“But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
One of the main ways to exercise ourselves toward godliness is to “work out” our beliefs. We do this by having a plan to renew our minds. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The renewing of the mind does not happen simply through Bible reading or church attendance, but it results from a deliberate plan to think about, and believe, truth instead of lies. This deliberate mind renewal is like a beliefs training program.
One of my dreams is that belief training will become more popular than physical fitness training. I am moving towards certifying beliefs trainers and having multitudes participate in a beliefs training program. After all, nobody wants flabby beliefs. And as Paul tells Timothy, exercising toward godliness has a greater benefit than bodily exercise, so let’s get our beliefs in shape together.
Igniting Hope Ministries has beliefs trainers to help guide participants in a beliefs training program. We have used them to help enhance the experience of some who participated in our Negativity Fast and Positivity Feast. It has been very effective. As of this writing, we are limited in the number of beliefs trainers we have, but we are working on a plan to expand this aspect of what we do. Our own beliefs for beliefs training were strengthened as we considered the impact it is having on people.
Yes, nobody wants flabby beliefs. (Ha ha.) We want toned and strong beliefs, which overcome life’s challenges and create a positively transformed future, for us, and the people in our lives. With this in mind, here are five ways not to have flabby beliefs:
- Understand the Four Main Areas of Our Beliefs – We have beliefs about God, ourselves, others, and circumstances. We are regularly renewing our minds with a belief (whether true or not) about these four areas.
- Use Our Hope Level as the Indicator Whether We Are Believing Lies or Truth – “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Wherever there is a lack of hope (the confident, joyful expectation good is coming), then we cannot trust the belief we have in that area of our life.
- Value the Joy of the Lord – “He who sits in the heavens laughs” (Psalm 2:4). God is laughing at what His enemies are saying and planning. Laughter is a powerful spiritual weapon which is part of the process of disempowering the lies we believe. As we are able to laugh at lies and embrace the joy of celebrating progress instead of perfection, we will find strength and healing flow increasingly into our lives.
- Fight With the Promises God Makes Real to You – “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The quality of our lives depends on identifying what God has said to us. “Take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). We are to kill negative mindsets and negative belief systems with these words. In 1 Timothy 1:18 Paul tells Timothy to “war” with the prophetic words he has received. We are to do the same.
- Receiving Regular Hope Injections From Igniting Hope – “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil 4:8). We have several ways you can feed on positive and hope-filled beliefs. This includes our Facebook page and Instagram feed where you will find my regular 60-Second Hope Injections and Wendy’s Victorious Minutes. Also, here is a link to our library of podcasts. We are committed to helping you work out your beliefs to see a transformation in your life.
On our website, we have a Beliefs Assessment to help you identify where your beliefs are stronger or weaker. After training your beliefs regularly for a while with mind-renewal workouts, you can take the assessment again.
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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.