Mark Affleck

Who You Gonna’ Believe?

October 19, 2020
Spiritual Growth , Stories

This just in from our global online tribe: I want to activate my faith like you write so much about, but every day I think thoughts that tell me it’s impossible. What does that say about my faith?
This is a great question that says nothing more about your faith than you are an imperfect human trying to follow God in a broken world–like all of us. It also puts a spotlight on one of the biggest barriers in the way of Christians trying to activate their faith—a bias to CONFIRMING the Enemy’s LIES.
Simply put…BIAS is a tendency to believe something “no matter what.” So confirmation bias is finding information that confirms what we believe “no matter what.” Believing we cannot activate our faith sends us out on a mission to subconsciously confirm that belief.
CONFIRMATION BIAS (CB) is a condition that causes people to: 1) Search for and favor information that confirms their preexisting beliefs; and 2) Ignore or undervalue evidence that could change that belief.
Research shows that people seek out CONFIRMING information and keep out anything that is DISCONFIRMING.
Even if we put ourselves in front of God’s Word, our rigid thoughts can override our good intentions.
If we have not activated our faith, the only response we have is to repeatedly seek information and have thoughts that confirm the “reasons” why we cannot ever reach that state.
That is a LIE we need to stop “CONFIRMING.”
Here are two steps to fight through that barrier and activate your faith: 1) Turn your gaze away from the reasons why you cannot do it and toward God’s Word that promises that you can; and 2) Receive God’s love and surrender to Jesus. Connect with Jesus. Obey Jesus.
I ask God to help me touch the hearts of other believers with your message to STOP focusing on information and thoughts that CONFIRM the Enemy’s LIE that they cannot activate their faith.
Wil you stop listening to the ENEMY’S whisper that “confirms” the LIE that you cannot ACTIVATE YOUR FAITH?
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13

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