A few weeks ago, I blogged about being aware of what you allowed in your mind, whether it’s through music, TV, books, etc. It’s important to be aware of the thoughts, ideas, lyrics, and scenarios that we expose our minds to, as they can have an impact with how we process situations we experience.
This is also true for what we can be exposed to on Social Media. An unguarded mind is a prime target for Satan to attack.
Perhaps you are going through a relationship struggle – certain songs, movies, and TV dramas can influence thoughts toward a direction that brings more harm instead of healing. Sad and melancholy songs can trick the mind into thinking there is no hope, and lead to a permanent decision for a temporary situation.
If you are experiencing financial issues, observing characters living lavishly (and typically unrealistically) on the big screen can bring on feelings of discontentment and dissatisfaction.
If your child is struggling in school, someone posting about their child’s straight A report card can breed resentment and disappointment.
When these feelings are strong and repetitive, they could influence negative thoughts to bombard the mind, which may pose the risk of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders that didn’t previously exist.
After realizing the potential impact, I’ve been more cognizant of what I’m watching and reading, but especially what I’m listening to in the car. We spend a significant amount of time driving to and from sporting events and practices, and there are many songs we listen to repetitively enough, that we all know the words to and sing along with.
I previously wrote about life and death in the power of our tongues/words. Most teenagers and children aren’t going to go around speaking the Scriptures randomly over their lives (or even adults for that matter)! But if they hear a song with beat and melody they like, they can sing the Word of God and other powerful words of praise, worship, and affirmation.
I noticed this a couple of weeks ago, while listening to my playlist in the car. Kennedi was singing some very powerful lyrics, that were perfectly tailored and applicable to the faith fight she has been going through.
When we hear a song we know, we may start off aimlessly listening or singing along, but when the music is filled with life-giving words, it can speak to our spirit, which can point our thoughts to God.
Singing along to praise and worship music allows you to speak positively, even when you are not feeling like the words you are singing.
That day I made note of some of the songs she was singing, and some lyrics that were particularly speaking life into her personal situation.
It Ain’t Over (Until God Says It’s Over) – Maurette Brown Clark
(The Impossible is God’s Chance to Work a Miracle…)
Turning Around for Me – Vashawn Mitchell
(A change is coming for me, if I stay strong and believe, there’s no reason to doubt, I know He’s working it out)
Expect the Great – Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose
(Expect nothing but Victory, that’s the promise of our King, to do exceedingly, abundantly, above what you ask or think!)
Shifting the Atmosphere- Jason Nelson
(Every chain is broken, my praise is shifting the atmosphere)
Wow! Talk about speaking LIFE! And as I heard her singing, she was motioning, lifting her hands, and fully engaged in worship.
That day was a great example of today’s Steady State verse. Even when things aren’t going like we wish they would, we can choose to focus on God’s goodness instead of our current plight.
Situations here on earth can be painful and sorrowful, sometimes feeling helpless. But when we direct our thoughts to our Heavenly Father above, along with our Savior, Jesus Christ, who sits at His right hand, we know that they will ultimately bring Their glory to our circumstances.
I can only imagine how God is going to respond to those words that she sang from her spirit that day. I’m believing by faith that every declaration she sang about herself will be manifested in her life. For now, I’ll just patiently but knowingly wait, while ensuring she continues to sing words of Life…at least when she’s in my car!
Take a moment to reflect on the TV shows you watch, the music you listen to, and the books you read. Are you just aimlessly watching, listening, and reading, or have they impacted your thoughts about and actions within your life?
Is there anything you should stop watching, listening to, or reading? Do you have something more positive and life-giving to replace them with?
Take close inventory of the words you have been singing as a result of the songs you are listening to. Are the words speaking Life (Goodness) or Death (Evil) to you and your family?