“Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” - Matthew 16:6
“Take heed” literally means, “PAY ATTENTION!” “Beware” means, “BE ON GUARD!” Leaven in scripture represents sin and wickedness. So the Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees is all about their SIN. Today, you are going to PAY ATTENTION and BE ON GUARD against these sins and how they could show up in your life.
What was so bad about the Pharisees and Sadducees? in Matthew 23:1-5, we see Jesus rebuking the Pharisees for the following behavior:
- They don’t practice what they preach.
- They lay heavy burdens but won’t lift themselves.
- They do all their works they do to be seen by men.
Take 5 minutes and honestly ask yourself: “Where am I not doing what I profess? In my faith, family, finances or fitness??” Maybe at one time you were doing it, but TODAY you aren’t. Be brutally honest with yourself and write the answers down on a sheet of paper or in a document.
Take 5 minutes and ask: “Where am I talking about problems I am unwilling to ENGAGE & SOLVE?” Maybe you have seen and spoken of problems in your home, with your spouse, at the job or in your church?? That wouldn’t be so bad if you were willing to be the SOLUTION to the problem. Again, write them in a document.
Take 5 minutes and ask yourself: “What am I doing for man’s RECOGNITION?” The Bible is clear that everything we do should be done unto the LORD (Col 3:23) and not to impress people. So write down the things are you doing for people’s praise and attention, not God’s.
Finally, take 10 minutes and REPENT. Make a decision to DO what you SAY, to HELP where you see a PROBLEM and to DO everything for the Glory of GOD and then DO IT!!