Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 26


Today's Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:21-28; Psalm 24:1-6


Join us for Day 26 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

  • Good Morning Ladies!!!!! A beautiful Morning it is. I love this passage, it speaks about we are to love everyone but at the sametime don't allow this world to become apart of who we are. We are to be different and separate ourselves from the wicked and evil and perverse things that we go through and be around. We in ither words have to be equally yoked.

  • Well I’m posting on day 26 even though it is day 27 right now. When I started this devotional I made a commitment to myself that I was going to post something every day…I was really encouraged AND convicted by the reading & devotional and then everyone’s comments last night – thank you sisters! It confirms for me that “Is it pleasing to my Lord” has just GOT to be my immediate, default question for everything!

  • In line with what Autumn posted, from Psalm 24 it’s apparent that God wants us to willing walk away from our idols, keep our hands pure and our hearts blameless. It is when we make this conscious effort that He(God) will keep our body, soul, spirit blameless and Will preserve it to the end. God needs us to take the first step by putting away ANYTHING that exalts itself above the knowledge of Christ. I pray for grace on myself and all you ladies. I’ll never get tired of saying that y*all encourage me. On days, I’m not saying anything on here know that I am reading your comments and being encouraged by them. Love from your sister work-in-progress!

  • My small group has a challenge for lent…to speak love and blessings over everyone we encounter. Each passage we read, the Holy Spirit has highlighted ‘love’ scriptures to me. Today’s scripture is “Greet all the brothers and sisters with Christian love.” (1 Thessalonians 5:26 NLT). Thank you Lord, for revelation.

  • Ellen MR

    Thanx for the scripture reference- how perfect and appropriate! :) Really like how The Message can sum it all up in easy, everyday language.

  • kcallen09

    We've been focusing on our thoughts and mindset earlier in this devotional, and I think a lot of how we handle cultural toxins comes from the intent of our thoughts and purposefully setting our mindset. A verse that reminded me of this is Philippians 4:8, and though my personal Bible is the ESV translation, I like the Message version of this scripture –

    Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

    We need to have purpose and intention with what we expose ourselves to and allow into our lives. As a sister stated earlier – just ask the questions the devotional presented! What better way to make decisions than to ask if it is pleasing to and glorifying the Lord!

  • Well, I put a website blocker on my browser and on my computer; I have a Mac, so I had to remove myself as admin and make a new account and such. Obviously, I know the admin password since it's my laptop, but in order to get to any of the blocked sites, I have to open a new browser application and then approve the sites, and it's too much work (95% of the time).

    It's not like I watch porn. But I have triggers. We all have triggers.

    People think blocking websites is stupid, but I need to not spend time reading fiction online or learning about celebrities or etc. I know I didn't have enough willpower to just stop going to websites, and I need both the Internet and my computer, so I took steps, I pray whenever I get the urge, and God gives me grace.

    And I'm so much more productive.

  • One thing I notice more and more is that I believe my life- my time, my body, etc. is mine. I always forget that nothing is mine- but gifts from God, and I need to use them to honor Him.

  • These 3 questions really hit home; they are our compass, God is our strength. You are so right Junebug, we need backbone to intentionally back off of cultural toxins…especially if we (me) are so influenced by others opinions.
    I pray that my heart will be open when I feel God’s Holy Spirit saying “Is this really pleasing to me?”
    Paul did give us good instruction in 1 Thes. 5:16
    ‘Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS, pray CONTINUALLY, and give thanks in ALL circumstances…” If I focus on trying to keep that as my game plan, God will guide my path and allow me to walk in his spirit constantly.

  • Ellen MR

    What are some ways to completely remove cultural toxins from tour life?
    I think the devo gave us the answer- ask the 3 questions it stated! I also think Cynthia said it before: act as if the Lord is sitting or standing right next to you….then ask those 3 questions! I know that will curb whatever impure thought or action I was entertaining! Even tho God knows our thoughts and we STILL do wrong, I think that if I imagine Jesus being right next to me that will be a much greater deterrent for me! The visual aspect makes me more accountable I guess. Instead of Him being randomly somewhere “up there”, He’s RIGHT beside me ….yeah, I think that’ll help, lol!
    Thanks for the idea Cynthia!
    I also think that if we’re honest with ourselves, we know what is or is not right. We make excuses all for the benefit of “fitting in”. You are definitely not alone JuneBug!! No matter our age, we want to fit in at school or at the workplace. I know i do. And when it’s really all about our souls,doesn’t that seem foolish?? It seems we sometimes loose sight of that when we get all caught up in what’s
    “In” at the moment…
    “Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies,
    They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their saviour.” Ps.24:4,5
    Have a Blessed Day!

