“When an unclean sprit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house which I came.’ And when he comes, the finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” -Luke 11:24-26
In the modern church, we don’t speak often enough of demons and evils spirits. Maybe because we don’t want to admit that our sins and addictions stem from something serious – that we could possibly be under someone’s power. But, we know that you’re either with God, or you’re not. There are only two sides.
Yet, when we ask Him in faith, God sets us free of our sins and He chases away any evil spirits that may plague us. If you once struggled with a sin, when you are made new in Christ, that sin and it’s hold on you is forever gone. You’re no longer bound.
I shared this on Instagram a few weeks ago and maybe it will help illustrate this point: Somewhere in a remote village, a man kept a bird, tied to a tree outside, as a guard against intruders. However, after he found God, he couldn’t bear to keep another living thing prisoner when God had set him free. So he resolved to let the bird go. But, after removing the chains, no matter how much he tried to chase the bird away, the bird would not go any further than the circle it had worn into the ground during its captivity.
Even though the bird was set free, it couldn’t live like it. It still thought it was bound by chains. Spiritually, that is a scary place to be. Because we leave ourselves vulnerable to fall right back into all the messes and sins we were just freed from. The enemy of our souls is cunning and clever – he will exploit every weakness he sees with a vengeance. And when he returns, he brings friends.
Every one of us has experienced something like this, at least once. It’s the time that you think you’ve overcome your addiction to pornography, alcohol, envy, partying, etc…, only to have a moment of weakness when it all comes back seven times worse.
So whatever you’re struggling with today, leave it at the cross. And then live like you truly believe that you have been set free. That bad habit or addiction no longer has influence over you. There is no room in your heart for the world, but you must guard your heart so that nothing of this world makes it in, because if it does, it brings it’s own chains and shackles your freedom in Christ.
You have a new song and a new life. You are His, friend. Live like it!