Consecration 2019

Joshua told the people “Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do AMAZING things among you.” Joshua 3:5

What is Consecration?
To consecrate means to make or declare something; to dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose. We are challenging the body of Mt. Olivet to join together at the beginning of the year in order to consecrate or dedicate to Him a tithe (10%) of the number of days of the year by fasting and praying. When we do this we will see God operate powerfully in our ministry as we deny our flesh for a spiritual and natural purpose. Indeed, our spirits, souls, and bodies are cleansed and renewed during this special time. So we take this sacred time of prayer and fasting seriously as we look forward to what God has in store for us collectively and individually this year. The consecration period will be 36 days to fast, pray and seek God. The fast begins continues through March 11

Prayer During the Fast:
During the fast, we will pray in effort to communicate with God on a consistent basis. We trust that as you deny your flesh, your spirit man is better able to hear from the Lord. There is no time like the present to focus on what the Lord is saying to you concerning your future.
During this year’s consecration we encourage everyone, wherever you may be, to pray three times a day (Monday-Friday) at 7 am, 12 noon and 7 pm.

More Resources:
Download our Consecration brochure to get tips about fasting.
Download our Prayer and Fasting flyer to share with your kids or use for yourself.

Scriptures to Read During the Fast

Here are 10 days of encouraging scriptures for you to use as a day by day guide for the next 10 days. Remember that we will pray together three times a day, during the week at 7:00 am, 12 noon and 7:00 pm. You can follow your own prayer schedule on the weekends.

WEDNESDAY, February 6 
Pray to Know God Better
READ: Ephesians 1:16–17

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him . . .

THURSDAY, February 7
(If you're abstaining from food, this may be a hard day)
Stand Firm
READ: Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

FRIDAY, February 8

By Grace
READ: Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God . . .
Christ’s work on the cross is enough—a masterpiece of grace and love. It beautifully depicts both our helpless state and his unsolicited benevolence in a way that is both tragic and glorious at the same time.The more we see the gospel for what it truly is, the deeper our response of reverence, gratefulness, wonder, and joy. It is impossible to encounter his workmanship and move from the experience unchanged.What’s equally amazing is this same Divine Craftsman is at work on another masterpiece—you. In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Will you let him work in and through you to produce what he envisioned for you, even before the creation of the world?

SATURDAY, February 9

Pray to Understand Your Calling
READ: Ephesians 1:16,18

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers that. . . having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints . . .

SUNDAY, February 10

Pray to Experience His Power
READ: Ephesians 1:18–20

That you may know . . . what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places

MONDAY, February 11

Pray to Experience His Inner Strength
READ: Ephesians 3:16

That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

TUESDAY, February 12

Pray to Be Rooted in Love
READ: Ephesians 3:13,17

So I ask . . . that you, [be] rooted and grounded in love.

WEDNESDAY, February 13

Pray to Experience the Fullness of God
READ: Ephesians 3:13,16,19

So I ask . . . that you . . . know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

THURSDAY, February 14
With Power
READ: Ephesians 3:16

According to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
In Ephesians 1:19–20, Paul introduced the theme of God’s mighty power, referring to “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead.” “According to” is a prepositional phrase that means “determined by.” Think of
it as a credit limit. Credit cards normally have credit limits that determine your spending power. Once you reach your limit, you have no more spending power. Paul is stating that the credit limit on the power available to all believers is the amount of power released in the resurrection of Christ. How much power is that?

FRIDAY, February 15
Walk Worthy
READ: Ephesians 4:1

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called . . .
In Ephesians 1 to 3, the Apostle Paul described the spiritual reality of every believer in Christ. Beginning in chapter 4, he shifts his focus to emphasize the practical outworking of this new identity. Paul’s exhortation is clear. What we believe determines how we behave. How we see ourselves directly impacts how we will act. And because we are now in Christ we can walk in a manner worthy of his calling. On one side, this is a challenge to daily embrace the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work of sanctification. We are called to walk in the light. The more we walk in the truth of the gospel, the less we will tolerate darkness to linger in our soul. Jesus is our best standard and example for this, but we must always remember that He is also the way by which we can walk worthy of our calling. The list of relational virtues Paul gives—humility, gentleness, patience, and love—reflect the outward fruit of a life rooted in Christ’s amazing grace. We cannot live out any aspect of our calling apart from him.

