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Day 3: God Is Stronger than Our Weaknesses!

Because GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL, (The Biggest and the Strongest), He can help me with anything.

Read or quote the memory verse.

Do you ever look at other people and wish you could be as good at something as they are?

yellow Gift.jpgMinnie Moorehouse had a very obvious weakness. She was paralyzed and couldn't walk. Her dad came home one day with a package for her mother.

"Where is Mother?" he asked after he kissed and hugged his daughter.

"Mother is upstairs," Minnie responded.

"Well," he said, "I have a package for her."

"Oh," she pleaded, "Let me carry the package to Mother."

"Why, Minnie dear," her father replied, "how can you carry the package? You can't even carry yourself."

With a smile, Minnie continued, "That's true, Papa. But you can give me the package, and I will carry the package -- and you will carry me!"

How did Minnie's weakness give her dad an opportunity to show his strength? (He's strong enough to carry her!)

Listen to what the Bible says about our weaknesses. Read 2 Corinthians 12:9,10.

Each time He said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Discover God Bible, (NLT).

Why do you think God said, "My power works best in your weakness?" (Our weaknesses remind us that we need God's help. I am weak next to God.)

Think about Minnie. Would she have asked her dad to carry her up the stairs if she had been able to walk? (Probably not.) Because she couldn't do something for herself, she saw how strong her father was.

It's a lot harder to remember to ask for God's strength when we think we're strong enough (even though it is God who gave us the strength in the first place).

Our weaknesses also remind us how Powerful God is.

If Minnie had been able to walk up the stairs by herself, would she have been thinking, "Wow, my Dad is so strong! I'm glad he's so much stronger than I am!" (No!) She probably would have raced up the stairs, never giving a thought to her dad's strength. God created us with the ability to do amazing things, but we often forget to give Him the credit and praise He deserves. When we see His power in our weakness, it's a good reminder!

What are some things you are really good at? These things are called strengths. (For example: kind heart, hard worker, generous, great sense of humor, music, math, sports.....). God gave you those strengths, and it's important to thank Him for them!

What are some things you are not good at? These things are called weaknesses. (For example: controlling your temper, being kind to others, sharing, listening, music, math, sports...).

Our weaknesses give us obvious opportunities to let God help us and give us the strength to do the things we can't do on our own.

Let's read Philippians 4:13.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.Discover God Bible, (NLT).
Where does strength come from? (God, Jesus)

How do you feel about the things you may not be very good at doing? (A looser, dumb, okay...)

Can you think of a time when God's power helped you do something you didn't think you could do? (For example: being nice to someone who has been mean to you, getting up in front of class even though you are scared of standing up there, saying "no" to something you knew was wrong, even though everyone else was doing it and you really wanted to do it too ...).

Try to remember to ask God to help you do the things that are difficult for you. God's strength and power are always available.

Why does it matter?

Your weaknesses are not a problem for God, and they don't stop Him from doing what's best for you.

Talk with God and Stay Connected to the Vine!

God knows your strengths and weaknesses. Both are opportunities to see God's Power at work in you. Thank Him for both. Ask Him to give you strength in one of your weak areas, and thank Him now for the opportunity to see Him help you later!

"ABIDE" for God is All Powerful
Memory Verse Table Talk
AActivity … Family Fun Activities!
BBible Times … Exploring God's Word together
IInfluencing Others … how can you make a difference?
DDrawing/Drama … exploring your creative side!
EExperience … finding the teachable moments