've left Facebook for awhile and am doing more letter writing, more connecting with close friends on a deeper level. The friends I want to have my phone number have it and I talk to them more by text daily than I ever did on Facebook. I needed to separate from some drama, to find my balance with close friends and family, to keep my social circle simple.
2. Exercise regularly - We can exercise our power in Christ simply by trusting in God's plan - having faith that God knows the road we're on and realizing that we're not lost. Trust can be hard work! Because we're human, because we falter, giving over control of our lives (day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute) keeps the faith muscle strong.
3. Train your memory - We can remember more of God's promises when we memorize them. Kind of like those math drills we rehearsed over and over in grade school until we knew them in our sleep.
4. Be curious - When something peaks my interest during a message in church (whether it be part of the message or on the same page in the Bible), I underline it, make a note of it, and go back to look at it later. Look in the Bible, look in a dictionary, look on the internet - be on the hunt for a deeper understanding of a certain passage or person in the Bible. Don't be satisfied just with what you hear in church - do your own research.
5. Think positive - God is our strength and help, He is always near, He has a plan, He extends mercy, He has crowned us with glory and honour. So many positive things we could think about if we put our mind to it. Sometimes, it's just a matter of wanting to.
6. Eat healthy - When we feed our body junk, we feel like junk. 'Same goes for us spiritually - when we feed our souls with junk (bad thoughts, questionable music or tv shows), we feel like junk.
7. Read a book - I don't take the time out to read like I used to. This is a good point - will have to work on this one. We have tons of books in the house- biographies, study helps on books of the Bible, history, spiritual growth helps, missionary stories...
8. Get enough sleep - This is a huge one for me. If I don't get enough sleep, it is difficult to function. And if I don't get enough sleep, then I need to make time for rest in the day - to just shut down and restore my strength. If I can't function on a physical level, it's more challenging to function in a good spirit.
9. Ditch the GPS - The original article about brain power says to opt for reading an actual map instead of using a GPS. To relate this to 'living in Christ' power: While other books and articles are good sources for building Bible knowledge, reading the Bible - the original 'map' for our lives- we can't forget or put aside. There are millions of Christian living resources easily available, but nothing can replace the Scriptures where we find our map 'for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.' -II Timothy 3:16
10. Ban the calculator - "Resist the urge to work things out using an external device – and use the device you were born with – your brain!", states the article. Well, in comparison, resist the urge to work things out using external means -Use the 'device' we were born with..When we were born a new creature in Christ, we were given the Holy Spirit. Before reading anything that man said, before asking what any man thinks, we need to use the Spirit that we were spiritually born with and ask Him how to solve a problem.
At the moment of salvation, we were given 100% of what we needed to live in Christ, yet most likely, we only understand 10% of how that functions. Why is that? Are we using all our resources? The above list is a good checklist of how to increase our life-in-Christ-productivity. Just as we can improve our brain power by doing more, we can develop our life in Christ power by sharpening our focus, by revamping our hope, by living 'by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20b)
The above list was adapted from this article: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-simple-ways-to-increase-your-brain-power.html