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Consecration

Consecration

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Consecration
What it is and what it is not.
The subject of consecration is discussed in the bible in terms of things that are to be done,

but little is spoken about how it is to be accomplished.
What we are going to study is how consecration is achieved and what can be done that it
can be maintained.

We don\u2019t know what is going to happen today, tomorrow or next week. We may be faced
with situations that require the utmost attention of God; situation where only God can
intervene. Consecration is not a thing we should do once a week or once a year, but
something we do as part of our daily lives. We cannot expect God to respond quickly to
our earnest cries for help when we have lived our lives in a manner that satisfies the flesh.
It is foolishness to think that we can pull God out of a box when we need him, get what
we need then put him back.

Being consecrated places us in a position such that we can approach God without
hesitation.

Webster\u2019s: 1. The act or ceremony of separating from a common to a sacred use, or of
devoting and dedicating a person or thing to the service and worship of God, by certain
rites or solemnities. Consecration does not make a person or thing really holy, but
declares it to be sacred, that is, devoted to God or to divine service; as the consecration of
the priests among the Israelites; the consecration of the vessels used in the temple; the
consecration of a bishop.

Consecrate: qadash - A verb meaning to be set apart, to be holy, to show oneself holy, to
be treated as holy, to consecrate, to treat as holy, to dedicate, to be made holy, to declare

holy or consecrated, to behave, to act holy, to dedicate oneself.
The word appears 14 times in the old testament and not in the new.
Consecrated: This word is derived from 3 Hebrew words: male et yad Absalom and

literally means \u201cfull of strength). This word appears 15 times.
Each time the words appear, they are associated with someone who is selected and
chosen to perform a specific temple function or fulfill a chosen position.
It also appears twice in the NT, and is teleioo, which means complete and mature, made
perfect by reaching a goal.

The question then becomes, how are we to go from consecration to consecrated? We
enter a period of consecration for a purpose, a time of preparation. Let\u2019s examine the
word together and determine how we are to consecrate ourselves. If we intend to
prepare ourselves to walk into the throne room of God, then there must be adequate
preparation or consecration.

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Esther 4:13-17 5:1 KJVR
Ester prepared herself to address the king in multiple steps.
1) Fasting
2) Put on the royal garments

3) Entered the throne room
These steps were essential to be accomplished if she wished to obtain audience.
Examining the steps:

Fasting:
Purpose and intent of fasting.
Isaiah 58:6 KJVR Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of

wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that
ye break every yoke?

Fasting is a time of purification, a time of dropping off weights, a time of spiritual
and physical cleansing. It is crucially important that we ensure that we are
reaching a stage of purification during our fasting period. Not enough just to
abstain from food, but must pursue the purpose behind fasting.

Exodus 29:4-5 KJVR And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of
the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water. (5) And
thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the coat, and the robe of the
ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the curious girdle
of the ephod:

There is little spoken about how long the purification cleansing was to take. Each
person must decide within themselves, between them and God what the
requirements of the cleansing are.

Philippians 2:12-13 KJVR Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not
as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling. (13) For it is God which worketh in you both
to will and to do of his good pleasure.

We are to analyze our own selves and determine where we have allowed things
into our lives that do not belong.

Ezra 10:1-3 KJVR Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed,
weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto
him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for
the people wept very sore. (2) And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons
of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and

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have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. (3) Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

They made a covenant to put away the women they had taken that were \u201cstrange\u201d. We all have taken things into our lives that in some way pollute us. We must carefully examine ourselves to identify those items that cause the pollution and remove them. It may not be easy, but compare that to putting away a wife. It must be done.

Romans 12:1-2 KJVR 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. (2) 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.

This verse identifies the requirements for acceptance by God \u2013 not being conformed.
This, as read from the Message

Romans 12:1-2 MSG So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your
everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-
around life--and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for
you is the best thing you can do for him. (2) Don't become so well-adjusted to
your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention
on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants
from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always
dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you,
develops well-formed maturity in you.

To God, when dealing with things of the world, he regards them as wives and concubines.
Relationship with anything other than him is bad and considered adulterous.

Hosea 1:1-2 KJVR The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri,
in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the
days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. (2) The beginning of the word
of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of
whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great
whoredom, departing from the LORD.

1 Corinthians 6:13-17 KJVR Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God
shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the
Lord; and the Lord for the body. (14) And God hath both raised up the Lord, and
will also raise up us by his own power. (15) Know ye not that your bodies are the
members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the
members of a harlot? God forbid. (16) What? know ye not that he which is

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