Doing what makes you happy can be enjoyable, but be wary when listening to secular music. A lot of times this type of material broadcasts thoughts from those searching for God; use discernment when selecting songs that glorify the Lord (Philippians 4:8).
Satan understands musical composition well, since he once lived as an anointed cherub who carried music within him as part of his spiritual being. He knows how to compose music that can provoke and stir human hearts with its melodies.
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Music is a spiritual weapon
Music can be used as an effective weapon in spiritual warfare. It has the power to impact hearts of individuals and nations for good or ill; furthermore, it may further or hinder God’s plans for our lives. Therefore, it is crucial that we listen to music that promotes these noble goals. It is therefore crucial that we listen to appropriate forms of music.
The Devil uses music to build idols of love, lust, money, power and self while leaving God out of the picture. He knows he can gain free entry into people’s hearts with it and establish new ways of thinking and behaving – taking time for these strongholds to form but with one song can easily bring deception, depression, anger lust hatred bitterness into someone’s heart within seconds!
Intriguingly, the Bible mentions various musical instruments like flutes, violins, horns, bag pipes, trumpets and strings as instruments of worship or entertainment. King David himself often used music as an avenue to worshipping God; playing his harp when an evil spirit tormented him (1 Samuel 16:14-23).
Care must be taken when selecting music to listen to that glorifies God, using our intelligence and wisdom in making sound choices (James 1:5). Unfortunately, many believers idolize their favorite tunes as though it were heroin; unaware of any damage it is doing to their hearts.
Without proper caution, we may easily become addicted to certain genres of music. It is important to be mindful that what we listen to may impact both our lives and eternity; carefully compare song lyrics against Scripture when listening. If a song depicts God inaccurately, we need to seek truth about who He truly is before using this song to guide people unfamiliar with Him into a deeper relationship with Him that enables them to truly find out who He really is.
Music is a prisoner of war
Music has always been an integral part of heaven and the throne of God since its inception, offering worshippers an avenue through which to interact with and connect with the divine. Music serves as a medium of worship that has the unique power to affect heart and soul: encouraging obedience and creating love of God within, or stirring up rebellion and lustful thoughts. Unfortunately, many Christians remain unaware of how their musical choices may influence them; unwittingly succumbing to Satan through careless selection of tunes (James 1:5). James instructs Christians to use intelligence along with discernment from above when selecting worship songs (James 1:5).
Music is an effective tool in Satan’s arsenal to stir up anger in humans and drive war. Music can stir up feelings of animosity and fear among people that lead them away from Jesus Christ and closer to darkness. Satan employs music to capture people’s hearts away from Him – the more songs you listen to the more Satan uses music against us all!
Through history, wars have been waged to conquer territories and control human minds. Modern warfare is waged primarily through music; many songs contain lyrics which glorify sinful practices such as self-mutilation, suicide, lust, greed, sexual perversion or rebellion against God.
One of the most effective methods of employing music in war is playing it loudly – this has long been used as a military tactic to confuse enemies, demoralize soldiers, and cause panic among them. Music also works well at disorienting prisoners without violating any laws in terms of surrendering peacefully.
General Joshua was one of the earliest commanders to employ music as a military weapon when he ordered his army to play trumpets at Jericho, causing its walls to crumble and the Israelites enter it. Even today, military units still employ music as a method of psychological warfare via what’s known as acoustic bombardment; specifically used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib to make them feel part of a masculine struggle against US soldiers.
Music is a tool of the devil
The devil uses music to advance evil. He does this by distracting our hearts away from prayer, worship, and spiritual pursuits while encouraging immorality, violence and selfishness – using it also as bait to trap souls into his web of sin. This includes songs which promote self-mutilation, suicide, sexual perversion and rebellion against God. Many listeners don’t read song lyrics closely enough to realize what they are hearing – many songs contain lyrics which openly promote sexual perversion, greed and rebellion against God while being played in the background during our daily activities. Satan loves music because it can stir up pride, anger and envy as well as depression sadness and despair in its listeners.
God designed music as a form of worship and praise; we’re instructed in Scripture to sing hymns, spiritual songs and psalms (Ephesians 5:19). King David used his musical talent to glorify and thank the Lord for His goodness while encouraging others to seek after the Lord for glory and praise Him with song.
The Devil uses music to lure believers away from Jesus and obscure his still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. To protect oneself against this attack from Satan, it’s important for believers to discern whether music comes from or belongs to Him; often secular songs uphold godly values like integrity, honesty and purity without explicitly naming Him as such.
How you choose to listen to music depends on both your parents and relationship with God. If they instruct you against listening to specific genres of music, be sure to obey their directions; otherwise it is ultimately your decision whether or not to listen.
However, some Christians may hold that all forms of secular music should be avoided, believing that true art comes only from those inspired by God and blasphemous lyrics in secular songs are often to blame for this view of Christianity. While this may be the case in certain instances, many bands with members with strong spiritual convictions often compose songs which reflect that truth through songs written about Him and His truthfulness.
Music is a part of the world system of evil
Music is one of the many tools Satan uses to manipulate people and influence their emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Christians must learn to identify and avoid listening to the music of evil world systems because its effects can greatly alter one’s spiritual state and God’s plans for their life. Listening to such music could hinder your relationship with Christ as well as prevent you from reaching your full potential.
The Bible instructs Christians to encourage one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs – however it doesn’t specify which kind of music would be considered sinful – it actually lists many types of musical instruments such as drums and xylophones as well as stringed instruments like violins and guitars!
Musical composition is an art form and the content of its songs depends on their creator’s heart. If the composer is drawn toward God, their song will reflect that devotion through melodies which celebrate Him; otherwise it could lead to songs full of selfishness, lust, or greed which lead to songs which divert our focus away from Him.
Satan understands music composition intimately and is skilled at using it against us. Once an accomplished musical performer himself, music remains part of his spiritual being even today. Satan knows exactly how to compose melodies that seduce human hearts while abhorring God.
The devil is using music as a weapon to seduce Christians away from following Jesus and into following idols instead. He uses false hope to convince them they can follow these idols without consequences and neglect daily devotions and spend too much time listening to music from around the world, becoming so addicted that they feel compelled to listen as though on heroin; forgetting they must set their minds on things above instead of on earthly matters (1 Corinthians 10:31). Bad company can come in person or musical form.