A Consecrated Life
Scriptures For Meditation—
Joshua 3:5 Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.
Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Eph 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
As the weather cools and the final quarter of the year looms, many of us begin to take stock. We reflect on where we have come from, contemplate where we are now and imagine where we would like to go. For some of us, this exercise brings us face to face with our disappointments, failures and seemingly unanswered prayers.
In pondering what may have happened this year, we may recognise the blockers to success we are still carrying around with us. Sin. Deliberate disregard for the revealed truth of God or failure to act as we know we ought to (James 4:17).
Repentance is necessary and should be practiced often as we continue on the journey of faith. However, beyond repentance (repeated turning away from sin), we should also seek consecration which is the higher calling.
Consecration is a decision to be set apart — To be deliberate in our pursuit and service to God.
A consecrated life is not spent looking for sins to avoid. Instead, it is yielded to God’s original plan for your life. It is recognising that we were created to worship Him and our lives are His to do with as He requires for the furtherance of His Kingdom.
Consecration seeks to draw near to God, so He can draw near to you (James 4:8).
When Joshua asked the people to purify themselves, it was because the Lord was going to “visit” them to do wonders. Today, this still holds true, we must be consecrated to manifest God’s Holy power in our lives daily, as He has residence in our bodies and is always with us.
In the story recorded in Joshua, the priests carried the Ark of the Covenant of God and as soon as they stepped in the River Jordan, it dried up so the people could pass. Do you know you are a priest (1Peter 2:9) carrying the Holy Spirit within you?
Your consecration produces the same results they got!
Imagine being able to part the seas of depression, lack, sickness, loss etc. so that those whom the Lord has assigned to you (and yourself) can cross over?
What a joy to perform the good works He planned in advance for us to do! (Eph 2:10)
Over the next two days and beyond, let us bring our lives into consecration unto the Lord. There is still time to finish 2020 strong. For when we purify ourselves, indeed, He will do wonders amongst us!
Let us thank God for the chance to re-focus and consecrate our lives today
Pray for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit, for He alone can help us sustain a consecrated life
Let’s release every disappointment of the past, fear and negative emotion concerning 2020. Each day is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Pray for a fresh vision even for the last quarter of the year, that we may indeed perform the good works God has prepared in advance for us to do
As we consecrate ourselves, let us call for the power of God to manifest in our lives and make a way, not just for us for those all around us.
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