Animus Domus. The "Soul Dome".
It's the it's the center of your character, intellect, memory, consciousness.
Your very mind.
It is accessible to spiritual matters and beings.
Good and evil can enter in.
You have control although many do not realize this.
The mind of the unsuspecting and ignorant becomes a revolving door party zone for evil spirits.
Jesus addressed the issue most adequately and succinctly.
Matt. 12:43-45: "But when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through dry [arid] places in search of rest, but it does not find any. (44) Then it says, I will go back to my house from which I came out. And when it arrives, it finds the place unoccupied, swept, put in order, and decorated. (45) Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and make their home there. And the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first. So also shall it be with this wicked generation.
This is the picture of the person not completely dedicated to Christ.
The person could even be described as largely religious (there is a vast difference in being a follower of Christ and being religious).
In any event it appears that there was some kind of reckoning of sorts where unclean spirits were deposed.
However, as the spiritual life of the overtly religious or spiritually dead (the terms are interchangeable) often runs, the evil spirit sensed that the Soul Dome was open for business again, returns to the previously vacated digs and finds it in a neat and orderly condition.
Seeing that there is no conviction which would prevent the spirit from re-entering, it decides to call a few friends and announces a party at the Soul Dome.
Now, as Jesus explains, the host of this demonic soiree ends up in a far worse condition then he was when there was only one demon to contend with!
Makes perfect sense. Do the math. There are more to contend with. What happens when those eight invite seven more each? A real motel where demons check in but never check out.
The demonic realm senses weakness in the flesh. They know who's an easy mark and who's not.
Demons/unclean spirits are intelligent spirit beings (NOT fallen angels), but since they are spirits without bodies of their own they need to inhabit warm blooded creatures. According to the bible, animals and humans fit that bill nicely.
Only the true born-again disciple and follower of Jesus Christ filled with the Holy Spirit are protected.
Pretend or "play" Christians have no such guarantee. In fact the scenario described by Jesus fits that category perfectly.
The pretend Christian. The Christian who plays church. Always in a bad way. Always trying to kick something unclean out of their life, and once it appears they have gained the victory, are plunged back into darkness again, each time sinking deeper into more desperate situations.
Until you just don't see them around church anymore.
The evil spirits come to your Soul Dome to steal your Soul. They are often successful.
A casual relationship with Jesus, and you thinking He rubber stamps your sins, is a perfect setup for the Soul Stealers.
Only a transformation of soul and spirit by Christ Himself is the answer.
You can't fight this battle in this evil realm on your own.
Listen to me and trust me on this. You can't. You will fail. You will lose.
You will be lost forever.
Jesus is the answer. Jesus never fails.
The Soul Dome must become the domain of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><