Often in our experience when we reasonably consecrate ourselves to the Lord, we give to Him everything that we are and we have, our future, family, time and money, after while we realize, that we have taken from return everything that we offered to the Lord, then we become disappointed because we think that we are not people destined to live a consecrated life for God, thinking that this is only possible for few people spiritually privileged. This kind of thinking comes from Satan who wants us to stop, and hinders us to advance continuously, in this experience of consecration.
When reading the writings of mature men in the experience of consecration, among them,we can find the experience of Paul. Comparing his experiences with ours, we are taken to think that we will never have an experience like him. That is not truth. Each Christian experience is possible for all the Christians.
In the Old Testament. God institute continuous holocausts, day after day (Numbers 28:3-6). A lamb was offered in the morning and the other in the evening. This indicates that the consecration experience is something progressive slow and gradual, until it reaches a mature degree.
The mercy of God.
The simple fact that we find in the bible continuous holocaust, 24/7, shows the mercy of God. He gives innumerable opportunities to us in order that we can consecrate ourselves to Him. Imagine that it was only one opportunity to consecrate to God in this case if you are not approved the first time, you couldn’t make it anymore. Praise the Lord that it was not such case, but continuous holocaust!!. Saints every day is a new day, every morning means a new opportunity, to renew our consecration, .Lamentations 3:22-23 it says " Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed , for his compassions never fail . They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" .
Every day is a new day. Although we have had many failures in the past, a new day is given by God always; a new day is new beginning. Let us suppose that in the morning you have had a good fellowship with the Lord and the day has been dedicated to live by Him, nevertheless, during the day many things happened causing you to forget your morning experience. This already has repeated too often during the day; and you feel discouraged. But thanks the Lord, There is holocaust in the evening. At night you can come again to the Lord and allow him to shine, showing your faults, you confess your sins, you renew your consecration once again, being able to sleep peacefully. On the following day you will be able to have another new beginning with the Lord. Successive experiences like this are those that take us to be absolute towards the Lord.
Confessing the sins.
In numbers 28 we can see that holocaust is offered almost always with the sin offering. This indicates that our consecration it has much to do with the fact of being illuminated and to deal with ours sins. David in Psalm 34:5 say those who look to him are radiant " in Psalm 32: 4-5 it says” For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of the summer. Then I acknowledge my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and you forgave the guilt of my sin ". And in Proverbs 28:13 "The one that conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confess and renounces them finds mercy". In order to have progress in the consecration, we must always be ready to be illuminated by the Lord, to confess our sins. "If we confessed our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John1:9).
Putting in order
It is important to remember that the holocaust offered in Leviticus 1, after being slaughter, skinned and cut in pieces, were place piece by piece on the firewood. In our experience the Lord gains our being little by little, in order. Each "piece” talks about each area of our being, which takes time in being consumed. When looking towards our past we can see that there are areas that already have been conquered. But are many areas more that need to be conquered. At this moment the Lord is working in you, in some of your areas. You offer them, yet take it back again. It does not matter, if you continue offering holocausts continuous, one day the Lord will gain them all. For that reason you never must fall in the subtleties of devil and be discouraged. Do not stop! . "As the father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion in those who fear him , for He knows how we are formed , he remembers that we are dust" Psalms 103:13-14. That is the reason He institute holocaust continuous.
If we take advantage of this every day, taken every opportunity, confessing our faults, consecrating ourselves again to the Lord, He will have a way to win us totally, in order, piece by piece, although some areas of our life will delay years in being conquered. When all the pieces are consumed by the fire, we will be a handful of ashes on the eye of men but in front of God fragrant scent.
Knowing the will God.
Living a life on continuous consecration, of constant communion with God, we will intimately know the Lord and its Pact (Psalms 25:14); and we will prove the good will of God pleasant and perfect (Romanos12:2). We will be so united so the desire of His heart will be ours, His will, will be ours. Our life will not have another goal but to fulfill His Eternal Plan. This is the true consecration.