Bags more POWER

We really hope you’ve enjoyed Bags of Power! We invite you to dig deeper into what the Bible says about power. . As we walk through life, and as we read the Bible, big questions come up. Perhaps, as you’ve gone through the activities each day, some of these big questions have surfaced for you. Fortunately, the Bible has some really big answers!

Perhaps you’ve read the Bible a lot. Perhaps you’ve never read it. Wherever we are with God and the Bible, we hope that this Bags more Content page will be helpful to you. We’ve picked out a few of the big themes we’ve been looking at in Bags of Power, and for each, we’ve listed some short Bible verses that say something about them. 

 

Finding safety when we are afraid

It’s OK to feel afraid. It’s a perfectly normal human emotion in a world that is absolutely amazing, but which can also be very scary. The Bible says a lot about being afraid. It also tells us where to find safety. And where we find safety is not a place, it’s a person: God himself.

The Lord is my rock and my place of safety. He is the God who saves me.
My God is my rock. I go to him for safety.
He is like a shield to me. He’s the power that saves me. He’s my place of safety.
Psalm 18:2

The Lord is a place of safety for those who have been treated badly.
He keeps them safe in times of trouble.
Psalm 9:9

He lifts up people who are lowly in spirit.
He lifts up those who are sad.
He keeps them safe.
Job 5:11

So do not be afraid. I am with you.
Do not be terrified. I am your God.
I will make you strong and help you.
I will hold you safe in my hands.
I always do what is right.
Isaiah 41:10

Jesus said, “Aren’t two sparrows sold for only a penny? But not one of them falls to the ground outside your Father’s care. He even counts every hair on your head! So don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:29-31

Finding strength when we are weak

It’s OK to feel weak. We are human, not superhuman. We weren’t made to live this life on our own strength. We were made to live in dependence upon God. God gives us the gift of himself and the gift of other people to help us bear the load of life. Even Jesus, the Son of God, got tired. The Bible is full of encouragement to come to God for the strength and resources we need to face the challenges of each day.

Look to the Lord and to his strength.
Always look to him.
1 Chronicles 16:11

My body and my heart may grow weak.
God, you give strength to my heart.
You are everything I will ever need.
Psalm 73:6

He gives strength to those who are tired.
He gives power to those who are weak.
Isaiah 40:29

But [God] said to me, “My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I am very happy to brag about how weak I am. Then Christ’s power can rest on me
2 Corinthians 12:9

Finding peace when we are restless

It’s a busy and noisy world – wonderfully so, but sometimes in the midst of life it’s hard to find peace and rest. The Bible speaks a lot about finding rest and finding peace. And once again, the Bible tells us that ultimately, we find rest and peace not in a place, but in a person: God.

It is surely true that I find my rest in God. He is the God who saves me.
Psalm 62:1

The Lord gives strength to his people. The Lord blesses his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
[God] lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
Psalm 23:2

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

prayers

The Bible is full of prayers. The prayers below encourage us to be honest with God about how we feel and model for us how we can bring our lives before God and ask him for help.

My God, keep me safe.
I go to you for safety.
Psalm 16:1

Lord, don’t be so far away from me.
You give me strength. Come quickly to help me.
Psalm 22:19

 Lord, have mercy on me. I’m so weak.
Lord, heal me. My body is full of pain.
Psalm 6:2

Jesus taught his disciples to pray:
“Our Father in heaven,
may your name be honored.
May your kingdom come.
May what you want to happen be done
on earth as it is done in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
just as we also have forgiven those who sin against us.
Keep us from sinning when we are tempted.
Save us from the evil one.”
Psalm 39:7

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