Consecration is for every member of the body of Christ. The Lord may have placed you on a journey of consecration without you actually realizing it by removing people from your life and through changing circumstances. However, consecration can be an ongoing process that varies in time for each one of us.
To help us understand consecration we will discuss:
- Why we consecrate ourselves
- A consecration journey, by Isaac Zadok
- Results of consecration
Before we begin on these topics, let's define what consecration means. The word consecrate is the same as sanctify.
Hebrew Transliteration: qâdash
to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate
It may seem like a long list of definitions, but when we look at the common theme it is easier to understand. All the descriptions describe a process of preparation, in other words, to remove oppression, so that one can be free to serve Him.
One way to look at consecration is that it is about staying away from the influence of things that are unclean such as sin, especially if it is something that may contaminate our relationship with God who is holy. David said:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness: according to the multitude of Your tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin… Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:1-2, 7 AKJV)
This scripture clearly reveals who can actually help us in the consecration process; it is the Lord! He is the one who cleanses us, so we can have a deeper relationship with God.
Through the words of David, we also see that it is necessary to be free from sin. Why? Sin contaminates us: it is called defilement. All sin is wrong. Some sins, such as sexual lust, adultery, fornication are sins that bring defilement inside the body, this weakens the spirit and keeps us from communing with God like we really should, as His children.
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:18-19 KJV)
The Lord desires God’s children for Himself! After all, we are His bride. We must be ready and set apart for Him in consecration. Only He can truly make us holy, clean, and pure, so we are not blocked or limited in our relationship with Him, but we must run from fornication or sexual sin. Consecration is one way to do that and many times God told His people to do this:
And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you. (Joshua 3:5 KJV)
This type of sanctification is preparation. By taking the steps as the Lord instructed, they were showing their dedication to the Lord and God. On other occasions, the Israelites had to give an offering for sanctification for the entire nation:
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, “Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.” (Exodus 13:1-2 KJV)
This type of sanctification is a dedication to work for God. The dedication of the firstborn then consecrated the entire nation. Other times, the consecration was a process:
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. (Exodus 19:10-11 KJV)
The people washed their clothes which was symbolic of removing sin. They did this in faith, trusting that the Lord would come and visit them. The Holy Spirit may ask you to consecrate yourself or you may initiate the consecration. When I first started consecration I initiated it and never really knew what I was actually doing. Since then, at other times, the Holy Spirit instructed me to consecrate myself for other reasons, such as transitioning from one level of relationship to the next.
Why we consecrate
Time is our most valuable commodity; rich or poor, we only have so much time on this earth. When we spend our most valuable commodity, our time, focused on God, it will help us become more like Jesus, the perfect Son. Consecration is not done through our own strength, but by the help of the Holy Spirit as we yield to Him.
Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, “I am the Light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12 KJV)
Jesus is the Light. Just as we need light in real life we need Light (Jesus) to live a holy life with God. Where there is the absence of light, there is darkness (sin). Since consecration brings us closer to Jesus, it will help Christians to walk in the light.
If thy eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:23 KJV)
For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. (Ephesians 5:8 AMPC)
And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. (John 1:5 AMPC)
Where there is darkness, there is no visibility and we can easily slip and fall into sin. Darkness and light have nothing in common. They are on opposing sides. They simply cannot mix.
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21 ESV)
When we are close to the Lord, Light allows us to see distinctly and we are able to align ourselves to the Lord. We need consecration to prepare us and help us draw nearer to Him in order to be used in a greater and more noble purpose for Jesus.
It is important to remember that consecration should always have a purpose behind it. Part of that purpose should always be to do His will above your own. Through this willingness, the Holy Spirit will help bring discipline and focus so the Lord can move in your life like He wants to. Paul asks the church to consecrate themselves:
I APPEAL to you, therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well-pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)
The purpose of consecration is to set aside time and make a commitment. Our focus will be solely on the Lord. We hope that you will spend time meditating on these questions:
- What time is it on your destiny clock? Is it consecration time?
- Do you desire to go the extra mile?
- How ready are you for the spiritual journey you are about to embark on?
- Are you ready to go when He says go?
- Is the voice of your flesh, soul, or the enemy louder than that of the Lord's?
- Shouldn't the voice of the Lord be louder and more distinct so you don't miss the mark?
- Are you letting your emotions get the best of you?
- Can you hear the Spirit of God saying come?
- Are you ready to prepare yourself for what is coming?
My consecration journey
by Isaac Zadok
I first began consecrating my life in 1994. I didn't know what consecration was at the time. My motive was simply to draw near to God and have a closer relationship with Him. I have heard sermons encouraging Christians to seek Him.
