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Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 6

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Today's Text: Hebrews 3:1-6

Join us for Day 6 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

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  • krystina_lolli

    Obedience! Amen! Amazing how sweet it is!

  • What an eye opener Ibukun! I love how each of us reflects a different truth also, and yet we are all fixing our thoughts on Jesus.
    I, too, need to learn submission-and fixing my eyes straight ahead, on Christ Jesus.

  • Toxic thoughts are tough to fight off. They just creep in so fast. Must pray daily for help to keep them away.

  • When I read today’s scripture first I began to wonder how Jesus being greater than Moses fit into Soul Detox and all that stuff. Then as I read it again tonight, God opened my eyes to see that sometimes I have made idols of people that God uses greatly. I look up to them so much that I forget to look higher above them to the One who made them and gave them the grace to function in Him. Idolising other Christians that I think are more spiritually mature and in tune has been a recurring toxic thought for me. I’m thankful to the Holy Spirit for pointing this out. From the comments I have seen above, God has used six verses of scripture to minister to about 10 women differently! My heart sings joyfully as I shift my focus from the people to the God using the people!

  • jesusgirl71

    focusing my thoughts on jesus is something I truly am trying to work on more. Great devo!

  • It's so funny how each day with the devotional it feels like I was just talking to someone about something relating, or was just thinking about something relating. I was in my bathroom last night brushing my teeth, I love words and have them all over my home. In the bathroom I have "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken" and I thought after reading that…HE made us unique. Uniquely you! We are all from Him but each and every one of us is different. What Leelee was saying about Him making the snowflakes and putting as much detail into us made me remember my thought from last night. Also makes me think of line 4 from the reading today…"for every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God."

  • Oh dear! Just found that we read the very scripture (that I was referencing in my previous post) just 4 days ago! Ha-my memory is short! ;) Definitely committing this one to memory! 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

  • "I lift my empty hands…Have your way my King!
    I lift my eyes my King…Cause you are all I need!
    Whatever your will can you help me find it?"

    Lord, I exchange my negativity, fear, hurt, and discontentment for eyes fixed upon you. You will never leave me or abandon me. I am never alone with you and you will never fail me Lord Jesus. You are the Builder, the architect of my life and I want to turn my gaze away from the things of this world and worship you Lord! Worship the beauty of your creation, worship you for your great sacrifice so that I might have eternal life, and worship you for you have a great plan for my life. I want to intimately know you Lord. Remove my toxic thoughts that cloud me from worshiping you, cloud me from listening to you Lord.

    Lord RENEW my spirit daily and TRANSFORM my sinful condition and toxic thoughts so that my life can be a reflection of You!

  • Meredith

    I really love the idea of this new devotion…a soul detox, but today's reading left me a little discouraged. I don't want to make anyone feel the same way, but maybe someone can help me understand. When I read that to toxicities can come from relationships, I realized I have close relationships with people who create toxic thoughts in me. The devotion says to block out and remove these influences, but how could I sever a relationship with someone who is a Christian but is a new Christian and still holds onto many misconceptions and lies of the world? Or what do you do when the relationship is family? I just felt this under addressed the issue, but maybe we're going to talk about it more later.

    • Crystal

      I think that we are all forced in some situations to be around people we feel may be toxic. Be it in a work situation, or what have you. I know I am forced from time to time to be around someone that brings out the worst in me (these situations are unavoidable), and I am learning to look to God for help in those times. Let the good overpower the evil. Now I'm not saying it's easy, I struggle hard with this, but I have to remember who I am, what I want to show to the world and that is the light of the Lord.

    • rocknitat55

      Meredith I know how you are feeling. Often times its the people who are the closeth to us that generete toxics in our life. Unfortunately we can’t go around announcing that we are ridding the area. That would be hurtful, rude and not Godly. However if we continue to pray and meditate on Gods word and trust him to work things out those relationship will either begin to change or disappear. Doors will begin to close on those people. Of course life will always find us in situations with people save or unsaved. I’ve finally come to learn that its not about them but me. God wants to know if he can trust me to manage these relationships using his word. U can’t control anyone else. Sometimes as a christian we are forced to make some pretty hard choices.
      If thou right hand/eye offend thee pluck it out…. Abraham was told to leave everything that he new for the promises of God. The word of God tells us that for all who turn their back on the world and follow Christ he will restore/repay 100 fold.
      Don’t worry it was a fair question. God will be your guide. Peace and blessings to U.

