Memory verse: Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 1 Corinthians 5:6
Devotional Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
From our devotional reading of today, It was clear to Paul that many Believers in Corinth had strayed from the purity of the Gospel. In particular, he was amazed that some actually boasted about their immoral conduct. Perhaps they thought there was no harm in allowing some sin in their lives. Similarly, in our world today, some people are proud of their sinful lives, some will even boast about how skilful they are in committing crime, wrong things are celebrated, honesty and justice have been sidelined.
Perhaps they boasted because they felt they were more “open-minded” or “tolerant,” which they thought would make them more acceptable to unbelievers.
But Paul compared this indiscretion with leaven. It just takes a small amount to change the whole lump. To be free, all leaven must be purged. That is how sin infects our lives. Even the most minor sin can corrupt us and rapidly contaminate the life of the carrier. Even the smallest habit, the tiniest thought.
The Bible says we must “lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and recieve with meekness the engrafted word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves ” James 1:21.
The old leaven eventually will change us. It weakens our faith and resolve. It lowers our standards. It confuses our minds. Like a disease, it contaminate our minds and hearts.
Today, allow God search you and root out all sin. Don’t boast about your sin, make His Word your standard. It can cleanse you from the leaven of the world. And, it will give you the right words to think, the correct motivation, and the context for making right decisions.
I pray that the Lord will purify and cleanse you from all leaven that could contaminate and hinder you from fulfilling your purpose in life in Jesus name.
Prayer point: O LORD, rid me from every spiritual contamination, purify me with your blood and let my faith abide in Jesus name.
Key Dose: A little sin will contaminate and destroy a very BIG destiny.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)