Living on my own made the consecration more effective: I am not saying, it is impossible when you are living with others. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom. I decided to consecrate myself for a whole year. I made up a set of goals to attain consecration using what was actually written in the Bible. I had seven reasons for consecrating when I first started:
- Waking up early every day in the morning at specific times. This to me is seeking Him diligently because it gave me time to read my Bible and pray.
I love them that love me, And those that seek me early shall find me (Proverbs 8:17 KJV).
- Renewing my mind according to scripture means spending time reading the Bible. This was difficult at first but got easier during consecration.
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 (Romans 12:2 KJV)
- Making every effort to stop lusting because it takes away focus from the Lord and defiles. As soon as a thought came in, I would push it out and refocus on Jesus.
Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids (Proverbs 6:25 KJV).
- Doing what the Word of God says even when it hurts my flesh.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22 KJV)
- Loving people, even when they wronged me.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:44 ESV)
- Making an effort to hate sin or wrongdoing.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9 ESV)
- Waiting on the Lord to strengthen me in weakness.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)
These were my golden rules which I applied during consecration. One of the first things the Holy Spirit told me to consecrate myself from was the church that I was attending years ago. In this case, consecration means separate, so I set myself apart. I didn’t realize it until much later, but there was bad doctrine there which was hurting my walk with God.
It was not easy doing so but I did consecrate myself. l was freed from a lot of things and the Holy Spirit began speaking to me again very clearly. Sometimes I felt as if my flesh was burning. Could this be because I denied myself? It reminds me of this scripture:
The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done. (1 Corinthians 3:13 AMPC)
All that was not from God was burning away. As they were consumed in fire, I could identify several “voices.” There are many places that you hear from as you go through consecration:
- The voice of the burning flesh
- my fleshy thoughts would say, “It is too painful, fight back!”
- The voice of the soul in doubt
- I would think, “Maybe this is a mistake!”
- The voice of the cunning enemy
- It can be disguised as a compromise as logic by saying, “Lust is good for you!”
- The voice of a loving God (which came much later in consecration)
- you can recognize Him because He is encouraging and builds you up rather than tear you down
One particular year the Holy Spirit brought up the topic of consecration again, saying, “Isaac, consecrate your EYES. You all know the eyes play an important role in our lives. It is sensitive. The eyes are the door to the soul. The enemy likes to use this door to get believers to lust.”
One of the ways we test what we are hearing is by checking to make sure it agrees with what is in the Bible.
I have made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? (Job 31:1 KJV)
Job was narrating the importance of consecrating eyes through covenant and disciplining your own flesh. This is what the Holy Spirit was asking of me as the first step in receiving more from God.
Later that same year, the Holy Spirit said, “Isaac, consecrate your MOUTH.”
The mouth is a type of doorway. It allows entrance into our life through our words. All of us need help with our mouths. In Matthew 15:11 Jesus said not that which goes into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, that defiles a man. That means when we use our mouth, what comes out of it, may defile you and others so your consecration helps to discipline your mouth with the help of the Holy Spirit.
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:28 KJV)
Jesus was instructing His disciples, so we know this applies to all Christians. The Greek word blepō is translated as “looketh” and can mean to simply recognize with the eye, however, it also means to turn the thoughts or direct the mind to a thing. This is the type of “lusting” which is a sin. It is to use your mind’s eye, your imagination for lust. When we allow ourselves to be focused on lust, we are defiling the temple of the Holy Spirit. You can see that the eyes are involved again.
Next, the Holy Spirit impressed on me to consecrate myself from certain people which is mentioned in this scripture:
Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house... (Proverbs 5:8 KJV)
It can be hard not to step in a cow patty if you are in a field where a hundred cows have been pastured. Don't mix with the wrong crowd and go to the wrong places that you know may cause you to be defiled. Be led by the Holy Spirit, not your flesh, soul, or the enemy. The Lord has your best interest at heart. He wants to remove wrong influences from wrong places that keep you from Him. Some examples of wrong influences are:
- Cars etc.
All of these things involve the use of our eyes. This is why our eyes are a very important spiritual doorway to guard. I believe if we guard our hearts, it will be easier to guard our eyes.
I did consecration for a whole year before I felt the Lord's presence come into my living room. I felt His presence standing behind me. I felt like Jesus Christ himself was pouring himself on my head like oil and it was literally like being clothed with his presence like a robe. This sounds like Roman 13:14 KJV where it says “to put on the Lord Jesus Christ” only this time I felt Jesus was putting himself on me like clothes. The presence stayed with me for many years. I found that:
- It became easier to love people
- The fruit of spirit became part of me
- I felt a stronger connection to the Holy Spirit
- People were drawn to Jesus in me
- I received insight and foresight into matters
- Discerning of spirits and seeing in the spirit became a normal way of life
- Angelic visitations were common
- The enemy became uncomfortable around me
- Favor came from different directions
- Answers to prayers were immediate and according to God’s will
- I became confident with who I am
The list may seem long, but these were the few I could remember. I hope it is clear that the Lord blessed me through consecration. However, you need to know the enemy will be given permission to test or tempt you. You have free will so you get to choose your response. I say choose to obey the Lord. I say ask the Holy Spirit to help you overcome. We can overcome during or after consecration, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Knowing and renouncing sin and generational curses will allow the Holy Spirit to reveal things such as pride which then makes it easier to overcome a test or temptation. We must keep asking the Holy Spirit to remove anything that gives the enemy access. It is not always because of sin that the enemy tests or tempts believers.
