I once heard someone say, “The truth is irrelevant. What matters is what you believe.”
This statement attests to the power of belief.
We, as human beings, have the power to believe anything we choose. Once we decide to accept something as truth, it becomes truth for us. When it’s all said and done, we believe what we want to believe.
This is an important concept to realize. Belief determines how we respond and react to situations and circumstances in life. It determines our course of action. Belief is the most powerful tool we have. Hence, what we believe, whether good or bad, profoundly impacts us.
Studies have proven that optimistic people live longer, healthier lives. Studies have also confirmed that people with a negative mindset tend to live more stressful lives and die at a younger age. Therefore, what we believe is important. It is equally important to realize that we can believe truth, or we can believe lies.
Have you ever known someone who believed something to be true that was not true? Attempts to convince an individual that their belief is based on a lie are often unsuccessful because the person’s mind is made up. They have decided to believe what they want to believe.
The truth is now irrelevant. Furthermore, their perception, decisions, and actions are soon governed by this erroneous belief.
Because behavior is based on belief, both Paul and Timothy encourage us to fix our thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. They go on to admonish us to focus on things of this nature (Philippians 4:8).
They understood that focus defines truth; and truth determines point of view, response, and experience. Understanding truth is vital.
Notice that they instruct us to fix our thoughts on what is TRUE. Why is that? Paul and Timothy recognized the necessity of building belief on the foundation of truth.
Sadly, many Christians have beliefs based upon lies. Often believing lies about our own worth and value, we fail to manifest into the fullness of who God made us to be. When we believe religious lies about who God is, our experience with His power and presence diminishes greatly.
Identifying truth is critical in the life of every believer. Truth is the essence of power; and belief is powerful. The word of God is truth; and God reveals Himself to us as we seek His face.
Belief. It’s a choice. We get to decide what we believe. As Christians, we should choose to believe God. We should establish our truth in His word and in His ways. We should acquaint ourselves with who He is, what He has done for us, and how much He cares for us. Then, we must decide to believe this – no matter what.
Life will line up to what we believe.