The Redeemed Life

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11 April
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Our “Interior Lives” – Luke 11:24-28

Luke 11:24-28 – Listen

24 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

27 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

The Redeemed Mind – Learn

This cryptic passage follows the thoughts of the preceding passage.  Jesus is teaching His disciples that demonic deliverance is not something that guarantees lasting change within a person.  The illustration that He uses is of a demon that is cast out of a person, and after being unable to find a better dwelling, seeks to re-possess the person it was cast from.  The analogy of their “house” being “swept and put in order” indicates a tranquility or orderliness that come with being free of demonic oppression.  It is striking that this person’s “house,” or more clearly, “interior life,” is not filled with the presence of God, but rather an empty space that is prone to another demonic invasion.   The teaching behind this parable is that a person must be filled with the Holy Spirit instead of living a life of complacency.  In other words, living out the Word of God instead of foolishly expecting to be safe from demonic influence.  That is more clearly illustrated in verses 27-28 – “blessed… are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

The Redeemed Heart – Worship

When Jesus responds to the woman who called out from the crowd, He is able to redirect her praise in a healthy direction.  The woman in the crowd was seeking to give honor to Jesus’ mother because of the amazing man that Jesus had become.  But Jesus rightly places the honor and praise back to God, defining blessedness as obedience in faith rather than physical relationships.

In Jesus teachings and everyday interactions with people, He sought to bring their attention, focus, and obedience back to His Father in Heaven.  He never sought to steal the glory or praise for Himself, but would in fact retreat away from fame in order to bring the crowds back to God.  Let us strive to live for God’s glory just as Jesus sought to do in His own life.  Let us find every way imaginable to bring people’s attention off of us, and rightly on our God and Savior.

The Redeemed Life – Grow

In our world today, there are many competing ideas about what it means to be spiritual.  Meditation studios, spiritual centers, and “religious” classes are offered which teach people to become more “spiritual”… whatever that means.  Many new age beliefs, as well as old Eastern religions, teach that we must learn to “empty ourselves” in order to grow.

In contrast to this, Scripture teaches us NOT to empty ourselves, but rather to FILL ourselves with the Holy Spirit.  In our parable today, the person who became re-possessed failed to defend their souls against demonic invasion.  Their “house” was left empty and ripe for the taking.  They did nothing to fill in that space that had been liberated from demonic oppression, and it seems that Jesus is calling us to fill our “interior lives” with obedience to God which results in being “filled” with the Spirit of God.

What does your “interior life” look like?  Is it empty and unlocked?  Or is it occupied and filled by Jesus Himself?  He desires to dwell in us and be active in our lives.  Have you allowed Him in?

 

One Response to “Our “Interior Lives” – Luke 11:24-28”

  1. jamie says:

    A very powerful message.Keeping the vessel filled with the Holy Spirit!

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