Changing Your Belief System

The Word has the power to produce deep and lasting change in
the believer. The implanted word saves the soul or renews the mind. When it
comes to us changing, we will not change until our belief system changes. Let
me explain.
  
We have basically two kinds of thought; conscious thoughts,
and underlying thought patterns which some term your belief system or your core
values.
The Bible calls this your conscience. These core beliefs, or belief
system, or underlying patterns of thought operate almost automatically. And
they are at work just under the conscious level and they motivate us in all of
our behaviors; our actions, words, responses, how we see the world, how we see
ourselves, how we treat others, and how we relate to God.
   
These deep underlying thoughts are what control us. And
there is no personal change of lasting value until these underlying patterns of
thinking change. Notice 2 Corinthians 10:3-6: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling
down strongholds,  casting down arguments
and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing
every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to
punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
  
The strongholds
mentioned here are really fortresses of
thought
that are built up in these underlying thought patterns. The arguments mentioned are the patterns of thinking that precede
behavior.
These must be challenged and changed before we act differently.
 
The Word divides soul from spirit in us, and is able to
analyze these underlying thoughts in a way no psychologist or psychotherapist
ever could. For the Word that God speaks
is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and
effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing
line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and
marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing
and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart
(Hebrews 4:12-
Amplified).
  
Reading the Epistles in the New Testament will give you the
will of God for the believer in most of the areas of life. If you’ll read them
slowly and prayerfully, making a decision to line your lifestyle up with what
you read, you will be challenged to change! Ask yourself while reading; is
there an attitude or motive that I need to change; is there some sinful activity
that I need to forsake; is there something that I’m not doing that I must begin
to do; is there some promise here that I must embrace?
  
If you’ll do this, the power of the word of God will begin
to change you. It will analyze your thoughts, your motives, your actions and
reactions, your beliefs and all your conduct. It will detect wrong underlying
patterns of thinking. The Word will convict you to change! The Holy Spirit will
urge you and motivate you to challenge hurtful underlying patterns of thinking.
 Tomorrow, I discuss the part that meditation in the
Word plays in changing these underlying patterns of thinking. Meditation in the
Word is the key to permanent life change!

 

2 thoughts on “Changing Your Belief System

  1. Interesting article! I think one very important component to changing out beliefs is through inspired action. Often times, through moments of stillness or meditation, we are provided intuitive guidance or hunches of things that we can do to change our belief systems. Sometimes, where the body goes, so will the mind.
    Thanks!
    Kevin
    http://www.thoughtsunearthed.com

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