Do You Do Cross-Training?

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Matthew 16:24 (Amplified), Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23

We are all familiar with the word cross-training, where someone does different sports to develop different muscles and strengths to enhance their performance for competition.

Cross-training gets you in shape and in condition so you don’t get out of shape, lazy, rusty or unhealthy.

I.    (Galatians 5:24)  Cross-training consists of…
  A.  Denying myself--self-denial of my wants, ways, and will.
  B. Take up the cross in the midst of pressure, stress, temptation, opposition, hardship, difficulty, obstacles.
  C.  Follow Him--submission.

II.   (Verses 25-27) Benefits of cross-training.
      •    Find it – ________________
      •    Gain it – priceless opportunity
      •    Reward for it – prized possession
  A. A cross-training Christian would never tell Jesus,” “I can’t,” “I won’t," or “I don’t.”
  B. A cross-training Christian would never tell Jesus, “I don’t have to,” “I don’t want to,” “I’m not going to.”
  C. A cross-training Christian understands they have to give through stuff, fast through stuff, wait through stuff, praise through stuff, and rebuke through stuff.

III. (1 Corinthians 9:25, 1 Timothy 4:7, 2 Timothy 4:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Titus 2:3-5, Hebrews 5:14, Hebrews 12:11)  All about cross-training:
  A.  (Philippians 2:12)  Cross-training is an everyday workout.
  B.  (Proverbs 11:1, Mark 10:17, James 2:10)  Cross-training is a workout in all areas, not some.
  C. (2 Timothy 2:3, 1 Corinthians 9:25 Amplified)  Cross-training is not going to be easy but painful.
  D.  (Galatians 6:1)  Cross-training requires workout buddies.

IV.  (Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26) Example of a cross-training Simon of Cyrene.
  A.  (Colossians 1:20) The cross brought me to Jesus.
  B.  (Galatians 6:14) The cross allowed me to follow Him.
  C.  (Colossians 2:14)  The cross invited me to participate in the greatest work in history.
  D. (Mark 15:21, Romans 16:13) The cross changed and influenced my future and the future of my family.
  E.  (Hebrews 12:2) The cross is a weight that I so joyously bear.
  F.  (Ephesians 2:16)  The cross called and separated me out of the crowd.
  G.  (1 Corinthians 1:18)  The cross gave me purpose for living to know my purpose.

In Conclusion:
In the beginning Simon didn’t have a choice to pick up that cross of Jesus’, but at the end he had a choice to put it down.

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