Hopefully after reading Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, you’re now saying “Okay, Schlyce, you’ve made me a believer! (no pun intended, well maybe…) I can see how my beliefs have been hindering me and have made up my mind to believe that miraculous change is possible. But how in the heck do we change what we believe?”
Well that all depends. If you are open to the supernatural and the idea that Jesus is still in the miracle working business, then it’s extraordinarily easy. If not, well it’s still possible, but whether it’s easy or not depends on how much of a hold your current belief system has on you.
The key is changing your internal image—the one associated with what you really believe subconsciously. I could share story after story of how I’ve seen God work miracles through this simple but sometimes humanly impossible concept. But, since I’m writing rather than getting the chance to sit down and talk with you, I’ll be brief and assume that you are open to supernatural assistance.
Step 1 – Get Real
If you are serious about changing, you’re going to have to get real with yourself. You’re going to have to admit that there’s a problem, namely between your ears, and own it. As long as you can look outside yourself and your own belief system, you’ll remain powerless. But if you can own your “unbelief” or what I like to call “less-than-heaven-perspective” you’ll have taken the first step toward changing it.
Step 2 – Verbalize the Problem
Now that you’re ready to own the problem, the next step is to verbalize it. Bring it out of the invisible realm of your heart into the material realm by verbalizing it and writing it down. Once it’s down on paper staring at you, it will start to lose its power. I encourage you to write it exactly how it comes up and out. If it comes up as “I’m afraid to die,” then just blurt it out and write it down. There’s something powerful about coming face to face with the things that we fear or are limiting us somehow.
Step 3 – Transform It
The next step can sometimes be challenging, but here’s where prayer and divine intervention really make the difference. What you are looking for is a new way of seeing yourself or the situation as the very opposite of what you’ve written down.
For example, if you said “I’m afraid to die,” then you want to ask Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Jesus who is also called the Spirit of Truth) to lead and guide you into the truth—to uproot this negative belief with His truth and give you an internal image of yourself overcoming this belief.
Now, just close your eyes and receive. Allow your imagination to “run wild” in the opposite direction of fear, trusting that Holy Spirit is going to show you the truth in living color right on the inside of you.
Then whatever He shows you, write it down! There’s a scriptural principle in Habakkuk 2:2 that says “Write the vision,” for when you do it will come to pass.
Step 4 – Back It Up
The Bible is full of promises from God for abundant life. In fact, John 10:10 declares that the reason Jesus was sent from heaven was that we might have abundant life! So get a concordance, “google it,” or ask a friend to pray with you and help you find a scripture in the Bible that backs up your new belief and divinely inspired vision with a promise from God.
Step 5 – Keep It with You
Once you find a scripture about your new belief that you feel is inspired (you’ll know it when you find it), write it on a 4 X 6 card, and then jot down your vision on the back. Consider this your “dream card” and carry it around with you, looking at it at least 3 times a day. Each time you look at it, acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s work in your life to develop this image in your heart and bring the needed transformation to pass.
Stay thankful and spend time allowing yourself to imagine your new future. I call this “living it before you live it,” and before you know it you actually are!