Residue and Virtue“Understanding the Importance of Consecration”
Church leadership is unlike any other form of leadership there is. Expectations within thecontext of ministry can be both overwhelming and unrealistic to say the least. Therefore,it is imperative that we understand the landscape in which we have been called to serveand the level of consecration needed to be successful. Consecration includes, but is notnecessarily limited to the following:
Commitment to prayer and fasting
[prayer is the air your spirit breathes and theonly way of communing with God and maintaining fellowship with him; fastingbrings your flesh under subjection]
Commitment to studying and meditating on the Word of God
[studying forrevelation, not confirmation; meditation allows the Word to read you]
Commitment to holiness and accountability
[because of what you haveembarked upon, you
do what others do; the call is too high forcompromise in any area. If the expectation is holiness (and it is); if the HolySpirit makes his abode in us (and He does), how can we subject Him to what isunholy although it may not offend us (which in itself is a red flag; how can whatoffends him not offend us)?Having a clear understanding of consecration (the setting apart for a higher call, purpose,or walk), enables us to take the steps needed to fulfill all God has set before us withoutcompromise. We can begin
strong as well!!! Before dismissing thissection as something you are beyond and don’t have to concern yourself with, considerthe following great men of God. Please explain to me how…
, the only one God found to be righteous before he destroyed the earth withthe flood, finds himself in a drunken stupor (Genesis 9:21)?
, the Father of Faith, in unbelief took matters into his own hands andwent along with a plan to accomplish what God obviously could not (Genesis16:2)?
, the God fearing, giant slaying, conqueror of tens of thousands winds up athome at a time kings were supposed to be out to war (II Samuel 11:1)?
John the Baptist,
the one Jesus said there was none born of a woman greater, theone who was present when God said this is my beloved Son, the one who alsoquestioned if Jesus was in fact the Messiah (Luke 7:19)?
, the one who tried to kill a man who dared to apprehend Jesus, who laterfinds himself cowardly denying him (Luke 22:60-62)?
, the one who only wanted to know God, glorify God, serve God andeventually died for his faithfulness to God, was preoccupied with the opinions of man I Corinthians 9)?