A lie believed as truth will effect your life as if it were true – even though it is a lie.
A belief that… May Result in…
1. Money provides security and happiness … workaholism, materialism, greed, dishonesty, stealing etc.
2. To be happy I must be married … unrealistic expectations of spouse, unhappiness with spouse, discontentment with spouse, divorce if unhappy
3. I am the way I am; I can’t change … feelings of shame, guilt, hopelessness, inferiority, passivity, loss of creativity
4. Failures deserve to be punished … criticalness, judgementalism, self-destructive behavior, fear of failure, procrastination, unwillingness to take risks, fear of punishment
5. The more I do for God, the more He will love and bless me … legalistic religious activity, serving God to earn His acceptance, spiritual burnout; feeling unacceptable to God, self-righteousness, spiritual pride
6. My worth is determined by what I do and what others think of me … driven to succeed, competitive high achiever, comparing self with others, pride – feeling unworthy.
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. Proverbs 23:7
Sitting, listening to someone for a short period of time will let you know where their true believes are. God’s truth tells us that “for out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” and this is where we see their true hearts struggles.
When we always compare every thought to the scripture we will see that He gives us His viewpoint on every issue in life. The Bible not only addresses our behaviors, but also our thoughts and beliefs. We must therefore be looking continually to the Bible to develop correct beliefs about God, self, life, and others. We learn to think as God thinks and are transformed in the renewing of our mind like it says in Romans 12: 1-2.