An untroubled heart that comes from trusting God. Sure, that’s an easy thing to have when things are going well, your family is healthy, your job feels rewarding, and all your relationships are strong. But what about hard times of chronic illness, unemployment, or conflict? Can you really have peace during those times? Yes, you can! When you’re trusting and relying on God for all things, you can have peace in any circumstance that only comes from Him.
PEACE: An Untroubled Heart that Comes from Trusting God
MEMORY VERSE: “I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Trusting God Gives Us Peace in Any Circumstance
The apostle Paul
followed God’s leading at all costs. Acts 20:22-24 highlights Paul’s attitude
toward his life, counting it as nothing compared to testifying to the gospel.
Paul was warned by the Holy Spirit that he would face hardship in each new
place he went to share the gospel, but that never deterred him from competing
the task God had given him. Paul’s life was riddled with “trouble,” yet he once
wrote from a Roman prison about having peace that “transcends all
understanding” (Philippians 4:7). How can this be? Perhaps he was spurred on by
Jesus’s words to His disciples, “I have told you these things so that in me you
may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have
overcome the world” (John 16:33).
- Read John 16:33. Did Jesus promise our lives would be easy? (No.) What DID He promise us? (He promised we would have trouble BUT He is bigger than and can defeat anything we face.) Does God always keep His promises? (Yes.)
- Read Acts 20:22-24. How did Paul show he really trusted what Jesus said in John 16:33? (See Acts 20:22. He was willing to go to Jerusalem because God wanted him to, even though he didn’t know what would happen to him there.)
- Read Philippians 4:6-7, 11-12. What do you worry about? (School, friends, health, etc.) What does Paul tell us to do instead of worry? (Pray.) God can give us peace in ANY circumstance. When is it easy for you to have peace in your circumstances? (When they are good circumstances; when things work out how you want them to, etc.) When is it hard for you to have peace in your circumstances? (When you don’t understand why they are happening; when they are hard, frustrating or confusing, etc.)
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Teacher: Horatio Spafford
After dinner this week, tell your family that you have a story you would like to read them. Gather everyone in to the same room and then tell them that is an incredible story of people who had peace in hard circumstances. Then read them the story of Horatio Spafford. After you finish reading, ask your kids how Mr. Spafford was able to have peace in the middle of all his life’s circumstances. Ask them how he exemplified having peace in all circumstances. Finish by asking God to grow your faith so that you may have peace in all of life’s circumstances.
Friend: God is the BEST!
As you are driving with your family, think of 7 attributes of God. Think of attributes that God has that would bring peace. When you get home have your kids write each attribute down on a card. Put the cards in the middle of your dining table and every day when you are having breakfast together pull out a different card and thank God for that attribute of Himself! Praise Him for how perfect and wonderful He is! Acknowledge to Him that He is the only one that fully has all of those attributes and thank Him again for how good He is!
Counselor: Stories From You!
As you are putting your family to bed, tell them a personal story of how God gave you peace in a hard circumstance. Kids LOVE to hear stories from your life and they will remember those stories for a long time. Really think and pray through how you can use stories to capture your children’s hearts! Remember that God is the hero in all of your stories, not you or what you did but truly by God’s grace do you have your stories. Highlight His goodness and love for you and for them!
Coach: Memory Verse
As you are getting your family ready for the day review this months memory verse with them!
"I am leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 (NLT)
Remind them that God has given them the gift of peace and He is trustworthy! So do not be troubled or afraid!
Thank God for over-coming the world & His peace that surpasses understanding. Pray for specific things that cause you to worry and hand them over to God. Thank Him for the times He gave you peace when you trusted Him.
Next week we will kick-off the month of April with the godly character trait, GOODNESS. We will learn that the excellent character of God deserves our praise!
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