Spiritual Solutions for Practical Living
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6, first part
Music is a powerful and persuasive medium for building up and validating our relationship with God through praise and worship in song and instruments. Music is a ministry and should be treated as such. From personal experience, we are blessed by music that honors and glorifies God. Even so, we must be fully aware of the words by carefully listening to the message that is being conveyed. Beyond that we should have knowledge of the beliefs and the background of the artist to make certain that they are promoting the Biblical truth through their music.
Since, secular music does not honor God, music as a ministry can only be provided by those Christian and Gospel artists who have a personal relationship with God. What do we really know about others? There is a popular group that believes in the transference of knowledge by the actual laying of one’s body across a religious person’s gravesite. For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5
Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.…Matthew 7:15-17. If the words of the song reflect the Word of God then it would stand that the artist has a personal relationship with God. The Holy Spirit enables us to recognize truth from error or else we would live in a state of confusion and our lives would hold no purpose.
Satan has been highly effective in using the most popular songs to convey false teachings. Many listen to words that speak of immortality upon death and a ghost-like spirit that is transferred to heaven even though the body is buried or cremated. The Bible refutes these concepts which are based on spiritualism. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7. We can blame Satan for the deception of incorporating the pagan beliefs of spiritualism into the state of the dead, who know nothing. Many fail to realize that Satan has been alive since God created the angels. Since he challenged God and failed, he is after us, who are created in God’s image, and are redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ.
How did the concept of ghosts/spiritualism become an essential part of the theological doctrines on the State of the Dead? Even though we may not possess theology degrees, the proof is in the Bible that spiritualism existed long before modern day society.
- but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out. Mark 6:49
- “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. Deuteronomy 18:9-12
- “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes. Leviticus 19:26
- As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. Acts 16:16
Satan was also created by God, he is a fallen angel, and that status continues as he walks the earth, seeking to destroy humanity. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Job 1:7
Satan has power; he is able to think on a higher level than humanity, and he carefully observes our behaviors which reveal our inner most thoughts and our belief systems. Thankfully, God has placed limitations on his ability to destroy us, or every believer in Jesus Christ would be tortured mentally and physically. Satan will never be able to replicate the creation of humanity, so he presents false beliefs to those who are easily manipulated.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes… Ephesians 6:10-11. The failure to study the Bible has so many living in confusion. And Satan knows that nothing is more powerful than the comforting thought that our loved ones are in heaven looking down on us.
To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. …Proverbs 1:3-8
While in college, I chose Eastern and Western religions as elective courses because I required a diverse knowledge to provide transcultural nursing care. Now I realize, that my knowledge of opposing religious beliefs have given me the ability to easily recognize error from Biblical truth. False doctrines easily deceive, always appealing to the emotions, and presented in a non-threatening manner. Praise God that His truth always produces transformation. Praise God for the Holy Spirit that when false teachings are compared to the Word of God, they falter.
We can only recognize deceit, false teachings, and false prophets if our spiritual eyes are open, and that is not possible when we do not dutifully study the Word of God. “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
What do you know about paganism, spiritualism and the occult? It is a widely practiced set of beliefs that Satan has incorporated into books, Harry Potter, movies, Lord of the Rings with it’s imaginary creatures, warlocks and witches, seances, imaginary ghosts and monsters, the ability of a spirit that replicates and appears like the deceased body to walk on this earth, vampire legends, voodooism, and many other pagan concepts. Holidays such as Halloween, and the rabbits and eggs introduced into the Easter celebration are based on the pagan beliefs of mythical gods and goddesses and rituals of sacrificial human or animal offerings.
Unless we pray for knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual discernment, then we readily grasp and hold onto false teachings. If the deceased is in heaven because they lived a righteous life, then where are the individuals who lived an ungodly life? If your answer is in purgatory, the spirit world, walking on this earth, or burning in a non-existent hell, then I admonish you to research the Bible. Start a spiritual fast and pray, ask God to reveal the truth that you may come into the knowledge and understanding of His Word. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.… John 14:13-14
Get rid of myths, and misinformation by researching the origin of pagan holidays and the change of Saturday Sabbath to Sunday-the worship of the Sun by Constantine. “Sunday was another work day in the Roman Empire. On March 7, 321, however, Roman Emperor Constantine I issued a civil decree making Sunday a day of rest from labor, stating: All judges and city people and the craftsmen shall rest upon the venerable day of the sun.”
Make certain that your religious beliefs do not contain parts of spiritualism in them. The following is a link that gives a description of spiritualism that is practiced as a religion: https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/spiritualism/ataglance/glance.shtml
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
There is a misconception that we can live as we choose to live, and God has enabled us with the freedom of choice. However, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12.
Our lives are blessed when we possess humility, a spirit of meekness and a contrite heart. Prepare yourself now by staying in His presence through the Bible and prayer. Jesus is Coming! Use this time to get to know who God is, learn the truth, and get rid of character traits that do not align with Galatians 5:22-23. Our greatest desire must be for a relationship with God. Begin now, one day very soon we are going to see the King, Jesus Christ, the Son of God who suffered, bled, and died for everyone of us.
Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and its works will be laid bare.…2 Peter 3:8-10
Stay in His Presence. Love God, Love Others, Love Yourself!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020