A stony heart forms from many of our past experiences. One way in particular is through ‘ungodly beliefs’.
Ungodly Beliefs- All beliefs, decisions, attitudes, agreements, judgements, expectations, vows and oaths that do not agree with God (His word, character, His nature)
Godly Beliefs-All beliefs, decisions, attitudes, agreements, judgements, expectations, vows and oaths that DO agree with God, (His word, His nature His character.)
Ungodly beliefs are dangerous because they affect our perceptions, our decisions, and our actions. Everyone to some extent lives his/her life out of wrong beliefs, or lies. For those who have read my story it is easy to spot the ungodly beliefs or lies I chose to agree with.
“No one will ever take care of me, so I must take care of myself” this lead me into a lifestyle of addiction, self hatred, cutting, and sexual promiscuity. I was scared and insecure.
It was only when I started to replace these lies with the truth that I began to taste freedom.
A real Godly belief is reflected in our actions
A real Godly belief is rooted in our heart.
A real Godly belief stands firm in the face of challenge
Becoming transformed into the image of christ, sanctification is a process. By allowing God to remove these ungodly beliefs and replace them with truth, we are then able to begin walking in a place of confidence, into who he created us to be. We take on a renewed mind.
The ‘perfect’ ungodly belief- The “perfect” ungodly belief is one that appears to be absolutely true based on the facts of our experience, yet is absolutely false based on what God has to say
*No one loves me
*I am all alone
*I am defective
*God doesn’t love me
Most of us don’t even recognize the above ungodly beliefs in our lives. They are usually completely hidden from us! We then continue on living our lives based on lies. Most ungodly beliefs are a mixture of truth and error.
Most ungodly beliefs are formed through traumatic events in our childhoods, and younger years. Hurts are like an infected wound, and the ungodly belief like the pus coming from it. When similar events are repeated that trigger those original ungodly beliefs, we continue to reinforce the original lies within our minds.
So to sum it up, here’s the cycle
1. Our ungodly beliefs are formed out of hurtful experiences leading to…
2. Expectations arising from these beliefsThe expectations affect our….
3. Behavior, causing us also to influence the behavior of others, leading to….
4. Experiences in line with these behaviors, that confirm the Ungodly beliefs.
This traps the person into a steadily worsening spiral of death. The only way to escape this is to… Choose to make Gods truth our new belief
As we begin to seek the truth of who we are in Christ, how he loves us and dispel the lies we are lead into constructive behavior and good experiences. The same cycle that was killing us now begins to reinforce a new godly belief.