Opposite Kingdom

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TEACHER’S DEVOTIONAL: Surprisingly there are many who believe that the devil (satan) isn’t real or isn’t behind the wicked and dark things of this world. They believe that God is behind all the pain and hurt that occur …some to the point of shaking their fist at God and walking away from the faith. However, if we look throughout the Bible we see that the constant fight between good and evil has always existed since sin came into the world and it will end when Jesus returns to this world. “Fight” indicates opposing forces in battle. “Opposing” indicates opposite. If God is love and light how can He birth hate and darkness? He, God Himself, came to earth manifested in the form of Christ to pay the ultimate price for all mankind. His blood was shed and sin was defeated in order for love to prevail! The word of God tells us that we war not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Colossians 2:15 states that Christ has “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” We are also reminded to hold fast and be encouraged because Christ has already overcome for us! He boldly declares that we (those who believe on His name) overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony!

Read John 16:25-33 and let God be true. God is love and love is stronger than death …we overcome through Jesus who has already won the war!

 

THE OVERALL MODULE GOALS FOR THE CHILDREN ARE:

  • 1) Understand that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has power over the devil (satan).
  • 2) Understand that the death and resurrection of Jesus (God the Son) defeated sin and the devil.
  • 3) Understand that through Jesus Christ we have already won the victory over sin.

 

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

 

MODULE MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 3:8b – For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

 

LESSON #1: THE DEVIL – THE ADVERSARY

PRECEPT #1: The devil is bad (evil); he created sin and made himself an enemy to God.

BIBLE VERSE: 1 John 3:8 – He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: Sin (disobedience, bad/ wrong, offense) was created by the devil (satan). He is the archenemy (number one enemy) of God. The devil made himself an enemy of God when he sinned against (disobeyed) God. He did this by becoming envious (wanting what belonged to God) and rebelling (turning) against God.

Luke 10:18 tells us “And He (Jesus) said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.” This passage tells us that the devil was forever (permanently) kicked out of heaven where God lives. He was kicked out of heaven because of his sin.

The devil (satan) is an opponent of God. This means that he is always competing against God. He is always trying to fight God; he wants to be number one but only God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is number one. The devil is a trouble maker; he tries to fight God’s children. All Believers (people who believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Lord and Savior) are God’s children. The devil is bitter (very angry) that we have a personal relationship with God through Jesus and Holy Spirit lives in us.

1 Peter 5:8 commands us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” God’s word is telling us to not play (joke) around. We have to be serious and keep our eyes open (be alert) because our enemy the devil is walking around like a mean and hungry lion looking for someone to destroy (seriously hurt, damage).

The devil (satan) is a bad guy. He has an evil (wicked) heart, an evil character, and an evil personality. Everything that is bad and awful comes from and out of him. The devil has names that tell us about his character (who he is) and personality (how he acts). Some of his names are:

1) The father of lies

  • He only knows how to lie. Lying is what he does. Anytime a lie is told it is coming from the devil (satan). He makes us (and others) lie and he lies to us (and others).

2) Tempter

  • He is always trying to make or trick us (and others) into doing something bad/ wrong. He wants us to disobey God.

3) Accuser

  • He is always trying to blame us (or others) or say we (or someone) did something that we didn’t do. He wants us to not love ourselves, others, and God.

4) Condemner

  • He is always trying put us down and judge us (or others) so we can have bad feelings about ourselves, others, and God.

5) Author of confusion

  • He is always trying to confuse us (and others). He tries to scramble our thoughts just like scramble eggs to make us so confused that we won’t be able to hear Holy Spirit. If we can’t hear what Holy Spirit tells us how can we obey God?

Of all the names the devil (satan) has the most important name for all of us to remember is “defeated foe” because Jesus defeated him. When Jesus died on the cross and resurrected (rose again) He destroyed the power sin had over us once and for all. The devil was defeated! Jesus saved us from sin.

Always remember that the devil is not “big and bad” like he thinks he is. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are saved and have a personal relationship with God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We don’t need to be afraid of the devil. 1 John 4:4 says “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Don’t ever be afraid of the devil; instead have faith in (believe) God. God is greater than him. Jesus has taken away all his power and God the Holy Spirit lives in us and helps us.

ACTIVITY #1:

ACTIVITY #1: Have a general discussion with the children about disobedience and obedience. Ask the class for examples of disobedience and instruct them to give examples of when they’ve disobeyed. As students share their experiences make sure they explain:

  • 1) Why they disobeyed.
  • 2) What the outcome of their disobedience was.
  • 3) What their heart felt like when they disobeyed.

As an ice breaker share an appropriate example of disobedience from your own life; remember to explain why you disobeyed, what the outcome of your disobedience was, and what your heart felt like when you disobeyed.

