Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
Food for thought……
Happy New Year 2017! We will begin the year with emphasis on “Consecration”. In the Bible, the word means “the separation of oneself from things that are unclean, especially if it contaminates one’s relationship with God. The Bible tells us to be 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). There is an incident in the book of Joshua that shows the importance of being consecrated or pure in your relationship with God. After forty years in the wilderness, the children of Israel were about to cross over the Jordan River into the Promise Land. They were 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). Upon doing so, the children of Israel were assured of God’s promises. Just as He opened the Red Sea to deliver them from their Egyptian bondage, He would open the Jordan River and take them into the Promised Land. Another good example is David. Upon confessing his sin of adultery, he bathed and changed his clothes before he worshipped the Lord (2 Samuel 12:20). In ancient times water was considered a luxury and that symbolizes making a new beginning with the Lord. 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” (Roman 12:1-2.). So again, the church is called to live and act differently. As true believers in Christ, the act of consecration involves being a living sacrifice to Him. Be blessed!
Servants of Christ,
Bishop Brian D. and Lady Sandra Olden
Bishop Brian D. Olden
Lady Sandra Olden