PT Force – Being of Jesus requires sacrificing our wrong desires

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Note that the Bible says that those who live practicing these things and finding them normal will not inherit the kingdom of God. You will not walk with God in this world nor go to heaven. That is very serious, our salvation is at stake.

There is a way out: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their own sinful selves.” (Galatians 5:24). He who is of Jesus will sacrifice his wrong desires, surrendering all to God and refusing to think about these things and to practice these actions, denying his own flesh.

Be careful with what you access on the Internet, what you watch on TV and what you hear out there. Choose well what comes into your mind. Delete from your life all that you know doesn’t please God and all that takes you to these works of the flesh.

The opposite of the flesh is the Spirit, God within us. The Bible continues with the following: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

You see, there is an alternative to those works of the flesh. Since we don’t practice bad things, we will practice good things. Seek the Holy Spirit so you can have God within you and receive strength to change your habits and your character.

A habit is something we do every day. This list is an antidote to the poison of previous list. That’s what we must find in those who say they have the Spirit of God.

 

 

 

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In the Spirit

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Today we are going to speak about the last five works of the flesh . Who remember some of the twelve that we have been speaking during this month? (wait their responses)

Do not forget friends that  there are 17 works of the flesh and “such like that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.

Today we are going to talk about 5 more.

* Go to the poster  and remove 4 more bricks (remove one brick at a time and explain it).

Heresies: a belief ,opinion or practice that is contrary to the truth. Standards bible doctrine  is rejected and a false doctrine is taught in place of the truth.

Envying: jealousy, a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions; thinking a person is not worthy of having what they have, because you feel you are more deserving.

Murders: the intentional killing of another human being, or organized slaughter. This includes being involved in a murder even if the person is not directly responsible for the death.

Drunkenness: intoxication, in this case alcohol but can include any mind altering drug, to the point that the person diminish or even lose good judgment and self control. It deeply hurts others who are involved.

Revelling: partying hard, indulging in  festivities for no apparent reason; the letting loose of inhibitions and good judgement.

 

 

In Spirit

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet…

 Revelation 1.10

You can only hear the voice of God and obey it when you are in the Spirit.

And what does it mean to be in the Spirit?

Is it possible to be in the Spirit when everything is in your favor? No.

Is it possible to live in the Spirit while your flesh savors all the pleasures of this world? No.

Therefore, how can you be in the Spirit?

1 – When your mind meditates in the Word of God or when your thoughts are subjected to the thoughts of the Almighty;

2 – When meditating on the Word requires sacrificing the visual and audible things of this world. This means becoming blind and deaf to everything that is going on around you. Abstinence of the Internet, TV, movies, literature and any secular entertainment that distracts the mind from the things of the Spirit.

It is certainly difficult. Just like the salvation of the soul is difficult.

The Lord Jesus says:

 

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7.13-14

 

Indeed, there have been few who sacrifice the comfort of the wide gate, the easy path of the kingdom of this world, to ensure entry into the Kingdom of Heaven through the narrow gate. This is why only a few have received the plenitude of the Holy Spirit.

But there is no other option, anyone who wants to pay the price to receive the Spirit of God has to sacrifice, they must abstain from the lusts of the flesh.

Source: http://blogs.universal.org/bispomacedo/en/2013/03/23/in-the-spirit/

What pleases the Lord in our lives is not a “work” but a “fruit” that the Spirit alone can produce. We can avoid works of the flesh by staying continually submitted to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to direct every aspect of our lives (Galatians 5:25).

 

Game:  Works of the flesh or Fruit of the Spirit?

 

Have the kids seated. Each one will receive two popsicle (one with the works of the flesh and another one with the Fruits of the Spirit).

The educator will give some examples with daily situations.

e.g. your friend got  good grades and then you think “He does not deserve, I am more intelligent than him”…

So, in this case it is a work of the flesh (envy). They should lift up the popsicle with the tree “Works of the flesh”.

