Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 19


Today's Text: Psalm 56:1-13


Join us for Day 19 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!


  • Ellen MR

    This is from a gal I follow on YouVersion-
    FAITH is:
    F -Forsaking
    A – All & saying:
    Perfect for this topic!! Forsaking All and saying I Trust Him…that’s what it’s all about, huh? Faith.
    So simple. Soo hard.
    Goodnight Sisters!

  • hooleywithaz

    we are going through this exact thing (trusting in God) with my family right now, as my grandpa is nearing his last days here on earth. we all know that he is so happy to be going to Heaven, he is so faithful, and has looked to God for his strength always in his life. but we are still struggling with saying goodbye, because it's not OUR timing, and what we want for our selfish reasons is to keep him here on earth with us. so we are trying to shift our prayers to be not "what i want", but "what is best for grandpa".

    i think i have been strengthened to have a different perspective on all this because of the fact that i found this community. i was able to smile when we were all gathered around my grandpa last night, praying the rosary, because i know that God is great and knows that taking him home is the best thing.

    • claire

      Praying for you as know how hard it is to say good bye and let go. Memories of good times shared together help x

      • hooleywithaz

        thank you so much for your prayers! he went to meet God on sunday, and while we're sad to lose him here, we are so happy he has gone home to be with his Lord. the fact that you took the time to share your kind words with me means so much. thank you thank you!

  • jesusgirl71

    What holds me back I think is what i mentioned to a reply from yesterday. I think i get afraid of what god has in store for me and that it won't be good. i read all the time in His Word that he has only our good, but do I believe it?

    Ladies, wondering if someone can help me. I would like to use my iPhone sometimes to look at the comments, because it would be more convenient, but I can't seem to find a way to log into WordPress so my user info shows up. the mobile theme just does not seem to have all the options. also, it seems like you can't like comments either. any way to get it so I can do this? using safari on my iPhone. thanks.

    • AmyKelly213

      Hey, Jesusgirl71! If you scroll to the bottom of the screen you can turn off the mobile theme. I do find it fickle sometimes… Even with the mobile theme turned off I may have to refresh the screen again and again to get the look of the full site to show up. Hope this helps!

      • jesusgirl71

        thanks. will try this. Saw that link but didn't know if the other theme would work on the iPhone. thanks.

  • Ellen MR

    I guess I’m finding I have trust issues. I have had to be self-reliant for soo long that I just don’t give anything over easily anymore. When an event happened in my life I found almost all the people I trusted were not there for me at all. I also had spent 15yrs with a guy who verbally tore me to pieces so that I didn’t even trust myself! Although I was the bread winner and made/handled all decisions for my family,he of course criticized everything I said and did. If I voiced any of my fears, it seemed as tho that would bring them about, that they would actually happen then. Its made me shut down and turn away from everyone, and hold my fears that much tighter to me. I dont want to verbalize it and have it become a reality! Even when praying about my fear(s), I skirt around the issue, saying a very general “Please Lord, don’t let anything happen…OK?”
    I do understand that His ways are not my ways, that we will and do have tough times and trials in this life. The world is becoming a much darker place. I know our eternal lives will be glorious, and
    I’m so grateful that gave His life that we may have ours!! But, I just want to enjoy this life- right now, watching my kids grow and just being together. I know it’s so cliche to say, but you only live once! I want to enjoy it and appreciate all the Lord has blessed me with. Most people by today’s standards wouldn’t think I have much. But I know that I do and I know: “For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”v.13 NIV
    For all your many blessings in my life.
    Even all the struggles!
    Thank you for bringing me back to you, for molding me into who you want me to be. That I may be a light or a hope for others who walk in darkness. That I can confront my fears, and that I will trust you concerning those fears.
    That YOUR will be done, not MINE!
    For your glory only,
    Have a Blessed Day Sisters !

  • Wow, ladies, vs. 8 just jumped off the page today and soothed my soul! "You've kept track of my every toss & turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book." (MSG)

    Having been dealing with chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression for so many years now, this verse just brings tears to my eyes. Reminding me that even when I wasn't always seeking God, He was still caring for me so much that He kept track of every one of my tears and my nights of no sleep and my days full of tears. Wow, what an amazing God we serve!

    Have a blessed day sisters!

