Friday, December 19, 2008

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Testimony on Consecration

Leviticus 19:2 “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy,
and severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”
My name means “consecrated to God; clear, bright”. The literal meaning of consecrated is “set apart” and I always thought it was so special to belong to God. I realized, at age eleven, what a privilege I had of being able to be a light in the world, set apart for God to use. However, thinking it is special and actually being consecrated are not the same. :)
Trying to find out a little more about what consecration really means, I looked it up on the internet. There I found it defined as “sanctification of something by setting it apart as dedicated to God”. The Bible uses the word sanctify over four times as much as it uses the word consecrate. Sanctification means “act of consecrating or of setting apart for a sacred purpose” and “to make productive of holiness or spiritual blessing”. Sanctification is “the act of God’s grace by which the affections of men are purified, or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God”.
It sounds wonderful. But it’s really hard! I have a tendency to try to sanctify myself for God, to do things for Him on my own. I want to do right; I want to make myself what the Lord wants me to be. It is beyond my power. So, I fail; I get discouraged; I can’t seem to ever get any better.
Lately, I have been learning more and more about how much God is involved in sanctifying me! As my Mom says, He doesn’t save us, and then say, “Well, hope to meet you in heaven someday!” When it talks about Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith in Hebrews 12:2, I found those words meant “originator, founder, leader, chief, prince” and “a completer, perfecter, one who brings some thing through to the goal so as to win and receive the prize”. It is not up to me to make myself holy. Christ began it, He will perfect it, and He is bringing it all the way through to the end! I realized just recently that every Sunday should be a reminder to me that He is the one that sanctifies me! Exodus 31:13 says, “… Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”
It is difficult to find the balance between ‘doing it myself’ and simply doing nothing, which is actually another way of ‘doing it myself’. What I really need to do is rest in my Savior, following His leading, listening to His voice, one thing at a time and one moment at a time. In John 17:17, Jesus says we are sanctified through the truth, God’s word. Knowing His word, and thus knowing Him, will be what sanctifies me. I need to do what He says to do, stop what He says to stop, and let Him give me new desires and new abilities as I keep seeking Him. That is consecration.

Jude 1:24-25 Now unto Him that is Able to keep you from falling, and to present you
faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory
and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

An Attribute of God

I love stories. Finding new books enchants me, especially those that are several inches thick. Old legends call me; tales in the making intrigue me. Words enthrall me. Roiling, swift, crimson, ruby, exquisite, radiant, splendor, scroll, captivating, dainty, whirling, obsession, crushingly, unfaltering, infuriating, dizzy, glorious, lovely, astonishing, sapphire, glimmering, gorgeous, indigo, unpredictable, shimmering, perfect, swirling, always, soaring, scarlet, sacrifice, wispy, never-ending… Sentences stay with me: “The hills are alive, with the sound of music.” “You don’t want me! You don’t want me because I’m not a boy!” “He’s not a tame lion.” I love reading fiction, and writing my own.
Yet with all this, my favorite story is true. The Lord God is the Author. The story starts, “In the beginning” as all good stories do! It ends with a word that means, “trustworthy, surely, so be it”. It is an open ending, because the story is not yet finished. Inside, it tells of The Word, who came down from heaven, the Truth, God Incarnate! He came to show us what this story we are living in is about, as God’s Word to us. It is Autobiographical; The Author is the key person in it. The Book in which it is written so far is life giving and life guiding, the living word of God!
God is a Writer. Over and over, the Bible refers to the “book of life”. Also, the “book which thou hast written”, the “book of the wars of the Lord”, the “book of the law”, and the “book of the living”. Job cries, “Oh, that one would hear me! Behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.” David asks if his tears are not “in thy book?” He adds, “In thy book all my members were written… when as yet there were none of them.” There is a “book of remembrance... for them that fear the Lord, and that thought upon His name.” Isaiah is told, “Now go, write it before them in a table, and set it in a book, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever”.
The Author knows what He is writing. He does not write from an outline, nor without any idea of what happens next. He is perfect; the story will end right. It might not be a “happy” ending, as we see it, but in the end we will know the story was good! The characters are all different. Each has a specific part in His story. There are plots, surprises, sub-plots, mysteries, romances, plot twists, everything! Yet every little piece is part of a whole- The Author does not include irrelevant details. It is written that all things work together for good to them that love God.
To me, God’s Authorship is a reminder of Who is in charge of my life story. It is a comfort to read what He has written so far, in my life as well as in the Bible. It is a reminder that I am simply His character, and what I do needs to line up with Him! If I don’t follow the storyline, I am the one who will miss out. Because The Author is also the Hero, it shows me His awesomeness, and draws me closer to the Main Character. Writer is an aspect I can identify with in that I love to write and to read what others have written. I look forward to seeing how it all turns out! Because He is writing my life, and I am only His character, striving to do His will, I can rest in His care.
It is God, not the author of confusion, but of peace, who is writing my life, as is says in 1 Corinthians 14:33. Jeremiah 29:13 tells that the Lord’s plans are for good, and not for evil. While the story is for His glory, it brings pleasure forevermore to His characters. The story has only one Hero, but I have a chance to serve Him with my life. He is the Author of eternal salvation, the Author and finisher of my faith, the One who saved me and who is now sanctifying me. When at last the story ends, it will only be the beginning of another. “And they lived happily ever after…”

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Seeking Him

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
I’ve never really applied these to soulwinning, to now. “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This October I attended the first meeting of a Girl’s Discipleship Training Program that meets once a month until spring. Already, I’ve been reminded, encouraged, excited, and ‘sharpened’ to press toward the mark! I realized I have been focusing on what I knew I should do for God, trying to force myself to say or do what I should, and it hasn’t been totally working. While there it hit me. If HE is my focus, my goal, and aim, everything else, including service for Him – witnessing etc.- will come naturally. I need to center my attention on Him, on seeking Him, on knowing Him, on my relationship with Him. God is the one who created me, has a plan for me, and is able to see to it that I accomplish His will. I’ve been trying to do it in His strength, but if I’m not close to Him, how can that work? He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Is Jesus my only Way, the Truth I live by and for, and my very Life? “Christ is all and in all.” “I am the resurrection and the life” “Christ who is our life” All I can say is, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.” (Ps. 57:2)


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