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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