At some point, probably early in our lives, we realized this world is not perfect. We have all gone through tough times in our lives that lasted longer than we would have liked. There may have even been a point you were ready to give up. The way we respond in tough times tells us and others a great deal about what we believe is true about God. Do we think we have to try and muscle through it on our own? Do we make everyone else’s lives miserable if we’re miserable? Or do we believe what God says about Himself, that He is good and loving and and all-powerful? No matter what we must endure, we don’t have to persevere alone. He will always help us through.
MEMORY VERSE: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." HEBREWS 12:1 (NIV)
God chose the apostle Paul to travel all over the Roman empire sharing the good news of the Gospel. However, not everyone liked what he was saying and they tried to get him to stop in any way possible. God helped Paul persevere through some of the most difficult experiences including being shipwrecked, beaten, hunted, mocked and thrown in jail. And even in all of this God gave Paul a “thorn” to remind him even more how much he needed God. God told Paul that His grace is sufficient for anything he might have to persevere through. God does not always save us from hard times but He will always be with us through hard times.
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Spend some time after dinner with your family searching through your Bible for verses and passages that show us that God helps us persevere even when it is tough. Here are some verses to get you started. Psalm 9:9, Psalm 18:30, Psalm 20:1, Psalm 37:5, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 62:8, Psalm 86:7, Psalm 118:8, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 30:5.
During the week find a chore you can assign to your kids. Chores, such as, dusting the living room or washing the dishes, but the catch is you are going to help them. Once you have decided on a good chore, tell your kids that you want them to do this chore with excellence and to not stop until they are finished. Then tell them the secret! You are going to help them! As you are working together, talk about how God is similar in how He has us do things that are sometimes tough, but He always does them with us.
As you are putting your family down for bed, review and work on memorizing this month's memory verse. Discuss how it may be tough, but that God has given you the ability to remember and memorize things.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." HEBREWS 12:1 (NIV)
Even though it might be tough, commit to writing each member of your family a note every morning. In your notes be sure to remind your family of God’s faithfulness to help them through the hard times of their day.
Thank God for always keeping His promise to be with us in any tough situation. Ask Him to help you see that He is enough for whatever He is calling you to persevere through.
Next week we are celebrating Easter with another "We Believe" Sunday! We will be learning about Sin and Salvation.
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