Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 9 PART 2 – Self- Control (1 Timothy 4:12)

LESSON: Practice self-control to be a good example to others

Memory Verse: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

– 1 Timothy 4:12

Lesson:

Self-control refers to the exercise of restraint over one’s actions, emotions or desires. Just as a young child is taught how to ask for something politely and not grab, it is something that is learned through practice and determination. This is because as Christians, it usually refers to stopping ourselves from following our selfish and sinful desires. It is often “easier said than done,” because it involves controlling not only our outward actions, but more importantly, our inner thoughts and emotions. This is because as the Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Bible Story: Daniel’s Training in Babylon (Daniel 1:1-21)

Daniel and his three friends were among the young men taken captive by Babylon when they defeated and destroyed Jerusalem. They were then put into training so that they may the king, and they were assigned a daily amount of good and wine from the king’s table. Daniel was far from his homeland and his family, but he did not forget his faith and the teachings he learned as a child.

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself in this way.” – Daniel 1:8

Daniel showed self-control in three areas of his life: (1) in his THINKING; (2) in his SPEECH; and (3) in his CONDUCT or actions.

  1. Controlling our minds or our thinking. Whatever we say or do is a result of what we believe or what we have decided in our hearts. So this is the first area that we must conquer. It is important that we fill our minds with good things and rebuke thoughts and desires that are evil and not pleasing to the Lord. We have to figure out what is truly important in our lives so that we will know what our priorities are and be guided as to what we should or shouldn’t do, or what to do first and what we can afford to let go.
  2. Controlling our speech. Daniel decided in his heart what to do and so he asked permission to do it. Notice that showed respect and wisdom in how he asked for permission. The chief official was hesitant about Daniel’s request because he was afraid it might get him into trouble, but Daniel negotiated with him to test them for 10 days before making a final decision. In this manner of controlled speech, Daniel was able to convince the chief official to let them eat only vegetables and water and not eat the king’s food.
  3. Controlling our actions. What they thought and said they would do, that is what they actually did. Daniel and his friends did not allow themselves to be “defiled” or “polluted” even if they were surrounded by pagans and unbelievers. This is the Christian challenge – “to be in the world but not of the world.” It means to be a good example of Christian living even if everybody else around us is practicing worldly living. We are called to be different and to live “holy lives,’ – we live for Jesus.

Application:

As Christians, we are to be “good examples,” and show the world how God wants us to really live. Like Daniel and his friends, young people can and should do this as well. Being young is not an excuse to live wild lives and to try first everything that the world has to offer and wait until adulthood before changing for the better. God has chosen young men and women to show the world what it means to be a follower of Jesus “in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 9 PART 1 – Self- Control (Psalm 119:11)

LESSON: Self-control comes from putting God’s Word in our hearts

Memory Verse: “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11

Bible Story: The Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-17)

The temptation of Jesus was part of His preparation for ministry. It showed how the King of kings met His enemy, “the prince of this world” (according to John 14:30) and defeated him.

  1. The first temptation

Satan used the desires of the flesh – hunger – to tempt Jesus into using his divine powers to make bread for himself. Jesus responded by quoting Scripture, specifically Deuteronomy 8:3, “Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” Notice that Jesus had the Word “hidden in His heart” – HE MEMORIZED SCRIPTURE — and He was able to quote it and use it at the right time.

  1. The second temptation

Satan then used a “dare” to tempt Jesus into proving the faithfulness of God. This time, Satan also showed that he too knew the Scriptures, and so he uses this to deceive Jesus by quoting Psalm 91:11-12. Satan said, “throw yourself off the temple and let the angels catch you just as your God promised.” However, Satan left out an important phrase from this verse that says, “In all your ways.”

“For He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you IN ALL YOUR WAYS; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” – Psalm 91:11-12

This is how Satan and how false teachers and false prophets deceive using quotes from the Bible. They twist its meaning and make it seem like the Bible supports their worldly ideas and choices by either ADDING or REMOVING some parts of the verses. This is why we should READ AND STUDY THE BIBLE so that we can gain a better understanding of God’s heart so that we won’t be deceived by Bible verses that are taken out of context.

Jesus replied with a quote of the Word again, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” It is wrong to dare God to “rescue” us when we just want to prove His power to do so. He is not obliged to save those who deliberately put themselves in danger.

  1. The third temptation

Satan now tempts Jesus with an “easy way” to become King. Jesus would reign over all creation as the King of kings, but He would have to suffer and die on the cross first. Satan was trying to make Jesus take the shortcut and not have to die on the cross.

For the third time, Jesus uses Scripture to rebuke Satan and said, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: WORSHIP the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” Jesus chose to worship and follow God’s will even if it means having to suffer and even die on the cross in order to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for the salvation of mankind.

            In the three attempts at temptation, Jesus fought and won by using a very powerful weapon – the WORD OF GOD. Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the Word of God is the “sword of the spirit.” It is our weapon, which is why we should hide it in our hearts through daily reading, study and memorization, so that we are ready to use it whenever we need it.

