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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)
TITLE: The Haunted House on "Rest" Street
By Dante Kelly
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Do you remember the spooky house? The one all the kids talked about when you were growing up. The yard was unkempt. Shutters hung crooked on the windows. The screen door was falling off the hinges. Spider webs hung throughout. Every year the rumored story about the previous residents would get more horrific. When you grew up, you tried to convince yourself that it was just an old tale. But no matter how old you got, as long as the house had that look, thoughts of those demonic evil things you heard would run through your mind.
Truth was the house was just abandoned. No one desired to have it. Without upkeep, it was only a matter of time before decay set in. Therefore, those demonic thoughts were just that, thoughts. Demons don’t live in houses made by the hands of men. They live in human houses like you and I. This of course, is how we all attained the Sin Nature. Were it not for the love of Jesus Christ, we too would look like those spooky houses all the kids feared. Only the stories of wickedness would be true.
Jesus first called us houses where demons reside when He said, “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Matthew 12:43-44
The wonderful thing about what Jesus said is, “When the unclean spirit is gone out….” He didn’t say “If.” Meaning that every human being will be given a moment of clarity. Jesus will evict the demon, enabling each individual to have the opportunity to choose between the old or new occupant. It’s was at this time that every person that is now saved were finally able to see that they were in dire need of a savior. At that moment we asked Jesus to come live in our hearts, because like those old houses we use to fear, we learned we were headed for destruction.
However, these same verses also say that choosing our occupant(s) is a decision we have to make everyday of our lives. Jesus let’s us know that the evicted demon will pursue us daily in an attempt to get back in. However, a believer constantly walking the walk he or she is called to, will always keep the demon “behind me” as Jesus taught us. The problem comes when the saved individual stops doing that which they’re called.
Many Christians today, think that once they became a believer, they entered into a life of relaxation from their past life. But when Jesus was questioned by a man about being a disciple, He answered with a warning.
And Jesus saith unto him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath no where to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20
Yet we know every city Jesus entered, the religious types, and sinners invited Him to their houses. Therefore, He wasn’t talking about a place to sleep. The Lord was referring to the fact that spiritually there are no moments of comfort where He or anyone that follows him will be able to rest from what it is they were called to do.
We must understand that earthly rest is the very address where Satan sets up shop. It is the key he uses to open the door to his old house. We slow down and he catches up.
Before King David’s great sin with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, we read:
“And it came to pass, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab……..But David tarried still at Jerusalem…… in an evening tide, David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
2 Samuel 11:1&2
David’s sin did not start when he looked upon Bathsheba. It started when he didn’t do that which he was called.
When the Lord says, that only those that follow Him untiringly will enter into what He calls, “My Rest.” He is indicating that we must choose to move and act wisely for someone else has a “rest” too.