    • rocknitat55

      Meredith I know how you are feeling. Often times its the people who are the closeth to us that generete toxics in our life. Unfortunately we can’t go around announcing that we are ridding the area. That would be hurtful, rude and not Godly. However if we continue to pray and meditate on Gods word and trust him to work things out those relationship will either begin to change or disappear. Doors will begin to close on those people. Of course life will always find us in situations with people save or unsaved. I’ve finally come to learn that its not about them but me. God wants to know if he can trust me to manage these relationships using his word. U can’t control anyone else. Sometimes as a christianwe are forced to make some pretty hard choice
      If thou right hand/eye offend thee pluck it out…. Abraham was told to leave everything that he new for the promises of God. The word of God tells us that for all who turn their back on the world and
      follow Christ he will restore/repay 100 fold.
      Don’t worry it was a fair question. God will be your guide. Peace and blessings to U.

  • When I focus my thoughts on what is good and true rather than toxic things, I have peace. It can be such a struge to do, though. I've been learning–with Holy Spirit's help–to NOT just accept every thought that falls into my head. I've been practicing casting out and rejecting the toxic thoughts…bringing all thoughts under the obedience of Christ. I know there is a verse somewhere in I or II Corinthians about this but I can't remember where/can't find it this a.m. Just more confirmation for me that I NEED to memorize more of the Word! :)

  • Oh God help me to keep my eyes, my thoughts and my mind focus on you, and not to be polluted by this world, am weak, but you said when i am weak you are strong. I need your strength each day that i can make it to the end.

  • Oh Amie you are so right. I remind myself of the dog in the movie “Up”… It’s like I have spiritual ADD: “SQUIRREL!” and then off I go focused on 10 different things.

  • I read today's devotion and couldn't help but smile since God has proven to me once more on how faithful he is when it comes to answering prayers. I keep asking God for wisdom. I am currently 18 years old and I have realized how much change I still have to do. 4 years ago, I was a completely different person than I am today and I am wise enough to understand that 4 years from now, the same will happen. However, even though I am young and still have a lot of sprouting to do, I want to be a Godly woman today and seek His truth. God has already blessed me with some much wisdom today, but I am hungry for more. Due to the fact that God gave me wisdom, when I was younger, I thought I had my whole life figured out most especially in my romantic relationship. After being obedient to God, I realized how foolish I was to think this and that the one that has my "whole life figured out" is no other than our Lord. This makes me happy because I no longer worry like I used to. Yes, I do worry, but God is always my comfort and support. Let's celebrate his faithfulness and greatness! We love you Jesus!!!

    • Meredith

      Thank you for your post. Your faith is empowering and refreshing. I am almost twenty and I felt the same way you did when I entered college. I must admit, I struggled at first, being around so many new influences and "toxicities " but I'm finding a renewed strength through this devotion. I hope we can continue to learn from each other and every woman at every level of faith.

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    Our thoughts are so important – and it's what we give attention to, what we HEED, that makes such a difference in our lives. I am actively asking God to help me choose my thoughts – (to help me be vigilant over my thought-life), because I know I don't just have to keep thinking whatever thoughts "fall" into my head when they are presented for consideration. I am asking the Holy Spirit to help me identify – IMMEDIATELY – the negative and crosswise of the Word thinking when it comes, so I can combat it at its onset, rather than waiting until I have tormented myself (and prevented my progress) for hours, days, weeks with thinking that is not in line with God's will for me. I am thankful that He is working in me and has promised to complete His work in me, making me what I ought to be.

  • God is the builder of everything. It is easy to remember how He creates snowflakes, but He also creates us with the same amount of detail. Not only did He create us, but he is with us and in us every step of the way.

  • rocknitat55

    What a fitting Dev. today. Really on time. Since fresh start and soul detox I have purposed in my heart to change my thought life. No more the victim, no more being critical of peoples motives. If any thing be good think on these things. Well there goes the best laid plans of mice & men. Just as I was receiving this dev. in my inbox I got a call from someone who wanted to advise me of an incident and conversation that had been held in my honor lol. I hold a leadership role at my church as pres. of the Women’s ministry and teacher in our ministry school. Apparently something I said or the answer to a question was taken out of contex and the person I gave the advice too did something contrary to my Pastor’s wishes. Its amazing how you can just be home, minding your own
    business when ‘when the devil like a roaring lion comes to seek, kill, destroy.
    Well ladies I ain’t gonna lie to you I was madddddd. First off you throw me under the bus, then you call me to tell me you threw me under there! And thirdly most importantly you disturb my peace!
    When I got off the phone I breathed and I said I don’t want this burden its not mine. God led me to read my devotion early. When it started talking about how our thoughts are influenced by relationships, and words I cried. I begin to pray and meditate on God’s word. My whole attitude changed. I will come n peace and go n peace. Needless to say I turned over and went to sleep peacefully. The old me would have lain awake all night rehashing the conversation I had with the person who brought the confusion. (Beware the dog who brings the bone, he probably will take one)
    Then I would have tried to rehearse what I said and how I might could have said it different. And most importantly I would be in fear of repracussions from my Leadership. Oh by the way I’m over a church event and I will be working closely with that leadership today.

