Consecration Do’s and Don’ts (Part 2)
I sincerely hope you’ve decided to participate in this day consecration for spiritual growth journey with me. It will truly be beneficial for your relationship with God.
In the last post I talked mainly about fasting; how to prepare yourself for fasting, types of fasts, and the right way to fast.
In this post, I want to talk about the other elements of consecration: praying, studying the word, meditating on the word, and applying the word to your daily life.
The whole point of going through this consecration is to build a better relationship with Jesus. To do this, just as we do in the natural realm, to get to know someone is to talk to them.
Prayer during this consecration is communicating with God, not prayer to ask for anything or tell Him your problems.
As with any good communication, you must stop talking and listen. Listen for His small still voice in your communication with Him.
Reading and Study Scripture
Reading the Word is way different from studying the Word. just as reading a chapter from a textbook for a class, is different than studying that same chapter for a test.
Reading the word is great, it plants the seed of truth in your heart, but studying the Word is awesome because the Word can then become real to you.
Both reading and studying are amazing ways to get to find out about God, His divine nature, His love for you, His will, and His purpose for your life.
If you have a small amount of time devoted to reading the word during this consecration, you should allow a larger amount of time for studying each day. Your relationship with God will improve exponentially as you study His Word.
Meditating On the Word
Biblical meditating is not in the slightest related to Eastern meditation practices. Transcendental meditation, popular in Eastern meditation practices, is where one empties the mind of thoughts and images. Meditation mention
In fact, biblical meditation is just the opposite.
Biblical meditation is where you focus your mind MORE on God, his goodness, and His mercy. The objective for biblical meditation is to make the Word of God more prevalent in your life.
To meditate on the Word is to think on scripture over and over again, filling your minds and mouth with it.
Biblical meditation is about thinking, pondering, imagining, and speaking on God’s Word.
The Bible places high value on meditation–meditation that gives you inner depth, quiet reserve, and moral strength– all of which encourage purposeful thinking of who God is in your life, His attributes, His works, and His Word.
Here are a few scripture on mediation:
- Psalm 143: 5 – I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
- Psalm 63:6 – When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches
- Joshua 1:8 – This book of law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it
- Psalm 119:27 – Make me understand the ways of Your Precepts; So shall I meditate on your wonderful works
- Psalm 77:12 – I will also meditate on all Your works and talk of Your deeds
- 1 Timothy 4:15 – Meditate on these things’ give yourself entirely to them that your progress may be evident to all
Applying the Word to your life
Applying the Word to your life in its simplest form is the response and action you take after hearing, reading, or studying God’s Word.
The Word becomes a “call of action” in your life. The more you read and study the Word you’ll notice two things happening: internally, you’ll have a heartfelt desire to do right and you will make conscious decisions to act on the Word; externally, you will takes actions to fulfill those desires and decisions.
Applying God’s Word to your life can be challenging. Thankfully the Word gives you understanding on how to apply God’s Word to your daily life.
Rightly applying the Word requires you to interpret scripture accurately. If you don’t know the true interpretation of a particular passage, you’ll most likely misapply its message. Understanding what message God intended in a particular passage will help you find the proper application for you life and circumstances.
Be patience with the process of applying the Word. With the Holy Spirit’s help you’ll be enabled to remember and practice the Word. As you apply biblical truths to your everyday life, you’ll discover Christ character within yourself because God uses the daily events of your life to grow you in His character
I just want to say this last thing…
During this consecration you will be spending quality time with the Lord. Devote specific times for praying, reading, studying, and meditating on the Word. Each morning before you start your day, ask the Holy Spirit to help you get to know God better, to learn His ways, and understand His perfect will.
As the days and weeks go on you will begin to see what righteous living looks like and as you grow spiritually, you’ll have a stronger desire to live accordingly.
If you sincerely humble yourself before the Lord, repent, pray, study the Word, consistently meditate on the Word, and apply His Word to your life you’ll experience
God will give you fresh spiritual insight. Your faith and confidence in God will be strengthened. You will feel spiritually, mentally, and physically refreshed.
A single consecration is not a spiritual “cure-all.” Consecration is continual. Once you complete your consecration you must live a consecrated life. It’s an ongoing process day after day.
I hope that you will join me on this 30 day consecration for spiritual growth journey.
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May God be with you until we meet again.