Continued from yesterday: Our Pastor, Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, speaking on Jeremiah 18:1-6….
So we recognize that the things they were doing then, we are doing [today] in a different sense. Nowadays, people feel like we don’t have to really buckle down and truly worship God and make sacrifice. Nowadays, the sacrifice that we make is the sacrifice in [the] giving of ourselves. The Bible lets us know, “What? Know ye not that your bodies are the temples of Christ?” (see 1 Corinthians 6:15-20) And, so, the sacrifice that you make is [the] giving of yourself.
The sacrifice you make is putting away some of those fleshy…desires. The things that you really don’t need [in your life so that you will] be able to walk with God. The sacrifice that you make is “laying aside every sin.” And, then, going a step further, “laying aside every weight” – things that would beset us. (see Hebrews 12:1-2) These are the sacrifices that we make.
But we are living in a day and time where folk… want to have their cake and they want to eat it too… They want to have the benefit of living a holy life, but they want to walk hand in hand with the world, too. We want to look like the world; we want to talk like the world; we want to dress like the world; we want to act like the world; but we want to be respected and honored by God.
But God wants somebody that is in love with Him. God wants somebody that is willing to draw the line and say, “Lord I belong to You and I want You to belong to me. I want to be Yours and I want You to be mine.” God wants somebody that realizes that the sacrifice is not too great.
Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
September 13, 2011
- Self-sacrifice is an extension of the self (teachingsofmasters.wordpress.com)
- Living Sacrifices (goldenbible.wordpress.com)
From the Shiloh Review from April 2011….
When Paul says to present our bodies as “a living sacrifice,” he is telling us to live a life of service to Christ. As servants, we learn to submit ourselves to Him and to align our wills with His. Being a servant of Christ is not a simple or easy task. At some point in our lives, each of us will be asked to give up something for Christ. We may be asked to sacrifice relationships, jobs, homes, etc. for His glory. As we deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24), we may experience suffering, persecution, or some other hardship. This happens because we have made a decision to live a godly life (2 Timothy 3:12 & Psalm 34:19). Although it may appear to be difficult and unfair, everything that we do for Christ is in our best interest. Remember: we are reaching for the higher call of Christ. We are pressing towards heavenly goals. And if we endure these hardships, we will reign with Christ in eternity (2 Timothy 2:12).
prayer.. (Photo credit: aronki)
As we continue our end of the year consecration, it is important that we “direct our consecration.” During our prayer and shut-in, our pastor has been helping us to fast with a purpose in mind.
Many of us have things that we want God to do in our lives (saving loved ones, deliverance from bad habits and attitudes, spiritual renewal, etc.). Our pastor has asked for Shiloh to focus on preparing ourselves to do the work of the Lord.
Our pastor opened our consecration with teaching from Acts 13:2-5. After a period of praying and fasting, Paul and Barnabas were set apart by the Holy Ghost to do a work for the Lord. We all have a calling from God to do a particular work, but we must take time to prepare ourselves to do that work. What does this mean?
It means we must develop our character, stir up our gifts, and make the necessary sacrifices to obtain the blessings of God. We must take time to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord through prayer and Bible study. We must seek God to know and develop our gifts and talents so that God would be glorified in all that we do. Finally, we must be sure to promote relationships that further nurture and develop our spiritual man. As we do these things, we will begin to experience God in a new and more awesome way. Be blessed!
- Consecrated to God (soaringwithgod.com)
- The Only Purpose of Your Life (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)