Consecration Do’s and Don’ts
Just to let you know that beginning January 3rd, 2019 and continuing through February 1st, I will be in consecration for spiritual growth. If you have checked out my last video I talked about how I feel about my relationship with God over the past year and how I feel like I really need this consecration to get back to a place where I’m growing spiritually. I sincerely hope that you will join me so that you too can transform your relationship with Jesus and experience Him on a higher level than ever before.
In the last
I wanted to take a little time for those who will be joining me on this consecration journey and give you a few do’s and don’ts to make your consecration a little easier.
Before you begin…
There are a few things you must do before you decide to take part in this consecration.
First, if you are a married person, you must have a conversation with your spouse. The Bible, in 1 Corinthians 7:5, instructs married people not deprive their spouse of intimacy except with consents and for an agreed amount of time as you go through consecration.
Let’s be honest, if
While you’re in consecration, it’s best to keep all aspect of your life heavenly focused, not on the flesh, for the best results.
You and your spouse will have to mutually agree not to have relations during your consecration time. Deciding without your spouse’s approval is not the way the Christian marriage works.
You and your spouse can decide to do this consecration together, therefore, unilaterally deciding to abstain from intimacy.
Another thing you must do before deciding to take part in this consecration is to make sure that you are healthy enough to fast. Certain conditions
If you are on medication, you will need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find understand your medications effects and efficiencies while fasting.
If you do find that it’s better not to fast for health concerns, you can still take part in the consecration, fast from sweets, or bread, or you can fast from your electronic devices or television. It’s all about seeking God so that you may find Him.
A huge part of consecration is fasting. Fasting is depriving yourself of nourishment and sustenance so you lean on God for your full source of strength. Since your body is weaken from lack of food, you’ll seek to draw closer to God and this strengthen your union with Him.
Preparing for your fast
Preparation is the key to success in almost all areas of life and fast is no different. You don’t want to start a fast without first preparing your mind, body, and spirit.
Fasting is so much more than self-deprivation, it’s a spiritual discipline that should have a specific spiritual purpose, it this case the spiritual purpose is spiritual growth.
There are several types of fasts mentioned in scripture, you will have to decide which one is right for you.
- Regular Fast: No food or juices are consumed only water as needed and with restraint
- Partial Fast a.k.a Daniel Fast: Only food consumed is vegetable and juices from vegetables that have been juiced without added
sweetners. etc. Water is also consumed. Bread, meats, any other foods andliquids are not consumed.
- Full Fast a.k.
a AbsoluteFast: No food or water is consumed
Only you can decide which fast is right for you. Each have there own pros and cons. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the one that’s best for you.
I will fast from the time I wake up, which will be around 5 am, go until 6 pm.
This may not work for you, only you can decide what’s best for you.
One last note on fasting
No matter which fast you choose, or how long you fast, fasting must be done with an attitude of sincerity, seriousness, and humility. Your heart and mind must be focused and directed towards God.
Your fast is between you and God. Don’t boast and brag about your fast.
Don’t walk around like the hypocrites mentioned in Matthew with their faces balled up so everyone knew they were fasting.
Instead, don’t appear to be fasting. Stick to your normal routine and personal hygiene. Put on a cheerful disposition. Humble yourself so God can lift you up.
In the next post (this one is already too long) I will discuss reading, studying, mediating on, and applying the Word.
If you will be joining me on this consecration journey I will love to hear from you.
May God be with you until we meet again.