Underground Church – Dr. Gordon Anderson – Session Two
Underground Church – Dr. Gordon Anderson – Session One
Isaiah Nolte – Nicaragua Missionary
I have been challenged a lot this week as I have been processing the idea of the daily battle that happens in my life when my commitment and my ego crawl in the ring together. My commitment is the things I have said “yes” to, both long-term and short-term. These are job decisions, personal goals, relationships, and small steps toward larger dreams and goals. In the ring with my commitment is a disgusting little creature called Ego. Ego is what feels most comfortable, easy, satisfying, pleasant – it hates self-denial and wants to roll with the emotions of the moment. Each day, decision by decision, Commitment and Ego crawl into the ring of my soul and begin to battle. In almost every way, commitment is attached to God’s Spirit and ego is attached to my own flesh.
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” [Romans 8:5-6]
Here are some examples:
I commit to run three times a week. At the time of commitment I am excited…yet at the time of execution, ego crawls in the ring with commitment.
We commit to a relationship. The time of commitment is fun and exciting…yet after some time, ego crawls in with commitment and our ‘relationship’ becomes more about me.
You work a job. The hours have gotten longer or harder than expected. You find yourself complaining, lashing out, and hurting the integrity of the business with the language leaving your lips each day. Your ego has crawled in front of your commitment.
Commitment says life is about providing for your family, taking care of your body, honoring others above yourself and loving your neighbor as yourself.
Ego says your comfort is most important, you need to exalt yourself, you can do it tomorrow, and giving people “what they have coming”.
We can never, ever, ever, ever be the people that we were created to become or love one another the way we were created to if we continually allow our ego to overtake our commitment. Commitment will create the action plan you need to be blessed, successful, healthy and spiritually whole. Ego may feel better in the moment but will rob you in the long run.
Let’s be people of commitment! What has God led you to be committed to?
Let’s join together as we honor commitment and slay ego in every decision every day!
We had a few questions texted in during the Connection service this past weekend that I would like to share with everyone.
What do i do when i am rejected for my faith, what do i say?
When rejected because of your faith it’s best to say very little. Rejection is a sign of other people’s unbelief. So, what’s most needed is for you to “silently” live the Christian life with great “volume.” This means boldly living the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control). Let your “debate” for the faith be the quality of Christ-likeness in your life.
Do you think that God intentionally presents problems to us?…so we can grow, as Pastor Doug said?
Yes. But not every problem has been intentionally put in your life by God. Some problems are “self-inflicted.” Some problems are the result of other people’s decisions. And some problem are simply the result of the imperfect world we live in. Yet, regardless of the source of the problem, EVERY problem has a God-purpose: to cause us to grow!
If you have questions during the sermon, please connect with us by texting in your questions to 701-484-1463.
- Pastor Doug
Message notes can be downloaded here: 4:7NOTES