Spiritual Detox: ‘Warning’

Kim CrabillBy Kim Crabill5 Minutes

Well, here we are at Day 4 of our Spiritual Detoxing boot camp. How are you doing? How are you holding up? With all the reading, recognizing, and repenting, I think it’s time to sound the warning call!

Hello everyone and welcome back to Strengthen Your Walk … I’m Kim Crabill delighted to have you joining me as we detox together.

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With physical detoxing, your physician issues things to watch for that could be danger signs along the way. With our spiritual detox, I also want to issue a warning. As you read scripture and begin recognizing areas of cleansing (or growth), you need to be careful not to let the enemy take what God means for your cleansing and use it to make you feel condemned!

Now, here’s your warning! And please take this seriously … We know that God can take what was intended to harm us and transform it for our good, right? (Genesis 50:20).

Please don’t let the enemy reverse that and take what God means for your good and twist it into guilt! If when going through the personal evaluations and assessments of detox, your heart begins to feel heavy, please remember what we talked about last time … run to God … and let the power of repentance restore you, and then take your stand on God’s promises like 1 John 3:20:

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything!

and John 3:17:

God did not send His into the world to condemn but to save.

Rather than focusing on the I-have-eight-out-of-ten signs that I need a spiritual detox, focus on the work you’re doing, and the Holy Spirit who comes to your aid!

And remember…

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1 NIV).

Learn to ask yourself where are these thoughts coming from! If they are condemning, belittling, hopeless … they are not from God. Next week we will talk about what to do with such words, but for now let’s remember four important principles as we continue on.  

  1. We are striving for progress, not perfection! 

“… not that I have attained this goal or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ has made me His own” (Philippians 3:12 ESV).

Press on!

  1. We must continue to ignore that trash talk — it is not God!

Know God’s word … if it’s not in the word it shouldn’t affect your world.

  1. Celebrate your mess-ups! Because you will mess up!

In the past, I would feel so bad about mess-ups, missteps, and mistakes. I’d be stuck … stalled … and stopped. I was playing right into the enemy’s hand. Now, I see my shortcomings as God sees them — opportunities where growth can happen.

So, when I mess up, I fess up (repent) and I keep on going.

It’s rather exciting to me to know this is not the best version of Kim you will see … as I detox and am cleansed, God is making me more like Him every day. And, you can say the same, my friend.

 And … lastly,

  1. Let your mind lead you to where you want to go!

It’s a counseling trick — don’t think about what you are trying to get over … think about where you are striving to get to! The more you think about the ice cream you don’t want, the greater the desire for ice cream you are creating. The same goes with tobacco, alcohol, gossip, or negativity — so let your mind lead you by thinking about …

“whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy …” Philippians 4:8 (NIV) says tothink about such things.”

Through this study, God is taking all of us to a renewed and refined place. Let your mind rest this week on what you are accomplishing! You are going to be amazed at the destination to which God is taking us through detoxing! Believing these truths, heeding these warnings, and standing on God’s promises will surely Strengthen Your Walk.

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