Matthew 12:43-45, “43 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.”
Many of us focus on saying “no” to evil things. We try to quit smoking, try to watch our language, say “no” to stealing and lying and treating others with disrespect. These are all great things but when we say “no” to something, we are also saying “yes” to something else. What are you saying “yes” to? Have we paid attention to that?
We might say “no” to disrespect but then we say “yes” to a bunch of garbage that we allow our eyes to see and our ears to listen. We might say “no” to stealing but then we say “yes” to things that steal away our time, money, and happiness. We don’t have an issue saying “no” to pornography but we allow our minds to fantasize about “what ifs.” Fact is, evil is all around us and it cannot be removed from the world–at least not in this life.
What Jesus is trying to teach us is that the one thing this generation needs to say “yes” to is the very thing we constantly reject. When a demon leaves a physical body (yes, demons are real) or when we say “no” to a particular sin, what are we replacing this evil with? Jesus is saying that if we just try to sweep our heart clean, stay away from evil, and do nothing about that emptiness inside of us, next time that evil comes around, it will be stronger and more evil than before.
As a pastor, I have seen many people come to my church, hear the Truth about Jesus, agree and say how they loved the message, then I never see them again. Some of them go to other churches, and that’s fine, but others simply reject Jesus. Jesus is saying it would be better for them to have never heard in the first place. If we don’t replace our evil desires with Jesus, other evil desires and demons (whether actual demons or sin) will take place in our heart. If we don’t take the steps to surround ourselves with godly people and feed our eyes with the Truth of Jesus, other “truths” will take its place. At first, these truths will appear as they truly are: lies. However, in time, we will begin to believe these lies and begin to live like they are truths.
Sin desires to hurt you. Evil is real; it doesn’t take a genius to see that. Today, if you haven’t made a decision to follow Jesus, do so right now. If you have sin in your life, get rid of it right now and dive into the Bible. If you have people in your life that are negatively influencing you, leave these people and surround yourself with others who are following Jesus. We’re in this together; you are not alone. The answer to the problem of evil is Jesus, has always been Jesus, and will always be Jesus!