Pastor Lester Holland

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Consecration to God’s Plan

Matthew 26:36-44 NKJV

36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father,if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done. 43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Here we see Jesus in His prayer life, praying the prayer of consecration and dedication. Here’s an example of Jesus’ dedication as He consecrated Himself to do the Father’s will.

Jesus knew that the cross was laying before Him. He knew that He was about to be made the sacrifice of sin on our behalf. Think of all the sins that mankind committed. All that was about to be placed on Him. Jesus was about to be made sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. But in the garden of Gethsemane, knowing He was going to the Cross, the pure, spotless Son of God drew back from the possibility of bearing the sin of all mankind and experiencing separation from God. No wonder Jesus was sorrowful and heavy. No wonder He sweated great drops of blood as He wrestled with the temptation to draw back from the Cross.

Jesus knew that He came to the earth for this reason, but He still battled with the temptation to draw back.

It wasn’t easy for Jesus to fulfill the Father’s plan for Him. In fact, going to the Cross to be crucified for the sins of the world was a bitter cup to drink. That is why Jesus prayed three times, “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will be done but yours”.

Jesus going to the Cross wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. The cross represents death. A saying “No” to your will and a saying “Yes” to God’s Will.

People have prayed, “God break my will”. God doesn’t want to break your will. He wants your will to come in line with His will. But do you know what kept Jesus going to the Cross? It was Him knowing the outcome of redemption would be the salvation of mankind, so for the joy set before Him, He surrendered to His Father’s will.

Hebrews 12:2 AMPC

He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus kept His eyes on the prize, on the joy that was set before Him. He ignored the shame, He ignored the spitting and the rejection, and is now seated at the place of highest honour and glory. And you and I must stop giving attention to what people are doing to us and start ignoring it. Stop giving it so much energy because the devil and people will use it to take advantage of it.

Jesus is victorious today. The people were saying to Jesus, “come down from the cross, save yourself”. Don’t come down from the cross. Don’t try and save yourself. Don’t take any shortcuts.

Go through the process. Learn to endure. Ignore the shame. Your joy is coming. Your prize is coming. Your exaltation and resurrection is coming. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t draw back from fulfilling God’s will and plan for your life. You might be sweating great drops of blood. You might be sorrowful and heavy. Other people, just like Peter, James and John, might be sleeping when you need them the most, and you are alone in this trial. But you are not alone. God is with you. Jesus is with you. His grace is sufficient for you. Don’t draw back from doing God’s will.

God is looking for believers who will dedicate and consecrate themselves wholly to Him to carry out His plan for their lives, just as Jesus did at Gethsemane and throughout His earthly ministry.

Are youwilling to carry out God’s plan for your life? Are you willingto do God’s will for your life?

2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV says, “The Lord’s eyes roam throughout the earth to find people whose hearts are dedicated to Him”.

You must make yourself available and be willing to do anything He’s asking you to do. When you first become willing then you will get to know what God’s will is.

John 7:17AMP

If anyone is willing to do His will, he will knowwhether the teaching is of God or whether I speak on My own accord and by My own authority.

It’s so important for you to be willing to do anything God tells you to do. Unwillingness to obey God can hinder or delay His plan from being fulfilled in your life.

Never Say Never

Story of the Evangelist

This evangelist related that he had been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit when he was thirteen years old. At that time, he also sensed a call to the ministry on his life. However, the evangelist explained that as a new Christian, he was afraid God might tell him to go to China if he answered the call to the ministry. In his natural mind, he decided that China was one place he didn’t want to go. For many years this young man struggled with the prospect of God’s sending him to China. He avoided drawing close to God because he didn’t want to hear what God might tell him. Therefore, he kept himself from developing spiritually, and he wandered backslidden and out of God’s will for years because there was one thing he wasn’t willing to do — and that was to go to China as a missionary.

This evangelist related that he had been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit when he was thirteen years old. At that time, he also sensed a call to the ministry on his life. However, the evangelist explained that as a new Christian, he was afraid God might tell him to go to China if he answered the call to the ministry. In his natural mind, he decided that China was one place he didn’t want to go. For many years this young man struggled with the prospect of God’s sending him to China. He avoided drawing close to God because he didn’t want to hear what God might tell him. Therefore, he kept himself from developing spiritually, and he wandered backslidden and out of God’s will for years because there was one thing he wasn’t willing to do — and that was to go to China as a missionary.

“Immediately, so loudly I thought everyone else in the room must have heard it, I heard the Lord say, ‘I don’t want you to go to China. I just want you to be willing to go.’” Once this man fully surrendered to God, he became one of the leading evangelists in this nation. But, you see, he couldn’t have been the evangelist God had called him to be in the United States unless he was willing to be an evangelist anywhere God told him to go, even China.

The same is true in each of our lives. We will only experience the fullness of God’s plan and the full measure of His anointing and blessing on our lives if we are willing to obey Him in every area of our lives. You see, God wants us fully surrendered to His will. He knows if we’re not willing to obey Him in one area, that unwillingness will carry over into other areas of our lives and will hinder us from running the race He has set before us.

John 5:30 AMPC

I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord—but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

God is looking for believers who will say as Jesus did, “Not my will, Father, but Your will be done.”

I want you to notice that Jesus didn’t just pray this prayer once but He prayed the same prayer three times. You see, the prayer of consecration is not a one-time prayer, as is the prayer of faith. The prayer of consecration is a prayer you pray throughout your life. You will only be able to follow God’s plan for your life if you constantly maintain an attitude of consecration and surrender to the Lord’s will, whatever it might be.

Pride says, “I’ve got this.” Humility says, “God’s got this.”

There is a lack of deep consecration to do God’s will among some Christians today.

Brother Hagin relates how he was thinking about how there wasn’t that much sickness and disease among Christians 50 years ago than there is today. And there was more consistent manifestations and demonstrations of the Holy Spirit back then than there is today. And the Holy Spirit spoke to him and said, “Yes, and the consecration of My people was greater too.”

Believers’ appreciation and reverence for the things of God and the move of the Holy Spirit was much deeper too. And as a result, God honored that depth of consecration and reverence by giving His people great manifestations of the Holy Ghost.

Believers today need greater consecration and dedication to God.

It seems that many believers are willing to lay some things on the altar, but not all. And because they do that, God’s plan for their lives is hindered and many of His blessings are withheld because they haven’t totally consecrated themselves to God’s will.

Pray this prayer of commitment to God from your heart:

Lord, I present myself unto You. May Your will be done in my life. May I never forget that I have surrendered all I am to You. I commit myself to be one whom You can use — consecrated and separated unto Your purposes.

I’ll pay the price by denying the flesh. If You call me in the nighttime, I’ll get on my knees and pray. If I am never seen of men, and if I always work behind the scenes, still I will be faithful.

I lay aside all personal ambition. I’ll be one who walks in the Spirit and in Your perfect will. In Jesus’ Name, Your will shall be done in my heart, in my life, and in my ministry.