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Be holy because Yahweh your God is Holy

Holy is God’s Nature

Earlier this week we looked at a very similar verse in Leviticus that also told us to “be holy.” Here, God is saying it again. God knows us humans pretty well – after all He created us. He knows we have to hear things multiple times for it to sink in and finally “get it.” So let’s look at another aspect of being holy – reflecting the nature and characteristics of God.

My Mini-Me

When people look at my daughter, they know she is mine. She is definitely made in my image. She’s my mini me. There are something things about her that you can see she gets from her dad – but mostly, she’s a younger version of me. We have a picture of us side by side at the same age and the only way you can tell us apart is by the fashion differences from when I was that age. Our hair was even combed the same way. We do have some differences – she is shorter than me, but we look very much alike.

Created In God’s Image

When God created us, He created us in His image. Because we are, we should reflect every aspect of who He is because His image in stamped and engraved in us. As His children, we should look like Him. The world should be able to look at us and then say, “Yup! She’s definitely part of the family of God!”

As God’s Image-barers, we should be Holy

In Leviticus 19:2 God instructs Moses to tell the Children of Israel to be holy because God is holy. That applies to us today as well. Our words should be holy. Our actions should be holy. And our thoughts should be holy. The way we live should be holy. We should be reflecting God in everything we think, say, or do.  Because God is merciful, forgiving, grace, truthful, keeps his promises, righteous, just, and faithful, so should we. Because He is unconditional and unfailing in how He loves us, so we should be in how we love others. As beings created in His image, we should reflect these attributes in our everyday lives.

Colossians 3:10 says, “And having put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” And in Ephesians 4:24, Paul wrote, “And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

In Proverbs 27:19, Solomon wrote, “As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.” Whatever is in our heart is what is reflected in our lives. Is your heart reflecting the glory of God and His attributes and characteristics?


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Be Still & Know

With all that’s going on in the world today, sometimes we just need to be still and know that God is God and He is in control of all things.

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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

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Live in My presence and be blameless

God’s Promise: A Father of Many Nations

God promised Abraham to make him a father of many nations but as Abraham and Sarah grew older, they decide that God might need a little help in keeping the promise and Sarah gives her maid Hagar to Abraham as a wife so she can bare him a son…and she does. However, God makes it clear that this child is not the child of the promise. In Chapter 17 of Genesis, God renews His covenant with Abraham. First He identifies Himself as the Almighty God who is all-sufficient to do as He promised.  God says to Abraham: “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence and be blameless.”

Live in My Presence

Have you ever thought about what it would be to walk before God? There is nothing we can hide from God, even if we were to walk behind Him. But to walk before Him means living our life in the full attention and sight of God. Walking before God means living every moment in the presence of God. It is walking in fellowship with Him. Living life in obedience to Him. It is walking by faith and not by sight. It means living in such as way that there is nothing to hide.

Was Abraham perfect?

When God told Abraham to be perfect, He was telling Abraham to be an upright, sincere person in heart, in his words, and in his actions and behaviors. Abraham was not sinless. We see this when he informed kings that his wife was his sister so they wouldn’t kill him to be able to have Sarah for themselves. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a perfect person other than Jesus Christ.

The Hebrew word used for “perfect” is tamin. It is the same word used to describe Noah in Genesis 6:9. The root meaning of the word is whole, integrated, as one exerts all their energy into one pursuit – in Abraham’s case, that pursuit was to live righteously and blameless before God. He was to be “all-in” to God’s plan. Completely dedicated to His cause. He was not free to live like the Canaanites. He couldn’t absorb himself into their culture. Abraham was to remain separated, set apart, holy. There would be no room for half-hearted service to God. It was all or nothing.

Called to be set apart and to Live in His Presence

God still calls us, His children, to be set apart and different from the rest of the world. We are called to live in God’s presence. We are to be fully committed to living for Him and fully willing to do whatever He asks of us. Just as God told Abraham, so He tells us today, “I am the Almighty God; live in my presence and be blameless.”


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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

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Fasting and Prayer for Revival

If God has burdened your heart for the state of our nation (or the nation you live in), and you long for a spiritual awakening and revival in our land, we are asking you to join us in a day of prayer and fasting to petition God to send a revival and turn our nation back to Him.

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Preparing for July 5th: A Day of Fasting and Prayer for Revival

2 Chronicles 7:14 is our theme verse as we seek Revival in America. This verse says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heave, forgive their sins and heal their land.” America needs healing!

Over the past few weeks, we have learned that “my people” in this verse are Christians. We are the people of God – the ones called by His name. We then spent a week focusing on humbling ourselves before the Lord. Last week, we focused on seeking the face of God.

This week as we lead up to a day of fasting and prayer on Sunday, July 5, we want to focus on repentance. That is was 2 Chronicles 7:14 means when is says, “turn from their wicked ways.” Repenting is more than just “feeling sorry” for your actions. If you truly repent then you turn around and go the opposite direction.

With the state of our nation and our world today, how bad do things have to get before we are willing to humble ourselves, have a desire to seek God with our whole heart, and turn from our wicked ways?

Joel 2:12-14 – Seeking Revival by Turning from our Wicked Ways

Even now—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
turn to Me with all your heart,
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Tear your hearts,
not just your clothes,
and return to the Lord your God.
For He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger, rich in faithful love,
and He relents from sending disaster.
Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave a blessing behind Him,

What do we have to do to receive the blessing of revival?

