Episode #45 Shedding Light on Limiting Beliefs- What God Sees
From Today's Episode:
Welcome! We're in our What God Sees Series and today's topic is Shedding Light on Limiting Beliefs.
Psalm 119:105; 1 Peter 5:7
God, share some of your perspective and insight. What do I need to see?
Here's the episode transcript
One of the amazing and honestly frustrating things about our walks with God is that it is a continual journey. As long as we're here on Earth, we are going to be renewed and transformed being remade into God's image. There are always opportunities for us to receive greater revelation of who God is and to walk in greater revelation of who we now are as those who are his redeemed.
I say this is frustrating because sometimes I wish it was just done already. And I learned all the things I needed to learn, and I knew God perfectly and I walked fully in who I was made to be. But it's also beautiful because there's always new revelation that God wants to give us.
There's always new healing that we can receive and ways that we can walk with a greater experience of the freedom that he's already given to us. And so today we're talking about God shedding light on limiting beliefs because whether you have been a believer for five minutes or 50 years, there are likely limiting beliefs that have been holding you back and tripping you up. And God wants to bring you some freedom today. He wants to share with you more about what he sees.
Limiting beliefs is a phrase that we talk about fairly often when I'm working with coaching clients. And really what that means is there's a ceiling, a limit, a box, that we have put around ourselves, around our dreams, even around God. And we have used those things to build false barriers that can create obstacles or limit us, hinder us, from entering into what's truly available to us.
Our beliefs are significant because we live according to what we believe. And so as we start identifying and uncovering limiting beliefs, we then get to remove them and replace them with the greater revelation of what is actually true. Where we might have put false limitations on something before, we can then remove that obstacle or tear down that wall and actually move forward into new areas or into greater experiences of freedom.
One of the ways that we are able to do this as believers is we get to inspect our beliefs and we get to hold them up to the light of God and ask him to bring revelation to us. In scripture it uses the example of seeing if something proves sincere. If pottery in biblical times was cracked, they would put things in those cracks and crevices to conceal them from the human eye. And so you might glance at pottery and it looks to be without blemish, like there's no cracks or defects to it. But if you were to hold that same jug or vase up to the light, you could then see if the sunlight illuminated any cracks and prove whether or not the pottery was sincere, or if it was insincere and actually had defects to it.
We get to do this as well with our belief system. We get to take our beliefs and we get to bring them to the light of the word. We get to bring them to the light of God. Jesus is the light of the world, and we take our beliefs, and we hold them up to the light and we ask for God to illuminate, to show us if there are any places where that belief doesn't align with what's actually true.
We talked about this some in episode 29 when we talked about looking and inspecting the fruit of our thoughts. And so if you haven't heard that episode yet, I encourage you to go back and listen to it. Both episode 29 and this episode are really great times to use those journaling pages as you talk with God through some more in-depth things. Processing our beliefs with him is often an ongoing and regular conversation.
And so, if you haven't accessed those journal pages, they're a free download that's available with this podcast there in the show notes.
I have Psalm 119:105 for us today in the New Living Translation, it says,
"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path"
And so, one of the first places that we can look to bring light to identify our limiting beliefs is to take that belief and to bring it to the Word. Does the thing that I'm believing about God, about me, about my circumstance, line up with what the Bible says about those things?
And if it doesn't, then that's showing me,"Hey, this belief I have may be insincere. I need to investigate further." I can talk with God more about that. I can read more about that in the Word. Sometimes it's as simple as recognizing, "wow, I've kind of spiraled into a worry, anxiety, stress place. I'm feeling really overwhelmed, and maybe I'm even feeling hopeless when it comes to this circumstance in my life. Does that line up with what God says is available to me as his child?"
And then I read scripture that says, "Hey, you don't need to worry. Look at how God cares for you. Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you." That's not a cause for condemnation. That's not a reason to retreat from the light and say, "oh, no, I shouldn't look at that." That's an invitation to press closer to the light and to ask God, "okay, what do you see? What do I get to do differently? What power can I receive from you? What authority can I come under? What care can I receive? God, how can I live aligning my daily life and my actions and my habits with this truth so I'm not aligning with this falsehood or this limiting belief anymore."
God has a perspective far beyond and outside of ours.
And so, we're going to ask him to share some of his insight with us today.
And here's our question:
God, what do I need to see?
Have a good talk.
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