Practical Guidelines for Consecration

Consecration - To dedicate yourself completely to Godís purpose, priorities, processes, power and person. Learning to wholly trust in Jesus Christ for all aspects of life. To set oneself apart from the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life for the purpose of serving, loving and glorifying God with all oneís heart, soul, strength, and mind. We consecrate ourself to the Lord with our mind, emotions, will, attitude, behavior, resources, time, talents, relationships, vocation, skills, family, culture, finances, plans, priorities, service and lifestyle. Consecration is a moment by moment process of yielding all of our rights to the Lord. The daily renewal of our consecration is not by the flesh, but by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit as an act of worship. (Lk:lO:27, Romans 12:1,2,1 Chrn. 29:5, John 7:17, Luke 9:23, Phil. 3:10)

Hindrances to consecration -

1. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life is not of the Father, but is from the world.

2. It is not what is on the outside of a man that defiles him, but what comes out of his heart, hate, envy, jealousy, lust, deceit, and evil desires.

3. Some seed fell among the thorns and because of the worries, riches and pleasures of this life the seed was choked out. Failure to continually present ourselves completely to the Lord in yielding our principle rights to Him for all aspects of our life and ministries.

4. Our consecration cannot be sustained by anything except love and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is through His all sufficient grace that we are able to continue with a whole-hearted lifetime of service in the will of God. We cannot manufacture a human strategy because of our old sinful nature that wars against the Spirit that lives within Christians.

Examples of Consecration -

1. Although He was God and possessing the fullness of the attributes of God, Jesus did not make this equality with God a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained. He stripped Himself or emptied Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity, so as to the form of servant in that He became like men. He humbled Himself and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even death on
the cross.

2. Abraham consecrated Himself and his only Son to the Lord when he said, "I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you." (Gen. 22:5) Abraham placed on the altar the most valuable thing in the world to God - his only son Isaac.

Motivations to be Consecrated -

1. As we commit ourself completely to Christ, His church and His great commission we are able to experience the fullness of His power, His processes, and His productivity. It was hard for Jesus to bear the cross, but He endured the cross despising the shame and successfully finished the work that God gave Him to do.

2. It was hard for Abraham to offer up Isaac on the altar, but forever he is referred