UCAN sharing: God’s detoxic
Scripture: 1 Kings 21:1-4
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the
measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Eph. 4:13
More and more people are beginning to realize that diets consisting of high sugar (candy and cake), fast
foods and process foods take a toll on our health and eventually lead us to some kind of health issue such
as being over weigh, diabetes or heart problems. Yet the consumption of fatty, sugary foods doesn’t end.
Most people by now know that cigarettes and drinking too much alcohol will harm us but this doesn’t stop
us from consuming them. We may know the harm but we haven’t the power to say no to life’s toxic things.
This physical degradation that man so enjoys is a reflection of what goes on in the spiritual area as well.
Man by nature is drawn to evil things. Tell someone not to do something and you can bet they will. In Matt
15:19 Jesus states that out of our hearts come all sorts of terrible thoughts. We simply can’t stop ourselves
from thinking evil thoughts. To make matters worse our minds focus on the pleasure or gain received from
doing evil rather than its harmful nature. We are totally able to think away the harm that a sinful act will
bring on us so that we can enjoy it. Consider that act of cheating. We know it is wrong but if the benefit is
good we tell ourselves that it will be all right and that others are doing it as well. This same toxic thought
process goes on in all areas of our lives.
12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be
brought under the power of any. 1 Cor. 6:12
If you ask a person who spends lot of time and money going out at night to entertain themselves with
alcohol, sex and drugs whether they enjoy it they will most certainly say that it is wonderful. Yet many who
have turned from that lifestyle will tell you that the truth is far different. These behaviors though they may
seem fun take a high toll on our bodies and soul. Ask the person who finds themselves legally in trouble,
gets a disease, loses a friend, or hurts someone they love if it was fun and worth it.
Ahab was not a model king. In fact the bible tells us that he did more to make God angry than any king
before him. Ahab made a lot of lousy life decisions; one of which was marrying Jezebel who lead him to
worship Baal (1 Kings 16:33, 31). Ahab being very carnal had a thought to have a convenient vegetable
garden near the castle. Sounds good but the land he wanted was not available. As king he would have
known that God said to keep the land given in the family (Num. 36:7). But being king he ignores God and
desires the land. This was his first toxic thought. His second toxic thought was to be displeased at Naboth
for doing right and depriving the king out of his convenience. Like a child Ahab sulked and was unhappy.
Stop and think before you judge old Ahab. When was the last time someone didn’t do as you wanted or
give you what you wanted and you respond with an attitude other than love and grace? Chances are it has
happen recently because we are people of evil hearts and easily offended like Ahab.
God calls us to avoid thinking evil because from evil thoughts come evil deeds and this harms us a lot. Out
of love he desires we trust and obey him so that we won’t be like Ahab and get hurt and eventually
destroyed by our choice to allow evil thoughts in our hearts.
God wants us to avoid sinning and stop bringing in to our lives the often harsh consequences. Remember
sin always destroys. We don’t always believe this but God hates sin for the reason that it always takes a toll
on our souls. He offers us an alternative by his Spirit that for many Christians seems not as pleasing as the
worldly delights. This is so because we still have a taste for lies of evil. For instance, many think toxic
thoughts about others but fail to repent of them because we don’t act on them. They may not see the
harm in them but God said of lust if you think it you have done it so for God the beginning of sin is in the
mind that is led by the heart (Matt 5:28).
For most of us when God asks us to think true and noble thoughts we think this is impossible. Why? The
reason we think this way is that we are so accustomed to allowing negative thoughts to lead us. We often
fail to know the word of God that when used to counter negative thoughts with God’s truth work
powerfully to change our thought life (Matt 4). This is the whole focus of Roman’s 12:2, the renewing of
the mind. If we fill our minds with worldly ideas and imagines then what will come out will be worldly
behavior. This also doesn’t mean we can just memorize scripture, do simple bible studies where we repeat
back the principles learned. This is not enough to renew the mind. No. We must take the word and ask the
Holy Spirit to engrave it on our hearts. He alone can make it come to life. We may know the word but its
power comes only through the Spirit. When we truly seek to change and know the word to live by it then
we begin to take authority over toxic thoughts.
21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you
also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Eph. 2:21-22
You may think this is not possible but with man it is not but with God all things are possible. God wants us
to be holy and think righteous thoughts (1 Thess. 4:3, Phil 4:8) so He has to provide the way. All we need
do is believe and yield to His leading doing nothing of our own will then God can pour His holiness in us and
set us free. We need not be bound by evil thoughts because God can lead us to take them captive; saying
no to them as we see the harm and receive the love of God (2 Cor. 10:3-5). As we gain more of the mind of
Christ the thoughts of this world will not have place in our hearts. Then we will find it easier to prove that
God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect (Rom 12:2). To begin we need to turn away from worldly sources of
bad thoughts and feed more on God’s word and his presence.
Today make a decision that you will watch over your thoughts. If a thought comes to you and it doesn’t
belong in heaven turn away from it. Don’t let it linger in your mind. If you sin repent quickly and ask God to
help you avoid these thoughts. Acknowledge your need for his strength for no man can overcome on his
own but God can. As you practice awareness it will be more part of you. As you seek the word for examples
of what to do and what not to do it will guide you (Ps 119:105). It is all up to you. You can continue to allow
your mind to be toxic and poison you spiritually or you can enjoy intense spiritual health. Amen.