[Devotional] IN HIS PRESENCE: Get out of that toxic environment

Read: GENESIS 19: 1-29

Meditation verse:

“So, Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters,  and said, “get up, get out of this place;” (Genesis 19:12).

Every environment you find yourself in has its people, culture, systems, and  practices. A toxic environment is one in which either the people or their culture  systems or practices are out of sync with your core values. A toxic environment  may be your home, place of work, community, your local church, or a  relationship you are involved in. Being in a toxic environment can destroy your  faith, wellbeing, personal growth, dreams, progress, or even life.  

Sodom and Gomorrah are examples of very toxic environments. The practices  of the people were dehumanizing. The men of the city, both young and old  demanded to have carnal knowledge with the men who had come to see Lot.  When Lot refused, they threatened to pull down his door, until they struck with  blindness. Then Lot’s visitors instructed him to take his family and get out of the  place, because they had been sent by God to destroy the place. Had Lot not  heeded their instruction, he would have been destroyed alongside both cities.  

Do a scan of every environment you spend time in. Are you surrounded by  negative people who evoke negative emotions in you? Are you in a relationship  where you are mentally and physically abused? Do you feel belittled,  threatened, manipulated, caged in and unable to express yourself? If yes, then  chances are, you are in a toxic environment and you need to quickly get out. If  you are unable to leave, you should create a ‘psychological island’ for yourself  within the environment. ‘Psychological islands’ are moments where you engage  in activities that edify your mind and uplift your spirit. Such activities can include  praying, meditating on God’s word, listening to inspirational music, or  journaling, all of which can create a sense of peace and serenity within you. 

Sometimes, it may not be obvious that an environment is toxic. You just feel you  are in the wrong place, or sense that God wants you to leave an environment. If  this is the case, get up and get out, no matter how comfortable the place is at  that moment. God is all knowing, the secret things belong to Him. 


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).

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