Object lessons don't have to be difficult or take a lot of preparation. These simple lessons will bring to life Bible truths and may also be use devotions. These were actually written to be as individual object lesson centers for youth, but may be used in many different ways.
Think about it....breathing is something you are constantly doing. Stop for a moment and see how long you can hold your breath.
Why could you not continue holding your breath? Yes, you need to breathe to live! That's just how our bodies work.
Prayer can be a lot like breathing. Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we are to "pray without ceasing." We need to connect with God in prayer. It is essential to our spiritual health and survival!
When we breathe, we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Breathing cleanses us!
During the next few minutes take several long deep breaths. As you breathe in ask God to fill your life, to draw you closer to Him. As you breathe out, confess to God areas of your life in which you've been disobedient to Him and ask for His forgiveness.
Just as breathing can bring cleansing to our spiritual bodies, so can prayer to our spiritual bodies.
Memorize 1 Thess. 5:17 now and let your constant breathing remind you also to continually pray - talk to God. He is always with you!
A powerful object lesson to take with you everywhere!
Use this object lesson to teach the essential of having God at the center of any relationship.
God created us in a way that relationships are essential - relationships with other people and our relationship with Him.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Take one piece of thread and try to break it. Easy? Now twist two pieces of thread together and try. A little harder? Twist the two together and then let go. Did they easily unravel? Now add another thread...a gold one to represent God and braid the three together. Now is it easily broken? Does the braid hold together better?
Think about your present relationships in your life. Are they strong and unraveling? Are you including that third stronger strand (God) in each?
Take time to pray and ask God to be the center strand in each of your relationships - with family members, friends, etc.
Also pray for future relationships. Pray for the possible future mate God has for you and that He will be the center of your future marriage. Pray for possible future children, grandchildren, etc. Pray is not bound be time or space. Pray now for God to work in your future and the future of your family.
Relationships are so important, but always remember the most important strand is our relationship with Jesus.
This object lesson may be adapted for various age groups. Also, try to find a stronger gold thread or even thin wire for the one representing God. He definitely is the strongest strand in our life!
For this simple object lesson, pull one strand of hair from your head...ouch! Now as you hold it, be reminded that God knows you so well and is so intimate in His knowledge of you that He knows the very number of hairs on your head - even when it just changed!
Luke 12:7-8 "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God."
You are valuable to God!!! He is the one that created you!
Pray through Psalm 139. Make it personal; we serve a very personal God!
1. O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. 2. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. 5. You hem me in--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8. If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10. even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," 12. even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16. your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. 19. If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! 20. They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21. Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you? 22. I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Simple object lessons may be used for individual worship or Bible lessons for any ages. These easy object lessons take very little preparation or planning.