Consecration: The Key to Independence

Archive Post: Original blog post and comments from July 2011 can be found at http://feyisolas-inspiration.weebly.com/1/post/2011/07/consecration-the-key-to-independence.html

Praise the Lord, and happy belated Independence Day to all of my US readers! I had a super weekend, in the sun for this Independence Day weekend as I'm sure most of us did, which delayed this post, but I still have something to share that I learned! To God be the glory.

Consecration. It's an interesting word which I recently realized that I have been misunderstanding all my life. I always thought it meant to cleanse. I thought that one could consecrate something by confessing sins, repenting and asking for forgiveness, but I recently found that it has a different meaning. 

According to Merriam-Webster, to consecrate something is to dedicate it for a specific purpose. So when I set aside money for the collection plate, I've consecrated that money. If I set aside Sunday for God, then I consecrated that time. But I've come across many teachings of late where He instructs the disciples to consecrate themselves, which of course means that in turn, we are to consecrate ourselves as well. 
Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.  Leviticus 20:7 

I think its interesting where it says consecrate yourself AND be holy, which means that both are required. That means its not enough to live just as good people, helping elderly people across the street, doing community service and being nice. He wants more. We have to set our lives aside to serve a divine purpose. To allow God to use our work places, education and gifts to serve His purpose. 

Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. Ephesians 1: 4

Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.Hebrews 12: 14
So how is that related to independence? Well, the wages of sin is death, so anyone who sins must be a slave to it. Why would we want to do things that will cause us death? Because we're used to it and its in our nature. All of us have at one point been slaves to sin, but once we set ourselves aside to what God wants us to make of our lives, we can be independent from condemnation, abuse, and death and walk into a bountiful future that God has ordained for us. Free yourself by asking God what He wants for your life. I'm finding that there are certain areas of my life that I have to consecrate to Him to get a major breakthrough. I have to consecrate my business to Him, and use what I know to care for my family and church. I have to consecrate my entire being to Him to have peace. I have to consecrate even my time to Him to get through my hectic schedule. Its amazing, the days where I dedicate a lot of time to prayer with God, I get more done without being stressed because He works it out. We have to consecrate ourselves to activate His favor so that we can be free to walk, or rather run into our destiny.

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