“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 swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes 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.” – Luke 11:24-26 (NIV)
Have you fallen subject to sin lately? Have you asked for forgiveness? Although requesting forgiveness is an intergal part, it can never be and end in itself. Making an about face turn away from the sin is necessary. When implementing the about face turn, how will that manifest in your life?
One of the biggest deceptions of the enemy is to get you to think that you will simply not commit the sinful act again. Even though that is a mighty noble goal to strive after, it is grossly unrealistic. The enemy would love for you to believe that the antidote to sin is a firm commitment to refrain from doing the act again.
Ridding yourself of sin is similar to undressing, it is impossible to take off a piece of clothing unless you had previously put on something. Professing that you will not sin again without having a substitutionary action plan in place is like the person in the above referenced scripture who sweeps his house clean…it is an open invitation for the enemy to bring with him seven other more wicked spirits.
Lord, I thank You that You do not sugar coat the issue of sin. I realize that complacency will only worsen the problem. I also realize that if I am going to overcome this issue, I will have to be proactive in doing enough wholesome things in order to, in a sense, suffocate the desire to sin.