As celebrate the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, we should do so with hope in hearts, and with a humility, which reminds of our need for the grace of God revealed in the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The truth is we need the Lord, and we need faith to get through the touch times and challenges we face in this life. As go through our crisis situations, we often forget that Satan is at work.
The devil is on the move to attack the saints and to destroy God’s Kingdom. Although it is a waste of his time, because the Lord is and will be victorious in the end, the devil keeps on trying. We need to know that Satan does not work alone, he has helpers, demonic spirits, which carry out his evil plans.
Jesus reveals in Matthew 12, this insight into demonic behavior:“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but it finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.” (43-45). These spirits or strongholds manifest themselves in various ways. Sometimes they infect or possess people we love and trust.
Other demonic spirits poison other people to attack and do their work. They also show up in times and places we least expect.
Any time we are possessed with an addiction or any type of stronghold, which constrains us from doing the will of God, know that Satan’s helpers are at work.
Most of us will not be honest with ourselves that we have had one or more of these spirits to take up residence with us. We need God’s grace.
The good news we learn from this bit of Scripture is that we can get rid of these spirits, and we can do something about them when they return. Note in this text that the spirit is alone at the beginning, and the end, he returns and brings some of his friends with him. We cannot forget that the devil does not give up on us. He will return bigger, bolder, and stronger, and we must be prepared.
When this spirit left, he remained restless, and he came back and brought some friends with him, because he knew that the house was clean. Having a clean house is not enough to take care of some of these spiritual demons. Often times when we are delivered from demons, we do not take the necessary steps to prepare for his return. We think that we are all right. Things are going well.
To get rid of him the first time, we engaged in prayer, stayed away from the temptations, went to church, and focused on the things of God. We cleaned up our house. As soon as things were clean, we drifted off from the exercises we did to get rid of him, and we did not realize that he would come back, and come back seven times worse.
Saints, we need to be prepared for the return of these spirits, because they come back seven times worse.
The higher is our level, the bigger is the devil.
As we grow in our spiritual lives, and the grace of God gives us strength, let us not take the devil for granted.
He will return seven times worse just to catch us at our weakest point.
We need more than a clean house to deal with the additional demons; we need to be armed with a steady relationship with Jesus Christ, which will give us the power and authority to overcome the worse of demonic attacks.
While the devil is seven times worse, we will be seven times stronger.
They will no longer be able to feel welcome in our house, and take up residence. In the name of Jesus, he/they will have to flee.