You Can Do It

Rebecka Walter

(This particular lesson may take place beside/in an indoor pool)

Have participants begin the discussion by floating on a noodle or an inner tube. Participants do not have to be in the water to be a part of this discussion. They can sit on the side of the pool, or they can utilize tables and chairs. Be creative. If a pool is not present, a craft and/or activity idea is added at the end of this study for participants to enjoy in place of physical exercise.

Everyone will be in a different place spiritually; therefore, as participants share, encourage them to offer each other mercy and grace; especially during vulnerable moments or times of weakness. Our goal is never to fix anyone, but instead to listen and offer support when needed. Personal discussion, unless otherwise noted, should always remain confidential.

Scripture: The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you…In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:11; 37 NLT KJV).

Take Away: I am more than a conqueror, and I can persevere through anything!

Application: Read the book, A Moment to Breathe; devotional: Clothed in Strength and Dignity by Jennifer Dukes Lee (day 305, page 307).

Lesson: Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.” But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”  As they left Pharaoh’s court, they confronted Moses and Aaron, who were waiting outside for them. The foremen said to them, “May the Lord judge and punish you for making us stink before Pharaoh and his officials. You have put a sword into their hands, an excuse to kill us!” Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!” “Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment.  I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt.  I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’” (Exodus 5:1-5; 20-23. Exodus 6:6-8).

Lesson: Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” 

*God gave Moses and Aaron a task to complete.

*This was not an easy task, for they had to rebel against the ordinary, believing God for the extraordinary.

…Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”

*Pharaoh was stubborn and refuted Moses and Aaron’s divine assignment.

*However, Moses and Aaron persevered, trusting that God would finish what he started.

…As they left Pharaoh’s court, they confronted Moses and Aaron, who were waiting outside for them. The foremen said to them, “May the Lord judge and punish you for making us stink before Pharaoh and his officials. You have put a sword into their hands, an excuse to kill us!”

*It wasn’t long before the Israelite’s also began rebelling against Moses and Aaron, because through Pharaoh’s anger, their work load increased.

*Moses finally broke and confronted the Lord, asking, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!”

*God understood his frustration and helped him persevere by equipping him with an encouraging word to deliver to the people, “…I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment.  I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt.  I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’”

*Ask participants if they can recall the 10 plagues that fell upon Egypt.

  1. Water became blood
  2. Frogs
  3. Lice
  4. Flies
  5. Death of livestock
  6. Boils
  7. Hail
  8. Locust
  9. Darkness
  10. Death of firstborn

*Remind participants that Moses and Aaron endured through Pharaoh’s disobedience, confrontation from the Israelite’s, and the 10 plagues that fell upon Egypt. But because of God’s strength, they were able to persevere and overcome, delivering the Lord’s people from slavery.

Goal: Just as Moses received an encouraging word from the Lord, identify and journal what word(s) or phrase(s) help(s) you overcome or persevere through a tough situation. If it is not a Bible verse, that’s okay! But try to locate Scripture that supports these word(s) and/or phrase(s). Begin declaring these Scriptures over your life, for Matthew 12:34 says, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Therefore, start writing these Scriptures on the tablet of your heart so that when difficult times arise, the promises of God naturally flow out of you, becoming a default response.

Activity: Play minute to win it! The object of this game it to complete a task within 1 minute! The first game consist of ping pong balls and a paper cup. Have participants bounce each ball (2-6) into the cup by bouncing it onto the table first.

The second game consist of the same ping pong balls and straws. Give each participant a straw, and the person at the head of the table, a ball. Starting with the player at the head of the table, blow the ping pong ball to the next person using only a straw. Try to get the ball around the entire table within 1 minute.

Finally, cut a large, empty cereal box into several pieces. Take turns by having participants piece together the puzzle within 1 minute. Make sure to cheer for players as they attempt to complete each challenge! Remind those that are present that just as Moses and Aaron persevered through the difficulties of freeing God’s chosen people, the goal is to persevere, by playing each game until it is completed within 1 minute. Have fun!

Exercise: Play the song, Imagine the Impossible. This can be found on YouTube. Type in: Imagine the Impossible, by GTDayCamp.

Enjoy a dance party! This will be similar to Zumba! Have participants dance in the water to the song listed above. Play the song twice. The first time through, ask participants to continually dance to the moves demonstrated. For example, those in the water could try jumping jacks, kicking forward, or swimming across the pool.

However, when the song is played the second time, have the dancers perform the same exercises backwards! If they kicked forward, ask them kick backwards, and if they swam across the pool, ask them to swim backwards in the opposite direction! The goal is for participants to persevere through both rounds without stopping. Even if it gets confusing or difficult. Ask them to persevere like Moses!