“Whenever an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through waterless places looking for a place to rest but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will go back to the home that I left.’ When it arrives, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits eviler than itself, and they go in and settle there. And so the final condition of that person becomes worse than the first. That’s just what will happen to this evil generation.
In this piece of Scripture, Jesus is specifically describing the heart of Israel, however, it can also be applied to our hearts. If you clean up your lives but do not fill the void with the love of God, it will only be temporary. If that void is not filled with God you leave room for Satan to come back and fill it sevenfold and it will be even worse than before. Ridding ourselves of one sin is the first step in the right direction, but we can’t go further than that without the strength of the Lord.
One example of many is dealing with issues of lust and greed. If you get rid of everything that makes you want to lust, but never fix the root of the problem and ask “why” you are committing this sin, your fix will most likely be temporary. Now if you clean your house, but don’t fill it with the love of the Lord, allows room for other bondages to come back into your life. You may go from fantasizing about adultery to actually committing adultery. Then from adultery to constantly lying to cover up your sinful actions. However, if you would have fully given the issue to the Lord, you would not have compounded your sins. Now where there was one form of bondage, you have three or four. If you filled that void with God’s love you would not have room for anything else in your life. This is a powerful message that we all need to be reminded of every now and then.
I pray that everyone that reads this message is reminded to clean up their hearts and minds. I pray that we can have the strength and courage to give up all of those little things in our lives that is causes a wedge between us and God. It is these small wedges that keep us from having the fullness of God’s blessing in our lives, and we should want every blessing the Lord wants us to have. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen!