Demonic Invitation Pt. 2
The Ear Gate
Wow so much can be said about the significance of our ear gates, I'm not sure on where to begin but I will share with you what the Holy Spirit leads me to discuss.
Job 34:3 "For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food."
Things that we hear enters into our ear gates & has major impacts on us spiritually; from the music we listen to, to the words we hear & believe. First I want us to focus on the significance of music. Music, along with all other things was created by God & for God aimed to glorify Him. The sole purpose that God created music for was to glorify Him. So understanding that, music was created for spiritual reasons and the Word of God clarifies it. According to I Chronicles 15:16-27, singing and playing musical instruments in the tabernacle and the temple, was exclusively a priestly duty.
2 Chronicles 5:12-14 "All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God."
These verses here alone, speaks volumes about the significance of music. The fact that they stood beside the alter (which was considered a very holy & sacred place unto the Lord) dressed in fine linen, illustrates the significance & authority of the role music plays in the kingdom of God. Peep this verse, "dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres." The Levites was dressed in fine linen, which means they were in uniform. Think about a modern day marching band, the entire band dresses in a unique uniform for a important event & they are all in sync with one another. Just like a marching band The Levites were all uniquely dressed for an important event, to worship God. "The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord." The trumpeters & musicians were all in sync with one another just like a marching band. The reason I used a marching band as an example is because you only see a marching band at important events to add on to the level of zeal. We see in these verses how spiritually significant music is, I mean come on, there was 120 Levites that was just in the trumpet section, not even counting those who were playing the harps, lyres & cymbals. That alone should tell you how serious of a role music plays, the praise accompanied by music brought the very presence of God, "Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God."
Let’s now consider a couple more verses how powerful music is, where music made in the human realm actually affected the spirit world.
1 Samuel 14:14-16 "Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. Saul's attendants said to him, "See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better."
After Saul had repeatedly proven himself unfaithful to God, The Spirit of God had departed from Saul & God sent him an evil spirit instead. So here we see Saul being tormented by an evil spirit & the only way that evil spirit leaves is through the use of music.
1 Samuel 14:23 "Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him."
This account reveals that beautiful, Godly music creates an environment that drives evil spirits away! So now we see, that music inspired by the Holy Spirit can deny evil spirits access to the listener. Therefore, if music can repel evil spirits then it can also attract evil spirits, depending on what type of music that is being played. Music comes from the spirit even as prayer does. Music is more than just a stream of semi-organized sounds that we hear. Music can actually be a link where the spiritual and physical world interact. Music can provide or deny good or evil spirits access into our soul, to help or harm us, to strengthen or weaken us. Let us be careful, then, what kinds of music we choose to receive, both in our daily lives and in corporate worship. Can we not see from these examples the tremendous spiritual power of music? Spirits are attracted to music, and depending on the type of music, a different type of spirit will be attracted. The question is, what type of music do we listen to?
Now, let us shift our focus to the pivotal role that Satan plays in music. Lucifer is a fallen angel who was the head of the ministry of music in Heaven, who we now know as the devil. Several scriptural references throughout the bible signifies Satan's former authority over music when he was in heaven.
Ezekiel 28:13-15 " Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone wasthy 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. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you."
Here we see the history of Satan. He was an anointed cherub. Satan held a very high position before God. On the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant, we find two angelic beings touching above where God literally dwelt and they are called cherubs, which Satan once was. The text above reveals that he was not only beautiful in appearance, but had a special gift for music, as "tabrets" & "pipes" are mentioned with his creation. Since Lucifer is a created being, he was originally created with instruments to provide beautiful music for none other than the glorification of God. So it is obvious that Lucifer, at the very least, contained musical instruments, the tambourine, the flute, and the harp all within the confines of his own body. Lucifer was basically a walking talking musical instrument. His name was Lucifer, which means morning star. He fell from heaven & became a devil, which we now recognize as Satan. Music has a twofold purpose, which is to glorify God or not. As we now see, music was initially created for that purpose(to glorify God) up until Satan’s rebellion. What he has done with music from that point on is used it against mankind. He has used his musical talents to induce mankind to sin via music that promotes rebellion, lust, violence, etc. As this world “goes downhill” during the latter days in which we live, various forms of music promotes sinful activities and attitudes.
Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
It may be that our lack of knowledge regarding the power of music has caused destruction on our society. In the 1960's the Beatles changed society with their music. One of their leaders, John Lennon, declared in a press conference that Christianity was on its way out, and that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ." Their music began as rather docile, as they sang about wanting to "hold your hand". But soon they were crooning "I’d love to turn you on," and the adolescents of those years would soon find out that that meant to take drugs. Their music influenced the hippy movement, which is viewed as the Aquarius generation (the Aquarius generation itself is demonically rooted & linked to astrology) ,introducing society to different kinds drugs. Sex outside of marriage became acceptable to society it was viewed as just another fun thing to, as it still is today. More musicians pushed drugs & sex in their music, soon America, with the rest of the world following, became a nation of drug users/addicts & fornicators. The difference between right and wrong became hazy and debatable, and we ended up, thirty to fifty years later, with a decaying & perverse society. Our country has legalized the murder of innocent babies & homosexual marriage, epidemic of sexual diseases and is drowning in a sea of drugs. And amazingly but sadly, most of this started with music. With the technology of this day & time, the spiritual power of music is made even more pervasive, since we can surround ourselves with music in many ways like never before.
Is it not clear that music has the ability to sway mankind? Music has a way of going down into our soul. Music sets the tone for so many kinds of events and activities. Music has the power to control & influence our moods. Isn't it amazing how some music can make people feel sad, some music can make you feel relaxed and some music can pump people up to go off to war. Music communicates with our hearts at a deeper level than reading or talking does, and it has a way of staying with us, even when we do not want it to. Have you ever heard a song & you could not get it out of your mind, like it has just been stuck in your head? Or have you ever spoken the lyrics of a song without thinking, no matter if you just heard it or if you haven't heard it in years? The reason is revealed in the book of Matthew.
Matthew 12:34 "For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."
That's why God's word warns us to guard our hearts. . . .
Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
If we are not listening to Jesus music, than we are listening to music which was conceived without the spiritual influence of God. Consequently, if it has no godly influence, it will have no power to bring us closer to God. And, if it is not bringing us closer to God, and not attracting spirits of a godly nature, what type of spirits is it attracting? Although some music may at first seem innocuous to us, let us use spiritual discernment and not underestimate its influence. We must remember that some, not all music, can come from evil sources no matter how lovely, beautiful or pleasing it may sound to the ears. Not all music, secular or not, is inherently evil. Just as Satan has an influence on music, so does God has His influence on music as well. As with anything in life, it is up to our own discretion and spiritual discernment to decide what is and is not appropriate for our listening pleasure.
I strongly recommend that you take a few minutes to view at least the first of the two videos below, that speaks more in detail about the spiritual affects of music.
More on the Ear Gate
Music is not the only form through which evil spirits can get access into our lives through our ear gates. There are all sorts of things we hear that shape our thoughts, decision and actions. Even when taking advice and listening to people, it is normal for us to listen to people tell us what we want to hear to help us justify what we know in our hearts is not right. Thus we deceive ourselves & believe in a lie. If you believe in a lie you have invited a demon. Lies are birthed by the devil himself and they are a characteristic of his nature.
John 8:44 "He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
Lies are a part of Satan's character, therefore lies are evil. When you entertain or believe in lies you are accepting evil, therefore you give the devil a footstool to bring demonic activity into your life. The bible warns us about what we allow our ears to accept.
1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons."
This happens because people believe in lies, even though what they hear may be mixed with some truth, they will be deceived because they accept what is not true, therefore inviting in demonic spirits to manipulate their minds. Truth is 100% true, not 99% truth with 1% lie, that is false. Truth is only truth when its the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Clean water is only clean when there is no dirt found in it. If it is so much of a spec of dirt in it, then that water is no longer clean, but dirty. The same goes with dealing with truth.
Matthew 7:25 "Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves."
The reason we are warned about false teachers, and even just false advice or words of any kind, is because lies are evil and when we accept lies we accept evil & invite demons into our lives. The Holy Spirit is the exact opposite of false and the exact opposite of evil.
John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come."
What we hear and listen too strongly affect our minds whether immediate or later on, or whether consciously or subconsciously
Revelation 2:7a "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. "
Ear Gate Prayer
Dear heavenly Father, I come to you boldly and humbly as i know. Thank you Father God for guiding me to truth and I ask that you would please continue to guide me into all truth as your word promises. Father I come confessing my sins and not hiding any of them asking that you forgive me of my sins known and unknown. Right now i forgive any person that I hold any type of resentment towards. Help me Father to guard my ear gates with my life, help me to give the proper attention to what goes into my ear gates. Help me to let go of any unhealthy habits that cause any harm to my ear gates. Reveal to me any unclean spirits that i have allowed access into me by way of my ear gates and I ask that you will command them to leave me and not return, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Fill me Holy Spirit and help me to take better care of my ear gate, in the name of my Lord and savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray, AMEN.