This is what God gave me today in His word:
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:24-26)
We’re given an example here. An example, which we most all take care doesn’t end up happening to us. See, the person described here didn’t do anything “wrong”, per se. The unclean spirit left, and so the person described here got there act together.-They cleaned up their life, and put everything in order. But the “house”, is still empty. The person cleaned things up, but didn’t do anything to prevent them-self from being taken right back in by the unclean spirit. And so, when the “unclean spirit” comes back, it brings with it seven others.
But what could this person have possibly done differently? After all, the person seems to have done everything right: he stopped sinning in that particular area, got things together, and seems to be doing pretty okay… The only problem is, he left the door open. You can never leave the door open, and expect “unclean spirits” to simply pass it by. There are two things that this person should’ve done, and which we should do:
- The person should have closed the door! By “close the door,” I mean that s/he should have cut of their access to the sin in question, and in doing so, the person would have also cut off the demon’s ability to get back in.
- The person should have filled their house. By this, I mean they should have replaced the unclean Spirit with Jesus. It’s impossible for temptation to go where Jesus already is.
You are Loved!