Involved or Committed?
Pastor preached on being ‘involved’ or ‘committed’ in the things of God. I’ve found that when we vacillate between God’s Plan and our plan, our spiritual growth is stunted, our maturity in Christ will be blocked, and our daily experience as a Christian will be marked by disillusionment, discouragement, and defeat. We are still involved, but do we have the fortitude to push through the storms of life committed to following Christ?
For years as a Christian, I suffered discouragement because I did not walk in the Bible’s promises – truths. I suffered from unbelief and lack of trust in God’s Word because I was not truly committed to what the Bible says is true. I found not being committed to Christ when the storms of life blow were like a fish caught and left on the deck of a boat flapping around gasping for air, instead of discerning God’s Word to not take Satan’s bait to swim through the dangers of the open sea as a child of God. Even when we take the ‘bait’, God’s Word says; …but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Cor.10:13). Jesus will remove the ‘hook’, read Deut. 31:6-8.
There is more going on in our mind than prior negative conditioning. We are not just up against the world system in which you were raised and the resultant flesh patterns we have chosen to adopt. We are also up against the devil who is scheming to fill our mind with thoughts that are opposed to God’s plan for us. Satan’s strategy is to introduce his thoughts and ideas into your mind and deceive you into believing they are ours.
Being committed to Jesus is to walk in His authority, being involved in Christianity leaves us vulnerable to Satan. Dealing with Satan is not a power encounter; it is a truth encounter. When you expose Satan’s lie with God’s truth, his power is broken. That is why Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32)
Being committed is liberating…
Pastor Greg Volich