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October 9, 2016

Consecration

Sunday Morning Podcast October 9, 2016. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT:REVELATIONS 19:7-9  

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

This is a clear picture of a consecrated people, that God has saved, and cleaned up.  It’s how God wants us to be and live, clothed in His righteous robes. He will not accept a stained and spotted garment of selfishness and sin. For God does have a people living without sin and selfishness.  Those living with the stained garments of sin and mere religion should not profess to be pure as God makes His children.  For the presence of sin, is the opposite of being consecrated to God.

Matthew 5: 8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Pure spiritually means to be tried in the fiery trials of life and found consecrated wholly to God’s Word. That which remains after burning in the furnace, leaves only the purity separated out of the dross.  If unclean thoughts and actions are allowed to remain, you won’t be measured to the purity God requires.  A heart that is consecrated to God, is one that is examined, cleansed by the Blood of Christ, and then found worthy.  If there were only you, would you be known as the Church of God as described in Revelation 19:7-9?  This is the only Church God is coming back for.  We need to be determined to be found nothing less than pure in our heart and life.

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  Consecration to God will only come when we recognize we are weak.  Only then can we be strong in Christ.  Only then can we be made pure, as the Bride of Christ, and be ready for His return. 

Where do you stand?  Are you Consecrated?