Don’t believe something just because you want to, and don’t embrace an idea just because you’ve always believed it. Believe what is biblical. Test all your assumptions against the precious words God gave us in the Bible.
There are many things that I believed and practiced for years, only to change my views after further study of the Bible. I’ve learned to be okay with saying, “I think I was off on that one.” While this is humbling and difficult, it’s better than continuing to believe something that is inaccurate.
For example, I was “initiated” into the American church when people urged me to pray a prayer to “receive Christ” so I wouldn’t burn in hell. After years of leading others down the same path, I changed. I now speak against this idea of simply praying a prayer as fire insurance—I just don’t see it anywhere in Scripture.
I was also taught that the Holy Spirit no longer empowers our lives with miraculous deeds, because these “ceased” long ago. For many years, I discouraged people from pursuing the supernatural. After further study of Scripture, I now believe that the Spirit can heal the incurable, accomplish the impossible, and ignite believers to do greater works than Jesus (John 14:12). And I urge people to believe the same.