by Steve Jones

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Series: How to Demon Proof Your Life
Steve Jones
Matthew 12

INTRODUCTION: In December 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz and their three children moved into 112 Ocean Avenue, a large Dutch Colonial House in a suburban neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Thirteen months before the Lutzes moved in, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. had shot and killed six members of his family at the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there. The Lutz's wrote a best-selling book about the incident. Does anyone want to guess the title of the book? The Amityville Horror.
Allusions to "haunted houses" have been written about for centuries going back to the time of the ancient Romans (Pliny the younger) and continuing to the present day with authors such as the Lutz's and many others. The plot lines take many twists and turns but few of them are as chilling as the six sentences spoken by Jesus on the subject in Matthew chapter twelve. The words of Jesus arrest our attention and demand our consideration because the haunted house in his teaching is a HUMAN BEING.
Matthew 12:43-45 "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. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
I think we'd all agree that we don't want to find ourselves in that condition and fortunately, we don't have to. We do not have to be at the mercy of evil spirits in our lives. Many of us have alarms systems (or firearms) to make our houses "burglar-proof." We bring in the Orkin-man to make our houses "bug-proof." We hav ...

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