A Word from the Lord about NOISE POLLUTION

God is so funny the way He speaks to us.

This morning the Lord told me to pray against “NOISE POLLUTION.” I laughed at His choice of words. So I googled noise pollution and found this: 

  • Noise pollution (or environmental noise) is displeasing human, animal or machine-created sound that disrupts the activity or balance of human or animal life. The word noise comes from the Latin word nauseas, meaning seasickness.
  • This unwanted sound can damage physiological and psychological health. Noise pollution can cause annoyance and aggression, hypertension, high stress levels, hearing loss, sleep disturbances, and other harmful effects… and can lead to forgetfulness, severe depression and at times panic attacks.
  • Chronic exposure to noise may cause noise-induced hearing loss.
  • The EPA says the traditional definition of noise is “unwanted or disturbing sound”.  Sound becomes unwanted when it either interferes with normal activities such as sleeping, conversation, or disrupts or diminishes one’s quality of life.  

 So I asked the Lord what He was trying to tell me and he said two things:

1.      We have a responsibility to make sure we are not CREATING noise pollution.

Noise pollution (in a spiritual sense) includes (but is not limited to) negativity, gossip, complaining, murmuring, lies, slander, bearing false witness, corrupt talk, criticism, judgment, false teachings, and false prophecies.

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Tim 4:3-4

I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. 2 Cor 12:20

 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. Prov 6:16-19

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish. Prov 19:9

2.      We have a responsibility to GUARD ourselves from noise pollution.

Not only do we have to guard against CREATING noise pollution, but we must guard against HEARING noise pollution. For even allowing it in our midst pollutes our hearts and minds.

A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.  Prov 21:28

Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 2 Tim 2:14-15

Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. 2 Tim 2:16-17

The EPA says this: “Individuals can take many steps to protect themselves from the harmful effects of noise pollution.  If people must be around loud sounds, they can protect their ears with hearing protection (e.g., ear plugs or ear muffs).  There are various strategies for combating noise in your home, school, workplace, and the community.”

Well God says we can protect ourselves too:

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. Prov 4:13-17

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my wordsDo not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Prov 4:20-27

Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. 1 Thess 5:21-22

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. Titus 3:9-11

 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. Prov 20:19

Let us pray a prayer of repentance today for creating noise pollution and for allowing people around us to create it and not shutting it down. We have a responsibility to guard our hearts and minds. We also have the power through Christ Jesus to fill the atmosphere around us with godliness and gospel truth.  So let’s do it.

Let’s change the atmosphere today, wherever your day may take you.

About Mary L'Esperance Held

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