SUNDAY, 25TH SEPTEMBER 2016
MEMORY VERSE: “For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother, that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.” – Exodus 32:29
BIBLE PASSAGE: Judges 13:3-7
3: And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
4: Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
5: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
6: Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:
7: But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
INTRODUCTION: Consecration is a process or practice of making something or someone sacred, dedicated and set apart for the Lord. It also means the devoting or setting apart of anything or anyone to the worship or service of God (Exodus 28:41). The race of Abraham and the tribe of Levi were thus consecrated (Numbers 3:12). According to the Mosaic Law, the first-born both of man and beast were consecrated to God (Exodus 13:2, 12, and 15).
- Means and benefits of consecration
- Broken consecration
MEANS AND BENEFITS OF CONSECRATION
A consecrated one is called to live a life of purity, free from sin and contamination. How then can one be consecrated? The call to personal consecration demands that one presents himself wholly to God (Leviticus 11:44; Romans 12:1; 2Chronicles 17:16) and be willing to purge himself of all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (2Timothy 2:21; 2Corinthians 7:1). This is made possible through absolute compliance to divine instructions given by God in His Word (John 17:17; Psalm 119:9; Ephesians 5:26).
Some of the benefits of consecration are:
- Overflowing blessing (Exodus 22:29).
- Overflowing anointing (Hebrews 1:9; 10:38; Acts 5:12).
- Becoming a chosen vessel of God (2Timothy 2:21; Acts 9:15).
- Ever abiding presence of God (Psalm 91:1; Matthew 28:19-20).
- Outstanding victory without a fight (Proverbs 15:7; 2Chronicles 20:15-19).
A broken consecration is a state of contamination of a consecrated person. We have examples of consecrated vessels that were contaminated by one thing or the other.
- Samson’s consecration was broken by his disobedience and lust for strange women (Judges14:1-3; 8-9)
- Miriam was a prophetess in (Exodus 15:20-21) but her consecration was broken by envy (Numbers 12:1-10).
- Moses’ consecration was contaminated by his anger (Exodus 14:21-28, Numbers 20:7 -12).
- Gideon was set apart for God’s mighty work of deliverance but pride broke his consecration (Judges 7:20-22;8:22-27).
- Comfort contaminated David – the consecrated one (1Samuel 17:34-37, 2Samuel 11:1-27).
God is calling you to live a consecrated life unto Him as a peculiar person and a royal priesthood and He is waiting to see you exhibiting the life of consecration unto Him. Do not disappoint God.
- What are the benefits of consecration?
- Describe a broken consecration.
Blessed Week With The Holy Spirit
Monday: Exodus 32: 29 – Living a daily life of consecration is profitable
Tuesday: Ezekiel 43: 26 – Thoughtfully consecrate yourself today
Wednesday: Exodus 15: 20-21 – Pray against envy as an agent of contamination
Thursday: John 17: 17 – The word of God sanctifies
Friday: Hebrews 13: 12 – Jesus paid for your sanctification
Saturday: 1Thessalonians 5: 23 – May the God of peace consecrate you wholly
Sunday: Jude 1: 24 – Pray that the Lord will keep you from contamination