It seems like every time you turn around, there’s a sign for a vaccine or a flu shot. My wife and I saw one the other day that offered “High Dose Flu Shots.” I feigned excitement, did a little dance in the parking lot and in fake glee said to my wife, “Yaaay! O honey, we can get high dose flu shots! Can we get one?” There were some folks walking by who glanced at me with a look that clearly said, “You’re a fruitcake!”
I’m not here to give an overview on what medicines you should allow into your body. That’s between you, God and your doctors. We all get sick and need meds sometimes. This article is about being healed with a spiritual vaccine with curative powers for your whole heart, mind, body and soul.
It was once thought there wouldn’t be a future need for professionals in the field of infectious diseases. It was believed that antibiotics and vaccines would be developed to the point of and helping us defeat and control all known diseases. Science will never discover all known diseases. Pathogens are liars in the sense that their identities are always finding new ways of concealment. Once discovered, they transform into fresh infectious irritants. Viruses are mutative, constantly altering their character and develop new defenses against the cures developed by scientists.
Leaven in the Bible is like bacteria, it can be good or bad. Our physical and spiritual health can be affected in big ways by small things. Let’s start by defining leaven and bacteria.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of leaven is: “1. An agent, such as yeast, that causes batter or dough to rise, especially by fermentation. 2. An element, influence, or agent that works subtly to lighten, enliven, or modify a whole.”
Here’s a note on bacteria from Merriam Webster,
“Though some bacteria can cause food poisoning and infectious diseases in humans, most are harmless and many are beneficial. They are used in various industrial processes, especially in the food industry (for example, in the production of yogurt, cheeses, and pickles).”
Leaven and bacteria both use a process to grow called fermentation which is the breaking down of something large into smaller components to create greater energy. Okay, that’s enough science from a non-scientific guy!
A little brokenness can create big pathways to greater works of good things or bad things.
In Matthew 13:33, Jesus spoke about the kingdom of heaven being like leaven. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” I take that to mean when the Truth of God’s immeasurable Love enters your heart, it explodes in understanding and eternal exhilaration- flooding through the lifeblood of your being!
That sounds like a great spiritual vaccine to me! The secret and power of life is in the blood. People can be dead or alive with blood. You cannot be alive without blood. A bloodless body is the figmentation of a ghoulish mind.
In the physical and commercialized world, we’re urged to get injected with vaccines for prevention and intervention. In the spiritual world, we’d be wise to infuse ourselves with leaven like the kingdom of heaven.
Just to be sure that I’m explaining myself accurately here, we can’t get into heaven unless we’re broken (humbled), repentant (sorry for immoral acts called sin), and received the Truth of Christ into our hearts. You can’t just wear a cross, sit in a pew, get a Jesus tattoo and continue in hypocritical living. That’s allowing bad spiritual bacteria to infect yourself and will make you contagious to your friends and family.
“Don’t you know that when you allow even a little lie into your heart, it can permeate your entire belief system?”
Galatians 5:9 TPT
PERSPECTIVE POINT - Productive or Destructive
Is what you’re doing or thinking productive?
(As in good & beneficial and worth duplicating.)
Or is it destructive?
(As in morally deteriorating.)
One bad thought or deed can lead to another if left unresolved. One thing can poison your whole character. Some video streams can take you to places you shouldn’t go. One glimpse can get you caught and pulled into dark places.
At the very least it’s not productive and at its very worst, it can be extremely (eternally) destructive.
FINAL PERSPECTIVE POINTS
1. A tiny mustard seed grows into big tree.
2. A kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies to produce many seeds.
3. A little leaven leaveneth the whole loaf.
4. Small faith can move big mountains.
5. A little dishonesty will become much dishonesty.
6. A small tongue can create a large forest fire.
7. Small obedience’s leads to big blessings.
8. Folks who are faithful over a little end up with much.
The greatest spiritual vaccinations are found in the Way, the Truth and the Life of Christ. Be still and know Him. When small troubling thoughts come, remove them with cleansing power of His proven promises. He will never leave you or forsake you.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NLT
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.”
Psalms 91:1-7 NLT
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody. Jesus loves you and so do we.
Friday, October 14, 2022, 10:12 am