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Week 8 Day 4
everybody faces temptationsand there are those temptations peculiar to age to longings to personality to frustrationsit is as though the temptationsfind us in a wilderness where we feel no one is watching where no one else can know our thoughts where our values are testedthe right or wrong of the temptationis not in whether we are being tested but in the response we make whether we seek spiritual shortcuts or faithfulness on the journey whether we want moral exemptions or loyalty to the truth whether we want technical excuses or a life of integrityovercoming temptation requiresstrength greater than our own to confront what we feel what we plan what we decide in the secret places of our hearts in the secret places of our minds in the secret places of our pain in the wilderness yet faithful
BE HOLY, SEPARATE, DIFFERENT Salvation means we are joined to a holy God. Leviticus 17, 18 & 19
13"Whatever man of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who hunts and catches any animal or bird that may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with dust. 14Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said, 'You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood.'" 2"I am the Lord your God. 3According to the doings of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do;nor shall you walk in their ordinances. 4You shall keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. 5You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord. 6"None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the Lord. 7You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father or mother, 8of your father's wife, 9of your sister, 10of your son's or daughter's daughter, 11of your father's wife's daughter, 12of your father's or your mother's sister, 14of your father's brother, 15of your daughter-in-law, 17of a woman and her daughter. It is wickedness. 18Nor shall you take a woman as a rival to her sister, while the other is alive. 20"You shall not lie carnally with your neighbor's wife, to defile yourself with her. 21You shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 22You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. 23Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. 24Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. 25For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. 26"You shall keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you, 28 lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it. 29For whoever commits any of these abominations shall be cut off from among their people. 30"You shall keep My ordinance, so that you do not commit these abominable customs which were committed before you, and that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God." 1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2"Speak to the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: 'You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.'" This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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