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Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 27


Today's Text: 2 Timothy 3:1-17


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  • Ellen MR

    Thanx Linda! It does make sense….wow is right! ;)

  • And again I’m not saying any of these things are inherently evil. I just think it may be easier for the enemy to manipulate these things.

  • @ellen: prince if the power if the air. Think about it. What travels through the air? Sound, radio frequencies, television. Wow kind of.

  • Ellen MR

    Isn’t there something in the bible about Satan being in control of the earth or having dominion over the governments?? Or am I confused as usual??

  • Why do you think it is so difficult to filter out cultural toxins in today’s society?

    In our Western culture toxins are everywhere. Anything that is media related thrives on it. And…I must say it MUST be working!

    Magazine, television, radio, movies, Internet, etc. are inundated with liquor, drugs, lies, sex, and money. Somebody is responding to the tactics or no one would be investing money into it.

    Approximately 70-76% of people in the United States identify themselves as Christians. That appears to be a large enough percentage for change. What does that tell us about who is possibly supporting our media industry?

  • jesusgirl71

    I also think we need ot be careful about online comunities, not this one, but there are some out there that will allow any teaching. not to mention some TV evangelists or radio broadcasts. I have been guilty of listening to some sometimes that don't always preach the truth. sometimes, they preach enough of the truth to where you think, I can take the good and ignore the bad, but then, the lines can be very thin sometimes and you might be taking in something that isn't true without realizing it.

  • Ellen MR

    This reading sure was powerful to me today!
    “Why do you think it is so difficult to filter out cultural toxins in today’s society?”
    Because society has been breaking down to the point of having almost no morals! We are blitzed by the media to the point of utter carelessness. Mayhem, murder, constant sex and total disregard for our fellow man…Most people just have a “whatever” attitude because of it all. It seems these shows can’t be depraved enough for us! I can get sucked into an episode of “Criminal Minds” and then think UGH!! Who in their right mind comes up with this stuff?! But my curiosity holds me there every time. Why am I drawn to it??
    I think I’m just amazed that some people can be so twisted or evil…idk! But it doesn’t benefit me in any way except to give me nightmares and desensitize me even more to the immoral world around me. Which is what the enemy wants, right?
    And that brings us to who really is behind it all. And what is at stake…
    I sure miss “Little House on the Prairie” !! :)
    I know every generation thinks they are in the end of days, but if today’s reading, especially verses 1 thru 5 aren’t about our world today, I don’t know what is! The part about no respect or affection in families is so true! And all of the things it says to describe people’s attitudes- “the its all about me”
    attitudes stem from the break down of the family!
    I want, I need, I deserve such and such because I didn’t get what I wanted when I was a kid….families don’t stay together and the attitude that single parenthood is OK (I know because I did it myself!!) is not true!! My oldest kid was the result of just such an attitude- and she was hurt by my arrogance that I could be both mother AND father to her. I couldn’t. And she has paid the price of MY mistake. All my intense love for her did not change that fact no matter what I thought.
    Sorry for being preachy, I’ve thought a lot about this issue and have looked at my role and morals in contributing to society’s demise. I’m guilty of much, but would like to be part of the solution!!
    Verse 7 sums up my previous attitude “These women are always studying but are never able to recognize the truth.” (GWT) along with v.5 AMP:
    “For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion) they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it. [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession].”
    I can’t have it both ways. Its all or nothing now!!
    And I choose Jesus Christ, my Saviour and His word to go forward in this world! May He continue His work in me, that I become who He wants me to be for His glory only!
    Have a Blessed Day ladies, and thank you for blessing me with your posts!

  • What struck me this morning is that the primary means of being influenced by these toxins are all passive in nature. Television, radio, movies, Internet– most of these things feed us information. That doesn’t mean they are wrong or evil in and of themselves. It does mean that it’s easy I get sucked in.

    But following Christ requires more of us. More action. We pursue him. We seek him. At least that’s what he wants. And sometimes even when partaking of so-called Christian shows, books and the like are we discerning? Or are we thise “…vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) “(2 Timothy 3:6, 7 NLT)

  • Wow… All of your words have meant so much to me! THANK YOU for your responses! God is so good and overwhelms my heart with joy that he brought me to SRT and continues to answer my prayers!

