In childhood and as we mature into adulthood, we are exposed to many beliefs and belief systems. We grab on to some of them and hold them close all our lives, many times not knowing why. We gather beliefs from family, society, and from global ideas. Examples include traditional celebrations, prejudices, perceptions on poverty, and support for world governments, businesses, and religions. People put stock in the news, become entrenched in their right to own and use guns, and believe that powerful forces have nothing to do with economic disasters and the monetary gains made from them. The people who hold on tight to these beliefs might need a little adjustment. Read Romans 12:1-3.
During Jesus’ was on earth, he held a set of righteous beliefs that were unlike any other. He taught a new way, one that opened up a new world of possibilities to the gentiles that allowed them to become God’s people. From that time on, instead of only the Jews being God’s chosen people, anyone could learn and become a follower of the great King Jesus Christ, and he taught them all the way to freedom. Read Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:14-21, John 8:31-32, and John 14:6.
Belief in freedom involves the Bible’s teaching of the two greatest commandments. When we live these two commandments, we are free from the impediments of the world’s influence on our belief systems. Read Matthew 22:37-39: “Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
These two great commandments involve love. The apostle Paul wrote that having love is more important than to know mysteries, have knowledge, or prophecy. Is your belief about love aligned with the Bible? Read about the excellence of love in 1 Corinthians 13. With love in mind, and as part of humanity, examine your beliefs about the following subjects.
Poverty. The poverty rate for families with a head of household under the age of thirty is thirty seven percent. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty states that 1,065,794 homeless students enrolled by U.S. preschools and K-12 schools in the 2010-2011 school year is the highest number on record, and a thirteen percent increase over the 2009-2010 school year. This total underestimates the number of homeless children, because it does not include homeless infants and toddlers, young children who are not enrolled in public preschool programs, and homeless children and youth who were not identified by school officials. Even if you do have a college degree, there is no guarantee that you can get a job. More than half of all college graduates under the age of twenty five were either unemployed or underemployed last year.
Trust in the news. Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year; sixty percent say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news accurately and fairly.
Trust in the government. One third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in fifteen years. http://www.people-press.org/2012/04/26/growing-gap-in-favorable-views-of-federal-state-governments/
Guns and your rights. While some retailers have decided to suspend sales and stop selling certain firearms altogether, others are seeing sales skyrocket to never before seen levels. Photos taken over a three-day period at a gun store provide a glimpse of how fast gun stores are clearing out their inventory. Magazines selling at such a rapid pace that supply and demand has led some retailers to charge three times as much for a single magazine than they did just a week prior to the frenzy. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/gun-frenzy-photos-show-how-quickly-stores-across-the-nation-are-selling-out-lines-out-the-door_12222012
Economic crisis and who is responsible. The Federal Reserve (Fed) has more control over the performance of the U.S. economy than the president does, and yet most Americans never spend much time thinking about the Fed at all. http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/is-the-federal-reserve-doing-a-good-job
Activity of the planet. The Ring of Fire has been quietly waking up. Over the past couple of months, a steady string of noteworthy volcanic eruptions and earthquakes has occurred along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. From Indonesia to Chile, fifteen signs that the Ring of Fire is waking up are at the following link. http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/15-signs-that-the-ring-of-fire-is-waking-up-as-we-head-into-2013
Beliefs are important. They drive everything we do. As 2013 begins, resolve to examine your beliefs and make a few adjustments. Here are some interesting quotes that might add a little spark. 
- “The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.” James Allen
- “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.” (Unknown)
- “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” Charles F. Kettering
- “You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can't have it.” Dr. Robert Anthony
- “Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi
- “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” Joan of Arc
- “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.” Albert Camus
- “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” William James
The important thing is to believe what was written by Almighty God and signified by His Son Jesus Christ. As Jesus said in John 5:44-47, “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? … For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”