A Requirement to Experience the Next Level!
"Then Joshua said to the people,
consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord
will do wonders among you."
Joshua 3:5 (
As I spent time before the presence of the Lord, the Holy Spirit conveyed to me that for believers to experience their manifested destiny and/or next level of purpose, it will require them to do something different. If they want to experience uncharted blessings, favor, and destiny, they must step out into unchartered waters.
Often Christians request various things from God; however, the Lord reminded me that there are times He will request specific things from them; especially if they desire to experience what they have never experienced before and accomplish and go where they have never gone before!
Our foundational scripture from Joshua 3:5 reflects a generation desiring, yearning, and craving to experience the next level in God! They had been promised there would come a time when they would be the head and not the tail, the lender not the barrower, on top and never beneath (Deuteronomy 28:12-13). However, to experience these promises, God commanded they do something that would move them into their Kingdom Blessings!
As the children of
Joshua commanded the people to "consecrate yourselves" to encounter the next level (v. 5). To consecrate means to:
· set apart for a holy purpose
· search and internally examine yourself
· suffocate what represents a hindrance in your life
· sanctify yourself…to purify, cleanse and rid yourself of anything that is holding back or can hinder you from going to the next level in your life
· surrender or dedicate yourself for a holy purposes
Notice the purpose and promise for commanding the nation to consecrate themselves…for them to get ready for the "amazing things" the Lord was going to do the next day. Three days of preparation for the next level at the River Jordan well spent. God, through Joshua and the leaders, commanded and designed a deliberate time of preparation for the nation of
My question for you today is, "How much time do you spend in spiritual preparation to experience your next level of purpose, destiny, and blessings from God?" How much time do you spend preparing for the manifestation of God's amazing, awesome, and spectacular work in and through your life? Interestingly, Joshua conveyed to the nation that "great spiritual blessings/rewards" follow when we take time to consecrate ourselves in anticipation of God's outpouring in our lives.
How deep is your desire to experience the next level God has ordained for your life? What are you willing to give up to get there? Consecration is a divine mandate to experience the next dimension.
This week as you take time to consecrate yourself, expect the Holy Spirit to transform you and prepare you for a great outpouring of His Spirit, followed by awesome miracles, signs, and wonders!
Romans 6:13, 16, 19; Romans 12:1 ; 2 Corinthians 8:5
1 Peter 2:1-10