Every country music fan and Monday night football fan are familiar with the Hank Williams, Jr. hit song from the eighties, All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight. It cranked out of car radios at ear-splitting volume, popped open millions of beer cans, whipped football fans into a frenzy and got parties started all over the country. I think old Hank would get a real kick out his hit drinking song inspiring a post about the demons that Jesus warned us about.
Both Luke and Matthew documented the words of Jesus, but I will use the passage written by the good doctor:
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest: and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him 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. Luke 11:24-26
Every time I read or even think of this passage, I can see the goosebumps rise up on my arms. I find these words of our Lord bone chilling.
So what exactly is Jesus telling us here? My friend, it is abundantly clear.
When you have repented of your sins, when your soul has been washed clean, the unclean spirit within you is purged away and you have become a new creature in Christ.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
You feel great! You are scrubbed spotless, spit-shined and ready to face the world! However, while you are rejoicing in your rebirth, the old spirit that left you is wandering around the world looking for new digs. He gets a bit homesick now and then and comes knocking on your door. The old temptations arise, the seduction of the world by the name of Sin is standing on your porch just waiting for you to crack open the door just a tad.
You know he’s there and you know you need to keep the door bolted and locked tight. He just keeps standing there knocking and calling oh, so sweetly to you. Finally, you think, I’ll just peek through the window. And there he stands, smiling and waving, asking to come in. Perhaps his name is Pornography, Adultery, Gossip, Bitterness, Pride, Arrogance, Control, Jealousy or a myriad of other sins.
He says he’s just come for a short visit, he promises he won’t stay long. Just wants to get up to date and entertain you for a little bit.
So, you think, what the heck? In and out, just for a minute, no one needs to know.
So you unlock the door and open it just a tiny crack, just to have a little chat. Seems innocent enough. What you didn’t know is that he has seven friends hiding just out of your sight. You see, an evil spirit never travels alone, they travel in a wolf pack.
You open the door, invite him back in and while you are chatting and being entertained, his buddies are slipping in one by one. Just like Eve in the garden, you have been seduced by Satan.
Maybe this has happened to someone you know and perhaps it has happened to you. If you watch carefully, you will be able to identify the spirit and all seven of his wicked friends. Just watch as they manifest themselves. They like the limelight, they won’t stay hidden for long.
My friend, if you have opened the door to sin, you need to repent and seek deliverance. Just because you became a Christian doesn’t mean that you won’t have temptation in your life. Romans 3:23 tells us
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
We find great comfort in these words of John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved.”
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2
Remember the last phrase Jesus used in the passage from Luke:
and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
My friend, repent now and confess your sins before the throne of God while you have the opportunity. I will leave you with this scripture from the Book of Hebrews 10:26.
For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.
May you be blessed today, my friends, and if I don’t meet you here, I hope to meet you over there!