HOST: Michael Whitworth
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it 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. So also will it be with this evil generation.”
Jesus uses this interesting little parable to describe the condition of the Jewish leaders of His day, but it also contains a powerful lesson and warning for us. The unclean spirit represents anything sinful or ungodly that might find its way into our lives. When that unclean spirit goes out (is cast out), meaning we repent of the sinful activity and rid our lives of it, there remains a clean but empty space in our lives. If that space remains vacant, that sin (and others) will find their way back into our lives, causing us to be in a worse condition than before. The danger is not in ridding our lives of sin, for this is what God desires and commands of us. The danger is in failing to replace the sin with good, godly things, filling the void and leaving no room for sin to re-enter. As we strive to live faithful lives, let us be determined not only to defeat sin in our lives, but also to be filled to overflowing with godliness.
What are some godly things we should put into practice?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!