If we want to follow Jesus, we ourselves must get rid of sin. We must repent of our sin and we must chuck the devil out. If we have vices and we have sin in our lives it is because we invited them in, they did not just come in, we invited them in. We fell into temptation and then we started doing sin and we brought all those things into our lives and we must eject them. You and me invited Satan in and we must eject him.
God is a Gentleman and He will force nobody. If we want Jesus in our lives then we must force the devil out. We must chuck him out. Salvation is a free gift, no strings attached, but you cannot take any baggage along, no sin nothing. Jesus does not live with sin and we have to make a choice either we invite Jesus in and chuck the devil out or Jesus will just not come in.
You and me invited sin into our lives and we must eject it. Jesus will not do it for us. If we refuse to do that the Holy Spirit will just leave us. Jesus is not a gatecrasher. God will never force anybody, it is all voluntarily. If we don’t want Jesus He will leave us. Jesus will not force us.
We invited the devil in. You carried that TV into your house, you got yourself into debt, you started fornicating, you decided to live together with that woman, you started smoking, you started drinking, you started using drugs. You and me need to take the responsibility and resist the devil and to tell him to get out. If we don’t do it he stays there because he is there by invitation.
We must clean house. We must get all of that stuff out of the house, it is our job to clean up and let Jesus come in. He will not force. He knocks at the door if we invite Him in He will come in but He will not live with sin. We have to clean out so that Jesus can come in and we must keep it clean.
We read in Micah 6:10-16
10 "Is there yet a man in the wicked house, along with treasures of wickedness
(What treasures of wickedness are there in your house: IDOLS, PORN, HOBBIES, TV, hobbies, anything that takes the place of Jesus is an idol. Even your own ideas they are idols, anything above Jesus)
And a short measure that is cursed?
11 "Can I justify wicked scales and a bag of deceptive weights?
(A lot of people come by stuff in the wrong way and they keep it. Those things stand between you and God. If you have stolen goods in your house, don’t expect the Holy Spirit to come into your house. If you got hatred and wrong stuff in your heart don’t expect Jesus to live there. Some people hang on to their hatred, they hang unto their bitterness then they can’t understand why they can’t getting on with their spiritual life with Christ; it is because they love those things, those things are their idols. A lot of people have books in their homes they don’t want to let go. If you don’t do that then Jesus will not come in He will not force you)
12 "For the rich men of the city are full of violence, Her residents speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13 "So also I will make you sick, striking you down, (That is the WAGES OF SIN. If we keep sin in our lives we will have those things happening to us, we will have sicknesses, God will strike us down because we invited sin into our lives) He says
Desolating you because of your sins.
14 "You will eat, but you will not be satisfied, and your vileness will be in your midst.
You will try to remove for safekeeping, But you will not preserve anything,
And what you do preserve I will give to the sword.
(If you don’t want God in your life, whatever you work for you will lose, you will have no benefit off it)
15 "You will sow but you will not reap.
You will tread the olive but will not anoint yourself with oil;
And the grapes, but you will not drink wine.
(We cannot play around with God.)
16 "The statutes of Omri
And all the works of the house of Ahab are observed;
And in their devices you walk.
Therefore I will give you up for destruction
And your inhabitants for derision,
And you will bear the reproach of My people."
If we keep sin and idols in our lives we must get rid of them and let Jesus come in because God does not cohabit with sin and unrighteousness. He does not live with the devil.
We read in Jude 1:23 "hating even the garment polluted by the flesh." That is how we must feel about sin WE MUST HATE everything that is connected to SIN. You must evict the devil, you must put him.
Jesus says: MY SHEEP KNOW MY VOICE AND THEY FOLLOW ME. WHY DO PEOPLE NOT HEAR? They can hear but they are NOT LISTENING because they got SINS, IDOLS, VICES, INIQUITY in their lives and they hold these things in front of them and those things become between them and God, that is why they are not hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit. They have no relationship with Jesus because they love their idols and their sins. Satan is clever, he will even give you SCRIPTURES to JUSTIFY your SINS because he sympathizes with you when it comes to defending yourself against the truth and against Jesus Christ.
We read in James 4:1-8 "What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"? 6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE." 7 SUBMIT therefore TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL and HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Some Christians are demon possessed and oppressed, because they loved their sins, they love their idols, they never told the devil to get out of their lives, they love him. That is why Jesus cannot come into their lives and that is why they do not have victory in Christ. We need to ask ourselves: Do I want to be free, do I want to follow Jesus? I must be honest, then I must chuck the devil out, Jesus will not do it for me. I invited Satan in I must kick him out in the Name of Jesus and He will go. Invite Jesus into your life, kick the devil out and he will go, he has to go.
Then stay with Jesus and get rid of all that stuff that is keeping you away from Jesus. Your TV your Books your idols, everything that is keeping you away from Christ, YOU must do it, He will not do it. If you are a slave of sin then it is because you love your sin. You must kick him out.