The Making of a Servant

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In this Wednesday night message we learn how to make disciples by taking a look at the Apostle Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus. 

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Day 5: Stolen Goods

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Joshua Chapter 7
The story is a sad one. Somehow, Achan wasn’t fully prepared to be consecrated. It cost him and his family their fortunes, their standing with God, and their lives. Ironically, their desire to better their life in their own way, conflicted with God’s command to do it His way. It often does.
God’s way was to burn to destruction everything that they had found in Jericho. But the faith of the people of Isreal faltered due, in part, to the sin of stealing that which had been devoted to destruction. Clearly, Achan could see no reason to destroy perfectly good items from Jericho. God on the other hand, calls this “a violation of covenant.” The results? Defeat in battle, the removal of God’s blessing, and the fearful lack of faith.
Consecration is the word that is used here to describe these devoted things; they are God’s. To do with them, in a way that violates God’s purpose for them, is destruction for you and I. We must honor the Lord with what He has laid claim to. How can I ask God to bless my spending if I refuse to obey His commands for my finances? How can I ask God to bless my weekend, if I choose to spend it without regard to the worship of God? How can I ask God to bless my body when I engage in sexuality outside my marriage?
To be consecrated, is to be under obligation to God’s way. The world would tell us that these are not big deals, these little disobediences. Even some in the church would declare God as a God of grace and mercy, and somehow forget what He feels in Joshua 7. Achan found out the hard way.
The Consecrated Soul is a life that invites the blessing of God. It is a living challenge to God’s blessing and it is the kind of life that God loves to bless. Here we are God, consecrating ourselves to Your Purpose, Your Plan, Your Way. We will follow You. Give us victory over our enemies, and confidence in the face of the fight, for we are Your people.

Day 4 – Serving the Lord

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“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…”