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Hello Everyone, I pray you are being blessed by this devotional!! And I know you’re going to be more blessed, from now on!! I went back and corrected all the other days, in the devotional, to match the “God Is…I Am…” statements of facts; I put the correct days together – Day 1 goes with Day 2, and so on. The devotional is designed for us to see who God is, and then so us who we are, because of who God is, thus the name, “God is…I Am…”
I read each day, but it didn’t click until earlier this morning, when I was reading and putting the ones together for you all, so I could post today:). Thank God for His revelation, becoming clear – I knew it but like I said, clicked it in my spirit; God brought it ALIVE IN ME!!
I pray that God will bring who He is and who you all ALIVE in you all’s spirits too!! We CANNOT live and be alive in this world, until we REALLY KNOW who God is, and who we are in Him!! That is our key, to living in this alien world; living in a world that is NOT our home!! KNOWING who God is, and KNOWING who we are in God, will help us use our authority, that God gave us (God gave Adam authority in the Garden of Eden, then Jesus gave us the authority – same authority), when the enemy comes against us!!
I suggest you go back through each day (I have combined the days together for you, and it is separate PDF document from this one), and write out who God is and who you are, because of who you are, along with the Scripture, so you can use it to fight the good fight of faith, when the enemy comes!! Now let’s continue with today’s devotional!
God Is…I Am... Devotional
Day 15 – 2/9/19: RENEWING TRUTH:
God is Jehovah-M’Kaddesh.
(The God who Sanctifies Me)
“Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”
LEVITICUS 20:7-8, NKJV
God is a holy God. He has always been holy, and He will always be holy. His holiness is unmatched, eternal, and glorious. We must never forget the holiness of God. He is more holy than we understand. Around god’s throne there are four living creatures who never stop crying day and night, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty!” (See Revelations 4:8).
He made us in His image. You are made in the image of Holy God! That is why He commanded us to be holy, as He is holy. So, what can we do? Actually, nothing in our own power. There is nothing we can do to make ourselves fit to stand before such a holy God.
The good news is that through the work of the Cross, we are clothed with Jesus’ righteousness. What’s more, through His Holy Spirit, God begins a lifelong process of sanctifying us. Yes, you can confidently say you belong to Jehovah-M’Kaddesh, “the God who sanctifies you.” As you abide with Jesus and consider His glory with an unveiled face, you are transformed into His image.
His presence and power change you. Here is true renewal! Here is the ever-increasing glory, which comes from simply walking with and resting in the Lord! Here is life as it meant to be.
We are saved by grace, not by being good. None of us are good enough to deserve the forgiveness of our King. We have been weighted in the balance and found wanting. We have fallen short. But Jesus Christ tilts the scale in our direction. We are evaluated according to his holiness, not ours.
Day 16 – 2/10/19: RENEWING TRUTH:
I Am Reconciled to God
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation…
COLOSSIANS 1:21-22, NIV
At one time, you were alienated from God. You were separated from Him because of sin, and there was no way to reach Him. There was no deed you could do, and no price you could pay to buy your freedom or salvation. You, along with everyone else in the world, were hopeless and lost and in need of a Savior.
And then a Savior came. Through the Cross, your sin was paid. By Christ’s blood, the grave was defeated. Calvary’s victory reconciled you back to God. The veil that once kept you at a distance from God’s glory was torn, and the intimate access to God that Adam and Eve once enjoyed, but forfeited, became yours.
After your experience at the Cross, Jesus presented you to God, holy and blameless. There you now stand-no longer with blemish, stain, or spot. There every accusation of the enemy is now enveloped by the Blood of Jesus. Now you stand clean, washed white as snow. Once you were alienated. Now you are reconciled.
You, and every son and daughter of Adam, were born an enemy of God. But through the extraordinary work of Jesus Christ, initiated by the love of God, you are now a friend of God. Think of that: You are a friend of God. You have been reconciled to Him.
Without God’s intervention, we could not have found the way of peace. But our heavenly Father provided the perfect solution to our sin problem. He sent His Son to pay for our iniquities and remove the separation that existed between us and Him.
God's Blessings to you all and your Families,
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks