Luke 11:24-26 (NLT)
24 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ 25 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. 26 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”
In these verses Jesus tells us of a person who was overcome by an evil spirit of sin. Leaving briefly the person found a moment of peace from the sin that had departed. But the sin returned and found the person was trusting in their own confidence. The person was spiritually empty. They had hoped by trying to order their life they could become free of the sin. But when the sin overcame them again it was stronger and brought with it more temptations of sin.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a preacher and wonderful man of God, was one day walking along the street. A drunken man came up to him. He began to use inappropriate language; he saw Spurgeon and recognized him. "Ah," said he, "is that you Mr. Spurgeon?" "It is," said Mr. Spurgeon, "That is my name. What do you want?" "Oh," said the man, mocking, "I am one of your converts." This man had gone to the church where Spurgeon preached. The power of the Gospel had, for a time, temporarily influenced this man’s decisions about life. He had sobered up, but he had never really accepted Christ as his Savior and so he fell back to his drunken state. He said to Spurgeon, "I am one of your converts" - as much as to say, "So much for your religion. It did nothing for me." Spurgeon's answer was very clever. "Yes," he said, "I am sure you are one of my converts. The Lord would have made a better job of it." We must be careful not to fill our lives with anything else except the love, grace and mercy of God. We should let God lead our lives and be careful of following others as a substitute for following God. And we should not rely solely on ourselves for we are flawed in our nature of reasoning. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ.