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Toxic

Posted: Wednesday, February 24

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Leviticus 15:1-16:28
Mark 7:1-23
Psalm 40:11-17
Proverbs 10:13-14 

 

Verse of the day:

Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart." (Mark 7:14-15)


As a teenager, I used to argue with my parents about music I would listen to, movies I would watch and places I would go. I argued that because I lived in a very secular world, consuming secular things did not affect me. I could listen to foul language, but that language did not come out of my mouth. I could watch violent and mature content, but those actions did not mirror my actions. I argued that what went into my body and mind, did not defile me.

 

 

It was years later that I learned what Jesus was teaching in this verse. I started to see things that were against my nature coming out of my life. Words would come to my mind that I had not thought before; images from the past would continue to cloud my mind. I found out that when you don’t filter what you consume with your eyes and ears, those unhealthy things have a way of growing inside your heart and when they grow, they change. They grow into something dark, something sinful, and something that rots you from the inside out. I was defiled in my heart.

 

 

A friend of mine puts it this way, “Satan has the right to bill you for your sin as his convenience.” Years after living an unfiltered life, I found my heart was toxic. All those songs, movies and words were now something that was toxic in my heart. I had to truly repent of my past mistakes and begin to live a filtered life.

 

 

I don’t limit the music I listen to, the movies I watch and the places I go because they are “wrong”. I chose to live a filtered life so that what comes out of my heart stays pure, not toxic. Take a few moments today to examine your heart. Are there things that you see coming out that you don’t remember putting in? Have past habits become toxic? Are today’s temptations anchored in yesterday’s unfiltered choices? Take some time today to allow God to renew your heart and mind. Pray for his cleansing to wash you once again.