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holiness

Devotions For Students


Lesson 1: God = Holy
Day 1 Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy. Leviticus 19:2 Do you have a favorite sports team? If so its probably safe to assume you have some gear with your teams logo on it. If youre like most fans, its more than just a hat. You probably have several hats, a couple of shirts, a few pics on your phone, and maybe even a jersey. What is it about our teams that cause us to want to be so closely identified with them? Our identification with a team says something about our identity. There is something about who we are wrapped up in who we pull for. Read Leviticus 19:2. This is the very principle God was getting at. When God ordered Moses to tell the Israelites to be holy, God had one thing in mind: identity. God wanted His people to stand out from the nations around them. Not for their sake, for His. God wanted His people to be identified as people after His heart. In essence, God was commanding His children to wear His team colors. But instead of clothing, the logo they would present to the world would be worn through their words, their hearts, and their actions. How about you? Do you identify yourself with God? Something to think about . . . 1. Your cap or jacket says which team you pull for. Think about your actions today. What did they say to the world about how strongly you are identified with God?
2012, youthministry360

Day 2 Todays devotion is pretty simple. But it can be powerful if you give it your attention. Youve learned that being holy is being like God. Its being identified with Him, in large part, by acting, speaking, or thinking like Him. Lets define this. Spend a few minutes thinking about God and His ways. Think about His character. Think about the things He values. Try and create an actual list. Then, look and see which of the things you wrote down that are things you can imitate today. By doing so, youll be identifying yourself with God. See, told you it was simple. Day 3 Read this quote and think about it today: An unholy Christian is a contradiction of everything the Bible teaches. John Blanchard

2. Your identification with God starts with your heart. What steps can you take to create a heart thats holy, and set-apart as Gods? What changes do you need to make?

Day 4 There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2 Heres a question that might feel like youre getting put on the spot. But think about it anyway. Here we go: If you used only your time as a judge, what is the most important thing in your life? (See? That wasnt so bad was it?) For most of you, the answer is school. And thats not a bad thing. But what would be next? After youve given time to actually going to school and doing homework, what do you give your next largest block of time to? Sports? Video games? Work? Lying on the couch? The truth is, the way you allocate your time speaks volumes about what really matters in your life. How you spend your time is your vote for whats really important. Read 1 Samuel 2:2. Read it again. Its so short you might miss it. See that part where it says, There is no one beside you? That little comment is speaking about competition. It says, Nothing competes with you God. Youre so holy and awesome. You are my number one. See where were headed with this? Using our earlier way of measuring, can you honestly say there is no one or no thing competing with God for your attention and affection? What does the way you use your time and energy say? Part of recognizing God as uniquely holy and uniquely worthy of our praise and devotion is actually adjusting our lives to put Him first. What about you? Is God alone at the top of your life?
2012, youthministry360

Something to think about . . . 1. Is there something you know of in your life that comes before God? What is it? Why has it taken such a place of importance in your world? 2. Do you believe God is perfectly holy? Do you believe Hes worthy of your affection and attention? Then what will you do to get things back in the right order? Day 5 As this is the final day of devotions for this week, take a few minutes and use the space below to express your thoughts to God, especially as they pertain to what youve learned about His holiness. Write a prayer. Draw a picture. Ask questions. Whatever you do, take this time to express to God your understanding of His holiness and how your understanding has changed the way you know and relate to Him.