Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 25


Today's Text: 1 Corinthians 6:12-14; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

Join us for Day 25 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

  • Corita516

    2 Corinthians 17 spoke to me today: "Be separate." How hard it sometimes is to be separate and take a stand for my beliefs. Lord, help me to be separate…, to stand apart as an example to others of your love and goodness. Help me not to be afraid to cut those things it of my life that keep me from being "separate" with You.

  • Ellen MR

    What standards are you using to filter cultural toxins, and how well do I think my standards match God’s…..
    Well, I think as a general rule, Christians DO hold to a higher standard in their lives. The Ten Commandments, bible principles and the “Golden Rule” are instilled at a young age. The idea of community and responsibility are put into practice. Does that mean Christians are “better” or
    free of sin? No. They have just as many issues as anyone else- addictions, materialism, infidelity, body issues, depression, and on and on. But, I do believe there is a greater sense of accountability when one believes in God. Our faith, and believing that God sent His only son to die for our sins holds
    us to truly wanting to please our Father, to show Him we were worth it, that His Son did not die in vain!
    As I am newer at this, I’m looking to the Bible and other Christians for what is acceptable. Of course I have to be accountable and use common sense too, but like any major change in life it will be a process. One that needs constant attention but WANTING it is key! Wanting to please and God’s
    promises are enough to motivate me to change
    what/how I do things. And listening to that little voice
    that tries to guide me- if I’m not too stubborn to heed it, lol!
    Have a Blessed Day ladies!
    And many Thanx for all of your prayers for my son, he seems to be dealing with things a little better :)
    Your support is such a blessing! I don’t feel so alone now that I’ve found SRT and all of you!!

  • Will it be pleasing to my Lord? That’s a question I’m trying to apply to everything these days. For me, it’s a pretty quick and straight-forward standard for filtering out cultural toxins. Thanks for sharing your song, AutumnDawn. Praying for you and your family, Kari. Blessings to you all, sisters!

  • Ellen MR

    Yay!! I’m soo glad I got to hear you sing Autumn! I’d been trying to on your blog for quite some time,you are blessed with a gift sister- Thank you for sharing! :) I also agree most of us trade one addiction for another, or for whatever may be “in”
    at the moment. We can rationalize it so much. easier when “everybody” else is doing it too!!
    Praying you are on the road to recovery now ~
    Take care! :)

  • jesusgirl71

    Junebug, loved what youdo. Amen girl! Kari, praying for you. Autumn Dawn, praying you continue to get over that flu bug. Loved your words as well. Will listen to your song when I have a minute. At work.

  • jesusgirl71

    One of the things it says in verse 12 is that doing something is one thing, but we are not to be mastered wasanything. I think that is the key. Yet I also think we can be mastered by these toxins and not even know it right away. As far as standards, I try to think about what God would think of whatever it is. I have a friend who claims to bea Christian and she justifies reading things like 50 Shades of Gray or Black dagger Brotherhood by saying that it’s like a fairytale, it doesn’t mean anything. i thought maybe, at first, she might be right, butit just didn’t feel right to me, so I stopped believing that rationalization.

  • I loved your song Autumn Dawn, and I’m glad to read your beautiful post once again. God is our light and our salvation, and in his mercy, he fills us; all those dark toxic corners in our heart are remade with his precious love.
    Kari, I lift you and yours up in prayer. May God fill all those dark corners and shower you all in love.

    Today is the holiday of love. May God’s abundant love fill all our hearts anew with his blessings. Amen

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 came to mind today. "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."

    Let us examine our hearts for toxins so we can love better!

  • lisabethjean

    Today my soul finds comfort in these words:

    “I will be a Father to you,
    and you will be my sons and daughters,
    says the Lord Almighty."

    Holy Father, I thank you that the precious blood of Jesus made a way for me to be Your daughter,

  • What I am viewing, listening to, reading, speaking, wearing…is it honouring God? Will it benefit my relationship with Almighty God, Creator of the Universe? Do I feel an uneasiness in my spirit when I participate in a certain activity? Have I invited God into every aspect of my life, or do I leave Him on the sidelines because He won't fit into the crowd that I'm hangin' with? Guilty of all the above.

