Open your bibles to: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things though him who strengthens me” & Judges 6:12-16,23
Location To Do Today’s Devotion: FAMILY ROOM
Devotion Supplies You’ll Need From Home: BIBLE,
White Box Item Of The Day: TOY SOLDIER
Teaching kids about strength seems like a no brainer. As Christians we believe our strength comes from God and as we teach this truth to our children, we expect them to accept it and apply it to their lives. But when push comes to shove, it can be hard to access the strength available to us. It’s often easier to retreat in fear than stand up and face a battle head on. The most important way we can help our kids have the courage to stand strong is to be an example of strength for them. Children need to see us facing our fears with confidence and peace. They need to watch us walk through problems and hard situations with the graceful strength that only comes from God. And as we ourselves become an example to them we can also point them to Biblical examples of strength to further develop their confidence in themselves and in God.
FOR THE FAMILY:
1. Let’s learn about a Soldier in the Bible named Gideon
2. Open your bible to Judges 6:12-16;23 and let’s read
And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” And Gideon said to him, “Please, sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man”. . . But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.
1. Did Gideon see himself as a soldier? Why or why not?
2. Who did the angel of the Lord tell Gideon he was going to save? (Israel from the hand of Midian)
3. What was Gideon’s response? (I’m weak)
4. God encouraged Gideon by promising him what? (“I will be with you…you shall not die)
1. Because God is with us and will help us, we can have peace and not fear.
2. Gideon knew he did not have the strength within himself to defeat the Midianites…but God assured Gideon that he would be protected and would win the battle
3. When our strength comes from God, we can do things we never thought possible
1. Have you ever been like Gideon…felt like you weren’t strong enough or courageous enough to do something?
a. What about swimming in the deep side of the pool
b. What about petting a reptile, large animal, or holding an insect
c. What about going down the big slide or swinging higher than before
d. What about trying a new thing…like a sport, karate, or an instrument
e. What about going to a new school or new class for the first time
2. What do you normally do when you are afraid and lack courage?
3. What does it mean to be in GOD’S ARMY? To be a SOLDIER for God?
1. Your strength to be a soldier for Jesus and stand up for His Truth only comes from God
2. His love and presence will ALWAYS be with you wherever you go
3. You may be afraid and may fail sometimes…but God still thinks you are a mighty kid!!!
Take out your toy soldier and hold it while you pray this prayer
Parents say: “Repeat After Me” and lead this prayer while your child repeats after you
• Daddy God
• Today I pray
• For strength to do
• Whatever you say
• Like a soldier I’ll be
• A strong mighty kid
• With courage in my heart
• And scripture in my head
• As I hold this toy soldier
• May you help me become
• A Warrior like Gideon
• In battles he won
*Display your toy soldier as a remembrance that God is always with you & will give you strength