Freedom In Christ

Lesson Two of Two – Stand Firm!

First, Seek Him!

Have you ever been stuck in a rut? Have you ever felt held back from experiencing the freedom in Christ we read about in Scripture? Know this: freedom from sin is not a fairy tale! Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can experience true freedom! Seek Him about this!

Then, Speak Him!

Speak Him: As you experience true freedom by daily choosing to follow Him and be in His Word, share these moments with your kids. Live in obedience by the choices you make and how you respond to difficult and stressful situations. Show them what it means to stand firm in His Word.

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Word

What Does The Bible Say?

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:  Galatians 5:1 “It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set you FREE!

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us?

“My children, don’t forget what my Son did to free you from the bondage of sin. Be strong in My Word. Don’t let your sin tie you up again.” ~ God

Wisdom

What Truth is God Speaking to Us Through His Word?

Jesus, we so easily forget the sacrifice You made to free us from bondage. If we are “free,” why do we have to obey? Why can’t we just do what we want to do? Oh Lord, give us wisdom to see the way out when we are tempted to follow after the wrong things.

Welcome

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

Although we were set free from the bondage of sin, we must daily choose to use our FREEDOM from sin to live for God. Our freedom does not give us the right to do whatever we want to do. We still must obey ALL that He has commanded us.

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This?

If a person in jail receives a pardon and is set “free,” does this mean he can now do whatever he wants and disregard all the rules? No! Freedom in Christ does not mean we are free to do whatever we want. Paul says, “Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be!” (Romans 6:1-2). The Bible tells us in Joshua 24:14-15 “To serve the Lord faithfully, to put away all other gods, and to choose this day whom you will serve.” And in Matthew 6:24 we are reminded, “No man can serve two masters.” If we are not serving and obeying the Lord, then we are serving and obeying Satan. We are under his “yoke.”

A yoke is a wooden bar placed on a person’s shoulders, from each side of which loads were suspended. In Bible times, slaves often used yokes to carry heavy burdens. When our Bible verse says, “Do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery,” it is talking about enslavement or subjection to something more powerful.

Satan has a lot of power in that he can trick and deceive us to turn away from God. One little lie can quickly turn into a web of lies; outbursts of anger can lead to actions that might hurt someone. Satan will tell you it’s no big deal, but hiding and covering up sin only leads to his “yoke of slavery,” a stronghold that keeps us from knowing the true freedom Christ died to give us. 

Paul reminds us in our verse this week that we need to stand firm and not go back to our old sinful ways of living. We are released from the prison of sin! We don’t want to go and put ourselves back in a yoke of sinfulness! Jesus conquered all sin, and we want to stand firm in His freedom!

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

No matter where we live, when we are born, we are slaves to something… SIN. That doesn’t change until we choose to admit our sin, believe that Jesus  conquered sin and confess those sins to Him. However, even after we choose to follow Jesus, it can still be hard for us to always obey. 

Freedom in Christ requires obedience, and obedience isn’t always easy. Satan likes to trick us into thinking we don’t have to obey. He whispers all kinds of lies to us, even grownups! Satan tries to tell us God won’t mind if we stretch the truth just a little bit or complain about other people. But all sin, big or small, is poison. If we take a cup of water and add a tiny drop of red food coloring in, what happens? What if that food coloring was poison? Is the water still good? Is it okay to drink? Can we separate the water back out? No, we can’t, can we? That is the same way sin with in our lives. It is poison, it only hurts us, and it never helps us.

When we keep believing those lies, they start to form habits in our mind about what we think is really true. Those thoughts eventually fill our mind and pour over into our actions and responses. What are some lies you have heard Satan tell you? How have you responded to those lies? What is the truth that contradicts those lies? As a family, let’s make a list of lies Satan tells us and the truth (maybe a verse) that God wants to hear.

Families with Younger Children: Play “Simon Says” together, having them follow (obey) your instructions. – Then ask, “Who are we following after? Who are we to obey today?”

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

When we keep responding a certain way, it becomes a habit or routine for us. What are some good habits/routines we have? What are some bad habits/routines that we need to change?

Now, as a family let’s define a couple of things, what it means to obey and what it means to stand firm. What are some areas in your life that you struggle to obey and do what you know is right? How will we “stand firm” to change our way of thinking so that we focus on truth more than lies?

Questions for Preschool Families:
Who should we obey?
Why should we obey?
What should we do when we disobey?

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship through Prayer Lord, we acknowledge Your presence in our lives today. We seek You for guidance in all that we do, in all that we think, in the things we speak and the ways in which we say them. Help us to let go of what we want and cling to the cross. Holy Spirit come and fill our home; for “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 Amen!

Worship through Praise:
“Where the Spirit of the Lord Is” – Hillsong Worship

A Family Blessing

A Blessing to speak over your children…

“May you choose today and every day to live in the freedom Christ came to give you. May you have eyes to see the things you need to confess so they don’t become strongholds. Stand firm and fight the good fight. In Jesus’ Name!”

“May you choose today and every day to live in the freedom Christ came to give you. May you have eyes to see the things you need to confess so they don’t become strongholds. Stand firm and fight the good fight. In Jesus’ Name!”

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