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Are you all in?

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All In

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Are we all in? Consider this carefully before answering to yourself.
18th Century Revivalist Henry Varley said: “The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him
What do you think it means to be all in when it comes to Jesus?

I. So what about consecration?

The Lord told Moses to consecrate the people (Exo19:10-14)
Exodus 19:10–11 NASB95
10 The Lord also said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments; 11 and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
Exodus 19:12–13 NASB95
12 “You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 13 ‘No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.”
Exodus 19:14 NASB95
14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people, and they washed their garments.
Pretty specific isn’t it? But it does not define consecration does it?
In Exodus 28, Moses is told to consecrate Aaron
In Exodus 29, Moses is told to consecrate the Priests, who will consecrate the people
In Exodus 40 we see the items of the tabernacle were to be consecrated
In Jos3:5 there is a change, look and see what it is
Joshua 3:5 NASB95
5 Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
What does consecration mean?
Make or declare something Holy (Lev11:44; 1Pt1:16)
Something dedicated formally to a religious or divine purpose.
Now let me show you the scriptures to help see the definition biblically
Leviticus 11:44 NASB95
44 ‘For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth.
to be consecrated is to be holy for the Lord is holy.
1 Peter 1:16 NASB95
16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Hey have to bring in the N.T. update of the O.T. truth
Something to consider: Can we consecrate ourselves? Are we consecrated?
How can we do it? What does it look like, what proof of consecration do we have? (stop and ask these questions and let them sink in, don’t be too quick to jump in with answers, thoughts)

II. Consecration: What it is not

So what is consecration not, we have looked at what it is some already.
Not going to church once a week
Not doing daily devotionals
Not keeping the commandments
Not even about sharing your faith
Not volunteering in ministry
Not leading a small group
Not raising your hands or not in worship
Not going on a mission trip
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Not going to church, doing devotionals, not adhering to the commandments or even sharing your faith. It has nothing to do with your offering nor you volunteering in ministry or leading a small group.
All these things are good, and we should be doing these things, but they are not consecration
It is more than
Behavior modification (from sin to service)
More than conformity to moral code (Rom12:2)
More than good deeds (Mt5:16)
It is more, it is deeper, it is truer, it is being all in, it’s consecration
Romans 12:2 NASB95
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
(expand on Rom12:2)
Matthew 5:16 NASB95
16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
(expand on Mt5:16)
So, consecration is about being all in, so let’s now look at that.

Consecration: Being “All In”

I asked earlier what does being “all in” for Jesus look like?
Jesus commands us to be “all in” (in not so many words) (Mt25:37-40; Lk14:26, 9:62)
Matthew 25:37–38 NASB95
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
Matthew 25:39–40 NASB95
39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Commanded to give and serve the “least of these”
Luke 14:26 NASB95
26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
Being all in is putting Jesus before all things even family.
Luke 9:62 NASB95
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Being all in is not looking back, but keeping your eyes forward.
Being all in is
Dethroning yourself and enthroning Jesus
It is recognizing all that we have, we have from Him (Jm1:17)
It is childlike trust (Mt18:3); it is blind obedience (Jn20:31)
So what does dethroning yourself look like? How can we, should we do it?
It looks like being all in for the one who is all in all, and all in or you
Ephesians 4:6 NASB95
6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

IV. Consecration: Being “All In”

So some questions to yourself about being all in, are you all in? How can you know?
Have we bought into Jesus without selling out everything? (Lk18:22)
Luke 18:22 NASB95
22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Can go to Church every week and never go all in to Jesus? (Rom12:1)
Romans 12:1 NASB95
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
So what does “All In” look like? (Heb11:17; 1Sam14; Mt14:29; 2Cor5:7)
It looks like Abraham offering up Isaac (Heb11:17)
It looks like climbing a cliff to fight the enemy (1Sam14)
It looks like Peter getting out of the boat (Mt14:29)
It is YOU when you step out in faith not by sight (2Cor5:7)
Hebrews 11:17 NASB95
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;
Abraham was “all in” when he offered up Isaac
If you looked at 1Sam14 you would see the story of Jonathan and his armor bearer who climbed up a cliff to take on the Philistines.
How about Peter, was he all in when he got out of the boat?
Matthew 14:29 NASB95
29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
How about YOU, does your life reflect that you are all in as seen in 2Cor5:7?
2 Corinthians 5:7 NASB95
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight—
Are you hungry for God? God is relentless and actively pursing you, are you willing to pursue Him more?
It’s not about doing amazing things for God, God is the one who is amazing and does amazing things through us
Joshua 3:5 NIV
5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
Amazing starts with consecration!
Are we willing to allow God to do amazing, wondrous things through us? God wants to do amazing things for us, God wants to do amazing through us and by us, by the one who is wholly committed to Him.
Mark Batterson says “God doesn’t do what God does because of us. God does what God does in spite of us.”
Our part is to know it, believe it, walk in it, to consecrate ourselves. One last thought before we close out.
Be all in (Eph4:1-7)
Ephesians 4:1–2 NASB95
1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
Ephesians 4:3–4 NASB95
3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
Ephesians 4:5–6 NASB95
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:7 NASB95
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
(Lead to encouragement)
(insert “BE ALL IN” slide)
be consecrated by be fulling commited to walk worthy (v.1)
Be consecrated by walking in humility, gentleness, with patience and tolerance (v.2)
Know and walk in the unity of the “One’s) (vv.4-6)
Be all in knowing the grace given!
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