The Leaven of the Heart

With Pesach/Passover fast approaching, my thoughts are turning toward leaven. I know everything Creator has us do is not just a physical action. There is a spiritual application in it as well.

I can remove the leaven from my home, but what good is that if I ignore the leaven in my heart? Have I worked hard at removing my poor attitudes? My laziness? My judgmentalism? My pride? If I take the time to really focus on the leaven of my heart, I know I can come up with a rather lengthy list of things that really need to change in me…things that need to be removed. What about all of those?

In our home, we cannot remove all the leaven. I wish we could, but our living situation and hubby’s health do not permit it. Without that physical object lesson it can be easier to ignore the spiritual implications. While I have an excuse for the house, what excuse do I have for not removing the leaven of my heart? That’s correct. None!

There are two steps to this. One is finding/identifying it. The other is removing it. When it comes to my heart, I have to take the time to really examine myself. But I like to hide myself from myself. So, I need the loving, firm hand of my heavenly Abba/Father to help me find it. I need the Light of His Ruach HaKodesh to shine into those dark corners and hidden places in my heart to expose the leaven. Will I submit to that process? Will I truly give Him permission to, as King David wrote, test me and try me and see if there is anything wicked or displeasing to Him in me?

Once I identify it, I need to remove it. This is where it gets even more challenging. I can do my part, but I am merely human. I cannot remove all this heart leaven. I need help…a LOT of help. If I have not been humbled enough by the heart leaven I have found, I will be humbled even more by the fact that I am actually powerless to remove it!

I can do my part. I can take steps…wise steps…to change my behaviours and my thinking. The thinking is really key. If my thoughts are not lined up with Creator’s thoughts, I am not going to get very far in this process. I need to line my thoughts up with His Word…both written and living. I need to look to the example of Yeshua who is the Living Word and who showed us how to walk in Creator’s written Word.

I need to change my actions where I can. I need to choose to surrender my attitudes to Him. I need to choose to be obedient and to give Him permission to change me. Only Creator, who knows me intimately, can truly change me from the inside out. I must rely upon His help. It is imperative.

So, as this season of Pesach and the Feast of Unleavened Bread is upon us, I will do my best to clean out the leaven my hubby cannot eat. But my main focus will be on the leaven of my heart. I will surrender to the process of allowing Creator to clean my heart.

How about you? What needs cleaning out of your heart? You don’t have to tell me (unless you want to). I am asking to encourage you…to challenge you…to take a deep dive into your heart, to ask Creator to help you, and to allow Him to help you do what is needed to remove that heart leaven.

About BatTikvah

I am a woman who loves life and loves to see others love life, too. I love and serve the Creator, the God of the Bible...the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Because of what the Creator has done in my life, I am here to help others now. I hope we can journey together!
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