This is the time of year where we traditionally make New Year’s resolutions. Although it is an ideal time to evaluate our lives and set goals for the coming year, why does it seem that most of these resolutions are discontinued soon after the new year starts? I believe the reason for this is that we are focusing on the wrong aspect of our lives in our efforts to improve.
Change and transformation do not primarily come from surrendering and sacrificing our behaviors as much as they result from surrendering and sacrificing what we believe. Romans 12:2 says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” It does not say to be transformed by the renewing of our behaviors. Certainly, we are to make adjustments in our behaviors, but long-lasting change in our choices ultimately results from believing truth instead of lies.
Here is a revolutionary revelation: we have the power to change what we believe. Abraham, Gideon, Peter, Moses, and many other biblical characters chose to change what they believed. Each of them battled seemingly hopeless circumstances but they overcame defeatist mindsets. We are empowered by God to do the same.
Here are five powerful beliefs to renew our minds with that will bring positive transformation in our lives:
- Believe God’s Overall Promises for You – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20). “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). Something powerful happens when we increase our meditations and declarations of God’s promises. Here are five promises to start with: https://ignitinghope.com/igniting-hope/5-promises-igniting-biblical-optimism.
- Believe God’s Specific Promises for You – “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). All God’s promises are true for us, but the Holy Spirit will breathe prophetic life on those we are to fight with for a season or even for our whole lives. “Take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). 1 Timothy 1:18 gives even greater insight on this: “This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.” Timothy is our example to believe the prophecies spoken over us in such an aggressive way that it will seem like we are waging war.
- Believe the Spirit Realm is More Real Than the Physical Realm – “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God'” (Psalm 14:1). Logic tells us if something exists now, then something has always existed, and that something is a Someone. As we acknowledge this, then we recognize the importance of the spirit realm. If something happens in the natural realm, then something was first deposited in the spirit realm. For more on this, read my book Divine Strategies for Increase.
- Believe You Are Significant With Unique Giftings and Assignments – “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them” (Romans 12:5-6). There is nobody like you. There is no one who can say it like you can say it. You have a grace for a special assignment and to influence specific types of people. The more we believe this, the more it will manifest through us.
- Believe This is the Year of Breakthrough for Long-Standing Issues – “So (Jesus) asked his father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said, ‘From childhood'” (Mark 9:21). Jesus healed this boy after years of no breakthrough. The Bible frequently mentions the length of time an illness or problem has existed to build faith in us for long-standing problems. You might say, “What if I believe for breakthrough this year and it does not happen?” Let’s rather ask ourselves, “What if it does?” When we don’t give up, our faith will draw heaven toward us and increase the likelihood of seeing the miracle happen.
Remember, we believe and then see, not see and then believe. If we want to see something different, then we are called to believe something higher than what we are experiencing. These five beliefs are a great place to start and are sure to cause powerful transformation and freedom in your life. For more on this, listen to my podcast here.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.