The more I grow in Christ, the more I see that my root beliefs impact my perspectives and behaviors far more than I ever realized. Trying to “fake it ’til you make it” doesn’t work. For without the inner man being changed, the outer man lives in anxious disguises.
What I am convinced of in my inner spirit, that will play out in my life. If I am convinced that a brownie is always worth the calories, then I will always choose the brownie. If I am also convinced that exercise mitigates the brownie, the detrimental impacts will be different.
If I am convinced a strong core will keep back pain away, then I will do whatever it takes to maintain a strong core. If, however, deep down the back pain “isn’t that bad” or “is bearable,” then making excuses for not doing the core work flow easily.
Note the difference: the back pain is that bad and is not bearable. But the truth doesn’t matter; it is what I believe that matters.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:38-39, NET
Paul’s life demonstrated that he was, in fact, convinced in his inner man that nothing could separate him from God. Paul’s determination to keep going despite beatings and jailings and others mis-representing his ministry. His very spirit believed the truth of scripture so his very man lived it.
Are you encountering an area of life, a behavior, a habit that you just cannot seem to conquer? Maybe stop looking at the behavior. Look instead at the beliefs behind the behavior. Address the belief and you will find that behavior change will more easily follow. Root the belief in scripture, in real truth, and no longer play victim to your own fallacies. Renew your mind and your body will follow.