Consecration frees us from sin
Consecration helped me to be aware of a certain sin in my life; lust. This sin opens the door to a Jezebel spirit that can wreak havoc in our lives. We won’t go into depth about the spirits connected to Jezebel, they are covered in another class in the free online school, Courts of Heaven Academy (COHacademy.com). What I will mention is that by devoting time to the Lord through consecration, it brought me many benefits.
We will gain the ability to see open doors to sin either with our spiritual eyes or through impressions from the Holy Spirit. When we are dedicating ourselves to the Lord, He may warn us in many ways: in dreams, visions, impressions, or nudges from the Holy Spirit. He will even warn us about those whom Jezebel uses to lure us into sin. What we receive can be removed:
- Through repentance, and confessing for your ancestors’ sins.
- generational curses of lust and other things can make it hard to stop sinning
- With soul healing which addresses past wounds which can allow the enemy to have easy access into our life by pushing us into sinful behavior.
- I was able to address generational curses and receive soul healing when I did the core courses at the Courts of Heaven Academy.
I liken the consecration process to a dirty bottle that one can't reach into, to remove dirt. As running water from a tap (Holy Spirit) is being poured into a bottle, it will help to bring the dirt to the surface. Once dirt is removed, it is safe to drink water from that bottle because the bottle is clean. The dirt that surfaces is what I describe as sin or weakness in one's life such as anger, hate, unforgiveness, or bitterness which can be addressed with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Through consecration, we begin to know and understand our vulnerabilities which are revealed in the process. This will help us surrender to God's will more easily, where He can then work more in our life. Jesus showed us how to do this in the garden:
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (Luke 22:42 KJV)
Denying the flesh
Consecration will help us to die to fleshly desires which involve the eyes and other spiritual doorways.
- With the eyes, it is often lusting after the opposite sex which opens the door to Jezebel and compels us to sin.
It is easier to say “no” to temptation or “run away”, as Joseph did from Potifer’s wife when your spirit is consecrated and you are strengthened through the process. Denying the flesh allows us to be fruitful in our destiny.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Roman 8:13 ESV)
When the Lord becomes our priority in consecration, this is devotion that should stem from love. It allows Him to increase as we decrease our desires for other things. The Lord is drawn to us when we take time to consecrate ourselves. Intimacy is established or strengthened for as long as we remain connected to Him. With intimacy comes sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. (James 4:8 KJV)
Double-minded means we are thinking two ways about something, usually sin. It often appears in the form of doubt or unbelief. Consecration allows the Lord to come in so we can become single-minded; in other words, make up our mind and stick to it.
Reading the Bible should be a big part of our journey of being consecrated. We become more inclined to obey the Lord’s instructions when we renew our minds. This helps with your focus on holy living daily. Both the New and Old Testament instructs believers to do this:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to your word. (Psalm 119:9 KJV)
When we live according to God's word, we get rid of that which contaminates us by renewing our minds with the help of the Holy Spirit. We know the Word of God is spiritual food for our spirit and our mind is renewed and transformed so we can obey Him.
While being immersed in the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will use it to strengthen our spirit. Jesus told us this:
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 6:63 ESV)
The Holy Spirit will actually come in as we are reading the Word to help us. He provides both mental and physical strength. It is helpful to invite Him into our study time with a simple prayer, “Holy Spirit, You are my Teacher, my Guide, please help me to know Jesus and God more through reading this Word.”
Fasting is an important part of consecration. We must understand what biblical fasting is if we add it to our consecration.
Phonetic: nace-tyoo'-o (nisteía)
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon Definition:
to abstain as a religious exercise from food and drink: either entirely, if the fast lasted but a single day, or from customary and choice nourishment, if it continued several days
We should always begin with what our Lord says, and He did talk about fasting:
Then the disciples of John came to Jesus, inquiring, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, [that is, abstain from food and drink as a religious exercise], but Your disciples do not fast?”
