Soul Detox: Toxic Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

 

Scripture Lesson for the Day: Matthew 5:27-28, 15:10-11,15-20; Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8-9

Detox:  The process of removing toxins or poisons from our bodies.  There are times when our soul needs to be detoxed due to the toxins that have “crept” into our minds through our life experiences.

Do you believe that your thoughts, words and deeds reveal the condition of your soul?

Do your thoughts, words and deeds need to be detoxed?

A complete soul detox must include…

  • Detoxing our thoughts!

“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’  But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28, NLT).

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT).

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9, NIV).

  • Detoxing our words!

“Jesus called the people to Him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand this!  It is not what goes into a man’s mouth that makes his mind and heart sinful. It is what comes out of a man’s mouth that makes him sinful’” (Matthew 15:10-11, NLV).

“But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.  Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.  Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him” (Colossians 3:8-10, NLT).

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them” (Ephesians 4:29, NLT).

  • Detoxing our deeds!

“But what people say with their mouths comes from the way they think; these are the things that make people unclean.  Out of the mind come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual sins, stealing, lying, and speaking evil of others.  These things make people unclean; eating with unwashed hands does not make them unclean” (Matthew 15:18-20, NCV).

Some keys to detoxing our thoughts, words and deeds!

Key #1:  GUARD – Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 5:29; Philippians 4:8

Key #2:  TAKE OFF – Colossians 3:9

Key #3:  PUT ON – Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10a, 12

Key #4:  RENEW – Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:10b; Romans 12:2

Key #5:  FOLLOW – Galatians 5:24-25

Key #6:  LIVE – Ephesians 5:1-2, 8-10; Colossians 3:12-15

Closing Challenge:  Do you need to have your thoughts, words and deeds detoxed?  The help is available if you are willing to take the steps necessary! “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him” (Colossians 3:10, NLT).

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Soul Detox:  The Poisoned Soul

 

Scripture Lesson of the Day: Colossians 3:1-17 and selected passages

How does poison impact your body?

Are there poisonous attitudes and emotions that impact your soul?

Soul poisoning attitudes and emotions include…

  • The poison of Unforgiveness.

“But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:15, NCV).

Is there someone in your life that you have refused to forgive?

  • The poison of Bitterness.

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many” (Hebrews 12:15, NLT).

In what ways does bitterness poison the soul?

  • The poison of Envy.

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30, NIV).

“Envy is the daughter of pride, the author of murder and revenge, the perpetual tormentor of virtue.  Envy is the filthy slime of the soul, a venom which consumes the flesh and dries up the bones, it rots us like cancer from the inside” (Greek Philosopher, Socrates).

  • The poison of Shame.

“At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.  When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees” (Genesis 3:7-8, NLT).

Key Understanding:  Conviction is of God, shame is of Satan.  Don’t allow the confessed and forgiven sins of your past to poison your soul in the present with shame!

Spiritual antidotes for soul poisoning attitudes and emotions include…

  • Remembering how God has forgiven you!

“God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves.  His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven” (Colossians 1:14, GW).

  • Removing bitterness with kindness and being tenderhearted!

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32, NLT).

  • Recognizing the need to replace envy with thankfulness and contentment!

“How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.  Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:10-13, NLT).

  • Rejecting shame by embracing God’s grace!

“God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong” (1 John 1:9, GW).

“For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.  He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:11-12, NLT).

GRACE is not getting what you deserve as well as getting what you don’t deserve!

“Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17, GW).

Closing Challenge:  The Bible is very plain about what we should do with the poisonous attitudes and emotions that defile our souls, “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you” (Colossians 3:5a, NLT).  Detox your soul today and really start living the life that God has planned for you!

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Soul Detox: The Heavy Soul

 

Scripture Lesson of the Day:  Genesis 2:7; Psalm 42:1-11 and other selected passages

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7, KJV).

What is soul detox and why should I care?

Soul: “The immortal part of man.”

Detox:  “abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances” (Google).

Key Understanding:  The body at times needs to be detoxed but there is also a need to detox the soul.

A soul toxin many of us must detox is a heavy soul!  Why do our souls get heavy?

What types of things tend to get you down the most?

Our souls get heavy from…

·    Past pain and hurts!

“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.  I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me” (Lamentations 3:19-20, NIV).

What past pains and hurts have become a heavy burden weighing down your soul?

·     Present problems!

“But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed” (Job 4:5, NIV).

What troubles are you currently dealing with that are contributing to your heavy soul?

·     Fear about the future!

“He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.   ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ he said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch’” (Mark 14:33-34, NIV).

What things are you fearful of about for the future?

To detox your heavy soul you must…

1.             Remember God’s faithfulness in the past!

“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:21-23, NLT).

2.             Cry out to God in the present! 

“I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles… Then I pray to you, O Lord.   I say, ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.   Hear my cry, for I am very low.  Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me’” (Psalm 142:2, 5-6, NLT).

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT).

3.             Trust in God’s power for your future!

“‘Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side!  He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!’ Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8).

“My dear children, you belong to God and have defeated them; because God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world” (1 John 4:3-4, NCV).

Three questions to ask yourself…

·    What is causing my soul to be heavy?

·    What is keeping me from trusting God for the future?

·    What steps do I need to take to trust God?

Closing Challenge:  Is it well with your soul or is it heavy?  Are you willing to permit God to begin to detox your soul from its heaviness?  If so, begin today the detoxification of your soul!

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Soul Detox: The Restless Soul

 

Scripture Lesson of the Day:  Genesis 2:7 and other selected passages

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7, KJV).

What is soul detox and why should I care?

Detox:  “abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances” (Google).

Soul: “The immortal part of man.”

Key Understanding:  The body at times needs to be detoxed but there is also a need to detox the soul.

The soul toxin we must deal with first is the restless soul!

“Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.  When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth” (Genesis 4:11-12, NIV).

The symptoms of the restless soul:

  • The restless soul is searching but never finding.
  • It is interested in everything but satisfied with nothing.

“So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety?  Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest…” (Ecclesiastes 2:22-23, NLT).

To detox our restless souls we must…

1.             Find rest in God alone!

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him” (Psalm 62:1, NIV).

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29, NIV).

2.              Be still before God! 

“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10a, NLT).

Would you be able to respond to the challenge to put aside 5 minutes a day to simply focus on God and nothing else? 

The 30 second do nothing and focus on God challenge!

“I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.  Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:2, NLT).

3.             Wait for God!

“Rest in the Lord and be willing to wait for Him” (Psalm 37:7a, NLV).

“I wait for the Lord to help me, and I trust his word.  I wait for the Lord to help me more than night watchmen wait for the dawn…” (Psalm 130:5-6a, NCV).

Three questions to ask as you wait on God…

·     What do you want to say to me?

·     What do you want to show me?

·     What do you want to do in me?

4.             Reflect on God’s goodness!

“Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.  He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.  And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth!” (Psalm 116:7-9, NLT).

“The Lord is my shepherd.  I am never in need.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside peaceful waters.  He renews my soul” (Psalm 23:1-3a, GW).

Closing Challenge:  Is it well with your soul or is it restless?  Are you willing to permit God to begin to detox your soul from its restlessness?  If so, begin today the detoxification of your soul that God desires for your life!

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