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Consecrate Yourself - by Mary L. Weinstein

All throughout the Bible, we see the words “consecrate,” “sanctify,” and separate.  But what does it really mean to consecrate/sanctify/separate yourself?  All three words are used interchangeably in the Bible.  The Hebrew word for sanctify is kaw-dash.  It means to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, and be separate.

 

In Joshua 3:5 it says, “And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves (that is, separate yourselves for special holy purpose), for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you."  God wanted His people to prepare themselves to receive from Him.  This is one of the benefits of consecrating ourselves.  We invite God to do great and mighty things among us and through us.

 

In the Greek, the word sanctify is hag-ee-ad’-zo.  It means to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow.  It means to separate from profane things and dedicate to God.  It can mean to cleanse externally, to purify by expiation (atonement) free from the guilt of sin; to purify internally by renewing of the soul.  The Greek word for “separate” is naw-zar.  It means to dedicate, consecrate, separate, to dedicate oneself, devote oneself; to keep sacredly separate.

 

In 2 Corinthians 6:17 it says, “Therefore, Come out from among them (unbelievers) and be separate (sever), says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."  The word “separate” here means to mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to set apart for some purpose.  We cannot expect to experience God in a deep way if we are not willing to separate ourselves and go into solitude with God.  It is in solitude that God ministers to us, heals us, speaks to us, reveals things to us, purifies us, and transforms us. 

 

Back in the third century, the monks would consecrate themselves by going to the desert.  They literally got away from everything in order to get closer to God.  It would be impossible for most people these days to literally escape to the nearest desert to get close to God.  Most of us live busy lives and there are many things pulling us in every direction.  However, we can still do certain things in order to get close to God. 

 

First of all, we have to separate ourselves both physically and mentally.  It is necessary to get away from people and things.  We have to get out of environments that dull our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.  We have to be willing to spend time with God alone.  This can be done at night when everyone else is sleeping.  If you have the luxury to literally get away, do it.  I recommend retreats whenever possible.  Set a time and place where you can devote yourself to God without any interruptions whatsoever.  We have to be willing to submit our entire body, soul and spirit to God.  I play a lot of worship music, the kind that is anointed and takes you to the throne of God.  Worship sets the atmosphere for a divine visitation.  We must surrender everything to God.  Fasting is also recommended because we surrender the desires of the flesh. 

 

When we consecrate ourselves, we become more in tune with what God is saying to us.  We get a clearer perspective on our lives and on our circumstances.  We become more aware of the sin and darkness that is in us and around us.  We become more like Jesus.  We begin to flow in spiritual gifts that we normally don’t flow in.  We begin to receive visions.  We experience God in different ways, at higher levels.  Henri Nouwen said it best in his book, The Way of the Heart.  He said, “Solitude, silence, and unceasing prayer form the core concepts of the spirituality of the desert.”  When we consecrate ourselves, transformation occurs. 

 



Mary L. Weinstein is a Certified Life Purpose Coach through Life Purpose Coaching Centers, Int'l.  She holds a Bachelor of Theology in Biblical Counseling from The King's College & Seminary.  She is an ordained Minister, Biblical Counselor and Bible Teacher.  Mary is the Founder and CEO of Friends with Purpose Ministries.  Her website is http://www.friendswithpurpose.com


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