Christmas is a time to remember that Light has overcome darkness. The language of the cosmic victory of Christ can be a bit confusing. Christians are not called to defeat Satan. God has already done that in Christ! Nor is it our mandate to “bind” Satan. Jesus has already set limits on the extent of Evil’s freedom. The Accuser, “our ancient foe,” was decisively and completely defeated by Christ on the cross and in His resurrection. Our assignment is to trust in the victory that Christ already achieved and daily resist him and ourself with the truth of Christ’s victory, as Jesus did. We accomplish this by following His path of victory, dying to self.
Satan is the father of lies and a master deceiver (John 8:44). If he can convince you that God has not defeated him, then you will not experience Jesus’ victory. You will find yourself fighting battles that Christ has already won! Much of our work is accepting what we already have! Satan has already been utterly and humiliatingly defeated. Your responsibility is to resist Satan, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). God is not the God of fear! When you resist evil, you are acknowledging that Jesus has defeated it and given you victory over its dark influence.
Christians can become preoccupied with battling Satan. This deceives them to invest their time and energy attempting to do something that Christ has already done. If Darkness can divert you to wage a warfare that has already ended in surrender, it will have eliminated your effectiveness where God wants you. Also remember that you are called to put on the new self. Which means the examination and transformation needs to happen on you. Don’t fool yourself that the battle occurs outside of your heart. You need only to absorb Christ’s victory in every area of your life and to live the victorious Christian life.