IHS 19 – The believers

All people have beliefs. For some their beliefs are spiritual. For others their beliefs are not spiritual. Everybody believes something. And yet there are some people that are highly motivated to live out their beliefs. These people are the believers.

For believers, if they believe that something is important they will live that out. For example, a Christian believer might have a value that having a quiet time every day is important. That person will either have a quiet time every day or they will feel bad about not having a quiet time in the days they don’t have one. This is the belief talent at work.

Other people might believe that having a quiet time every day is important. They might tell people it is important, but it isn’t something they do. And they don’t particularly feel bad about it. These people have a low belief talent. Discipling people with a low belief talent can be a frustrating experience. They constantly say they think something is important but fail to live it out. They don’t have the inner drive to change things. They will need external pressure, to which they need to voluntarily submit, in order to change things.

For the believers, changing their beliefs can be difficult. Their beliefs are core to their person and so changing that might be thought of as changing themselves. This can be a slow and frustrating process if the person has faulty beliefs.

Believers may not understand what their beliefs are. One example of this is if you ask a believer to do something that somehow conflicts with one of their beliefs. They might not be able to say, this conflicts with this belief, but they will feel very uneasy about doing it. If you have the belief talent it might be good to think through what are your core beliefs.

In doing this it can be helpful to understand the source of the belief. It is from Scripture? Is it from your family background? Is it from your cultural background? This can be particularly helpful for people in ministry, who have grown up in Christian homes. Many times we confuse our Christian family culture with what the bible actually says and how it can be applied.

For example, two people might believe it is important to be with family at Christmas. They might see this as a scriptural belief. However one person might think it is important to spend the time with your close nuclear family, while another might think it is important to see as much of your extend family as possible. Which one is scriptural? Neither. Both come from a combination of family and scripture.

About Nate

I am a strengths coach and Bible teacher. I love helping people find out their talents, how they operate, what is special about them and how they can most effectively use who they are. I also love helping people understand the scriptures and through that come to a better understanding of God. I blog about this on ontoxenos.wordpress.com I'm married and have two young children and together we try to follow what God has for us.
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4 Responses to IHS 19 – The believers

  1. Bill says:

    I believe that it takes faith to believe in what ever you put your faith in. Faith comes from teaching and learning. Faith in evolution comes from teaching. Faith in God comes from teaching. If those who teach would teach facts as facts and theories as theories, then those that learn would find the the truth. We were created by God and his rules are simple. Why man likes to complicate with his added rules makes it difficult for many to lock in their faith when Jesus made it so simple and He proved over and over who He was. Believe in Me, love the Lord your God and love your neighbor. Everyone’s faith may have specifics that one personally believes in which is good. But Jesus made it so simple!

    Great post.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    To live among diverse Christian believers, we must agree that we are different and can accept diversity in the love of God and His revealed Word.

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