And the LORD said to Moses, “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you.’”
Yahweh Makaddishkem—”the LORD who sanctifies.” This is the name that God gives himself. The word “sanctify” means to “make holy”–something only God can do. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden, sin entered the human race and separated us from a relationship with God (Isaiah 59:2). Furthermore, the penalty God placed on sin was death (Romans 3:23)—separation from God forever. Left to ourselves we are helpless and hopeless. So, God sent Jesus to pay the penalty of sin by his one-time-for-all-time perfect sacrifice. Through Jesus, God chooses us, cleanses us, and sets us apart for his own. It is God who fills us with His Spirit and allows us to grow and mature in our relationship with him. He alone is Yahweh Makaddishkem—the LORD who sanctifies you.
Have you come to the point in your life where you have trusted in Jesus alone as the only One who can bridge the great separation between you and God? Do you agree that only God can make you holy?
- If you desire that personal relationship, I invite you to pray the following prayer.
I desire to be cleansed. I desire to be forgiven. I desire to be set apart as your child. I acknowledge that I am separated from you. I know my best efforts on my best day cannot earn a relationship with you. So right now, I trust in Jesus as the One who paid the penalty for my sins on the cross. Through Jesus, I desire to know you as the Lord who sanctifies me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us help you get started on your journey.
- If you have already trusted in Christ alone as your personal Savior, thank God for the circumstances and people he used to bring you to himself.
- Pray for those among your family and friends who don’t know Jesus. Ask God to use you to bring them to himself.
And…keep praying throughout the day for those who don’t know Jesus.
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