    • Ibukun

      Hello Ellen! Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I did notice that you are a no-reply comment blogger (according to blogger anyway) so I cannot reply to you comment unless your email is listed. All of the wisdom I have is definitely from God. I shock myself most of the time with all the smart stuff I say. But then I remember that it’s the Holy Spirit speaking through me. Blessings, sweet friend.

  • lisabethjean

    My verse to hold on to for today is 1 Thessalonians 5:24 — "The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it." (referring back to verse 23 which says, "May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.")

    Praise God! The hard part is already done! All I have to do is live victoriously in His Spirit.

  • Some of us might remember this song from childhood:

    Oh be careful little eyes what you see,
    Oh be careful little eyes what you see,
    For the Father up above is looking down with love,
    Oh be careful little eyes what you see

    v2. be careful little ears…hear
    v3. be careful little lips…speak

    I sing it to my daughter all the time. She might ask me why she can't watch a certain movie or play a certain computer game and I'll just sing the song…no further questions. It is that simple. Even my 5 year old wants to please her Father in heaven. It's not work for her. So why do I moan and groan and make excuses about what my Father wants to prune out of my life? I want to fit in. I want to be in the "know" about the latest movie/book/restaurant/gadget/etc at the next office event. It makes me seem so much cooler, more modern and savvy, and more credible to those around me. Or so I think. (blush!) Come on ladies. Tell me I'm not alone in this confession. Yes? Oh, the truth is so painful.

    So what is it going to take to completely remove cultural toxins from my life? Total commitment. Surrender. Letting go of cultural expectations. A whole lot of backbone. Trust. A mother lode of it. Father, I need You!

  • Thinking about today’s question allowed me truly focus on the devotional title: “Soul Detox”. The word Soul is what truly came into focus.

    If we are honest, isn’t that truly what is at stake? Honestly I know when things are toxic. I make the choice to feed my flesh and do what I desire and not what God desires.

    What are some things I can do to completely remove cultural toxins from my life?

    I need to be obedient to the prompting of Holy Spirit and…”Hold to what is good”. It is that plain and simple!

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    Psalms 141:4 ESV

    “Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!”

    I just read this verse and wanted to share it here…it’s another one that seems perfect for us right now.

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    "How do you deal with cultural toxins when you encounter them? You test them by asking these questions: 1.) Am I being entertained by sin? 2.) Is this pleasing to God? and 3.) Does this lure me away from Christ?

    What are some things you can do to completely remove cultural toxins from your life?"

    Throughout this week of devotions, I have had the same two scriptures keep coming to me: Ps. 119: 37 – "Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways." and Ps. 139:23-24 – "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my anxious thoughts (cares). And see if there be any wicked (twisted, crosswise, contrary) way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" I often sing these verses from Psalm 139 (sorry, I don't have a link for this one yet, sisters…and thank you to all those who posted such nice comments about one of my songs I posted yesterday; I'm glad that the song and video are blessing people – that's what it's all about); this is another case where the Psalmist's prayer has become my own. And, again, in light of this week's devotions, I find myself meditating on these particular verses and praying them a lot!

    I think the big key here is prayer and total dependence on the work of God in us. If we just stopped at verse 22 in 1 Thess 5 in the reading today, "Stay away from every kind of evil", I would be overwhelmed. I, in my own strength…again, it's just not going to happen. But, I love what it goes on to say in verses 23-24: "Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful." GOD will make this happen. We can't make it happen. We can't make ourselves be good, rid ouselves of all the cultural toxins or toxic thoughts or attitudes or destructive behaviours, etc. GOD WILL (is the only one Who can) make this happen. And, He is faithful. We know He's begun the good work, we have to continue to trust Him to finish the good work and keep relying on the finished work of Jesus. Grace, grace and more grace. Grace that is GREATER than all our sin.

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