Devotional Post: Consecration

Reading – DAB 2 Chron 6:13b-8:10, Rom 7:15-8:8 , Ps 18:1-15, Pr 19:24-25
Listen – July 22nd DAB podcast

Listening to this today, a couple of things struck me. This is the latter part of the dedication prayer of Solomon for the Temple of the Lord. Not surprisingly, yesterday, I started the teaching on consecration during my sessions.

The theme of 2 Chron. 6:26-39 is God’s forgiveness after repentance; apt at this time in my life. What struck out to me was this portion:

36″If they sin against you—(R) for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near, 37yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly,’ 38if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their captivity to which they were carried captive, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name, 39then hear from heaven your dwelling place their prayer and their pleas, and maintain their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you.

The concept of being ‘given’ to an enemy, being in captivity and crying out, “We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly” definitely resonates with where I am right now. I am myself praying that prayer with the hope of seeing the same promise fulfilled in my life “…hear from heaven your dwelling place [my] prayer and [my] pleas …. and forgive your people who have sinned against you.”

What also strikes me now (and has done in the past) is God’s response – the Glory of the Lord filling his newly dedicated temple 2 Chron 7:1-2

As soon as Solomon finished his prayer,(AA) fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices,(AB) and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. 2And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’s house.

May the Glory of the Lord fill MY temple as well. Tying this into Psalm 18, David also wrote about crying out to the Lord for deliverance and having God supernaturally answer:

6(H) In my distress I called upon the LORD;
to my God I cried for help.
From his(I) temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

He cried out to the Lord …. and the Lord ‘came swiftly on the wings of the wind’ because ‘he was angry’. The rest of the psalm speaks to me about God response to the cry of his servant. ‘Rent the heavens and came down’ it says in another translation.

It goes further – in the Romans passage the writer sounds like he’s talking to me: not doing what I want equals obedience to the Law, doing what I want to do leads to sin. “I cannot understand my own actions!” I understand THAT statement. Several times I have been saying to myself, “Why am I DOING this???? I know SO much better…” He said, “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Tell me about it!

21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22For(G) I delight in the law of God,(H) in my inner being, 23but I see in my members(I) another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from(J) this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

I like the beginning of Romans 8 …

1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a] 2For the law of(K) the Spirit of life(L)has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Thank GOD there is no condemnation for those in Christ. Following the law of the Spirit sets me free in Christ from the laws of sin and death.

3For(M) God has done what the law,(N) weakened by the flesh,(O) could not do.(P) By sending his own Son(Q) in the likeness of sinful flesh and(R) for sin,[c] he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that(S) the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us,(T) who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

The concept of the law being WEAKENED by the flesh struck me. The flesh weakened the law, and thus the law could not save. The fact is, my own weakness to sin weakens the power of the law; if I could not break it, then the law itself would be perfect (insofar as it could not be broken, since the law as given is perfect already having come from God.)

5For(U) those who live according to the flesh set their minds on(V) the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on(W) the things of the Spirit. 6For to set(X) the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7For the mind that is set on the flesh is(Y) hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law;(Z) indeed, it cannot. 8Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

At this point I recognize the alignment teaching that I’m going through at the moment: “Walking in the Spirit” = Alignment.

I am going to set my mind on things of the Spirit, since ‘to set the mnd of the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”

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3 Responses

  1. I really liked the way you walked through your understanding. This is indeed that narrow way, that straight path that few find, but as you stated…[a] 2For the law of(K) the Spirit of life(L)has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

    • Thanks! I’m trying to keep my focus on the Lord, even in the midst of trials. Be blessed!

  2. Well put and v honest…..being real with god is key…and real with ourselves also….keep walking in the spirit my friend.

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