I can remember when I first accepted Jesus as Lord. I was locked up in the Ellis County jail. It was May of 1993 and I was 17, about to be 18. I had went to the Church service just to get out of the dorm. I was born and raised Catholic but this was my first “Non-denominational” Church. I was shocked the way that they talked about Jesus. As if He was there with me at that moment and He wanted to forgive me. He wanted a relationship with me. Me and Him, I didn’t have to go through anyone else. I could talk to Him direct. This was something new to me and something exciting for me. The only problem was that no one explained to me about the yeast. When I got out it didn’t take long and I was up to my old ways, only worse. This whole cycle went on till it finally came to a head in 1997. That’s when I went and did real time in the Texas Prison system. I was released in 2000 on parole back to the same place I left from.
By the time I made parole I had spent just about every birthday and holiday locked up in some fashion. I had two children, had already been married twice and working on my second divorce. But no one had told me about the yeast yet.
I did pretty well on parole right up until the end. I was a few months away from discharging from paper when I made a huge mistake. I was arrested one night and woke up in a padded room in the county jail. The devil was really trying to get me but boy was God on my side. Through a series of events I was only charged with public intoxication and let out. When I went before my parole officer he only made me attend AA until I was done with parole.
I was far from God and only getting farther. Discharging my parole only seemed to take the shackles off and allow me to drift even farther. Yet not a word about the yeast.
October of 2013 I recommitted my life to Christ and have been going strong ever since. I am married to the woman I’ve loved since the day we met in 1997. At this point still no one has told me about the yeast. I have read about it but that about the extent.
It wasn’t until God revealed it to me did I see it. So let me tell you about the yeast. Well let me tell you about what the Bible tells us about the yeast.
Mark 8:15 “’Be careful,’ Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod”
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 “Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast – as you really are. For Christ, the Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.”
Galatians 5:7-9 “You are running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of person does not come from the one who calls you. ‘A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.’ I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.”
Yeast is a funny ingredient when people bake. It affect the whole thing and makes it rise. Jesus used it as an example and so did Paul, twice. But they weren’t talking about baking at all. They were talking about people, they were talking about life. The people we choose to be around have an effect on us. The people we allow to speak into our lives have an effect on us. Like putting yeast where it’s not wanted or needed, being around the wrong people will infect us.
We tend to be around the people that make us comfortable. For me, it was people that thought like me, talked like me and acted like me. Even when I would try and do better I would still be around those people most of the time. It never worked and I always reverted back to being my old self.
You see, the world is the yeast. The music, the movies, the people and so on. Sure we have to be in this world, but not of this world.
John 17:15-19 “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”
Sanctify means to set apart or to declare holy. We must set ourselves apart from the world. It is the only way it will work. We must not allow the yeast in because it only takes a little to mess up the whole batch. We do this by staying in prayer, in the Word and surrounding ourselves with Christian men that will guide us and hold us accountable.
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Be blessed and stay in your Word. Trust and lean on God even when He might seem far away.