The Holy Spirit has special abilities He gives to us, which help us to be better witnesses in our world. Two of those abilities, miracles and prophecy, are often misunderstood. The truth is, they’re vital, real-world practical functions of God’s work in our lives today.
1 Corinthians 12:10a [NLT] “He gives one person the power to perform miracles…”
When people think of “performing miracles,” they often imagine parting the Red Sea or calling down fire from heaven. The truth is, a “miracle” is any time God’s power intervenes to change how a situation plays out. Through the Holy Spirit’s enablement, God wants to use us to pray situation-changing prayers that address real needs in the world around us.
Q . What is the most memorable or spectacular miracle you remember from the Bible?
Q . What’s a need that you’ve encountered where you’ve asked God to get involved and change something?
Q . What are the differences between those 2 examples? What are the similarities?
1 Corinthians 12:10 [NLT] “He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy.”
We often think of “prophecy” as telling the future, but this spiritual ability is much broader than that. A “prophet” is anyone who speaks God’s words under His inspiration.
Q . Has anyone ever come to you with a message they felt like God asked them to share? Was it relevant to your life at the time?
Q . What are some types of things God may want to say to people around you? How often is there a need in your world for the Spiritual ability to prophesy?
3. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for answering prayers with His power, and for speaking to you through various sources. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to notice and obey when He prompts you to function in a special ability.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
1. Power Verse
Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you…”
What’s Up: “I Don’t Have To Be Afraid, I’ll Put My Trust In God!”
With God on our side, we should never be afraid! Kids have a lot of things that they may fear. It’s important at an early age, we help them learn that with God, there is nothing that is too big for us to face. With Him by our side, we can face anything!
Ask your children to list some of the things they are scared or afraid of together.
Q. What do you think Jesus says about fear? Jesus has a lot to say about fear, and we are actually talking about that today! We are going to learn from a familiar story in the Bible of how Jesus reacts to our fears.
Matthew 8:23-27 “Jesus got into a boat. His disciples followed him. Suddenly a terrible storm came up on the lake. The waves crashed over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up. They said, “Lord! Save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “Your faith is so small! Why are you so afraid?” Then Jesus got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop. It became completely calm. The disciples were amazed. They asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Q. What was Jesus’ response to the storm?
Q. Why do you think the storm didn’t scare Jesus?
Just like the storm didn’t scare or intimidate Jesus, our fears and problems don’t scare Him either. Jesus is never afraid. He can help us not be scared, too! We just have to trust Him!
Take time working with each of your children coming up with a plan of how they can face their fear they mentioned earlier in our devotion.
Q. What scriptures could they quote that would help them? What could they pray to help calm them?
4. Prayer Focus
Pray together after you have finished writing or drawing out your plan.
Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
1. Primary Statement
Miracles aren’t just for “Bible stories.” They’re not just for Bible times, either. God is still an all-powerful, miracle-working God – but we don’t always see that played out in our lives. If we want to see the miraculous power of God in our lives, we need to put ourselves in the position to be used.
2. Bible Verse
Galatians 3:2–5 (ESV) “Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law (deeds, or what you can do) or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith…”
It takes faith to live a miraculous life – that faith is revealed in…
An understanding of who God is:
Q: How much time have you spent with God on your own this week? Do you think He’s pleased with that, or do you think He wants more?
A submission to Christ’s lordship:
Q: Take an inventory of your lifestyle – what area is the hardest to submit to Christ’s lordship? How does that area look to others?
A willingness to be gracefully bold:
Q: Have you experienced pentecostal services or people who came across as “weird?” Are you ever reluctant to step out in faith because you’re concerned about what you’ll look like to others?
An expectation of God’s deliverance:
Q: Have you ever prayed about something fully expecting the answer to be “no?” What effect do you think that has on God’s response to your request?
4. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for the miraculous way He answers prayers. Ask Him to help you grow in faith so you can be ready to bring that power into your life and the lives of those around you.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
1. Power Verse
Ephesians 4:15 “…speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ…”
“I Will Speak Up And Say What Is Right!”
This week, we continued our series “Never Too Young.” The children are learning that they are “Never Too Young” to do amazing things for God.
In this week’s story a guy named Naaman had a servant girl who helped him.
We are going to reread it now.
Read: 2 Kings 5
1 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lordhad given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
2 Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. 5 “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents[b] of silver, six thousand shekels[c] of gold and ten sets of clothing. 6 The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”
7 As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”
8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”
11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.
13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
15 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”
16 The prophet answered, “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.” And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.
17 “If you will not,” said Naaman, “please let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord. 18 But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I have to bow there also—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord forgive your servant for this.”
19 “Go in peace,” Elisha said.
After Naaman had traveled some distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.”
21 So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running toward him, he got down from the chariot to meet him. “Is everything all right?” he asked.
22 “Everything is all right,” Gehazi answered. “My master sent me to say, ‘Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent[d] of silver and two sets of clothing.’”
23 “By all means, take two talents,” said Naaman. He urged Gehazi to accept them, and then tied up the two talents of silver in two bags, with two sets of clothing. He gave them to two of his servants, and they carried them ahead of Gehazi. 24 When Gehazi came to the hill, he took the things from the servants and put them away in the house. He sent the men away and they left.
25 When he went in and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?”
“Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi answered.
26 But Elisha said to him, “Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes—or olive groves and vineyards, or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves?27 Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.
Q. What did the little girl do for Naaman?
Q. Why was this so important?
Q. Would you have been able to do what she did?
It’s easy to think you are too young to speak up for someone or to tell other’s about Jesus, but the world needs to hear what you have to say!
Q. Have you ever gotten a really cool gift for Christmas or your Birthday? Did you want to keep it to yourself or show it off to others?
Q. Why do we want to share our special gifts with others?
Q. As Christians, what is something we should want to share with others? (the story of Jesus)
That’s right, as Christians, it’s our jobs to “Speak Up” and tell other’s about Jesus. It isn’t always easy, but God wants us to tell others about Him. We need to share the love of Jesus with those around us!
As a family, make a chart, list, or poster to write down the names of people, friends, or family members that you can share Jesus with. Let everyone participate and share during this time.
4. Prayer Focus
When you are finished, pray for the people on your list and ask God to give each of you courage to tell them about Christ!