Read Leviticus 20:7-8.

These days, holiness is not a very popular idea. Some people associate being holy with being “holier than thou.” Others—even professing Christians—think of holiness as a life of limitations and restrictions, so they want nothing to do with holiness. But God describes Himself as Yahweh Mekadesh—the God who is holy. And He calls His people to be holy, or set apart, as He is holy (see 1 Peter 1:15-16, cf. Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2).

Because God is wholly different, He’s free to act in ways that may not make sense to us. There are times in life when we cry to God, “Lord, why are You doing this? Why is this happening?” But our holy God reassures us, “I’ve got this. Everything is under My control. Don’t panic.”

Because the Lord is Yahweh Mekadesh, we can never put Him in a box to make us comfortable; He is not ours to control. He acts graciously when we expect judgment and reveals Himself to us in ways we do not expect. We belong to Him, and in His love and grace, He is at work to make us holy as He is holy, to encourage us as we follow His Son, and to empower us to be His representatives to a lost and broken world. What a glorious calling!

Prayer: God, You are infinitely above me. Your ways are not my ways. You are holy and perfect—set apart. I know You alone can make me holy as You are holy. May I walk in Your ways by the leading of Your Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy” (Leviticus 20:8).

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Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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