    Today Lord I purpose in my heart to replace toxic thoughts, toxic situations, even toxic people with The Word of God. These things will always occur but I will continue to fight back using the whole Armor of God. Today in the midst of confusion let someone be saved, comforted, filled with joy.
    Father I can not do this in my own strength I am counting on you to honor your Word. Thank you for tools to fight this battle.

    • Ashley

      Wow. What a powerful prayer! I'm experiencing a lot of turmoil and I feel like I need to be praying this each morning before I start my day. Thank you!

    • Cathy

      What a difference it makes when we remember to give our problems over to the Lord before we get carried off by our emotions. He is always ready to intervene and redirect our thinking – all we need to do is ask! Thanks for the reminder, Rocknitat55!

      Lord, I am so easily side-tracked. Help me to focus on You today. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight. May I be a blessing to someone today!

      • Crystal

        Amen! Cathy, your prayer speaks to me, I too get side-tracked from the Lord. I forget that it is as simple as asking His help and giving my burdens to Him.

    • jesusgirl71

      Oh Rockinet, your post really inspired me1 i need to do more of this. It is so encouraging to read about rea-live people who can do this. If you can, I can! not that I am better than you, please don't think that.

  • I love life more when I fix my thoughts on Jesus! I definitely am more confident and courageous(for I know who I belong and that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!). Why then do I lose my focus on him? Anyone?

  • lisabethjean

    ♥ the last part of v.6 — "…And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory."

    Today I pray I fix my thoughts on Jesus, my High Priest. I do hold firmly to the confidence that He's returning for me one day & will take me to live in Heaven with Him forever!

  • AmyKelly213

    How different is your life when you focus your thoughts on what is true and good rather than on toxic things?
    Extremely!! I spent the last year in tears, in fear, in shame and guilt. I prayed that God would rescue me from it all… I mean, I was aware that I had been forgiven and received His grace, I just wanted all the pain to go away. But like the little boy who won't let go of the toy for his father to fix it, I would accept His Grace and then go right back to wallowing in my sin and shame. The Fresh Start helped me see that! And it turned me on to scripture that is not only leading to a soul detox but is allowing me to do what I should have done all along… LET GO.
    Jesus, help us all stay focused on you so that our hearts and minds will be so open to Your Truth and so full of Your Word that there is no more room for the toxins of life.

    • sarah

      Amen sister. Letting go can be sooo hard. But when we do the peace that comes with it is so AMAZING!

      I too have been consumed by toxic thoughts over the past seven months. I struggled with giving everything to God and trusting in Him. I would give Him my burdens in the morning but by the end of the day I would have taken them all back plus more. Through reading my bible along with the devotional materials here, I am learning what it means to let go and trust. I am finally feeling peace in my soul. I can begin healing physically from being aniexious all the time and burnt out.

      Your words this morning were so encouraging and your prayer so uplifting. Thank you. I am praying for you too. I pray that God would keep revealing Himself to you and that you may continue to grow in Him.

  • My life is radically different when my gaze is fixed upon the Lord rather than others. But mostly my gaze is into a mirror – reflecting myself. I worry about the image I project to others, about the thoughts of others about me. What if I looked at others and prayed that they, too, might fix their gaze upon Jesus. Why must we all worry about ourselves – when we are called as the 'household of God' to be the presence and body of Christ in this world.

    • lisabethjean

      Staying in the Word & living a prayer life that is like a constant conversation with God helps me to fix my thoughts on Jesus. Easiest thing in the world, right? Why is it so difficult to maintain during the mundane onslaught of life here on earth?

      I hear ya, Amie!

    • krystina_lolli

      Amen!

  • The word that came to mind while reading today’s devotion is “submission”. I am created by God and my body (earthly tabernacle, house) belongs to Him.

    I am only a servant but Jesus the Son is the one the Father has given rule over the house. Therefore, by divine right He is in charge. As a servant I must submit to Him.

    He is to always be considered; me keeping mind mind on Him will eliminate toxic thoughts. “He will keep you in perfect peace those whoseind is stayed on Him.”

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