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Author: Hannah Christine

Spiritual Leavening Agents

Galatians 5:9, “A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough.” During this week of unleavened bread (Ex. 12:15) we are to rid our homes of leavening agents, and not eat anything that contains leaven. Most of us know that leaven is a representation of sin. Fasting from leaven for a whole week can put things into perspective for us, if we truly desire to be more holy, more like Him. If leaven is a representation of sin, then we should seek out how we can remove any type of sin from our lives! I like to call these types of sin “spiritual leavening agents”. In reality, one only needs a very small amount of yeast (leaven) to make a loaf of bread. Without the yeast, it will be flat. The yeast or leavening agent is what makes it rise and become puffed up. This is applied the same way spiritually. If we only have a little bit of sin in our life, it will eventually take over and destroy us. The little bit of sin will form a root deep inside, and plant more seeds of sin, which will ferment and spread throughout our entire body. Sometimes we don’t even know that it’s there until years and years later (or maybe never). This is why this time of introspection is very important. We do not want to become consumed with our sin. We do not want any hidden sin! So let’s break down what these “leavening agents” are, and how we can get rid of them.

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Yeast In the Soul

During this feast of Unleavened Bread, we take the time to truly reflect on the depth and meaning that goes into why we observe it. We have a full week to reflect. A full week of not eating any leaven. Why? “You must not eat leavened bread with it. For seven days you are to eat unleavened bread with it, the bread of hardship — because you left the land of Egypt in a hurry — so that you may remember for the rest of your life the day you left the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭16:3‬ ‭The Hebrew word for leaven is chametz. Leaven, or chametz, is symbolic of sin and bondage. The definition of matzah is “bread or cake without leaven”. Matzah is the Hebrew word for unleavened bread. Why did God instruct the Israelites to eat unleavened bread for seven days? He wanted them to be reminded of their deliverance from bondage when they were working under Pharoah. The matzah is a symbol of God’s deliverance and freedom from bondage. Matzah can also represent purity; in this story, it represents Yeshua’s body. Yeshua held up unleaded bread (matzah) at the Last Passover supper, representing His perfect purity, reminding the people that He was without sin and we are to follow after His example. 

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How to Deal with Public Shame

Public shame is sadly a real thing. It is something that is so easy to do, and sometimes it is done unintentionally. A lot of times, however, it is something people use to cover up something that they don’t want to see, hear, or believe because it will hurt their pride or beliefs. Have you ever been bullied before? Bullying seems to be raiding through schools, deteriorating young people’s minds, and lowering their self-esteem to dangerous levels. Have you ever been ridiculed for what you believe in? How did you handle yourself? Was it difficult to stand your ground in who you are and what you believe in, or did you give in to the potential shame/discomfort that you may have felt? There are so many ways to attack a person and bring shame upon them; there are also ways to create a perception of someone and their situation and bring it to other’s attention without providing the reality and truth in its fullness. However, if we were put into such a situation, how would we deal with it?

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Five Days of Encouragement – Day 5

As we approach the end of this five day Encouragement series, I want to leave you with this:

Whether it be your coworkers, friends, family, or perhaps a complete stranger, make it an effort to make a positive difference in their life. Perhaps you have a difficult time putting the focus and “spotlight” on someone else. Do something nice for someone for a change. Be positive in this world. There is so much negativity and fear in this world. WE can be the change. Even if it’s a stranger walking down the road. You can make a difference. Go outside of your comfort zone to help someone, or open the door for someone. Try to figure out how each one of your family members feels loved, and then do your best to fill their love tank. Everyone deserves to be loved, and sadly not everyone in this world feels loved. This is why, as children of God, it is our responsibility to do our best to love His people. Perhaps there may be someone that we don’t necessarily like, like someone that we work with. In either circumstance, our job is not to judge and think negative thoughts about that individual. Though the temptation may come, we need to take our thoughts captive and turn them around.

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Five Days Of Encouragement – Day 4

From January of 2015:

When we look into the mirror, what do we see? Do we see ourselves through our eyes, or the way our Heavenly Father sees us? Do we spend enough time with Him to even know what He says about us? Perhaps learning how to think of yourself and your personal life on a deeper level from God’s perspective will help you understand how remarkably valued and treasured you are.

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The Lord has laid upon my heart to write about inheritance today. When an individual receives an inheritance, they receive something that is valuable and is worthy of redemption and is meant to be used beyond the person’s death. The inheritance is of great value. Whoever has given such a gift has a means for it to stay alive and continue to be used for good purposes, despite the owner’s death. Some of you may already know where I am going with this; stay with me!

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Principalities of Darkness – Picking Up the Pieces – Day 3

Ephesians 1:7-8, “We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” HCSB

We are redeemed through the blood of the Lamb. We are forgiven because of His sacrifice. You already know this. But do you, truly? Even when your life is full of chaos and everything seems to be going down-hill, do you remember in the midst of it all that you are His? Do you remember that you are alive, forgiven, and free because of His sacrifice? Just something to think about. It’s not always easy to remember such promises in the midst of trial or chaos. In addition, He gives us LIFE, wisdom, and understanding! How blessed are we, praise God.

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Principalities of Darkness – Pushing Through the Fog – Day 2

Today we are going to talk about how to push through when it seems like you’ve pushed and tested all your limits but are still in the same scenario that you started with. Perhaps you feel like you’re living in a fog. You wake up and do things in the same routine every single day. You say your prayers and read your Bible every night; your mind is still somehow consumed with all the worry and fear. Perhaps you are not in this position. If so, praise Yahweh. If it is, please keep reading. Picture an ocean that spreads along the earth for miles and miles. It’s a beautiful day, and the sun is glistening on the waters. It’s simply paradise. Then, as you travel further into the deep, rough, waters, a faint fog appears and it begins to storm the further you travel into it. What do you do in the midst of that storm? You are in the middle of the sea. There is no sight of land for miles. You can’t turn around because the current is too strong. So what must you do? You have three options: simply let the ocean take you where it goes, turn back against the current (nearly impossible!), or continue to go forward. I would hope you would continue to go further. Not to get so caught up in the storm that you give up and let it take you under, but because you know what comes after the storm.

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F – Focus 

A – Audit 

I – Internalize 

T – Trust 

H – Hope

Faith is a common subject that people teach. It’s a common word that we hear in a sermon or that we read throughout the Bible. However, in my opinion, I don’t think it’s a common thing that is practiced enough. I also believe that people have different definitions of faith. If I type into Google what the definition of faith is, it says that it’s the “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” If I look up the definition in the Bible it says, “Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see” (Complete Jewish Bible). As we can gather, these are similar definitions, but the Bible gives much more insight into what it actually is and how we can walk it out. My friends, don’t rely on search engines such as Google, and don’t put all of your confidence in how other people or places define things. Put your complete trust and confidence in what the Bible says and how IT defines things. The Word of God should be your only reliable source to finding the gateway of where the Father truly desires you to be. How do you walk out true faith? In what ways or steps should you take to gain personal, emotional, or spiritual freedom? How can faith unlock the keys to the Kingdom?

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Principalities Of Darkness – Fighting With Strength – Day 1

“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” Ephesians 6:10-12 HCSB

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