“Another parable spoke him to them; The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” Matthew 13:33.
In the parable, the woman placed the leaven in the meal. It was necessary to supply a want…. Thus the divine leaven does its work…. The mind is changed; the faculties are set to work. Man is not supplied with new faculties, but the faculties he has are sanctified. The conscience hitherto dead is aroused. But man cannot make this change himself. It can be made only by the Holy Spirit….
When our minds are controlled by the Spirit of God, we shall understand the lesson taught by the parable of the leaven. Those who open their hearts to receive the truth will realize that the Word of God is the great instrumentality in the transformation of character. –Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 1, p. 67.
We need to cherish and exercise faith. Our faith must work. We must have that faith that works by love and purifies the soul. The leaven has vital energy, penetrating and absorbing all the elements into which it is introduced. So likewise, the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The Word of the Lord is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword. The Word is power as we practice it. The great change that the truth makes is inward. It begins in the heart and works outwardly. With the heart, man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. “Burnt offerings and sacrifices thou wouldest not.” The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. God is not pleased with pharisaical pretense. –The Upward Look, p. 30.