“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.’” Matthew 12:43-45 NLT

I was watching a commercial on cleaning products. There was a mother and her children using a product called “honest.” It boasted that the ingredients were safe enough for children to clean with and not be exposed to harmful chemicals. It never dawned on me that cleaning could be dangerous. What we clean with could kill us. A lot of the chemicals in cleaning solutions are poisonous.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t clean our house. We just need to make sure we don’t leave our families exposed to danger after we’ve cleaned up.

During our 21-Day fast we’ve been “cleaning house.” We have cut out some things that were detrimental to our spiritual well being. Do you not know that your bodies are God’s house? God’s Holy Spirit cannot dwell in an unclean house. Many of us have done a good job cleaning but at the same time we have put our families and ourselves in danger by leaving them exposed.

Jesus tells a parable of a man who cleaned his house but it was empty. Let me explain.

1. When an evil spirit leaves a person it’s an exorcism or an exodus of evil influence. When we are living contrary to the will of God it is an invitation for an evil spirit to come in. When we recognize an evil spirit in operation through symptoms like, “anger, depression, lust, violence, etc.” we have to identify it and get it out. Jesus said, “These kind only come out through fasting and praying.” Resist the devil and he will flee from you!
2. That spirit leaves and goes into arid places looking for rest but finds none so it decides to come back to the place it left. Even when Jesus was tempted during his Fast he was able to resist the devil but the Bible says, “The devil left him for a season.” The spirit can’t rest so it’s going to come back to check the condition of your house.
3. The evil spirit comes back to the house to find it empty, swept clean and brings back seven other spirits The person’s condition is worse than before! The danger is not cleaning. The danger is emptiness! If we don’t put something in place of what we just cleaned out we leave ourselves exposed to more danger! You have to put bible study in place. You have to put weekly worship in place. You have to put daily devotions in place. You have to put counseling in place. You have to put support groups in place. You have to put accountability partners in place. If you don’t put something in place all that cleaning you did for 21 days of fasting just left you exposed!

What will you put in place after you clean up so the evil spirit can’t get back in?

Dear God,

Search me! If you find anything in me that’s not like you take it out right now. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Fortify my mind so I will not fall for the same thing and be worse off than before. Father protect all of those who are cleaning house for the next 21 days. Help us to get better not worse. Help us to be “Honest” in our assessment of our holiness. “He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.”  ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:7, 11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In Jesus Name,

Amen