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01/04/2010 – “What Is Consecration?” – 2010 Consecration

What is consecration or to consecrate?  Consecration is the act or ceremony of separating from a common to a sacred use…

Monday, January 4, 2010
“What Is Consecration?”
Pastor George M. Matthews, II

I. UNDERSTANDING THE PURPOSE OF CONSECRATION

A.
What is consecration or to consecrate?

Consecration is…
1. The act or ceremony of separating from a common to a sacred use.
2. That of devoting or dedicating a person or a thing to the service or worship of God.

B. Scriptural example of consecrated use:

1. St. Luke 5: 1- 9 1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,  2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.  3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.  4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.  5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.  6And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.  7And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.  8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.  9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
a. As a result of Peter consecrating his boat for Jesus’ use, Peter went from taking in nothing to a net breaking harvest.

 

C. Five stages or acts of grace leading to consecration:

– Ephesians 2:8 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

1. Redemption – to return a thing back to its original state; the purchase of God’s favor by the death of Jesus Christ; deliverance from the bondage of sin
2. Justification – the remission of sin and the absolution of guilt and punishment; the free grace of God in which He pardons us; justifying or showing to be just; God defending us
3. Salvation – the act of saving; preservation from destruction, danger or great calamity; to be moved from sin and sin’s liability to everlasting life; to be transferred from the Kingdom of Darkness to the Kingdom of Light
4. Sanctification – the act of making a thing holy; God’s grace purifying me from a polluted world; the intentional act of becoming alien to the world
5. Holy Spirit infilling – the act of becoming baptized with the power of God with-in as opposed to up-on.

D. Practical example of why believers need to consecrate themselves to God:

1. An oil lamp, as it fulfills its purpose of emitting light, that light or glow gradually dims as the combustion elements build on the globe. The buildup must be removed or clean (consecrated) in order for that light to burn brightly again.

2. As with the oil lamp, so goes the life of the believer. Our temples – soul, body and spirit become polluted and dimmed by the perversions of this world. Our acts of consecration brighten, strengthen and illuminate our spirit to penetrate the darkness of the world.

II. SEVEN AREAS OF CONSECRATION IN THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM

– Genesis 12:1-3 1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

1. To leave his native land

2. To leave his kindred

3. To follow God’s leading
– Genesis 13:5-18 5And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.  6And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.  7And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. 8And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.  9Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.  10And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.  11Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.  12Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

13But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.  14And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:  15For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.  16And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.  17Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.  18Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

4. To separate from Lot (in other words, specific family members)
– Genesis 17:15-27 15And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.  16And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.  17Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?  18And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!  19And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.  20And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.  21But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.  22And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.  23And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.  24And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.  25And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.  26In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.  27And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

5. To give up his plan for Ishmael
– Genesis 21:9-219And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.  10Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.  11And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.  12And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.  13And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.  14And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.  15And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.  16And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.  17And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.  18Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.  19And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.  20And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.  21And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

6. To put out Hagar and Ishmael
– Genesis 22:1-19 1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.  2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  4Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.  5And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.  6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.  7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.  9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.  10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.  11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.  12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.  13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.  14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.  15And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,  16And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:  17That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;  18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.  19So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

7. To offer up Isaac (that which you love)

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