Friday 23rd April 2021

Daily Devotion – Purging Old Leaven

February 24, 2021 by Darlene Schacht
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Today’s Scattered Seed

I was busy cleaning my office today. And, while I was moving my desk and organizing my things, I was reminded of my mom.

You see, Mom loved moving furniture. In fact, she loved cleaning in general, and it showed. Every Spring she did a complete overhaul of the house, at which time she cleaned everything from top to bottom. I don’t think she missed a single cupboard over the years. Every dish and drawer was emptied and every corner was wiped clean.

Her attention to detail reminds me of 1 Corinthians chapter 5, where Paul writes,

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. (1 Corinthians 5:7, KJV)

What Paul’s talking about here is the annual Day of Preparation, which took place on the day before the Passover. Every year, the Jewish People cleaned their homes from top to bottom in an effort to remove all traces of leaven from their homes for the upcoming Feast of Unleavened Bread.

What that might look like today is a deep clean of every area in the home, including the toaster, the couch cushions, the carpets, the kid’s bedrooms, the toy box, Mom’s office, Dad’s recliner, and a search for crumbs in every corner of the pantry. They did this to ensure that every bit of leaven was removed.

What Paul is teaching the Corinthian church here, is the destructive power of sin. In the same way that a little leaven will affect a lump of dough, a little sin will affect a person’s life.

And so, it’s important that we keep the feast, “with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” A clean sweep of sorts, as we search our hearts and minds for every crumb of malice, and every evil thought. Removing unforgiveness, letting go of spite. Shining a light on any sin we’re hanging onto as we remove it from our lives.


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Tilling the Soil

Do some soul searching in prayer today, asking God if there’s anything in your life you need to sweep clean.

Planting Hope

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. (1 Corinthians 5:7, KJV)


Darlene Schacht

Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.

She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical FitnessReshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.

Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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