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Weekly Truth | Day 7


Today's Text: Colossians 3:1-17

Join us for Day 7 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

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Each week as a community, we choose a piece of Scripture to memorize together.  The Soul Detox plan will continue through these Sundays, but we will also have a Weekly Truth to share with you!  Use the lockscreen as a way to help memorize this week’s Truth!

Weekly Truth | Colossians 3:14-15

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.  {ESV}







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  • I love the lock screens and they help me so much with memorizing the verses! However, I was wondering if ya'll would also consider have a lock screen or downloadable verison each week we could print and frame that didnt have the "" on the bottom so we could frame them in our house? You could also sell them as an option to raise much for charities. Just a thought! thanks!

    • Jesyka

      Thanks for the suggestion! I'll let the SRT team know and see what we can do!

  • Ellen MR

    Wow Ibukun!! I was so worried about whether I was saved or not too! Now that I’ve been involved w/SRT, those questions are being answered! Like being “saved” before, then falling away from it- what happens for knowingly walking away from His truth?! All I know for sure is I’m back in His word and I won’t be leaving again! There’s way too much at stake. He paid the price for me and I’ll NEVER disrespect that again!! And Ibukun- go a little easier on yourself! You sound like a very busy, intelligent, self aware young lady. You are a work in progress!! :)
    Ali, the same family questions torment me!! Is self preservation a sin?? I just can’t go thru all the ups and downs my brother brings to my life! I’m not the only one who doesn’t speak to him either, but I’ve never told him I have forgiven him- is it unfinished then or between me and my Lord?!
    All these questions! I just have to remind myself that God will reveal all in due time….
    Thinking of you Sisters!!
    Rocknitat55 you have overcome so much! Find your strength in that and that God loves you so very much. Praying you banish those detrimental thoughts! :)

  • rocknitat55

    I really missed my time with SRT on sat/sun. My activities in church consumed my time.
    But I spent a great bit of my think n time focoused on our lessons
    I am wrestling with thoughts of being not enough, damaged goods. But I know these are conterfit thoughts. I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus.

    Lord so many lessons to be learned. Help me study and pass the test! Can’t keep going around n circles.

  • Praying for you, Julia! Thank you for praying for all of us, Ellen!

    Some specific toxic thoughts that I need to let go include: thinking that I’m not really saved and that when I die, I’ll burn in hell, thinking that I’m not as smart as some of my classmates. Ladies, I made a list and trust me when I say it is endless. The ways that I can make a change and think healthy thoughts include: meditating on God’s word and confessing it out loud, listening to uplifting music, working hard at school and not waiting for As to drop in my lap, by praying and keeping my mind set on things above (verse 2) and finally by doing everything (deed and thoughts) dependent on Jesus and as His representative. I pray for grace to do these things when toxic thoughts come up in my mind.

  • I was looking for some new songs to worship to today and came across this beautiful rendition of "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus". Thought I would share it with you all since it goes so well with today's reading.

  • Ellen MR

    I read this today in several versions which clarifies things soo much! My favorite overall was The Message. I usually use GWT, and I liked v.13 in that: Put up with each other and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint. Forgive as the Lord forgave you… But it beings up a question for me- if I have forgiven my brother for previous hurts, but still do not speak to him (its been 12+yrs) is it considered” forgiven”?? I love him, but have not opened that door due to his constant trouble-making in the family…or is my forgiveness between me and God???
    Autumn Dawn, your comments were well said! I also like the details in the AMP version. You seem to be in a better place now, really changing yo,ur thought process! I know this has helped my depression by actively pursuing the positives that being re-born in Christ Jesus provides. I actually felt HAPPY, for the first time, in I don’t know how long…that I feel better physically AND mentally just shows me that I am truly a work in progress! God’s work!! Wow…how amazing is that?! How humbling too…I should find v.7-10 easy to do for Him, after everything He did for ME!! But it’s not always so easy to do! I’ve been finding myself much more conscious of all the “little white lies” that I tell!! Whether it’s to my kids, or for an excuse to a friend or a neighbor, why do I lie about stupid little things?! I guess it’s the people pleaser in me. I never want to just say “Now is not a good time” or “No, I can’t afford to go to lunch” Heck, I can’t afford to go for a $5 cup of coffee either!! So I “fib” about it. That’s got to change! ;)
    Praying for you Gail, and for you too Stephanie!
    Renee, you are NOT those things- glad you are engaged in battling those thoughts away!
    Julia, maybe because you are more AWARE it seems like that is ALL that’s on your mind? I’ll be praying for you!! :)
    Praying that all of you ladies have a Blessed day, confident in His work being done in you!!
    Praise the Lord!

