The Principle of Replacement

Monday, June 22, 2009

One of the best ways to remove a bad habit from your life is to simply replace the bad habit with a good one. When facing a familiar temptation, determine to change the temptation into a catalyst for doing the right thing.

For example, when tempted to be selfish, actively do something for someone else. To combat depression, learn to instead count your blessings. To remove gossip from your life, determine to speak only good of others. Replace lying with truth. Replace cheating with honesty. Replace anger with kindness. Replace bad eating habits with good eating habits.

Jesus taught this concept in the following passages:
    "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation." (Matthew 12:43-45)
    "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first." (Luke 11:24-26)
It is never enough to just decide that we are going to stop doing something. It is not enough to just remove negative influences from our life. We must determine to replace the negative activity with a good one.

This principle can also be seen in the concept of repentance. To repent means to change your mind about something you are doing. When a person repents, he turns from one attitude or activity, and turns to the opposite attitude or activity.

Applying the principle of replacement to music means that when we decide to remove negative music from our life, we must replace it with positive music. Fill your life with God-honoring music, so that there is no room left for wicked music. The apostle Paul put it this way:
    "I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil." (Romans 16:19)
I have never been a coffee drinker, mainly because I do not like the taste of coffee. However, I am told, people who do not originally care for the taste of coffee can develop a love for coffee simply by drinking it over and over again.

So it is with music. If we have trained our musical tastes to only enjoy and appreciate the wrong types of music, we must work to change our tastes by replacing the bad with the good. You may have to listen to good music at first just because it is right, whether you like it or not. Over time, you will begin to enjoy the right types of music

Curtis Hollembeak

Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.