In Soul Detox: Coming Clean we discuss the importance of recognizing our self-deception and the impact of self-examination in ridding ourselves of the spiritual toxins that invade our souls. These are my sermons notes from the first in our series Soul Detox, based on the book Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel. You can listen to my sermon online at the Adventure Church website.
Here are my sermon notes, with some comments:
Are you (your life) polluted with these toxins: anger, apathy, laziness, rage, hate, greed, harshness, unforgiveness, bitterness, worry, anxiousness, depression, joylessness, distrust, etc.? – Those are toxins infecting your soul.
Proverbs 25:26 “Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.”
note: a river does not become muddied and polluted because of just one “trash dump” into it. Rather, it is a slow and steady combination of pollutions, some right into the river and some washed into it from upstream. Our souls are muddied because of the slow and steady trash that we allow to be dumped into our souls: what we watch, what we talk about, who we are around, what we read, who we listen to — all of those add up, and if they are toxic, they dump toxins into us that build up.
Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
note: spiritual problems have spiritual solutions!
1. Recognize Your Self-Deception
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things …”
note: it is easy to allow ourselves to be deceived because we don’t know what we don’t know. At least admit that you might be in error about what you believe or don’t believe.
2. Begin the Process of Self-Examination
(note: examine your life for toxic behaviors, emotions, consumptions and influences)
You must be willing to call poison, poison
Psalms 36:2 “For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.”
note: We can excuse so much and so many things in our lives. Be careful if you are saying any of these things:
“I don’t have a problem with this”
“It’s really no big deal”
“This is just how I cope”
“I’m not as bad as most people.”
“I can quit anytime I want”
“This is jut how I am.”
note: if you are saying those things, you may be “excusing” a toxin
Listen to God’s Word
note: as you read and study the Bible, the Word will “show” you what is toxic for your life. Is it your speech, unforgiveness, sexual purity, roles in marriage, what it means to love your neighbor, theology?
Listen to God’s People
Proverbs 15:31-21 “He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.”
note: Christian friends, your pastor and your Bible teachers are ways in which God speaks truth to you about toxins that are influencing you.
Listen to God’s Voice
note: God speaks through His Word and through His people, but if we don’t want to, or refuse to, “hear God” through those ways, we must remember that God also speaks to us through our circumstances. If your circumstance is “out of control”, “full of drama”, or “always stressed and unhappy”, there is a good chance that God is allowing that circumstance to exist to show you a spiritual toxin in your life that is infecting your soul. Pay attention to it!
“Life to the Full” (note: Jesus wants us to have an abundant life, not just a life where we get by or a life where we struggle carrying a bunch of unnecessary, burdensome baggage. Removing the spiritual toxins in our lives will allow us to live life to the full!)