The Heart of a Surrendered Life | Pastor Larry Luffman

Luke 9:23 | Part 3

God’s plan for the believer is found in Galatians 5:22-23. This describes for us the character and attitude that Christ desires to produce in and through us.

These fruits are displayed in us when we surrender our will to God’s will and allow Christ’s Spirit to flow through us freely, however, self always stands in defiance of surrender.

What does a heart of surrender require?

1. The heart of a surrendered life is a denying of your flesh.

The flesh” speaks of the part of us that desires to live independent of God and it seeks self-gratification, rather than seeking to please Christ.

At key times in your life, you will be faced with a decision – will I follow after my flesh or Christ?

What does a heart of surrender require?

2. The heart of a surrendered life is death to the mindset of, “I’m going to live my life my way”.

Jesus was clearly teaching that if you want to follow Him, you must die to your way and follow My way – Jesus is saying, die to your way and realize that I am life, I am your only life source, and My way is life.

Your cross is not a person, a thing, or an event. It is your entire life. It is dying to self and surrendering everything over to Christ.

Our biggest problem is that we want our own way, which is in opposition to God’s way. This has always been man’s biggest struggle. Judges 17:6; Psalm 81:12; Proverbs 12:15; 28:26; Isaiah 5:21; 53:6; 2 Timothy 3:2-4

Judges 17:6 - In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes

Psalm 81:12 - So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts, to walk in their own counsels.

2 Timothy 3:2-4 - Men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, slanderers, unrestrained, fierce, despisers of those who are good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, 

Anything that gives us the illusion that we can make life work apart from God only makes us more of a rebel against God and destroys our usefulness to God.

Christ is calling us to renounce our own way of self-dependency and submit our hearts to the way of Christ.

John 15:5 - I am the vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me you can do nothing

2 Corinthians 3:5 - Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to take credit for anything of ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2 Samuel 22:31 - As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

This is the call of Jesus in Luke 9:23. To be a true Christ-follower, you must put aside your way and allow Christ’s Spirit to flow through you to do things His way.

If we are going to surrender to Christ, we must daily die to our way, and our daily prayer must be similar to Psalm 25:4 - Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths & Psalm 27:11 - Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in an upright path,

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