When you see these old symptoms coming back, you might find yourself going through the same experience for another seasonal relief. After a while, you get so used to this cycle of seasonal relief, that when this bout of attack comes, you believe that you have found the remedy. But when God delivers, He delivers completely.
In Mark 9:25, Jesus tells the deaf and dumb spirit to leave and never return. That is a complete deliverance. In another scripture in Matthew 12, He talks about the unclean spirit that goes out to dry places, and not liking where he is, he chooses to return home. (Yes, that would be YOU he’s calling home). As we would say in Jamaican parlance “what a piece a brightness!” For you non-Jamaicans that means “how rude!”, but we say it better.
Jesus also points out that upon returning “home” he finds the place swept clean (again a complete deliverance), but unattended. In other words, you did not fill the space with anything, or the Holy Spirit is not occupying that area. The end result is that having lost the ground, and seeing no one occupying that space, rather than losing the territory, he gives up the authority to seven devils worse than him. He chooses to become the doorman instead of the strongman. Therefore, your situation at the end is worse than the beginning. Just like the iron weed, the leaves reappear, and though they are tiny, the root is stronger than before.
How did I get rid of this pesky weed? One day it rained for about 2 days straight. When it stopped, I went outside and quite easily pulled up the weed, roots and all. The ground was thoroughly soaked, so there was no hard ground to hold on to even a tiny piece of root.
If you noticed in Part 1, I had mentioned that I had watered the weed to soften the soil but it kept coming back. If we sporadically water our spirit with the Word, it is not enough to penetrate the hardness of our hearts. We have to soak the ground, constantly watering to keep the soil moist and pliable. This has a twofold benefit, the weeds are easy to pull up and our roots get to grow deeply, causing us to be solidly anchored.
The next time that affliction comes, because you have soaked your spirit in the Word, you will not just tear off leaves, all of the root system will come out.
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Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.