Too many of us “pray the problem” when we should be “prophesying the solution”. Jesus didn’t say ‘pray the problem’, he said, ‘pray your desire’ and believe that you have received it. Your prayer life may need a renovation. You may be guilty of praying too much, ‘Houston, we have a problem’, rather than, ‘Heaven has a solution’. It’s too easy to become pre-occupied with our problems than to pay attention to our words. If you become more word-conscious and less problem conscious, your problems will lose their power in your life. Magnify your words and you will minimise your problems. Words are powerful, they have creative power in them. The power of life and death is in the tongue. Jesus said, ‘If you speak to the mountain to be removed, it will be’. Too often we complain about the mountain, we spend inordinate time defining the mountain, we take pictures of the mountain to show our friends but Jesus said, ‘Speak to the mountain’. Nothing moves until you speak to it. Your future is in your mouth!
Consecration is about your heart, not your position. Sometimes people think only those who are senior pastors or those in great and influential positions need to be fully consecrated to God while the rest of us only have to be half-consecrated. Wrong conclusion.
In the passage above the priests consecrated themselves to God, regardless of what position or division they were in. The word consecration means to be set apart as holy for the purpose of worshipping God. Consecration isn’t a one time event, it’s a continual requirement of every follower of Christ.
Unfortunately, some of us are living off a past consecration for a past season. In every major season of our lives we need to be freshly consecrated to God. Romans 12:1 ‘I appeal to you, to present yourselves to God as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual worship.’ In light of who God is and what God has done, the only reasonable and rational thing to do is to throw ourselves at God’s altar and consecrate ourselves.
Consecration always happens in the holy place. The holy place from a new testament perspective is in the context of our personal relationship with God. We accept the invitation from God’s Spirit, to enter the school of the Spirit and be set apart for God’s purposes. It involves making a sober decision to leave the old nature behind, including some former ways of thinking, speaking and living, to embrace the new renewed nature of the Spirit working in us through the process of sanctification.
Joshua 3:5 ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow God will do wonders among you.’
Consecration always precedes God’s wonders. Before Israel crossed over the Jordan River to march into the promised land, they had to consecrate themselves to God. Before the fire of God’s glory could fill the temple, the priests had to consecrate themselves. Before God wonders become a living reality in your life, you need to consecrate yourself.
Humbly posture your heart in prayer and worship and hand the keys to the door of your heart and future over to God and let him in to occupy every square corner of your life and you would have started the journey on the road of consecration.