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Psalms 118:14; Colossians 3:16; Proverbs 4:20-22; John 15:7; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 10:25
- Dead rechargeable batteries
- Flashlight or something to show that the batteries don’t work
- Battery recharger
(Show the flashlight or whatever you have.)
Does anyone here know what this is? (Wait for responses.) That’s right it is a flashlight! Do you know what it is used for? (Allow a response.) That’s right it helps you to see when it is dark. (Switch the light on, but it shouldn’t come on or it should be very dim.) Uh oh! Something isn’t right here! Does anyone know why this flashlight is not working properly? (Wait for a response.) You think the batteries are dead?
(Take out the batteries and read the side.)
This says that these batteries are “rechargeable.” Do you know what that means? That means that once the battery dies you can charge it back up again. (Pull out the battery charger and show it.) Do any of you have anything that takes rechargeable batteries?
I was in such a hurry to show you my flashlight that I forgot to put these batteries on the charger and now these batteries don’t have any power.
In Ephesians 6:10 it says that we should be strong in the Lord’s mighty power! How do we get strong in His power? By staying charged up, just like these batteries. We read his Word, we pray, we go to church and learn about Him. When we do these things our faith and strength grow.
But, if we stop doing these things our charge will slowly drain just like these batteries lost all of their strength. We need to stay strong in God’s power and keep seeking Him with our whole heart. When we do these things He will give us His strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Philippians 4:13; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Isaiah 41:10
- Two fabric gloves
- Glue or paint
The day before take one of the gloves and soak it in either paint or glue and let it dry so it will be nice and hard the next day.
Do you want to be strong or weak? (Wait for a response.) The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.
(Hold up the hardened glove.)
Does this glove seem strong? (Show how it is stiff and can barely move.) This is a really strong glove. Do you think this glove would be very useful though? (Try to put your hand in the glove, but struggle.) Although this glove has a lot of strength on its own it isn’t very useful because I can barely move it. What kind of glove is better? A weaker glove.
(Bring out the other glove.)
This glove isn’t as strong as the other glove but it is flexible. (Put your hand in the glove.) I can do great things with this glove. Why? Because the glove is strong? No! Because the glove is weak and flexible and lets me do the work through it. The glove doesn’t actually do the work, but I do.
We should not be like this hard glove, but like this glove that is flexible and allows me to work through it. We should let God work through us. Sometimes we cover over our weaknesses because we think that makes us less useful. However, God says that when we are weak then He is able to work powerfully through us.
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James 1:12; Romans 5:3-5; 2 Timothy 1:12
- Cork from a bottle
(Hold up the cork.)
Does anyone know what this is? (Wait for response.) That’s right, it is a cork.
I heard a story about a little cork that was floating in the middle of the ocean. How small do you think this cork would feel in the middle of the ocean? Pretty tiny.
A whale was swimming by and happened to see the little cork floating there so the whale flipped him tail at the cork and playfully pushed it deep into the water. Do you know what happened? The cork popped back up!
The whale was confused and swam back by and this time it jumped into the air and landed on the cork with all of its massive weight. A few moments later do you know what happened? The cork popped back up to the surface.
Soon other whales gathers around and each took turns trying to sink the cork, but each time it would slowly pop back up.
Finally the cork looked at the whales and said, “I’m not made of the stuff that sinks.”
Are you made of the stuff that sinks? When tough things come at us and try to sink us do you give up and let it keep you down or do you pop right back up? We should get right back up! God doesn’t want us to give up, he wants us to keep going strong no matter what comes at us in life.
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Hebrews 10:24; Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 13:1
- Two knives
(Pull out both knives and sharpen them together as a chef would do.)
Have you ever seen anyone do this before? What are they doing? (Wait for answers.) They are sharpening the knife. If you slide two knives together at the right angle they will actually sharpen each other!
In Proverbs 27:17 it says that friends sharpen each other just like knives can sharpen each other. Did you know that just like iron sharpens iron you can help to sharpen your friends and they can help to sharpen you? You won’t get a sharp edge on you, but you will be closer to God and more courageous and ready to follow God.
How do we sharpen each other? By praying together. By talking about the things that we face and encouraging each other. Sometimes just knowing that someone else is facing the same things that you are makes you feel stronger.
As followers of Jesus we are supposed to go in to the world and share His love with those that are lost, but it is very important that we also have some good friends that follow Jesus that can help to keep us sharp.
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