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Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 22


Today's Text: Proverbs 25:26-27; 3 John 1:11

Join us for Day 22 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

  • Wow! Wow! Wow! How this just spoke to me and summed up ‘Soul Detox’.
    Television I barely watch because I feel that everything that I’ve seen is embarrassing and by watching it I am encouraging this bad behavior. With music there is too much sex and nonsense that leaves those impressionable individuals to think and believe that this is ‘normal’.

    Yet after reading what I stated above: why do I follow these artist, actors, reality stars and shows on social media??

    Proverbs 25:26 (NIV) Like a muddied spring or a polluted well I a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

    I should not allow my spirit be tainted by thes toxins. I need to rid these toxins to be a fresh clean running spring. DETOX!!!

  • Ellen MR

    Jesusgirl you are SOO not alone!! I usually really do try to stay away from the scary movies because they frightened me so badly as a child. I wasn’t raised in faith but we had bibles around and I would clutch them to me at night, scared to death! I can’t stand supernatural scary movies, but I admit I got sucked into Paranormal Activity 4 this weekend on TV….BIG MISTAKE!! Why did I let that happen ? I guess a morbid fascination with what you don’t know? I know i won’t. ever. again .
    It scared me to pieces…Thank heavens I was home alone- I won’t let my kids watch those movies EVER!!
    Thanx Candacejo! I really appreciate you taking the time to answer me! :)

  • jesusgirl71

    Ellen MR, you are so right when you talk about starting out strong but sometimes going downhill throughout the day. Leah TV, I love your comments as well. And I loved therayer asking God to give us more of a desire for Him than for these things. That is my prayer as well. Wow! Here I thought I would be the only one finding this one a struggle. Glad to know I am not alone in this.

  • jesusgirl71

    Here was the verse that got me today:

    Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. (3 John 1:11 NIV)
    Ouch! Not sure how deep I am ready to share here. I know I watch more horror movies than I should and maybe some TV shows I shouldn’t. My husband enjoys them so much. He is a Christian too but doesn’t feel they influence him. I have to let him make those decisions for himself, but it’s hard because these are things we have enjoyed together. Its hard to know where to draw the line. I’ve been trying more lately to stay away from moreof this stuff, but it’s hard. I haven’t had as hard a time with books I usually read Christian fiction.

  • I used to listen almost exclusively to hip-hop music. I loved the beats even though I knew the lyrics were inappropriate and often disgusting (particularly towards women). I was actually embarrassed for people to know what music was on my ipod. The Lord began to work on my heart and now the only radio station I ever play in my car is Word FM. I love listening to positive, uplifting music and I find that it sets the tone for my day! SO much better than that stuff I used to listen to. I know that there are other cultural toxins that I will keep a look out for, but this one was SUCH a huge one that has made a major difference in my life and outlook that I wanted to share :)

  • Ellen MR

    Ladies, got a question here…
    Is Satan omniscient?? Can he read our minds?
    Being new at this, and just beginning to go to church, I really don’t have anyone to ask! I feel foolish to be so ignorant on such an important topic but fear has always made me run the other direction concerning that nasty serpent…
    It also fits in with our topic this week! I notice more and more that shows and movies are all about the supernatural. I mean really scary stuff too! The Exorcist has always terrorized me and these days the special effects are hideously frightening. My brother used to dabble with dark stuff when I was young, that’s how I saw that movie. I also became convinced that there were dark forces around us because of it, and am now getting that “feeling” again… Can these movies bring those forces into our homes??
    I would greatly appreciate any thoughts on this issue!! I don’t like being afraid, and I certainly don’t want such things around my kids…any prayers would be gratefully welcomed!!!
    Thanks Ladies,
    Your ill-informed sister in Christ,

    • Candacejo

      No, Ellen, Satan cannot READ your mind. Only God is omniscient! He can try to put things in your mind that are not OF God. And if you entertain those thoughts, or dwell on them and listen to him he will confuse you and you will not have peace.

