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Introduction to Detoxification
09/11/2012
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:11; Proverbs 25:26; John 4:7-1...
Track 1 of 12 in the Soul Detox series
How many of us get up every morning to begin our day and have this warning in the back of our minds There are a lot of warnings out there that we get bombarded with such as stay away from caffeine, no salt, no fats, stay away from 2nd hand smoke or dont smoke at all. There is a long list of warnings that we read, see and hear and yet there are some warnings we seldom hear if ever on TV or in the papers; stay away from the things that make us spiritually toxic. It is not surprising that the secular world doesn't heed these types of warnings, what is alarming are the statistics that show that many Christians don't either or know what things to avoid.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Soul Detox

1 Peter 2:11 (NIV)
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

How many of us get up every morning to begin our day and have this warning in the back of our minds? There are a lot of warnings out there that we get bombarded with such as stay away from caffeine, no salt, no fats, stay away from 2nd hand smoke or donít smoke at all. There is a long list of warnings that we read, see and hear and yet there are some of the warnings we seldom hear if ever on TV or in the papers; stay away from the things that make us spiritually toxic. It is not surprising that the secular world doesnít heed these types of warnings, what is alarming are the statistics that show that many Christians donít either or know what tings to avoid.

Our study for the next several weeks will take us into the world of spiritual toxins. The images that come to my mind are the people who handle nuclear components and waste. Nuclear matter is deadly to humans if we come in contact with it or are even come within proximity to it for a period of time. Careful precautions are taken when handling these types of materials and for public protection, massive regulations, rules and laws are in place so the general masses are never exposed. But what about the spiritual realm in our lives; are there similar toxins that when our soul is exposed can kill our soul as well?

Parents of all shapes and sizes lovingly warn their children of many dangers that are out there that can possibly hurt or injure them. What are some of the warnings you give your children on a daily basis?

As I work more and more with Teen Reach I am exposed to a side of life I personally have never experienced. The home life of some of our kids is from another world to me. I have a real hard time sharing with them lifeís lessons because they know more and have seen more hurt and heartache than I will ever see in my lifetime. I admire their spirit and sense of survival in difficult circumstances. But one can tell what they are exposed to by the smells, their actions, how they dress and what they wear and in some instances, their behavior. It is easy to know whose family smokes by how their clothes and book bags smell. There is no question that many of these kids live in a dangerous home environment and are exposed to things that can harm them.

What is happening to our society when it comes to violence, terror, bad language, sexual content, criminal intentions, the content in our music, etc? Are we beginning to realize the danger it has on us or are we becoming so use to it that nothing really shocks us anymore? Why? What about Christians? Are we any different? Are we too not offended by the things we are exposed to such as the list we just discussed?

Where is your line in the sand if you have one? Is there a limit where you have definite rights and wrongs that you donít cross? If so, has your line stayed in the same place or over time, it has moved in one direction or another?

The Bible constantly reminds us to check our spiritual diet for toxins.

Proverbs 25:26 (NIV)
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

What is the thought behind this passage? What reality is the writer demonstrating for us? What have we allowed to creep into our spiritual lives that muddy the spiritual waters we drink from?

How many of you have water filters installed in your homes or prefer to drink bottled water? Why? How many of you would willingly drink water from your toilet? Why? But how many of us regularly drink spiritual water from the worlds toilet and seldom give a thought about it? How much toxin does it take to pollute ones own soul?

John 4:7-14 (NIV)
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?" Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Jesus shares with the woman the concept of living a life for the world or a life for God. There is a difference in the two and Jesus used the imagery of water to prove his point. In scripture there are basically two sources of water, well water and running water. Many people drank from well water because of the climate and terrain of the land in Israel. In many parts water was scarce so they collected water in cisterns or drank from wells. But there are rivers and streams in Israel and the water from those sources tasted much better than the well water and was much preferred.

There is no question that Jesus was talking in spiritual terms while the woman was thinking in physical terms. For this woman, drinking fro Jacobs well was a normal thing. That was their source of water in the area. She didnít really know anything else. The same was true in her physical life. Her actions were wrong but that is probably all she knew because of the surroundings she lived in. Jesus introduced the concept of drinking a different water that came from a different source that was better for her. Spiritually speaking, he offered her a cleaner way to live, a life that would taste a whole lot better.

In your spiritual life, where would you rate yourself in comparison to where you ought to be by now due to your spiritual maturity? Do you act your age? How much of what we do and think comes from the source from which we drink? Consider your spiritual life, are you drinking from a well that gives you the same old water day I and day out, tasting the sameÖbitter and stagnant or do you need to drink from a different source?

It is time to come clean. This study will discuss how we can step away from the stagnant well we have drank from for many years and rid ourselves from the toxins that pollute our souls and cause us to act and react in un-Christian ways.

Dwight Moody said it this way: God doesnít seek golden vessels, and does not ask for silver ones, but He must have clean ones.

The Psalmist wrote this:

Psalm 51:2 (NIV)
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

We will spend time taking inventory of the things that we allowed to invade our souls. We will examine the various pollutants that can often corrupt our spiritual desires to know and serve God. Some can be avoided as we become better in recognizing our surroundings. Others may linger like smoke in the air but can be managed in ways that will alleviate their impact. I hope to push you and challenge you at times and there might be a time or two when you get mad at me because I will invade your space and show you where you need to change. I am the first to admit that I need a soul detox. I am not shielded from the toxins in the world and I am sure my soul has been polluted. I just want the pollution out. The good news is, it is not too late.