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Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 23


Today's Text: Romans 12:1-21


Join us for Day 23 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

  • Gossip is a toxin that’s around in every part of my life. It’s grueling to think of the stories out there. Everyone is so quick to speak ill of one another but smile in their face.

    I need to remember certain scripture readings regarding gossip such as ‘With the tongue we praise our Lord and Fatger and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness’ (James 3:9 NIV)

    Being a hypocrit is not one of the character traits I want to be known for. Praising Him on Sunday yet not living His words is not right. I am not true to my praise if I don’t praise Him spiritually.

  • Danielle

    Being a teenage girl at the age of 17 this whole passage hit home. From offerings for god to not letting evil overcome you. I have a bad habbit of coming home everyday and taking a nap and doing everything I need to do later on, but if I do that where does my quiet time, and jesus time come in at? This really helped me realize that I cant be conformed by my everyday things. Thanks ladies:) also praying for you and your son, Ellen.

  • How have you seen toxic influences in your life affect your relationship with God and others?
    I had read this chapter in AMP and NLT but when I saw someone go on about MSG I had to go back and read it (lol) I digress. Anyway, back to the point. Toxic influences in the clothing area (ahem) affect my relationship with God. I mean, I’m a 19 year old girl in her third year at University. I’ve been a believer for about a year and some months. Trust me when I say, dressing can be a problem. Some of my dresses show off a lot of knees and some thighs. Some of my blouses fall off one of my shoulders (I like blouses like that, they’re comfortable) and some don’t even have any sleeves at all. When I feel the Holy Spirit nudge me about the way I dress, I immediately come up with an excuse. Most times, it’s something like “Pastor blah blah wears sleeveless dresses too” I forgot that I’m s’pose to give my body to God as a sacrifice so, yeah, vs 1-2 spoke to me the most today. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…” (Vs 2 NLT) Lord, transform me by changing the way I think and my dressing

  • Corita516

    I think that the most toxic influence in my relationship with Christ is ME half the time! I get in His way and don't allow Him to work in me and help me to be uniquely me…. As He created me, to do the work He willed for me. Lord, help me to get out of the way and allow you to work through me.

  • jesusgirl71

    Amykelly, I tend to look to other Christians as role models. Rachel, love the verses you posted from the Message! Wow!

  • jesusgirl71

    This whole chapter spoke to me, but here are the verses that especially did.

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:2, 3, 9, 11, 16, 17, 21 NIV)

    How have you seen toxic influences in your life affect your relationship with God and others?
    I am ashamed to say I let others influence me more than I should. For example, if they want to gossip, I might get into it myself. This is all so much to think about.

  • Ellen MR

    I love, love, LOVE the MESSAGE version too! It hits it all straight on- gossiping, comparing, culture, skills, what to do and what not to do! I liked so many verses I can’t say which spoke the most to me. These are the passages I like because they give me specifics to do as a new Christian- most helpful!
    This is also so timely to help my son learn (hopefully) to take the “high road”. He’s been recently diagnosed with Aspberbers and is having a REALLY hard time at school and fitting in. He’s in
    7th grade and getting bullied all the time. It breaks my heart! To see him become more awkward and angry, I’m often just left speechless as what to say. I’ve tried to explain how awkward this time is for all kids and they do these things to feel better about themselves, but he’s becoming bitter. I’ll definitely be sharing this with him today!
    Have a Blessed day Ladies!

  • lisabethjean

    This is what I take with me this morning:

    " Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

    Father, let Your light shine through me today.

  • Verses 9-21 were recommended to me in my youth as a "how to behave like a Christian" section, and I actually memorized the verses way back then. Now, as an adult, knowing those verses by memory has saved me from making foolish, dumb decisions where I could have been prideful, or hateful, or selfish, or self-centered. I'll be on the verge of saying a snide comment, or on ignoring someone in need, or in berating someone behind her back, and these verses will come to mind and that is enough to stop me.

    I went back today and re-read the passage from "The Message" translation–I highly recommend it! It is a fresh way of reading through this "manual for Christian behavior". Here are a couple examples:

    "Love from the center of who you are' don't fake it." (vs 9 MSG)
    "Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody." (vs 14-16 MSG)

    • Crystal

      I really like that version, it does give you a different perspective on the words! Thanks for sharing!

  • Toxic influences can be so deadly for relationship with God and others. And they can seep into our lives so easily! If I allow something that seems so subtle and harmless to enter my life, even just to entertain it, that's all that's needed for the lies to start forming in the mind.

