How Satan Plunders

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In today's first reading from 2 Samuel 5, we see David being anointed as king of Israel. In the Gospel reading from Mark 3, Jesus is accused of driving out demons by the prince of demons.

Jesus then talks about a house divided and a kingdom divided. And He says this: "But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house."

This is a great reminder for us to never rest on our laurels. We must never let Satan "tie us up." How does he do that? By playing to our weaknesses. He knows our most vulnerable spots and he zeroes in on those. Whether it's lust or pride or envy or anger or any other sin we're prone to fall into, that's where he'll strike. And be assured that once you are "tied up," he will plunder everything you love. So stand strong today! Pray, fast, be in the Word and keep the plunderer at bay!

Father, help us to remain strong, that Satan will not be able to tie us up. We claim victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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