This is what “hiding God’s Word in our heart” means – to make it part of our daily life by making an effort to read and study and memorize. This is so we can have control over how we fight temptations, because God’s Word guides us to what is right and reveals to us what is wrong. It gives us the power to have self-control over all kinds of temptation, just as Jesus showed us how to:

  1. Knowing it by heart allows us to be ready to use it anytime.
  2. Studying it helps prevent us from getting deceived when false teachers and false prophets use it to make it look like the Bible supports their worldly thinking.
  3. Worshipping only the one true God means we serve Him only and we will not allow anything or anyone else to take “first place” in our lives.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 3 – Patience (Psalm 37:7)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 3 – Patience (Psalm 37:7)

LESSON: PATIENCE is putting our trust in God.

Memory Verse:  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”– Psalm 37:7

BIBLE LESSON: Saul and David

Things started out really well for David; David had been anointed by the prophet Saul to be the next king; he was given an opportunity to sit close to the royal family as the king’s musician and the armor-bearer, then he became the local hero after killing the giant named Goliath, and soon after that, he got promoted to being a commander of the king’s troops. He had great success in everything he did, and while most of the people were pleased with him, king Saul had become jealous of all the attention and praise David was getting. Eventually, Saul’s jealousy had become so great that he attempted to kill David himself by hurling a spear at him while David played the harp for him. Saul also tried to trick David into going into battle hoping that their enemies would kill him, but to Saul’s dismay, David would always win. Saul even sent men to go to David’s house and kill him, but they too failed in their mission.

David had every reason to seek revenge. He had done nothing wrong to the king; in fact, he had done much good by giving the kingdom of Saul many victories in their battles with their enemies. He wrote some of the Psalms asking God to protect him from his enemies, because David had to flee – he ran from Saul and for 7 years, he had to endure many hardships because of the threat on his life.

On one occasion, Saul pursued David and his men in the desert of En Gedi. Saul went alone inside a cave to relieve himself, but he didn’t know that David and his men were actually inside that cave hiding! While Saul was distracted, David quietly crept up to him and cut off a piece of Saul’s robe. As soon as Saul left the cave, David called out to him and humbly showed Saul the corner of the robe he cut. He tried to make Saul see that David never intended any harm to Saul, so Saul had no reason to pursue him and try to kill him.

11Your Majesty, look at what I’m holding. You can see that it’s a piece of your robe. If I could cut off a piece of your robe, I could have killed you. But I let you live, and that should prove I’m not trying to harm you or to rebel. I haven’t done anything to you, and yet you keep trying to ambush and kill me.

12 I’ll let the Lord decide which one of us has done right. I pray that the Lord will punish you for what you’re doing to me, but I won’t do anything to you.” – 1 Samuel 24:11-12(CEV)

APPLICATION:

David found himself with an opportunity to kill Saul, but he chose not to. David instead chose to show the meaning of “grace.” “Grace” is underserved favor; it means receiving something good even if we did not deserve it. Instead of complaining, he prayed. Instead of killing Saul, David tried to show Saul how he honored him as God’s chosen king. Instead of taking revenge for all the bad that Saul had done to him, David has chosen to show him grace by just cutting the edge of Saul’s robe instead of killing him. David hoped that by proving that he did not intend to harm Saul, he could persuade Saul to stop trying to kill him.

David also showed how to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” David could have killed Saul when he had the chance and so become king; this would be to fulfill through his own actions the promise of God to him when Samuel anointed him. But did David do this? No. David chose to wait patiently for the Lord’s time because he knew that the Lord will always uphold the good and the righteous; he will punish the evil and make things right. We may not know when and how God is going to do this, but we can trust that God will always do what He says He will do; we need only to trust Him. Just like David, we should not be angry or frustrated, because anger can lead to sin. All sinners will disappear and be destroyed, but if we trust the LORD, we will be blessed. God hears all our prayers and His goodness and justice will prevail.

ADDITIONAL READING:

Read: Psalm 37

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 1 – Patience (Hebrews 6:15)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 1 – Patience (Hebrews 6:15)

LESSON: PATIENCE is not easy, but we need to be patient and trust God.

Memory Verse:  “And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” – Hebrews 6:15

BIBLE STORY:

The biblical account of Abraham, Sarah, and their son Isaac is found in Genesis 17, 18, and 21 .  Read the story from your Bible OR tell it in this condensed version .

God appeared to Abram and promised him 3 things:

  1. That he would become the father of many nations
  2. That God would give him and his descendants a new land to call their own
  3. That through him, all nations of the world would be blessed by God.

Abram was puzzled, especially with the first promise. This was because he and his wife, Sarai, were very old and had no children.  How could he have many descendants when he had no children of his own? Abram was already 75 years old and Sarai was 65 – they were already supposed to be grandparents at their age!

But, God keeps His promises. When Abram was already 99 years old, God changed Abram and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah and promised that He would bless them with a son the following year.  Abraham fell face down and laughed when God told him that he would be a father.  Sarah laughed, too, when she overheard the news that she would become a mother.  They were just too old to become parents!  It seemed impossible! But is anything really impossible with God?

