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.
Today's Morsel: I often times watch my wife when cleans the house. Sometimes it's just a quick sweep of the floor or dusting to remove the dust and dirt that she can see. But then other times, when she wants to do a deep cleaning, she gets down on her hands and knees with solution and a bucket of hot water to get into the corners and in hidden places to remove the dirt, grime, and scuff marks on the floor. This is how it is with some people and their sins. They have only swept the floor. They have only removed what others could see from the outside. They've just swept up a little dust. They have not gotten on their knees to get into the hidden corners of their lives. This is why the devil finds it swept and all decorated, but there has been no deep cleaning done and he's easily able to get back in to that life. This is why many folks can leave church, go right back to the movies, bars, sit and watch the same old worldly T.V. shows, and hang out with their same old worldly friends. They haven't gotten on their knees to do a deep cleaning. Just sweeping the floor and decorating doesn't mean that there isn't filth still there. You can paint the outside of the house, but if you don't scrape off the old paint, the new paint is only going to hold until the old underneath begins to wear through and peel off; then the house looks a mess. If you truly want sin out of your life, do a deep cleaning. That requires you to get on your knees at an altar in prayer. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death" (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Sing: I want to be washed in the blood of the Lamb, I need a cleansing from the fountain, my soul is hungry, I have this burning within; and I want to be washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Thought for Today: The blood still has power to cleanse.