Empowering Beliefs About Others
By Steve Backlund
We are in process of editing Steve’s new book, The Culture of Empowerment: How to Champion People. Here is an excerpt out of the chapter called, “Empowering Beliefs,” where we list four of the fifteen empowering beliefs in that chapter.
Vision Beliefs About Others
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but 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” in which to reach forward. Every person is significant in God and has an important assignment from Him. One’s vision for the future gives them purpose for the present. It means we are being prepared for something bigger (greater influence) in the days ahead. As we recognize this about those we are leading, we will find ourselves saying things like, “Where you are going, you can’t take THAT with you” (whether it be a tendency, attitude, or something else). We will focus on training them to be ready for this greater opportunity, instead of only trying to get them to be a good employee, a good Christian, or less of a problem to us.
Hope Beliefs About Others
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25).
We are told to not let go of our confession of hope. This directive is linked to the relationships in our lives – “consider one another,” “assembling together,” and “exhorting one another.” “Exhorting” is translated as “encourage” in some Bible versions. Verse 25 tells us we are to increase encouragement as we “see the Day approaching.” Instead of becoming more cynical as we grow older, we are to become more hopeful of the good things in people around us. We are to believe they are one encouragement away from a tipping point in their lives – and we won’t encourage those we are hopeless about. It is important to know this: My hopelessness for people I lead is usually a bigger problem than what the people are doing.
Love and Compassion Beliefs About Others
“Then Jesus went about . . . healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:35-36).
Compassion and true concern for people is foundational to influence. We are not simply to get things done for people or through people, but we are called to emotionally connect with the dreams and needs of those in our lives. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love” (Galatians 5:7). Outward accomplishments are meaningless without it. In fact, 1 Corinthians 13 says we are “nothing” if relational love does not manifest through us, even if we are doing supernatural exploits. This “love chapter” of the Bible is about how we interact with people, and one of the highest ways we interact with them is what we believe about them. “[Love] believes all things, hopes all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).
Solution Beliefs About Others
“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” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
This is one of the biggest hope verses in the Bible. It is an anchor verse to set ourselves and others free from hopelessness. Two great truths are revealed that will radically upgrade our beliefs about the people we influence: 1) They will not face anything God has not equipped them to overcome, and 2) There is always “the way of escape” from where they are (and into where they need to be). Say this out loud: “THERE IS ALWAYS A SOLUTION!” Every person in our life has a pathway to get out of crisis/dysfunction and a way to get into dreams/radical influence. This creates hope for them, which is a catalytic force for their empowerment.
Great leaders have great beliefs about the people they lead. These four beliefs will take you to a higher level in how you see the people you lead.
About Steve Backlund
Steve and Wendy Backlund were senior pastors for seventeen years before joining the Bethel Church (Redding, California) team in 2008. Ten of those years were spent on the backside of the desert in Central Nevada where they led their church into renewal, significant numerical growth and positively affected their area.
They have a message that ignites hope and joy wherever they go. They travel extensively to encourage and empower churches around the world in revival culture and victorious mindsets.
Steve and Wendy have 3 children and 6 grandchildren, and a dog named Duncan.