Friday, July 26, 2013

Lesson 4. Worry, The Work Of The Flesh

Fast crafts that little hands can do without much assistance. Those are the best kind when you are pushed for time.

We are making a photo frame that they can leave as is or take home and insert a photo. This way you don’t have to rely on them remembering to bring a photo.

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I love crafts that I don’t have to go out and buy things to make them. I am never organized enough to allow time for that. For this craft you will need aluminum foil, craft sticks, card (I used cereal boxes), glue and something to decorate it with.

Fold the foil around the card with shiny side up. Stick down craft sticks along one side and glue sticks across the top but be sure to only glue the ends. When glue has dried a little you can decorate.  

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Before attaching the verse be sure that opening is to the side so that picture will not fall through the bottom.

If foil is good quality the children can use it like a mirror. Or they could put a picture of themselves in it.

We have been covering the fruits of the Spirit. The last couple of weeks it has been Peace. Just as the spirit can bear fruits in ones life so can the flesh! The opposing work of the flesh is WORRY.

We have chatted at length about how to maintain a spirit of peace during difficult times. Today we will look specifically at worry and how this robs us of peace and finally re-iterating how to maintain a life of peace.

What sort of things do we worry about?

Children will have different concerns to adults.

Worrying comes from concerns about our wellbeing. We need to have a sense that everything is ok. We have a need to control things so that it will be ok. God works in a different way. He has control of our lives and He uses all things for our good whether we enjoy them or not. Our sense of wellbeing can come from trusting God and letting go.

Can we change anything when we worry?  We concentrate on concerns that might not come true and then the worry is worse than what we fear. Emotionally we feel as though it has already happened. This is not walking in the spirit and it will prevent us from making good decisions. 

It is natural to have concerns and the scripture tells us what we can do with them.

Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.1 Peter 5:7

Peter was a fisherman and the analogy of CASTING your cares upon Jesus like throwing a fishing net is so vivid.

Casting our cares means we pray about it, trust God, and let go!

However, that letting go bit can be difficult. It begins in our mind and will then it becomes part of our life.

If we are not to concern ourselves with our own wellbeing what are we to concern ourselves with?

This passage instructs us to have His kingdom as our main concern and He will take care of us!

Mathew 6

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

We can’t have Gods concern as 1st in our lives if we are concerned about our own wellbeing! God says to put Him first. This is walking in the Spirit! Fruit + peace.

And we can cast our cares on Him because He cares for us.

 

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