How can you Hear from God? (reading your bible, through nature, through other people, dreams, pictures, through "impressions or feelings" given by the Holy Spirit, internal voice given by the Holy Spirit), preaching and teaching,...are some ways we can hear from God)
note: remember to always check what you "hear" with the bible, as God will never contadict the bible with what He is speaking to you!
Say: “The crowds of people who listened that day were AMAZED at Jesus’ message. They could see that Jesus spoke with authority. They could tell that His words were important, and that they really needed to listen!
Open the Bible to Matthew 7:24 and read.
Say: “It’s like Jesus said . . . “Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock. “If we want to be wise and grow in our relationship with God, we need to HEAR from God. We need to take the time to read what’s in the Bible. (Hold up Bible.) That’s where we find the words Jesus said, as well as the history, stories, letters, and poetry that fit together to make up God’s Big Story.
Anyone who hears those words and puts them into practice is building their life on a strong foundation—one that will never, ever fail.
Here’s what we need to remember today. “When we hear from God (hold up Bible), it helps us grow closer to Him. It helps us see how we can love God and love others every day.
Let’s pray and ask God to help us take the time to hear from Him.
PRAY: “Dear God, thank You for giving us Jesus’ words in the Bible. Thank You for ALL the words in the Bible—they show us who You are and what it means to follow You. Please help us know You better as we read and understand the Bible more and more. Help us hear from You and practice putting Your words into action in our lives. We love You, and we pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
God gave us a way to hear from Him any time we want by giving us the Bible. The Bible, is filled with the words of God, written down by many diﬀerent people over hundreds of years.
Reading the Bible is one of the best ways for us to find out what’s true and important.
Pick out a story tonight to read with a parent before bed. Ask God to help you hear Him.
Look up Psalm 119:105 and read the verse out loud. What do you think this verse means?
Find a ﬂashlight and go into a dark room. Now, turn the ﬂashlight on. That’s exactly what this verse means. Wherever you shine the ﬂashlight you can see where to go. And it’s the same for God’s Word. It will be our guide and show us the way, when we need it!
Remember that God’s Word can be your guide.
Look up our story from this week: Matthew 7:24-29. Spend some time talking about what this verse means. Ask any questions you have.
Then, gather some sand (or sugar) and a rock. Place a cup of sand in a bowl and put one hand in it. Then put a rock in the other hand. It seems so obvious which one would be a better choice for a foundation, doesn’t it?
The rock will be a much better foundation just like doing what God says in his Word and not just reading it! Let’s pray and ask God to help us!
Dear God, Thank You for giving us Your Word as a guide and as a way for us to hear from You. Help us to not just read Your Word, but to do what it says. Amen.
Today, you’re going to have a sword drill. In Hebrews 4:12, the Bible is described as being sharper than any two-edged sword.
Gather your family around and as many Bibles as you can find. When everyone is ready with a Bible in hand, you say “draw your sword” and they should raise their Bible in the air. Then, shout one of the verses listed below. The first person to find the verse and read it, wins that sword drill. Continue through all the verses listed.
Deuteronomy 6:5, Ephesians 4:32, John 3:16, Romans 8:28, Matthew 28:20, Genesis 1:1