Where do you believe the Devil has the greatest influence?
But, before we answer this question I think we need to know who the Devil was.
So, let us read Ezekiel 28:12-19,
“12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”
We all know that in the beginning, Lucifer was a Cherub and a musician in heaven. In a matter of fact, his name alone means Morning Star. We see here in Isaiah 14:12-15,
“12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
In this verse, the Hebrew word for Lucifer is Helel meaning shinning one. Which, if we go back to Ezekiel, the meaning of his name matches with his description of being beautiful. But, what I want to focus on is this, in verse 12 of Ezekiel it says, “the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” From this verse, and his position as Cherub, we can conclude that Lucifer, or Satan, was the Chief of Music in Heaven. Knowing that, did Satan ever lose his influence or his knowledge of music? Well, we cannot say for sure because the bible does not specify. However, we see that in Genesis Satan was able to successfully deceive Eve with what God commanded, and he tried and tempted Jesus with scripture. Knowing this, we can say that Satan never lost his knowledge, which is stated in Ezekiel 28:12,
“Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.”
So, if we can say that his knowledge has never left, then we can also say that his knowledge of music still remains. If so, wouldn’t you think that his greatest influence is in music? What do you see influences teens the most? What do teens struggle the most to get rid of? Now, what about the question, what is the Devil’s greatest advantage? Before that, I want you to ask yourself this question, what is the smallest part of your body, yet the hardest to control? To answer that question we need to go to James 3:3-12,
“3 Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal.[c] 4 And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites. 6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.7 Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 We praise our[d] Lord and Father with it, and we curse men who are made in God’s likeness with it. 10 Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way. 11 Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.”
Lucifer, or Satan, uses music, because our tongue is his greatest tool against ourselves! The bible makes it clear, “It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell”. If we, as Christians, listen to music that glorifies sex, drugs, alcohol, cars, money, the luxurious life style, etc. Are we really worshipping our God? Or are we praising the things of this world? See, the scripture says, “11 Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?” What’s sweet is what is from God, and what is better is what is not from God. Well, how do you know the difference? Let’s read Galatians 5:16- 23,
“16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Look at what the verse begins with, “17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.” These two things oppose each other, like sweet and bitter water. It cannot be both. Now, if we add all of this together, this is the truth. Lucifer, a chief of music, will use his strongest ability against you by using your tongue, your toughest enemy, against yourself. In doing so, your own tongue will consume your body, setting it on fire from hell! Meaning, what comes from your mouth will consume your life. The scripture says that the tongue has the power to curse and also to bless. If it is so powerful, shouldn’t we be careful of what comes out of it. A good guide to follow for music is found in Philippians 4:8,
“8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.”
Also we can use 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22,
“21 but test all things. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.”
We can tie this verse in with Galatians and Philippians. As a Christian, it is important that we live our life separate from the world, which includes music. We must also read the verse in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15,
“13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no great thing if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their destiny[e] will be according to their works.”
There will always be times where we think, or feel that the music we are listening to is “good”. However, there are times where what we are listening to is not! This is why, me personally, I prefer to stick with Christian music from Christian artist. Why? It keeps me in check, and while I listen to this music, it ministers to. See, secular music doesn’t help me grow spiritually nor physically. So, what’s the point? The point here is this, regardless of what type of music it is, it WILL minister to you, whether it ministers to your flesh or your spirit, the choice is yours.
To end I will finish with this verse, which is found in Luke 6:46,
“46 Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say?”
Please, comment your thoughts!
The Unidentified Believer