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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

  • Worry

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
  • The Beauty of God

    Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God Isaiah 65. 17-25; Revelation 21.9-27 a sermon at Harvard Memorial Church, October 22 2006 Read More
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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Healing Words From A Dialogue With God by Sylvia Gunter +

    ... Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to Read More
  • Fast Of Words - A Different Kind Of Fast by Sylvia Gunter +

    Isaiah 58:10b-12 Time and again God brings me to my knees over my heart attitude expressed out of my mouth. Read More
  • The power of words +

    Our words have the power to bless or curse, to influence for good or for bad. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Paul’s Word to Police: Protect the Weak (an excerpt) +

    Below is an excerpt of an article from Christianity Today, by Esau McCaulley, Read More
  • Easter: transforming how we relate to others +

    As we prepare for Easter, let’s prayerfully consider some questions regarding John 17. Read More
  • Jesus as the cultivator of our heart +

    Day after day our heart experiences dozens and hundreds of interactions: with others, with news stories,  with our thoughts, or Read More
  • Sing to the Lord: Thinking about to praise God each day with songs from our hearts +

    One of the overriding themes throughout scripture is praising God regardless of our circumstances. Read More
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