Christmas: New Perspective on Your Overwhelming Triumph (Part 1)

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Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way” (Matt. 2:12, NKJV).

I know. Who wants to hear about conflict at Christmastime? If you are like me, you would rather not. We would much rather focus on the beauty of the Lord than bother with paying attention to our defeated foe.

However, it’s in the story. In fact, spiritual warfare runs throughout Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth. Furthermore, the Word admonishes us that remaining aware of the devil’s “wiles and intentions” is key to making sure that he does not gain any “advantage over us” (2 Cor. 2:11, AMPC).

So let’s go ahead and give our attention to this aspect of the narrative. The circumstances surrounding His coming are actually a rich source of insight for us, as we learn how to apply His victory to the battles in our lives.

With that in mind, here are the spiritual combat principles we find tucked into the Christmas story:

  1. No matter how badly the devil rages, he is always losing. We see this truth demonstrated in Herod’s behavior. When the Wise Men did not play into his wicked plans, he went into a violent, demonic fit of ire. Holy Spirit pointed out something to me about his fury. This was not merely human anger. Herod was actually manifesting satan’s panic.

    God had put the devil on notice by allowing Herod to find out about the birth of a new King. Jesus had made an astounding entrance into the earthly realm – the realm that the enemy had usurped for four thousand years. His horror, at knowing that God had invaded, was immeasurable. It spilled out immediately in Herod’s vitriolic, murderous actions. The enemy lives in a constant state of fear, knowing that he is absolutely no match for the One who reigns over the universe.

  2. The devil is always on the outside looking in. God keeps him in the dark about His plans and strategies. At the time of Jesus’ birth, satan could sense that something was happening. However, he was entirely ignorant of any of the particulars. That vile serpent was slithering, terrified, on the outside, closed out from God’s movements, trying desperately to peer in. He tried to use the Wise Men as a means of gathering intelligence. He failed. The not knowing even further exacerbated his sense of utter fear.
  3. The devil is always in defensive mode. His activities are purely reactionary. God is always on the move, and all he can do is painfully react. Once God set him on notice about Jesus’ birth, his response was petrified frenzy. His knee-jerk reaction was to mobilize Herod for Plan A (manipulating the Wise Men). Plan A came to nothing. Then, through Herod again, he tried Plan B (eradicate the threat by killing all the baby boys in the area). Plan B failed miserably too. He could do nothing at all to touch God’s newborn King. This is how it always goes for the devil. He constantly exists under the sting of defeat.

(To be continued tomorrow!)

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Have you been dealing with some spiritual attacks this Christmas season? Does it bring comfort to know that Jesus began fielding them as soon as He was born — and that He emerged overwhelmingly victorious every time — for you?

7 thoughts on “Christmas: New Perspective on Your Overwhelming Triumph (Part 1)

  1. I can’t believe I didn’t see this before, but Satan began his attack on Christ as soon as he was aware of His existence. I can’t be the only one who thought Satan started trying to stop Jesus at the beginning of His ministry. This gives me so much to think about! Especially since the last post in my blog went from an idea I started and moved into the consideration of spiritual warfare. I was surprised by it, but left it because I thought it was important; but,yeah, at the time I thought it was strange to go from the wonder of a baby to spiritual warfare. Reading your post this morning was exciting confirmation for me. I can’t wait to see what Holy Spirit is doing right now! Blessings to you!

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    1. I am so very glad it was encouraging to you! What is the name of that post? I’d love to check it out. Holy Spirit is SO good and SO generous with confirmations! I love His beautiful faithfulness! Rich blessings to you, LaRonda 🙂

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  2. The devil has a looooonnnnnnggggg history of trying to disrupt spiritual moments, and my Advent has been no exception. And this made me think of an extreme case of diversion on a national scale:

    At least in my part of the world, the horrors of 9/11 rattled people so much that they sought spiritual solace, some exploring faith in God for the first time. Less than six months afterwards, the sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church exploded onto the national scene for the first time. There is of course no excuse for the abuse scandal, but I have never felt the timing was coincidental. Suddenly, people weren’t talking about the need for spiritual solace, and that suited Satan just fine, I imagine.

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    1. That makes so much sense, Mike. I never had put that together before (probably at least in part because when 9/11 happened I had just gotten married and moved back to Peru, so my mind was pretty occupied on adjusting to my new life, more so than on what was going on in the U.S.!) But that really is a fascinating, well thought out point. Thank you for bringing it up, you are right that it illustrates this principle very well indeed.

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