“…nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4b-5
To consecrate something means to dedicate it, or set it aside for a particular purpose. Consecrated is an old english word that comes from the two latin terms. Con- meaning with intense force and sacrare meaning to dedicate. The Apostle tells Timothy that all food is good as long as long as “it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” The food, which if it is received in thankfulness, once you dedicate it to Him, is now good, no matter how scary it might be to eat. Jesus taught in Mark 16. “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” Do we believe the word of God? The word of God tells us that we can ingest poison, and it won’t hurt us. What about the poisonous snake thing? Just because the Word of God says that we will be able to handle snakes with safety, does that mean we should go out testing our faith by handling snakes? Certainly not. We do not test our faith by putting God to the test. Our faith get’s put to the test simply by doing what Jesus calls us to do and going where Jesus tells us to go. Along the journey, as we are dedicated (consecrated) to the Lord for His purpose, when things come across our path like snakes, we simply act in faith. Example; Paul shook a deadly snake off his hand and cast it into the fire to the astonishment of everyone around him when we was unharmed(Acts 28). This happens because we believe in the Word of God and prayer. So when we go to unknown lands with unknown foods, we can eat with gratefulness knowing that when we dedicate it to the Lord, for his purposes, faith does something magical.
Putting it into Practice
Have you ever been dedicated to the Lord for his purposes? If not, we can sign you up today to take this step of faith through Water Baptism.
Lord I thank you for your protection along this journey of faith. I thank you now for all the times your hands have kept me from harm without me ever knowing you were at work. I pray that we continue to dedicate ourselves to you and your purposes. I pray that your Word will go before us and help us build our faith that you will continue to set us apart for your good work. In Jesus Name, Amen.