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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.


In his book Teach Me to Pray, Andrew Murray says,

Ordinary Christins imagine that all that is not positively forbidden and sinful is lawful to them, and they seek to retain as much as possible of this world, its properties, its literature, and its enjoyments. In contrast, the truly consecrated soul is like the soldier who carries only what he needs for battle. Laying aside every weight and the sin that easily trips up, afraid of entangling himself with the affairs of this life, he seeks to lead a life as one especially set apart for the LORD and HIS service. Without such voluntary separation--even from what is lawful--no one will attain full power in prayer. (89-90).

Heavy stuff. Brother Murray shines a huge light on those of us who call ourselves Christians, but at times find ourselves to be indistinguishable from the nonbelievers of the world with their lusts and desires for all things temporal and carnal. Many of us split hairs in an attempt to remain loyal to GOD while still doing things that make us feel like we’re living life to the fullest. We profess to believe in heaven while living each day as if death is the end and only eternal nothingness remains after that. How ironic.

The title of this article refers to the idea of holiness.

“15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16 King James Version).

The word holy, as it is used here, means morally pure, upright, blameless in heart and life, virtuous, and holy. It also means consecrated, devoted, sacred, set apart from a common to a sacred use; spoken of places, temples, cities, and the priesthood. As that settles in, remember “9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV).

Ordinary Christians want to hold on to the world. Consecrated souls, like soldiers, carry only what is necessary for battle. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1 KJV).

We are encouraged because Hebrews 11 is filled with a list of the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and walked this road of consecration and faith. We can look to them and be encouraged as we lay aside anything that would slow us down, and any sin that would trip us up and delay our carrying out of GOD’s will.


Holy places, temples, cities, etc., are locations dedicated for sacred or religious use. They are places where a deity (god) is worshiped. They have a specific purpose. Nothing else happens there. No other activity takes place that isn’t connected with honoring the deity to whom that place is devoted.

Notice that the priesthood is included in the definition’s list of holy and dedicated things. The priesthood has one function, serving GOD. That’s it. They don’t do anything else. Their lives revolve around the LORD. Recall the Levites from the bible. "8 At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.” (Deuteronomy 10:8 KJV).

In this way, the priesthood is holy. They are set apart for GOD’s use. They are to be pure, blameless, and devoted to GOD at all times. The Levites also received no inheritance of land when GOD began to give the land of Canaan to the tribes of Israel as HE promised Abraham (Genesis 17:8).

“9 Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his inheritance, according as the Lord thy God promised him.” (Deuteronomy 10:9 KJV). This means that while the other tribes were settling into their new homes and deciding how they would best utilize the land, the Levites already had their future mapped out for them. They would serve GOD.

Deuteronomy 18:1-8 describes how the Levites were to live off of the offerings from the people. In any town they went to, in order to only minister to the LORD, they were given offerings of food, grains, oils, animals, etc. They were well taken care of. They didn’t have to worry about how they were going to eat, or where they would stay. GOD took care of that. Their only job was to minister before the LORD for all time.

Remember that Peter calls us a royal priesthood and a holy nation. This means that we are set apart for GOD’s use. If we are believers, then our lives are wrapped up in service to GOD. This is not to say that all believers are priests who stand in the office of pastor or church leader, but it does mean that whatever field of work we’re in, GOD is still the priority, and we are to serve HIM in whatever capacity HE tells us to.

We are called:

To be separate from the world,

“14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:14, 17 KJV).

To be the light of the world,

“14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14, 16 KJV).

Separate from the World

Returning to brother Murray’s quote from the beginning of the article, he said that the truly consecrated soul not only laid aside every weight and the sin that so easily trips us up (Hebrews 12:1), but he also said that person was afraid to entangle themselves with the affairs of this life (2 Timothy 2:4), thus being able to live a life set apart for the LORD and HIS service (royal priesthood/holy nation).

“4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:4 KJV).

A soldier is not concerned about the affairs of this life, only the war that they are engaged in so that they can please their commanding officer that put them in a position to fight. For us, that means that we want to please GOD Whom saved us from hell and destruction, Who saved us from a defeated life, Who saved us from this flesh that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy us as it is under the influence of satan.

The dictionary defines a soldier as “One engaged in military service, an enlisted man or woman, and a skilled warrior.” Conversely, a civilian is “One not on active duty in the armed services, or not on a police or fighting force.” See the difference? Civilians are not on active duty. Soldiers are. Civilians are not engaged in protecting or serving in a military or official public safety capacity. Soldiers are.

A soldier is always on duty. A soldier is not concerned with the latest fashions, what meal is for dinner, the hottest television shows, or any other worldly concerns. Their business is war. They protect and serve. That’s it. Thinking on anything outside of that could get them killed because they may lose focus on the war.

We are soldiers, family...not civilians. We are engaged in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:12). We are not concerned with the affairs of this world because we know that GOD provides for us as long as we seek HIS kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Therefore, our only job as soldiers is to guard and protect our priesthood and holy status. We are servants of the Most High GOD who live to please our heavenly Father. Any other concern is a distraction from our purpose that could lead to the devil slipping in to steal, kill, or destroy some part of our lives.

Also, recall the last part of the quote from Brother Murray that tells us why this voluntary separation is so important. It is so that we have full power in prayer. Only in yielding ourselves fully to GOD, will the Holy Spirit be able to use us as He wants so that GOD’s will can be done on Earth as it is in heaven through the prayers we utter.

“18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:18 KJV). After we have put on all of the armor of GOD, we are told to pray. This is our weapon. This is what defeats the power of satan in the world. This is what brings the power of GOD and GOD’s will to pass in the earth. Prayer in the Spirit, or Spirit-led prayer is where the power lies. That only comes from voluntary separation from the world while being protected by the full armor of GOD (Ephesians 6:14-17).

May we embrace our holy status as priests and soldiers for the LORD. May we understand that we are not for common use, but are set aside for what the Master has for us to do. May the words of Jesus forever remain on our lips, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42b KJV). And through that surrender, may the full power of GOD flow through us as we pray. Be blessed, family.

“57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV). Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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