Horses & Chariots of Fire | II Kings 6: 8-21
To teach children that God is everywhere knows everything, and is all-powerful.
Read 2 Kings 6:8-21: The story opens with the King of Syria at war with Israel. The king planned a series of attacks, but each tactic mysteriously failed, as if the Israelites had been alerted to every detail of his plans. Naturally, he suspected someone was leaking top-secret information and even questioned his trusted servants. The king discovered that the prophet Elisha was the one who had been informing the Israelites, so he took swift action to stop him. The king could not see that God and the hosts of heaven were against him, so he attempted to overcome Elisha with chariots and armed men. But Elisha saw what others could not, that the heavenly army of horses and chariots of fire surrounded the scene, so he was not afraid. Elisha prayed that God would blind the Syrians, so God blinded them. Then Elisha physically led the blinded enemy right into the hands of the king of Israel.
Today's Bible Lesson:
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I John 4:4 (ERV)
4 My dear children, you belong to God, so you have already defeated these false prophets. That’s because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Meaning: Our greatest problem has been solved. The result of sin is death, but Jesus died for our sins so that we can live forever. We are forgiven, and we are free from the curse of sin and death when we put trust in Jesus as our Savior, the enemy of our souls has no more power over us because the Spirit of the living God that lives in us is greater than any other power in the world.
The Big Idea:
If God is for us, who can be against us?! Power over the enemy and confidence to overcome comes from knowing who God is and what he has done. Elisha knew the enemy's secret plans, giving Israel a distinct advantage over them. He saw the power of God in the heavenly army of horses and chariots of fire, and it gave him courage. How can we gain confidence like Elisha?
1. Remember what God has done: God has performed many miracles to provide and protect for His people, such as providing manna for the Israelites as they wandered through the wilderness and bringing down the walls of Jericho, but the best provision He has ever given us was Jesus. We needed a Savior, and God gave us His Son.
2. Ask God to help you see the unseen: If Elisha did not see the warriors of God surrounding his enemy, he might have been afraid. Seeking God through prayer and reading the Bible gives us eyes to see what can’t ordinarily be seen. We might feel alone, but spiritual eyes show us that we are not alone; we may feel worried, but spiritual eyes show us that if we seek God He will take care of all our needs, and we may feel powerless, but spiritual eyes will focus on the power of God and His ability to give us strength.
Lord Jesus, please open our spiritual eyes. Help us see the enemy's deceitful plans so we can avoid his traps. Help us see Your mighty power so that we can walk in strength and confidently. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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