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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