Spiritual Detox – The True Fast

When God created man, He breathed in him life. Life is the spirit of man. God gave him a soul, which is his personality and the body the visible part needed to be taken care of through nourishment and hygiene and exercise. So we are three in one person: spirit, soul and body. They cannot be separated, only in death, when the spirit leaves the body and the soul ceases too. The moods we express are very much dependent on what we eat. Foods not only affect the physical, but also the soul. Being knowledgeable and aware of what we feed our body will be of great help for a healthy body. The word of God tells us that we believers are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Shouldn’t it be a good enough reason to take care of our body? A healthy body is a happy soul. Our spiritual life needs to experience a daily detox through confession of sin and repentance.

When God created the earth, He filled it with beautiful colorful foods to feed and heal the body. It is known that specific colors affect or help specific organs. For example: green nourishes the liver; red nourishes the heart; yellow the spleen and stomach; white moistens the lungs and black nourishes the kidneys. If I eat that which God created for my body, I will be in harmony with His plans for my body. When I eat green beans, broccoli, spinach and all the green available, I am nourishing the liver, which serves my body in its detoxification of chemicals, among many other functions. When I eat red peppers, red beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, strawberries, etc., I am bringing nourishment and healing to my heart which pumps blood through the arteries and veins.  When I eat yellow foods, as in corn, squash, egg yok, etc., the stomach and the spleen are being fed and healed. The stomach functions in breakdown and digest food to extract necessary nutrients; and the spleen has a critical role in the immune function, since it purifies the blood. When I eat white beans, pear and cauliflower and all other vegetables and fruit in that color, I am nourishing my lungs. The function of the lungs in the respiratory system is to take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide when we breathe. The function of the lungs in the circulatory system the blood travels through the lungs to exchange carbon dioxide for new oxygen. When I eat black beans, walnut, and black rice, etc., I am nurturing my kidneys whose functions are to extract waste from the blood, to balance the body fluid, for urine, etc… A little knowledge of the functions of the body’s organs is important to understand how to take better care of it.

A spiritual detox happens when man’s heart is repentant. An example is in the life of the psalmist Asaph when he experienced envy of the prosperity of the wicked. He concluded that in vain had he cleansed his heart and washed his hands in innocence; but when he entered the sanctuary of God, there in the presence of God, he understood and had a spiritual detox that led him to repent. He said, My heart was grieved, embittered, and in a state of ferment, and I was pricked in my heart; so foolish, stupid, and brutish was I, and ignorant; I was like a beast before You (God); It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works (Psalm 73).  

In confession and repentance, David cried to God saying,  Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment; I am conscious of my transgressions, and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and guilt cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin! Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow; make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice; create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me; restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit (Psalm 51). John said, If we admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).

The prodigal son, after having lived a worldly life, he returned to his father in brokenness of heart and in contrition of spirit. He arose from the worldly life and went to his father and said to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet ( Luke 15:21-22).  In repentance of his son, the father forgave and restored his identity. That was a true spiritual detox.

Believers will not experience God’s forgiveness and cleansing as long as the filters of their soul- emotion, will and mind are blocked with unconfessed sin. Life as usual is not life complete in Christ. We are called to the renewal of the mind in order to prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).  The will of God for us is His sanctification, without it we will not see Him.

When Peter denied the Lord the third time, the eyes of YAHSHUA meeting his caused Peter to repent and a spiritual detox took place in his life. The Bible says that he went out and wept bitterly (Luke 22:61). Another disciple named Thomas, after three years with YAHSHUA, chose to disbelieve the truth of YAHSHUA’S resurrection. He said, Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe it. The Lord came to him and rebuked him saying, Reach out your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand and place it in My side. Do not be faithless and incredulous, but believe! Thomas, repenting said, My Lord and my God! (John 20:27-29). At that moment Thomas experienced his spiritual detox. And forgiveness entered his heart.  The Lord our God waits patiently for our return to Him just like the prodigal son’s father did. It is up to us to take the first step to a spiritual detox with a contrite heart and repentance of sin. And we His Bride will “constantly be transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another” (II Cor. 3:18b).

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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