Bible Study Short for Today
Impure Spirits – What happens when they leave? Today we take a look at Jesus’ teaching from Matthew Chapter 12:43–45.
“When an evil spirit comes out of a man, 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.”
“Jesus was describing the attitude of the nation of Israel and the religious leaders in particular. Just cleaning up one’s life without filling it with God leaves plenty of room for Satan to enter.
A life reformed, but lacking God’s presence is in danger. It requires the power of God and His protection. Without God’s protection, it opens the door to re-occupancy by impure spirits.
The book of Ezra records how the people rid themselves of idolatry but failed to replace it with love for God and obedience to Him. Ridding our lives of sin is the first step. We must also take the second step: filling our lives with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. Unfilled and complacent people are easy targets for Satan.”
Don’t be an easy target for the enemy. Be filled with the presence of the Lord!
Thoughts for Today by Tim Tebow