God Supplies our Need

 

Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-32

 

God's Word has many promises that are given to Christians. Today we are going to look look one of these promises.

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How many of you have ever been worried, anxious, or fretted about something. Do you know God does not want us to? Philippines 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” In other words, pray about it! Give it to God. He wants us to trust Him!

 

In Matthew 6 and again in Luke 12, Jesus give us several examples in nature of God taking care of things.

 

1. God provides for our food

 

Jesus used the example of the fowl of the air or birds. They don't plant a crop, or gather things in barns for the winter, but yet God feeds them. This is a picture of sparrows. In Matthew 10: 29-31, Jesus said God knows when a sparrow falls to the ground. Matthew 10:31 says, "Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." If God takes care of theses little birdies, He can take care of us too.

 

2. God provides our clothing

 

In Matthew 6:28a Jesus asks the question, “And why take ye thought for raiment?” Jesus said don't worry about having clothes to wear. He tells us to consider the lilies of the field. They don't make their clothes. They don't weave or spin material, but yet with all of King Solomon riches he didn't have clothing as beautiful as a lily. God clothes the grass of the field which is here today and gone tomorrow. Will not God take care of you?

 

Our Heavenly Father knows we have need of all these thing. But God wants us to realize there are more important things in life then eating and wearing clothes. These are temporal things. You eat the food and its gone, you grow and you need bigger clothes. God does not want us to be so worried about things that pass away – food goes bad and clothes gets holes in them.

 

Matthew 6:19-21

 

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

 

God does not want us to strive for things. We need to work and be diligent in our business, but God wants us to be busier laying up treasures in Heaven than our earthly bank accounts.

 

This is God's promise in Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

 

What things will be added unto you? Our needs – food and clothing. But look at God's condition – Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God. God wants you to put Him first in your life and then He will take care of the rest. How are some ways that we can put God first? (see if children know some ways) Bible reading, prayer, going to church, tithing, telling others about Jesus, giving God our time to memorize verses etc..

 

3. God provided Peter's taxes

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In Matthew 17:24-27, we have an example of God providing Peter's needs. Peter left his fishing boat to follow Jesus. Fishing was how he made a living and took care of his family. But when Jesus called him, he forsook all and followed Christ. Peter put God first, didn't he? When tax time came, the tax collectors asked Peter about Jesus' taxes.

 

Jesus told Peter to go to the sea and cast an hook. He didn't say a net, or to launch a boat but one hook. Jesus said the first fish you pull up, open his mouth and there you will find a piece of money and go pay your taxes and mine.

 

I am so glad God knows our needs! When we keep our eyes on Him He takes care of us. It may not be how we think it should happen and sometimes God lets us wait to increase our faith.

 

May be you would say God has not supplied your needs. You asked for something and He did not provide. Was is it really a need or just a want? Is a new bike really a need when your old one still works?

 

You also have to remember what God said – you have to seek Him first. Is God first in your life? Do you even know God? Are you a child of God? If God is not your Heavenly Father He wants to be today. (See verses about Salvation here.)

 

Philippine 4:19 color sheet here...

 

Spanish color sheet here...

 

Visuals can be found here...

Beautiful Feet

We are going to talk about feet. How many of you like your feet? We are going to find out how the Bible says we can have beautiful feet.

 

1. Stinky or Dirty Feet (John 13:2-14)

The first type of feet we are going to talk about are Peter's stinky feet. After the last supper, Jesus got up and started washing the disciples feet. When He got to Peter's feet,

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Peter didn't want Him to wash his feet. Peter knew he was not worthy for the Jesus to wash his feet. But Jesus told him, “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.” Peter said then wash all of me - not just my feet but my head and my hands too. Jesus told him that he did not need them washed too, because only his feet where dirty.

Jesus wanted to teach Peter and us an important lesson. When you get saved and Jesus comes into your heart and He cleanses you from all your sins. That does not mean we become perfect and we will never sin again. We still have our sin nature. However, we become a new creature in Christ and the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. The Holy Spirit convicts us when we do something wrong and we need to make the wrong right.

We need to ask Jesus to forgive us for what we did. We don't have to get saved all over again. We just need to wash our feet. If we sin against our parents, brother or sister, or friend we need to make that right with them and ask them to forgive us too.

 

2. Gospel Shoes (Ephesians 6:15)

As a part of the armor of God In Ephesians 6:15, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”

You need to put your shoes on. God wants us to prepare to share with other people the Gospel. Don't go outside without your shoes on. Can you take that Bible and show someone that Jesus died for their sins?

John 3:16? The Romans Road? Romans 3:10, 3:23, 5:8, 5:12, 6:23, 10:9-10, and 10:13

 

 3. Beautiful Feet (Romans 10:14-17)

When you take your shod feet and go and tell someone about Christ the Bible says you have beautiful feet.

Romans 10:15 “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

We have the greatest news in the whole world – God sent His Son to pay the price for our sins so we can go to heaven and be with Him throughout all eternity.

Let's get our Gospel Shoes on and go tell others about Jesus!!!

Questions: May be you don't have Jesus in your heart and all of you still needs to be cleansed from your sins. Jesus is waiting with open arms for you. He wants to be your best friend. For Salvation Verses see here..

May be you are saved but you have dirty feet, you need to get a matter right with Jesus and someone around you. (Matthew 5:23-24)

Do you know how to tell someone about Jesus? You can tell them what you did when you got saved. That is how the Bible says you can have beautiful feet.

Color Sheet can be found here...

Spanish Color Sheet here...

Visuals can be found here...

Lesson Ideas: 

  • Use a basin of water to illustrate or act out Jesus washing Peter's feet.

  • Cut out the shoes to put on the feet pictures while you are teaching about Gospel Shoes. 

  • Work on Memorizing the Romans Road and other Salvation verses to wear our Gospel Shoes.