Ungodly Beliefs (UGBs)
Ungodly Beliefs (UGBs)
This second ministry area in RTF addresses our beliefs which do not line up with God’s truth. We call these “ungodly beliefs” or “UGBs.” For example, people often believe that “the perfect life is one in which there is no conflict.” God’s Word teaches that until Jesus returns and casts the enemy into the pit of hell, life will not perfect. This was not God’s choice for us, but is the result of man’s sin. Conflict is a part of life, and a good godly belief to replace this belief could be stated as: “When conflict arises, I can trust God to give me the right attitudes, words, and actions that are appropriate for the situation.”
Word curses are another key legal tie. They consist of specific legal declarations that we have said about ourselves or about others, or that others have said about us. Examples are “I can’t survive without my daily cup of coffee” or “I’ll always have problems.” They may include remarks other’s have made at us directly: “Can’t you do anything right?” The ungodly beliefs that develop from these statements need to be broken and replaced with what God says about us.
Other possible UGB’s can include: “Pornography is normal” or “It’s ok to live together without marriage because the social norms have changed.” Romans 12:2 tells us “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. He says to you, ‘Eat and drink!’ But his heart is not with you.”
UGBs are often formed from hurts and the belief-expectation cycle. When we repeatedly experience an event that helps form the UGB, we create an expectation that it will happen again. This expectation can, in turn, create a behavior that makes the expectation more likely to occur. It is essential that any beliefs that do not line up with God’s word be confessed and renounced and broken. Once these are dealt with they are replaced with a Godly belief (GB). It is crucial to review these GBs daily for some time after the ministry, as it takes time to renew our minds.