Day 12

Christmas Solidarity

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Scripture

"The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil."

          - 1 John 3:8

 

REFLECTION

The assembly line of Satan turns out millions of sins every day. He packs them into huge cargo planes and flies them to heaven and spreads them out before God and laughs and laughs and laughs. Some people work full-time on the assembly line. Others have quit their jobs there and only now and then return. Every minute of work on the assembly line makes God the laughing stock of Satan. Sin is Satan’s business because he hates the light and beauty and purity and glory of God. Nothing pleases him more than when creatures distrust and disobey their Maker. Therefore, Christmas is good news for man and good news for God. “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). That’s good news for us. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). That’s good news for God. Christmas is good news for God because Jesus has come to lead a strike at Satan’s assembly plant. He has walked right into the plant, called for the Solidarity of the faithful, and begun a massive walk-out. Christmas is a call to go on strike at the assembly plant of sin. No negotiations with the management. No bargaining. Just single-minded, unswerving opposition to the product. Christmas Solidarity aims to ground the cargo planes. It will not use force or violence, but with relentless devotion to Truth it will expose the life-destroying conditions of the devil’s industry. Christmas Solidarity will not give up until a complete shutdown has been achieved. When sin has been destroyed, God’s name will be wholly exonerated. No one will be laughing at him anymore.

Application

If you want to give a gift to God this Christmas, walk of the assembly line and never go back. Join Christmas Solidarity until the majestic name of God is cleared and he stands glorious amid the accolades of the righteous.

What are some things you need the grace of God to battle against? Why are some of these struggles and sins still present in your life?

How have they negatively affected the relationships in your life? Those close to you, as well as your relationship with God? How have these sins negatively impacted yourself?

Pray for God to empower you with the fight against sin. We will never be perfect by any means, but we are given the armor of God to go to war against our flesh. So pray that you will find victory in this fight!

 

Advent devotional content adapted from Good News of Great Joy