“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua
There is a little secret that takes a while to learn. Everyone serves someone. The Rich Oil Barren must serve his estate to preserve the wealth from the greedy clutches of thieves, hangers on, taxes, etc. The poor indigent migrant serves his employer and thus, provides for himself a meager wage. So it is in the spirit realm as well. Those who refuse to consecrate themselves to God are, in fact, making a choice. In so limiting their dedication to God they are limiting their blessing. God cannot bless us beyond our dedication. He has unlimited blessings for you, but your devotion and consecration are the bottleneck.
Joshua cannot make the decision for the people he is leading. He can challenge them to a lifestyle of consecration; he can prod and point, chastise and counsel, but each individual must make his own decision to consecrate themselves. Devotion to the Lord is a choice.
Yet, the leader of Israel is also a leader of his own home. He has made a decision that he will free himself from the bondage to false idols by cleaning his house and exercising his spiritual authority over the home. For Joshua, this no doubt, involved his wife and children, but it also involved the servants and guards in his employ. Joshua’s consecration was a contagion that would spread through the household.
When the Consecrated Soul stands before the invisible forces of darkness and light and declares that this house will serve God alone, he is making a declaration to Heaven and earth. The Consecrated Soul is declaring that God’s blessing is enough for him, that his ways will conform to God’s ways and that there is an exclusivity to the relationships in his home. Have you prayed, even declared over your home and family, the devotion and consecration of all that God has blessed you with?
Today, anoint the doorposts of your home with oil, lay hands upon your children and your children’s children, and stand in the role of your authority in Christ, to declare it…”as for me, and my House…”