Monday, August 24, 2015

"Contaminated Praise"

"And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God."  Amos 4:5

 "And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven."  Leaven represents sin.  These people were offering their praise and  thanksgiving to the Lord combined with sin.  How do you offer thanksgiving that has "sin" in it? 

It has "leaven" in it when it isn't pure thanksgiving from a grateful heart.  When it is given to God with an ulterior motive.  When it is for a show to be seen of others.  When your thanksgiving is not sincere.  When you praise Him out of duty or obligation. 

There are two kinds of praise and thanksgiving.  One comes from the heart.  The other comes from the lips.  What comes only from the lips is really not praise at all.  "He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me." (Mark 7:6) 

When the praise from the heart is mixed together with the attitudes we talked about above, it ceases to be praise and thanksgiving because it is "mingled" with "leaven".  The Bible says a little leaven makes it all leavened.  Even a little "leaven" will make the whole thing "leavened".  Therefore, it will "contaminate" your praise and thanksgiving and make it unacceptable to the Lord.

Think about your praise and thanksgiving.  What are you offering the Lord?  Is it sincere from a grateful heart?  Is it mixed with something that is impure?  Is it with your lips only? 

Have a great day.  Is your thanksgiving and praise to the Lord contaminated or is it acceptable to Him?     

For further reading:
Galatians 5:9
1 Corinthians 5:6

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