Kirsten Uninterrupted

Unleavened Bread

Jan 13, 2022 | Healing Thoughts, Throwback Thursday

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originally written in 2020

Over the past several weeks, as I’ve been practicing social distancing, I’ve repeatedly heard a message from the Lord about this being a time of individual and corporate purification for His children.  Now that many of us have slowed down our pace, we can hear His still, quiet voice in our daily lives more clearly.

Yesterday, in my daily devotion, we prayed about removing the “leaven” (aka sin) from our lives.  The devotion was based on 1 Corinthians 5:7.

So remove every trace of your “leaven” of compromise with sin so that you might become new and pure again. For indeed, you are clean because Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. TPT

Here Paul was speaking, to the Corinthians, about a specific man whose sin was sexual immorality.  This member of the Christian community was willfully sinning.  His sin was equated to leaven (yeast) that spreads through the entire loaf of bread when it is added to the ingredients.  Sin permeates the entire fellowship, just as leaven permeates the entire batch of dough.

For me, I took the leap and applied the principle to my own life.  If there is an area of sin in my own life (whether it’s physical, emotional, or spiritual) it will spread to my entire life if I continue to sin (knead it into my life).

I often feel like I’ve embraced the same role reversal of sin and purity that society has embraced.  And that is not what God has called me to do or to be!  Jesus died so that I would be made clean from my sin.  Yet, if I’m continuing to knead sin into the daily ingredients of my life…what was the point of His sacrifice?  Seriously,  WHAT WAS THE POINT?

During the time of Passover, the Jews were required to cleanse the leaven out of their homes.  For seven days they were to only eat unleavened bread.   I wonder what would happen if I cleansed the areas of sin out of my life for seven days?  If I really concentrated on keeping my mind and soul focused on purity for that week.

In the English Standard Version of 1 Corinthians 5:7 it tells us:

Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump..

This reminds that I am a lump of clay that God, as the Potter, shapes and molds into His image.  His hands gently smooth my lumps and bumps out to create a vessel that He can use.  I believe that when we choose to cleanse out the “old leaven” (sin) in our lives we do become a “new lump” that Jesus shapes into His purified desires and plans for us.

All of this brings me to the place that God has blessed me (many of us) with a time of a slower paced life that can be used to cleanse our hearts and minds of the leaven in our lives.  I believe, I am being called to step up to the next level of purity with the Lord.  He wants me to be a new lump that He can mold and shape into the person that He has created me to be.

Today, I relistened to yesterday’s devotion.  As it was wrapping up these questions came to my mind.  Over the next several days, who knows maybe it will be months or a lifetime, I will be asking myself the questions so that I can become an active participant in the removal of sin from my life.

  1. In what areas of my life have I justified or tolerated my sinful behaviors?
  2. Have I become desensitized to my own sin and the sin of others?
  3. Which is greater: My love of Jesus or my love of my worldly life?
  4. In what ways am I allowing the leaven (sin) of the world infiltrate my life?

Prayer:
Lord, please reveal to me the sin in my life that needs to be removed.  Some areas I am totally aware of, but there are others area that are deeply hidden even from my own eyes.  Please help me to see those sins with your eyes.  I don’t want my body and/or mind to sin, Lord.  Yet, I know there are times when I choose to do things that are wrong.  Help me to stand strong against those temptations.

Please give me a passion for purity.  Chip away at those hardened places in my heart that stubbornly cling to old behaviors and thoughts. Give me the desire, daily, to be a new lump that You can mold and shape for Your purpose and glory!

Your precious Son died so that I might be cleansed and made pure.  He has already done the work and paid the sacrifice for my freedom.  Please help me to walk in His freedom every day.

Amen!

Until next time blessings and healing

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