DNA encodes the genetic material of an organism that determines what it will develop into, a building block of life. Whatever is encoded in our genes, is what our physical bodies become. We want you to consider that the mental patterns and thought processes that you have allowed to be encoded in your brain, have caused you to become the type of person that you are: one who chooses to live by faith, or one who chooses to believe in the negative. We have no choice in the physical DNA we are born with - but we have complete control over what we choose to think, and what mental patterns we choose to develop. With the power of the Holy Spirit and our willingness to submit and change as He leads, we can actually change our mental DNA to become transformed into a New Creation. Romans 12 says, "... but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..."
This was our study for the 4th session of our 40 Day Project last fall. I've posted it here in its entirety, no need to go to a link:
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
This verse in Matthew doesn’t speak of people’s lives as inherently good or bad. The idea of a person having to live out his life as the black sheep of the family is nothing close to this verse. What determines whether a person’s body is full of light or darkness is his eyes, how he interprets the world around him.
This eye that Jesus is referring to is not your physical eye, but the mental and spiritual vision you have of yourself, and of the world around you. If that mental vision is dark, negative, fearful, anxious, wrought with doubt and skepticism, Jesus says that our entire life will be cloaked in that darkness. And in contrast, if our mental vision is bright, positive, courageous, peaceful, and full of bold determination, our entire life will reflect that light.
We have spoken, and will continue to speak about negativity and our battle against it, but our challenge is not just against external negative influences. Our biggest challenge is to change our state of mind, our constant vision – our mental DNA. What do we choose to see every day, how do we choose to react to negativity, and more than anything, who do we choose to be as a person?
We are often fooled into the belief that if circumstances changed, we’d be happier people. But when we choose to change our vision, to have “good eyes,” we change who we are, and in turn change the circumstances around us because now we are living in the realm of faith and power.
This is nothing about being a positive thinker. It’s about accessing the power of God, and our human potential. Our radical choice to see what’s possible, causes it to happen, while those who choose to hang onto skepticism bring more negativity upon them. “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.” Job 3.25
One day a man carried his girlfriend into one of our meetings in Long Beach, California. She had developed a migraine and couldn’t speak, open her eyes, or even sit up in a chair. When he told me what was going on my reply was, “She’s going to be healed tonight.” He looked at me and said, “Are you kidding? You’d better be serious about what you’re saying.” And I repeated, “She’s going to be fine when you leave.” One hour later she was playing in the hallway with my 3 year-old son.
A man who has had a profound influence on my life, until this very day gets excited whenever he hears bad news… Why? Because his spiritual eyes see that the devil attacks the most whenever he senses that a big victory is coming, and because he is certain that God has to come to his aid whenever he is attacked.
Is he crazy? No. He has one of the most blessed lives of anyone I know.