About four years ago due to a set of circumstances which were NOT Gods will my three older sisters left the home overnight, leaving the rest of my family (two younger sisters and one younger brother) and I in shock. We had never dreamed that anything like this would ever happen to us. We had always been a very close family and did everything together.
When I saw the hurt that it caused my parents, who had poured their lives into us and raised us to be Godly children, teaching us His principles and Biblical truth’s, and the amount of damage that it did to my siblings, I became very bitter at them and at God for letting it happen.
One thing I had noticed though about one year before this all happened was that my three older sisters had started getting into contemporary Christian music. This soon led to country music, and then it just progressed further and further. My parents did not know about this.
After it all happened I started to stray from the Lord and to listen to music that I knew in my spirit was wrong but my mind was able to rationalize away. As I started this downhill slide I would look around and see my friends who were not Christians and would say to myself, “Well, I will never be like them,” or “I will never listen to the kind of music that they do.” And so I continued down this road worshiping the lust of the flesh and satisfying my lustful desires for whatever I wanted to hear and what made ME feel good. However, the entire time I was doing it behind my parents back and keeping up a “good Christian young man” front for the rest of the world to see.
It all really hit me one day how far I had fallen when I told one of my friends who was not a Christian that I liked a certain song, and they responded, “that song is
terrible.” Right then I realized that I was down just as low as anyone else, even though I did read the Bible and I did sing the hymns and I could talk about the Bible with anyone that wanted to. It all didn’t matter because I had an unclean spirit in me that I had received from this music.
So about three years went by and I got a job working at a place that played the wrong kind of music all day and the people there were really nice but they were SO godless that it drug me down even farther than I was before. However, I still did not take any action to change anything, letting my mind rationalize away any pricks that I would get from my conscience about the lifestyle that I was living.
After working for one year there, I quit my job and went on a Journey to The Heart. There I was able to confess a lot of things and clean my life up. However, even though I didn’t listen to that music anymore and I had turned my life around, the words of all those songs would still come to my mind whenever I would see or hear anything that would remind me of them. This was a huge stronghold in my life, and the devil used it over and over again to attack me whenever I would try to do anything for God’s kingdom.
I told Mr. Gothard about my problem, and asked his advice on what to do to remove those words from my heart and mind. He said to write them out and then to find Scriptures that contradict the hidden messages and phrases in the songs.
So I wrote them out and went over them with him, listening as he pointed out to me all of the Scriptures that conflicted with the messages that each song was giving. As I saw how wrong these songs were and how they were feeding the unclean spirit I had, I felt a whole new freedom and joy as they left my heart and were replaced with the truths of Scripture.
If you are having the same struggle I am, I would encourage you to write out those lyrics. Then search the Scriptures and find the verses which reveal the lies hidden in the worldly messages of the songs. It will open your eyes to the damage they are having on your life, but it will also give you a tremendous freedom as you win the victory over this mighty stronghold!