Do you know which Bible verse is so powerful it needs a zip lock baggie, a sharp pencil, and a pitcher of water to prove it’s true.
Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
1. Fill the baggie with water.
2. Hold it over the head of the grumpiest person you know. (Actually, this step is optional – and may or may not be funny)
3. Quickly shove the pencil through the middle of the baggie until it pokes through the other side.
When we do this activity in church, the kids are very hesitant to poke the water bag with the pencil. They don’t really want to do something that’s probably going to make a big mess. They could get in trouble. What if they do it wrong? What if they misunderstood the directions?
As the kids try to decide if they should or shouldn’t do what we ask, we remind them of all the Bible characters who faced the same dilemma: Moses, when God asked him to go to the Pharaoh, David when he fought Goliath, Peter, when he walked on water. They all had to choose to Trust God … and go.
Then we all say Philippians 4:13 together and ….Poke That Bag! Try it, You’ll see🙂
And you will know that when God asks you to do something hard, or scary, or that doesn’t make sense, you are not going through it alone. God will give you all the strength you need.
Philippians 4:4-13 NIV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.