We are made to be inhabited. We are empty inside, because of being dead spiritually. In our unregenerate state, all kinds of uncleanness can take over our emptiness, including demonic activity. One such episode is recorded in Mark 5:1-8: “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when He was come out of the ship, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped Him, and cried with a loud voice, and said, ‘What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that Thou torment me not.’ For He said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.” It’s difficult to understand exactly what happened here. The man ran to worship Jesus, but the demonic spirit begged to be let alone. When Jesus inhabits our humanity, this kind of evil “being” is expelled. However, other forms of sin and uncleanness are purged out by constant application of the Word, in the power of the Holy Spirit. The more that we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the less emptiness there is for sin to occupy! “Joys are flowing like a river, since the Comforter has come; He abides with us forever, makes the trusting heart His home. Everything is turned to gladness, all around this glorious Guest; banished unbelief and sadness, all is perfect peace and rest. Like the rain that falls from heaven, like the sunlight from the sky, so the Holy Spirit given, falls upon us from on high. What a wonderful salvation, where we always see His face! What a peaceful habitation! What a quiet resting-place!” (“Blessed Quietness,” By Manie P. Ferguson)  Selah! The more Jesus cleans our hearts and lives with the washing of water by the Word, the more sin is purged.   Ron
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