“… Keep away from everything impure…. For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.”
Deuteronomy 23: 9b, 14
It is a comforting truth that God lives and moves in us to protect, deliver and grant us total victory over the enemy, but a solemn reality is that anything indecent, ungodly, and unholy can easily turn him away and deprive us of his presence, thereby making us vulnerable to our enemies; not because they have the right of victory over us, but because we have failed to maintain and retain the presence of God which is our only guarantee for victory. “…And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
Consecration is a requirement to retaining God’s presence around you. God has come and reveal himself to us through Christ Jesus, and the question is, can we retain, hold, and maintain his presence?
Consecration is not what qualifies you for salvation, but it is what matures your salvation experience. It is neither what brings God blessings nor favour, rather it is what helps you build capacity and fortitude to accommodate God’s blessing and favour.
|Consecration is not what qualifies you for salvation, but it is what matures your salvation experience|
Many are called into the privilege of service, but it is the sacrifice of consecration that qualifies the chosen.
Consecration is a spiritual engagement and instrument useful for effective preparation for service and for a smooth daily experience of holiness. When God calls you into service, it usually requires that you offer the sacrifice of consecration, and this makes you predisposed to godly influences, and susceptible to divine inclinations. Consecration engenders unction, equips with power, breaks and destroys self, and qualifies the chosen.
A man that allows God to actually work on his life during this period will eventually discover that submission and obedience to God becomes easy. He may discover that the power of the flesh becomes weak while his spirit man gains strength of control and he can exercise his will without much confrontation from the flesh.
|Consecration engenders unction, equips with power, breaks and destroys self, and qualifies the chosen|
In the wilderness of Consecration, it is important you understand that you are alone with God. People around you may not have an understanding of what is going on with you. Few may become curious about your new attitudes, dispositions and situated restrictions around you. Some may ask spurious questions and tag you with a label, but they will never understand, even if you try to explain.
You are alone; it is a wilderness.
You are separated unto God.
You become exclusive to Him.
Also take note that God alone works on you during this period if you sincerely submit to him. Satan is kept at arm’s length while God himself shields and protects your affairs. So it is God alone that can satisfy you and quench your thirst during this period.
You may become strange to things and people around you and you may no longer fit into some circles. You may eventually feel lonely until God leads you into fellowship with pilgrims in the wilderness of consecration.
A technical definition of consecration means that you are to set yourself apart from evil, turn to the Lord, and be prepared to be used by God.
Consecration plays an important role in your growth towards God. But consecration has two (2) parts; our part and God’s. Our part is the practical side of separating ourselves from sinful living while God’s part of our being consecrated, is to prepare us for His use by actually making us holy. Note that in being prepared for holy use, God has to also prepare our body for being used in ministry.
If you are a Christian, God has already cleansed you on the inside and made you holy. But consecration in the Old Testament was for cleansing the outside of vessels which was not sufficient in completing the work of holiness, because a vessel cannot be fit for use until both the inside and outside is clean. But after salvation, God’s part in consecrating us for His use includes washing our body with His presence.
Both our part and God’s part in consecration work together.
Half of our part in consecration involves separating ourselves from evil by continually working with our heart so that we drink from earthly sources less and less all the time. But doing that is only half of what we can do for practical holy living.
The other half of our part in consecration is that of actually drawing near to God and drinking.
God designed us so that we have to be “drinking” from something. By our drinking from God, purity works its way into our experience because enjoying God’s presence becomes our preferred way of quenching our thirst, not sin or unwanted behaviors. By drinking from God, the earthly ways of unrighteous living become less and less attractive to us.
|Consecration is not something that you can do and then think you are done with it.|
But by our turning to God and drinking, something else happens: God is able to do His part in consecrating us. By our drawing near to God and our letting Him draw near to us, God is able to prepare us for His use because He washes us holy all the while He is drawing near to us.
Do you want to be prepared for God’s purposes? You have to draw near to God and let Him draw near to you, or the outside of your vessel won’t be consecrated to God.
God will do His part. We just have to do ours. Practical holiness and the cleansing of God for holy use cannot be separated. One without the other is not possible.
The Bible says, “…Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, come near…” (2 Chronicles. 29:31). The cross of Christ is the doorway to experiencing the presence of God. We have to consecrate ourselves before we enter the throne room to draw near to the Lord.
But please note that consecration is not something that you can do and then think you are done with it. The Bible says that “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27). But “carrying outcross” is something that you will always have to do.
None of us will ever grow enough to put down our cross.
The Bible talks about “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus…” (2 Corinthians. 4:10). Since we won’t ever grow out of it, consecration has to become a way of life.
Our consecration won’t ever be complete. So when it says, “…Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, come near…” (2 Chron. 29:31), this does not mean that you should be fully consecrated before you draw near to God.
I am praying for the Lord’s abundant blessing on your efforts to direct your heart towards Him.
Don’t wait for the day when you look at your practical righteousness and say, “Now I think I am doing good enough to draw near.” If you do that, you will only be depending on the righteousness you think you have achieved and not God’s.
Be in consecration for several days or just a few weeks and then take steps to draw near to God.
Practical purity from consecrated living is not possible without also drawing near and quenching our thirst with God: you have to enter and drink the Spirit. Otherwise, your thirst will drive you back to earthly sources. If consecrating yourself doesn’t also turn you to God, you will find yourself just as bad off as when you started.
|Practical purity from consecrated living is not possible without also drawing near and quenching our thirst with God|
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
(1 Peter 2:9-12)
You have a role to play in other to walk in the realty of this scripture above. It is consecrating engagements that will facilitate the reality of this truth in your experience.
To walk in His marvelous light, you may need to step out of darkness and be committed to walking in the light; for he has called you out.