“Now when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through waterless (dry, arid) places in search of rest, but it does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it arrives, it finds the place unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and make their home there. And the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first. So will it also be with this wicked generation, ” (Matthew 12:43-45, AMP).
In this piece of Scripture, Jesus is describing the heart of Israel and it can be applied to our hearts as well. If we clean up our lives but do not fill it with the love of God, it will only be temporary no matter what it is. It will create a void in our heart and it will make us feel like something is missing. This is why it is so important when we take something negative out of our life we must exchange it with something positive, if not it creates a void. Let me give you an example. If you suffer from anxiety but never resolve the foundational issue that causes you to have the anxiety, to begin with, you are only placing a temporary band-aid over the problem. You can remove people or things that cause you to have anxiety but the problem is still there hidden. Then, suddenly something can happen and it will trigger something in you far worse. All your emotions will come sliding out and your simple anxiety will get multiplied to the point of an emotional breakdown. This is what it means by Satan using a void or empty space in your heart to tempt you or cause you to fall. You see, ridding ourselves of one sin or a problem is the first step towards the right direction, but we can only remove a symptom of a problem by ourselves. It takes the strength of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives to fully take it away. This acknowledgment is what is required by all of us to build a closer relationship with God and to become the children He is wanting us to be.
I pray that we can have the strength and courage to remove the voids in our hearts and replace it with God’s love. It is these voids in our hearts that keep us from having the fullness of God’s blessing in our lives, and we should want His full blessings in our life. Since there is nothing that we can hide from our Father, I pray that we can lay everything out in the open and ask for His guidance to help us clean our houses, Amen!