A Cut Above
Review from last week
Joshua 3:1 Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Acacia Grove and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. 2 After three days the officers went throughout the camp, 3 giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it." 5 Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."
Here are the benefits of Consecration:
a. Closeness - more of Him and less of you. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.
b. Confidence - in your relationship with your Father, and who you are in Christ
c. Compassion - burden for others, feeling their pain, not self indulgent
d. Conception - new ministries, new beginnings, new things, birthed out of intimacy
e. Clarity - seeing into the spirit realm. Seeing things as they really are, from God's perspective
As you draw close to God, God will reveal more of Himself to you. Listen God is God. Malachi 3:6 "for I am the Lord, I change not."
Consecrating ourselves to God is really all about God manifesting Himself in greater ways to us. It is not about us trying to invoke a response from God because we are living so holy.
It reminds me of the story when Elisha was on Mount Carmel and he challenged the 450 prophets of (a false god) Baal to see whose God is the real God.
And he said the God who answers by fire, He is the Lord. So the prophets of Baal called on their god from morning until noon, and called on their god louder and louder. Then they began to scream and cut themselves with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out, thinking surely this will get his attention. ...
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