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He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three pecks of meal, until it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33 NASB)

Leaven is fascinating stuff.

I love to bake bread. It never ceases to amaze me when I sit a bowl of dough perhaps 6 cups of flowers worth with a couple teaspoons of yeast incorporated (that is a ratio of about 72 to 1) and come back an hour later I have twice as much dough as when I started.

So let’s do an experiment.

Let’s take 6 cups of whole grain wheat – shelled, but not crushed. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons on Yeast in the bowl. What do you expect would happen?

Nothing at all.

First you must grind the wheat, mill it into fine powder.

P8170020You must take the yeast (at least the yeast you get at the grocers in little packets or jars, and you must add warm water.

Now you can mix them in the proper proportions and you will find that the tiny amount of leaven or yeast will completely infiltrate the dough will burst its seams.

I want to suggest to you today that the loaf in question here is the heart of man. The leaven of the Gospel can have no effect on a heart in its raw form. The heart must be broken by the law.

At the turn of the 18th century, the great Bible commentator Matthew Henry wrote:

The law grinds the heart, and then the gospel leavens it.

Notice also that the leaven is hidden. God’s word must be hidden in the hearts of men, not for secrecy, but for security.

David says in that wonderful Psalm 119

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You! (Psalm 119:11 NKJV)

Soon, as you hide God’s word in your heart, you will find that it changes you completely. The life of the leaven breathes the breath of life into your whole being. [Tweet This]

Hide His Word in your heart today.

Take some with you to work or school and chew on it – let it roll around in your mind and take root in your heart. It will Benchange you from the inside out.

Thanks for stopping by.


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But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. (Matt 5:22 NASB)

Just a quick observation here. Your words can get you in a heap of trouble! If you are like me, a verbal processor, you can be hip deep is poo before you know what hit you, just by speaking before you consider your words.

Here Jesus it talking about the massive harm you can do to yourself, not to mention the wounds you inflict on others with your words.

In God’s economy (and let’s be honest, His is the only economy that really counts) words are the most valuable, and powerful commodity.

After all – He used words to create everything that exists. He used words to bless and to curse. And He sent His Word to save, deliver, and heal us. [Tweet This]

So how are your words? James asks this question:

Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? (James 3:11 NASB)

Is your mouth a polluted fountain?

We can do better! Think before you speak. (yes you, Ben) Let’s use our mouths to bless and not curse!

If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted. ~Amy Carmichael

Thanks for reading today.


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