Heart of a Conqueror Part 3: Consecration

Posted on 03/13/19 by John Lindell in Prayer Meeting

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a strengthening sermon titled, “Heart of a Conqueror Part 3: Consecration.” Join us as we read Scripture and learn life-changing truth about the importance of consecration and holiness in the heart of every believer. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to fully devote yourself to the Lord and watch Him work powerfully in your life in response!

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Heart of a Conqueror Part 3: Consecration

Romans 15:4 NIV
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Joshua 3:1b ESV
And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel and lodged there before they passed over.

Joshua 3:5 ESV
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

1st We wait on God and follow where His presence leads

Joshua 3:1b-2 ESV
And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel and lodged there before they passed over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp.

Joshua 3:15 NLT
It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks.

Joshua 3:3-4 NIV
giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it.”

2nd Our consecration comes before God’s blessings

Joshua 3:5 ESV
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

Consecration: separation from anything that would contaminate your relationship with God.

Exodus 19:10-11 NIV
And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”

2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1 NLT
Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

2 Timothy 2:20-22 ESV
Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14b NLT
…work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

Joshua 3:14-17 NIV
So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away…. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

1st We wait on God and follow where His presence leads

2nd Our consecration comes before God’s blessings