While I'm here in London, I will be sending "dispatches" from here, a kind of "devotional dispatches." Let me start with a stark confession, and that is, I am doing something now that I disprove for everyone else: write while listening to a message. But I feel I need to write. Pete Greig is speaking, the leader of the 24-7 prayer movement at Holy Trinity Brompton. Timely message for us: Before God does something amazing, we need to be consecrated, so that we will be ready for the amazing new thing.
Passage comes from --
1 ‡ Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim† and went to the Jordan,† where they camped before crossing over. 2After three days† the officers† went throughout the camp,† 3 ‡ giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant† of the LORD your God, and the Levitical† priests† carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 ‡ Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits† between you and the ark; do not go near it.” 5 ‡ Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves,† for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things† among you.”
To be consecrated is to be set apart for God. Wholly given over. Sometimes we get too comfortable with our complacency. Sometimes we get too secure with our insecurities. That is not consecration.
We consecrate ourselves by Prioritizing God's Presence. We consecrate ourselves by dealing with our junk with God's grace. We consecrate ourselves by being with Jesus.
May the Lord consecrate you, set you apart with His love and holiness so that you will be able to receive more of God's power and presence.