Yeast can’t hide.
Our time is compressing. Drawing in closer like an old fashioned purse with a drawstring.
The day of Christ’s return is drawing nigh and will be upon us as if a flash of lightning.
So I’ve been contemplating how I’m living my life. Am I seeking to be holy?
Holiness. And righteousness.
Oh, I know what they are and what they mean. But this is a deeper pondering. An unfathomable examining. A journey through their significance. Seeing how they expand or shrink in my life. Truly searching for any snares of the enemy, potholes of idols, or stones of stumbling along the way.
And I mull over the question:
Am I hiding any yeast?
Is some schnibble of yeast hiding within the deep recesses of my heart, residing as old leaven-sin?
Paul wrote to the Galatian church, exhorting them, “You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” (Gal. 5:7-9 NKJV)
A little leaven-sin, a little unholiness, ferments and swells the whole soul. Not just part of it. Unlike real yeast that loses its effectiveness after a length of time, spiritual yeast never does. It just puffs up.
I ponder another question:
Am I hiding any golden-calf idols of unholiness?
God said, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Ex. 20:3 NKJV) By the definitions, it means this:
*have: to exist, be or become, come to pass, to abide, occur, etc.
*before: over, above, upon, against, etc.
*me: actually means face, presence, etc.
God commands that no gods of any kind be made or worshiped. No idols in His presence, in His face. Why? Because He is holy. Because is a jealous God and desires my full heart’s allegiance.
And therefore, He is Numero Uno! Kyle Idleman says in his book gods at war: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart, “God will not be part of any hierarchy.” Have I replaced God with another small-g-god idol of my own choosing or making?
Isaiah said, “Who but a fool would make his own god—an idol that cannot help him one bit?” (Is. 44:10 NLT)
Am I a fool, destroying my upright living, my purity? Do I try to carry idols with me or drag them along as I travel along this holiness path?
Unfortunately, holiness is no longer a consideration for God’s children.
Today, god-idols are strewn everywhere, hiding under all sorts of names, like money, science, government, power, sports, notoriety, sex, position, people, even a schedule.
And…wait for it…drum roll…ME! Yes, I can be my own idol.
*…it becomes clear that there’s a war going on. The gods are at war, and their strength is not to be underestimated. These gods clash for the throne of your heart, and much is at stake. Everything about me, everything I do, every relationship I have, everything I hope or dream or wish to become, depends upon what god wins that war.”*
So, now I ask myself:
Am I walking this life in purity?
Am I seeking God’s holiness to keep myself pure in His eyes? Am I relying on Christ’s shed blood to cleanse away the old, fermented leaven-sin?
Ponder these things for yourself. Then, ask yourself this question:
Am I hiding any yeast?
Blessings of leaven removal…Lynn