A Little Yeast


November 16


Read Galatians 5:7-10

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.



Have you ever experienced a situation in which “a little yeast” worked its way through a whole batch of dough? How did that experience impact your views about biblical truth?


We had a carton of strawberries in the fridge the other day. It looked like a beautiful batch on the surface. Unfortunately, there was a rotten strawberry right in the middle. Every single strawberry touching that one moldy strawberry had begun to mold, too. I had to toss several berries out so the mold wouldn’t spread through the entire carton.


The apostle Paul used a different analogy but the same idea. He said that “a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” What does the yeast represent? Throughout Scripture, yeast or leaven is a symbol of sin. It is small, and its effects are gradual but powerful. When you bake a loaf of bread, it takes just a tiny bit of yeast, but eventually, the entire loaf is puffed up and rising. It doesn’t happen immediately, so it can be difficult to notice unless you are paying careful attention. However, once it has permeated the entire batch, it is impossible to ignore its effects.


For the Galatians, this yeast was the false teaching of legalism. Paul said they had been running their faith race so well! They had joyfully accepted the gospel message from Paul and treated him graciously. They had believed in grace by faith. But something changed. Someone had influenced them. No doubt, it started small, but it began to spread. This false gospel was throwing them into confusion. They were beginning to doubt that they were really saved by grace and their faith.


Paul warned them that the person who was “cutting in “ on their faith race was trying to get them to trip. He reminded them that anyone spreading the message of legalism is not from God, and they should deal with the issue immediately before it works its way through the whole batch! He also warned that those responsible for spreading a false message would face eternal consequences. God does not take it lightly when others lead His people astray.


Friends, are you hearing any false messages from our culture today? If yes, toss them out! Remove them from your life and your home. All it takes is just a little bit of heresy to go unnoticed before all of your berries go bad.



Father, please give me the wisdom and discernment to be able to spot the yeast or mold of the messages in my life, my family, and my church. Please keep me from accepting as truth any other views besides the Gospel that You have shared in Your Word. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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Barb - I am praying with you for your husband to live a life that is pleasing to God!
Thank you for these words of wisdom.
Let's pray for each other! My husband and adult son also behave like non believers. Son is not shy or ashamed to profess to be an unbeliever, but husband had been saved at one point in time. Yeast is in your own household with loved ones=very difficult!
Thank you for the message.
Prayers for my husband. He says he's saved, but the language he uses and hears on his cop shows are swearing and fleshly sexual desires. I'm not perfect, but this has not changed in over 40 years. It wears on me when I'm trying to follow the Bible.
Holy Father, whatever may be the little leaven in my life, please help me recognize it and remove it before it is too late, so that I may remain focused on Your Word, Amen.
Gad's word and meditate on God's word.
Father this is going on in my family! My step. daughter and daughter and their families are being mislead by false doctrine! They both are born again I believe! My step daughter in fact helped lead me to Christ ! Father I pray for your Devine intervention for both ! Bring them back to you Father! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏
Lord give me discernment and guidance to continue in my walk and my faith when it comes to messages that are Not from Your Word/gospel. Keep me aware and focused only seeking You. Forgive me Lord, for the times I have and will stray. Give me strength and the will to what You want me to do. In Your Son, Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
I think seeing ourselves as red or blue politically instead of only and forever a child of The Most High God is a form of yeast today. We are to advance His Kingdom alone.
Amen! We all need this reminder that the deterioration of our faith can begin with such a small disruption....but it grows and eventially takes over, squelch it right from the start lest you fail. Good message.
Amen🙏 ! Powerful reminder! Thsnk you Pastor Nat. Lord, thank You for Your Word. Please empower me with wisdom and understanding to "flee" from false teaching, and to stand firm on the "good news of the Gospel.
Amen...powerful message!
Amen. A wonderful reminder of how to stay on the path God leads us.
Thank you for the right teachings
You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. The Bible is the truth about God. And Jesus is the Son of God full of truth and grace. We need both truth and the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ the Lord of heaven and earth. Trust in the good news that you are saved by grace through faith and all this is a gift from God so no one can boast. Jesus gets all the glory! Amen
Thank you God for another week and thank you pastor Nat for the devotion
The satanic viewpoint and immorality is everyehere...in the workplace, it is easier to just "go along"....thank-you for teaching Gods truth ,that holds me accountable...to not compromise.
That message is so true and really touched the. Thanks oh Lord in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.