*TOPIC: YOU HAVE BEEN SET APART*
*TEXT: 2 Timothy 2:21*
_If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work._
Consecration is the process by which God makes a man holy and set apart for his own use alone. It is the path of divine discipline; the training of a godly person. It is purely a divine act, orchestrated by the works of the HolySpirit within the man. It is a step ahead of sanctification, in that the man is now separated,set apart and prepared for holy use. Consecration involves the co-operation of the man in separation. Without the will of the man , he can never be consecrated. So, the watchword for the consecrated: is I surrender all.
If the man is willing there is no limit to how far the HolySpirit can make him separated and consecrated. If any man shall purge himself of these: so says the scriptures. Sanctification can be likened to washing a vessel, but consecration is keeping it cleansed,secure, neat,safe and presentable afterwards. It is not a one day experience but a daily spiritual exercise of yielding to HolySpirit through denying of self. The process of consecration is easy when we simply give up to the HolySpirit and say: I surrender. ‘Whosoever will may come’ is the admission letter into the school of consecration.
In conclusion, if a man looks at himself, he cannot be consecrated because human strength cannot bear the discipline of the Lord. A man must see his supply of strength made ready in the Lord, then to surrender to the training becomes joyful and willingly.
The finished works of Christ become manifested in us when we yield in consecration!
Lord! Help me not to look at myself in following this process of consecration but unto you for strength.
*Author:Dr Akinlade Isaiah*
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