We Will Overcome!
Scripture Summary: Numbers 13:1-3, 27-33
Parents: Begin by reading this summary. I encourage you to open your bible to Numbers 13 and place the summary inside your bible. We want our kiddos to know that this truly is the word of God, not just a story.
The Lord told Moses, “Send some men to explore and spy out the land of Canaan. I will give this land to you, the Israelites, which were God’s people. Send one leader from each of the 12 tribes.” So Moses obeyed the Lord’s command and sent out the 12 leaders while the rest of the people camped out in the desert. Moses told the people to look and see what the land was like, what the people were like, and for them to have courage.
The men went to spy out the land. 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!”
Point # 1
WE NEED TO HAVE COURAGE
Define the word: COURAGE
Courage is to be brave and strong when we are scared, or when something is hard.
1) What scares you or makes you feel scared?
2) What have you been scared of before, but you aren’t scared of now?
Moses told them to be of good courage because he knew they might feel scared. They might see something or see people that might look scary to them. They would need to be brave and strong to spy out the land.
God tells us in Joshua 1:9 to have courage, just like Moses told the 12 leaders. We can ask God to give us courage!
Scripture memory verse:
“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your word and that your word is true. Thank you for sending us the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, we ask that you help us to be strong and courageous in times that we feel scared, nervous, worried, sad, anxious or when life is really hard. We thank you that you are with us all the time, and because you are with us all the time, in every situation, we can be strong and courageous. Help us to be brave, just like Caleb, Jesus! We pray it all in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
Point # 2
WE ARE OVERCOMERS
Define the word: OVERCOME
Overcome is to win a victory, defeat an enemy.
1) What is something God has helped you overcome?
(ex. Being scared of the dark, being alone, making new friends, moving to a new school, overcoming an illness, death of family member/friend, etc.)
2) Was it easy to overcome that hard or scary thing, or was a little hard?
3) Did it take a long time? Did you have to try and try again?
4) Is there something you want or need to overcome now?
Sometimes, when we overcome something it is not easy and we might have to work hard at it, but God promises to be with us and help us through every step. He will give us courage to help us overcome. We have to have God to help us overcome, we can’t do very much at all on our own without Him.
Scripture memory verse:
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you that we can do all things with you, because you give us strength. We thank you for helping us overcome hard and scary things. We ask that you help us to overcome those things that are hard and scary right now. Help us to remember that even though it might take a while for us to overcome, and it might not be easy, doesn’t mean we can’t do it and can’t overcome it. Because we can do ALL things through you, Jesus. You are where our strength comes from. We are over-comers through Christ Jesus! In your name we pray, Jesus, amen.
Point # 3
GOD IS FAITHFUL
Define the word: FAITHFUL
FAITHFUL is to keep a promise.
(ex. I can believe you and trust you because you do what you say you are going to do.)
1) Can you remember a time that you made a promise to someone and kept it?
2) Can you remember a time someone made a promise to you and kept it?
3) Can you remember a time when you made a promise to someone and you didn’t keep it?
4) Can you remember a time someone made a promise to you and they didn’t keep it?
5) Do we believe in and trust people that keep promises?
6) Do we trust and believe in people that don’t keep their promises?
7) Why is it important to keep promises?
We can overcome hard things because God is faithful to His Word and to us. When we remember what God has done for us in the past and how He has helped us and is always with us, it helps us to have courage to overcome, and be an overcomer. (Example: When we remember how God helped us to not be scared of the dark at home, we can have courage when we are at a friend or family members house and it is dark.)
As a boy, King David, went up to defeat Goliath, a giant. He was not scared and was able to defeat the giant, because he remembered how God was faithful to help him kill a lion and a bear that were trying to attack the sheep that he was taking care of. He remembered how God was faithful and kept His promise to take care of him and help him overcome hard, scary times.
Scripture memory verse:
“But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NLT
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for always being faithful, for always keeping your promises. We thank you for the promises to always be with us, to give us courage and strength, to protect us from evil. Holy Spirit, we ask that you help us to remember times that God has kept His promise to us in our own life. How he healed us, kept us safe, calmed our fears and worries. Help us to always remember your faithfulness in every part of our life. Help us to be courageous to overcome! We pray this in the name of Jesus, amen.
“NO LET DOWN”
Everyone stands in a circle. Blow up a balloon and toss the balloon into the circle. Say: Don’t let the balloon fall to the floor. You may only tap at the balloon with your hands. No one is allowed to catch it. As the balloon goes from person to person, count until you reach 100 (maybe 10-20 for smaller children). If the balloon falls, start again, and continue counting where you left off. The game ends when the group reaches 100 (or less for age and/or ability).
After the game, ask: “Did the balloon ever get let down? How? How do we sometimes let other people down? Is it hard to keep promises that we make? Why or why not? Can you depend on people who don’t keep promises? The Bible says we can depend on God and that He keeps His promises.”
You will need:
- an iron
- a towel (or two) to iron on
- paper plate
- wax paper
- permanent markers
- color tissue paper
- This is a parent-lead/guided activity.
Give child(ren) a small paper plate and a piece of wax paper larger than the plate. Have them trace the plate making a circle on their wax paper using a permanent marker. Have child(ren) tear pieces of the rainbow colored tissue paper and place them in the circle on the wax paper wherever they wish. They can make designs with the different colors or just scatter them around. Also, give them a small piece of paper that says, “God is faithful” to lay in their design. They may want to cut around the paper to give it ragged edges also.
Lay a folded towel or two on a table or floor. Place the wax paper with the tissue pieces on top of the towel. Place another piece of wax paper on top. This forms a sandwich with the tissue inside. Using a heated iron, press the wax paper, fusing the 2 pieces together. Have children cut on the circle and throw the excess wax paper in the trash.
Tape the sun catcher on a window to remind them of God’s faithfulness.