BY: Sir Godfrey Gregg LOM, D. Div
This month is special to me and The Mystical Order. In 2012 this month we witnessed the consecration and elevation of our Patriarch, under whose leadership and guidance I have served as Archbishop and Apostolic Head and 2 years later with the additional title of Presiding Prelate.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.The word “consecration” in Hebrew means, a fulfillment, or the setting of a gem. Those of us who wear jewelery know what a set gemstone is about and the type of stone.We have this treasure in earthen vessels; and even as a jeweler would not place a precious diamond in some cheap, shabby setting, God is concerned about the vessel that contains the priceless treasure of His Spirit, and has exacting standards for it.As the church, it is not only the eyes of the world that are upon us. As a believer it is not just the members in the church that are watching you. The whole world have their eyes on you. The Bible tells us that our very hair on our heads are numbered and so is every movement that we make. There is a recording angel toat reports to our Father daily. And I thank God for His mercy and gracce towards us.Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,God expects the Church to reflect in every aspect of our lifestyle the various facets of God’s manifold wisdom. And not only to flesh and blood, but to principalities and powers in the heavenlies. Let me tell you that eveh spirits in other places watch your movements and sometimes talk to us through medium or under a form of manifestation. So the spirit world also monitor us.
Like a flawlessly cut diamond that reflects the light in various ways depending on which way it is turned, different things about the Church reflect God’s wisdom and ways. Look in the mirror and tell me who you see? But when the world look on us they see beyond the veil of flesh.
Our outreach reflects His compassion for a lost world; our mercy, His mercy. As true worshippers of the Heavenly Father, His liffe is in us or should be in us the hope of His glory. Hallelujah
The uncut hair on our ladies and the decent, manly haircuts on our men is a constant reminder to those fallen angels who could not remain under authority that God has a bride that will submit to divine order. Yes, a bride that will walk in His word and keep His commandments.
The gender distinctive dress that we teach and live is a reminder that, in His manifold wisdom, “male and female created He them.” Like the world has changed so rapidly that it has become difficult to distinguish the sexes today.
Our modest appearance is a reflection of the principle that “no flesh should glory in His Presence.”
The fruit of the Spirit is a reflection of His nature that is imparted to us and lived out in this present world.
There are blessings and benefits that are ours because we live a consecrated life.
I. Freedom from Condemnation
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Living a life of consecration, and not frustrating the grace of God frees us from the awful weight of condemnation. We can enter His Presence with liberty. Bless the Lord O, my soul.
II. Confidence in Prayer
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
The freedom from condemnation that a consecrated life grants us enables us to come boldly before the throne of grace, with a heart that does not condemn us. How the hymn writer puts it “Approach my soul to mercy seat, where Jesus hears and answers prayer.”
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. But then, there must be obedience to the Word that is heard, or there is no faith built. Obedience builds confidence.
Some people lose their desire to pray because they so seldom get prayers answered.
An unconsecrated person will often pray out of the will of God, or will be unable to pray with confidence because of the condemnation that drags their spirit down.
Answered prayers beget more prayer. A life of consecration helps us pray with confidence.
III. Spiritual Power
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Romans 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
One identifying aspect of the Sonship was power–according to the spirit of holiness. We must be able to recognize the presence of Almighty God. So many of us go to church daily and do not know the Father. Many were baptized and still not saved. What is wrong with our intentions.
When there is no spirit of holiness, there is no power.
Consecration and revelation are like Siamese twins; when you kill one, the other always dies.
I watch the standards in church fall off at a rapid rate and it killed every standard of consecration. I tell you that when you lost your consecration, it is because you have no revelation to take you to the other level.
Sampson lost his power because he violated the terms of his covenant of separation with God. So many of us are in the same situation like Samson. O, God lead us back to the pillard of TRUTH and LOVE. Then hear us from Heaven and answer our prayers. If ever there is a time we need you it is now.
Backsliding Spiritual Baptists who fall out of love with Truth and fall in love with the world do the same thing. They become powerless. Sin has overtaken their lives and there is no help unless we can find our way back to the Throne of God’s grace.
The adversary is shrewd.
God spoke through Isaiah against the king of Assyria thus:
Isaiah 10:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
Isaiah 10:13 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:
The enemy knows if he can remove our boundaries, he can plunder our treasures. A true consecrated believer is protected. There is that protetion around his life like it was with Job. The enemy will have to ask God to touch our lives.
A swamp is useless, a breeding ground for mosquitoes and stench. But I tell you the lilies come out of that mess and is arrayed in glory and beauty. So God came to us in our sinful state and took us out, washed and cleansed us and make us in the person He wants. Everything has a purpose in life and you have to find yours if it is not to late.
On the other hand, a river is a life giving force, a place for ships to move commerce, and can power whole cities by the harnessing of its flow.
The difference is that a river has boundaries–well defined banks.
A swamp does not.
A people who lose their consecration–boundaries–will also lose their power.
God, help us never forget or take for granted the blessings and benefits of a consecrated life.