Lesson Day Two: Protection and Peace
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Lesson: 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid.
You are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff comfort me.
Knowing how big and powerful God is and the tools He allows us to use helps us to not be afraid. We can put on Godly armor. Say it was about to rain and I would melt if I got wet. Lets pretend I’m made of sugar. I am going to put on some of the tools God allows me to use:
Helmet of Salvation (a rain hat)
Breast Plate of Righteousness (a rain coat)
Shoes of the Gospel of Peace (rain boots)
Shield of Faith (an open umbrella)
Sword of the spirit which is the word of God (closed umbrella)
Now, I don’t have to be afraid of going outside! God gives us armor that does a lot more good then just keep the rain off you. And since there are a lot more dangerous things in this world then rain, that’s great! Knowing who God is (the creator of the universe), how big He is (ruler of all), obeying Him, and trusting Him…means you don’t need to be afraid. You can have pease no matter what. Show the pictures of the Dark Allies and Scarey Places in the USA. Do you want to walk near those places? -Neither do I. But God says, if He calls you there you don’t have to be afraid. He can give you peace anywhere you are. Be careful not to think you know exactly what God will do. He does what is best no matter what it looks like. It is enough to know that He loves you so much He sent His son to die for you. He will protect and He will give you comfort in His timing. (Remember Lazarus and the Rich man, Luke 16:19-31)
Important Point: God protects and God comforts everywhere He sends you.
Direction: Making a Psalm 23 Shield: Print out Psalm 23 Cards. Cut out a piece of card board (about 1 foot x 3/4 foot) for each child. They don’t have to be exactly the same size. Have the children wrap the cardboard with aluminum foil. Use the masking tape to create a handle. (fold the tape together or tape two pieces together to create a non sticky handle) Tape or glue Psalm 23 to the front of the shield.
Materials: Card board pieces, scissors, aluminum foil, masking tape and glue.