Welcome to Day Eight!
A little devotional tip–This time is not about checking an item off your “to-do” list, it’s about spending time with God!
Leviticus 19:2, 20:26
“Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord Your God am holy.’
And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.”
Holiness. It doesn’t seem to be a word that is talked about much these days.
But it’s important. God says to be “holy as I am holy.”
Basically, to be separate. To be holy is to be “exalted or worthy of complete devotion.” Or to have a divine quality.
Why is this important? Because only our Holy God–our triune God–is worthy of whole-hearted devotion.
That is what God expects from us as those who have a relationship with Jesus grounded in foundational truth.
Here in Leviticus, Moses writes the laws that God gave to Israelites before they enter the Promlsed Land. Basically it comes down to the Greatest Commandment–Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love others as yourself.
Some ways that the Israelites were to be different than the pagans around them:
- Not follow familiar spirits or do divination
- Sexually pure
- Way they treated the poor and strangers
The question today for us is this: could we be convicted of being a Christian if put to trial?
The morning I wrote this devotional I read an article about the 10 most dangerous places to practice Christianity.
Yes, Christianity is dangerous because it literally turns the world upside down.
We’re supposed to be different. But are we?
I can’t help but think of a family fellowship group we were in years ago. We would do a Bible study about how important godliness is then the children would go downstairs and act like horrible heathens! Thank God my nephews spied this out for me one summer! We didn’t last long there as I was not going to allow this to continue.
It’s sad (and I saw this so many times in churches we’ve attended), how many parents give their children over to the god Molech. They give them over to the state-=to public schools–, to the world’s ideologies, to violent, pointless video games and raunchy television.
Reprobate minds seem to be sweeping our country in the name of “tolerance.”
But God deserves 100 percent devotion from you. What does that mean?
It means nothing on this earth is more important than Him–not money, entertainment, health, even our kids.
Is it easy? Certainly not! There’s nothing wrong with entertainment in and of itself. But who is some of this entertainment honoring?
Hard questions for hard times. Something I have to continually ask myself as there are so many distractions that could compromise my relationship with Christ.
That’s because we belong to Christ. First and foremost.
Be holy as God is holy.
Pray about activities that could be questionable in honoring Christ like TV shows, movies, video games, etc.
Lord, we strive to be holy, set apart for you. Help us make wise decisions so we can be holy devoted to You.
Call to Action
One of the reasons I’m starting this devotional is to ask for others to intentionally pray for our business, AngelArts.
We heard some bad news yesterday and my whole family is reeling. I feel like I’m a spinning top. So many are counting on me for AngelArts to be successful! More than ever I need the loving hand of my Heavenly Father guiding me step by step. Would you please pray for us? It means so much to me, my team, and my family.
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