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July 23rd, 2014

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Nathanael Flock
Crucifixion Before Consecration
Nathanael Flock
April 10th, 2009

If you are like me, you have answered dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of altar calls. Each time hoping something will break and leave a lasting impression on your walk with the Lord. The hunger that drives us to recommit, re-surrender, and re-consecrate ourselves is excellent, for God responds to the hungry! However, I have found that the hunger is a stepping stone, and not the only means to the end I desperately yearn for: to be wholly set apart for His pleasure, offering my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God (Rom 12:1) My journey through the past 4 years at the International House of Prayer Atlanta has been filled with necessary teachings to prepare me for the coming storm - the end of this age. Each time I would be stirred and find my spirit ready to surrender to God's will, my soul lagging a bit behind, and my flesh in direct defiance. This can make altar calls absolutely painful! With very little revelation of where I stood in regards to my new life, I found myself frustrated that my heart was set on the surrender, but my actions didn't match such convictions. This is the struggle Paul speaks of in Romans 7:

"For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me. So I discover this principle: when I want to do good, evil is with me. For in my inner self I joyfully agree with God's law. But I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin." (HCSB v.18-25) This struggle will plague us if we do not consider his words in the prior chapter:

"Are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life... For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin's dominion over the body may be abolished... Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him... So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus." (HCSB v.3,4,6,8,11) Paul says his mind agrees with God's ways, but his flesh does not. It then makes perfect sense of the language he uses in Romans 6 on how to crucify the flesh: believe, know, consider, reckon. Until we appropriate (receive as our own by faith) the truths of our joining in Christ's death, consecration is impossible. God will not consecrate the old! I continue to reach for the place in my spiritual growth where it is no longer just the cross of Christ Jesus for me, but me joined with Christ on the cross. When we identify ourselves as joined with Him in His death, consecration is inevitable!

H. Duncan once wrote, "God asks us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him. Until we have done this, there is nothing else we can do. Notice this exhortation comes after Romans 6. There is a reason for this order - crucifixion comes before consecration. Un-crucified self refuses to be consecrated. This is why so many people with all sincerity walk down the aisles again and again, consecrating un-crucified self to God." Let us also then, consider Paul's epistle to the church in Ephesus. He spends three chapters declaring who they are in Christ - three gold mines of identity to appropriate! Only after those chapters, and two powerful apostolic prayers, does he then begin to charge them with the ways in which they should walk.

It has been indispensable for me to sit before the cross and join myself to it in thanksgiving and hope. My hope for the Church is this: to take the time to receive in meditation, thanksgiving, and prayer the truths concerning the new and living way of the Spirit. This has brought me great peace: it is the Spirit who sanctifies and consecrates the believers.  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24)

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If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

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At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
7/27/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
Healing Rooms
8/3/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
8/3/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
8/3/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
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