The Power of Consecration
(Romans 12:1, 2 KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Being a Christian sometimes can be tough when you consider the battles that we have. Everyone on the planet experiences tough times but it seems to me that being Christian attracts more trials and tribulations. For some of us the pressures and the pleasures of life have at times caused us to submit to them. Because of this we then get caught up in the cycle of defeat trying to solve issues in our own power and ability. This causes many to pull back from prayer and meditating Gods word and eventually we look back and ask ourselves "how did I get here? How have I become so distant from the things of God? How have I become cold and indifferent towards the Holy Spirit? This has happened to some of the most powerful Christians so don't feel like you are all alone by yourself. It doesn't make you a bad person and Gods Grace is still sufficient for you.
Here in these verses the apostle Paul uses a profound word when he says " I beseech you ". The Greek word used is par-ak-al-eh'-o and this word means " to call near ". I read a commentary on this word and it said that this word paints a picture of a person who is on their way to make a wrong choice and someone else is right beside them begging them and calling them out of that decision. So when Paul uses this word concerning us presenting our bodies a living sacrifice he is being urgent about the matter of consecration!
In 1st Corinthians 9:27 Paul talks about keeping his body under, the NLV says "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. This is an act of consecration. It's clear that if we don't discipline ourselves we could forfeit our purpose. That's why in Romans 12:1 Paul says that this consecration is a living sacrifice. When we consecrate ourselves we are dedicating our lives for Gods purpose. And when we consistently present ourselves daily in his presence we are changed.
Here is the beautiful part of this. When we consecrate ourselves and present ourselves to God by meditating, praying, fasting, worshipping,then there is a transformation that happens in our lives that propels us into our purpose. Paul says in Romans 12:2 that when we are transformed by the renewing of our mind we can prove or allow the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
So today, consecrate yourself. Make that decision to give your life completely. Consecration is true submission to the lordship of Jesus so if you've missed it then just get back up. Don't allow all the distractions to get you off of focusing on Jesus. Look to him he is the author and the finisher of your faith.
Confession for Day 4 of our 21 Day Fast
I make a conscious decision to present myself daily to God and his word. I will not allow myself to be distracted by the pressures or the pleasures of life. I consecrate myself daily and I will not be conformed to this world. I set my mind on the Things of the Kingdom and I keep it set . My daily transformation is causing me to be propelled into Gods good, acceptable and perfect will for my life in Jesus Name Amen...
Other scriptures to meditate
(Colossians 3:1-3 AMPC)
IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [Ps. 110:1.] And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.