Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2 NIV
Every single person on earth has what is called core beliefs. Core beliefs are what we believe about God, us, and the world around us. These beliefs are formed from the family and culture we are raised in. Some of these beliefs are good and some are not. It’s through these core beliefs that we see and live our lives. When we commit our lives to Jesus, the Bible teaches us that we become a new creation – we have been born again and have a new nature. In order for our new nature to grow, we must renew our minds.
As we read and apply scripture to our lives, the Holy Spirit shines the light of the Bible on our core beliefs. When there is a belief that is true, it will agree with the Bible and the Holy Spirit will have no problem with that belief because our God is the God of truth. However, when the Holy Spirit shines the Bible on a core belief that is a lie, He will lovingly let us know that what we are believing is not true. Then, with His help, He will encourage us to uproot that wrong core belief and replace it with the truth of the Word of God. As we are purposeful about grounding every core belief with the truth of scripture we begin to see and live life through the Light of God’s Word and we will know his will – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Heavenly Father, as I commit scripture to memory and begin to apply it to my life, may the Holy Spirit shine the light of Your Word on my core beliefs. Lord, show me any core beliefs that are not in agreement with the truth of Your Word. Help me Holy Spirit to uproot the lies and replace them with the truth of your Word so that I will know your good, pleasing, and perfect will for me. In Jesus name, Amen.