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Bro. Mike Miller

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And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Mark 5:2

Unclean spirits were one of the most common problems that Jesus and the encountered. They are still one of the most common problems we have to deal with today. Unclean spirits are the seedbed of most of the other problems in the church and in our sin-sick world.

An unclean spirit is simply what the word says, ďunclean.Ē The word means foul, dirty, filthy, defiled. It also means morally lewd and filthy. Someone with an unclean spirit is someone who is morally lewd and filthy. They may be spewing forth filth and lewdness with their mouth, or they may appear to be clean on the outside but fowl and dirty on the inside. It is someone who is unclean in their thoughts and language. It has become such a part of their life and personality that they seemingly canít help it. They canít talk without using filth. They canít think without thinking filthy thoughts. No matter the topic they always end up in lewdness and foul, dirty conversation, and they enjoy and prefer the company of unclean people.

The churches are full of people with unclean spirits. Many preachers have an unclean spirit themselves. A lot of unclean conversation goes on at church and among those who are called Christian people. That is a shame and a disgrace because Jesus would always cast out the unclean spirits when He encountered them. You canít have God abiding in you AND an unclean spirit. The HOLY spirit will not dwell in the same place with an unclean spirit.

Like Isaiah, we dwell among a people of unclean lips. Our world is unclean. Therefore, whatever is of the world and under its control is going to be unclean. What you watch on TV will be unclean. What you listen to on the radio will be unclean. What you read in newspapers and magazines will be unclean. The billboards along the highway will be unclean. You MUST determine to obey Phil. 4:8:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

An unclean spirit looks for an unclean place to dwell. When Jesus commanded the unclean spirits to leave the maniac in Mark 5 they requested that He allow them to go into the herd of swine Ė unclean animals. If you allow filthiness in your life and mind you are inviting the unclean spirits to take up residence there. You better avoid that loose, sexual, gutter-level, bathroom language. You better not allow yourself to become involved with unclean people or you will be preparing yourself as a potential habitation for an unclean spirit. There is a point where that unclean spirit takes control and you canít escape the bondage of uncleanness. The maniac could break chains and fetters, but not the grip of the unclean spirits that had him bound in his filthy, foul sin. If he hadn't met Jesus he would have died in that awful state.

Jesus can still rescue people who have unclean spirits. He had the power when He walked among men and He has the power today. It is still possible for someone to be born again and become a new creature in Christ. We donít see it happen much because the Gospel message is so often watered down and weak, but it is still possible for someone to forsake their lewdness, their filthy mouth, and filthy mind and be clean. The blood of Christ still washes white as snow, and when a person will believe and obey the absolute truth of Godís Word he will have power over unclean spirits.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Pet. 3:11

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. John 15:3

This is a message that is needed in our pornography-riddled world. This is a truth that every person should understand and keep as one of the guideposts of their life.


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