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SERMONS

THE CRUCIFIED LIFE – PART 4

By Pastor Jared Decker

Galatians 2:20
v20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Romans 6:11
v11. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Part 4 of the Series:

The Crucified Will
Mark 8:34-36

Over the last few weeks, we have been focusing on the necessity of having a crucified heart, mind, and flesh.

Jesus stated very clearly here in Mark 8 that a pivotal factor in living the crucified life…bearing the cross…was the denial of self.

But what is it that must be denied about self? It is my WILL!

WILL, n.
That faculty of the mind by which we determine either to do or forbear an action; the faculty which is exercised in deciding, among two or more objects, which we shall embrace or pursue.

It is essential that our will be denied, for what I want or want to do most often conflicts with what I need or need to do.

God is not concerned about what you have to bring to Him. He simply wants you to bring yourself…He’ll take care of the rest.

2 Corinthians 8:5
v5. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

Crucifying your will means giving God a blank check.
God doesn’t need what you have, He just needs to have you.

2 Corinthians 8:12
v12. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

In Psalms 40:8, David said,
v8. I delight to do thy will, O my God…

But in Psalms 143:10, David said,
v10. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

In His statement in Mark 8:34-36, Jesus was teaching us what it means to Crucify our Will and live to His Will.

1. It Requires Submission.

Mark 8:34
v34. …Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It is normal to want our way…it is bound into the very being of the natural man…it can be seen in the smallest child.

But what is normal for the unsaved in abnormal for the saved.

Christ was our example of this in Luke 22:42.
v42. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

2. It Requires Sacrifice.

Mark 8:34
v34. …Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It is not easy to give up what we want for what we need or what someone else wants. IT REQUIRES A SACRIFICE!

Romans 12:1-2
v1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
v2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

3. It Requires Servitude.

Mark 8:34
v34. …Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

There are only two options of service in your life and only one can be masterYour Will or God’s Will.

Matthew 6:24
v24. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Satan will accept part-time service but God will not.

James 1:8
v8. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.