Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, because the Lord will do wonders among you tomorrow.” Joshua 3:5
Consecration, in general, is an act by which a thing is separated from a common and profane to a sacred use
Protection is the state of protecting or being protected. To protect is to keep safe from harm or injury.
In the Bible the word consecration means? The separation of oneself from things that are unclean, especially anything that would contaminate one’s relationship with a perfect God. Consecration also carries the connotation of sanctification.
The importance of being consecrated or pure in our relationship with God is emphasized in an incident in the book of Joshua. After forty years in the wilderness, the children of Israel were about to cross over the Jordan River into the Promised Land. They were then given a command and a promise, Joshua told the people, consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you?? (Joshua 3:5).
The people of God were commanded to bathe and change their clothes; the married couples were to devote themselves wholly to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:1-6). The significance of this command was that in ancient times water was considered a luxury and wasn’t used often for personal hygiene. The bathing and changing clothes symbolized making a new beginning with the Lord. The picture here is that sin is defilement (Psalm 51:2, 7), and we have to be cleansed before we can truly follow God.
The Bible tells believers to be a holy people, separate from the world: therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you? (2 Corinthians 6:17). Being consecrated is a critical component in our relationship to God and to those in the world. Paul tells us, therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is His good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1-2) (Got Questions? Org)
An aspect of this perfect will is protection. Perfect Protection.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your border.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage, for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land which I swore unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses My servant commanded thee. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein. For then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.?
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee.
And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
When you go through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee. When you walk through the fire, you shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
God promises to protect us, but we have to be clean to receive that protection. God is holy and therefore does not dwell among sin.
We have to separate ourselves from everything that is unclean, that is not of God.
How to consecrate myself:
Each of us has to personally make the decision to give ourselves to the Lord Jesus. No one else can do this for us. This initial consecration is once and for all, involving all that we are and all that we have. Consequently, it isn’t something that can be done lightly.
- Repent (Change my behaviour and lifestyle)
- Dedicate my heart to God
- Reflect on my motives
- Draw closer to God
- Stay committed
Got Questions? Org – http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-consecration.html