      And yes, if you are allowing those types of movies and dark influences in your home you are opening a door for the enemy. You want to fill your home with Godly influences! Not with dark things like you were mentioning, they really do bring in a spirit with them and you nailed it when you mentioned that spirit of fear. See? That is not of God!

      Get rid of things like that and fill your day with praise, and like the other ladies said, find that great worship station on your radio that plays good Christian uplifting music like K-love or whatever you like. And choose lighter, more family friendly things on the TV…it will make a difference.

      "…fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8 NLT

      Praying for you on your new journey! Your new friends here will be a great help to you! Don't hesitate to ask! Blessings!

  • This is an interesting are to reflect on for myself also. These last couple of weeks I have literally become very sensitive to all the toxins thrown at us, especially on the tv. I am finding that I can’t sit thru commercials, let alone the full shows. I know God’s Spirit is working with me on this, and this devo I’m sure, will help me recognize all these toxins for what they are…Satan’s handiwork.
    Lord, please guide me and allow me to master your armour as I search to honor you. Amen.
    Praying the lord will bless this group of Ladies.

    Welcome to all you new followers of this devo:-)

  • What are some of the cultural toxins you currently have in your life? How have you seen these toxins pollute your life?

    I find that over the years I have become selective of what I look at and hear. It began with music when I found myself waking up in the middle of the night weeping because I fell asleep with the radio playing. I immediately knew that it wasn’t spiritually healthy. If it was damaging subconsciously, it surely was doing bad things consciously as well.

    My eyes were the next territory to protect. I realized what I read as well as what I looked at was a problem. Books, movies, television, etc. all of these had to be filtered. This was more difficult because our Western culture bombards us with images; they are everywhere. I have to be careful because the images are presented so seductively on the sly.

    A good song, book, television episode, movie, etc. can quickly be changed in an instant from wholesome to seedy. I guess whether it becomes a pollutant or not depends upon the intentions of the writers. Therefore it is a prayer matter for each of us; taking what we allow in our life and laying it before God. Singing…”He knows what’s best for me so I surrender…”

  • I agree with many of you ladies. This is going to be a painful week. I have to be honest that my initial response to today's reading was that I wanted to run away. Close my laptop down and not go any further. I am so deeply convicted once again and where do I start???

    A couple of years ago I moved from a casual, more liberal beach town to a much more conservative town. I noticed that my wardrobe choices hung a little lower "here", and a little higher "there" than what was the norm in the new town. I felt a little out of place, so I made some changes just to fit in. I'm thankful for that time though, because it drew me to God's word on the subject of modesty and I was forced to deal with the issue on a heart level. Nowadays I have extra reason to be careful about what I wear. If a shirt hangs a little too low, my 5 year old daughter will laugh out loud, point and say "Mommy!!! Boobies!!!."

    There is so much more to chew on about cultural toxins. I'm sure this week will be chalked full of challenges. So it's time to pull up the big girl pants and run this race with courage! Love you all!

  • This is such an area of struggle for me. I always feel drawn to whatever is the hot new show, movie, book, etc, like I am missing out on something if I don't watch or read it. Unfortunately I probably miss out more on what God plans for me by distracting myself with these thing. Need to pray for wisdom in this area!

  • ljanegregg

    This always brings me back to God's heart for pouring into each of us and then his heart for each of us to pour out. It is a reminder that what we do matters and that each action can in turn affect another person who looks up to us or who is being mentored or discipled by us.

    May each of us rest in his grace today. May we pray that we could pour into one another and others in a way that is worthy of Him.

    I am headed out on a run and will be praying for those of you who need prayer in this area. If you need anything specific feel free to ask.

    By the way, I am new but my name is Laura :)

    Hi Jessi :)

  • Natisha Palmer

    Can someone tell me where to find the devotional content for this study, in youversion "soul detox" plan is not listed as an option only advent, thanksgiving & a few others. I want to catch up & join in with the current study. Thanks ladies!

    • JuneBug

      Hi Nitisha! The Soul Detox plan is not one of the plans written by the SRT gals so if you are searching under that heading you won't find it there. If you go to browse "all plans" in YouVersion, you can type Soul Detox in the search box and find it there. Hope this helps! :)

    • Becky

      Hi Natisha,the soul detox plan is not under she reads truth on you version, but if search "soul detox" you will find it. I hope this helps!

  • Ellen MR

    I can really relate to this today. As a “newbie” in my walk with the Lord, I’m finding I have A LOT of habits to change! As I posted yesterday, my new habits are helping God’s word to change me, to focus and find faith. But this study and detox really does show how much changing is really needed, and that IS hard for me because I am a creature of habit!!! When I find something I like or that works- I stay with it forever… Like computers. I. hate. them. So it really is nothing short of a miracle that I got on my phone (pre-programmed by my 20yr old daughter :) ) and played around that day, got into YouVersion and found SRT!! Since then I’ve slowly begun to learn more, but I still probably go the loong way to get here everyday. I’m sure there is a shorter/easier way, but this is what I KNOW. So I will keep doing it the long way- out of HABIT.
    As I’ve said too, I slip up cussing. (Not taking the Lord’s name in vain, but..) Bad habit. Shows and movies I get sucked into on T.V. I’m realizing how really nasty and immoral most of them are, but…Bad habit. Again! I start out strong, then fade during the day…
    It is a process. As we’re finding in this devo, it has to be thought of again and again, a conscious decision not think or talk in a toxic way. So culturally its going to be a lot to change. I think as a whole our cultural climate has become so low in recent years. I’m certainly ready for a change. I suppose every generation thinks the younger are outrageous, but EVERYTHING is casual- no big deal if someone is hurt, murdered or whatever it may be for the love of money, fame or power. Whether it’s real or portrayed on TV, etc. And I won’t even get started on music…We get desensitized to moral issues everyday. The media just blitzes us til we become passive about these things- no big deal, right?
    I’m just gonna stick to my new HAPPY habits. Weed out the negative, find new things to replace the old. And keep asking the Lord to soften my heart to His ways! I just have to be more aware and diligent, keep His word near to me. I’m doing it tho, day to day!
    Blessings to you Sisters!

  • lisabethjean

    Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. ~ III John 1:11

    This verse reminds me of what Jesus was saying in Luke 6:45 ~ The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

    Father, today make my heart so full of Your goodness that it overflows from my mouth.

  • A couple of years ago the TV went to the basement. None upstairs in the main living quarters. It has really helped having it less available. That’s not to say I’m untouched by cultural toxins, I’m just blissfully unaware of the latest shows and commercials. It’s quite freeing. The Internet is still there however…and books, music and other potentially toxic influences.

  • Candacejo

    I agree this is a big "oh me!" for all of us. We have definitely become desensitized to what we see because we SEE so much of it and it is thrown at us everyday as acceptable that we, over time,are are not as bothered by it as we used to be.

    I will give you an example, take it for what it is worth :) I had heard so many talking about Downton Abbey, my Christian friends, so I decided to check it out on Netflix one night starting with the first episode, first season. Halfway through the episode there is a scene, totally unexpected, two guys kissing. Stay with me here. I have friends that are gay and I love them but I believe the Bible is clear on that and I wasn't comfortable watching it.

    Well of course I turned it off immediately. I was surprised so many were "into" that show and was telling my grown kids about it. My 26 year old son said this shocker: "What's the difference Mom? Sin is sin isn't it? Isn't that what you have always taught us? Adultery is adultery, sex is sex, man and woman, or same sex, if you are watching it on TV, does it really matter?" Now mind you, he knows I won't watch anything that has those things in it but even the suggestive shows, and there are plenty of those ! His point was well taken….he was trying to say I got all upset when a NEW sin was thrown in front of me but I was totally desensitized to the old sins that I used to tell the kids they couldn't watch on TV……ouch!

    I hope I got out what I was trying to preach to myself this morning, ha. My pastor in my youth used to say that your TV had a "knob" on it and if you didnt allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you to turn that knob then you didn't really have the Holy Spirit! Ad he also said you better not miss church to stay home and watch TV, lol. We have DVR today!

    I think it is getting harder every day to find good, clean shows for our children to watch and even when you do as someone pointed out the other day, you have to sit right there with the remote to forward through the commercials and previews to protect their eyes!

    Lord, help us to fill our hearts and minds so full of Your Word that our desire to please You overwhelms our desire for earthly pleasure that is not pleasing to You. Amen.

  • I definitely have a lot of work to do in this area. I realize that the shows i watch, how i talk with my coworkers, and my activities with friends are not always pure. Today’s verses really have motivated me to evaluate my influences and activites and cleanse my life of those things that are toxic to my relationship with God. And so convenient since Lent is starting!!

  • Always trying to be aware of what “toxins” my little ones hear and see. I have even cautioned my patients regarding social and cultural toxins, but it’s an awakening to bring that message home to me and realize that what goes in does come out. Dear Lord, please help me to be open to your convictions and nudges for the changes I must make in my life to shine your light and love. Please help me to detox from this world and to become a new creation.

  • Cultural toxins! Oh boy! They are absolutely everywhere–they are inundating our lives. They’re almost impossible to get away from. I’m reminded of the call to not be OF the world, but we ARE IN the world and until Jesus comes back and makes all things new, there’s just no getting around that. Guarding my heart and mind in the toxic world we live in is definitely a full-time job!

    I certainly struggle in this area. Not so much with the music I listen to or the books I read but definitely with the TV shows that I watch and somewhat with the movies we go to. Although that’s a more deliberate choice with movies, so I don’t really choose any that are obviously toxic.

    I think here’s where it is so important to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There are some shows that I watch that definitely have ungodly content but then have some redeeming quality. I think of it like this: many stories in the Bible–in the Old Testament especially–are full of adultery, sex, murder but obviously there’s redeeming qualities to those stories, points to those stories, lessons to be learned.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not using this as an excuse to watch something that I KNOW is absolutely not something that God want me watching. This is just one of those ways that I try and navigate the toxic, sinful, fallen world that we live in. Art imitates life and life is obviously full of sin and toxins. So again, is there any redeeming quality, is there a lesson to be learned is kind of how I look at it. Have a blessed day, sisters!

  • as soon as i read the words cultural toxins.. i began to think of all the things i see, read & listen to. my awareness will be heightened today. i pray for the strength to purge/ cleanse/ remove/ avoid cultural toxins

  • rwalkup520

    Cultural toxins…yes! Everyday the world is just filling in our brain so we have to be aware. As I read this devotion today, it reminding me of a time 2 yrs ago. I used to watch Grey's Anatomy. The more I deepened my walk with the Lord, the more I realized that show was not appropriate for me to watch. So I stopped. I know that sounds silly. But maybe it's time for me to do another review? I think so!

  • I agree with AmyKelly this could be a tough week. One word did stick out in todays scripture and it is "WHAT" In following what is good… many times I look at situations and see the people, not what they are doing. Or I think I need to stay away from those people but I think this has shown me it's what the are doing not just "the people". For we have a all fallen short and sinned. I pray that I continue to have an open mind during this weeks devo so that I may continue to detox MY way of thinking and doing and be more Christlike.

  • AmyKelly213

    Oh my! This look at cultural toxins is really gonna step on my toes!! I try to guard with vigilance what my children watch or read, but I get caught up myself in the shows that are popular… I am going to have to do a great deal more detoxing in this area I'm afraid. :(

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