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Sifting through the Dough

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SCRIPTURE

“Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

 

OBSERVATION

Sometimes we have sin in our lives or things that inhibit us from growth, that we don’t recognize as sin and we keep operating in our normal “routine.” We go on with our lives not even realizing how things in the past has affected our behavior today and we respond to others out of past hurts or disappointments. We don’t mean to hold onto our past baggage or want to operate in our sinful nature but we unintentionally do and it affects everything that we touch—it could be with the way we act towards our spouse, our children, our co-workers and even the way we do our job or our ministry. As followers of Christ, it’s important that we constantly evaluate the way we live so that others will call us “different” because we are changed and look more like Jesus. If there is something in my life that continues to be a problem, I should always take it to the Lord so he can help me identify the source and get rid of the old “yeast” so I can operate freely in Christ.

 

APPLICATION

This verse also reminded me of how I lead my company. I’m constantly having to sift through my “dough” which are my employees because I’m constantly working on the culture of our company. If I have one “cancer” in my company, it affects the whole “dough” and it spreads quickly. I have to work very hard to always make sure that character and attitude is that of Christ so that everything from the top down is healthy. If we have one employee that is affecting many others, we know that we need to identify the problem quickly. Sometimes we have to get rid of the individual but other times we choose to work with this one individual to produce a healthy environment. Sometimes showing them grace and love produces a changed heart and attitude. This affects the whole “batch” and we have a healthy culture and at the end of day, we pray that they see Christ.

 

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, refine me daily and renew my mind so that I may reflect you in my life. Help me to always identify the old “yeast” in my life so that I can have healthy relationships and be able to handle adversity with your eyes, your heart, and your plan. May I never ignore the sin or problems in my life, whether intentional or unintentional, and help me to always weed out the things that destroy and bring life to every area of my life. I ask you to also help me lead in a healthy way. Everything that you entrust me to take care of, I pray that I can always lead with your heart. I love you so much Lord and I want to make sure that my life always exemplifies you in all areas of my life. Amen!

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Take It To Heart

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SCRIPTURE

And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel he said to them, “Take to heart all these words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess. - Deuteronomy 32:45-47

 

OBSERVATION

God’s word is meant to be taken to heart. It is not meant simply to be read or heard but to be brought the centrality of a person’s being to be meditated and obeyed. The core and essence of a person—thoughts, affections, desires, will are to be centered on the life-giving word of God. But it does not end there. There is a purpose to taking God’s word to heart. It is to model, teach and command our children.

 

APPLICATION

I want to be touched and filled to the core with God’s word. Doing my devotions is not just a routine to be filled with bible trivia and facts—it is my very life. It is through Scripture by the Spirit that I am able to understand the things freely given to me by God in Christ (1 Cor. 2:12). It is not idle or empty word that I read but God-breathed and inspired word of life that reveals the majesty of Christ and glory of God. My personal transformation is not an end to itself. I have to demonstrate and teach them to Judah, Noah and Ezra. 

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

You are my life. Where would I be with your word? How can I stand without your mercy? Please forgive me for not reading your word heart-first. I am different today because I am taking your word to heart. Help me to be like Ezra who read, meditated, obeyed and taught Scripture. May you use me to bring a revival to your word in Hawaii.

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