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In this great crisis, most Christian and Messianic believers, thinking they are together, are not able get together and pray, worship or even fellowship. Church services are suspended, Wednesday night Bibles studies, prayer meetings, and Christian events and music concerts canceled. The body of Messiah seems even more mystical than ever before. Even during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, mainstream religion is not experiencing the glory Messiah prayed for and the world does not know the love of God.1
Not long ago, we were greatly affected by the divisions that were happening in the congregations we had been part of for many years. We could hardly believe what was happening! A great split happened due to differences of opinion, pride, and financial issues. There was no humility, no confessing of sins, no forgiveness. James and I knew, deep in our hearts, that this division was not from the Almighty. The Father and his Son are one. In John 17:21-23 our Messiah prayed for his disciples to have the same unity. We believe that He is worthy to get his prayers answered and saw that we couldn’t continue on in a system of division, and be true to what was in our hearts. We desire our obedience to fulfil His prayer of unity.
Now, with the illness that is spreading, there is even greater division. We find ourselves in a time of “social distancing.” You can’t even meet together at church! “Don’t go out, stay at home.”
The condition of present day religions are exposed: everyone is separated. No one even visits each other. Churches and Synagogues are closed. Who is truly celebrating the feast of unleavened bread? We are confined to the physical restrictions of the division, which shows the spiritual reality of religious divisions and denominationalism. When something like this happens, it pulls back the veil and shows what is really there.
The condition of present day religions are exposed: everyone is separated.
Leaven in the Church
What caused the division in our congregation and all the religions that you see throughout the present world? In Christianity there are at least 42,000 different divisions, not to mention those in the Messianic community, (at least three from the congregation we were part of) and throughout Judaism as well.
Messiah warned his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees2 This leaven was what separated the religious leaders.
The Apostle Paul also warned the first believers to not become separated from each other.3
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
What is this leaven? How does it separate; puffing up and creating air pockets? Could this leaven be the very thoughts that come to us? This may be hard to swallow for a world that tells you you’re free to think anything you want regardless of how it hurts others and divides you from others. A society that prefers fluffy leavened bread… where a feast of unleavened bread is a tough sell.
The Leaven of Bad Thoughts
Just like a virus which only takes one little organism to infect whole nations, bad thoughts spread and multiply separating relationships. Viruses, leaven, and bad thoughts have a lot in common. Bad thoughts come to us to divide from one another. They originate from the adversary of mankind, Satan. The leaven of the Pharisees were thoughts that came to them that they did not judge or repent for. In fact these thoughts spread to all the people inciting them to crucify Messiah. These same leavened thoughts come to us and prevent us from getting close to one another and obeying Messiah’s commands to love one another and live in unity.
How can we be free from the leaven of bad thoughts? We must judge those thoughts when they come to us. We must repent when we receive or entertain them so we can be forgiven and set free from their influence.
Viruses, leaven, and bad thoughts have a lot in common.
Where can you be set free to expose these thoughts and reach forgiveness? Only in the true Body of Messiah where his Spirit dwells in His people.
Messiah didn’t just die on the cross. He experienced the ultimate separation of death in our place, so we wouldn’t have to be separated anymore! He overcame all leaven, even in death. He is our example.
During the Feast of Unleavened Bread, can we be truly unleavened? Only if we truly have Messiah, our Passover Lamb, and we are truly together with our brothers and sisters. No leaven-induced air pockets in between.
Imagine all those thoughts gone; washed clean and forgiven! Then you could see one another with new eyes. Day to day and year to year! Amazing! We invite YOU to come and see this for yourselves. Come witness it and experience it in real time – hands on!
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