“SO WE SAY WITH CONFIDENCE, ‘THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.’” HEBREWS 13:6A, NIV
Peter and John couldn’t deny what they’d seen Jesus do. Jesus died and rose again! They had to keep telling people about Jesus, no matter what. We should be ready to show everyone about how much God loves them! We can even share how God sent Jesus! Just like Peter and John, you can stand up for what you believe with confidence because God is with you no matter what.
Draw this scene between Peter and John and the religious leaders. Draw speech bubbles above their heads and include their words from today’s verses.
Do you ever watch the end of the movie before watching the whole thing? In the middle of confusing or hard or even scary situations, it would be so nice to know the ending. We can’t skip ahead in real life. But here’s some good news: God is with you no matter what. God promises to always be with you, so you can have confidence to keep going.
Hide It In Your Heart
This verse is a GREAT one to memorize as a reminder that God is always with you.
1. Write out the three phrases of the verse below on three strips of paper.
– “The Lord himself will go ahead of you.
– He will be with you. He will never leave you. He’ll never desert you.
– So don’t be afraid. Don’t lose hope.”
Deuteronomy 31:8, NIrV
2. Read the first strip three times aloud then say it without looking.
3. Fold the strip so you only see the first two words. Can you say the rest of the phrase from memory?
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the last two phrases of the verse until you can confidently repeat the verse from memory.
When you’re afraid, it’s hard to face fear with courage and confidence… but it can be a little easier when you remember something really important.
You don’t have to face anything alone. God is with you no matter what.
This week, when you need some confidence, remember the words from Joshua 1:9. “Be strong and brave. . . I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” (NIrV)
Cross out the words that are the opposite of confidence:
With God on our side, we can experience the
opposite of fear! Circle all the words that are left
in the list above. Read the circled words aloud.
God can replace our doubt, fear, uncertainty,
insecurity, and weakness with all those things.
This week, when you start to feel fear take over,
stop and say three things:
I’m not alone.
God is with me.
God will help me.
Take time to thank God for always being with you.
Ask God to help you have confidence.
As your kid starts their day, let them know you are a big fan of theirs no matter what!
At a meal, have everyone at the table answer this question: “What is something tough you are facing right now? How could remembering God is always with you help you with that situation?”
While on the go, ask your kid: “Who are some of your favorite people to be with?” (Don’t take it personally if they don’t name you in that list.)
Pray for each other: “God, thank You for always being with us. When we are lonely, sad, overwhelmed, or mad, help us to remember You are there with us in all the good things we feel and the bad things too.”