Several years ago I taught in a school where a Wicca movement was very strong. I had a student (I will call
) who would bring her satanic bible to school every day and place it on the corner of her desk. Taylor put together well worn clothes with a very flamboyant flair; and spoke often of her involvement in Wicca. I overheard several conversations about witchcraft and heard rumors of all manners of ungodliness. Then, strange things began to happen in my classroom. One day before school my classroom television came on several times, I turned it off, then it would come back on a few minutes later. This led me to unplug the TV. I had books fall off of shelves and other “strange” incidents. I decided to take authority over the enemy. I would daily enter my room and say, “I am here. I am a daughter of the Most High. Satan and his demons have no place or authority here.” I would pray and read scriptures aloud. I frequently rebuked Satan. I would sit in Taylor ’s seat and pray. Soon, I began a celebrations project, and Taylor chose Day of the Dead as her holiday. I asked her to bring a picture of someone she loved who had passed away to share with the class as she discussed her project. Taylor
Life lesson: The Holy Spirit brings POWER
When the project day arrived,
pulled out a small photograph that was well worn from many days held in the hands of a broken hearted young girl. She said she did not want to pass the picture around because it was the only picture she had of her mother. Her mother had died when she was very young and she barely had a memory of her. This picture was a precious treasure to Taylor . My heart was overtaken with God’s love for Taylor . I quickly took a photo frame off of my desk, removed the picture of my family and offered the frame to Taylor . She took it, and with tears in her eyes, promised to put the frame with the picture of her mom beside her bed no matter where she slept throughout the years. I had made a connection, not through preaching, admonishing, or condemning, but through obedience to the Holy Sprit and loving kindness. By the way, I never saw Taylor's satanic bible again after that day. Something had changed. Taylor
In the early church, the apostles were given great power and authority by the Holy Spirit. The Sprit moved powerfully, Acts 8:7 says, “Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims.” The apostles also healed the sick and did not cease to preach the gospel. God gave them great favor and multiplied their ministry. Three lessons can be witnessed in the accounts of the movements of the Holy Spirit in the early church. This leads me to pray for three impartations from the Father.
Father God, in the name of your Son, give us the power of the Holy Spirit to:
- see people changed and healed
- have authority over the evil one
- have power and boldness to preach your Gospel
Pray and listen. I know God has called us to be World Changers for Him. A picture frame and a few prayers in a classroom seat may not seem like much, but an obedient, sincere heart lifted to an all-powerful God has the ability to change lives! Realize the power you have through the Holy Spirit to overcome evil and do much good. Who is waiting for you to answer God’s call to believe and obey?