SEPTEMBER 2020 Fasting and Prayers — Day 3
Scriptures For Meditation: Gen 22:1-3; Prov 3:9; Acts 5:1-11
Over the past two days of our fasting and prayers, God has been speaking to us about consecration. We are going to take this a bit further today, by meditating on one of the practical consequences of consecration.
We have looked at the “spiritual” aspects of the act of consecration — Making ourselves separated unto God, eschewing sin and striving to live holy lives as we dedicate our lives to Him.
However, consecration goes beyond who we are and what we do; consecration is also manifest in our attitude to what we have; what we do with what we have, or how we steward what we have.
When we consecrate ourselves to God, we are saying that He owns us; we are declaring ourselves to be His absolute possession, God’s own property. And this not just our physical selves, but also our substance and possessions as well!
Abraham was fully consecrated unto God!
In our main scripture reading for today, we see this exemplified by Abraham, in his response to a demand by God, for what was the most valuable thing to him.
As we read in our text:
Gen 22:1 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”
Gen 22:2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
Gen 22:3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.
If God called to you as He did to Abraham and ask you to give up your most prized possession to Him, what would your response be? How quickly would you respond? How far would you go?
Abraham was instant in his response and was total in his commitment.
Nothing meant more to him, than to obey and to please God. Nothing was too valuable to him that he could not fully give to God.
Friend, what is that one thing or indeed those things that you have held on dearly to, that you are not fully yielding up to God? What are those “non-negotiable” things in our lives, those areas that we have not fully given God full access to, or things that we may not have fully yielded up to Him to possess?
Let’s think about this today and respond as the Holy Spirit will prompt us to. Is there anything in your life that you are unwittingly valuing higher than God? Are there things that have become like idols in your heart that you are dedicated to and worship more than you do God?
God is calling unto us today to examine our lives, and respond to the call of consecration. Let us today, rededicate not just ourselves, but also our substance, our time, our everything to Him.
As the song says,
Lord You are, everything to me
My Treasure, my priority,
Who can compare to you?
Great is the measure of Your royalty,
O Morning Star,
You truly are, EVERYTHING!
Is God truly “everything” to you?
Pastor Wale Ola
Ask God to show you areas of your life that may not be fully consecrated to Him.
Ask Him to show you the true state of your heart in relation to your earthly possessions that have possessed you or have taken time away from God that He is deserving of you.
Dedicate those areas and those things to Him, and ask Him to give you the grace to fully yield them up to Him.
Dedicate your job, career, gifting and talents, time, material possessions, even “your” ministry; your whole substance to Him — Make them all fully ready and 100% available for His use.