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Yvon and Mina Attia have become dear friends of ours and this ministry, and they pray for us often.
I'm amazed at the incredible encounters that Yvon continually has, and she's shared a great deal of them on our Elijah Streams program.
In her article, here, Yvon releases an important word that the Lord recently spoke to her regarding this year, and how we can prepare ourselves.
She opens up with this amazing revelation for us:
As this year began, I started to seek God for His heart for this year. As I was praying, I heard God say, "2022 shall be a year of rest where My remnant will encounter My supernatural rest, and see My hands work in their lives – more than any time in the past...
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As this year began, I started to seek God for His heart for this year. As I was praying, I heard God say, "2022 shall be a year of rest where My remnant will encounter My supernatural rest, and see My hands work in their lives – more than any time in the past. My people will rest in Me and on Me and I will be working through them. It will be a year of building the walls of ruined cities and a year of open doors which no one can shut. More importantly, it will be a year of revival and there will be a new move of My Holy Spirit."
As I received this word, I asked God, "Lord, is there anything we need to do?" I heard Him say two words: "Consecrate yourselves!" As I heard this, I began to declare: "Lord, we consecrate ourselves unto You, more than any time in the past. Use us more than any time in the past."
The Calling of Every Believer
As I studied the importance of consecration, I decided I should write this word in order to encourage the Body of Christ to pursue it like never before. I was shocked at the amount of passages in Scripture which talk about consecration. The word "consecration" means full devotion. It's a kind of devotion that sets you apart and makes you 'sold out' to the Lord. It means being fully set apart, sanctified; made sacred.
Consecration is not only for pastors, elders and leaders. It's the calling of every Believer. Just like we are called to salvation, we are also called to consecration. In fact, those who are consecrated qualify for God to use them mightily.
"In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work." (2 Timothy 2:20-21, NLT)
"Joshua told the people, 'Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.'" (Joshua 3:5, NIV)
In the Old Testament, consecration meant absolute separation from certain things. In saying that, one of the most important truths the Holy Spirit highlighted to me was that no one is able to consecrate themselves. God is the only One who is able to consecrate us. All we need to do is agree with God's desire. In John 17:17-19, Jesus prayed to His Father, asking Him to consecrate His followers by the truth:
"Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth. In the same way that You gave Me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. I'm consecrating Myself for their sakes so they'll be truth-consecrated in their mission." (MSG) (Photo via Pexels)
Many might ask, "What does it mean to be consecrated? Does it mean that Believers are to leave the world or separate themselves from the world?" Not really. In fact, Jesus clarified the way in which Believers are to be consecrated. Jesus said, "...I'm not asking that You take them out of the world but that You guard them from the evil one. They are no more defined by the world than I am defined by the world" (John 17:15-16, MSG). In other words, consecration means that we are no longer defined by this world. Rather, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can fully experience God's perfect will for us (see Romans 12:2).
In the Old Testament, bloodshed from a sacrifice was required in order for someone or something to be consecrated and used by God: "And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission" (Hebrews 9:22, NKJV). In the New Testament, Jesus became the perfect sacrifice, and His Blood alone cleanses us from all sin. According to 1 John 1:7, "...if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin."
Our Real Life Is Hidden in Christ
In other words, consecration is not about doing certain actions to please God. Rather, it is recognizing that Christ has united with our spirits, and because He is holy and consecrated, we too have become holy and consecrated.
"Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault." (Colossians 1:22, NLT)
This consecration has taken place in our spirits. Our souls (minds, wills and emotions) need to be renewed on a daily basis and become aligned with what has happened in our spirits. So consecration is when we remind ourselves, daily, that we died to this world and that our real lives are hidden in Christ (see Colossians 3:3). Consecration is the daily decision to put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within us—to have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (see Colossians 3:5). (Photo via Unsplash)
Promised to One Husband
Consecration is like a covenant of marriage. It's when we understand and are fully convinced that we fully belong to Christ. I love what Prophet Hosea said: "I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord." (Hosea 2:19-20, NKJV). The apostle Paul told the Corinthian church, "I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him" (2 Corinthians 11:2).
In traditional Middle Eastern culture, brides would pour out expensive perfume over their groom once they were married. By that act, the bride declared that her groom was the one and only in her life. This explains Mary's act in John 12:1-8, when she poured out expensive perfume made from nard over Jesus's feet. By that act, she declared: Jesus, You are the One and Only. I am totally set apart and consecrated for You. I will not compromise. Rather, I will declare that You are the only One.
Therefore, total consecration is to understand that we are in covenant with God. We will not compromise. Rather, we will be set apart for God's purpose and His Kingdom. We became completely set apart in our spirits when we received Jesus as our Lord and only Savior. It is the process of being transformed into His image (by the renewing of our minds and the physical manifestation of this consecration in our physical bodies) that causes us to be fully set apart for the purpose that we are called for.
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Celebrate Freedom Ministries
Yvon Attia¬†is a radical lover of Jesus and His Word, fully dedicated to His purposes and His call. Yvon is an author and a powerful, passionate speaker who preaches the Word with the power of God's Spirit, and the manifestation of His presence. She unpacks the Word from a Middle Eastern perspective, explaining its depth in terms of culture, context and power. Yvon is married to her high school sweetheart, Mina, and they have two beautiful children, Esther and Raphael. Both Yvon and her husband are ordained pastors under the spiritual fatherhood covering of Apostle Guillermo Maldonado Of King Jesus International Ministry in Miami. Miracles of healing take place during their meetings as God faithfully confirms the Word through signs that follow. They are also the founders of Celebrate Freedom Ministry, which is part of the supernatural global network of King Jesus International Ministry.
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