 

 

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What to do to overcome the flesh?

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Last week we spoke about some works of the flesh . Who remember that? (wait their responses)

Remember that there are 16 works of the flesh and today we will talk about 4 more.

* Go to the poster  and remove 4 more bricks (remove one brick at a time and explain it).

 

Emulations

The act of imitating; to copy something achieved by someone else and try to do it as well as they have; jealousy (feeling of selfishness).

The secret of having more and more is generosity. If you help  you will be helped. If you love you will be loved. If you pay attention you will receive attention. Even thought you do not receive the consideration of the person who received something from you, you can be sure  that it will come, because it is written.

 

Wrath great anger, violent

 

Strife very angry or violent disagreement between two or more people or groups.

 

Seditions [rebellious disorder]; causing trouble. Stirring up disagreement at school, home or any other place.

 

Read more: https://cbcjamaica.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/works-of-the-flesh-jealousie-outbursts-of-wrath-selfish-ambitions-dissensions-heresies/

 

Friends, what do you have to do to overcome your flesh? (wait their responses)

Our flesh will always fight against our spirit. Flesh refers to emotions, feelings, weaknesses, to everything that seduces our eyes, that when you listen, feel, will try to wake-up within you the desire to do something contrary to the will of God; whether it is lying, feeling superior or inferior, keeping a grudge,  steeling, reacting in a violent way to an insult, a critic, a tease…

That is, every time that our flesh is tempted, our spirit which is reason, which is intelligence, tries to fight it.

Our consciousness, our spirit says, “don’t speak like that, don’t look at it that way, don’t see yourself that way, don’t judge like that, don’t interpret it that way, don’t do that… because our reasoning makes us aware of the consequences of our actions. Because for every action there is a reaction.

And there will always be this war, even when baptized with the Holy Spirit, the person will always have this war. The only advantage that the person baptized with the Holy Spirit has is, that he has more fear, more strength, more disposition, courage, he is able to detect with ease, the things of the flesh, he perceives, he has a greater sensibility to perceive what is of the flesh (feelings, emotions) and what is of the spirit, of faith, of the reason.

You will always be tempted. Now, what you can do is invest in the meditation of God’s word. Every time when you are tempted to commit an error, to keep a grudge, to look with bad eyes towards someone else or yourself, or judge, speak what you shouldn’t, to lie…every time when you are being tempted to whatever it is, steal, to lie, to be violent, or be accommodated, timid, clustered in your own world…

You have to react by meditating on God’s word, by making a prayer, saying, “ My God, I don’t want to commit this error, deliver me from this sin, I don’t want to fall into this temptation.”

Fall on your knees and ask God to deliver you, God is powerful enough to free you from this temptation.

 

Read more: http://juliofreitas.com/en/blog/what-to-do-to-overcome-my-flesh/

Game : Works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit

Place this 2 trees below on the wall.

Cut the pictures and hide in the room.

Divide the kids into two teams (boys x girls).

They have to find the pictures and place them on the right tree.

The winner is the team that has correctly answers.

 

PT Force – Discords

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“Can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)

 

Discord is getting angry, fighting with others because you don’t agree with them. If you explode for anything and cannot control your anger, something’s wrong. This is when self-control given by the Holy Spirit is essential. It helps us control our anger, to reason, and even if we get angry at the time, we do not fight and expand the problem.

The more you fight, the worse it’ll get. Have you heard the phrase “It takes two to tango?” It sort of means that two cannot fight if there is only one person fighting. Anger is a very ugly monster that grows when we feed it with feelings and bad thoughts.

Every time someone does something you do not like and you stay thinking all the time on what the person did, you feed anger and resentment. If you decide not to feed that ugly monster, it will not grow. Pray for the person and God will defend you. Then only think of good things.

