I never thought I would have one of these but… I have a personal trainer. Several months ago I began a physical fitness program. At the time I started I was in pain throughout my body, had terrible balance, even the motion and effort required for everyday activities challenged me. My poor condition was the effects of an old injury, an auto-immune disease and overall poor physical fitness. I was desperate to feel better and I finally faced the fact that I needed to take a hard look at my physical fitness if I was ever going to see physical change take place. From the first day my trainer has told me… “It all starts with your core!”
I found out what he meant when I started the workouts. I discovered my core… the abdominal muscles at the center of my body. These muscles, when fit and strong, stabilize my spine; enable me to keep my balance; ensure that I move properly and protect me from injury. Right from the beginning the exercises required me to use those core muscles. I was constantly challenged by them… the exercises were uncomfortable. The possibility of further pain or injury made me anxious… my trainer validated my nervousness and encouraged me to continue the exercise. He told me to do them consistently, diligently and with a constant awareness to use proper form. I finally decided that it doesn’t matter how I feel about the exercises… I just do them. The result has been slow, steady improvement.
Just as my physical fitness stems from my core muscles, my spiritual fitness stems from my core beliefs. When emotional pain and stress escalates my assurance of God’s promises wane; doubt and fear come in. I get desperate for change in my life. Three core beliefs must be strong to allow change to take place despite my feelings and circumstances! I must decide what I believe in my heart!
- I must decide to believe that “God is.”
As simple as this may sound – It is easy for me to give mental agreement to God out of habit, or fear or the fact that I have heard about him since I was a child. However at my core I must decide that God exists, that He is real and no matter how I feel I refuse to let go of that certainty.
- I must decide that “God doesn’t lie.”
Before Jesus, I had never in my life experienced someone who didn’t lie to me. I had learned to lie too… for my own protection and then simply to get my own way. I assumed everyone lied. But for the Word of God to mean anything to me I need to believe at my core that God does not lie. Only then I can take all the lies I hear… I’m not good enough; it’s never going to get any better… lies that steal my joy and peace – and replace them with God’s truth. His word, His promises, everything He says I am is true.
- I must decide that “God is good.”
There are times when my feelings all scream at me that this last one isn’t true… how could it be with everything that has happened to me in my life? When I first surrendered my life to Jesus I was frightened and alone. (Life Saving Truth) Yet deep inside I had a glimmer of something that said, “God is good.” I didn’t understand where it came from and didn’t spend time trying to analysis it. I just decided to believe it. We all have a glimmer of the goodness of God… He’s in sunsets, oceans and stars. At the core of our hearts we must decide that God is good!
Those decisions to believe God still get challenged daily and I make those same decisions over and over again! When I falter in them I struggle and my feelings grow monstrously dangerous. Exposing my core to things that strengthen it can be uncomfortable – downright painful at times. The awesome thing is that when I do I expose the lies that keep me from God. Then, I can replace them with the truth!
When I settle on those three decisions I have a rock solid foundation. I believe that what it means to surrender my life to Jesus is that Jesus is actually alive within me and He is Lord of my life. From that foundation I begin to set my feelings aside and seek what I need from God… through His Word, through prayer and through the comfort and counsel of other Christians. I begin to experience the goodness of God. My core beliefs keep me stable and balanced… able to move forward as His loved and cherished child… not necessarily because I feel that way but because He says that is who I am. The decision in my heart, to believe God, is my core.
Everything that happens in your life requires the same core beliefs. Exposing your core to things that strengthen it can be uncomfortable – downright painful at times. I want to validate your feelings and bring a measure of comfort and encouragement. I also want to encourage you to discover your core. Ask yourself in the midst of the struggles… What do I believe about God?
If you are struggling with any or all of these core beliefs, please feel free to contact me by completing the “prayer request” form or the “contact me” form. Both are confidential and are not posted on the webpage but are emailed directly to me. You may indicate if you would like an email response from me. Or… you can simply add a comment below and post it to this blog.
Thank you Father that I am who you say I am… your precious daughter in Christ Jesus. Thank you that I can seek answers to my struggles and trials; wisdom for my everyday life; and comfort for the pain and turmoil this life holds at times. Thank you Father – your Word brings peace to my heart. I have decided to believe that everything you say is true and good. Thank you Father for Jesus… he is the strength at my core!
Scripture: Hebrews 6:18; Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:9-10