“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes. “The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” ~ Mark 9:23-24 NLT
Everyone has beliefs about life that were formed in the early years of our lives when we did not have the ability to challenge them. Our beliefs have deep roots that become the lens through which we view life.
Your belief system has nothing to do with your skin color, appearance, or age. Your belief system are the assumptions, perceptions, and questions you have about life. It is the set of convictions within you that are unseen upon which your faith depends.
If your beliefs are faulty and rooted in false and unhealthy assumptions, such as;
- I’m not good enough, smart or beautiful enough, so I don’t have much to offer
- I can’t do anything right, so I don’t deserve to have good things happen to me
- I can’t let my guards down because people will hurt me. When people come to know the real me, they’ll leave.
- It’s all my fault. I’m to blame for every bad thing that happens to me
- You can’t trust anyone, no one really has your back.
- The world is dangerous place. I’m scared something bad is going to happen.
It creates an obscured perception that leads to an anxiety driven life.
The apostle Paul’s convictions were deeply rooted in his belief about God and his complete trust in God’s sovereignty, such that no matter what circumstances he faced, he was never moved by fear, doubt or worry.
In Mark 9:23-24, Jesus asked the father who had brought his son to him for healing. “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” You could say that this troubled father wasn’t sure what to believe anymore. He wasn’t sure if his son would ever be healed because they had exhausted every option possible.
Seeds of doubt had begun to take root in his heart because of all the failed attempts from past experiences. And it’s only when Jesus says to him, “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Then the father realizes his unsubtle doubt in God’s sovereignty and cries out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
I bet you can relate to this story if you have ever faced any difficult problem, impossible circumstances, struggles, failures, and pain from past experiences. Our pain and disappointments can cause unsubtle doubt to slowly creep into our hearts about whether God can heal you or a loved one, provide for your needs or protect you from harm.
The most important thing about you is your belief system. What do you belief about yourself? About life? About God?
Beliefs always precede behavior. That’s the reason why the apostle Paul in his letters to the Church addresses convictions before he reprimands actions. Because our convictions drive our actions.
To change the way a person responds to life, change what the person believes about God.
Truth dispels false beliefs. God’s word is truth. The truth of God’s word reframes the way we face our fears, anxieties, and worries. It helps us overcome faulty beliefs.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
In 2 Corinthians 10:5 ASV, Paul tells us to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
One way to correct faulty thinking is to speak God’s truth.
- I matter to God. He created me with purpose. He knows me and has a plan for my life. (Psalm 139:14, Jeremiah 29:11)
- I am worthy of love. I’m not perfect, but I have abilities and God-given gifts that would bless the lives of others. (Ephesians 2:10)
- I’ve made mistakes, but I am learning and growing, and most of all, I am forgiven by God. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
- I can trust God with my life. He has my back and will never leave me, never abandon me, never forsake me, never fail me. (Hebrews 13:5)
- I’m protected. God is my shield and hiding place from all the dangers of this world. (Psalm 144:2, 2 Samuel 22:3)
When your beliefs are deeply rooted in the truth of God’s word and an unshakeable trust in his sovereignty. The storms of life may come but your anchor is secure, and you will stand strong.
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Susan Egbe-Tanyi, MD is a board-certified family medicine physician. She is also the founder of Empowered Women Faith Club, where she writes to empower women to live confidently knowing who they are as daughters of God and encourages weary moms to find strength in God through the journey of motherhood. She is a wife, mother of three treasured kids, a passionate follower of Christ, lover of nature and a servant at heart. She practices medicine in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and three children.