If we – God’s people – ever desire to see a true revival in America, we must follow the instructions in Joel’s prophecy. We must…

  • Return to God with all your heart
  • Remove complacency from our heart
  • Repent from wickedness in our heart
  • Repent on behalf of our nation
  • Declare a Fast
  • Rend our hearts – not our garments
  • Unite as the Body of Christ to pray

Join us this week as we prepared for a day of fasting and prayer for revival for our nation by returning to God with all your heart.

If we want to see revival in America, then God’s people must humble themselves, seek God’s face, and repent.

Will you pray and fast with us and lead your
church to pray for God to send a revival to America?

#revival #America #repentance #prayandfast

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What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
  • Date ideas
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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Fasting and Prayer for Revival

If God has burdened your heart for the state of our nation (or the nation you live in), and you long for a spiritual awakening and revival in our land, we are asking you to join us in a day of prayer and fasting to petition God to send a revival and turn our nation back to Him.

National Day of Prayer and fasting for Revival
Right click and copy this graphic then paste it in your social media and help us call the people of God to pray and fast for America or email julia.bruce@wellspringchristianministries and request a copy of the graphic.

Preparing for July 5th: A Day of Fasting and Prayer for Revival

2 Chronicles 7:14 is our theme verse as we seek Revival in America. This verse says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heave, forgive their sins and heal their land.” America needs healing!

Over the past few weeks, we have learned that “my people” in this verse are Christians. We are the people of God – the ones called by His name. We then spent a week focusing on humbling ourselves before the Lord. Last week, we focused on seeking the face of God.

This week as we lead up to a day of fasting and prayer on Sunday, July 5, we want to focus on repentance. That is was 2 Chronicles 7:14 means when is says, “turn from their wicked ways.” Repenting is more than just “feeling sorry” for your actions. If you truly repent then you turn around and go the opposite direction.

With the state of our nation and our world today, how bad do things have to get before we are willing to humble ourselves, have a desire to seek God with our whole heart, and turn from our wicked ways?

Joel 2:12-14 – Seeking Revival by Turning from our Wicked Ways

Even now—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
turn to Me with all your heart,
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Tear your hearts,
not just your clothes,
and return to the Lord your God.
For He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger, rich in faithful love,
and He relents from sending disaster.
Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave a blessing behind Him,

What do we have to do to receive the blessing of revival?

If we – God’s people – ever desire to see a true revival in America, we must follow the instructions in Joel’s prophecy. We must…

  • Return to God with all your heart
  • Remove complacency from our heart
  • Repent from wickedness in our heart
  • Repent on behalf of our nation
  • Declare a Fast
  • Rend our hearts – not our garments
  • Unite as the Body of Christ to pray

Join us this week as we prepared for a day of fasting and prayer for revival for our nation by returning to God with all your heart.

If we want to see revival in America, then God’s people must humble themselves, seek God’s face, and repent.

Will you pray and fast with us and lead your
church to pray for God to send a revival to America?

#revival #America #repentance #prayandfast

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What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
  • Date ideas
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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 Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.

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Fasting and Prayer for Revival

If God has burdened your heart for the state of our nation (or the nation you live in), and you long for a spiritual awakening and revival in our land, we are asking you to join us in a day of prayer and fasting to petition God to send a revival and turn our nation back to Him.

National Day of Prayer and fasting for Revival
Right click and copy this graphic then paste it in your social media and help us call the people of God to pray and fast for America or email julia.bruce@wellspringchristianministries and request a copy of the graphic.

Preparing for July 5th: A Day of Fasting and Prayer for Revival

2 Chronicles 7:14 is our theme verse as we seek Revival in America. This verse says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heave, forgive their sins and heal their land.” America needs healing!

Over the past few weeks, we have learned that “my people” in this verse are Christians. We are the people of God – the ones called by His name. We then spent a week focusing on humbling ourselves before the Lord. Last week, we focused on seeking the face of God.

This week as we lead up to a day of fasting and prayer on Sunday, July 5, we want to focus on repentance. That is was 2 Chronicles 7:14 means when is says, “turn from their wicked ways.” Repenting is more than just “feeling sorry” for your actions. If you truly repent then you turn around and go the opposite direction.

With the state of our nation and our world today, how bad do things have to get before we are willing to humble ourselves, have a desire to seek God with our whole heart, and turn from our wicked ways?

Joel 2:12-14 – Seeking Revival by Turning from our Wicked Ways

Even now—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
turn to Me with all your heart,
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Tear your hearts,
not just your clothes,
and return to the Lord your God.
For He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger, rich in faithful love,
and He relents from sending disaster.
Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave a blessing behind Him,

What do we have to do to receive the blessing of revival?

If we – God’s people – ever desire to see a true revival in America, we must follow the instructions in Joel’s prophecy. We must…

  • Return to God with all your heart
  • Remove complacency from our heart
  • Repent from wickedness in our heart
  • Repent on behalf of our nation
  • Declare a Fast
  • Rend our hearts – not our garments
  • Unite as the Body of Christ to pray

Join us this week as we prepared for a day of fasting and prayer for revival for our nation by returning to God with all your heart.

If we want to see revival in America, then God’s people must humble themselves, seek God’s face, and repent.

Will you pray and fast with us and lead your
church to pray for God to send a revival to America?

#revival #America #repentance #prayandfast

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What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
  • Date ideas
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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 Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.

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