  • Junebug, that’s exactly my fear – Will I be enough? And today, thru other Bible studies, Eph 6 was brought up-twice seperately. We must wear the full armor of God. When we face struggles, God is on our side. And, God Always triumphs.
    Does that help me with my fears? Oh yes, but I must put myself out there first– I must take my leap of faith and know that God is there to catch me and keep my feet from slipping. And that allows me to walk in his lifegiving light!

  • I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

    Interesting verse isn’t this? Did you catch that David says this twice in the same Psalm? (Verses 4 and 11.)

    I don’t think he was being lazy in his songwriting here. I think he was making a point — for him, for the people of Israel and all of God’s people through the ages.

    He repeats another thought as well : I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the L ord for what he has promised. (Psalms 56: 10 NLT).

    This jumped out at me — remembering God’s promises especially when attacked by fear. I’ve claimed verse 3 all of my Christian life, but today’s devo provoked some great insights. Thanks all of you fellow detoxers!

  • I have been challenged with this fickle little disorder called ADHD my whole life. From time to time, I get what I call "bad brain days" (and today is one of those). My brain is foggy, unfocused and it is so hard to harness the time that I have in the day to be productive.

    My fears consist around the word ENOUGH. That I am not enough. That I cannot do enough. Be smart enough. Articulate enough. Contribute enough. Be enough of a mother.

    What I am learning is that I am not enough. Why? Because GOD is my portion. I am not supposed to be enough. God is the all-sufficient one. He alone is enough.

    If I had enough…I wouldn't need Him. And God, you know I need you. Every day. Every hour…every minute. Be my enough today. My portion. So that like verse 13 says:

    "For You have delivered my life from death, yes, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life and of the living."

    • Cathy

      Loved this reminder, JuneBug! Thank you for sharing!

    • jesusgirl71

      wow! Yes I struggle with not being enough or feeling I am. wow! and you are right. We are not enough, but god is enough! Reminded of that song by Barlo Girl, I think it's called "Enough." Praying for you for your foggy brain. Hugs!

  • Christie

    What holds me back from fully trusting God? I am scared I will not like His plans. I do not understand Him or His ways and not having that mental grasp makes it difficult for me to fully trust.

    In reading the passage today, I interpreted David's words to be requesting deliverance, but on the other hand, saying "what can mere mortal man do to me?" I thought that maybe trusting God is not always about the situation changing, but rather my perspective. I liked how freebirdnmay said today that the Bible does not say we will not have troubles. I mean, David was literally being hunted! I pray I will learn to come to God with my fears when my world does not make sense.

    • jesusgirl71

      that is so me! Being afraid I won't like his plans. I love what you said about perspective. that really spoke to me.

  • What things are holding you back from acknowledging your fears and putting your full trust in God?

    i think for me it's TOTALLY surrendering my will and being obedient. i don't have a problem acknowledging my fears or "saying" i am putting my trust in God…BUT…accepting God's timing and His will are not so easy for me. i start to think/believe that my fears/issues/problems are going to be permanent if God doesn't answer my prayers in a "timely manner" or the outcome isn't what i want it to be.

    in my spirit i know that God is in control and his timing is perfect – i just need to get my flesh to agree! dying to self has not been easy for me, but i know "all things are possible with Christ who strengthens me".

    • Crystal

      I too struggle with His timing. I can relate to what you have said here. All of it!

      • jesusgirl71

        So can I. that part about being afraid it will be permanent… Can so relate! And dying to self? Ouch! so hard for me!

  • lisabethjean

    About 5 years ago I was in a difficult work situation. I probably turned to verses 1-7 on a weekly basis. (… and don't think I didn't "pray down" verse 7 on my enemies every day!) ;)
    That season of life didn't end the way I'd planned. I felt defeated & shed countless tears over it. Wait — they were counted. Verse 8 tells me that not only did God care about them, He wrote every teardrop in His journal.

    Have a blessed day knowing that your Father loves you so much He keeps track of your tears!

  • Kpennington

    "13 For You delivered me from death,
    even my feet from stumbling,
    to walk before God in the light of life." ( Psalm 56:13 HCSB) Praising The Lord for making a way for me, for us, through his son Jesus. …I find this passage so encouraging. God is for me! How could one not concur fear? SO thankful we serve a merciful, loving, sovereign and POWERFUL God. I am also so thankful that God doesn't let us battle alone, that he holds our hand, goes before us and/or carries us through times of struggle. I am so thankful he is FOR US!

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    "In order to face the "what ifs" of fear, you must acknowledge your fear and choose to trust God.

