Empty, Clean and swept....
And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayst not consume them at once. Duet. 7:22
God's great progressive plan; Taking the land little by little. Lest the land return to an unoccupied state. In God's eyes it was better to not take the land than to take it and not occupy it.
In the spiritual life you have the same operation. We want to own it without possessing it. We want expulsion without inhabiting. If you drive out an enemy of your soul without allowing God to occupy said terrain, the enemy will return and the land will grow worse.
Jesus said, "When an unclean spirit is gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places looking for rest but does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it returns, it finds the house EMPTY, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be the same way for this evil generation as well." Matt. 12:43-45.
Vacated land must be occupied so as to not create a worse scenario. If you have been delivered from an addiction it is important fill that void with the things of God. If you simply trade one addiction for another invariably in the long run worse things evolve. If a strongman has been removed then a stronger man needs to occupy. He empties only that He might occupy. "Do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled with the spirit." Eph.5:18
- Bro. Rusty