Sunday September 30, 2012
Rev. Mark Ballosingh
TITLE: DRAWING NEARER TO GOD BY CONSECRATION
Definition of CONSECRATION:- To devote, to dedicate, to separate or to give oneself holy over to God
Base scripture – Hebrews 10:20
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh
Jesus would give His son to be the perfect sacrifice, a lamb for sinners slain. So God consecrated His son. So too we have to set aside or consecrate ourselves.
Jesus consecrated himself to the way of the cross even though He must have felt lonely His disciples deserted him in his hour of pain.
If you want to draw close to God, you need to spend time with him (consecrate). Spending time with God helps us appreciate the mercies and loving kingdom of God. We appreciate because we spend quality time. God desires us to consecrate ourselves to him. Consecration is a lifestyle. David spent a lot of time with God.
References Scriptures: Exodus 28:3 & 41; Exodus 29:9; 33, 34, 35; Exodus 30; Exodus 32:39; Lev. 8:33; Lev. 16:32; Num. 6:12; 2 Chron. 13:19; Ezekiel 14:26; Micah 4:13
Your consecration to God is a big responsibility. The priest had to go through the process of consecration to God and to the service.
Question: What do I have to do to consecrate myself to God?
Answer: Hebrews 10:20 – By a new and living way, which he hath
consecrated for us, through the veil,
that is to say, his flesh
Because of this he is able to pass onto us a new and living way.
Relationship is dependent on how often we communicate with God. We need to be in a relationship to God daily. Spending time with God is quality time.
Consecration of Ruth:
Ruth 1: 8-17
And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
Ruth details her consecration to her mother-in-law. Where you go, I will go, where you live, I will live, where you die, I will die. Your God shall be my God. Your vow is consecrate. We make a covenant to be consecrated to God. Your consecration must be backed up by your prayers. Consecration requires us to dedicate our lives to God.
In our consecration we light the lamp of God, we light the lamp of salvation, we light the lamp of confession and sanctification back to God.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
In the New Testament consecration takes on a new meaning.
II Chronicles 13:9
Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? So that whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods.
A process that leads to consummation.
We cannot take our prayer time, worship time and reading of the word for granted. The principle of the process by doing these draws us nearer to God. David said early in the morning will I rise.
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ
As we go through the process, we go through the time of preparation every day. We need to go through the process to be prepared. Consecration requires us to go through the process of the potter’s lane.
We go through the process to be prepared so we can fulfil our purpose.
Consecration brings us to our purpose.
When the Holy Ghost in fills us then we know that we have found out purpose. Consecration is the fulfilment of your performance.
Reference Scriptures: Col 3:14; Heb. 6:1, Judges 7:16 & 19; Prov. 11:3; Jer. 2:2
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them
Consecration separates the upright from the perverse and cleanse from the unclean.
We need to separate ourselves from situations and people who will pull us away from the things of God.
– Read the chapter of Leviticus
Back to the consecration of Ruth:
Where you lead me, I will follow. To be a good leader you must be a good follower. Ruth wanted to live, lodge and dwell in his presence. In our time of consecration we spend time where the presence of is.
“Your people shall be my people.” The house of God has nothing to do with creed and race. We are all God’s children. Jesus Christ is Lord in our lives. Ruth makes a statement of confirmation. Ruth did not even allow death to separate her from her mother-in-law. She stayed close to her so she will rise in Christ together with her. If we die in Christ, we will live with Christ.