    I will continue to pray for everyone and myself against culture toxins that prevent us all from living the life God intended for us! God Bless and THANK YOU again for all your words! :)

  • Ellen MR

    After years invested w/the wrong guy and numerous friends who have learned the hard way, I really have come to believe that deep, passionate “love” is really lust… Those relationships never stand the test of time and usually become those TOXIC, sometimes abusive relationships that almost break us!
    And that is exactly what happens in those HOT love affairs- they fizzle fast and someone ends up cheating because it didn’t turn out the way they thought or wanted…there’s a lot to be said for the kind, not so hot guy- they end up being the one you should have chosen!!
    Most importantly, ask God and look/listen for His answer! He may have given it but maybe it wasn’t what you wanted, or didn’t recognize it. Ultimately
    do what your heart tells you, not society’s standard of what’s hot….
    Best wishes Sister! Let us know what happens! :)

  • When I read the beginning of today’s passage that describes what people will be like in the last days, I can’t help but think, this describes our culture RIGHT now. And boy, hasn’t it been that way for years and years! Seems like we’re always in the last days.

    As for the devotional question, “Why do you think it is so difficult to filter out cultural toxins in today’s society?” Hmmm… I don’t know if it’s necessarily as simple as saying we live in a fallen, broken, sinful world but I think that’s at the core of it. Add on top of that the pervasiveness of sinful, toxic things in our culture–that are everywhere you turn…add to that the reasons AmyKelly was pointing out that even many Christians don’t know their scripture and some churches don’t want to teach the hard messages…it just makes for a really difficult situation. Thank God, we have Jesus! Apart from Him, I can do nothing. But with Him, ALL things are possible! Have a blessed day, sisters!

  • "For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed women, loaded down with [the burden of their] sins [and easily] swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses." (v.6) (AMP)

    How could cultural toxins "worm their way into homes" or in another translation "creep into households?" The households of believers in the Apostle Paul's time? Was it more challenging during the time when these scriptures were written? It seems to me that in Paul's time, cultural things were clamped down pretty tight. Yet, philosophies and practices from the Pagan world still had a way of seeping in to the homes of the earliest believers.

    It's not so hard for us to imagine how cultural toxins can enter into OUR households. The majority of our homes in western society are so "plugged in." Literally! Cultural toxins easily worm their way and sway us through morning talk shows, afternoon news feeds, and evening TV dramas. How often do we hear from the latest celebrity "expert" that we (women) need to let go of our guilty conscience. We DESERVE to spoil ourselves, to love ourselves, to be proud of ourselves, promote ourselves? After all, we work so hard…It seems so right.

    {Side Note: I am not promoting hating ourselves, abusing our bodies or neglecting proper care of ourselves here. Just sayin' that culturally, the world points to the individual as being more important than others. Or God!! Who are we serving?}

    "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people." (v.1-5) (NIV)

  • All kinds of “good stuff” in today’s reading! Sounds like verses 1-5 are describing the world we live in today… And then verse 12 tells us not to be surprised when we are persecuted if we are leading godly lives as Christians.

    But our passage ends with Paul exhorting Timothy to keep memorizing Scripture & to keep applying it to his life.

    Dear Father, help me to hide Your Word in my heart today.

  • Jesus said "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matt. 5:16)

    The greater the darkness, the brighter the light will shine within it! I'm so thankful that we don't need to be surprised by or live in fear of all that is taking place in the world around us. Jesus told us it would be so! And we were born for "such a time as this". All the more reason to keep our lanterns "clean", trimmed and filled with oil. When Christ's light shines from within us, unobstructed by our own worldliness, it will draw the called like a moth to a flame.

    Lord, open our eyes. Help us to see our choices the way you see them. Keep us blameless in your sight.

  • Hi everyone,
    This is my first post but I have been following along from day one. You all are so inspiring and I have loved reason everyone’s thoughts which help me with my own.
    My post today is more in response to what Sara wrote a few days back and may seem a little off topic front today’s but I had to post it!
    I truly believe that God used Sara’s comment to speak directly to me, as well as this weeks devotionals. I can not begin to tell you the struggle I have been in the past two years with the “Hollywood” romance that has been putt in our heads since we were little girls. Not to say this is fully a bad thing, but it can be toxic because its not always realistic.

    This is one of the toxins I deal with the most. I have been in a relationship with the most amazing guy for the past two years. He has shown me such a Christ like love with unconditional love and forgiveness. We have both grown closer to the Lord through our relationship. How could he possibly be wrong for me when all this is true?

    My problem is he does not fit the mold of what I thought my prince should be. I don’t have that crazy passionate in love feeling that I have felt before ( for someone who I knew was so wrong for me). Does this mean he is not right for me?

    Sometimes I feel it’s the enemy getting into my head tricking me to believe there is someone better for me out there.. Someone better looking, more successful… Someone who fits MY mold of what I thought he should be.

    But then my mind plays tricks on me and I think well maybe God has placed this uncertainty in my heart for a reason and maybe God doesn’t want me to be with him and has something better in store for me.