True enough, Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 when their baby boy, Isaac, was born… just as God promised! Abraham and Sarah needed patience when they were waiting for their promised son.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:

  • Direct the children to stand in a circle. Since Abraham was 100 years old when his son, Isaac, was born, tell the children that you are going to count to 100, with each of the children giving a number in numerical order.  When someone reaches the number 5 or a multiple of 5, he says “Be Patient!”

Example:  The leader says 1, the next player says 2, next is 3, then 4, and then the next player says “Be Patient!” Play continues with 6, 7, 8, 9, and then “Be Patient!” After the number 99, EVERYONE shouts:  “Be Patient!”  The quicker the count, the more difficult the game.  If a person misses his number or forgets the count, he sits down at his place in the circle.

  •  Younger children will enjoy singing the familiar song “Father Abraham.”

DISCUSSION:

Encourage the children to give examples of times when they have needed patience.  Promote conversation and discussion with these questions:

●   What are some things that require patience?   (Learning to play a musical instrument, waiting for a seed to grow, waiting until you’re old enough to do something, etc.)

●   Name a situation that you are waiting for or  something that you want to happen in your life. Why is God’s timing more important than your timing?

(Answers will vary.)

Lesson resource: http://www.veggietales.com/downloads/1-Abe%20and%20the%20amazing%20promise.pdf

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 3 – Kindness (Galatians 6:2)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 3 – KINDNESS (Galatians 6:2)

LESSON: KINDNESS is carrying one another’s burdens.

Memory Verse:  

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

Kindness is about being willing to go the “extra mile” to help others. It’s about being a true friend in times of need. Galatians 6:2 tells us to “Bear one another’s burdens” and this means to “carry” each other’s load or “problems.” In other words, this means to share our time, energy and resources to someone in need so that we may help make his load lighter and help solve the problem altogether. By doing this, the Bible says we are doing the “law of Christ” which is the law of LOVE.

This is a transcript with the screenshots of the story of “4 Men, a Roof and Jesus” as told by Amanda White of Impress Your Kids.com

(See the video here: : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX5xUpXHUNE)

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 4 – Peace (Psalm 34:14)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 4 – Peace (Psalm 34:14)

Memory Verse:  “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:14

 

Bible Verses from Romans 12:9-21

Interpretation / Application

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Even if it seems like everybody is doing something which you know to be wrong and it is “acceptable,” it is still wrong. Stand up for what you know is right.
10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Be nice to each other. Avoid arguing, and instead, show respect for other people’s opinions.
11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Read your Bible and pray everyday! Go to church to worship God every Sunday.
12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Do not worry when God does not seem to have a quick answer to a prayer. Wait patiently.
13Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Be generous with your time, money and talents because all these are gifts from the Lord.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Do not say bad things about other people, even if they hurt you. Pray for them instead.
15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Do not be envious when other people get good things; learn to be happy for others. And don’t laugh at other people’s mistakes.
16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.c Do not be conceited. “Huwag magyabang!” Be humble and try to be friends with all kinds of people. Do not think you are better than anyone else.
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. Always think of how you can be a blessing to others. Be a good example.
18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do what it takes to keep peace, even if it means sacrificing what you want for the sake of others.
19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”d says the Lord. Do not take revenge on anyone that has hurt you. Forgive others even if they do not ask forgiveness; ask God for help to forgive as He forgave us.
20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”e Show kindness to those who are unkind. Sometimes, they are unkind because they have been hurt by others before. Be a channel of the blessing of  healing, comfort  and love.
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Defeat the enemy by being a soldier of Christ.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 2 – Peace (Matthew 5:9)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 2 – Peace (Matthew 5:9)

LESSON: PEACE – Blessed are the peacemakers

Memory Verse:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”– Matthew 5:9

Lesson Presentation: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

  1. Have you ever gotten into a fight with one of your friends?
  2. How do you make up and get to be friends with that person again? Do you go tell them you’re sorry?
  3. What if the fight was the other person’s fault? Could you still be the one to go talk to them first, before they told you they were sorry, and try and be friends with them again?
  4. Read Matthew 5:9 – Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (NIV).
  5. What do you think a “peacemaker” is? It’s someone who makes peace between two people. When two people get into a fight, a peacemaker can help them stop fighting and help them be friends again.
  6. Did you know that Jesus was our peacemaker? He made peace between us and God. We were in a fight with God. We were always doing wrong things and not listening to God and God could have punished us for those things. But instead, God wanted to have peace with us. And even though we were the ones who were doing the wrong things, even though we started the fight with God, God was the one who sent Jesus to talk to us and to make peace between us and God. Jesus died on the cross for all those wrong things that we do and now, if we believe in Jesus, we have peace with God. Jesus came to us first, to make peace between us and God.
  7. Jesus wants you to go to your friends first, too, even when you weren’t the one who started the fight, to make peace with them. If you do that, if you will be a person that tries to make peace with other people, you will be like Jesus and God will be happy with you.
    PRAY: Ask God for help in being a peacemaker like Jesus.=

Source: http://freechildrensbiblelessons.blogspot.com/2011/07/blessed-are-peacemakers.html

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