    I'm sad to say that I have set up my own standards for filtering toxins so many times. I may go on a "detox diet" only to shortly return to my former way of living. After all, if it's just cleaning out bad behaviour for the sake of doing it…it's vanity. It has to come from the heart. It has to be my heart's cry to be closer to the Father. To clear the way for the Groom of my heart. Are we the spotless bride he is returning for? Dressed and beautified for His glory? Oh Lord, may I be so in love with You that I want nothing in my life to be in the way!

  • Beautiful song, Dawn. Thanks for sharing it with all of us! The perfect prayer for us as we consider our sinful habits. We struggle when we have no need to ~ obedience and giving ourselves over to Him is the answer to it all! But in our prideful hearts that are focused only on us, it is just too difficult. I loved your words," let us not be put to shame; we cry out to You to deliver us and help us receive your abounding grace, that we would not allow ourselves to be enslaved to anything except your perfect will, as bond servants of Jesus Christ Your Son." That will be the prayer that I carry throughout this day. THANKS again for sharing the beautiful talent God has given you!

  • Madeleine

    Thank you for you beautiful post Autumn, amen sister! I too will pray that pur Lord will bless you and your family, Kari, with His healing love. This devo is really challenging since I struggle with body image issues. It helps to know that God loves all of me, even in the mess and insecurity. I pray we can all detox from whatever keeps us from knowing how precious we are in Christ.

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. – 1 Cor. 6:12

    I must not become a slave TO ANYTHING.

    Wow, if that's not a challenge, I don't know what one is. Lord, help me. Help us all.

    As others of you have said, this IS really a very challenging week of devotions. I've been here all week; this is just the first time I've felt well enough to post anything (due to a nasty, and particularly resistant, flu bug). Not become a slave to anything, to anything…

    In my life, I know I have often broken free from something or other just to "exchange it" for another addiction. I think we all do that – we replace our addictions with other ones – because our flesh is always trying to rely on some vice to get through the day, instead of putting full reliance on God. We make excuses for our addictions… oh, like say, to caffeine (there's one of mine)…when God doesn't want us dependent on anything other than Him. All things are allowable for us, but not all things are good for us. OUCH and double ouch.

    I wrote a new song at the end of last week (no, I'm not getting off topic…stay with me), and I've been singing it ever since. Really, when I say I wrote it, The Psalmist David wrote most the lyrics, I just added some new music to it…but, anywho, this song has become my prayer. In light of this week's devotions, it really is the cry of my heart, so I share it with you, hoping that it will bless the rest of you, as we all pray for ourselves and each other. Dear Heavenly Father, let us not be put to shame; we cry out to You to deliver us and help us to receive your abounding grace, that we would not allow ourselves to be enslaved to anything except your perfect will, as bondservants of Jesus Christ Your Son. It's in His name we pray. Amen!

    • Kari

      Thank you for that song Autumn, this touched me , almost make me cry. I have a very difficult time with my young daughter, she is at a rehab clinic for drugs and we have so big trouble finding back to each other as a family . I try to lift hers, and our struggle and problems to our Lord. Let his hand guide us. Thank you again Autumn

      • Autumn Dawn Leader

        I will be praying for you and your daughter and your whole family, Kari.

      • JuneBug

        My heart goes out to you and your family Kari as you go through this transition with your daughter. I have been down that road with some of my loved ones and it is NOT easy. May God be your strength, your peace and your mighty deliverer. The one that delivers your daughter and your entire family to victory! In Jesus's name, Amen!


    • Candacejo

      Beautiful. Simply beautiful. I, too, love the words, "let me not be put to shame", as we realize so many of us struggle with not forgiving ourselves. Thank you for sharing that today. I also am praying for you and your daughter right this moment Kari. In Jesus' name, for He is able!

    • JuneBug

      Thank you for sharing your song with us Autumn Dawn! I may just be singing along with you today! A great way to keep scripture in our hearts is by singing them! Bless you!

    • Catherine

      Beautiful song, the tears are rolling down my face. Thank you.

    • Alyssa

      Autumn, thank you so much for sharing that song! It was beautiful and I was able to just get caught up in meditating on those words and what they mean in my life. Thanks again!

      Kari, I will be praying for you, and your daughter, and your whole family!

    • Crystal

      Beautiful song, Autumn Dawn

  • Good morning ladies! I’m praying that we all take to heart what we read today. Examine our hearts to find any toxins that are hidden. I pray this verse quite often – May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 NIV)

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