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  • Amaiya Kiara Rucker

Why I'm Letting Go of Secular Music

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. {Proverbs 4:23 NLT }

Understand that if we want to truly live for God, we need to guard our hearts against things that aren’t like Him.

Trust me, secular music has been a hard one for me to let go of. I grew up listening to R&B, Soul, and Old School Hip Hop. It would always play in my Paw Paw’s house and even in my own house (until my mom got saved), so I grew an attachment to the music. It would always bring back the nostalgic feeling of when I was a kid.

In my teenage years, I still listened to a lot of secular music. I was obsessed with the history, the artist, and just everything that involved it. Music became my escape from reality.

Once I started to mature in my Christian walk, whenever I would listen to secular music, I would feel a heavy conviction from the Lord. I felt like… guilty. At times, I would ignore the tug from the Holy Spirit just to feed my flesh. However, once I would finish listening I would feel like I needed to repent. I didn’t feel good listening to it anymore.

Most recently, whenever I would hear party music I once enjoyed, it would remind me of the “fun” times I had while partying in college and living for my flesh. It would make me miss those moments like they were really that great (and they weren’t). That’s just not who I am anymore and I don’t need anything trying to sway me back to that place. Because I fully live for Christ, I can no longer support things that glorify the world and sinful desires.

Since this is a big sacrifice for me, I am going to have to keep praying for strength from God to not be tempted to listen to it. I don’t need to keep going back and forth with it. I know some may say “is it that serious?” Well, it is for me. I am not here to condemn those who still listen to secular music, I am just stating what is going to work for me.

I’m not going to say that all secular music is bad or demonic, but it doesn’t glorify God and can be detrimental to our walk. That goes for some movies and TV shows as well! We have to be sensitive to the things we plant in our hearts and minds. Although it may not seem like it, most music can birth feelings of lust, evil, and things that glorify the world and our flesh. Remember the Devil was the master of music in Heaven and uses secular music today to keep us from hearing God clearly.

If you’re trying to fully walk this thing out with Christ, check your spirit. If you feel convicted after listening to it, it could be the Holy Spirit is trying to get you away from it.

Like I always say, trust Him.

Amaiya K ♡

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