Our belief system can be formed in many ways. But if we were to put it in a diagram it would probably look like this:
What you hear forms images in your mind
Meditating on what you hear creates thought patterns
Thought patterns create belief systems that are expressed through your words
Your belief system produces an outcome
So let’s begin with Stage 1 – What you hear forms images in your mind
Question: What are you allowing yourself to hear?
In other words, what are you listening to on an everyday basis? The word “hear” is defined as “to listen to; to give or pay attention to”.
Everything that you listen to forms an image or a perception in your mind.
Now, I realize that there is a lot things that we can listen to. With just the click of a mouse, social media and the internet have taken over our attention. We are constantly surrounded by entertainment. We are bombarded by company ads, and the opinions of others. And news stories from around the world have got us thinking “what else could go wrong?”
But let me add this point. What we listen to, or rather the quality of what we listen to is OUR decision alone. By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we have the power to say “No” to that pornographic video, or “No” to that song that talks about death and the killing of others? 1 Corinthians 15:57 says “But thank God! He gives us the victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are no longer bound by sin! But we now have victory over the attacks of Satan.
In order for us to understand what the bible is saying, we are called to listen and to meditate on the Word of God. We cannot really pay attention to God if we are constantly bombarding our ears with a million different things. In order for us to live the christian life God has called us to we need to reduce the amount of distractions we have in our life for the sole purpose of giving more time to God.
Here is a good rule of thumb to take you forward: Would you still listen to this if Jesus was sitting right next to you?
Click <Here> for a list of books that you can read on the subject of listening to God:
Stage 2 – Meditating on what you hear creates thought patterns
Philippians 4:8 gives us a good guideline for what we allow our selves to think.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. “
This verse tells us to concentrate on those things that are pleasing the Lord. We need to saturate our mind with things that are pleasing to God. Constantly taking the time to hear what God is saying to us.
For me, this often requires that I find some quiet time in my day to talk and to pray with God. Oftentimes, i will have my bible with me and I will seek out scripture on a certain topic.
What are you thinking about today? Are you thinking good healthy thoughts that build up your life or are you thinking thoughts that tear your life apart.
Thinking good positive thoughts have definitely been a struggle for me. It is not a instantaneous process, but it is a process that needs to take place as Christians. Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
If you are struggling in this area, I suggest that you click <HERE> for a list of confessions that you can say over your life and circumstances. The more you renew your mind with the things of God, the easier it will become to ignore the negative things Satan will try to throw at you. I recommend that you say these confessions out loud so that you can allow yourself to hear them.
Stage 3 – Thought patterns create belief systems that are expressed through your words
Thought patterns create belief systems!
Oh brother! Am I familiar with this truth!
When I was young, I had the undoubted belief that I was worthless. The more I looked at my peers and compared myself to others the more I believed that I was a piece of junk that no one wanted. These thoughts didn’t just magically appear into my life. The circumstances in my life made me believe that I was no good and that God did not want me.
It was not until I read Neil T. Anderson’s book “ Victory Over the Darkness” that something started to click in my head.
This book helped me see that God really did love me! And that I needed to renew my mind from the years of bad thinking i had towards myself and others. This was not an easy process. God had to continue to work in my life. But with God, victory is possible. (Matt 19:26)
I suggest that you purchase “Victory Over the Darkness” and read it for yourself.
Stage 4 – Your belief system produces an outcome
Previously I said that I struggled in the area of my belief system about myself. Because of this, my behavior was very introverted. I became the person who didn’t say much to anyone. Relationships were often difficult, and I felt miserable most of the time. I became the person who blended in with the crowd, rather than the person who stood out. I would often seek the approval of other people in order to feel good about myself. This often back-fired on me, and it became a cycle of negative emotions.
God had to literally had to take me aside many times and point me to scripture that was contrary to my belief at the time. Scriptures that stopped me in my tracks. I remember one such time when I found Ephesians 1:7 which says “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Wow!
God forgave all of my sins! Not just some of them, but all of them! He wasn’t storing my sins in closet somewhere where he could show them to me when I had done something bad. But he forgave me and washed me whiter than snow. (Isaiah 1:18)
When I first came across Ephesians 1:7 it was like a breathe of fresh air. God’s truth had been revealed, and my thoughts had taken on a new identity.
So what about you? How has your belief systems effected your life? How can they be changed with the word of God?
I suggest that you read the book, “Battlefield of the Mind”, by Joyce Meyer to obtain more knowledge in the area of your thought life and the behaviors of your life.
With love and God’s blessings to guide you,