Empowering beliefs create empowered cultures where people can thrive at a high level.
We are not called to use, fix, or manipulate those in our lives (or to use guilt as a prime motivational tool); but we have been anointed by God to unlock people’s prophetic futures by having high-level beliefs about them – just as the angel did with Gideon in Judges 6.
Our good friend, Danny Silk, has written a classic book called Keep Your Love On. A good companion book to this would be Keep Your Beliefs On.
Here is a list of beliefs to create a culture around you to empower yourself and others as the angel did for Gideon:
- Love beliefs – I Corinthians 13 is a chapter about relational love. Verse 7 says “love hopes all things, love believes all things.” The greatest force to influence people is love. This includes liking people.
- Prophetic beliefs – God saw Abraham as a “Father of many nations” before he and Sarah had a child. A prophetic culture not only prophecies, but sees people by their future (Romans 14:17).
- Vision and hope beliefs – Every person has a hope and future in God. “One thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Those in our lives have “things” to reach forward to. Every person is significant in God and has an important assignment from him.
- Solutions beliefs – “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13). No matter what problem a person is in, there is a solution (a way of escape.) This creates hope for them which is a catalytic force for their empowerment.
- Restoration beliefs – “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). Empowering leaders see past people failures and sins, and see who they really are; they have a heart and skill to restore people back to wholeness and influence.
- Forgiveness beliefs – Jesus spoke forgiveness on the cross. Stephen did the same in Acts 7 when he was being stoned. Their forgiveness created an open heaven over others to become saved (the 3,000 in Acts 2 and Saul of Tarsus). Our intentional forgiveness is a mighty spiritual weapon to release people into their destiny.
And here some other empowering beliefs:
- Consider no man after the flesh beliefs (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)
- Faith comes by hearing beliefs (Romans 10:13-17; Judges 6:12; Ephesians 4:29)
- Ezekiel 37 nothing is impossible beliefs (Ezekiel 37:1-12)
- Testimony beliefs (Revelation 19:10)
- Benefit of the doubt beliefs (I Corinthians 13:7)
- Love ourselves beliefs (Mark 12:31)