And Jesus said to them, "Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." (Matthew 16:6)
I am coming to realize that I am dealing with a very serious yeast infection in my spirit. The leaven of the Pharisee's is the yeast of murmuring, discontent, fault-finding, criticism and negative thinking.
I not only have to deal with this massive infection from my own generational legacy, but when I encounter people in the church who are seriously infected with this yeast, I am in great danger of catching it from them and adding to my own problems. I am always tempted to become more infected myself with their spirit whenever I encounter it in others, and due to the reflective factor inherent in temptations it will be very easy for me to become more affected in this way.
I must not only get help and healing for my own systemic infection and get it under control but I must also be aware of my danger of getting reinfected by too close of contact with others who are contagiously infected themselves. What I need is to fill my mind and heart with the proper antibodies that can counter this type of infection so much so that instead of becoming more infected around others I can be a source of hope and help for them so they may desire to become free from it as well.
What is the ingredients of the necessary medication that will neutralize this infection? I am learning that determined choices to be focused on the goodness of God and intentionally practicing gratitude and praise to God for who He is and what He is doing go a long way toward eliminating this infection. Sometimes I simply have to turn away and refuse to think about things, situations or people that tend to fill my mind with discouragement and darkness and resentment. I focus my heart on seeking the face of God in those times and ask that He fill my mind with His perspective so that I can see things very differently than usual.
When I am surrounded by people who want to complain about others, I must become more consciously aware of the effect their comments are having on my own spirit and guard against coming into sympathy with their spirit of disaffection. While I do not want to be rude or offensive to them, it is very important for me to protect my own heart from succumbing to this disease caused by the yeast of the Pharisee's.