And Jesus replied to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” (Matthew 9:14-15 AMPC)
The Pharisees were fasting as “part of their duties.” They were not seeking God about when to fast. Jesus shows us that we should only fast when we are led to do so by Him, not for our own selfish reasons. Because the bridegroom, Jesus, was with the disciples (bride), there was no need to fast. It is vital to know who we are fasting for, then we may receive a reward for our dedication.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:17-18 KJV)
Fasting is a form of consecration. We should not brag or boast about it. No one should know that we are fasting, then what is done in secret is truly for our God. This is the type of fasting He may choose to reward us for when we are done.
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, (Titus 3:5-6 ESV)
Consecration in the secret place
by Lynn Hardy
As I spent time worshiping the Lord before the Consecration meeting, a vision of the Secret Place opened up before me.
The Lord grabbed me by the hand saying, “Follow Me and do not fear, there is something to see that is quite near.”
After testing the vision I said, “I will never fear, as long as You are near!”
We ran through a dense jungle until we came to a cave. It was much like the other caves I have visited with Him and began wondering why He said not to fear. In the deep darkness of the cavern, we began squeezing through many hallways. My flesh crawled a bit when we brushed through spiderwebs and I had to shake spiders off my body. Jesus knew how I felt about spiders… no wonder you said not to fear!
My thoughts were still puzzled about there being spiders in Heaven when the path broadened into an open area, just like the other caves, however, unlike those, it was very dark. Without a thought, more like a nudge, the Lord told me to dig.
I moved loose soil aside and soon uncovered a red gem. When He blew on it, it began to shine and others in the ceiling also began to shine through a layer of dust. When I breathed on the red gem, dust fell from the ceiling, lighting up the cavern. Now I could feel other gems below a layer of dirt. The more gems I excavated, the easier it became to find and uncover the next one.
Jesus began to explain. I will not use the rhyming words He did, I will add the knowledge that came with them.
Cave - my mind before I was consecrated to Jesus
Webs - the web of lies I was told when I became a Christian
Spider - those who weave lies for their own gain - even if they do not know they are lies
Dirt - the flesh
Gem - gift from God
Red - Wisdom
Ceiling - our prayer time
In 2014, I set aside two weeks to search for God to find out what I needed to do for the next step along the path to my destiny. I was determined to hear from Him before I proceeded. I read the Word of God and other material, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal His truth to me. There was time set aside for worship and meditation as I stayed away from worldly entertainment as much as I was able.
During this time, I had to push through the lies I had received when I became a Christian; that there was nothing I needed to do once I said a prayer to take Jesus as Lord. I had to shake off the teachers that said, we need to do nothing once we are saved. They had created cobwebs in my mind which were blocking me from true revelation and the gifts of God.
I was determined to work for God and when I spent time focusing on Him and what He wanted instead of the world, this was pushing through the flesh, I had to dig deep.
Jesus is faithful: He brought me a revelation of wisdom: I had actually visited with Him in Heaven when I first heard His audible voice in 2001. He showed me that it was His desire to meet with me in Heaven, in the Secret Place so that others could do the same. This was the Lord breathing upon the gem to guide me. It was the beginning of my journey to my destiny. When I spent time focusing on this, I was “breathing” on the gem and more digging was required. The more I prayed and meditated, the more He moved in power upon my mind and body.
A couple more visions came:
There was another person digging for a gem, it was buried quite deep. It took a lot of effort. Once the first gem was uncovered, as the person focused on this and cared for it by moving dirt away from it, dust fell from the ceiling and some of the dirt on the ground disappeared. The next gem wasn’t as deep.
Other people wandered off the path to the big cavern into smaller caves that had some light from the big cave, but it was not the right place. Some light shone, but it wasn’t nearly as bright as the big cave.
There are some whose flesh has buried the treasure of God very deep. It will take more effort for them to uncover the first gem of wisdom. They will need to honor the wisdom that is revealed and cherish it. As they do, uncovering more wisdom will be easier.
Jesus said, “Some seek provision in life instead of seeking to spend time finding out what I want from them. These will find a path into their own soul; there may be some wisdom there, but it may not be My perfect wisdom. The revelation may benefit them for a time (light shining into the neighboring cave) but it will not bring lasting revelation, gifts, or bring them to their destiny. They must focus on what I want for them, not what they want to know, receive, or have.”
Often the first step is to sanctify our mind, our imagination. Are you willing to give your thoughts to the Lord today? Here is a simple prayer that I use to give my mind to Him.
“My Father, I come to you today in the name of Jesus who is my Lord, my God, and my King. Please forgive me for entertaining any sinful thoughts, I turn from them now.
I dedicate my mind and imagination unto You, Jesus. I am determined to use it for Your purposes alone. Holy Spirit, help me to keep from focusing or meditating upon anything sinful.
Jesus, I ask that You sprinkle my mind and imagination with Your blood. Cleanse it from all unrighteousness. In Your Name, amen.
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