 

 

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PT Force-Lust

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You turn on the TV and see it straight up. Most of the songs, advertisements, movies and soap operas encourage sensuality. Today, pre-teens are exposed to things that in the old days, they would not understand. Those things awake bad desires, and that’s not good, because everything has its time. If some things are not even good for adults, imagine for pre-teens!

Be careful with what you see and hear, because it is feeding your mind.

Beware of sites that you visit which displays content that not even adults should see. Your head is not a garbage bin, so don’t fill it with trash.

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FRUIT OF SACRIFICE

“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.” Matthew 21.43

The Lord Jesus has given us the recipe of living life to the full with the Fruit of His Spirit. If you do not enjoy them, applying them in your daily life, He will surely give it to others who long for it.

 

 

 

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We will show the words to the teenager and ask what they should keep and what has to be thrown away.

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The works of the flesh X the Fruit of the Spirit

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Last week we spoke about something that sadden God. Who remember that? (wait their responses)

There are 16 works of the flesh and also … “they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:21

Today we will talk about 4 more works of the flesh

* Go to the poster  and remove 4 more bricks

(remove one  brick each time that you will talk about one work of the flesh)

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Idolatry:  the worship of idols ,  reverence or devotion to anything other than God. This includes praying to saints and statues hoping that God will hear you through them.

Who wildly adores a band, artist or even a family member, to the point of putting that person as the center of his life, he is also practicing idolatry.

In the beginning the devil was an angel , even before God created the world. But he began to feed the pride within him. Then he became jealous of God and wanted to be worshiped.

You shall have no other gods before Me.

Exodus 20:3

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Witchcraft: [practicing magic using evil powers], sorcery, practice of dealing with evil spirits;

When they do rituals for spirits and invoke spirits that they believe are of people who  died (that is not true because the Bible says that those who died do not come back. So they are demons who deceive those people, posing as someone who  died).

e.g. Charlie Charlie game.

Witchcraft is to seek help from the devil, who hates us and wants to destroy us. It’s not smart.

Only bad things will come from that.

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Hatred:  intense dislike ; tendency to hold grudges against or be angry at someone; wanting to hurt them.

Who is of God does not create enmity with others.

The Lord Jesus teaches us that we must love those who hate us and pray for those who persecute us if we want to please God.

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Variance: [conflict, arguing, fighting] not agreeing when you should; a quarrel, being difficult to deal with.

It is stubbornness accompanied  by discussion.

For example: your mother gives advice for you, but you insist on not obey and even argue with her.

Be stubborn is very ugly because it leads you to disobey.

God wants the best for us, just as people who care for us.

Let’s see the difference between works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit:

 

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When we are in spirit, the Spirit of God is upon us and His fruit will come naturally. But for those who are in the flesh, what is the spirit that is upon them? The evil spirit, which will create a situation, a trap, to sin and then, cause an addiction problem, illness, depression, nervousness, prostitution, homosexuality, violence, idolatry, adultery, separation… because Jesus said the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. And his strategy will always be to work in our flesh, because he knows that in the flesh, we always lose. Even having the Holy Bible, believing in God, how many people haven’t lost the battle against the spirits? And why? Because in spirit we are strong, but in flesh we are weak. IT’S IN THE SPIRIT THAT WE OVERCOME!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Galatians 5.22

This may seem like a misprint. Paul lists nine virtues and calls them fruit. Fruit, in the singular, refers to the heart.

Essentially, those who are born of the Spirit have a new heart and a new spirit. A new Spirit signifies a new mind, the mind of God. I Corinthians 2.16

As a result, this new heart comes with nine virtues that identify the character of God.

As a virtue of this new heart, anyone who loves the Lord Jesus Christ wants to please Him by having this new heart.

Read more:

http://blogs.universal.org/bispomacedo/en/2012/01/08/8th-day-fruit-of-the-spirit/

 

Who loves God?

For those sealed with the Holy Spirit, the love towards God is unconditional, since His love for us is also.

