You cannot expect to maintain your freedom from porn and masturbation unless you go to the hill on a daily basis to crucify the flesh and die.
If we are not willing to crucify ourselves, we cannot expect the glory of God to return upon the people of God.
We must crucify ourselves afresh. Every day must be a walk up the hill with the cross on our back. Every day must be crucifixion day. Every day, we must lay ourselves on that wood and raise ourselves up. When I say “raise ourselves” I am not talking about a resurrection to sin again.
I am talking about after you lay on that wood, the cross is lifted into its place to display to the world that you are dead to sin. A resurrection to life cannot happen until there is a death. If you do not die, you are not eligible for a resurrection.
When Jesus said, “Die daily,” at the end of the day you are resurrected but it is to be in newness of life. But at the beginning of the day, it starts with a crucifixion.
Like Paul said, “Dead to sin but alive unto God.”
When you are not living the crucified life, you are alive to sin and dead unto God.
But, O when we are crucified with Christ, it is I that no longer lives. It is Christ in us that lives.
Every time we worship by the lifting of our hands is a crucifixion. Every day as we cry out for God is a cry of “Where are you God. I need You!!!!”
Luke 9:23-25 “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.”
The Holy Spirit is moving but we all know that the few that is paying attention to the moving of the Holy Spirit is experiencing an increased measure of the Holy Spirit.
The glories experienced of God of the past is the past.
There are new experiences of the manifest presence of God to experience. There are new levels of obedience that is calling you and placing a demand upon you. When you’ve had enough of the carnal and hunger for God, the things of this world become a thing least desired.
Some of you have learned to desensitize yourselves from the appetites of the world. Your natural food habits and choices are changing. Your TV habits are changing. Your conversations with the people of your former life is changing. Your hunger for the flesh to fulfill the flesh and mind is changing.
The old way which you do church is leaving. You are prepared to do business with your flesh by mounting the cross. Your flesh no longer wins but loses to win all of God. You are learning to die in order to live for Christ. The old leaven is being removed. The thirst for God is increasing. The desire to please Him is increasing. You cry out for more and you’ve reached a point where you do not want to stop or be interrupted in the presence of God. Your prayers are intensifying and prevailing.
Your desire to overcome obscures the desire to fail.
Relapse is replaced with rejoicing. You’ve arrived at a place in God where your success rate in overcoming and ruling your urges and impulses is increasing. Your flesh and your mind is getting used to living in purity before God. Your hopelessness and helplessness is turned into joy in holiness as you, by the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word, declares emphatically His power over sin.
Not out of emotionalism and not out of show but God hears the cleanliness and hot pursuit of your heart.
Pure and unadulterated. You do not get tired pursuing God. You pause for no one and no thing.
There is much that we can learn from the elder saints that have gone home to be with the Lord. Yet, there remains a few that knew what price to pay to have the manifest glory of the presence of God.
What is the evidence of the crucified life?
It begins when we…….
1. Decide to follow Jesus and mean it.
2. Deny ourselves. (when you want to sin, you decide to refuse to sin).
3. Take up the cross. (when you refuse to sin, you kill your members).
4. And follow Him. (when you follow, you follow to die and not live).
You are not following Him unless you carry that cross as you walk with Him to the hill.
Judging sin in our own house.
Individually and corporately, people are emerging from the depths of sin and depravity. They realize how much God is hurt and grieved when we turn our backs on Him to enjoy a moment of pleasure in the flesh, conceived in the mind.
Dr. Michael Brown once said (paraphrasing) that we have to be tougher on ourselves about personal sin than we are on others. This is the true application of Matthew chapter 7:1-5. We can’t effectively deal with sin in the Body of Christ unless we start with you and I as individuals.
Preachers, if you can’t or refuse to talk about sin in the pulpit, it could be that sin is in your private life.
We can’t help men out of porn when we are watching porn ourselves. We can’t help adulterers if we are watching lustfully other women or men. We can’t help men stop masturbation if we are masturbating ourselves. We can’t help people out of the pit if we are in the same pit with them.
We can’t deal with sin when we excuse ourselves. The moment we “judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”
We must be ruthless with our flesh and mind.
We cannot watch flesh and expect to watch for God. We can’t expect the glory when expecting to gratify the flesh. If the flesh isn’t pierced, it was never a crucifixion. If blood isn’t shed, it wasn’t a crucifixion. If blood is not dripping and if your body of sin is not getting cold, it wasn’t a crucifixion. If your heart isn’t pounding after giving up what you loved above God, it wasn’t a crucifixion. If pain is never experienced, it was never a crucifixion. If you never cried out, it wasn’t a crucifixion. If you are not looking for a resurrection, it’s because you are not looking to be crucified. If a crucifixion doesn’t hurt, it wasn’t a crucifixion.
The crucifixion of Christ didn’t take place on the first day of the week, or the 16th of Nisan, but on the 14th day of Nisan of the Jewish calendar which is the Jewish Passover. Never mind the Gregorian calendar in trying to figure out why……..Anyway, my point is that some of us wait to be crucified on the 1st day of the week, every week when the Lord tells us that we need to crucify ourselves every day.
You’re waiting for Sunday when you come to church to be crucified only to pry the nails out of your hands and feet to sin again on Monday.
Any time after that initial crucifixion it becomes a crucifixion of habit. You keep your flesh dead so your spirit man stays alive unto God.
The greatest fear of man is death. Hence, the greatest fear of sin is the cross. For on the cross, everything dies. The life of sin is extinguished, expired, committed to the ground, dirt shoved into the hole in the ground.
The excuses are over.
Pick up that cross and prepare to die.