blog--3024-01--belief and behaviorThe 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.

25 thoughts on “On Living Convinced and Determined…

  1. Wonderful reminder that one needs to change from the inside out. I was blessed by reading your blog today. Thank you!

  2. So true! Everything goes back to the inner man. We need to press on like Paul to the race that He has called us. It can be tough, but He is with us and will lead us to victory!

    1. Isn’t it amazing how our almighty God has already determined we are set for victory!?! What a confidence-builder!

  3. “His very spirit believed the truth of scripture so his very man lived it” SO, SO, SO TRUE! So applicable! Thanks for reaffirming the truth that God’s Word is our source for change, hope, encouragement and victory!

    You have a true gift with words. Keep sharing and teaching- you’re going to change the Kingdom!

  4. I’m visiting from the P31 OBS. I have a question. Does a strong core really help back pain? Do you have a specific routine or exercise that you do? I’m not trying to detract from the point of your message, but I’m determined to be healthy and back pain is a problem. Thank you.

    Hugs,
    Melinda

    1. Melinda, OH YOU HAVE NO IDEA! The short answer, yes–with a huge caveat. I cannot give medical advice as each body is different and so many things impact back pain. After 15 years of increasing pain, and doctor after doctor not knowing what to do besides prescribe stronger meds, I went to a physical therapist. He saw that it was muscle movement that was the problem–my muscle patterns were the problem. So though years of trying to increase core strength didn’t help because I was moving wrong–but he worked with me to retrain those patterns, and then the core supported the properly-moving muscles! If you type pt in the search box at the top of my page, you’ll get all the posts I wrote through that journey. Best wishes!!!

  5. Renewing my mind has been a big goal for me through this study. No more justifying poor choices!

  6. Thank you for sharing today. I have heard that line “fake it til you make it” so many times. I have also tried to justify the brownie and that is ok as long as I am exercising. I have made the decision to stay away from the sweets and sodas. This study has started at the perfect time for me.

    1. I love how God brings together the perfectly prepared desire with just the right study! You’ll do great!

  7. This is a great post. So true…your perspective and beliefs definitely affect the choices (or excuses) you make. Definitely needed to read this today. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting, too.

    1. Thanks for the pop-in! I have enjoyed getting to experience others’ blogs through this process. I am creating quite the reading list.

  8. Oh! Love this. I needed to hear it today. That’s one of my favorite verses, too. What am I going to allow to get in between me and God? Why would I permit this?

  9. I love your insight and the your comment re the last question: 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.

  10. Awesome read!! This is exactly what I’m finding to be true, it’s so nice to read it in words and from someone else!!!

  11. Root our belief in scripture! Yes!!! I also love that by renewing our mind our body will follow. As we wrestle each day with our mind and body, I pray that we all learn to let our determination and truth in God’s word to take over. Blessings, Mary!

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