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar  and liars are condemned to hell.; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” (1 John 4:20)

When you are sealed with the Spirit of Jesus, your thoughts, feelings and heart are one with the Lord Jesus. 

And if someone does not have the Spirit of God, this person does not belong to the Lord Jesus.

Romans 8:9

 

 

The Fruit of the Spirit necklace

 

Discuss each fruit of the spirit in detail as we made our necklaces together.  First, have the children color the pictures.  Next, have them cut the  circles.  Then, use a hole punch to punch holes in each of the circles.  Finally, have the children stringthe circles on yarn or string to create a necklace.   A fun, easy and simple to help the little learners remember the fruits of the spirit!  

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Theme for September 2016

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Poster Galatians 5.

 

How to use the poster above during the month:

Cut the bricks bellow and cover the words.

As we have the total of 16 words, each Sunday we will speak about 4 works of the flesh.

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The works of the flesh

AIM: To teach the kids that some attitudes sadden the Holy Spirit and how these attitudes have to die in order to born new attitudes that will please God.

Flesh means the will of the people. It refers to the personal will.

The works of the flesh are involved with the things of this world.

The works of the flesh are the things human beings naturally tend toward that are contrary to God’s desire for us. Those who practice these works such as immorality, anger, divisiveness, drunkenness, etc., are showing that they are not saved.

When the Bible speaks of the “flesh,” it is often referring to our natural sin tendencies. We are all born with a sin nature. Our natural predilection is to please ourselves any way we see fit.

 

So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

Romans 8.8-9

 

Many people accepted the Christian faith, but had not surrendered to this faith. They are still of the flesh.

That is why they are barred from receiving the Holy Spirit.

They have been in the Church for years, receive knowledge of the Word of God, know the prophecies of God, but do not practice them.

They are children of the flesh.

 

And there is no way you can pretend to have the Holy Spirit. Your fruits (attitudes) will show.

 

There are “christians” who, at home, work, school, or on the street, they speak like idolaters, dress like unbelievers, react like someone who is evil possessed and are not very different from the children of darkness.

The  devil invests precisely in our flesh, so that we may fall into temptation, sin, do what is harmful, have bad eyes, grudges, malice, fear, anxiety, selfishness, accommodation, resentment, doubt, insecurity, uncertainty, nervousness, timidity. For when we are in the flesh, we live in feelings, we pay attention to what we see, what we hear and feel. But when we are in the spirit, we ignore the feelings, emotions and the circumstances.

 

Today we are going to speak about 4 works of the flesh:

Adultery:  relationship between a married man or woman and a partner other than the legal spouse;

Fornication:  when a man and woman sleep together without being married to each other;

Uncleanness: whatever is opposite of purity; having evil thoughts and/or actions.

Lewdness: Being improper in your actions and your communications or going around scantly clad in order to induce impure or lustful thoughts and feeling toward you from another person.

 

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Next Sunday you are going to learn also about the fruit of the Spirit and you will see the difference between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

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Reward Bag

 

During this month the kids will show with attitudes the fruit of the Spirit and will flee from the fruits of the flesh. e.g. Showing love bringing someone to the CBC, avoiding the fruits of the flesh not envying anyone,etc.

For more information, click here.

 

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PT Force – The works of the Flesh

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“Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me<sup value='(A)’>—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.” Psalm 141.5

A righteous person teaches and those who are also righteous learn. For them, although the learning process may be painful or feel like an act of injustice, they know it is for their own good and accept it with gratitude.
But it is not so with the wicked, that is, those who are born of the flesh. They feel it as injustice, complain, get hurt, angry, do not accept it and even want revenge. But it is only natural, after all, the darkness hates the works of the light.

 

We know who is flesh can not hear or obey the voice of God. And those who do not hear the voice of God can not generate other fruit except fruits of the flesh.

” Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness…” Galatians 5:19

 

 

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* Write their name on a stick, raffle and ask questions about the message. Who Reply correctly will receive a gift.