Session 14

God is holy

From What is God Like? A 21-Day Devotional

In fact, God wants you to be different — and not just in personality and personal likes and dislikes. But to understand how each of us are called to be different, we can first see how God is different.

God calls us to be different, set apart for a greater purpose.

One of the names for God is Jehovah-M’Kaddesh, which means “the God who sanctifies” (Leviticus 20:7-8, Exodus 31:13). Sanctification is a big, churchy word that means to set apart or separate. Often, the words holy and hallow are used in place of sanctify. We cannot make ourselves holy, so God did that for us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He calls us to be different, set apart for a greater purpose, like He called the people of Israel to be different from the world around them:

“‘Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them...You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you...I am the Lord your God, who has set you apart from the nations” (Leviticus 20:22-25).

Leviticus was a lawbook for the Israelites to follow. It showed God’s people what He was like, who He wanted them to be, and how He wanted them to live. It would have been easy for the Israelites to adopt the practices and beliefs of the surrounding groups: pagan worship, violent laws, human sacrifices, and more. But God wanted the Israelites to be different, not in opposition to those people, but examples of a better way to live in relationships with others and with Him (Leviticus 22-24). He wanted them to be different.

He wants the same thing for us today. Following Jesus is a counter-cultural way of life that invites outsiders to belong and transforms us the closer we are to Him.


  • What does God’s desire to sanctify us (or set us apart for a greater purpose) say about who He is and what He’s like?
  • How does knowing you are set apart by God change the way you act toward yourself or others?
  • What is something you believe God has set you apart to do or accomplish?

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Session 1

God is Jehovah

Have you ever been assigned a task you felt was too big to accomplish? Your initial thought is, “Who am I to carry this out?” Whether it’...

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Session 2

God is merciful

“Today is a good day for a good day” has become a popular phrase recently. It might seem cliche. But cliches are cliche because they are ...

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Session 3

God is just

We have no shortages of being hurt, failed, and scorned in life. The question to ponder is who do we trust to rescue us in our time of ne...

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Session 4

God is infinite

Imagine yourself on a sandy white beach, ankle-deep in crystal blue ocean water with a teaspoon in your hand. Now fill the teaspoon with ...

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Session 5

God is love

Our culture is obsessed with love. Romance novels and movies teach us that love should make us feel good and we should do whatever it tak...

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Session 6

God is awesome

Have you ever passed a police officer parked on the side of the road and felt the need to check your speed limit and sort of make sure yo...

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Session 7

God is our Lord

Today, many parents name children based on what’s popular or what sounds good, without much meaning beyond a nod to a family member or fr...

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Session 8

God is our Father

Have you ever had a relationship with someone that made you feel special? People with “connections” get special treatment. They might get...

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Session 9

God is God almighty

As a child, there is no hesitation in asking our parents to provide for our needs and wants. God wants us to come to him in the same way....

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Session 10

God is our banner

Sometimes God’s promises to us involve a fight. We have to fight to keep our focus on Him, fight to move towards the promise we know God ...

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Session 11

God is our healer

The Bible describes God as Jehovah-Rophe (or Jehovah-Rapha) more than 60 times. Jehovah means “God” and Rophe or Rapha means “to restore,...

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Session 12

God is peace

In Judges 6:11-24 Gideon’s hiding away, head down, working hard. Many of us could say the same about our day to day. How often do we toil...

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Session 13

God is our provider

Have you ever sat at the dining table and wondered which bill could be late so your lights would not be turned off? What about sitting in...

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Session 14

God is holy

In fact, God wants you to be different — and not just in personality and personal likes and dislikes. But to understand how each of us ar...

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Session 15

God is wrathful (and that’s a good thing)

We don’t like to think about God’s wrath. “Wrath” makes us think of uncontrolled tempers and impending punishments. It’s difficult to ass...

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Session 16

God is full of grace

Grace can be a tough concept to grasp. God is often described as gracious, but what does that mean for us? We sing about it, we read abou...

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Session 17

God is our comforter

The doctor walks in with a pained face and a positive cancer diagnosis. A policeman knocks on the door to deliver news no parent ever wan...

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Session 18

God is sovereign

Whether we win the lottery or spend our last $5 on the burger in front of us, we choose to trust in a sovereign God. We trust because God...

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Session 19

God is omniscient

Remember trying to get away with something as a kid? Grandma was always quick to say, “I may not know, but God knows.”  At some point, y...

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Session 20

God is self-sufficient

Remember the first time you realized you were pedaling your bicycle on your own? Realizing your mom or dad let go and you don’t need them...

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Session 21

God is good

Psalm 119 declares that God is good and what He does is good (Psalm 119:67). However, we all go through things that make us question God’...

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