    I am so lost and confused and have been praying about it for over two years now. I would really appreciate any advice anyone has. I dont want to lose an amazing relationship just because I think I need to feel this deep passionate love that may not be realistic.

    • lisabethjean

      You are correct in that Hollywood & the media (& romance writers…) has mislead us in our view of love, Sam. Love is a choice you make every day. Sometimes the choice is easy, sometimes that choice is difficult. But love grows. When fed properly it does become that crazy passionate love for a husband. Rough patches? Yes, but you choose to plow through them instead of giving up on your relationship.

    • Cathy

      And remember, satan will continue to mount his attacks in our areas of weakness. Pray that the Lord gives you a discerning heart so that you can recognize the enemy's voice and silence him with God's truth and promises. (He promises to give us wisdom when we ask for it. (James 1:5) and He promises to direct our paths when we trust him completely. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

      Before I married my husband (over 25 years ago), I prayed that if he wasn't the one for me, God would throw up a road block. It gave me peace as I made that important decision. It has not always been easy, but now I understand that I have grown more Christlike through the challenges I have faced with my husband more than anything else in my life. The wonderful qualities he has are just the icing on the cake. Everything else has taught me patience, forgiveness, unconditional love, self-sacrifice, and above all – to trust the Lord with all of it!

      • LeahTvt

        Praying for wisdom and clarity for you, Sam. I concur with what Cathy says. I did something similar during the time leading up to my marriage. My prayers were along the lines of, “Lord, if I’m not meant to marry this man, make it abundantly clear and keep it from happening.” He answered those prayers. My husband and I have been married for 7 years, we’ve been a couple for 15. Believe me, he is NOT the type if man I “dreamed” I’d marry, but it’s very clear he’s the man God intended for me. It certainly isn’t always easy. We have had some really rough patches but I have grown so much spiritually & emotionally since being married to him. That never would have happened had I not married this man in particular. So again, prayers to you Sam. God bless!

    • Kim

      WE have all been taught through society that love is that giddy, stars in your eyes feeling you get for someone. Jesus is the example of true love, but our own desires filter that out, and we so often think there has to be that overwhelming feeling to be love. True love is when someone is willing to give their will up for another. When all of the emotions are gone, those giddy feelings, love is what is left that gets you through the storms!

      I struggled with the same feelings as you ~ this man wasn't what I had seen as my future ~ he didn't look the part, he didn't fit that mold, he just wasn't what I had PICTURED for my future. However, when I looked deeper and saw his character ~ honesty, humility, integrity, and a love for Jesus and others. . . I knew that God had put him here for me. I had to overlook MY man in the mirror and realize that his heart was so much more important than his station. It has been a good decision :) We will all be praying that God will give you peace concerning your decision.

  • Parker Whitney

    I think people are lonelier than ever. Even in the midst of all of our techie social connections; we crave the human connection. The feeling of being wrapped up in another's care and love. The truth of knowing that people have a vested interest in our lives – our choices that inevitably pave the road to our salvation. I believe that this truly affects our soul. People are looking for a feel good approach with little effort involved. Our culture supports a hearty helping of soul toxic things that will fill the gap in your heart, body & mind. Even for just a moment- although these things will leave us emptier than ever and likely deeply hurt or hardened to our faith. We seek them our again and again. The quest for a deeper relationship with Christ is a Work in progress. It must be sought out and cultivated daily. It requires commitment and often selflessness in practice. Too things that society currently doesn't support very well.

  • I think that so much has become acceptable in today's society, that right and wrong is not as apparent. My husband and I discuss the black vs white area sometimes and decide that there is so much GRAY area anymore that it can become confusing. If we just read and study the word more the truth is easier to find. For the truth will set us free from so much including cultural toxins. Engaging in our relationship with god thru his word is my only hope for all of us and our loved ones! I am so thankful for this study and our discussions on this blog because it has given me some great support while studying this….so thanks to all you girls for engaging!
    I have never done anything like this before .

  • our society is just plain filled with cultural toxins! i am even more aware of them now, and i feel overwhelmed. i don't want to live in a bubble? i pray that my heart & soul be protected by His love.

  • AmyKelly213

    Why do you think it is so difficult to filter out cultural toxins in today's society?

    Not everyone knows our Lord! Some may have grown up in the church and left and others have never stepped foot in a church. People don't know the scriptures! Even people in church, Christians hungry to know more about God, do not know that they can only be in this world not of it. Many churches choose not to preach things that would step on people's toes because it would drive them away.

    What can we do? I keep thinking back to something Cynthia said earlier… It was so simple and yet so profound, it really affected me:
    Jesus is always beside me. I need to introduce Him to others. If He is truly beside me, it would be just plain rude not to!

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