Deep Cleaning: Dealing With Limiting Beliefs

Many times, a dental appointment will begin with the dental assistants taking a series of x-rays of a patient’s mouth. These pictures enable the dentist and their team to identify issues with our teeth, that may be occurring below the gum line. If issues are identified the dentist will want to do what is called a “deep cleaning” below the gum line.

In life, all of our life choices are shaped by our belief system. The two most impactful beliefs in an individual’s life are their belief or nonbelief in a divine Creator, and what occurs after this mortal life ends.

For we who have placed our trust in the finished work of Christ at the cross and His resurrection, our beliefs are shaped by the Bible; Where we learn of; God’s creation of the universe, mankind’s fall into sin, the consequences of our sinful ways, mankind’s inability to attain redemption by our own merit, Satan’s tactics to attempt to keep people separated from God, God’s plan and the execution of that plan to redeem mankind through Jesus, and finally the final defeat of evildoers and glorious victory of Christ and His followers. It is these principles that provide a “moral compass” for the “born again” believer, and gives us an accountability to our Creator.

The issue is that while we may sincerely love the Lord with our heart, soul, and mind in addition to seeking to love our neighbors as we love ourselves; the problem is that we’ve got a sin nature that constantly wants to rear its ugly head.

Lurking beneath the surface of our Christian beliefs, are some limiting beliefs which can create major stumbling blocks in our life. These negative beliefs usually arise from things such as: negative criticism from others, immoral advice from others, past failures that we haven’t dealt with emotionally and/or spiritually, and hurtful actions committed against us by others.

For example: Because the majority of their prior deliverance from the rule of prior empires had come via physical wars or battles; many of the Jews expected the Messiah to arrive on the scene as a warrior to wage war and defeat the Romans. This belief was one major factor in blinding the religious leaders and many other Jews to the truth that Jesus was the One they’d been waiting for, despite all of the written prophecies regarding the characteristics of the messiah.

Mark 9:14-27, tells of a father, who’s son was gripped by an evil spirit. The spirit had gripped the child since his youth, and nearly driven the boy to kill himself many times. I would venture to say that father probably had to deal with quite a bit of negative criticism, as a result of many in that culture’s belief that if a child was possessed, it was a result of sinful actions by the parents. When Jesus questions the father, regarding his belief that the Lord can help his son, the father responds that he wants to believe, however his belief is limited and he needs Jesus to strengthen the man’s limiting belief.

In your daily life, you may have some of the following thoughts running through your mind: I’ll never find a mate, because of my appearance. I’ll never find a good paying job, because of my lack of education. I dislike these group of people, because of their race or nationality. I’ll never give my heart to anyone else, because of how my last relationship ended. If I don’t obtain a lofty position at work or at my church, my life will be a failure. I’ve made too many mistakes, and don’t deserve to have any happiness.

Though many of us may try to hide them, if not addressed, these limiting beliefs will eventually produce: family dissension, disharmony in the workplace, racial tensions, and problems within ministries.

The wonderful news is that God can always see through the façade we attempt to put on for other people. The Lord knows our innermost thoughts.

I Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Psalm 139:1-6
1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

Like the father, who needed Jesus to cast the evil spirits out of his Son, we must ask the Lord to help our unbelief, which is to say, we need God to do a “deep cleaning out” of our limiting beliefs; And then replace them with the strength, wisdom, courage, and peace that only He can supply.

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, His Word, and the encouragement of other believers, the Lord can give us empowering beliefs like: I may have made mistakes in the past, but God has forgiven me. I’m wiser now, and can now counsel others to help them not make the same mistakes I did. My true validation is not found in people, but instead in the truth of knowing that my Creator loves me; And works with me daily to help me become a better person. Because the Lord is the maker of every person, I will not allow hatred and prejudice towards others to rule my life. I now recognize that the riches of this world will pass away, therefore I will lay up treasures in Heaven, where my faithfulness to the Lord shall reap a glorious eternal reward.

Heavenly father, we are asking Your forgiveness for us holding on to these limiting beliefs. We ask that You would begin a “deep cleaning out” of these limiting beliefs that feed our sin nature; And that You would replace them with the kind of beliefs that will propel us into fulfilling Your plan for our life to the fullest. Thank You for Your grace, Thank You for Your wisdom, Thank You for peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.

I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.

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