Most of us are trying to lose weight, and in the diet world, in order to change your eating lifestyle, it is advised that you replace the junk food little by little with healthy food, instead of taking all the junk food out one time. The premise is to slowly add good to replace the bad. The reason for this is, if you suddenly stop all of the junk foods or even addictions without replacing it with something else, you will go back, and the last state becomes worse than the first. How many of us have dieted and then went back to regular eating and ended up gaining even more weight then we weighed before?
The same principle holds true in our spiritual life, Jesus said in Matthew 12:43-45, “Now when the unclean spirit goes out as a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came,’ and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”
Notice, Jesus says unoccupied. There has to be a replacing of what has been taken out, or else what has been taken out will come back with even more violence. In this instance Jesus was referring to the scribes and Pharisees not replacing the old covenant with the new covenant, because the entire old covenant was pointing to Him and His coming. In our case, it can be compared to us replacing our old way of life with the new way shown to us throughout the Bible.
Ephesians 4:20-24 states, “But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
Father, help us to replace all of our old ways of the world, with your new ways of righteousness. Thank you for saving us, thank you for loving us, in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.