What Jesus Did! 'More than Getting Rid of the Bad' — Luke 11:24-26

Monday, July 27, 2015

"When an evil spirit {from the devil} comes out of a person, that spirit travels through dry places, looking for a place to rest. But that spirit finds no place to rest. So the spirit says, 'I will go back to the home (person) I left.' When the spirit comes back to that person, the spirit finds that home (person) swept clean and made neat. Then the evil spirit goes out and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself. Then all the evil spirits go into that person and live there. And that person has even more trouble than he had before."
— Luke 11:24-26 NLT
Illustration of Luke 11:24-26 NLT —  Then the evil spirit goes out and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself.

Key Thought

Many people look at religion and see it as a litany of "thou shalt not" commands. Others look at the problems in their lives and want to be rid of the problems and work on what they should not do. Jesus is reminding us, however, that getting rid of bad things is not the complete answer. There must be something good, vital, powerful, and real to put in place of the bad. If all we do is stop doing what is wrong and just get rid of what is bad, sooner or later, something even worse will fill the void of the old sinfulness. We must replace the old bad things with God's presence, power, and purpose in our lives. Let's pursue Jesus and the character and concerns of his kingdom, letting the Holy Spirit fill and empower us and make us truly instruments of grace in God's Kingdom.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, I want to be a person of character. I know that simply getting rid of the bad things in my life is not the answer in and of itself. I know, dear God, that you must fill my life with your presence, power, and purpose. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 8:9-14
  • Matthew 6:32-33
  • Philippians 3:12-14


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.