PHANTOM FEELING!…1 Corinthians 5: 6-8

My cousin Arthur, who lived in England, was a great cyclist as a young man.  He rode all over southern England with his mates.  One day he barely missed being hit by a car causing him to veer off the road, throwing him off his bike, landing on the ground on a pointy rock which lodged severely in the base of his spine.  He never rode again.  Never walked on his own without the help of calipers and crutches.  I remember him telling me that when he looked down at his legs on the ground that day, that they felt like they were still up in the air.  Something didn’t compute.

Many amputees and paraplegics have a similar experience.  Called ‘phantom feeling’.  They can still feel their damaged limbs in positions contrary to what their eyes see.

That phenomenon came to mind as I was reading what the Apostle Paul wrote:  ‘Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are.  For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed'(v. 7).  He says that sin can take off like wildfire in us, the church, and certainly the world.  Like rapid-rising yeast.  He says to get rid of it.  Find the sin, name and confess it, and move on as God’s forgiven children.

Now, we ourselves can’t get rid of our sins.  Only God can do that, as He did by sending Jesus to die on the cross for us.  That act of sacrifice brings salvation and healing to our weary souls.  We are forgiven!  The old yeast has been tossed out and a new batch made.

The apostle says ‘…as you really are’.  Did you hear him?  I did… but so many times I don’t feel it.  Like a phantom feeling.  Forgiven yet still carrying around that load of guilt and shame as if God had done nothing for me.  Nothing at all.  My feet on the ground yet feeling like they’re still up in the air.  Still toting my sins on my shoulders even though they have been lifted off of mine and onto His.  Phantom feeling.

Shouldn’t we start to believe the Lord?  Discount those phantom feelings and live like He means it!  Get rid of the old yeast.  Be the new…’as you really are’.

Prayer:  Lord, help our unbelief.  We want to trust you with more faith than we now possess.  We need your help.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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