How To Live A “Consecrated” Life. (or, Is there an “accursed thing” among you?) By Timothy Baugh.

“The LORD said to Joshua, “Get Up! Why have you fallen on your face? (and likewise, Why has your countenance fallen and you look sad and discouraged?) Israel (representative of “the Church”) has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant (binding agreement) that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted (that which was to be “set apart” as devoted entirely to the LORD) things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. (sound familiar?) Therefore the people of Israel (representative of “the Church”) cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies; because they (these things in their lives) have become devoted for  destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.” Joshua 7: 10-13. (English Standard Version- with my own insights added.)       Today’s Church, those who claim to be the followers and representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ, have frequently compromised and broken their binding agreement with Him, both individually and collectively. Consecrated living is living as God commands of us. To “hold back” anything from the Lord is to make an idol of our belongings. It doesn’t even have to be a “material thing” per se. Many are the thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors that we feel we can never offer up to the Lord. Yes, ‘anything’ or ‘anyone’ can be that which keeps us from worshipping the Lord exclusively! Unknowingly and unconsciously we may let anything or anyone become our Life Love. That all consuming passion then will become our “god” that sits on the throne of our hearts. Uncontrolled inclinations and impulses can work, just like any enemy, to separate us from our absolute devotion to our Lord. When we examine our minds, hearts, spirits, and souls are we “consecrated” completely? If not, then we have work to do.  

Marvelously Unique

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Psalm 139:14

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Human beings are not special—at least according to the London Zoo. In 2005, the zoo introduced a four-day exhibit: “Humans in Their Natural Environment.” The human “captives” were chosen through an online contest. To help visitors understand the humans, the zoo workers created a sign detailing their diet, habitat, and threats. According to the zoo’s spokesperson, the goal of the exhibit was to downplay the uniqueness of human beings. One participant in the exhibit seemed to agree. “When they see humans as animals, here, it kind of reminds them that we’re not that special.”

What a stark contrast to what the Bible says about human beings: God “fearfully and wonderfully” made us in “his image” (Psalm 139:14; Genesis 1:26–27).

David began Psalm 139 by celebrating God’s intimate knowledge of him (vv. 1–6) and His all-encompassing presence (vv. 7–12). Like a master weaver, God not only formed the intricacies of David’s internal and external features (vv. 13–14), but He also made him a living soul, giving spiritual life and the ability to intimately relate to God. Meditating on God’s handiwork, David responded in awe, wonder, and praise (v. 14).

Human beings are special. God created us with marvelous uniqueness and the awesome ability to have an intimate relationship with Him. Like David, we can praise Him because we’re the workmanship of His loving hands.

By Marvin Williams

Reflect & Pray

What are some practical implications of knowing and believing you’re fearfully and wonderfully made? What are some negative consequences of not believing this?

God created human beings to be like Him.