What are free radicals and what do they do? Free radicals are organic oxygen containing molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are unstable; therefore, they look to bond with other molecules, destroying their health and further continuing the damaging process (reference – Wise Geek).
Have you ever thought about “spiritual free radicals”? These toxic falsehoods originate from the flesh or the devil behaving much like physical free radical molecules. They will “bond” with other parts of your system become increasingly destructive to your spiritual health and your whole being. These spiritual free radicals are cancerous and must be removed from your system. Never forget, “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The “two-edged sword” is like a surgeon’s scalpel able to clean up any spiritual free radical. Also, the Word of God is full of spiritual antioxidants which kill spiritual free radicals trying to bond.
Below are several prevalent spiritual free radicals with verses from the Word of God with the power and strength to detox them:
Anxieties and worries. If not cleaned up quickly, they develop devastating paths in our mind negatively impacting our whole being. Philippians 4:6&7 detoxes anxiety and worry, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Verse 8 instructs the Christ-follower for continual health “whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise, think on these things.” Verse 9 states for us to “practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” You are now detoxed.
Love of the world. 1 John 2, “15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Self-gratification, self-interest, and pride of life are spiritual free radicals that are ultra-toxic. Luke 9:23-25 puts things into God’s perspective, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Don’t love the world and the things thereof. They are toxic. Love God.
Bitterness (unforgiveness). Bitterness is a spiritual free radical that is emotionally cancerous to you and toxic to those around you. Hebrews 12:15 is clear, “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” Learn to forgive and you as well as others around you will be detox’ed.
What spiritual free radicals are poisonous to you? They will continue to grow until you are detoxed. God wants to clean you up thru the power of and truths in His Word.