The Path to Consecration

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The Path to Consecration:

The Path to Consecration Dr. Oyewole O. Sarumi Pastoral Leadership Academy, Lagos Adapted from Pastor Rodney Kelley sermon titled, “The Path To Consecration.”

Introduction :

Introduction The Prayer of Christ – John 17:17-20 The Path to Power - 13 times, ‘one accord’ is found in the Bible, 11 are in Acts. God’s power did not fall until the church was in Unity. In harmony! The Principle of being Like Christ - Philp 2:1

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“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:“ - Phil 2:1-5

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If we are going to have genuine unity or harmony in the body of Christ, it must start with the heart! A true change of heart is what Jesus desires for all of His people. He wants us move us from where we are right now into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him.

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God moves us from being converted to be being consecrated. Being united in our Consecration. God wants more for your life than to just be saved because he wants you to be filled with His Spirit and sanctified. Consecration is to be “set apart, clean, and fully dedicated” to the Lord.

The Path to Consecration :

The Path to Consecration Reading through - Genesis 35:1-15

The Antecedents of Jacob!:

The Antecedents of Jacob! Gen 28 - The first-time Jacob is at Bethel, God saved Jacob – In Chapter 32, a New Walk - Then we find he built the altar to his God. Then he was faced with a failure of sin in His children, and then we come to Chapter 35! From chapter 36 onwards, we find Jacob as a man full of God’s Spirit, wisdom, blessing his boys, worshiping as he leans on his staff, and dwelling in God’s blessings. God wants Jacob to bow to a NEW LEVEL.

1. A Summons to a Place :

1. A Summons to a Place There was a Summons to an Place – in vs. 1-4, GOD said COME! A. A Reminder – Bethel – Go up to Bethel! (House of God) - Where He was changed forever! - The Christian life is not just for Sunday! 1. A place of Faith - Galatians 3:22 "But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." 2. The place where life began. John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

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B. A Recognition - Dwell there and Make an altar 1. Time to Abide with God! – Dwell John 15:7 " If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." 2. Time to Dedicate - Build an altar

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C. A Removal - vs. 2-4 -Presence of God demanded a Spiritual bath 1. A Putting away - get rid of the Idols! We have things we can put before the Lord - John warned in 1Jo 5:21 "Little children, keep yourselves from idols." 2. A Purity - Be Clean 2 Corinthians 7:1 "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." That is consecration! 3. A Putting Off - Change your garments Eph 4:22 "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

II. Safety from his Predicament :

II. Safety from his Predicament There was Safety from his Predicament - vs. 5 A. He had been Shaken by his Past (Esau) B. He had been Sickened by his Children (Dinah, Simeon and Levi) C. He was now Scared of the Enemy - (Genesis 34:30)

III. Security in a Promise- :

III. Security in a Promise- There was Security in a Promise- vs. 5-15 (The covenant was always there!) A. The Rekindling of the Joy of His Salvation- vs. 6-8 1. He had come back to the Place! Oh to go back to Calvary! 2. He called the altar - El-Bethel - “The Mighty God of the House of God”

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B. The Restating of the Promise -vs. 9-13- God Revealed Himself 1. His Name - vs. 9-10 Jacob had to recognize he was no longer his own, but now a prince with God, Israel! Poor stumbling Jacob, was still Israel to God! GRACE! 2. His Fame - vs. 11 - God is going to use you! 3. His Claim -vs. 12-13 -Every promise true! Rest on God’s Word

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C. The Revelation of God’s Mercy - vs. 14-15 At the very spot where Jacob had seen the ladder reach from earth to heaven - He now built the altar, not for salvation - he already had the relationship - but out of CONSECRATION! 1. His Family needed reminding 2. The World needed to know what God had done 3. God gave us a picture of grace:

A Picture of Grace:

A Picture of Grace *The Pillar of Stone - The rock of our salvation, for no foundation can be laid except for the stone that the builders rejected *The Drink Offering – The blood of grapes - signifying the blood that Jesus would shed that still saves today *The Oil – The picture of the Holy Spirit that indwells every believer. Jacob’s altar pictures the redemption of believers!

References :

References Rodney Kelley. The Path To Consecration . Culled from: https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-path-to-consecration-rodney-kelley-sermon-on-unity-149887?ref=SermonSerps on April 18, 2017

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