Today we will look at God as Jehovah M’Kaddesh, the Lord who sanctifies. He sees us as special and unique. He will make us whole.
God calls us special, unique, fearfully and wonderfully made. He holds us up. Do we believe that? Does the world creep in attack our self-esteem and our self-worth?
So many times our emotions pull us away from God’s truth.
God – Jehovah M’Kaddesh. The Lord who sanctifies, who sets apart.
This name is in Leviticus. We can make an argument that Leviticus is one of the most important books in the bible. Why? Israel had come out of Egypt and they are getting ready to go into the Promise Land. But before they get there God is telling them, I am going to prepare you for the Promise Land.
You are going to be dealing with people who don’t believe like you, act like you, look like you and they are going to try to bring you away from what I have called you to do.
Leviticus prepares Israel so they won’t be swayed or misled.
God Makes Us Holy
Leviticus 20:7-8 “7 “Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. 8 Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Holy is to be pure and blameless. God believes we can be pure and blameless. This is God’s view of us.
Tozer said “Holy is not one who cannot sin. A holy man is one who will not sin.”
It is easy to think that is impossible. God said we can be holy which means we can stop sinning.
God Lifting us up Again
2 Corinth. 5:17-21
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!…20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…”
We are ambassadors. Foreigners in a strange land bringing the message of God.
We can have trouble seeing ourselves this way but that is how God sees us.
Leviticus 20:7 God says, “consecrate yourself”. Well, if you are going to sanctify me why do I need to consecrate myself? We are to separate ourselves from the world. Why? God will do the sanctifying once we start walking with him. God waits for us to act. If we want to be sanctified, we need to act first.
What does it mean to separate?
In Leviticus 20:6, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
These sins hurt others and they hurt us.
As we hurt ourselves, what happens? Our self-esteem drops. We see ourselves in a poor light. If I am an ambassador, if heaven is my home, I should be the most optimistic person in the world.
God is looking to cleanse.
Holiness Can Be Seen
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Our life, our lifestyle, how we talk, how we handle situations, especially how we handle difficult situations, shows our worship. It shows the world our worship.
How do we do it? The renewing of our mind.
Jehovah Shalom, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Nissi. God’s peace is there as he sanctifies us. God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Alpha and Omega looks down and says I want to set you apart. I want to make you holy. We can be holy because He is holy. I want you to be my ambassador.
We need to consecrate ourselves. Usually there are two or three steps. Today just one: start walking with God.
1. Read God’s Word – Read Romans 12
2. A Place of Prayer – Ask God have I allowed the world to define me or you to define me?
3. Battle – Start each day realizing God consecrates you. Throughout the day show this in your life. Find a person to walk with you.