Idle hands, the devil’s workshop

“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.  This is how it will be with this wicked generation.”  Matthew 12:43-45.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 30-31, 1 Chronicles 10, and Matthew 12.

Why are believers so inconsistent?  One day we’re Godly, the next we aren’t.

Satan is dangerous.  He also is predictable.  If our guard is down he is quick to take advantage.

How easily we are led away from Godliness.  A setback here, a pain there, and down the spiritual drain we go.

Today’s verses deal with this problem.  If we do not continue on, if we do not persist, we open ourselves up to the Evil Whisperer.  He will be glad to fill the void.

How many new believers lose their zip and fade away from Godliness because they lose their preoccupation with God.

When we become believers, we give up our preoccupation with whatever preoccupied us before we become believers.  Our preoccupation must be in filling our lives with Godliness.  “What does He want me doing?”

If we don’t fill our lives with Godliness, we will set ourselves up to be filled with something else that isn’t Godly.  The house in today’s story was unoccupied and therefore vulnerable.

“Lord, fill every inch of me with You.  I do not want any entry spots to be available for the Adversary.  You are my God.  I love You, Father.”

What is “occupying” our time?  Fill it with Godliness or it will be filled with something else.

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