Servant-Working: Equipped with God's power.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
Sometimes it seems that God asks us to do something that is just too big for us, too hard. The enemy is too strong and we are too weak. But God promises that we can always rely on his Spirit to help us. There are many examples in the Bible of people who relied on the Spirit to help them do the seemingly impossible. Samson is one-when he did his remarkable feats of strength, the Spirit of God is given the credit ( Judges 14:6, 14:19, 15:14, 16:28).
Too often we make decisions based on our own estimate of our strength and capabilities. But God wants us to remember that he equips and empowers his people for the work he calls them to do. So, the most important thing for us to do is to listen and ask ourselves, "Is this something that God is calling me to do?" When the answer is yes, we can go forward confident in the power of the Spirit.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What video game was Liz playing?
A. X-Monsters from Planet Xenon.
Q. Where does Liz find himself?
A. He is a character in the game.
Q. Who does he meet in the game?
A. Lucelda, Chamelia, Spigo, and Grand Anolia.
Q. What is Grand Anolia’s advice?
A. To get your clue, go forward two. To get it done, go back one.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Who is the Spirit that God promises will give us strength?
The Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. The Spirit is equal to the Father and the Son and, along with the Father and the Son is God. The Heidelberg Catechism explains: "The Holy Spirit as well as the Father and the Son is eternal God. The Holy Spirit has been given to every believer personally so that by true faith the Spirit makes me share in Christ and all his blessings, comforts me, and remains with me forever."
How does God give us the strength we need to do what he gives us to do?
Through his Spirit. In the New Testament we learn more about the Spirit of God, for example, see John 14: 15-17, 26; Matt. 28:19; Romans 8:26-27.