FOUR STEPS TO A QUANTUM UNDERSTANDING OF BELIEF – PART 2
As I explained in the previous blog Power of Belief, it is so important to have a core belief system based on a biblical understanding of truth. You have to activate your power to believe. Most of us do not come by “belief” naturally. I know I didn’t. I was a “glass half empty” kinda gal until 2011. That’s when I decided to suspend my disbelief. I had to suspend it because it just wasn’t serving me well. I had lost everything. It wasn’t until later that I realized my disbelief caused me to lose everything I had… my house, my car, friendships, trust, love, and even my honor. I was just mad. I was just very fearful. I had lost control and that was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I wish someone was there to guide me through it.
I know, I know… God was . . . However, I was mad at Him too because He DID NOT help me keep all my stuff I thought I needed. Little did I know, if I had only just let go of what I thought was security and comfort, HE was going to teach me how to trade it in for TRUE SECURITY and COMFORT. Meaning, I would attain a total and deep satisfaction in HIM. I would learn to walk in total and complete Peace, Joy, Love, Gentleness, Self-Control, Forbearing with one another, Meekness, Kindness, and Faithfulness.
This is where my true security and my true comfort dwells. My truth is that everything that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, that MY GOD came to give me life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). Which ultimately means, the enemy and those used by his tactics, mean evil against me; but God means it for my good (Gen 50:20). There is nothing the enemy can do to me that God will not turn it around for my benefit. NOTHING.
So, how do we activate your power of belief? You must let go of control. You must detach from the outcome. The process takes place in four stages:
Yep. I said it. Discipline. I know you are probably not used to hearing that word a lot. What I find most people struggle with is disciplining their mind and taking their thoughts captive REGULARLY and with Discipline.
I find that most people find it easier to just flow with their thoughts whether they are entering into assumptions of what other are thinking, depression, fear, anger, “what ifs”, “shoulda, coulda, woulda been” and the list goes on. It takes work and discipline to follow your thought patterns to a root.
The reason we don’t believe is that we have already written beliefs on our heart from when we were little. When our daddy abandons us, we write on our heart that God will abandon us. So I can sit in church for years and years and read and read and tell myself all day long I believe that God will never leave me nor forsake me. But that will never rewrite your heart script.
Pay attention to your emotions, they are indicators. They do not lead. Is this emotion outside of the Fruit of the Spirit? For example, most people I know have a fear of public speaking. I was terrified before I started speaking and traveling. T.E.R.R.I.F.I.E.D. I identify the emotion outside of the Fruit of the Spirit: Fear.
Ask the Spirit, “what is the root of this spirit?” It is an emotional reaction to a belief. “I am fearful of public speaking” is not a core belief. It is an emotional reaction to the root, which is, you will look foolish, what will people think of me. It is an image based fear. EGO-driven.
See, if someone came up to you and said, “hahahahaha, you have the stupidest red hair” and you KNEW you had brown hair. You would think they are being silly, on drugs, or psychotic. You wouldn’t feel hurt or wounded by that comment or their judgment of you. Because YOU know you have brown hair and not red hair.
The same goes for your identity.
When I get up on that stage to speak and someone goes and writes a nasty post about my teaching (which happens often by the way… oh the joys of twitter) it doesn’t bother me. I feel no wounding or pain. Because I am secure in my many years of teaching on stage and the many many many people whose lives I know I have impacted. So my identity is secure in my public speaking.
Now, it didn’t start out that way. I had to push through some serious fear. I started speaking publically when I was 24 years old. I was nowhere close to understanding my identity. But when I saw the reaction and emotion of the first audience, which was the beginning of the re-writing of my heart script. Each time I took that stage and each time people came to me and told me their testimonies it wrote on my heart that I am valuable, I have purpose, I may not be a perfect speaker by far, but God uses me to impact people’s lives.
Now, here is the catch. We are not called and it is not emotional maturity to govern our identity on others reactions and emotions. However, this is very normal process in the beginning stages of identity development.
Years later, like 18 years later, I was asked to start filming Journey Into Your Dreams and now my public speaking was going to be broadcast all around the world. Well, honestly when this opportunity came about it sent me into a bit of loss of thought control.
Why? Because it was a new level of belief and I was fearful. Why? I had to hunt down that root of fear. After meditating and praying and counseling with my public relations manager, I figured out that when I speak to a room of people they leave with a story. But when I speak on film it is permanent record.
What if I say something theologically unsound? What if my “frienemies” see it?
Yes, unfortunately, in the Kingdom we have people that are totally for you to your face but secretly want you to fail so it makes them feel more superior. It is just identity issue, but it is real. What I had to do was press into who I really am, what God has really taught me and to be confident in His thoughts about me.
His thoughts about me say, “I have opened this door for you because I believe in you and because I have imparted into you something this world needs to hear.”
