There is nothing like coming to a clean house. Spring is here and the desire to freshen up the house is in the hearts, so we take out the winter stored items and vacuum the rugs and begin to give a nice clean feeling to our home. But, what if once we did this spring cleaning at our homes, we went to work and came back and everything that we did was back scattered all over the house as if someone had broke in and rampaged our home. What a horrible feeling that would be! Our lives are full of things that need to be cleaned out, and sometimes no matter how many times we put them away or cast them out they find there way back in. Our lives have to be built on solitude, there needs to be some sure foundation as to where it needs to reside. The prophet Isaiah tells us that God has laid a foundation in Zion; Christ, and if anyone relies on him he will never be stricken with panic (Is28:16). And, in Matthew 7:24 Jesus spoke a parable of a wise man who built his house on a rock verse one who built his on sand, that when the rains and the floods came only one fell; the one built on sand. Being cooked up in our homes can store up attitudes and behaviors that mess up our homes, things that are probably of ancient times and it might take a more authoritative approach.
43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
Let this be known for sure, that when Christ takes out something from our lives it is gone with no return. When we are struggling with things in our lives that we want to be released, unless God takes it out it will not leave. In fact, sometimes the things that we are dealing with only get worst with time. And, Jesus was referring to this when he was speaking about the spirit that once he leaves goes around looking for a place to rest, decides to go back and find his house clean when he finds no other. Change does not come without decisiveness, but we can be determined to change and for a time we might achieve it. But, it will be only for a period of time that change will last, yet when Christ makes the change it is permanent. Jesus commanded spirits to leave and never to return again to the people they came out of (Mk9:25). The legion of the man of Gadarenes requested Christ not to send them to the abyss, because they knew that they could not come back to where they came from (lk8:30-31). Now, there are things once were gone from our lives, we spring cleaned them that have come back and need to leave once and for all. For example, according to Newsweek and increase of 55% of alcohol sales spiked, people who at one time drank alcohol have gone back to drinking. Making sure that your home is once and for all is cleaned consist of pinpointing that area in your life where the old habits are arising, and surrendering them to Christ (2Cor10:3-5).