We might mentally agree with what we hear, but that is not a belief. Mental assent is only an intellectual association with something correct. Intellectually we may decide that eating chocolate is bad for us, but we still reach for it. Why? Because we are not driven so much by what we intellectually know, but rather by our feelings. When the intellect comes into conflict with our emotions and our deep desires, the brain loses nearly all the time. It is the heart that rules the person. We like to believe we are logical people, but in the final analysis, we are emotional rather than rational. It is what we think will give us pain or give us pleasure that ignites our feelings. We have genuinely believed whenever we are committed to taking action. Our beliefs have started impacting our lives when our actions flow from them.
Emotions are rooted in assumptions. The distress we experience from external events is not due to the facts but our interpretation of them. If you can change your judgment about what has happened, the stress will evaporate. It is your belief system that takes power or gives power to your external circumstances. We are only affected by situations to the extent we allow them. We are not driven by reality but by our perception of reality. If we believe something will be painful, we will avoid it. The same way if we think something will lead to pleasure, we will embrace it. A thing could be physically painful yet emotionally satisfying because of our beliefs. Jesus believed the benefit of His death on the cross outweighed the pain. Therefore he endured it, thinking nothing of the disgrace — Hebrews12:2.
We often give credit to a drug instead of the patient’s belief that contributed more to the recovery. Like the placebo effect, if you believe a drug can make you well, you will develop physical reactions that go along with your expectations. The usefulness of a drug is a direct result of not only its chemical properties but also the patient’s belief in its value and effectiveness. Drugs are not always necessary, but faith is because convictions send unquestionable commands to the nervous system resulting in measurable biochemical changes.
We need to realize that our beliefs can make us sick or make us healthy in a moment. In many medical quarters, there is new thinking that our thoughts are superior to our bodies. This understanding is replacing the old reasoning that we are what our physical form makes us. The knowledge that people feel unwell because of their state of mind is taking over the thinking that people look miserable because they are sick. The fact that all diseases originate from the mind will one day become common knowledge.
There is a close relationship between beliefs and bodily conditions. Our convictions can either embolden or weaken our resolve for action. Once accepted, our expectations have the power to expand or destroy the possibilities of our present and future. Belief is a feeling of certainty that a specific action will bring about an inevitable result. This sense of confidence gives you the boldness to take the step. Such activities that flow from beliefs are what produces fantastic results in our lives. There is always the right thing to do to get the right results. But often because of our lack of certainty, we are not able to take the right action even when we should. All personal breakthroughs are rooted in certain beliefs, and whenever we believe something, we cease to question it. Change in assumptions will bring about different actions.