Spiritual toxins

THE DANGER OF SPIRITUAL TOXINS

There are a lot of opinions about being healthy, but every serious view recognizes that we must focus on more than one component.

Good health involves how we eat, how we exercise AND what we eliminate from our lives. If we are serious about our physical health, we don’t shop in the junk food aisle (at least not too often).

In a similar way, spiritual health requires attention to more than one area. We will not be healthy if we pray, but ignore God’s Word. Our soul will be anemic if we read the Bible regularly, but ignore the community of a local church.

However, just as important as what we take in, is what we cast out. As Paul writes in Romans 13:14 put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires”.

We live in an extremely toxic world. Unless we are intentionally ridding our system of these toxins, they will affect our spiritual health. Even the world recognizes this as a general principle, as evidenced by the rigorous attention given to the effects of secondhand smoke.

The difficulties we face in eliminating toxins are many. Not only are these toxins common, they can be subtle. Pride, and the self-centered attitudes that our human nature consider to be normal, the Word of God rejects as ungodly!

If we are to rid ourselves of spiritual toxins, we must be serious about self-examination. And if we are to be successful in self-examination, we will need the help of Scripture and the community of God’s people.

Pastor John MacArthur gives us some direction is this article “Eliminating Spiritual Toxins”.

Physical health has significant benefits, but they cannot compare to having a healthy soul. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 tells us:

“train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”