Beliefs Impact Behaviors
Acting on False Identity. Coping. Protection. Control.
Our beliefs lead to behaviors that are not in line with our faith. Or, even as Paul states in Romans Chapter 7, we do what we do not want to do. As one can see, our behaviors reflect our false/ negative beliefs of ourselves impacting our identity. Our behaviors are then actually living from a false identity based on lies and psychological, emotional, physical, et al wounding.
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. ~Romans 7:15
Our life soon begins to crumble and we find ourselves in a cycle that seems to have no exit ramps. Trying to change behavior is part of that never-ending cycle. It is vital to acknowledge our experiences or events in your life as impacting your present. Our past IS impacting us. To diminish its impact is to ignore or deny our reality.
God Sees. Our enemy sees.
God sees our wounds and knows that the enemy uses those places to form our beliefs about ourselves—”I’m not good enough” and our view of God—”He wasn’t there for me…He doesn’t love me or he would have stopped what happened to me” and more. We may know these are lies intellectually, but emotionally we cannot seem to get life to compute and make sense.
Later we will describe in The Healing section how to bring God into places of doubt and confusion. In the meantime, we can be thinking about those areas that we have found it difficult to give God a chance to show his love to us.
Reframing perspective through relationship with God and others.
Our perception of our Heavenly Father is often influenced by our relationship with our earthly father and caretakers. These influences, impact our perception of God, often causing us to feel as though we cannot come to him. It may seem as though he doesn’t care, or is emotionally or physically absent.
Maybe God seems to be mean or we have believed we are not good enough or are a failure. All these can often equate to—God would not want to be in a relationship with me.