Jesus told this story, “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first…” (Matthew 12:43‑45).
The demons who caused your sickness have grown comfortable playing havoc with your body. After disease is cast out of your body, demonic powers will often try to return with a stronger attack. You must maintain your healing by living in an atmosphere of faith. Beat off this “second wave” attack by continuing to speak words of faith over your life. Stand firm; resist the devil; and claim your healing.
In order to maintain your healing, you need to stay in constant contact with your Healer. Notice that the demon in Jesus’ illustration returns to find the house “unoccupied.” You can only resist the re-entry of the devil if you keep your life filled with God. Do not leave a “Vacancy” sign on the door of your heart. Remember, if Satan can find a place inside you, he will take it.
Satan will often attempt to steal our healing by redoubling his efforts to tempt us. Jesus said to one man who was healed, “…you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you” (John 5:14). If you begin to sin after being healed, it opens the door for the devil to attack your life again. In order to keep your healing, it is vital to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to resist temptation.
You can also claim God’s promise found in Nahum 1:9, “affliction shall not rise up the second time” (KJV). It is never God’s will for you to become sick again. If Satan tries to put the same old sickness on you by reminding you of your past, just remind him of his future!
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