In case you haven’t heard, “ smudging ” is becoming more and more popular in today’s culture. It’s the ancient art of purifying yourself and home through burning smudge sticks made of herbs. Does it work? Is it wrong?
It is debated as to when and who started the practice of smudging, but most would agree the Native Americans were the originators. Now today you can buy smudge sticks online and smudge yourself at home in 5 easy steps. Mystics say the practice of smudging can help clear negative energy from a space.
What does God have to say about smudging?
John 11:55 – Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves.
Throughout the Old Testament, we see the Jews engaged in a purification process. This took place in multiple forms such as ceremonial washings, shaving, sacrifices, etc (Numbers 8:6). Purification was also required for clothing and other articles under certain circumstances (Numbers 31:19).
But when Jesus came along, that all changed!
Hebrews 9:13-14 – For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
In other words, when Christ came and died on a cross, He paid for our sin and provided the ultimate and final purification process for those who trust Him as Savior. This means that Christians no longer need a purification process because of the completed work of Christ. Smudging, on the other hand, simply highlights the never-ending process of self-purification. It highlights how people can never fully purify themselves because of the need to do it over and over again. But as Christians, not only is smudging unnecessary, it is also offensive to God given His tremendous sacrifice to purify us once and for all (Titus 2:11-14).
Purify the right way
Scripture tells us to “draw near to God and purify your hearts” (James 4:8). In other words, purification is found in humbly bringing your heart before the Lord, asking for His grace and forgiveness. Burning herbs may make your house smell good, but it will never meet the requirements necessary for purifying the human condition.
So don’t fool yourself by smudging, instead, start praying and ask Jesus to purify you!
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