“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 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. 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.”

Matthew 12 : 43 – 45

We live in the scientific age where we consider ourselves the most enlightened people who have ever lived. One of the effects of that is to downplay the spiritual side of life as superstitious where we see previous generations as not educated enough (like we are) to really understand. That is why they saw spirits and demons and such.

How though do we explain away Jesus seeing a spiritual side of life where he was very clear about there being an evil kingdom led by the Devil who was actively working against God? Are we going to see the Son of God as uneducated? Time after time Jesus spoke of the spiritual aspects of life, something we would do well to take seriously. He portrayed it as a battle between good and evil where our souls are the prize.

Here he is calling for constant vigilance as when we let our guard down (spiritually) we can find ourselves falling back under the influence of spirits we thought we had beaten. Anyone who has struggled with addiction knows only too well the need for vigilance and how easy it is to slip back. There is an old saying that is relevant… There but for the grace of God, go I.

Prayer: Father protect and keep me safe from the spirits of this world who would work against you. I know life is a battle at times so strengthen me and help me keep safe in the light.

Action: Keep praying for God to be with you.

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