POINT #3 – SPEAK FROM THE SPIRIT
We said that when we have an overcoming spirit, we will be different from the world. We have talked about what it means to see and believe differently in the spirit. Let’s talk about what it means to speak differently. When we speak differently, we speak FROM the spirit. (Ask: What does that mean? Allow your child to answer.)
Read this summary of Numbers 13:27-33.
(I encourage you to open your Bible to Numbers 13 and place the summary inside your Bible as you read it. We want our kiddos to know that this truly is the word of God, not just a story.***)
***(v. 27-33) When they came back to their camp, they told Moses, “We went to the land where you sent us. It is a land filled with many good things! Here is some of the fruit that grows there!” They brought back some fresh grapes from the vine. And they continued to say, “But the people living there are very powerful and strong. The cities are very large and there are guards protecting the city. We even saw some Anakites, Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites.” Caleb, one of the leaders, told the people near Moses to be quiet. Then he said, “We should go up and take that land for ourselves. We can easily take that land.” But the other leaders that had gone to spy the land with him said, “We cannot fight those people! They are much stronger than we are.” So those men gave a report that made all the rest of the people sad. They said, “The land we saw was full of really strong people. They are strong enough to easily defeat anyone who goes there. We saw giants there too, the Nephilim. We felt like tiny little grasshoppers. Yes, we were like grasshoppers to them!”
What Caleb said about the land and the people was different from what the other 10 leaders told Moses. They were so angry that Caleb had said something different than they had that they wanted to hurt him. As believers of Jesus, we must speak the truth, what is in the Bible and the truth of what He tells us in our hearts, just like Caleb did. He remembered that God SAID, He was giving them the land. He spoke what God had said in the first place. He spoke to Moses what He believed, not what he saw with his eyes. We must not be afraid to speak what God says. His word is always true.
- Have you ever had a parent or teacher ask you to do something that you didn’t think you could do because it looked too hard? And they had to encourage you and say, “I know you can do it, just try.” What was it? (Allow your child to answer and explain).
- Have you ever done something for God that you didn’t think you could do at first because you thought it was too hard? (Allow your child to answer)
- Has there been a time when someone you know that something was true, but you knew it wasn’t? (Allow your child to explain)
- Did you tell that person the truth even though they thought something else was true?
We want to be like Caleb, to speak what we know is true according to God’s word. Let us speak about what we believe about God and what He says. We can speak healing scripture when we are sick, scripture about peace when we are worried about something, a word about being bold and courageous when we are afraid. We might feel those things and see those things, but we can speak the truth about what God says in the Bible about those things.
Scripture memory verse:
“The Scriptures say, “I believed, so I spoke.” Our faith is like that too. We believe, and so we speak.” – 2 Corinthians 4:13 ERV
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for your Words in the Bible. We are thankful that we can read them and make the choice to believe them. We thank you that we can increase our faith because we chose to read and hear your Words that are true. Holy Spirit we ask you to increase our faith. Help us get YOUR words planted in our hearts. Help us to speak your word during the good and the bad times, to every part of our life. Help us to not be afraid to speak Godly truth that is different from what the world says. Help us to be bold and strong in our faith in you and your words. We love you Jesus. And it’s in your name that we pray, Amen.