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The Armor of God

As school starts this year and we all get the things ready for school we all have our back packs and our schools supplies,  but I’ve been thinking… there’s something everyone in this room needs for school that you probably haven’t even thought about.  You need it (point to a child), you need it, and you need.  Everyone needs it! What is it?  It’s the armor of God. Why do we need it? There are 2 people that go to school with you every day, do you know who they are? God and Satan In Ephesians it tells us why we need the armor of God and what it is. Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. What is a wile?  At trick. What are some tricks the devil might try to pull on you this school year Cheating, not doing your homework, being mean to others, disrespecting the teacher, starting rumors, lying, stealing, not trying your best…. The armor Ephesians 6:15-17 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Belt of truth – the bible contains truth- helps you be ready for battle Breastplate of Righteousness –doing the right thing- protects your heart Shoes of preparation of gospel – Good news about Jesus being our motivation for moving forward- telling others about Jesus Shield of Faith – protects us from what the devil shoots at us our first defense Helmet of salvation- Salvation is the most important thing without it we cannot function as a Christian just like our brain is important.  How is salvation used as a defense? We can say to the Devil I am not a child of this world I am a child of God and I will not do those things Sword of the Spirit – Our only offensive weapon, the sword is to be wielded against the devil.  Jesus gave us an example of this when he fasted in the wilderness.

As we go to school this year remember to put on the Armor of God.
 

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The Pencil

Jesus often used every day things to teach a valuable lesson. With school just right around the bend we took a closer look at one of the most used objects in school, the pencil. I. Designed for a Purpose

  1. Pencils were designed for creative purposes (writing, drawing,ect)
  2. We were also created for a purpose to Glorify God.
 
II. Purchased with a Price
  1. I paid a price for the pencils
  2. Jesus purchased us with His Blood

III. All marked by their creator.

  1. Pencils have a logo or a trademark by their creator
  2. We were created in Gods Image.
 
IIII. Leave a Mark
  1. A pencils purpose is to leave a mark with whatever it comes in contact with.
  2. We also leave an impression on those we contact with good or bad.
 
V.The inside is what matters.
  1. Without the lead a pencil is just a stick
  2. God doesn’t look on the outward appearance but he looks at the heart and when we have Jesus in our hearts God can use us.
 
VI.  Used by who is in control.
  1. When I hold a pencil I am able to control it for both good or evil.
  2. There are 2 people that can be in control of us ourselves or God. When we allow God to be in control he can use us for great things.

  VII. Need to be sharpened.

  1. A pencil must be sharpened to be used, and a sharp pencil is easier to be used.
  2. We must also be sharpened, we are sharpened by studying the bible, prayer, church, by one another, and trials.

  VIII. Erasing Mistakes.

  1. You can use a pencil to fix mistakes by turning it over.
  2. We can correct our mistakes by turning and humbling ourselves before God.

 

I hope that as you use a pencil this school year it will cause you to think, how can I be used by God today?

 

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Jesus use me too

We challenged all the kids to come up with ways that they can be used by Jesus
 
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Samuel and The lad with his lunch

1 Samuel 3:1-14
Samuel was promised to God by his mother. He served in the temple with Eli. God called to Samuel. Samuel replied Speak Lord, for your servant heareth. Samuel was told by God that he would be the next Prophet because Eli had allowed his sons to continue doing wrong.
 
John 6:1-13
The boy with 5 loaves and 2 fishes gave up his lunch to help Jesus do a great miracle and feed many people.
 
Jeremiah  was willing and he became a Prophet
Naaman’s Servant was willing and  helped save Naaman
David was willing and he slew a giant and became king
Samuel was willing and became a prophet
The lad with 5 loaves and 2 fishes helped Jesus
 
What can you do?
 
 

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Namaan’s Servant Girl

Naaman, was a successful commander in the Syrian army who was afflicted with leprosy.  During a battle against the Israelites he took a young girl to be his servant. This servant girl told Naaman’s wife about Elisha and that Naaman could be healed.
  • Naaman’s servant girl was used by God to bring Naaman to trust in God
  • Naaman’s servant was willing to help Naaman even though there was nothing in it for her.
  • Naaman’s servant girl had the right heart. She saw Naaman’s pain and had compassion on him
  • Naaman’s servant had faith in God to let Naaman know that her God could heal him.

Just like God used Naaman’s servant to share God with him. God can use us to share Him with others if we are willing, we have the right heart and we have faith in God.


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Jeremiah

Jeremiah Chapter 1

Jeremiah was the son of Helkiah, a priest in Anathoth.

Jeremiah probably had thoughts about being a priest like his dad. In fact he probably knew one day he would be a priest. It was common practice for priest to train up their sons in the priesthood.

We have heard the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Jeremiah would probably answer A Priest.

But God had different plans.

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Being a prophet was more demanding than serving as a priest. The priests’ duties were predictable. Everything was written down in the law. The prophet never knew from one day to the next what the Lord would call him to say or to do. The priest worked primarily to preserve the past. The prophet labored to change the present so the nation would have a future. Priests dealt with externals – rituals, sacrifices, offerings, services – whereas the prophet tried to reach and change hearts. Priests ministered primarily to individuals with various needs. Prophets, on the other hand, addressed whole nations, and usually the people they addressed didn’t want to hear the message.

Just like God had a plan for Jeremiah, He has a plan for each and every one of us. Sometimes we spend way to much time wondering what that plan is. But lets see how Jeremiah reacted to God’s Plan for Him before we look any more at our plan.

Jeremiah 1:6

Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

The word Ah is an exclamation of pain, surprise, pity, complaint or dislike. Its almost like Jeremiah has just been asked to take out the smelly trash.

Jeremiah let his dislike for this plan be known then he gives his excuse. He said I cannot speak: for I am a child. The word child here is often thought of as someone from infancy to adolescence (possibly younger than 13).

Jeremiah used his age as an excuse to try to get out of what God wanted him to do. Sometimes we hear that from kids but more often its adults making the excuse for them saying they can’t do that they are just a child. If you look at Gods word many things were done by people who were just a child for example Jeremiah became a prophet, and David slew a Giant. God can do mighty things though any one, to think less makes God small.

Jeremiah 1:7-8

But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.  Just like Jeremiah God has a plan for each one of us some of us every specific plans.  1. He desires first of all that all shall be saved 1 Timothy 2:4  2. He desires that we preach the Gospel Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  Being a child isn’t a “note of excusal”.  Jeremiah 1:7-8 …Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

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