A New Year brings Renewed Focus
Dr. Dennis Demuth
One of the cool things about being a teacher is the privilege of having two new years in the same academic year – the start of school, and the start of a new year. For me this will be the 30th New Year at Victory Christian School. There have been 30 opportunities to share about the New Year. This year the word is "a new year brings renewed focus.” (Phil. 3:13)
What is the Focus of VCS?
During the first semester I shared a few points on the vision of Victory Christian School. Consider these additional items. Victory is:
A school that has the power of God as its pulse.
A school where the lives of students are being changed under the operation of the Word and the power of the Spirit.
A school that has more than a form of godliness; it has the power of God in operation.
A school where the heart of God is.
For Victory Christian School to accomplish what God intends there must be a renewed focus on several important aspects. .
We must declare the Word of God and acknowledge it in all that we do. Praying before each class is a must. However, prayer needs to go beyond formalism that voices words only with the absence of power.
We must be more vigilant in taking control over the spiritual forces that are at work in the lives of our students and in our classrooms. Through prayer and speaking the Word we take spiritual control over principalities and powers and their negative influences of the world – movies, songs, TV, and especially negative peer pressure from friends.
We must exercise spiritual authority. As authority is taken in the spiritual world, this authority will flow over into our professional authority that is enhanced in the hallways, on the playground, basketball courts and sport fields.
We must tune our spirit to be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is saying to do, change, or address in our classrooms, school and in the lives of our students and in ourselves.
We must go beyond having just a good Christian environment, and good instruction. We must have a place where students will be equipped for service, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and able to use the word of God with great authority.
We must work at increasing the level and awareness of God and the Holy Spirit in the classroom, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the gym, and on campus.
There are five additional actions that need to be taken.
Focus attention to your own spiritual life, to Christ and the Word. Be filled with the Word; be filled with the Spirit, so that you in turn can inspire others to be filled with these.
Have as your goal to please the Father rather than man. (Matt. 6:1-4)
Be quiet, be still and listen to what the spirit is saying. Then take action on what the spirit is speaking to you to do.
Stop negative thoughts by not taking them. Know what the Word says. Speak the Word over every adverse situation.
Show your students that you really care by making love, acceptance, and forgiveness the rule.