Time to Do a Cleanse

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Leaven is another word for yeast. It is the ingredient that makes dough rise. In Biblical times leaven was used as a symbol for sin. Jews were encouraged to purge their houses of leaven as a reminder to keep sin out of their lives.

Sometimes we need to do a spiritual cleansing of the leaven in our lives. We need to rid our hearts and homes of things that drag us down or hold us back from serving God. This could be our phone, computer, or TV. I know this sounds radical but think about how much time your spend on these three things.

At other times you may need to purge some friends from your life. These are people who block you from getting closer to Jesus. It’s not that you kick them off the island but you reduce the amount of time you spend with them and the amount of influence they have on your life. Doing this could free up a lot of your time (and probably money) to devote to better things like serving others.

Where do you need to do a cleanse? Start with Prayer. Ask God to show you areas and give you strength to do it. Take steps today towards that goal. Ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable on it. As you make progress you will feel like a weight has been taken off of your shoulders.

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