October 1, 2023 | Doug Sauder
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“Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. ”—1 Corinthians 5:6b–7 (NIV)
Father, I don’t want to live deceived. I don’t want to think one thing and be completely wrong. I don’t want to be deceived into feeling like I’m fine and clean and clear in an area when I’m actually in rebellion or disobedience or hypocrisy. Help me to be purged of pride, to walk in humility, to live with conviction and yet still have compassion for those who are struggling, and to have boldness to speak into someone’s life if they’re walking in sin. Teach me Your ways and Your heart. Give me Your discernment in these and all things. Amen.
Check your dough. Is there any yeast? Are there areas in your life, in your group, or your church where you’re ignoring unrepentant sin or being puffed up by external things? Are there areas where repentance, surrender, and humility are lacking? Ask the Lord to help you!
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.