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Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 24


Today's Text: 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 7:1; John 15:1-17

Join us for Day 24 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

  • I need to get rid of all that is holding me back, let go and let God. All it takes is a little faith and it will grow. God wants my purity, my detox needs to be done of my heart, spirit and mind to truly understand His words.

    ”I am the vibe you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he can best much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:3 NIV)

    Gossip is my toxin it starts from reality tv, news, magazine and other social media has all stemmed into listening and commenting on other people’s lives when I do not know the truth. Just a second hand story that is more likely inaccurate.

    “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV)

  • Ellen MR

    Agree Catherine!! We don’t have to like what someone may be doing, but we DO have to love them as God commanded us, right??
    And aren’t they the ones who have to account for themselves and indulging in what sins they have committed??;
    Who am I to judge?!
    I’m a sinner too…
    Bless you for pointing out the obvious!

  • Beautiful Catherine, and so right!

  • Ellen MR

    I know I’ve had many times I’ve gotten involved with one toxin or another, thinking “oh, just this once” or “no one will know it’s me who said that!”
    WRONG. Almost every time I’ve done something I KNEW I shouldn’t, it’s gotten out of hand, and I’ve paid the price. Every time! This devo just reinforces that these things aren’t worth it. That what tempts us is NOT of God, and we should run in the other direction as quick as we can!
    I liked 2 Cor 7:1 in the Message today:
    “With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends,
    let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without.
    Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples
    for the worship of God.”

  • Corita515

    The line that really struck me today was John 15:11: “These things I have spoken to you so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be fulfilled.” Who doesn’t want more joy in her life? Our God is so good that He promises us not only blessings, but JOY! Help me, Lord, to remain in You and so experience your joy!

  • It is so easy to get caught up in the comparison game when I'm in a group of mommies in my age group. Who has what, does what, and where? Materialism. Yuck! That is a leaven that will never satisfy and only grow more and more hungry as it's fed.

    What is the opposite of materialism? Contentment? Generosity? Lord, I want more of those qualities in my life!!! Help me to let out the garbage "stuff." The stuff that I don't need. So, that's pretty much everything that doesn't have YOU in it.

  • jesusgirl71

    Sue, I’m with you here. I start out with good intentions and then get to work. Another coworker will complain about a customer they have so I will feel it’s fine for me to do the same. I then forget the part about “do everything as to the Lord.”

    Cynthia, love what youdo to Sue here as well. Need to remember the future gain.Love that!

  • jesusgirl71

    Hi ladies,

    Again, lots of verses today, and they are ouchies.

    He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. (John 15:2, 4-6, 10 NIV)

    Lord, o help me to bear fruit! I do not want to be cut off. “like, since I can’t do any of this without you, I now ask for Your help. Amen!

    As for toxins that start out small, I think that has happened more times than I’d like to admit, with a few different things.

  • The cultural toxin that has been circling in my mind all week is related to love. (Kind of timely for Valentine's Day I guess!) From the time when I was 5 and first saw Cinderella marry her Prince Charming until today, I have always been a huge sucker for romance. Almost all of my favorite TV shows or movies have romance as a main part of the storyline. This is not necessarily an unhealthy thing, but when I started dating the man I would eventually marry, I had to begin a journey of deeply examining what Hollywood had taught me about love and what God teaches me about love. If what we see in the movies isn't real life, then what should I expect of "being in love"? This week's study has shown me that I have not completed this journey yet. And the stakes are pretty high, namely the long-term health of my marriage. This kind of cultural toxin hasn't been mentioned much this week…if anyone else can relate to what I'm talking about or have struggled with this yourself I'd love to hear your thoughts.

  • A negative cultural toxin I have is that you can just drop people and ignore them. The world says if someone hurts you, it's okay to walk away and start over. I think Jesus would want reconciliation and love instead of bitter thoughts. "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13

    Giving up on someone is easy. Loving them is what God calls us to do.

  • What culture toxins? The first would be tv. I decided today to try and go without, which was immediately difficult. I always wake up & turn it onfor the news. So instead, I turned on my Christian music and immediately I’m filled with God’s spirit. What a great way to start the day!

    And now my heart is open and these bible verses touched me immediately, especially 2 Cor 7:1. I’m starting to learn to read back a couple of verses and I loved 6:16 -18. God will walk among us….He will be a Father to us and we will be his daughters. Since we have these promises, let us purify our body & spirit, perfecting Holiness, out of reverence for God.(a lot of paraphrasing)
    Here we are- daughters of the living God. He promises to walk and live with us. And in John, he has given us the authority to ask and it will be given to us, using Jesus’s name. What Power we have!!! What Power God has given us, and all we need to do is purify ourselves and follow Jesus’s commandments! Amazing!!! I am humbled…

  • @Sue, have been in similar situations. “We wrestle NOT against flesh and blood…” Know without a doubt that this is a spiritual battle. We have to focus first on God and then why He places us in situations or allows things to happen in our lives. It is usually not about anyone else BUT ourselves and what God is working out in us as individuals.

