Tying up the strong man

         No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property
         without first tying up the strong man;
         then indeed the house can be plundered.

                  —Mark 3.27

Jesus is able to cast out demons because he has already overpowered the “strong man.” He has robbed the demonic of its power.

What am I most afraid of? Is it being wrong, or being alone, or being powerless? Pain, failure, insecurity, being unloved, the shattering of my self-image? What is it? What is the deepest fear that will derail me today from loving perfectly? Take a moment to reflect.

When I feel this fear how might I react? What behaviors are red flags to me that I am afraid of the strong man?

Stay still for a moment. Breathe deeply. Be mindful of this: God has already overpowered that which I fear. Love has already disarmed it. Once, perhaps as a child, it made sense to fear it, but no longer. What I fear is now powerless to harm me.

I am free to walk into that fearful house and plunder it, to take life and beauty and grace. I am free to live deeply, to love perfectly, to know joy.

With trust, courage and gratitude I take this strength, this grace with me into the day.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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