We live in a social media saturated culture where we can instantly see other people’s amazing vacation pictures, spectacular celebrations, fancy meals, and new toys. We usually only see the good things they have and that can make us wonder why we don’t have them too or why we’re stuck in difficult challenges while their lives are carefree. It’s in these times we have to remember that God is our provider and has given us what we need for whatever situation we’re in. We can be content with ourselves, our stuff and our circumstances when we remember we have a God who loves us more than we can imagine and promises to walk with us through both the highs and lows of life.
MEMORY VERSE: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." PHILIPPIANS 4:12-13 (NIV)
In Luke 4:1-13, Jesus went out to the wilderness where He was tempted by the enemy. Satan tried to convince Jesus that he could offer Him something better than what He already had. However, Jesus trusted that God the Father was His provider. He was content with His stuff and didn’t need to change the rocks into bread even when He was really hungry. He was content with His circumstances, even though He knew He would have to suffer and die. He was also content with who He was and was confident in His relationship with His father so He didn’t have to prove Himself to anyone else. Jesus is our perfect example of being satisfied with Himself, His stuff and His circumstances.
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Memorize Philippians 4:12-13 - make it stick! Grab a package of sticky notes. Write one word from the verse on each sticky note. Practice memorizing the verse together by mixing the words up and putting them back in order. Then put the verse somewhere in the house where everyone can see it and keep working on it throughout the week. Be sure to check back in and see how everyone is doing at the end of the week. Don't forget to post a picture of your family working on the verse on your group Facebook page to get points for your team!
While driving your kids to school or around town ask them to think of things they need. (Examples: food, medicine, family, etc.) How has God taken care of your specific needs? Do you have more than enough that you could share with others? Take time to specifically thank God for each need that God has provided for today.
As your family is getting ready for bed, take some time to go over the memory verse for this month, Philippians 4:12-13. Talk about a time in your life with your kids that goes with the different situations Paul mentions. Was there a time you were in need? When did you have plenty? Were you able to be content in both of those times? Why or why not? What would you do differently now? Remind your kids that you can be content in all of these times because of Jesus who give you strength.
As you are getting your family ready for the day, read them Philippians 4:19. Remind them of the ways God has taken care of you in the past and that he also promises to give them whatever they need for today. Challenge them to look for ways God provided for them and remember to ask them about it when you get home that night.
Thank God for being everything you need. Ask Him to help you find your contentment in Him this week and not in yourself, your stuff or your circumstances.
Next week we will continue the month of June with the godly characteristic trait of CONTENTMENT. We will be learning that knowing God made you perfectly is the secret to being satisfied with yourself.
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