Today's Devotions

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Showcase:Chatham Church

  • Made in His Image: Alex Kirk +

    World-made, self-made, or  God made? It is a trick question, because the first two are one and the same. When Read More
  • Prayer by Alex Kirk, Chatham Community Church +

    What role does prayer play in our lives? What is prayer, anyway? Alex Kirk, pastor of Chatham Community Church, gives Read More
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SylviaListen to God's Word in Leviticus 20:8. "I am the Lord, who makes you holy." And Isaiah 41:16 "You will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the Holy One of Israel." And Isaiah 12:6 "Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you."

God's holiness is not what he does. Holy is who He is, the Holy One. He is without spot or blemish. His eyes are too pure to look on sin. Yet His plan of redemption called for Jesus to take our sins on Himself and die to make us holy in Him. We cannot make ourselves holy, no matter how hard we try or how perfectly we live. Our perfection is not holiness. Jesus was the only perfect one. The Hebrew word qadhash implies being pure, devoted to God, set apart for a special task or the worship of God.

Beloved one, be blessed with knowing your holy Father. Be blessed with knowing how the holiness of Jesus is counted to your credit in His death on the cross. Nothing you ever do can make Him love you less or love you more. Be free from your perfectionism and the perfectionism of others, because through your Father's eyes He sees you as perfect in His perfect and beloved Son. Be blessed with joy in God's holiness and your own. Our culture does not associate joy with holiness, but God says that joyful shouting and singing are part of celebration of who He is. Celebrate the beauty of His holiness and the glory of your Holy One who accepts you completely and calls forth the best in you.

Listen to Isaiah 43:1-3. "This is what the Lord says... 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.' "

Beloved one, your Father treats you with special care because you are set apart to Him for His purposes, for His pleasure, and to His glory. Know deeply in your spirit that you are clean, you are dedicated, you are consecrated to God. Be blessed with freedom from anything that would make you unusable for your Father's glory. Reserve your heart's devotion and life's affection exclusively for your holy Father. Be blessed with appreciation that your Father knows you by name and will change the course of rivers and the nature of flames, if necessary, to keep His holy promises to be with you. Be blessed with freedom from fear because of His guarantee that nothing can destroy you. Be blessed with the power and authority of His names by which He identifies Himself as your God, your Holy One, and your Savior.
Be blessed in the name of Jehovah-M'Kaddesh.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

  • No Longer Alone with God

    This is the first of a seven part series by Dallas Willard, a USC philosophy professor who is closely associated Read More
  • Storytelling

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
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Favorites

  • A Model for Coming to God-adapted from Sylvia Gunter +

    Sylvia Gunter uses Psalm 35 to show how David asked God to contend, fight, rescue, defend, vindicate Read More
  • Soaring by Surrendering +

    How do birds soar? Read More
  • Forgiveness Leads to Thriving: John 21 +

    How we deal with our daily sins determines whether others see Jesus in us. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Mystery of Godliness +

    Longings after God My dear Lord, I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but Thyself, Read More
  • The Mystery of Iniquity by RC Sproul +

    It has been called the Achilles' heel of the Christian faith. Of course, I'm referring to the classical problem of Read More
  • The Mystery of the Trinity: One in Essence, Three in Person by RC Sproul +

    Do the three Persons of the Trinity truly exist? In this message entitled "One in Essence, Three in Person," Dr. Read More
  • Behold, I Tell You a Mystery by Baritone Coloratura· +

    Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, Read More
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