    For me personally, I watched my own calling and ministry slide down that slippery slope. Pride. It's the worst toxin of all. Ugh! Shortly after that, my marriage failed due to the effects of more toxic lies, turning into toxic thoughts, turning into toxic friends, turning into toxic actions…etc. For the longest time, I blamed everyone else before taking a good hard look at how toxic my own life had become.

    Father, help us to guard our minds from toxic influences. Let no stone go un-turned as we search deeply (with Your guidance) within ourselves for areas that have become corrupted by unclean things. Help us to set it straight so we can enjoy safe pastures in our walk with You. Do not let one of us go astray, Jesus! In Your name, Amen.

  • This new "cultural toxin" topic is really hitting home with me. I'm 24 and love being social with my friends and husband but I definitely give in to cultural toxins and try and push the thoughts of "you shouldn't be doing this" away and find some sort of excuse. I mean, if we're being honest here…I have succumbed to SO many toxins it's not even funny: I read 50 Shades of Gray, watch all of the Real Housewives, listen to rap music, follow tons of celebrities on Twitter, log into Facebook or Twitter multiple times throughout the day. I mean really?? That is a lot going on and filling my head with toxic toxic thoughts that keep me from God. And I've got the excuses to back it up (50 Shades–I'm married) (Twitter–I follow religious people too!)…it goes on and on…

    I agree with @Mish….it's time for a change. This lent I'm giving up Facebook and Twitter (completely!!) for 40 days. I've already given up the reality T.V. for the sake of my husband who hates it and I can't wait to see what this new change brings. Thanks for the reality check She Reads Truth =)

    • Ibukun

      Haha! I know where you’re coming from Allison. Though I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m really into my social networks (esp Twitter) there was a time it was becoming a god for me. Some sort of idol. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, I took a step back and reevaluated. Do I want a lot of followers so I can boast and gloat or so I can reach more people for Christ? Am I constantly wasting valuable time refreshing my mentions when I could be studying? I still ask myself those questions everyday. Hope you follow through on giving it up for lent, sweet friend!

  • “So we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us…” I LOVE what Paul says here about each of us having our own gifts as members of the body. I’ve heard it said before that “comparison is the thief of joy” and fully believe that to be true. When we look to others and the gifts they’ve been given and try to imitate those same gifts in our own lives, it can sometimes be very discouraging if we aren’t gifted in that same way. Comparison is absolutely toxic (and something I think many women struggle with..myself included!). My prayer for us all today is that we would see ourselves as Jesus himself sees us, and we would know that we have each been equipped with a special skill set that is unlike anyone else’s!

  • Great passage! My favorite vs. here is, "Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good." (Romans 12:21 AMP) It's such an easy, clear-cut response that I can use whenever I'm faced with evil–easy to remember as well, that helps.

    How have you seen toxic influences in your life affect your relationship with God and others? Oh my! The biggest influence seems to be the office gossip. It can be such a struggle for me to stay out of it, to not partake. Especially when some of those gossiping are my pretty close friends, some of whom I believe are Christian although we really never talk about our faith. So hey there's an idea, huh? Maybe the next time it happens would be an opportunity to talk about why I don't want to partake. Have a blessed day, sisters!

  • I have to say, that I read through this whole selection and thought to myself "what a perfect passage to start my lenten focus on my faith and amplifying my life with." I'm unplugging from Facebook for 40 days. Having had facebook now for TEN years..I'm excited to see what my life was like before it. I'm excited to marinade in this passage for 40 days.

  • I hit publish to quick. The last thing I wanted to share was the message version of part of the verses we read today. I loved this!

    So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1, 2 MSG)

    • AmyKelly213

      Wow!! Thanks for sharing this version,Rachael! This really brings it home!!

  • Thanks Amy! That was a great perspective. I’m praying.

  • AmyKelly213

    I don't think I've ever really been an "everyone else is doing it, so it must be okay" kind of gal. I HAVE, however, looked to other Christians to see what they were doing. If I discovered they, too, were doing something or thought something was ok, then I would follow suit. Kind of the same thing, but I live under the assumption that the Christians can be good role models for me. Of course, I am just lining myself up with other humans… And humans fail by nature.

    Instead, we should turn to God in prayer. When something comes up and we are not sure what direction to take, we should turn to God. He will never let us down. If we are questioning something in our lives right now, or if something makes us feel uneasy… Take it to God. That uneasy feeling may just be Him convicting you and wanting you to change!

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