A few hours ago, something was dropped into my spirit and I feel compelled to share.
Ever wonder why some people are just so mean with no explanation? Or why some people are always angry without a valid reason? Or maybe you’ve wondered why some people seem so easily influenced?
Well, we are products of our environment.
What we surround ourselves with essentially becomes who we are. If you are around mean people all the time, chances are their bad habits will rub off on you and before you know it, you’ll be mean too. If you surround yourself with angry or negative people frequently, then you’re bound to become angry and negative yourself. And if you are hanging with individuals who feel that the sky is blue one day and turquoise the next, then well … you get the picture.
There is a quote that says “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, including yourself.”
As a Christian, it is imperative that I surround myself with the right kind of people. What do I mean when I say ‘the right kind of people’? Not just fellow churchgoers and Bible-toters, but people who are about letting the light of God shine through them. People who are about positivity. People who are about joy, happiness and love.
As if life isn’t hard enough already, it doesn’t help to add our own trouble to the situation. The Bible says in the book of John that we are already promised days of trouble here on this Earth … so why should we go looking for people and things that do us no good?
I say all of this to say that we as people have to be aware of the things going on around us, not only in the physical, but in the spiritual realm too. There is always something trying to work against us and that, my friends, is the enemy.
“An idle mind is the devil’s playground.” Truer words have never been spoken. If you are filling your spirit with the wrong kinds of things, which we have all been guilty of at some point or another, then you are just perpetuating the enemy’s plan to harm you. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8. There are spirits and demons attached to a lot of worldly things today and those just happen to be some of the things people enjoy the most, such as music, television and movies. If we are not filled with the things of God, then we are subjecting ourselves to harm. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
The quote “if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything” comes to mind here.
Protecting our eyes and ears from what we watch and listen to allows us to stay focused on God and away from the things of the enemy. Take rap music for example. What do most rappers rap about now? Sex, money, violence and women. And not only do they rap about it, but they make it look so appealing to the children of today. And rappers are aware of the influence that they have and the children fall victim to it, so what do our children, the future of this nation, do? They go out to try and be like the rappers. Sell drugs. Abuse the worth of a woman. Commit crimes. Love money. End up in jail. All of these worldly things are to distract them from the things of God! “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee” – Isaiah 26:3. We are all God’s children; he doesn’t want to see His children in jail or on drugs! That is nothing but a trick of the enemy!
That is where the spirit of discernment comes into play. What is the spirit of discernment? Discernment is the act of determining from what spirit (whether good or evil) the impulses of the human soul emanate. Almost like intuition, but on a spiritual level. The spirit of discernment comes from the Holy Spirit; we are to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment so that we can guard our hearts and spirits from wickedness. The Bible says, in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
And this is not to say that we should forever hide ourselves under a rock from the things of the world. This is more of a ‘take heed of what is out there so that you can protect yourself’. Until we are strong in the things of God and until we are comfortable knowing that there is nothing that the devil can do to us that we do not allow him to, then we should steer clear of the things he tries to use as influences. At the end of the day, he should be afraid of us, not the other way around.