As you are preparing for your first day of the new school year, remember to put on the full armor of God. Every day you step into your school and classroom, the enemy will try to fight you through the students, parents, other teachers, administers, county, state and national leaders. He will make you feel insecure, useless, hopeless, and defeated. You must be prepared to fight back and stand up for what you know is right!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
A wonderful and lovely friend reminded me of this passage this morning. The enemy wants our students and schools to fail, so we feel like failures. If our focus is on us and our failures, then the enemy knows it won’t be on God. But if we put on the armor of God and pray our way through, this very first day of the new school year will be a breeze. In Romans 8:31, it says, “what, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” And we all know that God wins in the end, right? (smile inserted)
So as you put on your clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc., remember the put on the armor of God to protect you against any evil thing that may come your way. Ask God to come into your classroom and school and to help you be strong and face what may very well be your best year yet!
You are in my prayers! Have a GREAT First Day!