Consecrated

2 Chronicles 29:5and said to them, “Hear me, Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, and consecrate the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Holy Place.”

To consecrate something is to declare it sacred. When something is considered sacred it is dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of God.

People can make anything sacred, it really depends on where their hearts are at. Wiccans declare the earth as sacred and yet they forget who made it. They worship the creation rather than the Creator.

People will deem water, objects, rituals, people past, and people present as sacred before God. Really, the question is do these people, places, or objects deserve such honor?

A stone monument in Mecca is considered sacred in Islam, mosques, and church’s have held this dubious distinction as well.

Deuteronomy 12:3 “Tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, burn up their Asherah poles, cut down the idols of their gods, and wipe out their names from every place.”

How does the Lord view these objects that are deemed sacred but are not?

He commanded the people of Israel to destroy them!

Why would an object be such an offense to God?

The false rituals and misdirected things that people deem as sacred are objects of worship that are deserving of no such accolade.

Consecrate Yourselves

Keeping in mind that consecration is to declare sacred, sacredness is to set apart for worship….

Leviticus 20:26 “You are to be holy to Me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be My own.”

As the people of God, we have been set apart for a purpose. Our lives are to be a continual act of worship before the Lord. When we recognize our purpose, we have greater motivation for the ways in which we live. Each decision we make, each word we speak, each thought that enters our minds take on a different relevance.

It is this manner of practicing holiness that makes the work of the Holy Spirit so imperative in our lives.

Leviticus 20:24 “But I have told you that you will inherit their land, since I will give it to you as an inheritance–a land flowing with milk and honey. I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the peoples.”

The growth of a man or woman of God is developed through the consistent and loving correction of the Spirit of God. Our responsibility is to be obedient to this correction. Each measure of growth is a continual step towards freedom in Christ and away from the subjection of this worlds false ideology of truth.

*To worship the Lord is to recognize His goodness, His majesty, and His love toward us.

Consecrate your Possessions

When we offer up to the Lord our lives, we give to Him…..Everything.

Why?—Because they were not ours in the first place. What we have, our possessions, our families, our positions, they were given to us. When we offer them back to the Lord, we consecrate them as worship for His glory and acknowledge Him as Sovereign.

What this act of relegating everything to God does is places us in a position of strength. By determining nothing as our own, we have no fear of losing any of it. We place our lives in His care and He has proven that He is trustworthy.

Exodus 13:1 “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.”

The act of giving back to the Lord the first of what we receive is the principle of the Tithe. This act of worship is a recognition of God’s provision and a testimony of His abundant grace.

What ways can you consecrate your life today?

The first part of your day can be one in which you turn on the news and immediately grow in anxiety over the chaos that surrounds us, or you can spend your time in prayer and in the Word of God, which brings peace.

Consecration can entail any aspect of our lives. Any part of who we are can be given in an act of worship.

  • Your time
  • Your resources
  • Your career
  • How you show love
  • The people you serve
  • Your goals and ambitions
  • Your future

You may desire a wife or husband or your ambition is to have children, each of these can be consecrated unto the Lord. When we take a right perspective in regards to the things or people we desire, we place them in alignment with God’s purpose and not our own. Fear dissipates. Hope persists.

There was a woman named Hannah who long ago couldn’t have children so she prayed…

1 Samuel 1:10-11 “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

Hannah consecrated a future son unto the Lord and the Lord blessed her for it.

1 Samuel 1:20 “So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

I’m not saying the Lord always acts in this way, I’m saying when you honor the Lord first in everything you do, in all that you are, and in all that you hope for…He will bless you.

He promises this and the Lord never holds back on a promise.

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