Next ask the children for examples of obedience and instruct them to give examples of when they’ve obeyed. As students share their experiences make sure they explain:

  • 1) Why they obeyed.
  • 2) What the outcome of their obedience was.
  • 3) What their heart felt like when they obeyed.

Again as an ice breaker share an appropriate example of obedience from your own life; remember to explain why you obeyed, what the outcome of your obedience was, and what your heart felt like when you obeyed.

Close the activity by re-stating to the class that sin is disobedience. When we make the choice to sin we make the decision to obey the devil. Jesus has destroyed sin and it has no power over us. God wants us to only obey Him. Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and He gives us power to obey God.

WRAP UP:

WRAP UP: Restate precept #1 – The devil is bad (evil); he created sin and made himself an enemy to God.

  CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

 Lesson #2: The Kingdom of Darkness

PRECEPT: The devil (satan) wants to keep each of us away from God.

BIBLE VERSE: John 10:10 – The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: Jesus calls the devil (satan) the thief because the devil wants to steal our faith (belief) in Jesus and destroy our personal relationship with God (the Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The kingdom of darkness is only about keeping us away from God by making us not love ourselves, others, and God.

Jesus came and gave His life so that all of us who believe in Him can have everlasting life (live forever) with God. Jesus wants us to live a life filled with faith, love, peace, joy, hope, and power. Jesus wants us to bring the kingdom of God to others they same way He brought the kingdom of God to each of us.

Jesus has defeated sin but the devil still tries his best to separate us (pull us away) from God. The devil does this by tempting (tricking) us to sin against God. Remember sin is when we (or others) do something bad/ wrong (disobedience, offense). The devil uses sin to separate us from God, ourselves, and others. Sin can be bad/ wrong thoughts, words, and actions. Sin will always make our hearts feel bad (not good, strange) because sin always comes from a bad place. Sin does not love, it is not kind, and it is not good. Sin always separates us (pulls us away) from God, ourselves, and others.

When we don’t listen to Holy Spirit and we sin Holy Spirit will convict (show) us that we sin. Once we recognize (see, understand) that we have sinned we must #1 confess our sin to God and #2 repent (turn away from) it. 1 John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God will always forgive us when we confess our sins to Him. Holy Spirit will clean and heal our hearts. Holy Spirit will also give us the power to repent (turn away from) our sin.

If we make the decision on our own (free will choice) to not listen to Holy Spirit and keep sinning over and over again sin will have a strong hold on our hearts. This means that sin will grab our hearts really tight and force it’s way into our hearts so it can have power over us. Strongholds are opposite of the fruit of the Spirit. Strongholds want to hurt our hearts by making it feel very bad. Strongholds do not want us to love ourselves, others, and God. All strongholds come from the devil and his kingdom. Some strongholds are:

1) Spirit of disobedience

  • Not wanting to listen and obey and always feeling this way in your heart.

2) Spirit of fear

  • Being afraid and always feeling in your heart that you are not safe.

3) Spirit of hate

  • Showing a lot of dislike towards yourself or another and always feeling this way in your heart.

4) Spirit of sadness

  • Being unhappy & sad and always feeling this way in your heart.

5) Spirit of violence

  • Wanting to hurt yourself or another and always feeling this way in your heart.

6) Spirit of anger

  • Being very mad & upset and always feeling this way in your heart.

7) Spirit of unforgiveness

  • Always feeling in your heart and holding a grudge against yourself or someone for something they did towards you (or a person you care about).

8) Spirit of selfishness

  • Always feeling unkind in your heart and thinking only about yourself.

Remember strongholds do their best to hurt our hearts and make us feel bad. Strongholds want to separate us (pulls us away) from God, ourselves, and other but Romans 8:2 tells us “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Jesus has saved us from sin and we are no longer separated from God. Let’s always confess our sins to God so that He can forgive us and heal our hearts.

  ACTIVITY #1 (OBJECT LESSON):

ACTIVITY #1 (OBJECT LESSON): Divide the class into small groups (no more than 4 students to a table). Give each team a decent amount of large blocks sufficient to build a tall wall (i.e. wall of separation) and instruct each team to build a wall as high as they can. As each group is building their wall state the following:

  • 1) The devil wants us to sin and keep sinning so that sin (strongholds) can live in our hearts. Sin (strongholds) causes us to feel bad and ashamed. Sin (strongholds) puts a wall of separation between us and God.
  • 2) Next, ask the teams if they’ve completed building their walls of separation? As they respond that they’ve completed give positive feedback and comment on how tall and strong their walls look.
  • 3) Relay to the children that Jesus defeated sin & the devil and the wall of separation has been destroyed. Instruction the teams to count to three and then to knock down their walls.

Close with Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY):

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY): The devil (satan) has no power over us. Jesus has already defeated sin through His death and resurrection (coming back to life). Jesus has made us free from the power of sin and we have the victory.

  CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

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