During these days of Unleavened bread, I was in the middle of chasing down some leavening in my office when it suddenly occurred to me; if we spent the same amount of effort and enthusiasm looking for sin in our own lives that we do searching out the leavening in our homes, we would be a lot better off than we are.
In fact, that is one of the telltale signs of a Laodicean mindset isn’t it:
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Do you see the attitude? They have all this knowledge and it has blinded them to the fact that they still have sin in their lives and hearts. They really are self-satisfied and that is destroying them and is going to cause many to have to go through the Great Tribulation to be saved at all.
These days of putting sin out of our lives should be spent in an EARNEST and ZEALOUS effort to find and destroy the sins in our lives. The deeply hidden sins that only come out in private or in stressful situations where we can blame the event instead of realizing that we should have been prepared for the event.
Do you think satan was ever able to “blindside” Christ?
Take the time to put as much or MORE effort especially during the days of unleavened bread while we are focused as a group on putting sin out as we put into finding those pesky, sneaky and wily leavened products that are hiding from us in our homes, cars, and offices.
It sounds funny but doesn’t it seem like that at times? Well, what about the real sins in our lives? Have we been in the church so long that we no longer think we have in real sins to deal with? Remember Christ did not come to fulfill the law the way the world sees it He came to magnify it.
Isa_42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
Now the law has taken on a spiritual component not just the letter of the law but the spirit of the law is required. So are looking at the spirit of the law to get it out of your life or just the letter?
Think about it:
- Do you have feelings of anger especially toward a brother? Don’t let the sun go down on anger brethren.
- Are you still dealing with Lusts of any kind? Paul said he beat his body into subjection so those lusts could not cause him to ever fail
- Do you ever tell a lie? Not that anyone would know or anything that would hurt anyone. But does that make it any less a lie? How many times have you given an excuse for not doing something that you should have done so as not to cause hurt feelings to another? Does that make you feel justified in telling the lie? OR should you have been very careful to do what you had agreed to do so that you would not have been tempted to lie in the first place? You see behind a lie there is generally another sin at work as well.
- Do you ever experience feelings of Jealousy at work toward a brother or co-worker or family member? Instead of being excited for them do you secretly envy what they have earned thinking it should have been you? Maybe you are able to not show it to others but what does God think about us when instead of being extremely happy that they got a reward we are rather bitter about it. Do you see God’s Spirit at work there or do you see our own wickedness at work?
- Does it excite you to find that you know something about someone else that no one else knows? Do you see the spirit of gossip raising its ugly head demanding that you tell others of this TRUTH!
I could go on and on just from my own life’s experiences.
Let’s think about all the energy and effort we put into getting rid of the leaven, how dutifully we search in every nook and corner, how closely we observe for any place we might find this TERRIBLE leavened stuff. What if during this week we spent the same effort to examine our own selves. Let’s put our lives under that spiritual microscope and find those pesky sins of our own that still linger hidden in our lives and expose them to the light so they can be swept away from us.
Make this Feast of Unleavened Bread work for us this year like it never has before. Here is a good tool to begin to shed any Laodicean attitude of lukewarm self-satisfaction. Work hard at it and perhaps God the Father will be able to account you worthy to escape what is coming on the world very soon now.
By Raymond Mills