The Belief Gap – Part 1

000_6910RetouchThe root of addiction and other self-destructive behaviors can usually be found in incorrect beliefs about ourselves. One of the most common faulty beliefs is:

“No one could ever love me if they truly knew who I was.”

(Dr. Patrick Carnes – Out of the Shadows 2001)

For example, when I was a child I developed a belief that I was stupid. I didn’t think anyone could ever love me if they really knew how dumb I was. Although God is using me today, part of the reason I got into the entertainment industry was to manipulate how others viewed me. It’s called ‘hiding in the spotlight’ and people do it all the time.

I used drugs and alcohol to sooth the pain of isolation that comes from putting up a ‘false front’ and by the time I finally hit my bottom I didn’t really know who I was.

God began to heal my self-esteem and show me who I was in him; only after I got honest with myself.

Too often what we believe about ourselves is quite the opposite of what God believes about us.

2nd Corinthians 5:17 tells us:

….those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun.

Now I am married and working in Christian radio – proof that God has better ideas about me than I ever did!

What is so compelling about this particular scripture is that it tells us a new life awaits us in Christ and our past does not have to define us.

Jodie Stevens

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