Speaker: Dan D’Amico
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning:
Don’t think you are better than you really are.
Be honest I your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Romans 12:3 NLT
We live in an amazing time. With the invention of the DVR, this next generation isn’t going to have to deal with timing your bathroom breaks to line up with the commercial of your favorite show. They will likely never hear people screaming from another room, “It’s back on” when someone leaves the room during a commercial break. We can now watch our favorite show whenever we want, and often can skip through all the commercials. Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s, we were kind of stuck watching commercials. Being forced to watch commercials was kind of a good and bad thing, because those commercials became part of our pop culture. Here is one commercial that I thought was really catchy:
The basic premise of this commercial is “that food is mine, and you better not touch it”.
When you think about it, it is pretty amazing how selfish that commercial is. I mean we see kids telling their parents to “leggo my eggo”. I can’t imagine one of my kids telling me to get my hands off the food that I bought for them, but this commercial is not shy about telling kids to do that. As silly as that commercial is, we often do the same thing in our lives.
Our self-worth is often wrapped up in what we do or do not have.
Our thoughts can be the most freeing, and most dangerous thing in our lives. Proverbs says it this way:
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
Now Solomon isn’t saying that if you simply think you are something special, that is exactly what you become. If that were the case I’d be 6’2”, with 5% body fat, and would have the ability to lead the United States to it’s first world cup victory. What Solomon is saying here is that your thoughts are going to reflect how you act. If you think positive thoughts, we often are positive people. When we think negative thoughts, we often are negative people. When we don’t think at all, we often become politicians…I’m kidding, sort of.
So when thoughts come across my mind, Paul tells us to:
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
That is why we need to take “captive” of every thought. When thoughts come across our minds, some questions that we may need to ask are:
- Who will get credit for this idea?
- Am I good with someone else getting all the credit?
- Will this attitude benefit anyone significantly more than myself?
- If I actually say those words, will it make me feel better, or am I more concerned about helping someone else?
Ego is defined as a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance. Mentioned 40 times in the new testament.
The problem we often face is that our ego can often go one of two ways.
We can either think too highly of ourselves or too lowly.
The thing is, neither are correct.
Both are wrong thinking.
Eve, David, Moses (most humble)
One Generation went to War
This generation is offended
Take time today to reflect on where you have an entitled ego in your life.
Do not love the world or anything in the world.
If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2: 15-17
The “I used to” syndrome
Bill Phillips, The book Body for Life: “Stop talking about the past, focus on the present” Who really cares about what you used to do.
I have a natural desire to be liked by others.
There is no reason for us to be insecure
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV
We manipulate ourselves into thinking we’re all that!
What insecurities do you struggle with most?
Our Ego comes from the lies that we’ve believed about ourselves.
Stop believing the lies about yourself that others have told you.
EXPECT TO SEE A CHANGE
IF YOU DON’T
Embrace How God made you!
Really figure out the so what:
I AM: Gifted, Talented, Capable—spend the rest of your life not growing
I AM FORGIVEN
It’s hard to be egotistical when your primary identifier is that I’m forgiven.
Story resolve: What was keeping me from growing or learning
Don’t let your Ego get in the way of your growth potential
What is your Ego holding you back from?