Consecration "The Utter Relief of Holiness" (Part 2)


           The Utter Relief of Holiness

What is Consecration?

To consecrate is to make holy, sacred, “set apart unto the Lord!”, dedicate afresh!

What consecration makes us ask?

              Is Jesus good, is He safe, can I trust Him with me?

Matthew 313 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

What kind of character does Jesus reveal?
Jesus exudes a deep humility …. He is free to be strong and confident.

Matthew 43 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

10 Jesus said, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Can you trust Him with you?

A Prayer of Consecration for 2019 

   My dear Lord Jesus Christ, we come to You today to be restored in You and renewed in You.

   Jesus, we confess that You are the author of our faith and the foundation of Your church.  We are called to be Your children and Your church in 2019.  

   We now consecrate this year of life as individuals, as families and as Your church to You and You alone!
You are God and we are not in 2019.  

   We surrender every aspect of our lives totally and completely to You.  We yield our spirit, soul, body, our heart, mind and  will to the life and lead of Your Holy Spirit.  Come Holy Spirit, fill us afresh this day and every day this new year! 

   Jesus, we receive all the work and triumph of Your life, death, resurrection, ascension and current reign over our lives and church.  We pray, “Hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come and Your will be done” in our lives and church in 2019.  

   Jesus, I am Yours totally and completely in 2019.  You purchased and redeemed me from sin, death and the devil so I now consecrate all of my life in 2019 to You and You alone -
- my time, ability and money,
- my sexuality, influence and personality,
- my work, pleasures and ambition
- my brokenness, imperfections and failures
- my loves, losses, worries and dreams
- my everyday all day life.

I now bring the authority, rule and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ over all aspects of my life this new year.

   Jesus, we are Your church and this is Your year totally and completely.  We now bring the authority rule and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ over our church this new year! 

   We come in Jesus name against Satan and His kingdom and bind and banish him and all forces of evil from our lives, our families and our church this year in the powerful and victorious name of Jesus! 

   Jesus, we surrender our agendas for this new year to You and You alone and call forth the Kingdom of
God and the gracious reign of Jesus over ourselves, our families and our church in 2019!

   In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

Monday - Matthew 3:13-17

Tuesday - Matthew 4:1-11 

Wednesday - Luke 4:14-30

Thursday - Luke 4:31-37 

Friday - Luke 4:38-44

Saturday - Psalm 41

What do these passages reveal about the integrity and character of Jesus?  Can you trust Him?


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