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Matthew 12:43-45 The Unclean Spirit Is Gone Out Of A Man And Finds No Place And Returns To Find It Empty, So The Last State Of That Man Is Worse Than The First.

 

Matthew 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also to this wicked generation.

Here is a man (could just as well have been a woman) who was delivered but never filled his heart with the Holy Spirit.  The evil spirit left, but the man never really would receive the Holy Spirit into his  heart.  Then, that evil spirit came back and found the man empty, without the Holy Spirit.  So that evil spirit went out and found seven other spirits more wicked than himself and entered into that man and dwelt in that man.  So the man started with an evil spirit but ended with seven evil spirits, and he was worse off than he had ever been.

An empty heart is not a clean heart.  We need the constant mighty flow of the Holy Spiri.

For those who desire deliverance from the punishment of sin but who don't want Jesus or don't want the Holy Spirit, they are a wicked generation.  They don't want to walk in submission and obedience to Jesus or the Father or the Holy Spirit.  They will experience the same problem.  They can try to live their lives as religious people without the relationship with Christ, but they will find that they come to a state that is worse than before they were delivered.  That relationship with Christ is a very specific relationship.  First, it is a relationship of submission and obedience to Christ.  It is a relationship where we are humble enough to know that we have not yet attained--that way we can be led.  It is a relationship that goes from glory to glory, never static, ever growing into Christ.  It is a relationship that understands and discerns Who Christ is.  Christ is Jesus, the Head, in Heaven and living in the heart of every believer.  Also, "As the body is one and has many members... so also is Christ."  Those who fail to discern the body of Christ are in deep spiritual trouble.  Christ is a Head and Christ is a Body.  The Body is in submission to the Head.  The word, Christ, means the same as the Messiah.  Both of these mean the Anointing.  The anointing oil is a type of the Holy Spirit.  So the spirit of man has been joined in unity to the Spirit of God through new birth when any person receives Jesus as Lord and Savior from sin and Savior to God's righteousness.  From that day forward, God is able to do His righteousness in that person but will not force Himself on that person.  When we yield to the Holy Spirit, we are set free from the power of Satan and every evil spirit.  If, instead of believing the voice of God as He leads us, we believe the voice of our own flesh (which is still in bondage to Satan), then we repeat the sin of Adam and Eve.  Whoever you yield yourself as servant to obey, that's whose servant you are.  So we find that we have slipped somewhat, but by turning our mind back to God and confessing our fault to Him, we find that He forgives us and brings us back into the relationship of obedience and ever moving away from the sin nature and toward the Christ nature.  The whole New Testament deals with this process of believing into Christ Jesus until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into [literally] a perfect into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.  



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