Consecration is a separation. Consecration is for separating us from one thing that we would be joined to another. Consecration is not the end of our journey, but where it begins. Where we consecrate from the natural that we might step into the supernatural. Consecration is the point where we get off our path and step into His.
You are not set apart from it if you are part of it. If you act the same as everyone in the world then what makes you different? Do not try to fit in where you do not belong. The LORD God said, “Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 20:7).
The Lord does not say to be consecrated [set apart] to a church or a cause, but to Himself. The tighter you hold onto the things of men, the less you can be consecrated unto the Lord. “But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him” (Psalm 4:3). When you consecrate yourself to God, then God consecrates you to Himself.
Consecration is the higher calling. You have a high calling, so you need to have a higher walk. It is only if you walk higher that you will reach the higher places. “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:3-4).
Consecration from something means you are consecrated to another. You cannot belong to God and still be prostituting yourself to the world. The more you fit into this world, the less you belong in heaven. I am not preaching on salvation, but sanctification. You might be saved, but are you holy?
Consecration cleanses us from the dirt that we would be clean unto the Lord. Only a pure heart can see the Lord. And Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). If you want the heavenly vision, you have to let go of the things in this world.
Oswald Chambers said. “And if you say your sanctified, then show it”. Stop talking over the theology of sanctification and start working it out in the life you live. Chambers also wrote, “God not only expects me to do His will, but He is in me to do it”.
You can know Jesus is Lord, but do you know Him as your Lord? You can call Jesus Lord, but is He Lord over you? It is not the doctrinal position you have that Jesus measures, but your heart.
Paul wrote, “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). Be the offering. Be the sacrifice. Change begins where excuses end.
Consecration separates the darkness from the light. If you approach God with a dark heart then His light will destroy you. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 8:12). He cannot bless that which is opposed to Himself.
The level of consecration determines your position with God or against God. The Sabbath reveals a life consecrated to Him, or from Him. If the only message people read was the life you lived in secret, what would that message be?
I am always more impressed by a man or woman that lives their faith, more than one who only argues about it. The test of a saint is never in what they know, but what they live. “For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy…” (Leviticus 11:44). The way to debate a truth and never lose is to simply live it out.
Stop holding onto mediocrity and grab hold of the consecrated life.
Blessings to you,
2 thoughts on “Consecrated”
Good preaching, Brother! I used to walk with one foot in Heaven and one foot on earth. As I cede more and more of my will to God and stop trying to control everything around me, I spend more time walking with both feet in Heaven. I stumble now and then, and find some of my toes are touching earth, but I’m still a work in progress…His work 🙂
“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” ~ Opening dialogue/intro for DC Talk’s song, What if I Stumble?
Thank you so much my sister! We are all a work in progress. I truly believe it matters not as much where we are, but our trajectory. Are we pointed in the right direction. Some go slow, some go faster, but what matters most is are we going the right way!