Often we clean out the old and don’t replace it with the new.
Even our thoughts and behavior need to be replaced with new patterns and new healthy behavior; if not, the old ways slip back in and often they are seven times worse.
Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” Luke 11:26
I am convinced that addiction works this way. Once you lay down the addiction, you must be INTENTIONAL and ACTIVE with implementing a stronger replacement. Just going to church on Sunday is not enough. You must be intentional & active with shameless audacity (v. 8-10) about replacing old ways with stronger ways: The words and ways of Jesus.
ASK- (Luke 11:9-10) Action / obedience steps:
Ask-for what you need; ask for a mentor. (You will receive)
Seek- new ways of doing things & learn and apply new patterns. (You will find)
Knock- at new doors! (They will be opened)
Earlier, Jesus was explaining that whatever is stronger takes over. If a strong man guards his house (his mind, his possessions…) then they are safe but should someone stronger come along, they are able to take over. (v. 21-22).
Whatever is not working in your life, get rid of it. Replace it with something stronger: The words and ways of Jesus.
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