Smudging is an ancient Native American practice where you light a bundle of sage on fire and “clear out” or “cast away” negative energy. Medical studies have shown that this ritual actually cleanses bacteria and viruses out of the air.
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1- There are good and evil spirits.
1 John 4:1-6 (ESV)
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
This passage clearly states that there are both good and bad spirits in the world. Every human being has a spirit. God gives us a warning here to be aware that not everyone who claims to be good is good. He warns us in these verses to discern between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Every human has a spirit but some choose to follow Christ and are good and others choose to follow themselves or Satan. It is important to biblically discern the spiritual influences around you. Everyone who claims the name of Christ does not know Him. God wants us to look at actions instead of just words.
2- We have to keep our spirit focused.
Galatians 5:25 (ESV)
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Our spirits can become overwhelmed by many things in this world. One of the main things that can overwhelm us is the negativity and struggles of life. When the bills aren’t paid, when sickness comes, when people leave us we tend to take our focus off of the Great Spirit and put all our attention to our problems.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
This passage shows how the Great Spirit intercedes in our moments of pain, loss and suffering. When our mortal human bodies have had enough, we can lean on Him to help us in our weakness. When our spirit is weak, HE can give us the strength we need to endure whatever we are going through.
I love the concept at the end of this verse “groanings too deep for words” because how many times have we ached so badly and felt so defeated we couldn’t even speak? In our weakest times, the Great Spirit is there to comfort us.
3- Your mind does matter.
6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
When your mind gets overwhelmed with pain and problems, it can literally make you feel like death. Being overcome and depressed by life’s circumstances can absolutely destroy your flesh. Take it from someone with a painful, incurable health condition. When your mind is messed up, it makes everything worse.
The verse above explains that when our minds are focused on fleshly. worldly things we will not have life and peace. When our minds are focused on the Spirit and good things, we can achieve serenity.
Does that mean positive thinking will make all your problems go away? No, but when you constantly focus on things you can’t change or problems you wish you could solve, you just add to your struggle. There are somethings in life that are beyond terrible that we will have to go through. People abandon us. Loved ones die. Health fails. Money runs out. Betrayals happen. Abuse occurs.
But when we constantly focus on what’s wrong, we lose sight of what’s right.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
When our spirits become burdened and overwhelmed, God wants us to focus on the good things. Shifting our focus from the negative may not change the situation, but it will change your perception.
3- We fight darkness.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
There are plenty of dark forces at work in this world. We, as Christians are called to be light workers, which makes us automatically targets for Satan and demons. It is important to not dabble in darkness and keep our spirits near as much light as possible.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
God does not want any Christians to associate with any forms of darkness. When you do, you are asking dark forces to enter your life. Though Christians cannot be possessed, they can be oppressed by dark forces.
And oppression of dark forces doesn’t always mean demons or fallen spirits. Dark forces can be in your life in the form of critical or negative influences. As we mentioned earlier in this article, there are good and bad spirits. People can be tools of the devil if they are constantly selfish and devoid of the Spirit of the Lord.
Avoid every form of darkness that you can. Keep your spirit focused on the Great Spirit.
So what does the Bible say about Smudging?
Upon my research, I found that the Bible mentions burning incense hundreds of times during prayer and Hebrew rituals.
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood.
Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
The burning of incense was seen as a highly respected spiritual ritual. God’s character does not change so in the modern day, I think He still sees this practice as a an act of reverence to him.
We are under Grace since the Resurrection of Christ, so the ancient Hebrew rituals are no longer necessary for salvation. But we are still called to worship God and commune with him through prayer, communion and treating others as Christ would.
How to Biblically Smudge your Home
1- Get a bundle of sage. They can be found at your local health food store or even ordered online.
2- Open the windows in your home to allow for ventilation and to let negative energy leave.
3- Light the sage stick.
(Be mindful of smoke detectors and also do not inhale the smoke directly. Use caution if you have any respiratory issues such as asthma or COPD)
4- Verbally cast away any negative forces in the name of Jesus while waving the smudge stick around your home.
The power of Christ resides inside us through the Holy Spirit. It is important to verbally cast away any negative energies in the name of JESUS. Be sure you repeat in the NAME OF JESUS. The power comes from his blood, not ourselves.
You can also verbally cast away anything specific you want removed from your house.
If you are struggling with arguing with your spouse/family members, cast out the spirit of division. If you are struggling with panic attacks, cast out the spirit of fear. If you are struggling with understanding why certain things have happened, cast out the spirit of confusion. If you are struggling with discontentment, cast out the spirit of envy, etc.
There are some verses you can also read aloud as you are smudging your home.
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
Ephesians 4:2-6 With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
The Power of the Great Spirit resides in those who have accepted his Son. We can reclaim our homes and our spirits from negative energy and smudging is a great way to do that.