“When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place.

   “That’s what this generation is like: You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren’t hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in.” Matt. 12:43-45

All too often when we come to Jesus (or lead someone to Him) we think that accepting salvation is the end of the road. But what this verse tells us is that it’s just the first step.

Yes, we invite Christ into our lives and He takes away our sins. But, we must fill our hearts with something else – namely, His Word, His Truth, and His Spirit – so that we won’t turn our back on our commitment to Him. We have to be responsive to the call of His kingdom and all that entails.

We all know people who made a start for God, but never went deeper in their relationship with Him and ended up turning back…often becoming worse off than they were before. Let’s guard our own lives, and those of the new believers around us, from this kind of trap. Empty out the sin, but fill up with God!

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