    What things are holding you back from acknowledging your fears and putting your full trust in God?"

    I think I do acknowledge my fears; I admit them. I confess them. I certainly don't deny them. Nothing is holding me back from admitting them. Occasionally I even face my fears that fall under the category of actual phobias (like my fear of making phone calls or fear of going out on my own); however, no matter how many times I do what I am afraid of, it never gets easier. And, sometimes ends up rather disasterous and demoralising. Other fears like fear of rejection, sickness, failure…well, all I can say is, I am a work in progress. God is definitely working on and me to help me rid myself of toxic thinking and to rely on Him, for he is faithful and so good.

    I love these verses:

    "My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side!
    I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised." – Ps 56:9-10

    Today, when I had a particularly demoralising morning, I came back home, defeated. I sat down at the piano and began to lift up praise to God. I began to feel hope rise up in my spirit, chasing away the despair, as I praised God for His promises, His faithfulness, and worship Him for WHO he is: greater than all my troubles. I still feel a bit battle weary, feel a bit battered… but that time of worship really helped and I can say as the Psalmist David did:

    "Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him." – Psalm 28:6-7

    I am helped and with my song I give thanks to Him.

    • Cathy

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Autumn Dawn. Sometimes it is a sacrifice of self to choose to praise Him in spite of our circumstances. In His goodness, God is always working through the challenges we face to help us to become "mature and complete, not lacking anything". (James 1:4)

      And on days when we feel especially battle-weary, we can remember Paul's words in Philippians 3:13-14:

      Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on …

      Praying for you today!

  • It’s so easy for me to make everything out to be about me. I find myself always drawn to the negativity and not Gods glory.

    But how much greater is His glory!!! I must find peace and confidence in this. It is NOT about me.

    Pride is my soft spot and I can so easily get tangled into it.

    But God rescues me everytime!!

    I MUST not forget this

  • The verses that spoke to me this a.m.…”In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalms 56:10, 11 ESV) I feel this is telling me that one of the things I need to do if I’m afraid, is praise The Lord. What does that mean to me? What would that look like in my life? I’m disappointed to say that I don’t think I really do this in my day to day life. I think I only really “praise” God when I’m in church on Sunday. That’s got to change. Have a blessed day, sisters!

  • I begin my day with my quiet time with my Heavenly Father, but as wife and mom, many days get crazy busy even before the sun has risen. As I panic to fit everything in to this morning and meet all the needs around me, this mornings reading is the sweetest comfort. I love the part of the Bible: “God, you did everything you promised, and I’m thanking you with all my heart. You pulled me from the brink of death, my feet from the cliff-edge of doom. Now I stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life.” (MSG). God keeps HIS promises. He is my peace in the chaos and the battles.
    Thank you, Heavenly Father, for always having time for me and never leaving me. I praise YOUR HOLY NAME.

  • I love these verses:

    When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin. (Psalm 56:3-5 NIV)

    Such a precious reminder to trust God and not be afraid.

  • freebirdnmay

    It's interesting to see that the Word never promises that we will never have trouble. Instead we are promised lots of trouble, but God said we would be delivered if we seek God and call out for help. I read in the Rick Warren Devotional that the enemy uses trouble and fear to drive us away from God. That made me think that if I see the same problem over and over again, it may be because the enemy can use that problem to drive me away from God. So it is time to trick the devil! Praise and call out to God in the middle of your circumstances. The more it hurts, the more you cling to God. Let's make the enemy see that hurt or fear cannot make us turn our backs on God, and maybe the enemy will stop using that one situation to dominate our lives.

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    • Candacejo

      That is so true! He knows what our weaknesses are and he goes after them! For instance, I am a minister's wife, never drank alcohol in my life, so he is not going to tempt me to go and sit on a bar stool in a sleazy joint and get drunk. That wouldn't work for me, I wouldn't be tempted. But he would go after my MIND, my fears, my worries, and if I listen to him and entertain those thoughts over and over again, before you know it he has so captivated my mind that I am BOUND to him and don't even realize it!

      We must guard our thoughts with the Word, especially that wonderful verse today, "…what time I am afraid, I will trust in you!" And not allow the enemy to gain any ground in the first place. Greater is He that is in US than he that is in the world!

    • AmyKelly213

      Thank you!! This is exactly what I needed to read this morning!! I will be keeping your words close this weekend!

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