Empty Is Dangerous
My friend was wild—sex, drugs, alcohol, and parties. Then he met Jesus and everything changed. His life was swept clean, and at his church when he gave his testimony, many just shook their heads. They simply couldn’t picture how this now conservative, disciplined, and moral man—a man who with his wife guarded his kids from any worldly influences—could have ever been that wild and untamed. Then suddenly in midlife, right in the transition when you realize that there might be less time ahead than behind, the man left his wife, started drinking and clubbing, and having an affair with a woman twenty years his junior. After all the Bible studies, prayer meetings, and faithful church attendance, how could this happen?
Jesus warns us about being touched by His miraculous delivering power but then leaving a vacuum in our souls.
“Now when an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it travels through arid, waterless places seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When he comes, he finds it swept and tidied up. Then he goes and brings seven other spirits, more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there. So the last condition of the man is worse than the first.” - Luke 11:24-26
Luke has recorded several instances where Jesus exorcised a demon and set a person free. Did this touch with divine power guarantee continued freedom from evil’s power? Jesus’ words challenge me to realize that sweeping life clean and tidying things up is not going to be enough in the battle with Satan. Daily I need to allow the Spirit to control me, to fill my life. If my inner life is filled with closeness to Jesus, then temptation can’t find that vulnerable empty place where it gains a foothold.
LORD, I ask You to again to reveal Your power and set my friend free from evil. I believe I did see genuine evidence that You took up residence in his life. I pray this is true. Fulfill Your promise that once You begin a good work in us You will complete it. Help me to make it clear that sweeping a life clean and tidying things up morally is not enough. We need Your presence to fill our emptiness.
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