If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.” ~ Louise Hay, “You Can Heal Your Life”
What Are Limiting Beliefs?
Limiting beliefs are assumptions and convictions, often held without proof or concrete evidence, that constrain and prevent growth. Most often, we lean on and in turn actually support our own limiting beliefs as a method of protection. We should certainly operate within healthy margins and set boundaries, but when these limitations prevent change and evolution, it is time to set ourselves free!
Limiting beliefs are thoughts on how:
- You always/never
- You have to do/absolutely under no circumstances could ever fathom attempting a dream or goal
- It will always/never be
Sometimes they extend outside the self to assumptions about others:
- That’s just the way the world works.
- Other people will think I’m (FILL IN THE BLANK with something limiting and enslaved).
Take Your Thoughts Captive
Did you know that you’re in control of your thoughts? Even old patterns can be confronted with truth and realigned with gratitude and positivity.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
~ 2 CORINTHIANS 10:5-6
The how and why of this verse can be a gray area. If we stop exploring this concept at a surface level we may see it only as a correction. With thoughts like, “Got it. I need to avoid lustful and/or hateful thoughts.”, we miss the big picture. While taking thoughts captive and destroying anything that sets itself up against God does help us guard us against sin and poor decisions, it also safeguards us against limiting ourselves based on untrue perceptions, creating idols of dependency and deteriorating our own overall health. Essentially, when we take every thought captive we are empowered to live in gratitude, stay positive and endure the race set before us. And suddenly this becomes such a life-giving verse!
Thoughts are real, physical things that occupy mental real estate. Moment by moment, every day, you are changing the structure of your brain through your thinking. When we hope, it is an activity of the mind that changes the structure of our brain in a positive and normal direction.”
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How Holistic Spirituality Confronts Limiting Beliefs
The idea of holistic spirituality or a holistic faith lifestyle as we call it here realizes that God is deeply connected to every part of our mind, body, and spirit as well as the world in which we live. Holistic faith welcomes God’s wisdom, love, and peace in every section of our being and our life, even those not typically viewed as spiritual.
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ ACTS 17:28
Holistic faith refuses to section off anything as untouchable or ignorable or insignificant in the eyes of God. This lifestyle happens naturally when we allow for total surrender and holistic transformation by the love of Christ.
Holistic spirituality also kicks limiting beliefs to the curb by taking captive every thought and aligning them with what God says about you.
5 Ways Holistic Spirituality Confronts Limiting Beliefs
Aligning your thoughts with what God says about you limits the power of anything standing in opposition. Here are five ways that holistic spirituality brings light to limiting beliefs, allows you to take your thoughts captive and change your life!
1. You trust that God’s abundance pours out over everything.
Our mantra at Holistic Faith Lifestyle is “seeking sacred in the everyday”. Practically speaking, in our ordinary days, holistic faith lays the groundwork for meeting with God in the day-to-day. I often feel surprised by the circumstances where I notice or commune with God. And then, I remind myself it’s no surprise. Of course, God is there! It is healing to know that God’s love is not limited by what’s on our to-do list for the day. Like a mighty wind or a small child, God shows up without limit in all of life.
Recognizing the abundance of God changes any feelings of being in a rut to that of contemplating “What can be learned?” or “How can I connect with the Creator and be blessed beyond measure?”.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ JOHN 10:10
Being aware of God’s abundance shakes off any perceived limits to our significance or the impact of our love and our work. It also bosses back any beliefs about what we lack and how things will never change.
2. You recognize God is everywhere.
Holistic spirituality doesn’t stop at recognizing the abundance of God, it also knows God is present wherever we go.
There is nowhere we are hidden. Even if we try, God is in our hiding place! David wrote it out purely and poetically in the first part of Psalm 139.
Take heart! Knowing God never leaves you nor forsakes you crushes the belief that you’re unsupported or alone.
3. It seems God is in all things!
This isn’t to say holistic spirituality leads you to believe that all things are gods, but that Sovereign God created all things and is pulsing through all things. That all things reflect a facet of God’s character and hold value.
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” ~ROMANS 11:36
Knowledge of this is instinctive in human nature. When things get crazy we feel beckoned to reflect in nature. Being there seems to put us closer to God and rejuvenates us with peace and awe.
In truth, we’re always close to God but in stillness, we have heightened awareness. Seeing God’s beauty and fullness all around you leads to gratitude and allows you to be watchful for blessings. It’s a game-changing bit of leverage when it comes to renewing your mind and taking every thought captive!
4. It flows into awareness of how close God is at all times.
Sometimes we can know in our mind that God is big out there in the universe, energetically in every living being, but forget that God is also right here. If there’s been a disconnect between the two concepts, find time to meditate or set an intention to be mindful of God’s presence in your everyday routines.
Knowing you have constant, immediate access to God at all times confronts any thoughts of being unworthy of love or going unnoticed.
5. There is no questioning that God lives within you.
You know that Christ lives within you and this is where you find your identity. The old has become new (Galatians 2:20) and your past has no grip on you. While of course, we have natural consequences to our actions and our words, God enables supernatural healing. This holistic healing means forgiveness of self and others, getting to the root issue and disrupting harmful patterns.
It is safe to assume that everyone is doing their best. Finding your identity in Christ fills in the gaps of where our best is misguided and inadequate. In grace, we are brought to fullness and allowed sincere rest.
Limiting beliefs have no place in a Jesus Follower’s heart! We are called to love God and love others by being salt and light to our world. Acknowledging God’s residence in you builds positive beliefs about the dignity of all people and our connectivity to one another as image-bearers.
If you’re gripped by your past or struggle with beliefs on how you’ll never be able to do enough to make a difference or how it’s you against the world, seeing the presence of God living in you brings alignment with righteous truth.
How to Renew Your Mind
Understanding what liming beliefs are and how holistic faith allows you to break free from their stronghold in your life counts as a huge spiritual growth spurt. Take a little time to recognize this growth and acknowledge that you are ready and willing to change your thought patterns.You were made for love and that which you were made for is limitless. #takeeverythoughtcaptive #faithblogger #spiritualgrowthspurt #holisticfaith Click To Tweet
Finding your identity in Christ and letting that awareness guide you when your thoughts push back is less arduous than you may think or have been taught to believe.
- Ask God for wisdom and awareness of your limiting beliefs.
- What limit are you feeding that’s taking your eyes off of God’s love for you?
- Turn your back on the idea that this is hard and harsh. Refuse to propagate limiting beliefs of “I know I shouldn’t think this way.” or “Real Jesus Followers aren’t supposed to feel like this.” Knowing that you are deeply loved by your Creator, move forward watchfully as if on a treasure hunt. Each limiting belief is a chance to see God’s power made perfect in you! See 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
- Be willing to make changes so that you’re in the right place to receive God’s healing and restoration.
Limiting Beliefs Worksheet
I created this limiting beliefs worksheet, entitled “Heal Your Thoughts”. It is a helpful tool for inviting Wisdom in to Unearth or reveal patterns that are holding you back, Uproot them with the peace and power of a renewed mind, and Replant replacement thoughts that are aligned with what God says about you and the plan for your life!
Using the prompts in this worksheet and the included scriptures and affirmations provides a solid foundation for confronting limiting beliefs and taking every thought captive!
Holistic Spirituality Boldly Confronts Limiting Beliefs
Remember, our fear and worry diminishes when we stay aware of God’s might and power in our life. Though it will take work, you are in control of your thoughts and beliefs. God loves you and desires every good thing for you. Much of what we generate in our lives begins in our thoughts and beliefs about God, our world and ourselves.
Use these 5 concepts of Holistic Faith to destroy limiting beliefs, capture your thoughts and restore your life.
- Trust in God’s abundance and recognize
- God is everywhere.
- God is in all things.
- God is in this place.
- God lives in you.
As you go forward in your day, contemplate God’s simultaneous vastness and proximity. Let this knowledge resonate and defeat any beliefs that limit Christ’s power in you.
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