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Having a Consecrated Heart, Part 3: Walking It Out

In Part 1, I spoke of what having a consecrated heart means. In Part 2, we covered how Jesus sympathizes with us in weaknesses and trials. In Part 3, I want to share some keys walking all this out.

Key #1: It’s a Choice and Desire

Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” (AMP)

The Apostle Paul calls us to make a “decisive dedication” of ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and consecrated to God. He calls upon us to do so because of God’s great mercy and love toward us.

The first step in having a consecrated heart is in making the choice to live for God in this way. The best part is that God’s mercy toward us, His love poured out to us, enables us to love Him in return (1 John 4:19).

Hunger for God will fuel our choice and desire to walk this out.

Key #2: Intimacy with Jesus

Getting to know Jesus is the most essential endeavor of our lives. We cannot grow in friendship with God if we do not pursue our personal relationship with Him. This is an intimate knowing that cannot come through going to church once or twice a week or from being raised in a Christian home. It comes from alone time we set aside to spend with Jesus.

We get to know Jesus by talking to Him and allowing Him to talk to us. Fellowship and conversation with God grows our relationship with Him. He loves to speak to our hearts through impressions, words, and visions in our hearts as well as dreams and in other ways. It’s also very helpful to journal your prayers as well as what God says in response. This ensures you won’t forget what He speaks to your heart later on!

Key #3: The Word of God

Jesus, the Living Word, gave us His written Word to help us in renewing our minds. When we are seeking to follow His will above our own, we must know His Word, which will help us to know the difference between God’s will versus our own.

As we study and meditate on the Word, the Holy Spirit helps to renew our minds. Along with beholding Jesus in intimacy, we are transformed by this renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2). We then begin to desire to be like Jesus in our loving, serving, and living more and more.

We also need to pray the Word. When we pray Scripture-based prayers, we can pray in alignment with God and know He will answer. The apostolic prayers, those prayed by the apostles in the New Testament, are a great starting place.

For example, Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17 that the believers would receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the intimate knowledge of Jesus. This is a great prayer to pray as we seek to grow in connection to the Lord.

More examples of praying God’s Word and apostolic prayers: Key Apostolic Prayers (PDF) / Expanded Version of Apostolic Prayers (PDF)

Key #4: Affection-based Obedience

As we grow in God and knowing His heart, our love for Him will fuel our obedience. Desiring to obey Jesus out of love for Him is the most powerful form of obedience. We obey because we are lovers of God, not because we are fearful of punishment if we don’t.

Mike Bickle often says, “Lovers will always outwork workers.” Fear-based obedience will only take us so far before we burn out or want to give up, but when God’s love impacts our hearts, we will yearn to follow His commands to love Him and love our neighbors as ourselves.

“Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.” John 14:23 (AMP)

Key #5: Accountability with Humility

Our openness to being accountable to our spiritual leaders and close family in Christ directly reflects whether we live with a consecrated heart.

When we love God, we will desire to be free from all that hinders love. We will want God to set us free from any struggle, sin, or bondage to the things of the world. This goes hand and hand with having humility and being accountable to our brothers and sisters. We know they can see things we may miss, and that God wants us to help each other grow and be encouraged.

We welcome the fire of His refining, even in the face of correction. When the correction seems off, we seek God’s heart for even an ounce of truth He may be revealing to set us free. Although we may be nervous about His refining fire, we ask Him to purify us anyway because we want hearts after His.

Above All Else

Those with consecrated hearts weep when He weeps, and rejoice when He rejoices. We want hearts that break for what breaks His, that are moved by the things that move His heart. All in all, we want to be friends of God and to live as His pure and spotless Bride, making His heart known in all the earth.

Having a Consecrated Heart, Part 2: Weak Flesh, Willing Spirit

Welcome to Part 2 of Having a Consecrated Heart. This post focuses on the weakness of our flesh alongside the willingness of our spirits.

Read Part 1: What Does That Mean? (which defines what it means to have a consecrated heart), or continue on to Part 3: Walking It Out (which describes keys on walking this out).

At times we may struggle with living lives of consecration before the Lord. Our emotions or flesh may want to take us in other directions, or our own desires may not be aligned with God’s Word. Nonetheless, as our hearts grow in love for God, we will continue to fight the good fight of faith, wanting God’s will and not our own.

Jesus Himself struggled with the Cross and suffering that was coming as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Though the Lord knew it would be excruciatingly painful to suffer not only the physical pain but also the wrath of God poured upon Him for the sins of the whole world, He desired to do the Father’s will and to make the way for us to be restored to relationship with Him:

“….’Father, if You are willing, remove this cup [of divine wrath] from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.’ Now an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.” Luke 22:42-43 (AMP)

As we face our own weaknesses, Jesus can truly sympathize with us. He can relate, and He also gives us grace to walk with consecrated hearts before the Father as He did. He knows that even though the flesh is weak, our spirits are willing (Matthew 26:41). Even in the face of temptation, He sees in our hearts the desire to love Him, seeking His Kingdom and righteousness first (Matthew 6:33).

It is His desire also, and so He is there to help us as we grow in learning to deny ourselves. He will help you to fall more in love with Him, and this passion for Him will help you to walk in obedience to His will out of affection for Him.

Be encouraged, keep pursuing God and His will, and allow His grace and love to help you all along the way. The simple “yes” in your heart to live for Him, even when you fall short, reveals your heart that is consecrated–set apart–for Him. Your heart is beautiful to Father God.

By the blood of Christ, we have been made clean as new creations in Him, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can live the set apart life even in the face of trials or temptation.

Having a Consecrated Heart, Part 1: What Does That Mean?

I enjoy bringing practical application to walking in relationship with Jesus, and I hope this post will help provide this. Also, feel free to ask questions if you have any. You are reading Part 1 which will define what it means to have a consecrated heart.

Read Part 2: Weak Flesh, Willing Spirit and Part 3: Walking It Out.

“Consecration is the total abandonment of our will to God’s.” – Unknown

The above quote perfectly defines consecration. Living a life that is consecrated before the Lord means we have no agenda but God’s will. It means that we want His will above our own.

One who desires to live a life of consecration will find that the above heart posture will greatly affect their relationship with God. It is a posture of humility and love that wants God’s desires above one’s own which says, “Father, it’s about Your heart desires above everything else.”

For any person or in any area or situation of our lives, we will set our hearts to seek God about all that is involved, asking Him to change our heart desires to reflect His own and seeking to obey His voice.

Another term for consecration is “set apart.” To be set apart or consecrated speaks also of being chosen especially for a purpose that is beyond the norm and dedicated to this purpose above others. We, as believers, are called in this way: We are not of this world but belong to Christ as His beloved Bride. We are called to come out from among idolatry and the world and be set apart as God’s sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:16-18).

Do you want to have a consecrated heart? It is available to anyone who desires it. God will provide His grace to any who want to be set apart to live for Jesus above all else.

Visit Part 2 and Part 3 to continue learning about having a consecrated heart.