by Lenny Ports

Choosing The Good Part
Lenny Ports
Joshua 3:5, Isaiah 58:8-9, Acts 5:12, Mark 16:20, Psalm 63:1, Luke 10:38-42

Joshua 3:5 Then Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you."

To "Consecrate yourselves" means to purposefully set yourselves apart in order to prepare. Joshua and the children of Israel were about to cross over the Jordan to enter into the Promised Land. In order to do so, they needed to follow the ark of the covenant and have their hearts prepared to see what God was about to do.

And God did a great miracle for His people in that as they followed the priests carrying the ark of the covenant they crossed over the Jordan as on dry land and came to the other side.

We too as children of God are called to consecrate ourselves (separating ourselves from the things that normally consume our lives) and we are following the presence of God which is like the ark of the covenant. God Himself is leading us if we are sensitive enough to see it in the Spirit.

That is exactly why fasting is an important component of consecration. Fasting is keeping oneself from food or other things that are temporary pleasures of life in order to separate themselves to the Lord. Fasting starves the flesh but gives opportunity to feed the spirit. The benefits of fasting include:
• denying helps your discipline
• Discipline becomes a delight
• becoming more spiritually sensitive
• light shining brighter
• answers to prayer
• healing of the body
• the reality of the presence of God in your life
See it in Isaiah 58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.'

Too many Christians just live life as if they are just like everyone else. They go to work, they come home a ...

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