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Poison is all around us - not just the kind that can hurt our bodies, but the kind that can hurt the way we think.
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We’re starting a new series today about guarding ourselves from poisonous things. Poison is anything that can make us really sick. Did you know that our thoughts can be dangerous and can be like poison to us? They can and you know why? Because our thoughts affect the way we act. So, if we think wrong, we will act wrong. But, if we think the right way, then we’ll act the right way. Some of the poisonous thoughts we need to avoid are; being negative, afraid and angry. These kinds of thoughts keep us from trusting and honoring God. So, how do we know the right way to think? We need to go to the Bible to find out. The Bible is full of God’s truth that will help us to identify the poisonous stuff we need to guard against and will tell us the right way to think. So, watch out for poisonous thoughts that can make you sick.

Key Points:

  • Walking around being negative all the time isn’t good. It makes you sad, and it makes people around you sad.
  • Fear is poison because it makes us doubt God. Just remember: God is always in control, no matter what.
  • Do you ever get so angry that you want to hit somebody or hate somebody? That’s poison!
  • Want to know what the Bible says to do with negative, fearful, or angry thoughts? Fight them! 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

Memory Verse:

Philippians 4:8 Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.


Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some poisonous things you shouldn’t eat or drink? What can happen if you do?
  3. Think about your own thoughts. What makes you angry? What makes you scared?
  4. How do our thoughts affect the way we act?
  5. How does reading the Bible help us to fight poisonous thoughts?
  6. Read Philippians 4:8. What are some examples of good and honorable thoughts? How does focusing on things that please God help us in life?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.


This is part of the Toxic series.