As We Think

Gehazi, the servant of Elisha… thought, ‘My master has let that Aramean Naaman off too lightly … I will run after him and get something out of him.’  2 Kings 5:19-27  My thoughts have gotten me into so much trouble!  If we are not careful our thoughts will lead us astray. Particularly when they are tied to negative or painful emotions. Even the smallest of such emotions can influence our actions. Our next move is preceded by what we think. What others perceive about us is followed by our next move. In faith, we don’t have to worry about what others perceive about us, only what we perceive about ourselves in Christ and let our actions reveal who we are and to whom we belong. Through Christ perceptions can be changed. Let the unleavened bread of the Holy Spirit empower your thoughts today.

Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?  1 Corinthians 5:1-8

Many Gifts One Spirit

Lent: Day 25 – We know that there are people among us who do not operate under the one spirit that works for the good of God’s people. They are the ones who allow the yeast of pride, selfishness, greed and arrogance to rise within and distort God’s plan for his creation. They are the ones trapped in the limitations of the physical world. They are the ones who fully believe they have some power and authority that others do not have. The Pharisees of yesterday and today still believe this to be true. Our ancestor Joseph may have at one time believed this to be true but by the time of his father’s (Jacob) death he knew this not to be the case. The good news is that the Apostle Paul in his transformed wisdom assures us that this is in fact not the case. In one Spirit, with many gifts among us working together, as we walk in his grace we can and will manifest God’s glory and not our own. Only this, God’s glory, is what’s important and we are the beneficiaries.

Genesis 50:15-26 ‘Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear…

Mark 8:11-26 …and he (Jesus) cautioned them, saying, “Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.”

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Psalm119 Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth… Your decrees are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.

Yeast Of Malice vs. Bread Of Sincerity

Lent: Day 12 – I believe one of the greatest challenges we face is the unwillingness to understand that any malicious act has the capability of becoming an acceptable part of our culture when in fact, it goes against the relationship God intended us to have with one another. For example, bullying has reached this level of acceptability in some communities, to where it is often not seen as a problem until one person makes a tragic response that either hurts one’s self, others or both. Bullying has never been a healthy part of any person’s life nor will it ever be. The relationships we teach and have with one another should reflect the relationship we know that God has with us. Bullying in any form is a contradiction to that relationship and although it can be healed, old habits are hard to reverse. Let’s save our selves the trouble, aggravation and pain. Let us encourage our relationship through Christ in our children and our children’s children. Discourage any yeast of malice, then, see if the body of Christ does not grow, as the enemies’ realm diminishes! In this instance, for those who hold to God’s promise, Christ’s strength in numbers pays forward in real life dividends with the bread of sincerity that forever nourishes our souls.

Mark 3:19-35 ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? 

1 Corinthians 5:1-8 Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?

Psalm 68:1,35 Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; …Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people.