    That being said…I will be fervently praying for you about your situation. It is easy to speak into someone’s life being on the outside looking in… it is truly a struggle…but try to focus on the greater gain. What you definitely don’t want to happen is that you get stuck; THAT I CAN PERSONSLLY ASSURE YOU.

    Keep your head up and remember to cover yourself daily with the WHOLE Armor of God. Be blessed.

  • lisabethjean

    In this day & age we are pressured to be "politically (& socially) correct."

    But sin is sin & what God abhors we should hate as well.

    This passage in II Corinthians is dealing with a member of the church who was in an active immoral relationship & how the church was proud of its tolerance of the situation. But Paul admonishes them, "Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth…"

    The chapter ends with Paul stating that it's not our job to judge others outside of the body of Christ; but we are to exercise biblical discipline with those members of the church living a life of a perpetual sinful situation.

    • Catherine

      This is so good. Thanks for sharing. It would be helpful for us to remember that it's not the people who are outside of the church who are struggling w/sin who are to receive this discipline, but those who are in it. That means that if a non-Christian gay couple comes into my church seeking to find out who God is, it's my role to welcome them. Not w/pride, thinking what a noble person I am, and boasting about it, but treating them like any other visitors, not being a respecter of persons. Because I think a cultural toxin that can permeate my soul, within the Christian church, is picking out different sins of people outside of the church as particularly heinous and treating the people who are in the midst of those sins with disrespect, disgust, and even reviling them. Love is what draws men and women to Christ, not casting stones.

  • I loved John's analogy to the Gardener. I took away from it that God will use His pruning shears to mold me, but that does not mean He is displeased with me or trying to punish me by "pruning" away at different things, but He is trying to generate more growth and fruit in me. The cultural toxins all around me have gotten out of control and although some social media/TV/music is not harmful, it can easily spiral out of control. I am taking this Lent season to try and prune away some of those that have gotten out of control…starting with turning off all social media for 40 days. This will definitely be tough but it will generate more growth! Have a blessed day =)

  • The whole passage from John in this morning’s reading is what hit me the most. I think John is my favorite Gospel. This passage, especially, for just some amazing promises! Jesus will do anything for us if we abide in Him! Wow! Of course the part about following His commandments & abiding in Him is a big deal and not always the easiest thing for this lady!

    “Name a cultural toxin that started out in your life as something small, but grew into something larger. How has that growing toxin polluted you?” What immediately comes to mind is television but, I cannot say that it ever started out small. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been watching quite a lot of tv. And it’s polluted me in countless ways I’m sure–my expectations of life, love, work, friendship, the way I look, dress, act… yikes! Thankfully, I now have some understanding and awareness of this and have made some changes in the type of programs that I watch and the amount of time that I watch. With God’s help, I am confident I will continue to improve in this area. Have a blessed day, sisters!

  • The cultural toxin I have to constantly battle is joining in with co workers when negative talk starts.
    I have a coworker who doesn't do her job or pull her weight and I have to pick up the slack. I tell myself I am paid to do the job and to "do all things as if for Christ". Then something happens or someone says something about it and I feel the frustration building until I'm chiming in about her and feeling like I will explode. My boss knows all about what is going on but doesn't like confrontation so she does nothing….knowing I will take care of things. I need prayer about how to deal with this problem since I feel it creates in me a poor attitude that continues to grow into something that just makes me negative….not only to the coworker, but also to my boss! That little yeast is growing into a full loaf of bread :(

    • Missy

      Wow, I am in that exact same situation! I'm with you in that I resent it and the people involved. I also resent that the other person makes a salary for doing hardly anything and feel I should be paid some of that salary as I am doing the work! I often find myself venting about this too when the frustration gets to a level that spills out. I am praying for you-and myself too!

      • Sue

        It's nice to know someone else understands…..doesn't change anything…LOL, but I'll keep you in thoughts and prayers too!

  • I have been trying to think of what cultural toxin creeps in small and then gets bigger in me. The only think that pops in my head is social media. It’s so easy to get sucked in to comparison, stalker behavior, and coveting. I have to constantly check myself when looking on Facebook.

    I loved the scripture we read today. This is my favorite:

    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. (John 15:16 NIV)

  • O wretched woman that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

    • Brandi

      Thank You Jesus! You have already delivered us! Enable us to walk in Your power, love, grace and VICTORY today!

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