If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of
Galatians chapter two. Galatians chapter two. In Galatians
chapter two and verse twenty, this is a very familiar passage
of Scripture. The apostle Paul said,
20. 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.
If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of
Matthew chapter twenty-seven. Matthew chapter twenty-seven. In Matthew chapter twenty-seven, beginning with
35. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting
lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the
prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my
vesture did they cast lots.
36. And sitting down they watched him there;
37. And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS
JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38. Then were there two thieves crucified with him; one on
the right hand, and another on the left.
39. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads.
40. And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest
it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come
down from the cross.
41. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the
scribes and elders, said,
42. He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the
King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and
we will believe him.
43. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will
have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank and praise
You for this time together here in Your Name. Father, hide
Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see You,
and not me. Father, as I decrease, I ask that You would
increase. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of
my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and
my Redeemer. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
When we look at that word "crucify," what does it mean to be
crucified? It means to be persecuted. Not only does that
word crucify mean to be persecuted, but it means to be
tormented. It means to be tortured. Glory to God.
Jesus was being tortured because of His confession. He was
confessing that He was the Son of God. When you are being
tortured, and when you are persecuted, and when you are
being tormented, you are being these things because of your
confession of who you say that you are.
The apostle Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ." In other
words, he was saying, "I am tortured with Christ because of
who I confess to be."
When you open up your mouth, and the words you speak,
those are your confession. And that's who the devil (glory to
God) is going after-those that confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord to the glory of God the Father. Hallelujah, Jesus.
This is the season that you'll really know who's crucified with
Christ. Oh, you don't hear me yet. This is a season that
you'll know who's really (glory to God) been crucified with
Christ. You'll really know (glory to God) who's really being
Many people are put in a situation (glory to God) where they
get depressed and oppressed, because of the season. But
Jesus is the reason for the season. If I'm crucified with Him
(you don't hear me tonight), I ain't got to worry (glory to
God) about how much money I got in my pocket. Because
I'm crucified with Him.
Saints of God, our confession is causing the warfare. You've
been wondering why the warfare has been there? It's because
of what you confess every day. It's because of those (oh,
hallelujah), those spiritual words that come out of your mouth
every day. It's because of who you say you are. The warfare
has been intense. And the warfare has been great.
The Bible says in the last days there's going to be a great
falling away from the faith. He's... Oh, He's in the position
right now where He's allowing those that are not truly (glory
to God) rooted and grounded in God to be exposed.
They confess one thing but live another thing. They're one
way (Oh, you don't hear me tonight) in our presence. But
once they leave this door, it's like it's a set of twins.
Your confession is bringing the warfare on you. He's trying
to prove to the world that you're not who you say you are.
They said, "If You be the Son of God, then You come down."
In other words, "If..." They wanted a confession other than
the true confession of who He really was. That's why they
hung over His head the accusation, "This is Jesus, the King of
He wants to make a mockery of you. He wants to make a
mockery of your testimony. And that's why the warfare is
there. That's why you've been on the cross, Brother Stephen.
That's why I've been on the cross. Because he wants me to
Your confession. He wants to cause you and I to be a
mockery. But Jesus said, "I won't come down." Jesus said,
"I won't even take anything for the pain." We've been
searching for a spiritual pain killer. But if I'm crucified with
Him, I can endure the cross.
The cross is going to cause people to see right through me.
When I hang on the cross, I can't hide nothing. Because I
must say what's really on the inside of me. I'm going to do
(glory to God) what is in me to do. I'm going to go where's
in me to go. It's going to cause people to see right through
me. When I through (glory to God) warfare, Brother Stuart,
you'll see who I really am.
If I'm going to change my confession of who I profess to be,
things can be easily seen.
Jesus stood there and waited for them to put Him on the cross.
He didn't kick. He didn't scream. He didn't holler. He
didn't change His Name. He didn't say, "You must have the
wrong one." He said, "I am the Son of God."
Who are you tonight? Who are you? Are you a different
person when the pain starts, when the persecution begins?
Who are you? Do you change your name until the warfare
stops? When all hell breaks lose on your job, do you change
your name? That gun hoe Christian that you used to be, does
it begin to subside? Who are you?
I'm crucified. Nothing about me should ever change. I
should be the same every single day. Even though I'm going
through something, I should still retain my joy. I should still
have my peace, Sister Melody.
The cross is not going to change who I am, Elder Tucker. It's
not going to change who I am. Because I know who I am in
Whenever you see me, whenever I see you, no matter what
the situation, I should be able to see straight through you. I
shouldn't put on no masks. I should be able to see straight
through you. Because you're always the same. No matter
what the situation or the circumstance, you're always the
Does that mean that I don't rise up with righteous
indignation? No, it doesn't. But my Christian attitude should
always be in place.
John twelve and verse twenty-four says, "Except a grain of
wheat fall into the ground die, it abides alone. But if it die, it
bears much fruit."
There's life within that grain of wheat. But there's a shell
casing. And except the shell split open, what's on the inside
Except I'm truly crucified with Him, I won't really grow. It
may seem as though I'm growing on the outside to everybody
else, but on the inside I know it's a real pseudo, because my
outer man is not dead yet. My flesh is still in control. I don't
allow that outer man to die, that that inner man can show forth
If the outer man does not die, then we could never be a true
blessing to the church. Because they'll always wonder if it's
my flesh or if it's God. But if I cause my outer flesh, not my
body, but my flesh, my soulish man to die, and I allow my
spirit man to live, then they don't have to wonder. Because
I'm the same even in the warfare.
He was on the cross. They wanted Him to change His
confession. You think that you've been going through
something. You're not really going through anything until
you answer the call. That's when your hell begins. Because
you have confessed that there is a calling on your life. And
Satan is setting out to prove you wrong.
If you don't stay on that cross until He takes you down, you
won't mature into who He has called you to be.
When He died and said, "It is finished, it was time for Him to
go into another realm. When you truly die to yourself, it's
time for you and I to go into another realm. That's when I
can really say that I'm seated in heavenly places in Christ
Jesus. Because I've left this realm, and I've gone to another
Saints of God, when you really do the ministry, much
persecution is going to come your way. But just like Jesus,
don't say a mumbling word. Endure it. Endure it. Endure it
until you mature. Because once you mature, He'll take you
Come on, give God a handclap of praise tonight.
Saints of God, Paul said, "I'm crucified with Christ.
Nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." He
said, "I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and
gave Himself for me."
He was saying that, "I'm not afraid to be tormented." I'm not
afraid to be tormented. I'm not afraid of these things. It
won't change my confession. It won't change, Sister Orange,
My confession. It will not change my confession. Because
my confession is not situational. It is not situational. It's the
same all the time.
Many of us have been in situations where for a moment we've
hidden our Christianity, because of a situation or because of
who was around us. But now it is the season for the real
saints to stand up, to stand up, to truly stand up.
Don't wait until it's all good around you, and they pat you on
the back. But stand up right now, while you're in the midst of
the persecution. That's a real Christian. That's a real
Christian. In the Name of Jesus.
Give God a handclap of praise. Hallelujah.