Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 24, 2014

No Leaven in our Spiritual Sacrifices: No Pride, No Pomp, and No Perfection by the Flesh

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 2:11.

“‘No grain offering, which you bring to the Lord, shall be made with leaven, for you shall not offer up in smoke any leaven or any honey as an offering by fire to the Lord. ” Leviticus 2:11.

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We may not make any burnt offerings or grain offerings, but we present our “bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1. We “offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5.

And so, let us make sure that there is no leaven in our spiritual sacrifices.

There is no pride in our spiritual sacrifices.

“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

There is no pomp in our spiritual sacrifices.

“And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:7. “Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:12.

There is no perfection by the flesh in our spiritual sacrifices.

“This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” Galatians 3:2-3.

“You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.” Galatians 5:6-9.

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