Food for ThoughtLeviticus 11:45 - Be Holy
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Leviticus 11:45

45 For I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

The Hebrew interpretation for Holy or qadosh simply means "set apart" or sanctified.

God is calling us to be Holy. Why? Because He is holy. God Himself is set apart and there is none like Him.  

To be holy is to be different from the world. God called the Israelites to be holy and now He is calling us to be set apart for Him and for His purposes.

In the Old Testament God delivered the Israelite people out of Egypt where they had been enslaved for 400 years. According to many theologians Egypt is representative or a type of the world. We, as born again Christians are called out of the world just as the Israelites were called out of Egypt.

When we choose to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and presented as God's sanctified people in the Kingdom of light. It is the Holy Spirit within us that makes us different from the world. In this position of holiness we become as He is. We take on the garment of holiness. God then patiently and faithfully chips away at our old sin nature. This lifelong process ultimately produces a spiritual and emotional likeness to God.

Esther, a Jewish woman whom God chose to be queen, mastered the understanding of protocol in the royal house through the preparation of intense and detailed training. The King chose Esther to be his queen, because of her beauty, but God chose Esther to be queen because of her heart; she had a heart toward God.  

Esther was transformed into an acceptable part of the monarchy, just as we, through preparation and training are transformed into what God already knows is who we were meant to be.

We are made in the image of God and as we go through the process of transformation we begin thinking, talking and behaving as God does. Each time we let go of our self-image through healing, confessing, surrendering and learning from Him we take on more of what God designed us to be.

Challenge:  No longer focus on things of the world.   Ask God to help you focus on Him and on His word.

God bless,


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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.