It isn’t about the audience’s reaction or emotions, cause I don’t see it. I just trust. I trust in my identity and my authority and my influence, gained through obedience and disciplining my heart and mind. God takes us into door after door, level after level, promotion after promotion.
Discipline your thoughts. Like an investigator follows the money in a crime. You follow the emotion because it is a crime to your spirit and heart to have any emotion and standing outside of the Fruit of His Spirit. Learning a new task requires training your body to perform as your thoughts desire.
So, you must train your mind and body and emotions (that is a big one) to align with your desires. If your desire is to write a book, then you start by laying your head down in bed and praying through what it is you will write about and then visualizing you writing that book and visualizing people buying that book. You begin to meditation on the emotion you will feel when someone buys your first book (that isn’t your friends and family. ha ) You have to learn to live in that emotion to bring your future into your NOW. You need to train your body to feel Joy.
Then every time you get into anxiety or fear if you will take a moment and close your eyes and think about something that you are so grateful for. Begin to meditate and feel the feelings of gratitude and joy and peace. Do not move until you direct and command your body and emotions to align with Heaven. Gratitude is the eraser of anxiety. This takes practice, exercise, and time. Fast from negative thoughts.
Wisdom is the second step of your Power to Believe. Wisdom combined with disciplining your thoughts creates your ability to focus and be patient as you sync with your thoughts, your intellect, and your feelings with the work of your body. Wisdom is gained by meditating on things that are lovely, good report, things of excellence and worthy of your praise and admiration.
We don’t have Divine Wisdom because we don’t ask. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5). Ask, sit quietly and meditate. Wisdom can only come when you are disciplining the mind:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Phil 4:8).
Wisdom comes to all that ask and do not doubt. I will tell you what I tell my team. When God speaks to you with Wisdom you must WRITE IT DOWN. Why? Because the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy and you will be tested on what God has said to you. If you don’t write it down and anchor it, you will be blown around in your emotions and thoughts like a raging sea. Then immaturely get mad at God.
Love is the third step. After disciplining your body and mind with wisdom, and intellectually studying why you are operating outside of the Fruit of the Spirit, this process of mastery involves loving what you do and doing what you love.
Like in sales, you can’t sell anything unless you fall in love with whatever you are selling and then selling your love and enthusiasm to the customers. When fear and anxiety hit like a tidal wave, especially as I lay my head down on my pillow, I move into LOVE. Because a perfect love casts out all fear.
Right? Either it does or it doesn’t. Trust me He is true to His word. His perfect love casts out all fear. When you are in fear and anxiety or panic, there is a facet of God’s love that you simply do not really understand yet. You cannot walk in the fullness of God’s love and be in fear and panic or depression. Just doesn’t exist.
You must ask God, “Father, there is a facet of your love that I simply do not understand, show me what it is.” then sit and wait for Him to speak. He will show you the root. Which the root of fear, nine times out of ten, is usually control, handing control over to God.
But, if I hand over control to Him, I may lose everything.
Apparently, we believe we are a better steward of our life than God. You don’t trust what is on the other side is good, because God loves you.
A lot of times depression comes from entitlement. We believe we are entitled to better and more. Depression can be our body and mind’s inability to focus consistently on being grateful. Depression can be false beliefs written on our heart.
Because the TRUTH always sets us FREE. Free from what? Lies, because believing the lies is what causes depression, anxiety, frustration, anger, hopelessness.
Yes, I understand what chemical depression is and I believe is overly misdiagnosed. I also know through extensive research that the chemicals in our brain are released through our thoughts. Imbalanced thoughts create imbalanced chemical releases. Our reaction to trauma causes chemical imbalances. This can be fix. But it takes dedication and work on your thoughts. Understanding God’s love will empower you to overcome.
Finally, surrender is the place of belief. Total surrender. This is where your body, feeling/emotions and your thoughts are NOT running the show. This is where you move into surrender. God created the universe and set out principles to govern it physically and spiritually. There is an immeasurable, indescribable force and inertia which we call believing and faith and absolutely everything that exists in the entire universe is attached to believing and faith by a connecting link. God. When you truly believe for a financial miracle, the Heavens and the Earth LITERALLY move to deliver it to you. The only thing that stops it is your core belief statements. Those scripts you wrote on your hearts that do not align with truth.
When you align with your disciplined, wise, loving self and then all of your thoughts and emotions align, you surrender, you lighten up, and it becomes quiet in your spirit. A knowing is produced that brings peace and you believe. The Power of Believing becomes available to take you wherever you feel destined to go.
If you are not experiencing your God-given desires and the things you are standing and believing for aren’t coming to pass, you must hunt down false beliefs written on your heart.
Amy is the Author of Dreams: A Window Into Your Destiny, How To Talk To The UnChurched, and Dream Symbols