    • Ali

      The forgiveness issue is something I struggle with as well. If I say I forgive a family member but then choose to detach myself as much as possible from that person, have I truly forgiven them? Is it okay not to trust people that will likely hurt you again? What if the one she is really hurting is herself? This is a very difficult issue for me that I constantly pray for guidance on.

  • jesusgirl71

    I was just thinking before even reading this that I hate the fact that people or the things they do really get on my nerves. Like today at church, we had to wait for our ride, and I just kept thinking I wish they'd stop spending so much time talking and hurry up, or just differnet things. I really hate those thoughts when they go through my mind. Before I saw the weekly truth, I had chosen to memorize verse 12: "therefore, as god's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." (NIV) Looks like now I need to work on 14-15 too. I so often find memorizing verses daunting, but it never is as hard as it at first seems it will be, and of course, it is absolutely necessary.

  • Love the Weekly Truth verses of Col 3:14-15! Even before I saw those were the weekly truth verses, they are the ones that spoke to me. Especially “And be thankful.” That short little sentence packs a lot of power! It DOES stop me in my tracks. Me & my husband have been struggling with a really bad debt situation for a couple years now and one of the things that pulls me out of (& keeps me out of) resentment towards him, and other toxic thoughts, is to be thankful for all we DO have–all that God has blessed us with. With all he has protected us from during this trying time! Praise God! He is faithful! Praying for you Julia.

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    I love verse 15 of Colossians 3 in the Amplified Bible. It says: "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]."

    I especially love the bit about allowing the peace of Christ to decide and settle with finality all questions (doubts, worries, frustrations, niggling agitations) that arise in our minds. In 2 Corinthians 10 we are instructed to use the weapons of our warfare to refute arguments and theories and every proud and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God – any and every lie contrary to what God says – and to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. These verses together (the ones in 2 Cor and the ones in Col) are so powerful and encouraging in our battle for our thought lives (our soul detox). Thank God that His grace abounds to us to help us choose the right thoughts and refuse the wrong, toxic ones.

  • Carley @OptimisticHealth

    Wow this passage really hit home. I think too often I become comfortable in my walk. There are parts of me that have fallen to the world and its isn't identifiable until I go to God's word. Verse 10 says it well "put on your new nature and be renewed as you learn to know your creator and be like Him. I'm not just supposed to be the best me but to exemplify Christ. In verse 12 it goes on to say what we clothe ourselves in. I looked up the definitions to these words and it reminded me what attributes they encompass. Patience hit me hard, "the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper or the like". I struggle with this. I am not clothed in God's ways when I act out of being impatient. Thankfully God forgives!

    It's a great reminder that only with God can we clothe ourselves in mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience!

  • i am struggling ladies. i felt so good after the fresh start reading plan, but since i began the soul detox, instead of cleansing my heart & soul of toxic negative thoughts, i am consumed by them. please pray for me.

    • Carley @OptimisticHealth

      Praying for you.

    • Crystal

      Aww Julia, praying for you! Give it to God and He will help you with those negative thoughts!

    • Autumn Dawn Leader

      Praying for you, Julia! God is on your side to help you win this battle, sister. I am believing for the anointing of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, to flow through you right now, to break the power of these tormenting thoughts and to help you choose good ones, in Jesus' name! I believe for breakthrough now. Receive it; His grace abounds to you to overcome. :)

    • Alyssa

      Praying for you Julia! I am dealing with similar feelings of being consumed by negativity and trying to give it all to God and not taking it back. Praying that you will be touched by His grace and peace today. :)

      • Brandi

        Julia, we are just in the battle. We need to recognize our enemy and take our positions and stand firm, waiting on out Deliverer! Praying that we all will take the weapons we have been provided by the Father and use them!

    • Ingrid


  • Toxic thoughts can really bombard me at church. Our church building used to be a workout facility. There is a wall of mirrors in the front and no one can escape her image during church. This morning, the toxic words began to flow every time I got a glimpse of myself…you are fat, ugly, old-looking… But, because of this past week's Soul Detox, I recognized these toxic words as tools of the devil and I began to focus on what was being said at church by the worship leaders, the song lyrics, the verses. I am not free of toxins, but I am engaged in the battle better now.

  • I love the lock screen images. They really help me to learn new verses!

  • Stephanie

    The words, “and be thankful,” especially stood out to me. The whole passage, but especially those words. They are stop you in your tracks and make you think words. My husband and I are trying to have a baby again after a miscarriage and it is scary and toxic worries keep coming into my head, along with lots of impatient thoughts. I need to be thankful for everything God has given me and not try to predict the future or wish it was 2 weeks from now so I can take a pregnancy test. I am going to memorize this verse (just like I have with Philippians 4:6-7) and repeat it and repeat it when I start having these thoughts that are not from God. I’m so thankful for this devotional and this community!

    • Crystal

      Those words "and be thankful" stuck out to me as well today Stephanie. I think in today's society we are always looking to the next thing, and forget to be content and sit with what we have already been so blessed with. I too am very thankful for the daily devotional and the community! Good luck with things!

  • Today,s devo is full of instructions and is so uplifting ! It may be difficult to accomplish but we can take small steps by loving. "Love binds everything together in perfect harmony ". = peace of Christ. Love all started with God. John 3 v 16. Love is the reason we obey God. Today I choose to be faithful, choose to forgive,choose to love and gradually there will be no room for the toxins to take a stronghold , to grow and fester in me. O God, help me to forgive and go beyond forgiveness, to truly love everyone and keep on loving ,to obey You with all my heart and be thankful in every situation. Amen. . Sisters, I need your support — please pray for me as I learn how to love as Christ taught us. Blessings and love to all.

  • lisabethjean

    I do, above all, need to drape myself in love (along side of the clothing myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…) However, that is quite difficult to accomplish if I have not done as verse 5 recommends and "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry." And verse 8 tells me to "… also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips." because that was who I was in my "former life."

    My daily Bible-in-a-year passage today was talking about the multiple sacrifices required of the priests for their own sanctification and for the cleansing of the Israelites. I'm so thankful that my High Priest completed all that for me about 2000 years ago on a rough-hewn cross!

    • Jessi

      Lisabethjean, your comment about the sacrifices required for sanctification hit me square between the eyes. How true is it, when I get frustrated and ashamed by how difficult it seems to achieve peace, compassion, love, kindness, etc., that I need to examine my choices in relationships, in what I listen to on the radio, and watch on TV, and how maybe if I made these seemingly small sacrifices, I would be taking steps toward sanctification… Good food for thought for my day, thank you :)

    • Ibukun

      Lisa, I’m writing a book on Colossians 3:5-17 but today it felt like I was reading that part of scripture for the first time! So thankful that God has paid the price for my new wardrobe!

  • AmyKelly213

    Praise, God!! At the depths of my sin and shame, I was burdened with the toxic thoughts the devil kept throwing at me: people hate me, I cannot be trusted, I am unworthy of love and forgiveness, my husband has only forgiven me to publicly humiliate me, and more… People the devil is cunning and cruel!! He broke me down piece by piece and I continued to hold on to each piece rather than let The Lord build me back again. The Lord was asking, but I felt too unworthy for grace!
    He gave me this scripture!!! My husband and I had it read in our renewal ceremony (specifically v12-17)! How could I not see that God was trying to detox me even then?! We are our own stumbling blocks.
    I had a preacher who would say "you are the best thing God has going for Him today"… And unfortunately, I think we can be the devil's best weapon too. Our toxic thoughts: our thoughts of self loathing, unworthiness, our lack of confidence… The devil uses all those things to keep us further from God. Sigh. Forgive me, Father, that I did not see it then… But I see it now. Thank you, Lord, for renewing us daily! Help us all, all my dear sisters in Christ, to stay in Your Word and become ever closer to You!

  • I was caught by the beginning few verses of Colossians 3 – where through our baptism we are raised above earthly distractions and sinful entanglements. And that this new life we pursue is hidden – awaiting revelation as we are renewed each day for the work in this world. Sometimes I want to 'show' that I'm growing in my faith – not necessarily to impress, but to make it seem more real and evident. It's important for me to hear that we as disciples are to keep our work of 'soul detox' to ourselves, and let love be what is revealed through us to others. So thankful for this study! :)

    • AmyKelly213

      Amie, I am right there with you. I have always wanted to shout my faith out loud, not to brag or boast… But to show what God has done. But in my human-ness I think it comes across as piety or self-righteousness, or some other thing I was not intending.
      In 1Peter 5:6-7, he warns us to be humble. Even in Phil. 2:3-5, he warns us to give more honor to others than ourselves. BUT, in 2 Cor. 12:9, Paul says he is happy to brag about his weakness because Christ's power can live in him…
      I think the lesson for me here is to give God the glory. If He is doing a good work in you, brag about it! Tell others! But give God the glory, humble yourself. People will see your joy and see God's power and they will be changed.

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