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A Little Leaven

February 17, 2017

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A Little Leaven

Thinking people today  take quite a variety of precautions  to prevent their children  and themselves  from getting a number  of communicable diseases.     It’s only smart.     We get immunized  for various diseases.      We use caution around tick  and mosquito infested areas.     We avoid people  with infectious diseases  and maybe take vitamin C  or multi-vitamins  to strengthen  our immune system.     We wash our hands  and use water fountains  and public bathrooms  with caution.

All this  and much more  helps guard our susceptibility  to a long list  of diseases.     Nevertheless,  it is still possible  to catch any disease  in spite of precautions.

In biblical days,  leprosy was a communicable disease  and they had no cure  or means  of preventing  its contagion.     Quarantine  was their only method  of preventing its spread.     Not everyone is susceptible  to leprosy,  but people thought it best  to err  on the side  of caution.

Usually,  leprosy is undetected  for quite some time,  until it starts to spread.     Then it can  disfigure a person horribly,  if left untreated.     Those who are  in close contact  with a leprous person  are more likely  to contract the disease.

Realizing our need  to stay disease free,  we use this picture language  to describe  our even greater need  to avoid sin.     People speak  of the ”leprosy of sin”,  to show sin’s destructive effects  on our lives.    Just as leprosy  and other diseases  can lead  to disfigurement  and death,  so sin disfigures our lives  and eventually leads  to eternal death.

Sin leaves ugly scars  on our lives.     But,  as with leprosy,  many people  don’t even realize  how infected they are  with sin,  until the disfigurement rears  its hideous head  and death  is knocking  at their door.

People who enjoyed toying  with sin  suddenly realize the truth expressed  in Galatians 5:9,    “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.”       Their little bit  of sin  is no longer  a trivial matter.    Their lives are marred  beyond imagination.

Some verses  we can take to heart  in dealing  with temptations  include,

Do not enter the path of the wicked
and do not proceed in the way of evil men.

Avoid it, do not pass by it.
Turn away from it and pass on.

For they cannot sleep  unless they do evil;
and they are robbed  of sleep  unless they make someone stumble.       Proverbs 4:14-16

Do not be envious  of evil men,
nor desire  to be with them;
for their minds  devise violence,
and their lips  talk of trouble.       Proverbs 24:1-2

To the pure,  all things are pure;  but to those who are defiled  and unbelieving,  nothing is pure,  but both their mind  and their conscience  are defiled.     They profess  to know God,  but by their deeds  they deny Him,  being detestable  and disobedient  and worthless  for any good deed.       Titus 1:15

For this  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your guidance.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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