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Deliverance alone is insufficient for the victory that can belong to the delivered.

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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 unto this wicked generation.

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The context of our Text for Today is very specific.  Some have thought it was about the New Birth, but it is not.  These verses are well constructed and clearly defined.  Jesus is talking about the work of deliverance.  Not everyone who is born again has a demon that needs to be cast out of them.  Further- more, when one is born again, their house may have been “swept, and garnished,” but it is certainly not “empty.”  But when one has a demon spirit living in them, either as a possessor or as an oppressor, the simple removal of the demon spirit is no indicator at all that the person has been born again, spiritually transformed, and has Jesus now living in them.  That work is separate from deliverance, being activated by the confession of Jesus as Lord, believing God has raised Him from the dead. 

 

As we approach the coming of the Lord for His Church, that which has been shall be again.  The early and latter rains will be poured out together, and the glory of the Lord shall be manifest in the earth in greater measure than it ever has been until now.  That will be seen, in part, by the work of believers as they stand up in the power and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to “cast out devils,” regardless of the devil’s depth of hold.  But when the believer casts out a devil; any time a devil is dislodged from what he would like to call his dwelling or abode, that place MUST NOT be left empty.  That is the great warning of our Text for Today.  After a demon spirit is gone from a place, or a person, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none.  Afterward, he will seek to return to what he called his own territory, for demons are very territorial (remember the story of the demoniac of Gadara in which the demons were cast into the swine).  And IF he can return, especially into a man, the latter end of that that man will be much worse than his beginning.  So be aware, dear saint.  If you cast the devil out of a man/woman, make sure you are in the position to lead them to salvation in Christ.  What an injustice it would be to cast out a demon, only to leave that person empty and subject to that demon and seven more worse than himself coming back to decimate their life even more. Think about it. 

Manna for Today Matthew 12-13; Romans 10:6-17; Mark 16:15-20

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