No place is truly comfortable if you don’t feel confident in your own skin.
Today we’re going to discuss how identifying Limiting Beliefs or Ungodly Beliefs can transform your life.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” is found in the ancient scripture, Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
Your identity is what you think about yourself. Only thing is,
We can be a bit delusional.
Have you heard of Paris Syndrome? For some reason, Japanese tourists are more susceptible to this bizarre condition. Paris Syndrome comes from an “extreme shock resulting from [tourists] finding out that Paris is not what they had expected it to be.” It’s serious. People suffer hallucinations and the Japanese embassy runs a 24-hour help line for tourists suffering from symptoms. Talk about a vacation gone sour!
I’ve experienced delusion. My 8th grade year, I picked a pup from a litter and named him Kingston. Less than a few months in, I noticed a black spot on his tongue I thought had never been there. I was convinced my parents had replaced Kingston with another dog because something happened to him. It’s a condition called Capgras Delusion. These are somewhat extreme examples. Sometimes…
Our delusions can be subtle
As I mentioned in 10 Ways to Win A Girl’s Heart, I did inner healing. I flew out to a program in North Carolina called Restoring the Foundations (RTF). For a few days an assigned couple helped me work through my problems and struggles. One of the first things they did was identify my Limiting Beliefs or “Ungodly Beliefs” (as RTF calls them).
What are Limiting Beliefs?
Ungodly Beliefs are what you believe about yourself that don’t align with truth or biblical scripture. Some might call them Limiting Beliefs because they inhibit you from living life to its potential. They may keep you from having faith or hope in God’s plans for your life.
You may create these lies about yourself due to past hurts or negative comments from people you trust (close friends, family members, leaders, or coaches). For instance, I’ve heard:
No one is creative in our family (implying I couldn’t be either).
You’re disorganized so you should avoid an accounting job.
You’re too skinny to play football.
Limiting Beliefs may also arise from things we’ve been taught, personal excuses, or irrational fears.
Here were a few of mine we identified at RTF:
No matter how hard I try, I won’t be good enough.
My value is in what I do.
In order to be accepted, I must please others.
I will not be able to fully give or receive love.
What are some of the Ungodly Beliefs you have about yourself? Perhaps they are similar to mine, or maybe you’ve believed others such as No one will ever be interested in me or I’ll never be successful or I’ll never break free from porn. If you’re having trouble coming up with a list, write down things you say to yourself throughout the day. When I’d make mistakes or accidentally break something, I’d catch myself saying things like I’m such an idiot or Why can’t you do anything right?
Rewrite Your Beliefs
Romans 12:2 says “be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” If you can alter the way you think, your life can radically change. If you can identity your Limiting Beliefs or Ungodly Beliefs, you can rewrite them as Godly Beliefs.
For instance, one of my Ungodly Beliefs was, No matter how hard I try, I won’t be good enough. I rewrote the belief: I have no one to please but God Himself. I choose to release myself from the expectations of others.
I changed each belief. But, simply rewriting Limiting Beliefs isn’t enough.
Decree Your New Beliefs
“…decree a thing and it shall be established…”
For one month after my sessions at Restoring the Foundations, I recited my newly rewritten beliefs multiple times a day. Some refer to these as daily affirmations. According to Psychology Today, a daily affirmation “can work as it has the ability to program your mind into believing the stated concept.”
Changing the course of your life can’t happen through outward action alone. We revamp our lives from the inside-out. Saying a daily affirmation can help you identity negative thought patterns. By noticing them, you can eventually weed them out of your life.