2015 Frieda P. Smith
In my book, How To Successfully Break Out of Jail!, the last chapter is entitled, Get Out and Stay Out! You see, my friends, this is critical because there was something about the person or the situation that was attractive to us in the first place. There was something that drew us in—that captured our attention and/or affection.
As we deal with spiritual warfare, we must be aware of the fact that the enemy is always going to want to make a comeback. Like a guest where there is a good meal being served, the enemy is going to want “seconds”.
However, as we read the text that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message for today, Jesus was not allowing a re-entry. Here we find Jesus encountering a young boy who had been terrorized by a demon. The father of the young boy approached Jesus for deliverance, and described how the demon had been terrorizing his son. After Jesus spoke to the father in Mark 9:23 saying, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes,” verse 25 reads, “Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more”.
When Jesus cast the unclean spirit out, he commanded it not to enter him no more. Of note is that Jesus did not tell the unclean spirit not to return. Jesus commanded the spirit not to enter him anymore.
You see, the reality of the matter is that after an unclean spirit has been cast out, it will always try to make a comeback!
Can we keep it real? Has anybody besides me every been delivered from something, but found that same spirit waiting by the door, trying to make a comeback?
Okay, since you all want to be cute, let’s keep this simple. Can anyone besides me remember a time in your life when you asked the Lord to deliver you from a particular person who was leading you in a direction you knew the Lord did not want you going, and you prayed to God and God delivered you from that man or woman? However, years later you looked up, and that same person was standing before you, ringing your phone off the hook, showing up on your doorstep, looking pitiful, apologizing, and hoping that you will give them one more chance?
I brought this up, because this is how the enemy is. When he is cast out, he will always make a comeback. He will show up for “seconds.”
Jesus warned his disciples in Luke 11:24-26, “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, I will return to my house from which I came. And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then the spirit goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked then himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
Someone reading this message today has been there. You were delivered from drugs; you stopped drinking and fornicating. You received your healing from depression and disease. Your temple has been cleaned and swept by the Holy Spirit, but somehow, the adversary made a comeback, and this time, he did not come alone! He showed up with seven spirits more wicked than himself!
Anybody been there? You had a moment of sobriety. You enjoyed a moment of holy living. You had a moment of clear thinking. You were walking around with a healthy body, but you looked up one day and not only were you smoking weed again, but you were smoking more than you were before. Not only are living unholy again, but you are now acting worse than you did before. Not only are you fornicating again, but you are now sleeping around with more men or women (or both) than you were before.
The reason the adversary was able to get in and bring seven spirits worse than himself was because somewhere, you got soft! You let him in for “seconds”.
At one time you had your weight on him. You were weighing him down by attending church and Bible study every week. You were weighing him down with your consistent prayer life. You were weighing him down by fellowshipping with other believers. You had your weight on him, and the victory was in your hands.
But one day, you lightened up on him. You stopped attending church and Bible study on a regular basis. You stopped fellowshipping with other believers. Your prayer life became almost non-existent. You let him get “seconds” and now you cannot seem to get rid of him.
The devil is a liar! YES YOU CAN!!!
You can turn this back around!
Put your weight back on him, and this time, do not let up!
It does not matter how far back the adversary has taken you; you can rise above this!
Rebuke him and his imps!
Put your weight on him, and this time when he is gone, do not let up!
No “seconds” allowed at this table!
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