All Christians have some things in their lives they would like to get rid of. It’s some sin, small, medium, or large with which they constantly struggle. We confess, forsake, and then later turn around and do it again. You know what I’m talking about. We say that the next time the temptation comes, we will be stronger, but we are not. The problem with cycle is that when you want to remove something from your life, you have to replace it with something else. Nature abhors a vacuum. If you want to get rid of a bad habit, you have to replace it with a good one. This is what Christ taught in Matt. 12:43-45. He said:

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.

Take an example. If I have a glass full of water and pour the water out, the glass is not empty. Air has displaced the water. In the same way, if I shove my fist into the glass of water, the water spills out and my fist is replacing the water.

It is the same way in the spiritual realm. If you want to get something out of your life, you have to replace it with something else…something better.