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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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