Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Physical and Spiritual Detox

I haven't checked in for a while and thought I'd stop by and say, "Hi!!"

As I was driving along this evening to take clothes and hygiene items to a family who lost everything in a house fire, I got to thinking that I don't much like crop dusters (I know, kind of random). I'm not talking about the person flying the plane, but I am talking about stooping low and spreading poison. I hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes here because that certainly isn't my intention and I don't want to get into an argument over whether or not we should crop dust (quite honestly, I'll never change my opinion on that subject anyway, so it wouldn't be worth the effort to even discuss it).

The crops are laced with toxins, they're harvested, placed neatly in rows like sardines in the produce section of our grocery store, and we eat them (well, I don't eat them, but most do). Here's the deal... we go day after day after day consuming these toxins and our livers simply can't keep up and the end result?? We eventually get sick. And, by the way, don't think you can merely wash those puppies and expect the yucky stuff to disappear. The chemicals are a part of the very fiber that make up whatever it is we're eating, from the roots to the very core. There's no amount of scrubbing that will "make it all better." The sad part and even scary part is I believe we've been brainwashed into believing that all of this is okay, that it's necessary for our safety! Guess what?? We are kind of like the crops we eat. If we eat poison and we are what we eat... well, you get the point. No amount of scrubbing on the outside will make it all better until we get rid of the poison from within and allow our bodies to renew themselves.

I couldn't help but liken this to our relationships. Let's just say satan is the crop duster... no, NOT the person flying the plane, but the one who stoops low to spread the poison (because remember scripture even says we don't wrestle against flesh and blood, but rather satan and his demons). He goes around and laces us with toxins and we in turn spread those toxins to others and its all pretty subtle and actually seems okay for awhile, until one day we recognize there is a wildfire raging all around us and it's nearly impossible to extinguish. We become charred and the scars run deep. Just as the toxins we consume eventually spread cancers throughout our bodies, satan's poisonous arrows we shoot at one another spread cancer throughout our spirits... so sad! No amount of outward scrubbing will make it all better.

Our liver is no match for the toxins bombarding it and our spirit is no match for satan. We cannot withstand his attacks without the armor of God's protection and without an inward change. People, if we're going to live our lives to the fullest and be all we can be for God, we need to take a stand for God, both physically (after all, our bodies are His temples) and spiritually by rebuking satan. 

Instead of poison, let's spread God's fruits of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to others around us. Life on earth is too short to wallow around in sickness and disease of the spirit (and the body for that matter) when we have been called to be the Hands and Feet of Christ to the world around us. The beauty is our spirits can be redeemed by the grace of God! We don't have to be sick forever... we can get rid of the poison and our spirits can be renewed, refreshed,  and redeemed!! Amen!!

Let's not waste time spreading poison by bickering, fighting, gossiping, and on and on. For this will lead to our sickness and demise and there's no eternal value in that. Let's join forces against satan! Let's detoxify and spread God's fruit to those around us and watch satan cower and slither away!

Won't you join me... for God's sake?!!


A Gracious Home said...

I enjoyed your post very much. Have a great week, Doylene

katlupe said...

Excellent post!

PJ said...

Great post on both issues. I have a few opinions. First, what aggravates me is that I would love to buy "organic veggies and fruit" with no pesticides, but whoever does the pricing at least around here makes it impossible because they are so expensive compared to the other. I can't do much about that. BUT I can do something about Satan's poison. I totally agree with you. He is doing his job and he does it so well, which is to kill, steal and destroy our Joy in the Lord. Everytime we gossip or even LISTEN to gossip he gets one step closer to having his way. We need to nip him in the bud before the "ember" turns into a wild fire. I used to not say anything because I didn't want to come across "rude", but now since God convicted my spirit, if someone starts gossiping about someone I either walk off, change the subject, or just plain say I don't want to hear it. People need to get the message that it's not ok to gossip. I know it's hard because I catch myself falling back into the trap sometimes, but we have to do it. The Bible says that is a sin, and sin is not allowed in heaven. What if Jesus were to come tomorrow? Oops! Sorry about that, I get wound up when I read about a good lesson or subject! Good Job Marissa!
God Bless,

Angela Fitch said...

The fruit of the spirit verse is one of my favorites, right along with the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 13. Nicely written dear. Another poison to battle along with the battle against gossip is the battle of bitterness, it will also rot our hearts and minds if we don't learn to forgive. Thank you for using such an interesting format to talk about it. :) Big hug!