I share these with you with a heart that invites you to be quite honest with yourself and honest with God as you reflect on your answers the next thirteen days.  This is an important exercise because when you and I choose to enter the gateway to God’s supernatural power and live in the presence of His holiness, we must become persuaded that every “yes” to these questions suggest there is sin for us to confess.

SATURDAY, February 16
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for You.

Do I worry about anything?  Have I forgotten to thank God for all things, the seemingly bad as well as the good?  Do I neglect to give Him thanks for my breath, my health, and for life itself?

SUNDAY, February 17
Read:  Ephesians 3:20

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

Do I shy away from attempting to do things in the name of my heavenly Father because I fear I am not talented enough?  When I do accomplish something of merit, do I choose to give myself, rather than God, the glory?

MONDAY, February 18
Read:  Acts 1:8

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Have I believed it’s good enough to live my Christianity in a casual manner and that it’s not all that important to share the good news of my deliverance with others?

TUESDAY, February 19
Read: Romans 12:3

I say….to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.

Am I overly proud of my accomplishments, my talents, my family?  Do I have difficulty putting the concerns of others first?  Do I have a rebellious spirit at the thought that God may want to change me and rearrange my thinking?

WEDNESDAY, February 20
Read:  Ephesians 4:31

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away form you, with all malice.

Do I complain, find fault, argue?  Do I nurse and delight in a critical spirit?  Do I carry a grudge against believers of another group, denomination, or theological persuasion because they don’t see the truth as I see it?  Do I speak unkindly about people when they are not present?  Do I find that I’m often angry with myself? With others?  With God?

THURSDAY, February 21
Read:  1 Corinthians 6:19

Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Am I honoring God with my lifestyle and body?

FRIDAY, February 22
Read:  Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth.

Do I use language that fails to edify others, tell off-color jokes or stories that demean another person’s race, habits, or culture?  Do I condone these comments when guests are in my home or when my colleagues share them with me?

SATURDAY, February 23
Read:  Ephesians 4:26-27

Do not give place to the devil

Do I ignore the fact that I open myself to Satan when I participate in ungodly practices, psychic predictions, occult literature, and violent, sex-driven, sexually perverse movies and videos?  Do I seek counsel for daily living from horoscopes in the paper, on television, or on the Internet rather than from God, my true and ultimate source for living?  Do I let Satan use me to set up barriers that inhibit the cause of Christ in my Church and home through criticism and gossip?

SUNDAY, February 24
Read:  Romans 12:11

Not Slothful in business

Am I chronically late in paying my debts, sometimes choosing not to pay them at all?  Do I charge more on my credit cards than I can honestly afford to pay?  Do I neglect to keep honest income tax records?  Do I engage in shady business deals?

MONDAY, February 25
Read:  1 Peter 2:11

Beloved, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

Am I guilty of a lustful eye toward the opposite sex?  Do I fill my mind with sexually oriented TV programs, lewd movies, unsavory books and magazines?  Especially when I sense no one is watching?  Do I indulge in lustful activities that God’s Word condemns, such as fornication, adultery, perversion?

TUESDAY, February 26
Read:  Colossians 3:13

Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

Have I failed to forgive those who may have said or done something to hurt me?  Have I written off certain people as not worthy of my friendship?

WEDNESDAY, February 27
Read:  Matthew 23:28

Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Do I know in my heart that I am often not what people see?  Am I hiding behind being active in my church as a cover for my activities away from the body of Christ?  Am I mimicking the Christian faith for social status, acceptance in my church or my community?  Am I real?

THURSDAY, February 28
Read:  Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things.

Do I enjoy listening to conversations that hurt others?  Do I pass it on?  Do I believe rumors or partial truths, especially about an enemy or a competitor?  Do I choose to spend little or no time each day allowing God to speak to me through His Word?

Identify the areas in your life that need a breakthrough.  After you finish praying and trusting God for your spiritual breakthrough, pray for everyone else in our church fellowship who is fasting for their personal spiritual breakthrough.  May the walls come down in each of our lives!