Today’s devotional post is really, really different. In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis used a fictional story to make an analogy between the visible world and the hidden, spiritual world where warfare is constantly occurring. (The same is true of the modern Christian fiction classic, This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti.) The key scripture verses appear at the end, but if this realm is new to you, reading those first will provide context.
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Roaming Spirit: “So how’s the real-estate business these days?”
Agent of Evil: “Booming!”
Roaming Spirit: “Great! You got anything open for me?”
Agent of Evil: “Oh yes, I’ve got just the place! Plenty of room, right environment – it’s the perfect locale.”
Roaming Spirit: “Wow! How’s the neighborhood, do I need to worry about the wrong element coming in?”
Agent of Evil: “Oh nooo – not at all. This house is situated perfectly. There’s no Godly element to be found anywhere! The music is Carnal, the eating establishments are Trash TV, Romance Novels, Violent Entertainment and the neighbors are just as bad!”
Roaming Spirit: “Sounds like a great place to live. The last house I lived in started going to church on a regular basis and had the nerve to read the Bible every day. Even its neighbors changed. I was used to the low-down and dirty kind but it decided to cut them loose and get neighbors with a Christ-like mind. When It started fasting and praying regularly things just got to be way too uncomfortable to stick around.”
Agent of Evil: “How awful for you! Well my friend I can see why you had to move out. Now let me tell you, this house has a great big pool of self-loathing to swim around in. It’s so big you can throw a pool party and invite everyone you know.”
Roaming Spirit: “Tell me more!”
Agent of Evil: “The attic is wide and spacious – empty as you please; nothing there to keep you from storing plenty of junk. Closet space is to kill for! Pack in past-sins, fear, disappointment, lust, hate, avarice, malice and discontent to the hilt! And the kitchen – well I’ll tell you, you can cook up some mighty fine Sin in there. The fridge comes stocked with profanity, gossip, slander, deceit, accusation and spite.”
Roaming Spirit: “Hmm…it all sounds too good to be true, the real seller is the foundation. That’s key.”
Agent of Evil: “Certainly is – no worries about that. This house is built firmly on the Love of Money: nothing but Fire Baptism can destroy it and if you’re worried about that we have insurance.”
Roaming Spirit: “Oh yeah what kind?”
Agent of Evil: “Strong-Hold, Strong-Hold, Lies & Deceit is the provider and a mighty find job they do too. It’s a rare thing for Fire Baptism to find its way to a house insured by them!”
Roaming Spirit: “Speak no more – I’m sold! When do I move in?”
Agent of Evil: “No time like the present. It’s been swept clean and stands empty just move right on in.”
Roaming Spirit: “I believe I will and I’ll take a few of my buddies with me.”
Agent of Evil: “Hahaha, the more the merrier I always say!”
Agent of Evil watches with a satisfied smile as Roaming Spirit moves in and mutters to itself, “Another house sold and so many more to go.” It sighs, “A Demon’s job is never done!”
Beloved, we can either be a house ripe for the taking or a temple of the Holy Spirit, the choice is ours.
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” Luke 11:24 and 26
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20