I cannot say that I have ever truly hated a human being, even if my sister and I often used such words against each other, but with boldness I can declare that I quite literally HATE Satan and his schemes.
This past week, Satan attacked me. He twisted acts that I glorify God with into darts to attack my character. I felt defeated.
I’ve posted before my call, our call, is to “get out of the trenches,” and in any battle, when you are attacking the enemy, the enemy will send fire back.
In the midst of this attack, I was reminded the power of prayer and prayer walking. I drenched my classroom in prayer. I saturated every inch of my room with pleadings of God to send His Spirit. I demanded that Satan and his demons leave because I WILL NOT be distracted from my calling.
In my praying the Spirit spoke many times to my heart, “Twenty kids, twenty souls.” I heard it almost on repeat, “Twenty kids, twenty souls. Twenty kids, twenty souls.”
I have not just been assigned a trailer of twenty children to teach, I have been chosen and CALLED.
I have been hand-picked by my Commander in Chief to lead battle for the souls of twenty kids who may have never heard or seen the love of God. I have been entrusted with the duty of showing the Light to these twenty kids and their families.
Our enemy is smart. He studies us, because he is fearful of the impact we can have on the Kingdom. He attacks us where it hurts, knowing how and when we are at our weakest. When he attacked me this past week, he could not have picked a better time, place, or weapon.
How thankful I am that I have not been called to battle alone, but have been promised victory.
I don’t know where you work, who is in the office beside you, how many kids you may teach, the story of your boss, or the relationship with God your neighbor has. I don’t know these things, but God does. He has set up divine appointments of conversation between you and your called that you will miss if you do not have a battle mindset. What is your “Twenty kids, twenty souls?”
Pray for them. Cry for them. Go into battle for them. Each morning, put on the Armor of God to ready yourself for attack. Expect it. Of the six pieces of armor, only one is for offesive measures, the rest are to protect us from the fight. Ready your heart. Know your calling. Live it out.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Ephesians 6:11-20 ESV