Posted by: Jim Rosemergy | March 26, 2010

Kinds of Beliefs

Do you remember the man with the healing need who cried out to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief”?

We do believe; in fact, we usually believe in at least one of three ways.  The first and least potent and life transforming is mental belief.  Such beliefs are verbalized, but few if any are actually lived.  This is one of our challenges…we tend to think that a mental belief makes a difference.  It may shape our words and change our vocabulary, but it has little effect on the way we live.

Next is an emotional belief.  These can be deep and hidden.  We may not even know what we emotionally believe or we may not want to admit the beliefs we hold about ourselves, others, or the world.  We hide behind our mental beliefs and thus set the example for our emotional beliefs.  They hide too.

Often our mental beliefs are truth-filled while what we believe in the gut is filled with lies.  This is where the challenge begins.  Many people intellectually grasp the mental belief, but live from the emotional belief.

I believe that emotional beliefs are influenced not so much by what we say, but by entering into the discomfort of an action step that denies the lie and affirms the truth.  Remember, actions speak louder than words.  For instance, we may mentally believe that giving denies lack, and, like a seed planted in the ground, promotes an abundant harvest, but our emotional belief is that giving creates lack.  Such a person can challenge the lie by giving.  This action step is the beginning of the formation of another belief rooted in truth.  Giving does not create lack; it is the planting of a seed.

In summary, emotional beliefs that are lies must be challenged through action!

The third variety of belief is spiritual in nature.  Such beliefs are truth-filled.  They have deep roots because they come from within us.  A spiritual belief forms not because of our action or because of what has happened to us (like an emotional belief), but because of an experience of the presence of God.  We listen and the truth is revealed to us.  It may seem contrary to earthly conditions, but its emergence is often so powerful that we know it is true.  It then changes the way we live our lives.

Dear friend, ponder these things and determine the kinds of beliefs that you are holding in mind.  Some are truth-filled; some are lies.  Some rest on the surface of our souls, others lurk in darkness of our souls.  Challenge the lies with action and listen for the voice of God and new beliefs will form enabling you to see the truth about yourself, others, and the world.

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